News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
In Case You Missed It
- Kelley showed us what book pages look like through her synesthesia.
- Asti reviewed Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner.
- Kelley reviewed Color Song by Victoria Strauss.
- Asti shared a new Bookish Find: Kelly Campbell Berry’s book sculptures.
- Lina stopped by with her 8-fold path to literary enlightenment.
- Leanne showed off another page in her Adventure Journal: CMYK.
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]Are you ready for my exciting news? Are you? Are you? Are you?
I’M DONE WITH MY DISSERTATION!!!
I don’t love it, but I tend to be an overly critical perfectionist so I don’t expect any different. I’ve been honest with its many limitations, I’ve done all I feel I can do, so now it’s just a matter of heading back to uni this week to print, bind, and hand it in. Woohoo!
Apart from that, the only thing I can think that has been any sort of excitement this week if the #HoFotography duel I had with Sana. I saw her drooling and sharing pictures of Heir of Fire on Twitter and Instagram so I challenged her to spend a day with me taking creative photos of the book, which we did. It’s over now, and I think she won, but I had fun so I forgive her.
I hope your week was amazing! :)[/stextbox]
[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]My week was definitely pretty awesome. I feel extremely productive because NOT ONLY did I catch up on everything at work (some things have been waiting in my inbox for MONTHS), but I got a LOT of blog stuff done. I wrote a crapload of reviews, prepped a ton of posts, and got my plans for Sci-Fi Month sorted out!
I also got to see Melissa Marr on Thursday night, which was awesome. She is always entertaining, and so full of great insights and stories about the industry! Saturday I also got to see Mari Mancusi, and then my sister and I went to see The Maze Runner with a friend. I’ll report back about it, um, later. ;D
(Also, for those keeping track of the Stray Cat Saga going on outside my apartment. Sarsparilla (that’s what I’ve taken to calling him) now waits for me every evening and sometimes in the mornings. I have been trying not to feed him every day, at my husband’s insistence. Then I got home Thursday night and saw he’d given him food AND water. Apparently that cat had brought his mother with him (who is pregnant AGAIN — she seems to live in a perpetual state of pregnant or nursing, poor thing). So, while all of my friends seem to be having their cats go missing, all of the strays in my neighborhood are congregating outside my window. Oh, life.)[/stextbox]
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
blogging tips and tricks
- Ashley explains how to customize heading tags with CSS.
- Sophie shares her book blogging essentials.
- Josephine encourages you to know your sources.
- Ashley discusses what to use as tags for your blog posts.
- Rita explains how to consistently write better blog posts.
- The Bloggiesta September 2014 Mini Challenges are up!
- Rachel shares premium plugins and why she pays for them.
- Ashley explains how to add a comment number/link on your WordPress archives.
reviews, ratings, and arcs
- Kel discusses ARCs vs eARCs.
- Sydney shares her rating dilemma.
- Carrie wants to know about your experience with ARCs.
- Sandra’s decided she’s only going to write reviews for books she either loves or hates.
a blogger’s life
- Jennifer wrote a letter to her beginning blogging self.
- Jessica talks about our obsession with perfection.
- Octavia sends ‘thanks but no thanks’ emails to publishers.
- Trish wonders why people would be searching for spoilers.
- Ashley doesn’t want your newsletter — she wants your blog posts!
- Hazel looks at some of the weird search terms that brought people to her blog.
- Jenna talks about stats, spoilers, and movies.
- Nuz shares five things she feels guilty about as a blogger.
- Sam wants to change her blog name but is too scared.
- Charlie asks: how much is too much when it comes to giveaways?
- Kat wonders if she’s looking for blogs in all the wrong places.
- Nova talks about her use of Instagram and Twitter.
Writing Tips & Advice
- Agent Kristin Nelson offers advice on scene breaks.
- Caroline talks about pantsers vs. plotters.
- Marissa Meyer discusses step 4 of her process: simmering periods.
- Kristin Halbrook suggests visiting the settings you’re writing.
- Drew explains why personal tragedy shouldn’t take over your story.
- Shannon Hale on the problem with the neutral love interest.
- Roxanne Piskel on finding your words when writer’s block is holding them back.
Authoring & the Industry
- Erin Bowman on if switching genres can hurt your brand.
- Chuck Wendig has 10 things you should never say to a writer.
- Amy talks about her experience at a recent writing conference.
- Adam Silvera explains how to survive in a bookstore as an author.
- Foz Meadows rants about hypocrisy, race, and literary gentrification.
Things Bookworms Think About
A reader’s life
- Rinn gets frustrated when people “don’t have time to read”.
- Ashley wants to know where you read.
- Miranda wonders how quickly you can read.
- Jessi also discusses the reading speed test.
- Ceilidhann offers advice on how to read a difficult book.
- Ruby is a strong believer that fiction can change a person’s life.
- Shannon is having her own little TBR support group session.
- Cait explains why being a bookworm actually sucks.
- Bec shares the five signs she’s discovered a good book.
- Courtney says books are like boys.
- Amy asks: are you a heavy reader?
- Julie and Rose talk about loaning out books.
- Debby is cheating on her books… with other books.
- Mariko talks about her changes in reading preferences over the years.
- Chyna discusses what it’s like when your friends love the book you dislike.
- Aimee looks at how we readers (sometimes) contradict ourselves.
- Nicole shares her thoughts on authors that complain.
- Beth talks about her favorite places to read.
back to school
- Emz shares eight ways to read in class (without getting caught).
- Holly explains how to read more during the school year.
buying books and organizing them at home
- Shannelle recounts her thoughts when she (finally) bought books last Sunday.
- Carmel asks: could/would you buy books blindly?
- Terri confesses she’s a book buying fool.
- Allie wants to know your favorite way to organize your books.
- Emily provides twelve places to put your books (when you run out of shelf space).
- Kara admits it takes her forever to read the books she buys.
- Ana is on a book buying ban.
- Debby loves illustrated book covers.
- Shae asks: how do you feel about chapter samplers?
- Rebecca wants to know how seriously you take author recommendations and/or author blurbs.
reading slumps, moods, and distractions
- Jamie admits she’s a distracted reader.
- Jessie Marie says she’s falling back in love with reading.
- Tanja can’t read and listen to music at the same time.
- Alica shares her thoughts on DNFing.
- Alice admits to being in a reading slump.
- Topaz discusses the struggles of being a mood reader.
- Hannah says it’s okay to trust your gut when choosing what to read.
- Stephanie has discovered the secret to defeating book hangovers.
- Erika shares three tips for getting out of a reading slump.
it’s the end of the [book] as we know it
inside the books
- Emz asks: how far from reality can books get without going too far?
- P.E. Mari talks about weird names in books.
- Christina says too much instalove will kill you.
- P.E. Mari defends cliffhangers.
- Jess shares her Young Adult kryptonite(s).
- Rachel rants about audiobook narrators who ruin the experience.
- Kelly is afraid she’s practicing Kindle discrimination.
- Claire compares digital vs. paperback vs. hardback.
- Maddie creates an infographic for the great ebook vs physical book debate.
- Jonetta talks about Kindle Unlimited versus the library.
- Ana shares her thoughts on voice acting in audiobooks.
- Lyn is a defender of ebooks.
young adult and genres
- Charli admits she hates horror.
- Lori is easing her way into contemporary lit.
- Sydney rants: quit making me feel like I need to defend YA.
- Rachel and Joey talk about the physical, emotional, and sexual interactions in Young Adult fiction.
series and standalones
- Bieke asks: which book series would you want to see as an Anime?
- Kelly wants to know what your expectations are for a final book in a series.
- Amanda talks about saying goodbye to a series.
- Renae likes matching standalones.
- Michelle is craving a good series.
recommendations and lists
- Nazifa recommends books that deal with bullying.
- Jen and April share their favorite spooky reads.
- Anne is searching for contemporary recommendations.
- Holly shares books to read if you like travel.
- Kim wants your YA historical fiction recommendations.
- Ellen shares books you should try if you like Pride and Prejudice.
- Ely talks about her favorite female characters.
- Andye lists the ten best Young Adult Fantasy series.
- Hazel on how to tell if you’re a bibliophiliac.
- Kayla shares her synesthetic colors for Half Bad.
- Here are 22 literary pun names for your dog.
- Cait is back with part 4 of her honest YA covers.
- Rachel and Alexa go on a graffiti art hunt inspired by Graffiti Moon.
- Gilly sorts her book boyfriends into the Hogwarts houses.
- Anya guesses the cover color for the next book in some series.
- Eric Barker asks: what do the words you use say about you?
- Nika Harper has a new short story illustrated by Wednesday Wolf!
Videos of the Week
- The new trailer for Mockingjay part 1 is here!
- Book nerd problems: why are cats so annoying?
- Check out this badass 8th grade metal band!
Question of the Week
Many of us have a sort of tenuous relationship with reviews, writing them, and reading them. Reviews are typically the posts on a book blog with the least amount of views and interaction on them. We know our blog is mostly known for our discussions, games, and other posts anyway, so we’re wondering…
What would you think if we stopped Posting reviews?
So, how was your week?