News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley explored sleep and dreams in science fiction.
- Asti made a Sci-Fi YA Periodic Table!
- Kelley reviewed The Body Electric by Beth Revis.
- Kelley reviewed The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh O’Brien
- Our 3rd SFM Blogger Panel: Representation of Science in Sci-Fi.
- Day Five of the Bookish Games: Ready Player One Edition began.
Our Lives This Week
In Asti’s Life…
Wait, it’s been a week already since our last recap? Where has time gone?!
I honestly don’t have much to say this week. I am out of the house from 8am until 7pm, traveling to and from work (and working). The few hours around that that I’m awake is spent prepping tweets for Sci-Fi November and updating the Master Schedule. Literally, that’s all I’ve done this past week. I’m exhausted.
Add in the fact that I’ve been struggling with massive back pain lately, and woke up Saturday to some sniffles and sickness. Well, I’m a bit of a mess. But hey, at least everyone liked my Sci-Fi YA Periodic Table! So nice to see the work you put into something pay off. Thanks everyone! <3
Hopefully next week will be a better (and more exciting) week…
In Kelley’s Life…
Here’s some bullet points about my week:
- Text conversations with my brother about weird and ridiculous things.
- The latest South Park episode about Magic: the Gathering.
- My new med combination is making me feel weird and also strange.
- Lots of unknowns with my husband’s work opportunities.
- I got ALL my holiday shopping done, which feels awesome.
- I got, like, 50 pages of reading in, which feels un-awesome.
BUT, I am off work all next week, so hopefully I will have plenty of relaxing and recuperating and reading and enjoying myself!
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
Just explained to my beauty queen & sorority sister coworkers about orcs, how RPGs work, & Russian literature. Office nerd award goes to me
— Miaka K. (@Miakaa) November 18, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
blogging tips and tricks
- Rachel shares some tips to promote your blog post.
- Rachel offers some tips for journaling as a blogging tool.
- Julie has 10 reasons she will/won’t follow your blog via email.
- Ashley shares all the WordPress plugins she uses for blogging.
- Rachel has some quick tips for making your site mobile-friendly.
- Aria says CoSchedule is everything she wants in a blog planner.
- Crini explains how to change the colors for different post statuses in your WP dashboard.
- Anya shares her advice for starting a blog.
- Stephanie helps you DIY: recent reviews gadget.
- Josephine highlights the photography apps she uses.
- Karolina and Inge have cleaned their Bloglovin’ feed.
- Liza talks about setting goals for your blog.
blogging how you want
- Sydney talks about blogging how you want and why it’s important.
- Cait wants you to stop apologizing for how you blog.
- Andye wants to know why are you apologizing?
- Chiara discusses swearing on her blog.
- Anne has mixed feelings about not blogging every day.
- Tammy explains how she got kicked off WordPress.com.
- Rebecca admits she’s not good at blog design.
- Rachel says no one gives a sh*t about her book reviews.
- Ashley asks: how long does it take you to review a book?
- Chyna explains what makes her decline a review request.
- Alise shares the results of her book reviews survey.
- Tanja talks about NetGalley and Edelweiss.
- Zoë Marriott explains how she uses OneNote for writing.
- Marissa Meyer addresses writer’s block.
- Amy Nichols on bridging the gap between science and fiction.
- Chuck Wendig explains how to motivate yourself as a writer.
- Stormy reflects on writing what she doesn’t know.
- Julie Eshbaugh talks about generating new ideas.
Things Bookworms Think About
a reader’s life
- Ceilidhann discusses Outlander and Scottishness.
- Kristilyn talks about reading books at the right time for you.
- NPR’s librarian on how to organize your bookshelves.
- Cayce admits her wishlist contains books she won’t buy.
- Charli argues that not all YA readers are the same.
- Pam talks about going through reading phases.
- Gaby and Lisa discuss their reading habits.
- Charli has problems with her attention span.
- Erin talks about book hangovers.
- Amanda likes to buy books as little as possible.
- P.E. and Mari discuss the best snacks to eat with books.
- Gillian talks about the art of binging and total fictional obsession.
- Emz goes over the good and the bad when it comes to book recommendations.
- Mitchii highlights those bookish stuff that most bookish people have.
- Julie and Rose share their thoughts on grammar.
- Sam asks: do YA books have prettier covers than adult books?
- Charleen does some book math.
- Isaac Stewart discusses his process for the artwork in Sixth of the Dusk.
- Becky wonders if you read differently in different formats.
- Fionnuala has been converted to hardback books.
- Valeria explains why she loves ebooks.
inside the books
- Christina rants about characters turning into jerks.
- Alexa talks about steamy scenes in YA.
- Emz discusses monsters in YA.
- Carrie shares her pet peeves in fiction.
- Jenn asks: are love triangles becoming more tolerable?
- Chiara explains why she doesn’t like love triangles.
- Ruby wants to know: is the “fatal flaw” realistic?
- Stephanie shares which villains she loves to hate.
- Becca wonders if books in a series should have a recap section.
- Jessica asks: is there such a thing as being turned off by a character’s quirks?
- Alysia wants to know which you find more important: character or plot?
- Kayla and Nara break down some more sci-fi genres for us.
- Steph wonders if realistic stories are the next big thing.
- Janet muses about her fiction choices and pretext.
- Ely provides a beginner’s guide to YA lit.
- Kim discusses diversity and nonfiction.
- Ana explains why she loves sci-fi.
- Lola shares her favorite and not-so-favorite genres.
- Ellen’s put together a newbie’s guide to mystery.
- Stubby recommends 17 standalone fantasy novels.
- Nara shares some recommendations for adult sci-fi.
- Kritika rants about the “because science!” excuse in sci-fi.
lists and recommendations
- Trish shares 10 bookish proverbs to live by.
- Meg outlines the 21 stages of finding a new OTP.
- Aimee suggests five bookish things to do when you’re not reading.
- Kelly recommends a variety of YA books with dragons.
- Kelly highlights some fabulously diverse YA covers.
- Jo lists five reasons reading is important.
- Lucy recommends some big books (400+ pages).
- Amber shares her top five books to read this winter.
- Cait highlights five glorious debuts of 2014.
- Emz goes over the eight uses of books.
holidays are coming
- Elena posts her holiday gift guide.
- Kel has mixed feelings about getting books for Christmas.
- Amy shares her book recommendations for Christmas.
- Brittany puts together a holiday gift guide for book addicts.
- Hannah talks about holiday book buys on a budget.
- Dre shares some bookish gift ideas.
- Rachel hooks you up with some exclusive bookish gift discounts.
- Voting is open for the 2014 *book shimmy* awards semifinals!
- Kayla shares her synesthetic colors for Dissonance.
- Brittany made a holiday gift guide for book addicts.
- Sarah has a holiday gift guide for book lovers.
- Claire pairs brands of tea with books.
- Buzzfeed wants to know which books you’ve lied about reading.
- Epic Reads has a comprehensive guide to dating a book nerd.
- Emily pairs up Disney songs with YA books.
- Copyblogger on why they killed their Facebook page.
- Jessica Hische offers some great tips for organizing your email.
- Here’s the first trailer for Disney’s live-action Cinderella remake.
- Mental Floss clears up some common misconceptions about technology.
- The Popaganda podcast has a great episode about feminism and science fiction.
So, how was your week?