News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
horror october fortnight is over!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who participated in Horror October Fortnight! While I’m sad Leanne wasn’t able to join us for the event, I’m glad that I was able to be apart of the event. I had a blast reading everyone’s posts and tweeting them through our blog account over the past two weeks. Make sure you check out the complete schedule of Horror October posts and join my Monster Mash giveaway, if you haven’t already! – A
the winners of kelley’s giveaway ARE…
- Shayna won a hardcover of Dissonance
- Cassie won a signed hardcover of The Glass Sentence
- Andrea won a signed ARC of Shattered Souls
- Kaylie won a signed ARC of Pivot Point
- Lori won a signed ARC of Under the Never Sky
- Samantha won an ARC of Delirium
- Caroline won an ARC of Find Me
- Reanna won an ARC of Fated
- Emz won an ARC of Nobody
- Rosie won an ARC of The Flame in the Mist
Congratulations to you all! I can’t wait to mail out your goodies!
And Sci-Fi November has Arrived!
Don’t forget to check out everyone’s intro posts, and keep your eye on the schedule to see all of the amazing awesome sci-fi goodness people are going to be sharing all month long! Participants: if you have any questions, please double-check your email for our update messages, and be sure to follow on on twitter (@SciFiMonth) for news there too!
WE HAVE LIFT-OFF!!!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley got excited about stuff coming in November.
- Asti shared a new Bookish Find: Madame Memento’s Book Art Prints.
- Kelley reviewed Dreams, Delusions, Chimeras by Angela Pardue.
- Asti made a quiz: What is Your Fate with (Bookish) Monsters?
- Asti did a Horror October Fortnight recap (with a giveaway!)
- Kelley reflected on her reading progress for October.
- Day 2 of Bookish Games: Ready Player One edition began.
- Sci-Fi November officially began, and we shared our plans.
Asti also stopped by Notebook Sisters to predict YA trends in 2015 (along with a handful of other awesome bloggers).
Our Lives This Week
In Asti’s Life…
There’s nothing new and exciting for me to report here. I’ve been spending my week with the marketing team at Little, Brown, which has been an absolute blast, but also very draining! Between the three hours I spend traveling everyday and the time change and the fact that it gets dark so much earlier these days, I just feel like I have no energy to do anything except go to work and then come home and pass out. Of course, I can’t do that though because there’s so much going on on the blog – Horror October just finished (which I’ve pretty much had to do all by myself because Leanne is MIA) and Sci-Fi November has begun! There really is no rest for the wicked.
I have one more week of work placement to go, and then I think I’m done with free labor. While I enjoy completing my placements because they offer me a chance to develop skills and knowledge I’ll need in the publishing industry, and they allow me to network with some amazing people, I just feel like I’ve done enough. Now is the point where I just need to find a job. If I don’t, I’ll be leaving London in a couple of months to head back to the States, and who knows what will happen next.
In Kelley’s Life…
Here’s an accomplishment: I have all of my posts for the entire month of November already written and scheduled. Can you believe that?! I mean, I’m not sure where I got all the time to do that, but I’m really glad I did because now I can focus on reading, and planning for the end of the year.
Cat Saga Update: You guys, I was about to start a FIGHT with my neighbor (okay, I’m way too nonconfrontational for that, so more likely I was about ready to start harboring some resentment toward my neighbor), because I noticed they were sneaking food to Squeakers. And not just any food, but cans of wet food. That’s right, friends. You know it’s serious when you’re ready to fight over who gets to feed the freaking neighborhood feral cats.
What else? I have no idea. Trying to get used to my new narco meds so I can spend the next three days going to a bunch of amazing author events!
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
Why is peter pan always flying? He neverlands. I like this joke because it never grows old.
— So Punny (@WowSoPunny) September 23, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
blogging tips and tricks
- Hannah writes a letter to newbie bloggers.
- Erika has simple tips to help your blogging life.
- Nuz guides bloggers on making their posts shine.
- Josephine is starting a feature for photography tips.
- Rachel helps you master the WordPress Visual Editor.
- Ashley talks about the difference between CSS and SCSS.
- Ashley offers free downloadable ‘verdict’ rating graphics.
- Erika shares tips on designing and installing your signature.
- Brittany shares 37 WP keyboard shortcuts to save time blogging.
- Wicked Junkee shares seven ways to utilize sarcasm in your posts.
- Jessica asks 3 bloggers about how they balance blogging with life.
- Kelly answers blogging questions sent in by readers.
- Ashley explains how to create your own WordPress shortcodes. (Or you can read Kelley’s post on the same topic, which she wrote back on Another Novel Read.)
rating and reviewing
- Jeann attempts to define ARCs and review copies.
- Lola wants to know: how do you comment on a review?
- Chyna has decided she’s no longer posting negative reviews.
- Kristen asks: if a book makes you ugly cry, do you rate it higher?
- Amanda shares her thoughts on ratings, archives, and blind requests.
- Cait asks if we have to do all of the social media.
- Jessica is tired of being bombarded with notifications.
- Lenore talks about the social media they use at Bibliolatry Me.
a blogger’s life
- Joy is looking for a co-blogger.
- Lucy feels like a blogging Hannah Montana.
- Xpresso Reads is looking for another reviewer.
- Ashley reminds bloggers: we blog for ourselves.
- Charlotte wonders why book blogs don’t get as much love as others.
- Jamie gets nervous when she doesn’t read everyday because she has a book blog.
- Kat Zhang talks about writing out of order.
- Chuck Wendig talks about magic in writing.
- Adam Silvera discusses writing that “between book”.
- Stormy weighs her pros and cons: to NaNoWriMo or not?
- Chuck Wendig has written a NaNoWriMo pep talk for you.
- Nafiza looks at how to successfully build fictional realities.
- Brian Staveley discusses the strange art of killing fictional characters.
- Stephie breaks down the advice from Merilyn Simonds on how to write a killer book proposal.
Things Bookworms Think About
a reader’s life
- Tori has ten bookish confessions.
- Julie and Rose share their literacy stories.
- Mitchii talks about the ‘pros’ of a book slump.
- Josephine reflects on her personal read-a-thon.
- Laura wants to know: are you in any book clubs?
- Katy shares life lessons she’s learned from Tamora Pierce’s books.
- Tabitha shares what she does when she doesn’t feel like reading.
- Becky asks: do you ever feel like you don’t give a book enough of a chance?
- Genevieve admits sometimes she has difficulty concentrating while reading.
buying books and reading them
- Erin shares her bookstore pet peeves.
- Terri explains why she’s loving the small TBR pile.
- Glass explains how she chooses what to read next.
- P.E. Mari talks about the magic of window shopping.
- Josephine talks about her year with a Kindle Paperwhite.
- Jess asks: have you and a book experienced love at first sight?
the guilty and the stigma
- Mari hesitates to announce she reads YA.
- Emily talks about ‘guilty pleasure books’.
- Eugenia wonders why a lot of guys don’t read YA.
- Stefani explains why you should not be ashamed of what you’re reading.
inside the books
- Sophia discusses anti-heroes.
- Inge doesn’t really enjoy classics.
- Jillian discusses love triangles in books.
- Sana spots a trend: island settings in YA.
- Pam talks about disappointing series enders.
- Kel shares her thoughts on YA fairytale retellings.
- Timon shares his thoughts on atmosphere in horror.
- Stephie explores androids and the Prometheus myth.
- Here’s a bunch of artwork from The World of Ice and Fire.
- Chris lists 19 strange things hiding in the World of Ice and Fire.
- George R. R. Martin reveals what would happen to Westeros if the Others win.
outside the books
- Meg doesn’t get the fuss over starred reviews.
- Cait wants to know: do you like book titles to be long or short?
- The Books Wars compare Cinder covers from around the world.
- Ashley asks: am I the only one who doesn’t care about Adobe “spying”?
lists and recommendations
- Pam shares her recent recommended reads.
- Holly recommends three books for those who like twists.
- Stormy recommends zombie books for readers who dislike zombies.
- Kit lists 10 places she wants to visit after reading about them in a book.
- Bieke shares her two cents on all the drama.
- Anne has some thoughts on respecting humans.
- Shayna shares her various responses to #HaleNo.
- Em asks: how do you respond to author scandals?
- Ceilidhann talks about #HaleNo, Blogger Blackout, and the non-existent war.
- Nara quizzes readers on chapter headings.
- Lark_Bookworm features printable book covers.
- Here’s a reading kit inspired by Falling into Place.
- Jen designed a wallpaper for Side Effects May Vary.
- Hawwa creates a book palette for Eleanor and Park.
- Here’s a quiz to help you figure out what to read next.
- Marianne puts together outfits for The Falconer and The Giver.
- Terri shares photos of her trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
- Sign-ups for the 5th Annual Broke and Bookish Secret Santa are open!
- Magan’s unboxing friendship.
- Here’s a quiz to find out which Greek goddess you are.
- Here are 27 patently untrue facts about famous writers.
- George R. R. Martin on the importance of religion in fantasy.
- Check out the We Need Diverse Books campaign on IndieGoGo.
Videos of the Week
- Did you know Harry Potter can rap?
- This guy paints with fire and it’s awesome.
- AsapSCIENCE asks: can you erase bad memories?
So, how was your week?