News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley reviewed A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas.
- Asti shared her Bookish Mail: Villainous Recs with Lina.
- Kelley reported on her awesome month of reading in April.
- Asti looked back over her bookish highlights for April.
- We reviewed Fairest by Marissa Meyer.
Our Lives This Week
In Asti’s Life…
It’s been another uneventful week for me. I pretty much just go to work, come home, play on my laptop or watch TV, and then sleep. Not a whole lot of reading going on in that mix, but hopefully soon. I only have a hundred pages left to read of World After and I always feel like the last hundred pages are the quickest for me (something about knowing I’m in the homestretch encourages me to read for longer periods of time) so I should be able to knock that out soon enough.
I did end up buying Sims 4 as an early birthday present to myself (birthday is on the 25th, wink wink). I was having a hard time running Sims 3 on my MacBook Air and was too impatient to wait for my dad to give me my PC laptop back to install them, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try Sims 4. And hey, it worked out! Yay! It means I have even more distractions from my reading and blogging, but WHO CARES?! I want to play God.
Oh, and Dave and I are starting to plan when we’ll visit each other next. If he can get the time off work, I should be heading back to the UK for two weeks at the end of August. I’m pretty excited because I do miss that boy quite a bit, so hopefully his work will approve his time off soon so I can book my tickets. (I wish I were like Kelley and could only have a short period of time away from my loved one, but alas, life hates me.)
That’s it! Hope everything is going well on your end <3
In Kelley’s Life…
My life has been so intense this week that I nearly forgot to add my contributions to this post! The biggest piece of news is that my husband’s just hit a big step in his job training, and we’ve learned who he’ll be working for once he returns to the US. That means… we now know what city we’ll be moving to! Thankfully, it’s close, so it will be much easier to plan things, and to move, but it’s still going to be some work.
The other piece of news along with that is the possibility of him getting to come back a month and a half sooner than we thought!!!! This is also AWESOME news, because OMG I’m tired of him being so far away; but it also means I have that much less time to get everything situated with the move and stuff.
So… if I seem distracted over the next couple of months, now you know why. O_O
(Oh, and in Cat Saga news… Mama Kitty has brought a few new babies to our crowded little Kitty Corner. Oof.)
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
Saw this on Reddit as a defense of the oxford comma. It is now my favorite piece of writing. pic.twitter.com/eubsyiteUh
— Marlena Bittner (@lenabitts) May 1, 2015
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
Blogging Tips & Tricks
- Liza asks: how can I follow you?
- Ashley is pissed off by posts without dates.
- Rachel explains how to make fancy blockquotes.
- Ellen has tips for falling back in love with your blog.
- Stephanie highlights common reasons why CSS breaks.
- Ashley asks: is your full screen image killing your design?
- Cristina shares her experience with moving to self-hosted.
- Ashley explains how to fix broken font awesome icons in RSS feeds.
Reviews, Ratings, & ARCs
- Carmel talks about ARCs.
- Amaris defines her rating system.
- Bieke wonders if she should be more critical.
- Becky shares her book reviewing philosophy.
- Kristy and Kelly discuss what to do with ARCs.
- Shelly talks about discussing diversity in reviews.
- Sarah shares her thoughts on being a critical reader.
A Blogger’s Life
- Elena explains what blogging means to her.
- Megan asks: how do you balance all your obsessions?
- Julie talks about how to take criticism and apply it in a positive way.
- Rainy Day Ramblings is finding it easier to say no to authors, publishers, and tour promoters.
- Melanie shares her expert advise on how to book blog.
- Nova provides some mandatory rules when it comes to commenting on posts.
On Writing & The Industry
- Kristin offers some more query tips.
- Karen tells a cautionary tale of three authors.
- Foz Meadows says it’s important to write sex scenes.
- Andrea Phillips speaks out in praise of the small press.
- Kristin shares some negotiation tactics of good agents.
- Chuck Wendig critiques your story (that he hasn’t read).
- Jim explains how keywords and machine learning are unlocking book discovery.
Things Bookworms Think About
A Reader’s Thoughts
- Terri doesn’t book club.
- Lory explains why she reads.
- Annie reflects on her 2015 reading trends so far.
- Tracy doesn’t understand people who don’t read.
- Lola explains why it’s so difficult to pick a favorite book.
- Genevieve sometimes get REALLY stressed out by books.
- Cassie explains why reading articles about books make her furious.
- Nafiza shares her thoughts on the separation of the book and its author.
- Ardelia provides five reading tips for people who don’t have gobs of time.
- Brittany goes through the stages of starting a new book by your favorite author, with the help of The Princess Bride GIFs.
- Jillian explains why borrowing books gives her sad realities.
- Shaina shares her thoughts on (not so) equal opportunity library access.
- Katie talks about books that expire.
- Charlie asks: how do you cull your TBR?
- Shannon has a guide for epic book hoarding.
- Alexandra reorganized her bookshelves by color.
- Alise realizes some of her books are now just decorations.
Inside the Books
- Faye wants ordinary love interests.
- Keionda loves the arrogant bad boys.
- Cait asks: do you like ‘ordinary’ characters?
- Becky muses about language and literature.
- Ana talks about book characters and their faith.
- Stormy look at her evolving thoughts on love triangles.
Book Genres and Categories
- Quinn says tastes change.
- Beth explains why she reads YA.
- Tonyalee wants to read more middle grade.
- Stefani is craving all the diverse contemporaries.
- Cyn talks about those sub-genres she doesn’t read.
- Julie, Rose, and Lynn share their thoughts on classics.
- Cait wonders: should we read outside of our “comfort zone”?
Audiobooks and Ebooks
Series & Sequels
- Steph discusses the allure of Hollywood.
- Angel shares her thoughts on casting adaptations.
- Nemo wonders: will switching mediums help failed adaptations?
- Lily puts together a list of book to TV/movie adaptations that need to happen.
- Sam wonders: what if books didn’t have covers?
- Jessica highlights three cover trends in YA she loves & dislikes.
Lists & Recommendations
- Tor.com lists 21 zombified classics.
- Michael shares 5 books about fictional history.
- Flowchart: should you read middle grade books?
- Brooke recommends five books with geeky heroes.
- Claire lists five books she reads when she’s stressed.
- Brittany creates a book addict’s guide to duologies/duets.
- Eli has five great genre-bending novels set in post-1970s Tokyo.
- Nick highlights her favorite book moms.
- Jillian honors the mothers in books she’s read.
- Book Punks dedicate a week to discussing the badass mamas of sci-fi and fantasy.
- Quiz: What’s your fairy tale prom style?
- Beth wrote this AMAZING song inspired by Cinder!!!
- Epic Reads has the definitive ranking of YA cover dresses.
- Hafsah shares a free downloadable wallpaper for Fearless.
Book Expo America
- Emily wonders: is The Force a religion?
- Here’s a pretty adorable book unboxing.
- Here’s an interesting trailer for Yamasong: March of the Hollows.
- Taran looks at 10 awesome and unusual mythological creatures.
So, how was your week?