News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley reviews All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill.
- Asti reflects on the beginning of her relationship with Dave.
- Kelley shares her TBR progress for May.
- Asti talks about the books she’s spotted, read, and collected in May.
- Sign ups for the Bookish Games: The Lunar Chronicles edition opened. (The spots are currently filled, but if you’re interested in joining our waiting list or getting access to the dead player chat page, just let us know!)
Our Lives This Week
In Asti’s Life…
Hiya everyone! Hope everything is going well on your end. <3
I actually don’t have too much to report. It’s just been a week of working and relaxing, which is never too much of a bad thing. I guess the nicest thing this week is that the weather has been absolutely beautiful – the sun is out and shining but it’s not overly humid like it tends to get in this area. I spent a couple hours at a nearby park on Thursday and apart from being attacked by a bird (it literally flew into the back of my head like it wanted to decapitate me – totally freaky!) I had a lovely time.
Anything else? Well, I hate to say it but I haven’t read as much this week as I usually do (which is still practically nothing compared to most book bloggers). It’s not that I’m not loving Kinslayer (believe me, I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK! READ THIS SERIES!!!), I just sort of have other things on my mind right now. It’s like I’ll pick it up and start reading it, but halfway through a page find that my mind is completely somewhere else. Not because of the book, but because of me. Geesh Asti, get your act together.
Hopefully this next week will bring a bit more progress reading-wise. I feel like such a fraud as a book blogger. :P
In Kelley’s Life…
I have to apologize for how sparse my sections of the recaps have been lately, but my life is so busy that I’m just exhausted all the time! By the time I’ve finished adding all my links to this post, I can’t even remember the past week and thus don’t even know what to talk about here! (Maybe I should write this part first?)
I had a great weekend visiting my in-laws and going to Dallas Comic Con with my sister. If you follow me on instagram, you likely saw some of my spoils from that weekend. I still have so many things to share that I just haven’t had time to get to yet!
The worst part is that my blood pressure has suddenly spiked into a danger zone (it has always been perfect until recently), so now I’m busy trying to sort that out as well. I guess the universe thought I didn’t have enough things to deal with, so…
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
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On Blogging and Book Reviewing
All About Blogging
- Sophia hates Google Analytics.
- Nova shares her idea of a perfect blog.
- Tonyalee talks about “fitting in” as a blogger.
- Shannon asks: do bloggers know their worth?
- Becky reflects on how blogging has changed her.
- Miguel is the book blogger version of Hannah Montana.
- Rachel has some fabulous post ideas for book bloggers.
- Jordin wants to know: how do you schedule your posts?
- Trish has some advice on how to make blogging friends.
- Amir shares some great resources for WordPress book bloggers.
- Ashley encourages bloggers to harness the power of StumbleUpon.
- Shelumiel reflects on how blogging helped shaped the reader he is today.
- Amanda shares five things she would do differently if she were creating a blog today.
- Nicole talks about faith in blogging: how to stay true to who you are without rocking the boat.
Reviews, Ratings, ARCs
- Cait says rating books can be ridiculously hard.
- Cee has a hard time writing reviews for books she loves.
- Heidi wonders: what type of review is the hardest to write?
- Cristina discusses the rewarding ARC experience and balancing review copies.
- Mishma explains why she is personally pissed off about this ARC selling business.
- Samantha shares her reasons for not accepting requests from self-published authors.
- Brittany’s latest bookish addiction is bookstagram.
- Josephine talks about the photo thieves on Instagram.
On Writing & Publishing
Writing Tips & Advice
- Elle talks about research and the impostor monster.
- Christine shares 7 ways to connect with other writers.
- Natalie C. Parker explains the benefits of writing retreats.
- Amanda Gardner talks about writing Perception, the video game.
- Neal Shusterman talks about surviving the depths of mental illness.
- Victoria Schwab reflects on her career and says to just. keep. writing.
- Chuck Wendig answers your most frequently asked writing questions.
- Drew explains how to correct aspects of your story without editing as you go.
- Rowenna says everything you need to know about writing you learned in Comp I.
- Shelly interviews a Macmillan publicist.
- Samantha Shannon interviews a translator.
- Kristin says good agents audit royalty statements.
- Edward says books about women rarely win top prizes.
- Joanna explains why she loves the publishing business.
- We Need Diverse Books talks true, political, global diversity in SFF.
Things Bookworms Think About
A Reader’s Life
- Nafiza takes a look at why we read.
- Shaina discusses reading as an escape.
- Jeann shares a book hoarder’s mentality.
- Edward asks: is Amazon good for readers?
- Tracy lists five reasons she buys books online.
- Sarah talks about the struggle to finish books.
- Kayla explains why you should binge read series.
- Sam doesn’t read books with embarrassing covers.
- Bieke talks about venturing outside the comfort zone.
- Kim shares 7 of her favorite things about being a reader.
- M. shares her thoughts on reading and the aging process.
- Nafiza explains how to construct a TBR list for each month.
- Sandra wonders: does favorite book equal favorite author?
- Ardelia highlights seven things you should never say to book lovers.
- Shannon says her mood reading takes on a new meaning.
- Lola is a mood-reader that participates in reading challenges.
- Tabitha warns books that they may be victims to her mood swings.
Inside the Books
- Celine is suspicious of authors who…
- Jessica discusses her favorite supernatural creature.
- Ardelia talks about what makes a character relatable.
- Sam shares how she likes her ships to end up together.
- Mitchii talks about her emotions and fictional characters.
- Stephanie discusses redheaded villains and heroes/heroines.
- Amanda says stop using sexual assault/rape as character development.
Outside the Books
- Here are the 21 tastiest YA book covers of all time.
- This cover caused some controversy (possibly NSFW).
- Stubby wants to know about the SFF book covers you remember most vividly.
Different Types of Books
- Rita talks about translated books.
- Otakutwins discusss classic books.
- Lory asks: how do you find under-the-radar books?
- Krysta shares her top 8 reasons to read picture books.
- Dennis says in the UK, girls read online and boys like print.
Lists & Recommendations
- Aidan has 5 books about kickass moms.
- Caitlyn explores the top 5 schools of magic.
- Adrian lists 5 books about generation ships.
- Ryan shares 6 crazy sci-fi books featuring dinosaurs.
- Nicole has some feminist reading recommendations.
- Kim shares 5 true stories she would definitely recommend.
- Joan of Dark recommends 5 books about dead people who don’t stay dead.
- Martha looks at 5 books about exploring and communicating with alien cultures.
- Here are 29 tattoos inspired by books.
- Quiz: which summer camp girl are you?
- Quiz: which high school stereotype are you?
- Kritika made an awesome fantasy subgenre flowchart.
- Peter pairs metal music with fantasy writers are their worlds.
- Quiz: are you the smartest girl in America? (What if you’re not a girl?)
- Faye and Aimee share wallpapers for The Wrath and the Dawn and Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.
- Carl explains the REAL alpha wolf.
- Check out this lovely homage to Hayao Miyazaki!
- Rika highlights the best worst dressed of early 2015.
- If you like coloring, support this gorgeous coloring book!
- The Well-Appointed Desk shows us a look at The 5-Minute Journal.
So, how was your week?