News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
The winner of asti’s giveaway
Asti’s Monster Mash giveaway in celebration of Horror October Fortnight 2014 has finally come to an end. The winner, randomly selected by Rafflecopter, was Deanna from Deanna Writes! The prize was one book worth up to £10 from The Book Depository and she chose The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. We haven’t read it here at Oh, the Books, but we hope she enjoys it! (Asti actually does own a personalized copy of it though. She should really stop being a slacker and get around to reading it.)
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley discussed different types of aliens.
- Asti shared a new Bookish Find: Leonard Ulian’s Book Art.
- Kelley made a quiz: Which race from the Star Trek universe are you?
- Asti reviewed Red Rising by Pierce Brown.
- Rachel stopped by to share her book monogamy story.
- Kelley shared mini reviews for books she read in October.
- Day Four of the Bookish Games: Ready Player One edition began.
Our Lives This Week
In Asti’s Life…
It’s time for the game of good news and bad news in Asti’s life. Let’s start with the good news.
- I’m graduating with distinction! As my degree was a postgraduate one and all my markings were 70% or above, I should graduate with distinction. Of course, as an American living in London I’m not 100% sure what that actually means, but I take it as a good thing. I worked really hard this past year to do well so I’m glad I have something to show for it.
- I have a publishing job! Somehow one of my work placements has developed into a full-time position and I’m actually getting paid for the work I do. It’s nothing overly glamorous or anything like that, and it’s just temporary to help them out until the end of the year, but still. I actually work at a publishing company in London. Go me!
- The battle for a work visa continues. I do currently have a job here, yes, but it’s just temporary. The company policy regarding work visas has been looked into and it is possible, but they are only willing to do it for a permanent position. As this role isn’t permanent, and there’s no other permanent roles currently available, that means I’m still stuck in the same situation as I was before. I can stay and work here until the end of January on my student visa, but after that I have to leave.
- Free time? What is free time? One consequence of this sudden employment is that my free time is gone. I have been doing so many placements lately that I had made the decision that once I finished this last one this last week I would be done and just devote all my time to catching up with blog stuff and job hunting. Well, that’s no longer the case. I leave from work at 8am every morning and don’t get home until 7pm. That pretty much leaves me four hours or so a day to do anything other than work/sleep, and that’s just not enough. I still plan on sticking around and hope to figure something out in regards to all this, but as of right now expect to see less of me.
And that’s it. That is this week’s edition of good news and bad news. Thanks for playing.
In Kelley’s Life…
My week has been rather… eventful?
- Monday was AWESOME. I got to see Shannon Messenger!
- Tuesday I had the most ridiculous situation happen where something got stuck in my tooth and I actually had to go to the dentist’s office so they could get it out (I’m just grateful it wasn’t anything more serious). Then I had a lovely dinner with my husband to celebrate our anniversary!
- Wednesday I participated in a video shoot and there was like a pro makeup artist involved and everything. They’re making a video to help educate healthcare providers about the symptoms of narcolepsy & cataplexy, so hopefully people can get more accurate (and much more timely) diagnoses. I LOVE this project and I was glad to be a part of it!
- Thursday was exciting but a little scary. My husband got a job offer for a great company, but if he takes it, it could mean some HUGE changes to our lives… We’re still trying to process it all.
- The weekend was filled with friends and wine and fun, which I kind of needed after the roller coaster week!
(And for those wondering about the Cat Saga, the baby kitties are migrating closer to our house… I don’t know what they’re all doing in this surprisingly wintry weather we’re having, but they seem to be okay!)
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
- Tanja shares her thoughts on co-blogging.
- Shannelle writes a small post on quitting.
- Liza talks about the time required to blog.
- Jillian is struggling juggling life and blogging.
- Becky asks: can you reread as a book blogger?
- Ashley asks: can you manage more than one blog?
- Amanda is questioning her role in the community.
- Rebecca talks about commenting on other blogs.
- Angela discusses group blogs… confusing or fabulous?
- April and Jen say sometimes you just have to shake it off.
- Charlotte wants to know if you share other people’s posts.
Tips & Tricks
- Jessi rants about too much formatting.
- Ashley lists 6 things you don’t need in your sidebar.
- Rachel shares some great sites for free stock photos.
- Em provides some tips and tricks for participating in memes.
- Ashley answers: are you allowed to use modified social media icons?
- Stephanie highlights websites with affordable design graphics.
- Josephine helps you take book photos with bright colors and soft shadows.
reviewing & Rating
- Amber asks: should bloggers review everything they’re sent?
- Shayna shares her thoughts on reading and writing reviews.
- Jennifer wants to know if you review every book you read.
- Luna wonders: when did 3-star ratings become a bad thing?
- Ashley shares her tips on rating and reviewing.
- Chiara talks about a book’s worth via reviews.
- Cassie is being overly critical of books.
- Lauren discusses book ratings.
- Dela says life experiences lead to inspiration.
- Here’s some NaNoWriMo advice from YA authors.
- Susan Dennard offers a reminder to actually write.
- Kat shares 10 signs NaNo is causing you serious pain.
- Chuck Wendig on the detestation of your own manuscript.
- Janice Hardy discusses the importance of world building.
- Jodi Meadows talks about publishing expectations vs. the reality.
Things Bookworms Think About
getting the books
- Orli thinks books are ridiculously expensive.
- Julie and Rose talk about book buying budgets.
- Amy provides six tips to help you win more books online.
- Sophie highlights some bookshops she wants to visit.
reading the books
- MV talks about reading nooks.
- April just can’t get into anything!
- Celine is having an ebook love affair.
- Ruby shares her winter reading ideals.
- Alicia admits she’s an emotional reader.
- Kimba has become an audiobook junkie.
- Erica shares her (horrible) reading habits.
- Cait is a hopelessly peer pressured reader.
- Jamie talks about the sacrificial lamb book.
- Josephine explains how to read all the time.
- Trish discusses the joys of non-solitary reading.
- Kel discusses reading for fun vs. reading for work.
- Cee wonders if reading challenges are good for our health.
- Celine is living a month in a world without TBR lists and reading priority systems.
Inside the Books
- Tori despises instalove.
- Eugenia discusses book twists.
- Erin talks about book boyfriends.
- Lily sailed her ship… and then sunk it.
- Bridget wants to know: do you write in books?
- Alysia shares her thoughts on exploring genres.
- Elena explains why she likes unlikeable characters.
- Emz investigates “borrowed” and “stolen” elements.
- Emily doesn’t get along with Gossip Girl-esque books.
- Carmel wants to know how you really feel about love triangles.
- Faye says characters don’t need to fall in love in the first book.
- Genevieve confesses: sometimes books make her feel insecure.
- Claire reflects on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone during her annual reread.
- Jess asks: is the Happily Ever After purely about romance or does it really just want justice?
Lists & Recommendations
- Jenna recommends crossover books.
- Natalie shares her top five underrated books.
- Cait lists the thirteen best book beginnings ever.
- Leah loves the Goodreads’ Recommendation page.
- Alice discusses books that taught her about ignorance.
- Kimberly recommends books with great riddles inside!
- Kelly highlights the bookish best of pretty covers of 2014.
- Lucy recommends some military-themed YA for Veteran’s Day.
- Claire highlights three US book covers that kick UK ass.
- Sophie wants your recommendations for animal nonfiction.
- Victoria recommends 8 quick reads for the busy college student.
- Molly shares books you should read if you like Pretty Little Liars.
- Ellen explains why everyone should read historical fiction.
- Alexa and Hannah walk us through their history with fantasy.
- Alexa and Hannah highlight their favorite magical creatures.
- Hannah and Alexa share their favorite words and illustrations from fantasy stories.
- Lola lists her top ten sci-fi books.
- Rinn discusses archaeology in sci-fi.
- Kritika shares some of her favorite sci-fi art.
- Ana highlights some common pitfalls in sci-fi.
- Bieke looks at the difference between sci-fi and fantasy.
- Annie talks about the genre divide between sci-fi and fantasy.
- Kritika designed a Supremely Fantastic Sci-Fi Sub-Genre Flowchart.
- Nicolette discusses feminism and gendered language in sci-fi, german, and beyond.
- Sci-Fi Month Blogger Panel #2: Do you have you know about science to enjoy reading sci-fi?
- Jessica designs a wallpaper for Anne & Henry.
- Kayla shares her synesthetic colors for Otherbound.
- Find out which obscure Wizard of Oz character you are.
- Add your nominations to the 2014 *book shimmy* awards!
- Sarah shares some wallpapers for A Thousand Pieces of You.
- Here’s a pretty awesome infographic for the world of The Jewel.
- Gaby and Lisa highlight YA books they wish were video games.
- Georgie puts together a cover palette for Survive the Night.
other book-related stuff
- Valeria wonders how long is too long when it comes to series.
- Kat shares some a list of condescending sh*t to say to readers.
- Miguel talks about the fine line between music and books.
- Nicole explains why she can’t choose a favorite book.
- Amadna shares more of her bookish pet peeves.
- Erin is peeved by bad movie adaptations.
- Sarah talks about traveling with books.
- P.E. Mari discusses bubbles and books.
- Anne shares her top 15 Futurama episodes.
- Stormy has her second annual de-lurking party.
- The first exclusive teaser trailer for Insurgent is here!
- Emily reflects on Supernatural’s greatest moments of meta.
- Check out this gorgeous bike path inspired by Starry Night!
- Epic Reads highlights 12 YA series Netflix should make into shows.
So, how was your week?