News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley made a color matching game for Color Song.
- Asti talked about the fears of co-blogging.
- Kelley shared her mini reviews for things she read in August.
- Asti wrote a surprise birthday post for Kelley! (Isn’t she sweet?!)
- Asti reviewed Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson.
- Charlotte stopped by to talk about reading and dyslexia.
- We released our newest Bookish Guide: Poetry, Prose, and Verse!
Kelley also teamed up with Kayla at The Thousand Lives so compare their Saturated Colors for The Archived by Victoria Schwab!
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]Well, this week has been… interesting? I feel like I don’t know what I feel. (And yes, I know that makes no sense.) I’m happy my dissertation is handed in, but I’m also incredibly anxious. I now have four months to try and convince a publishing company to sponsor me for a work visa. It’s not an impossible task, but a very difficult one and I can’t help but feel slightly helpless already. Fail! I do have a work placement scheduled for this upcoming week back with the Orion Publicity department though, so that’s good.
Apart from that, the only fun thing to report is that while you’re reading this I will be with Dave’s family on a mini-weekend holiday! We’re heading down to the coast to a little place called Swanage, which is supposed to be quite beautiful. Dave and his dad are going to do some fishing, and I might try my hand at crabbing again (which I really enjoyed when Dave and I were at Westgate-on-Sea). We’re also going to swing by Corfe Castle which should be good fun. I love me some castles! So yes, hopefully I can forget about all my anxieties and allow myself to have a good time this weekend![/stextbox]
[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]Welp, it was my birthday on Wednesday and that pretty much eclipsed everything else in my life this week. As soon as I walked into my office, I was greeted by a beautiful spread of homemade sugar cookies and vanilla bean cupcakes (my two favorite treats). My co-workers are seriously so freaking good to me. Then at lunchtime Asti surprised me with that heartfelt birthday post, and I was pretty much glowing for the rest of the WEEK! <3
Asti also sent me a surprise birthday gift, which was an AMAZING spellbook keepsake box I’ve been wishing for! My husband and I visited our ducky friends, and we also found a new park that was just swarming with Muscovy ducks!! We had so much fun visiting them, even though we weren’t allowed to feed them.
And in the Cat Saga this week: Sarsparilla — or Lil Squeaks, as I’ve started calling him — has remained vigilant in his quest for snacks. He’s brought two friends along, one of which is rather skittish and hard to get the food bowl to before that darn piglet (Squeaks) hogs it. We call this one Sourpuss. Then there’s the pregnant kitty who’s been coming around too, and my husband has been making sure she gets food. I expect we’ll be seeing kittens around soon enough. O_O[/stextbox]
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
When you drink a soda with an editor's name on it, make sure you replace it. And then spell the editor's name wrong. Because, hilarious.
— Quirk Books (@quirkbooks) September 22, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
blogging tips and tricks
- Cassie talks about cloud storage.
- Shannelle shares some Tumblr tips.
- Ashley deleted and reorganized all her categories.
- Rachel highlights the free blogging tools you should be using.
- Stephanie explains how to add reply comment background color.
- Ashley shares discussions from Mastering SEO – Colour Coding Chat.
posts from the past
- Rosie asks: do you delete old posts?
- Emz wants to know if you repeat past post ideas.
- Angela wonders if formatting old posts is worth the time.
Reviews and ratings
- Chyna says reviews are a pain to write.
- Celine admits she doesn’t like samplers.
- Lark ponders content warnings in book reviews.
- Kelly wants to know when you post ARC reviews.
- Tammy shares her first experience writing reviews.
- Amber’s created a survey about authors and review policies.
- Tabitha on exercising self-control when it comes to Netgalley.
- Beth asks: how do you decide when you won’t write a review?
- Jess says she can’t read a new book without finishing her review.
- Trish talks about how to write a review when the words won’t come.
a blogger’s life
- Finley Jayne says blog stats actually mean nothing.
- Jessi admits she sucks at commenting.
- Rachel talks about the blogger TBR piles.
- Karen on being a bloggers vs. being a writer.
- Lauren shares her blogging schedule.
- Nuzaifa talks about fighting blogger’s guilt.
- Amanda asks: are you obsessed with failure?
- Cait shares ten things that make bloggers angry.
- Kristen discusses low blog esteem and boredom.
- Tori wants to know how you keep up with blogs and commenting.
- Megan confesses what it’s like to be an outspoken YA blogger.
- Ashley wonders: how organized is your computer desktop?
- Trish wants your help to spread the blogging feel-good feelings!
- Alexandra Bracken says perfect is the enemy of good.
- Chuck Wendig on how to brand yourself as a writer – no, author.
- Janice Hardy on choosing a point-of-view character.
- Kristen Lippert-Martin discusses: What’s in a Name?
- Maggie Stiefvater on fans who want her to “never stop writing”.
- Gennifer Albin has practical advice and story prompts for writers.
Things Bookworms Think About
A reader’s life
- Octavia raves about Delicious Library 3.
- Ashley shares her thoughts on novellas.
- Ellie discusses rereading cravings.
- Rachel contemplates her TBR piles.
- Emz explains why she hates reading in public.
- Andye laments book covers that never existed.
- Jenna talks about her bookish problem – purses.
- Hannah says there’s no such thing as a perfect book.
- Shannon questions the validity of reader stereotypes.
- Tori talks about how school interferes with her reading.
- Stephanie says a book is just what the doctor ordered.
- Kristilyn’s TV addiction has interfered with her reading.
- Charleen has some interesting thoughts on spoilers.
- Jennifer explains how to get free ebooks from libraries.
- Anya likes to guess the color of the covers for series sequels.
- Mariko talks about being the black sheep for well loved books.
- Beth reflects on how the internet has changed her as a reader.
- Mallory lists signs the book you’re reading is going to be a good one.
- Becca has 10 awkward scenarios every bookworm has encountered.
inside the books
- Julie and Rose share their PoV preferences.
- Charlie asks: what makes a good romance?
- Inge discusses instalove and love triangles.
- Sophie shares her recipe for a five star read.
- Yash discusses bad boys (and girls).
- Fiona Wood talks about female sexuality in YA.
- Kayla says these characters deserved so much more.
- Megan rants about the worst word tropes in literature.
- Ashley admits she feels too old for some things in YA books.
- Ana and Angie talk about the trope of Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
- Alexa invites bloggers to talk about their first book boyfriends.
- Chris discusses Lock In and the vacuum that gender creates.
genre talk and YA
- Charli and Tori share their thoughts on semi-autobiographical fiction.
- Lauren talks about which books hooked her on different genres.
- Natalie admits she has a weakness for contemporary reads.
- Lori explains how she eased her way into contemporary lit.
- Michelle wonders what we would do without YA.
- Renae comments on “classic” literature.
- Ely wants to start reading more widely.
recommendations and lists
- Holly shares her recommendations for intertwining stories.
- Brittany’s created a guide for YA books with a male PoVs.
- Ruby highlights ten fictional libraries she wishes were real.
- Amanda reflects on her favorite bookish scenes.
- Giselle says she doesn’t like giving recommendations!
- Stubby recommends some revolutionary war fantasy novels.
banned books week
- Nuz pairs six must read banned books with mocktails.
- Leah looks at the odd reasons books have been banned.
- Emz shares ten reasons why you should read banned books.
- Kim asks: how many banned books have you read?
- Rachel lists her top ten must read banned books.
- Nicole explains why we need to talk about banned books.
- Holly shares her thoughts on banned books.
- Chuck Wendig wants to know how your taste in books differs.
- Here’s a map of comic book burnings across the US.
- Alexa pairs books with bags over at hello, chelly.
- Hafsah’s created a wallpaper for The Evolution of Mara Dyer.
- You should totally back The Harry Potter EP on Kickstarter!
- Take this quiz to find out which YA horror novel you are.
- Then find out which character in the Gilded series you are.
- Which punctuation mark are you? Take the quiz over at HuffPo.
- Take Buzzfeed’s latest quiz to find out which “Harry Potter” villain you are. (Kelley = Lord Voldemort, Asti = Draco Malfoy!)
- Compare: cats on instagram vs. cats in real life.
- A.O. Scott discusses the death of adulthood in American culture.
- Lindsay discusses the death of adulthood in American culture – the nerd culture version.
Videos of the Week
- Watch a bunch of authors read Poisoned Apples.
- How book nerds pack for weekend getaways.
- Here’s a TED talk about science vs. wonder.
- Emma Watson gave a speech for gender equality at the UN.
So, how was your week?