News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley checked in on her reading progress.
- Asti made an I Spy Sci-Fi game (with prizes!).
- Kelley reviewed Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas.
- Asti reviewed Ruin & Rising by Leigh Bardugo.
- Lauren stopped by to share her audiobook experience.
- We asked for your input on our blog plans for 2015.
Our Lives This Week
In Asti’s Life…
Did I mention Dave and I saw Mockingjay Pt. 1 last week? Yeah, it was alright. It met my expectations, but I didn’t really have high expectations to begin with, so it’s all good. I actually have a post about movie adaptations going live later this week, so make sure to stop by and check it out ;)
On Sunday, I also watched Dave play football (soccer) as I usually do each weekend, and he scored! Woohoo! Dave is one of those guys who is always so hard on himself and sort of lets his own head games get in the way of the actual game, so usually his games consist of him getting frustrated with himself or getting sick and being subbed off. But not this time! I was so happy for him. <3
Apart from that, I had two sick days this week and a roller coaster of emotions. There’s something definitely wrong with my mind right now, but I’m just trying to ride it out in hopes that it’ll get back to where it needs to be soon. It’s absolutely exhausting when this kind of thing happens though. One minute I am incredibly giggly and happy, and the next I feel numb and void of emotion. It’s just so extreme. It makes me want to sleep forever.
Oh, and Orion has asked me to stay on for a bit longer. They requested I stay until January, but as that is my last month in the country I said I could only stay on until Christmas. So I have two more weeks of work to go (which means two more weeks of not responding to comments and being pretty fail as a blogger, sorry). But hey, it’s nice they like me enough to keep me around.
Hope you all had a lovely week. x
In Kelley’s Life…
Ahem. Hello, friends. Um, my life is just… kind of… crazy right now. It’s ridiculous. It’s so crazy that I haven’t even gotten to enjoy feeding all of the adorable kitties that loiter by my house when I get home from work. My husband has found a job that is likely perfect for him, and it’s an amazing opportunity, which makes me both excited for him and proud of him! The only thing I dislike about this job is that it’s basically going to uproot us and it will be a major change for our lives. There are a lot of things still up in the air, a lot of unknowns and uncertainties (which drive a brain like mine just *crazy*), so we don’t have everything planned out yet. But. Yes. Deep breaths… lots of changes ahead. Don’t worry, I can blog from anywhere, and I don’t intend to stop!)
Aside from that, my week has been especially busy, and weird, and just… unsual? Don’t believe me? I’ll leave you with this:
Guy at the PO: Say, you have a boyfriend? Me: I have a husband. Guy: Damn! Man, that's messed up. Hmm…
— Oh, the Kelley! (@anovelread) December 5, 2014
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
At this rate, I'll be eviscerating, defenestrating and decapitating Evil Neighbours in fiction from now to eternity. #atitagain
— Alexia Casale (@AlexiaCasale) December 5, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
- Sam loves the book blogging community.
- Kat has some tips on how to name your blog.
- Shannelle says it’s hard being a new blogger.
- Orli talks about the reality of being a book blogger.
- Stephanie explains why you shouldn’t use CAPTCHA.
- Liza talks about some of the hidden costs of blogging.
- Ashley wonders: what does a “huge” book blog look like?
- Charlotte asks: do I have to define what sort of blogger I am?
- Parajunkee suggests some new year’s resolutions for book bloggers.
- Andye shares 11 steps to becoming a more productive book blogger.
- Ashley explains why she uses we/our when referencing her business.
posts & content
- Charleen is looking for guest bloggers.
- Parajunkee recommends scheduling your posts.
- Sandra talks about creating the content you want.
- Parajunkee says: Discover a problem? Fix it. Write about it.
- Stefanie explains how to spot the weakest part of your blog post.
photography, design & Social Media
- Abria shares her social media strategy.
- Josephine talks about photography and accent colors.
- Crini created a tutorial for creating a simple progress bar.
rating & reviews
- Kel talks about one-star reviews.
- Carrie wants to discuss NetGalley.
- Michelle is annoyed by GIFs on Goodreads.
- Carmel asks: have you ever changed your rating?
- Julie lists ten reasons why she will rate a book two-stars.
- Sarah wants to know if you review every book or just some.
On Writing & Publishing
- E. C. Myers compares book babies vs. actual babies.
- CJ Daugherty discusses adapting book-to-web series.
- Julie Eshbaugh suggests taking some risks in your writing.
- Meredith McCardle offers 5 tips for researching your novel.
- Zoë Marriott explains how she clears her mind prior to writing.
- JJ shared some podcasts for about writing, publishing, and more!
- Ceilidhann asks: does it matter that Zoella’s book may have been ghostwritten?
Things Bookworms Think About
A Reader’s Life
- Natalie asks: is YA shameful?
- Maddie shares her bookish bucket list.
- Kayla has issues with mood reading attacks.
- Lenore talks about the devil’s reading slumps.
- Bieke discusses books that give her a headache.
- Julie, Rose and Lynn chat about non-reader friends.
- Andye highlights ten things only book addicts understand.
- Octavia explains why disappointing reads make her giddy.
- April is in the biggest reading and blogging slump of her life.
- Parajunkee discusses book nerd social interaction problems.
- Lauren features her top 10 reactions/thoughts while reading.
- Angie discusses bad author behaviour and reading their books.
- Sara shares her top five pet peeves about books and publishing.
- Alise talks about the hardest decision bookworms have to make.
- Jesse says if your kids won’t read, maybe you should fine them better books!
buying and borrowing books
- Octavia wants to talk about Book Outlet.
- Josephine lists the nine signs of a hipster library.
- Annie talks about the burden of borrowing books.
- Kristy shares some Aussie online book shopping tips.
Inside the Books
- Laura says you can’t always see diversity.
- Yash has many thoughts about love triangles.
- Rachel M. Wilson discusses mental illness in YA.
- Eric Devine discusses the necessity of violence.
- Pam wants to know if you love or hate cliffhangers.
- Lauren says love triangles have made her paranoid.
- Faythe wonders: where are the poor teens in YA contemporary lit?
- David Barnett does some character studies in a steampunk world.
- Jess asks: if everything is conventional then what does it take to be avant-garde?
outside the books
- Lola rambles about blurbs.
- Erin talks about naked hardbacks.
- Jarry shows off 32 of the most beautiful book covers of 2014.
Lists & Recommendations
- Caitilin lists 13 female YA authors that owned 2014.
- Kelly has some 2015 contemporary YA for your radar.
- Christy highlights ten books that will break your heart.
- Johannah put together a Christmas reading list for adults.
- Kelly recommends adrenaline-fueled, male-centered YA fiction.
- Kelly recommends contemporary YA with less financially privileged teens.
- Mallory has revealed the Redwall diet.
- Cayce has created another YA LGBT rainbow.
- Cait highlights some bookish Christmas decorations.
- Melanie shares recipes for Harry Potter holiday treats!
- Did you see the winners of the 2014 *book shimmy* awards?
- Jamie has begun her 5th annual end of the year book survey!
- Check out this illuminated, calligraphic copy of Tolkien’s Silmarillion.
- Jessica has created a fun I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie wallpaper.
- Kayla shares her synesthetic colors for The Darkest Part of the Forest.
- Check out this crazy circle of ice on the Sheyenne River!
- Catherine discusses ADD, video games, and community.
- Jenn reminds us how to write a customer service email.
- Dana shares 21 phrases you use without realizing you’re quoting Shakespeare.
- Amy shares her top 5 favorite episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- Amy lists the 10 Star Trek characters she’d want with her on a deserted planet.
So, how was your week?