News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
Minor bit of housekeeping:
We’ve had some issues with emails and comment replies on the blog this week. Everything should be sorted out now, but please let us know if something strange happens (like you email us and don’t get a response).
We’ve also had some minor issues with the mobile version of our site. For some reason, some links seem to be redirecting to… non-bookish (and inappropriate) sites. Rest assured we are working on this! Hopefully it hasn’t interfered with anyone’s ability to visit our site. (If you’re using a laptop/desktop computer to access our site, there shouldn’t be any problems – as far as we know.)
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley shared tips for moving your blog to a new home.
- Asti reviewed Landline by Eleanor & Park.
- Kelley reviewed Lark Ascending by Meagan Spooner.
- Asti confessed: she loves maps but doesn’t use them.
- Jenny stopped by to talk about New Adult.
- Asti announced the beginning of Horror October Fortnight.
- Kelley treated everyone to a giveaway (go enter!).
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]Hiya beautiful bookish people! It’s been pretty mellow this week. I’ve been working on job-hunting in between doing lots of blogging stuff. (Isn’t it crazy how you can spend hours working on blogging stuff and yet seem to get nothing done? I’m catching up on comments and commenting back but it’s taking me forever. Fail!)
Honestly, I think my favorite thing this week has been my time with Dave. He texted me earlier in the week when he finished listening to Words of Radiance and he was just so excited. He right away started complaining about the wait between books and how he just wanted to get the next one RIGHT NOW. (Aw, a true bookworm). And then when he came home I looked over at him while he was on his laptop and he was on Goodreads writing his review! (I couldn’t help but share it on Twitter, the proud bookish girlfriend I am.) In case you’re curious, he’s moved on to reading Sanderson’s Mistborn now.
Apart from loving him for that bookish fun (because really, how can one not fall more in love with a boy when he’s getting oh so excited about books), we also decided that we would go on a “date” Saturday. Nothing special, just eating out at our favorite diner (which happens to be an American one, haha), and going to see a movie (Dracula Untold – which way surpassed my expectations). But still, as we’re getting closer to the end of my student visa and the possibility that I might have to leave the country, it’s really nice just having these quiet times together. I feel incredibly lucky to have him in my life, and to call him my boyfriend.[/stextbox]
[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]This week, the insanity has continued. Monday evening I came home to discover that my front door refused to open, even after it was unlocked. The maintenance man couldn’t break my door open either, and ended up having to _break in through my window_ in order to get inside and open the door so he could fix it! At least I had some time to hang out in the cool breeze with Squeakers — and take a video of him! (I wish I could capture how truly gorgeous his green eyes are.)
I did get lavished with some pretty amazing bookish treasures this week, though. My special edition of The Body Electric arrived, with all KINDS of beautiful swag! And I got a surprise package from an industry contact, which included TWO hardcovers of Dissonance, a paperback of Shadow & Bone, and some other fun stuff!
I ALSO got to fangirl something fierce in front of Scott Westerfeld Thursday night (OMFG), and then skipped off to Austin with my sister for the Texas Teen Book Festival (where I fangirled at Scott Westerfeld some more, as well as Garth Nix, Sarah Maas, and Cory Doctorow!). More about that later. :)[/stextbox]
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
No matter what, we can all agree that Red Delicious is the worst possible apple. It is the very nadir of mealy disappointment.
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) October 13, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
- Sophie busts some blogging myths.
- Anya says: let’s get real about stats.
- Rachel shares some twitter tips and tricks.
- Carrie wonders about keeping things fresh.
- Ashley explains why “follow backs” are pointless.
- Amber shares her reasons for not participating in memes.
- Genevieve talks about blogging when dealing with real life.
- Diamond asks: how do you blog when your schedule becomes packed?
- Kristilyn is seeking help for rejuvenating her passion for blogging.
- Lola wants to know: how do you use categories and tags?
- Cait identifies the ten types of book bloggers.
- Lucy applies her business studies to blogging.
- Alisa struggles with the fine art of multi-tasking.
- Jessi says no opinions are “wrong”.
- Kara walks us through her rating system.
- Shannon wonders if she’s too easy to please.
- Erika doesn’t like when blogger review too much.
- Tori rants about finding ARCs at indie bookstores.
- Kayla explains why she’s backing away from requesting ARCs.
- Cass thinks about reasons why reviews don’t get ALL the love.
- Kaitlin talks about requesting review copies from publishers.
- Genevieve explains why she sometimes writes four star reviews with little or no negativity.
On Writing & Authoring
- Chuck Wendig says to shut up and write.
- Julie Eshbaugh explains how not to quit.
- An agent and editor discuss contract negotiation.
- Maggie Stiefvater on authors running their own social media.
- Here are some things you should know when writing about guns.
- Ewan has 7 ideas to help you anticipate the future of publishing.
- Jodi Meadows on how her other creative pursuits influence her writing.
Things Bookworms Think About
A Reader’s Life
- Kel shares her thoughts on series.
- Emz shares her thoughts on author events.
- Charlene looks at the history of book plates.
- Lili says her bookshelf calms her down when she’s emotional.
- Holly looks at the benefits of assigned reading.
- Debby recaps her first year of a book club.
- Leigh shares her thoughts on binge reading.
- Amy has tips for color coding your bookshelves.
- Rachel shares the ten signs you are a book junkie.
- Asheley admits she’s evolved into a lazy reader.
- Kristilyn talks about sharing a love of reading.
- Laura wants to know: do you have a favorite book… EVER?
- Amanda confesses: sometimes she peaks ahead at the ending.
On Picking Up — and Putting Down — Books
- Ana discusses on-the-go book consumption.
- Kristen asks: what was your gateway into YA book?
- Francine wants to know: do you like reserving books?
- Renae confesses: I’m a reader who doesn’t like bookstores.
- Jamie lists eight reasons she struggles to put down a book.
- Julie and Rose ask: do you own tons of books you’ve never read?
- Alice talks about the Books Are My Bag campaign and her new favorite bookshop.
inside the books
- Lily talks about stalking in YA.
- Ellice discusses football in fiction.
- Ashtyn highlights her favorite ships.
- Ashley shares her thoughts on love triangles.
- Anya explains what she needs to enjoy romance in YA.
- Alicia wants to know what you care about more: plot or characters.
- Becky wonders: does knowing a place featured in a book affect your reading experience?
- Orli writes a response to Kathleen Hale.
- Becca discusses pseudonyms in blogging.
- Ceilidhann shares her open letter to Kathleen Hale and Guardian Books.
- Karolina and Inge talk about being too old for YA.
- Karina asks: where are women’s friendships in SFF?
- Here’s a great flowchart for choosing diverse YA books.
- Emily (jokingly) provides seven reasons you shouldn’t read YA.
- Megan wants to know: where are all the disabled characters in children’s books?
- Make sure to check out all the awesome Horror October Fortnight posts done by participants!
- Mitchii shares her thoughts on horror.
- Kim highlights three ghostly good reads.
- Catherine lists 13 comics to read this Halloween.
- Kelly recommends books about the death business.
- Cass has a not-so-scary guide to thrilling October reads.
- Kat shares the top five things she has to have in horror.
- Here are 13 ultra-creepy books to avoid before bedtime.
- Louise talks about scary moments in not-so-scary things.
- Kelly notices a trend of plagues and epidemics in YA fiction.
- Holly recommends books for those who like creepy creatures.
- Emz puts together a bookish costume for The Mortal Instruments.
- Finley Jayne highlights her favorite books by the master of creepiness.
- Alec highlights Google Ngrams – cool!
- Rachel illustrates 10 signs you’re a book junkee.
- Jessica shows off some fun book-inspired goodies.
- Kayla shows off more of her book-induced synesthesia.
- Crini shares a graphic she created for Anna Dressed in Blood.
- Becca provides directions on making a book hook bookmark.
- Jessica designs a wallpaper for Gemma Correll’s It’s a Punderful Life.
- Hafsah offers a free download of her Alice in Zombieland wallpaper.
- Take this quiz to find out which season you are. (Kelley = Autumn, Asti = Spring)
- Vote on which series will be included in the Novel Novice 2015 desktop wallpaper calendar!
So, how was your week?
Have you ever converted anyone to the bookworm world like Asti has? Do you ever get unnecessarily excited when you find them doing bookish things like updating Goodreads or just sharing their thoughts on books? Isn’t it amazing?!