News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley reviewed Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White.
- Asti talked about how book shopping is torturous.
- Kelley explored tarot with Illusions of Fate.
- We posted the schedule guidelines and news for Sci-Fi Month.
- Asti shared her latest adventures with Wreck This Journal.
- Laura stopped by discuss ebooks vs. books.
- Sign-ups for The Bookish Games: Ready Player One Edition began!
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]Well hello there! How are you? Anything exciting happen this week? What about the weather? (Wow, I am really such a dork sometimes.)
This week has been pretty good. I mean, the whole job-hunting thing is never fun (especially when searching for a job in a country that doesn’t necessarily want more immigrants) and I’ve spent a day or two just watching videos nonstop and being completely unproductive (which is a total fail since I have so much blogging stuff to do – especially with our upcoming events), but, you know, it’s been alright.
Thursday I headed into London to spend time with my wonderful uni friend I don’t see enough and to buy some books for Super Thursday (which is the biggest day in the publishing industry because it’s when they publish the most books for the upcoming holidays). And while I was out I got a message from Dave saying he was going to the emergency room because he broke his nose while at work. Yup. I go out to have fun for one day and he has to go and hurt himself. Being the amazing girlfriend I am, I kept shopping and hanging out with my friend though instead of running to his rescue. It was only later that night I wondered if I should’ve asked him if he wanted me to meet him at the hospital. (Whoops!) He wasn’t bothered though. It wasn’t that serious and he kept me updated by taking pictures of his nose and complaining that it might never be straight again.
And the only other exciting day was Friday. I went back to Orion to help out the publicity department one last time (they just can’t seem to get rid of me!) which was nice because I can just go in and get stuff done and I get along with everyone pretty well. I also got to have both lunch and dinner with Stacey and Charlie, so really, I can’t complain. Those girls are lovely.
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[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]This week has been ridiculously hellish. I mean, one thing after another. I don’t even want to go into the details because it’s all just crappy and boring and you don’t want to read about it anyway. Needless to say, I am extremely glad that it is over, and I really hope that this coming week treats me much better.
A couple of happy things amidst all the crap: 1) my friend found her cat that had gone missing 3-4 weeks ago — YAY!; 2) I received my first physical ARC straight from the publisher: The Mime Order. I am so thrilled that Bloomsbury likes our blog and sends us review books![/stextbox]
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
The year is 2081. It's always fall, no matter what the date is. Everything tastes like a pumpkin. You live in a pumpkin. You are a pumpkin.
— Jamie Woodham (@jwoodham) October 9, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
- April says it sucks when bloggers delete posts.
- Stephanie shares a checklist for starting your own blog.
- Anya explains how to get her to comment on your blog.
- Hannah compares her bookish habits now vs. before blogging.
- Renae talks about structured reading and blogging processes.
- Rachel made an HTML cheat sheet.
- Erika shares some of the apps she uses for blogging.
- Betty talks about blogging when her life is bananas.
- Ana wants to know how you keep track of all of your social media accounts.
- Nikki is a fabulous blogger and she’s looking for someone to join her!
- Anya shares and discusses her blog stats.
Rating & Reviewing
- Octavia answers your questions about physical ARC requests.
- Sabrina rants about review books that just aren’t for her.
- John explains how not to respond to a bad review.
- Natalie confesses: she doesn’t like reviews.
- Chuck tells you what you need to know about your second draft.
- Jodi Meadows discusses writing and time management.
- Edward on when publishing begins to look like a bad relationship.
- Chuck Wendig has a message for writers: nobody owes you shit.
- Marissa Meyer answers questions about her writing process.
- Janice Hardy explains when to revise what in your novel.
Things Bookworms Think About
A Reader’s Life
- Amanda discusses the problems that come with loving books.
- Tori shares two books that affected her view on the world.
- Kristy talks about five star horrible books.
- Kel discusses book scribbling.
- Nova says she’s an extreme mood reader.
- Kat wonders if books and body exercise can really coexist.
- Louise is breaking out of her comfort zone.
- Emz investigates sequel and companion series.
- Jessi asks: have you ever been judged because you’re a reader?
- Carmel wants to know: do you ever feel like NOT reading?
- Ana talks about routine reading times.
- Ceilidhann ponders on wanting a book to fail.
- Ashley talks about the many reader problems.
- Cee confesses that she hates recommending books.
- Jillian shares which authors have changed her.
- Holly is frustrated by assigned reading.
- Kat asks: is there a right moment to DNF?
- Amy wants to know: how many unread books do you have?
buying and borrowing books
- Shannelle talks about the urge to buy books.
- Jamie laments the issues with lending books.
- Sophie shares her list of auto-buy authors.
- Lauren asks: how do you buy books?
- Allie muses about what makes a great heroine.
- Jess asks: why the triangles of love?
- Stormy speaks out in defense of tragedies.
- Janet analyzes the birthdays of Harry Potter characters.
- Stephanie Kuehn talk about memorable food in YA literature.
- Rachel explains 10 ways a romance becomes a bad romance.
- Gilly admits the way to her heart is through making her laugh.
- Sophie ponders the magic and not-magic in books.
- Rinn shares her least favorite elements of science fiction.
- Genevieve looks at the common archetype: incompetent and uncaring therapists.
- Sophia highlights 3 formulas/tropes and explains why they stink.
e-readers and audiobooks
- Annie explains how podcasts have changed her view on audiobooks.
- Isa goes over the options for what to do when your beloved e-reader breaks.
- Sunny Smith explains how to read when you’re busy (spoiler: audiobooks!).
- Tori explains why she loves her Kindle Paperwhite.
- Celine wants to know: do you read misbehaving authors?
- Julie and Rose share their thoughts on banned books.
- Kim is paying attention to reading diversely.
- Jack wonders if all princesses are really waiting for princes to come.
- Andye shares her thoughts on author responsibility in YA books.
- Epic Reads recommend 21 bone-chilling YA reads.
- Renae recommends books that spook, scare, and shock.
- Cass shares her guide to a not so scary, but thrilling October.
- Rachel recommends Halloween reads for scaredy cats.
- JJ compares external horror vs. internal horror.
- Here are some sarcastic tips for surviving the zombie apocalypse.
- Bekka helps us get ready for Halloween with witchy reads.
- Book It! announces an alumni program — free pizza!
- Topaz puts together a bookish playlist for R.J. Palacio’s Wonder.
- Kayla shares her synesthetic colors for It’s Kind of a Funny Story.
- Check out these adorable bookmarks on Kickstarter!
- Take this quiz to find out who you are in a horror story (apparently, Kelley would be the brains of the operation).
- Game of Thrones fans used math to figure out of Jon Snow truly knows nothing.
- Amber shares 20 signs that you follow too many bookworms on Instagram.
- Annie provides a pronunciation guide for Tattered Heart (including a video of her audiobook narrators having difficulty getting the names right)!
- Jessica links to 5 simple DIY ideas for book lovers.
- Hafsah’s created a free wallpaper for Grave Mercy.
Fun & Interesting
- Amie Kaufman shows us how to build & use a tread desk.
- Gina Damico shows us how to get a dirt-cheap standing desk.
- Quiz: what’s your anger type? (Kelley = liquid rage, apparently…)
- Matt demystifies the old book smell.
Videos of the Week
- Why you should never be the last to read a series.
- Here are some wise words from Neil Gaiman.
- Did you know that they are making a live-action Tetris movie?
- Nerdy Nummies dresses like Seven of Nine and makes a Borg Cube cake!!!
So, how was your week?