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Birthday Giveaway Winner!
Last week we had a giveaway to win one of Kelley’s favorite books (in honor of her birthday). The giveaway is now over. Congratulations to Lauren @ Lose Time Reading for winning! She chose to receive a copy of Relativity by Cristin Bishara – and it’s on its way! Thanks to everyone who entered the competition (and wished Kelley a happy birthday). Better luck next time :)
In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley shared all the things coming in October she’s excited for.
- Asti talked about the past year of her life in London.
- Kelley discussed and mini-reviewed books about synesthesia.
- Asti reviewed Dreams of Gods and Monsters.
- Katrina came by to talk about tales as old as time.
- Kelley reflected on her reading progress so far this year.
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]It’s been a good week, albeit a quiet one online. I spent last weekend down at Swanage with Dave’s family to go fishing and to check out Corfe Castle (1 + 2). It was really quite beautiful, though a bit sad because the castle had been destroyed during some civil war and only bits and pieces were left of it! Darn those people back in the day for blowing stuff up!
And then once I came back it was straight to London for a week placement with Orion. This was my third time helping out with their publicity department and I really enjoy it because the people there are lovely and the tasks are varied. I also like that it’s located right in central London. During my lunch breaks I would go shopping (couldn’t resist buying the new Scott Westerfeld book (3)) or check out the tourists and performers at Trafalgar Square.
It’s definitely been a good week, but a busy one. I’m glad I have this week off to a) catch up on blogging and online stuff and b) start making some progress on that whole job hunting thing (wish me luck)!
[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]This was pretty mentally and emotionally exhausting for me. It’s been a roller coaster every day; alternating between crappy news and happy news, stressful things and satisfying things. The good news is that I’ve been quite productive both at work and on blog stuff, even though I haven’t done much besides that.
And, of course, in Cat Saga news… all three of them now pretty much hang out and wait for me every day when I get home from work. Squeakers (the black one, pictured above) is now comfortable enough with me to snuggle — and I even got him purring the other day! I also spotted a group of 5 kittens nearby and goodness they were so cute! They looked just like Squeakers and Sourpuss, so clearly they’re all coming from the same parents. Sigh![/stextbox]
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
All of these tweets saying "Maggie, don't kill Gansey!" Oh, please. That kid is going DOWN.
— Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) September 30, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
blogging tips and tricks
- Octavia shares a new way to get organized: Asana.
- Brittany explains how to grow your email list with twitter.
- Terri talks about what social media outlets bloggers are using.
- Hannah raves about the wonders of Wunderlist. (Asti uses this – and loves it!)
reviews and ratings
- Katherine shares her thoughts on negative reviews.
- Rachel asks: do you inform an author when you write a bad review?
- Sandra admits she’s critical about books and not generous with stars.
a blogger’s life
- Anya explains how to get her to comment back on your blog.
- Kaitlin wants to know: does your blog name have a story behind it?
- Ely is trying to convince herself to start writing whatever she wants.
- Emz recaps her first two months of self-hosted WordPress.
- Alise shares her thoughts on posting every day.
- Shannon wonders what to do if a giveaway book doesn’t come.
- Ashley rants about when people sign up for your newsletter and then report it as spam.
- Laura wonders if its necessary to identify the type of post in its header.
- Biljana explores the tyrant villain trope.
- Colleen lists 29 errors a publisher can make.
- Tina explores poetry and rhythm in storytelling.
- Chuck Wendig has some tough love talk for authors.
- Julie Hutchings says to do the thing that makes you bleed.
- Jordan talks about her life as an editor married to an author.
- Marrisa Meyer explains steps 8 (tweaking & polishing) and 9 (the publisher’s editorial process) of her writing process.
- Shallee McArthur discusses the perils of near-future science fiction (and how to write it anyway).
Things Bookworms Think About
A Reader’s Life
- Renae has eclectic reader problems.
- Rachel reflects on how she experiences a book.
- Charleen explains why she finally read Gone Girl.
- Alyssa talks about personality types and reading.
- Carrie wants to know your most underrated and overhyped books.
- Carmel wonders: does your ‘mate’ have to be a reader?
- Jessi says she has book
- Amy talks about moving with lots of books.
- Emz asks: how do you label publishing companies?
- Kara wants to know if you DNF books.
- Kat wonders if music playlists hinder or enhance your experience.
- Stephanie shares her thoughts on book-to-movie adaptations.
- Jamie says life is too short to feel guilty about what you read.
- Mitchii has mastered the fine art of inner squeeing.
- Rachel wonders if she’s reading too much.
- Emz asks: how do you define genres?
- Ashley rambles about bookish fandoms.
- Ely admits she has a library addiction.
- Larissa talks about the stigma surrounding YA.
- Dana wants to know how you act at author events.
- Genevieve discusses her case of mood reading as a non-mood reader.
- Debra Driza talks about cliffhangers in YA and on TV.
- Kel shares her thoughts on and guidelines for romance in books.
- Sophie wants more books to tackle mental illness.
- Ana explains why she likes snarky characters.
- Jess discusses transcendental love.
- Asma talks about her reading pet peeves.
- Aana shares things she instantly hates in books.
Feminism & Censorship in the Book World
- Topaz wants to know your favorite banned books.
- Kelly says advocating for writing about girls is a radical act.
- Ceilidhann questions whether Gone Girl is really misogynist.
- Anne challenges dudes to read more books written by women.
- Topaz rants about feminism and says books are powerful.
different types of books (genres, formats, publication)
- Jillian shares her thoughts on self-published books.
- Anne reflects on her contemporary experiment.
- Debby states her case for fluffy books.
- Johannah shares her requirements for a good horror story.
- Jennifer explains how to use OverDrive for audiobooks.
- Julie and Rose talk about reading a book after listening to the audiobook.
Lists & Recommendations
- Sara has 31 spooky YA reads for Halloween.
- Kimberly recommends some Gothic fiction.
- Lucy has a spooky reading list for October.
- Meg explains why you need Pandora Hearts in your life.
- Lesley Marie also raves about Pandora Hearts.
- Kelly has a YA reading list for Hispanic Heritage Month.
- Holly recommends three books if you like technology.
- Check out this Night Circus-themed wedding.
- Epic Reads has 10 YA book and car pairings.
- Becca explains how to make bookish magnets.
- Take this quiz to find out how well you know YA maps.
- Kayla shares her synesthetic colors for The Good Sister.
- Epic Reads show off flower arrangements that match Made For You.
- Bekka introduces her Bookish Bingo: Holiday Edition card.
- Cayce’s created her third LGBT+ YA rainbow .
- Call Junkee Law Associates if a book blogger has injured you.
- Hafsah shares her wallpaper for Poisoned Apples.
- Chuck Wendig shares the results of his awkward author photo contest.
Reflections and Introspections
- Rinn shares her thoughts about online friends.
- Jessi rants about when people spell her name wrong.
- Rika talks about playing Final Fantasy X years later, and her new appreciation for — and understanding of — Yuna.
Videos of the Week
- This was a cute, funny ballet.
- Here’s the first trailer for SyFy’s upcoming 1960’s Ascension.
- And here’s the first trailer for Disney Pixar’s Inside Out.
- Have you seen the teaser trailer Maggie Stiefvater made for Blue Lily, Lily Blue?
Question of the week
In our reviews (at least, most of them), we’ve been utilizing the Rating Report functionality of the Ultimae Book Blogger Plugin. This means we break down our ratings into the various aspects of the book, like characters/plot/writing/etc. What we want to know is…
Do you care about our rating breakdowns? Do you look at them? Do you ignore them? Are they useful for you?
So, how was your week?