News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
Thanks to everyone who followed our Oh, the Books! Facebook over the past few weeks! Our Face Book for Facebook giveaway is over, and the random number generator chose Becca @ Pivot Book Reviews. Which Face Book did she choose? Heist Society by Ally Carter!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley shared the results of an experiment she’s been doing to expand her empathy.
- Asti explored what would happen in books if she were one of the characters.
- Will Hill stopped by to discuss how characters can control his series.
- Kelley reviewed The Falconer by Elizabeth May.
- Jenn stopped by to share weird things she noticed when rereading the Harry Potter series.
- Day Six of The Bookish Games began!
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]Is it weird if I sit here on a Saturday morning and can’t really remember my week? Sometimes life is a blur…
Most of my week was spent with The Orion Publishing Group working in the publicity department. I was there last week on Monday, and then agreed to come back this week since they still didn’t have anyone to fill in for them and I was finally done with my assessments. It was a nice break seeing the publicity side of things, but I have to admit, I still prefer marketing.
Other than that, nothing too much happened. I did receive some amazing gifts for my upcoming birthday (the 25th). I ordered myself Into the Shadows for an upcoming Bookish Guides post. Kelley had a pen custom-made to say aBookishHeart, which is amazing! And Chiara ordered me Scarlet and Unhinged. Oh, I also got a lovely letter from Jenn, our guest poster for this week, which I’ve added to my bulletin board!
So yeah, it sort of felt like an uneventful week, but it was a good one with further work experience and love from my blogging friends. Can’t complain![/stextbox]
[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]Continuing my general Life Theme these days, my past week was a blend of awesome and awful. The awesome: my husband and I have been playing Child of Light (co-op!!!) and it is the most beautiful video game EVER. (What are you doing still reading this post? GO PLAY IT.) (And then come back.) I also read some fantastic books this week. The awful? I got violently ill for a couple of days. Also my cat’s health continues to be problematic, so it’s back to the vet with her on Monday. :(
Other highlights? Hmmm…
Finally going to do one of my cosplay ideas for Comicpalooza in a few weeks! EPIC SAX GUY. O_O All I need is a saxophone…
— Oh, the Kelley! (@anovelread) May 4, 2014
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Blogger of the Week
So this hasn’t turned into a weekly feature, exactly, but I still love that I can highlight bloggers in our weekly recap posts, and this week I’m taking the opportunity! ~Kelley
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This week I want to highlight Tabitha at Not Yet Read. You may know her from My Shelf Confessions, but now she’s moved out into her own blog, complete with adorable, hand-drawn robot graphics! Not only is her blog design adorable (and my favorite colors), but every week she has a feature call Fan Art Up! where she shares bookish fan art she’s made and highlight fan art other people have made! I love it when art and books come together, and Not Yet Read is a great blog to explore that! And as part of her grand opening, she’s holding an e-reader mega giveaway, so don’t forget to enter![/stextbox]
Tweets of the Week
During my commute, I saw a grown man reading Animorphs then bumped into a girl reading Howl's Moving Castle. Good morning to me!
— Margot Wood (@margotwood) May 5, 2014
starship doors won't open
— Riker Googling (@RikerGoogling) May 7, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
REVIEWS, REVIEWING, & ARCS
- Finley Jane talks about choosing which books to review.
- Shelly explains how she achieved 100% feedback to approval rating on NetGalley.
BLOGGING-related tips, tricks, and discussion
- Bec and Alise ask for help in choosing a new feature for their blog.
- Ashley explains what Google Analytics data to focus on.
- Yara tells us how to deal when your blog article is stolen.
- Laura wants to know your thoughts on daily vs. weekly emails.
- Aimee asks what are the most effective blogging styles?
- Stephanie explains how to customize the jetpack/feedburner email widget.
- April shares places to find free or low cost images.
- Sandra explains why she has no desire to go [dot] com.
- Bieke shares her ten favorite WordPress Plug-ins.
- Ana wonders about scheduling posts.
- Ashley answers: should you start a blog on Blogger or WordPress?
- Shannelle shares her thoughts on Bloggers vs. Free WordPress.
- Amanda provides some discussion ideas for discussion posts.
- Liza talks about the social media revolution.
- Cee explains how she Goodreads.
- Alex tells us all we need to know about booklikes.
- Jamie muses about the influences of social media on her reading life.
a blogger’s life
- Anya shares 7 of her blogging quirks.
- Charlotte talks about creating the environment you want.
- Rachel discusses the importance of keeping blogging stress-free.
- Annie shares the most important thing she has learned from blogging.
- Amanda wants you to stop putting yourself down.
- Jim talks about community and collaboration.
- Rebecca says don’t forget the real world.
- Kelly wants to talk about unfollowing blogs.
- Kayla shares some popular search terms for her blog.
- Gaby shares what parks are the best to visit during BEA.
- Terri explains why she’s not going to BEA.
- Chelly talks about transportation in NYC.
- Shae discusses BEA etiquette.
- Rachel provides a checklist for reader convention packing.
- Jamie shares her NYC Bucket List (for inspiration of things to do outside of BEA).
- Octavia talks about her mixed feelings when talking about going to BEA.
- Elena helps you satisfy your sweet tooth in NY.
WRITING TIPS & ADVICE
- JJ explains the importance of daydreaming.
- Courtney Summers offers some advice for when you’re not enjoying your current manuscript.
- Jason Cantrell shares his arcane apocalyptic writing process.
- Drew Chial teaches us what to do with too much inspiration.
- Here’s the reading list Junot Díaz assigns his MIT students.
- Biljana discusses writing fictional reality.
- Jessica Wisniewski stops by YA Highway to discuss writing like it’s your job.
- Amber has created an author’s guide to writing review requests.
- Jay Kristoff has 10 good reasons to co-author a book.
- Chuck Wendig says the novel is not dead.
- There’s a Querypalooza happening at Pub(lishing) Crawl soon!
Things Bookworms Think About
- Brittany shares her guide to crossover books.
- Arianne and Liza share what their pick for best YA Contemporary.
- Laura has created a beginner’s guide to shojo manga.
- Emma Pass stops by The Zoë-Trope to say: dystopia is dead!
- Stacey Nash explains the misconceptions of science fiction as a genre.
- Nafiza discusses when adults read children’s literature.
- Dahlia has many thoughts about New Adult.
- Josephine talks about the ambiguity of genre.
- Kelly takes a look at YA horror in 2014,
Novellas, SERIEs, and Cliffhangers
- Miranda wants to know when and in what order you read novellas.
- Ruby discusses her feelings when a series ends.
- Ashley shares her thoughts on series vs. standalones.
- Francine talks about the grief of cliffhangers in series.
- Ashley discusses mid-series cover changes.
- GillyB says cliffhangers are bothering her recently.
- Pam talks about continuing series for the secondary characters because you don’t like the protagonist.
- Becca shares her thoughts on love triangles.
- Kaitlin talks about being tricked by patterns within a romance.
- Tori discusses cliched love triangles.
All the Feels
- Natalie admits she likes it when books make her cry.
- Andye says talks about how crying is stupid.
- Stephanie shares what she’s learned about book panic.
- Meagan Spooner says she makes no apologies for writing sad things.
- Kayla wants to know if you preorder books.
- Livvvy shares the many places where she buys her books.
- Cass talks about book buying bans.
Touchy subjects in ya books
- Ula admits she is a big supporter of violence and other nasty themes in books.
- Carrie shares her thoughts on violence in YA literature.
- Melanie talks about slut shaming in books.
- Megan responds to the Shailene Woodley feminism uproar.
DIVERSITY IN YA
- Rachel agrees we need diverse books, but wonders if change will actually happen.
- Jim talks about settings, Fangirl, and diversity in response to a review.
- Tara shares her reflection on LGBT April as an LGBT blogger.
- L. R. Giles offers some clarity on the We Need Diverse Books campaign.
- Jeann shares her recommendations for diversity in books.
OTHER BOOKISH THOUGHTS
- Emz talks about comparing and judging books by synopses.
- Kristiyln discusses the fine art of DNFing.
- Kelly wants to talk about the cover inside the cover.
- Bec has found dragon books.
- Mitchii discusses the art of rereading.
- Cait rewrites blurbs to make them honest.
- Leigh wonders if publishers affect your reading choices.
- Nikki’s realized that reading challenges don’t work for her.
- Anne wants to know what prose styles you like to read and write in.
- Foz Meadows wrote a great post about sympathetic vs. unlikeable characters (and more).
- Topaz asks: what got you started reading?
QUIZZES, CHarts, & LISTS
- Alexa pairs up celebrity outfits from the Met Gala 2014 with different characters from books.
- Here’s the book nerd’s guide to meeting boys.
- Jenn offers the bugs of literature: a flowchart.
- Victoria Schwab shares a few snippets from her latest WIPs!
- Just for Asti: a library of unreadable things.
- Kimberly did some fun cover math!
- Rinn has created a Game of Manicures!
- Anne shares 9 cool bookish tees she wants to own.
- Here’s a cat’s guide to bathrooms.
- Nika Harper has started a new project: Arcade Arms, where they’ll be making weapons from video games and “smashing the crap out of things” with them!
- Here are 6 insane stereotypes you still see in every movie.
- Watch Jimmy Fallon do some science experiments with Kevin Delaney.
- What it would look like if Full House were a horror movie/show.
- Check out Ed Sheeran’s new song for the TFiOS movie soundtrack!
- Max regales us with 5 surprising mythological tales.
- Ever wondered who has the largest vocabulary in hip hop? This chart is pretty enlightening.
- Erin and Laura debunk 7 big myths about libraries.
- 271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book!!!!!!!!(!!!)
- Mallory Ortberg uncovers some flaws only a protagonist could have.
- Neil Gaiman explains how to read Gene Wolfe (found via this homage to Gene Wolfe by Mordicia).
- Susan and Barry explain how not to say the wrong thing.
- Julianne explores what tabloid headlines would look like if they didn’t treat women like sex objects.
- Red explains how to ask a tarot question.
- This mystery blackboard art is going to blow your mind!
Question of the Week
Sometimes we just don’t have questions (crazy, I know), so this week we’re going to open the floor like Asti used to do on A Bookish Heart…
Do YOU have any questions for US?
So, how was your week?