News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
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In Case You Missed It
Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.
- Kelley confessed that sometimes reading stresses her out.
- Asti shared her realization about audiobooks.
- Kelley wrote a snarky review for Defy by Sara B. Larson.
- We posted a reminder and updated FAQ for Sci-Fi Month.
- Asti celebrated 3 bookish friends: Josephine, Sandra, and Lillian.
- Maddy stopped by to share what she looks for in book boyfriends.
- Leanne announced the Horror October Fortnight!
Our Lives This Week
[stextbox id=”asti2″ caption=”Asti” collapsing=”true”]WELL HELLO AGAIN! DID YOU MISS ME? HUH HUH HUH????
I must say, it’s been a roller coaster these past two weeks. My parents were over and we spent everyday harassing London, and then they left and I sort of hibernated for two days, and now suddenly it’s dissertation, dissertation, dissertation. It’s due at the end of this month, and really I should have it done by now, but being the perfectionist I am I often find myself going back to rewrite sections again and again. It’s okay though! I’m finally at a happy point with all the sections I’ve already written. I just need to work on my Discussion and Conclusion and I’m DONE! I’m thinking we might have to have a little celebration (giveaway?) at the end of the month because such things deserve to be celebrated. Yes? No?
Anyways, that’s it from me. Short and sweet and something.[/stextbox]
[stextbox id=”kelley2″ caption=”Kelley” collapsing=”true”]You see, there’s this cat that lives in my neighborhood. Well, to be more correct, there are many cats that live in my neighborhood, most of them feral. I always say hello and give them the option for snuggles when I see them or pass by them, but they always slink away from the humans. This one, though… Well, he talked to me, and made that adorable little lip smacking thing kitties do when they’re hungry, so… I gave him some snacks! And then the next day when I got home from work, he was back, asking for more. Soooo, I gave him some more snacks! Because clearly that was the thing to do, right?
And then the next thing I knew, I was buying a bag of cheap cat food for him (but, you know, not totally crappy. I made sure to get the healthy kind!) and putting it in a special bowl under the bushes. My husband keeps telling me not to feed him every day so he doesn’t get dependent on us, but it’s hard for me to resist. He sits out there every day, waiting for me when I get out of my car and he follows me to my door! So now, I get home and I have a cat whining for food from both inside the house AND outside the door. What am I doing? I don’t know. (No, there are no pictures yet, but I should fix that, shouldn’t I?)[/stextbox]
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
Tweet of the Week
#YouKnowYoureAReaderWhen your cat is always in direct competition with that strange object in your hand
— Drew Chial (@DrewChial) September 9, 2014
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
- Ellen shares ten things she wish she knew in the beginning.
- Miranda wishes that bloggers would link images consistently.
- Georgie recommends image processing apps for your phone.
- Ashley talks about restructuring your blog.
- Laura shares how she keeps organized with Trello.
- Trish talks about her blog schedule.
- Ashley shares tips on writing discussion posts.
- Rachel lists 10 ways to alienate your readers on social media.
- Rachel has ten post ideas that will draw traffic to your book blog.
- Stephanie explains how to remove LinkWithin from a Blogger Home Page.
- Ashley shares how to block spam comments that get through Askimet.
- Kimberly provides tips on doing giveaways.
Rating & Reviewing
- Allie wants to cut those pesky stars in half.
- Katherine shares her thoughts on ARCs.
- Charleen no longer reads reviews.
- Trish says book reviewing is like The X Factor.
- Nova shares her thoughts on one star bash reviews.
- Genevieve talks about negative reviews that seem to contradict your own thoughts.
- Debby asks: is it okay to change your ratings over time?
A Blogger’s Life
- Cait wants to know how you balance reading ALL the blogs.
- Julie and Rose talk about how they blog.
- Charnell talks about book blogger problems: the never-ending TBR.
- Laura admits she hates odd numbers, even in her comments.
- Annie is struggling and needs a fresh start.
- Jules prefers personal over professional posts.
- Emz chats about blogger interaction and friendships.
- Ashley rants about author twitter spam (or is it marketing?).
- Nicole explains why she wishes she could blog in bed.
On Writing & Publishing
- Joe explains how going to military school = writing a book.
- Marissa Meyer describes step 2 of her process: the outline.
- Kameron Hurley talks about surviving the game (writing as business).
- Joanna shares an agent’s top ten thoughts.
- Jenny explains how reality inspires science fiction.
- Marissa Meyer describes step 3 of her process: the first draft.
- Dennis wonders why publishers don’t fact check memoirs more closely.
- Michelle offers 3 tips for increasing productivity when writing from home.
Things Bookworms Think About
The Pressure of Reading
- Sandra has trouble leaving series unfinished.
- Charli says her TBR has jaundice.
- Stefani wants to know if you DNF books.
- Renae talks about obligation, pressure, and guilt.
The Joy of Reading
- Ruby shares which books she’s had dreams about.
- Charlene talks about bibliotherapy.
- Krystal talks about her favorite reading beverages.
- Lyn shares her literacy story.
- Sophie talks about mood reading.
- Brittany admits she’s addicted to pre-ordering.
- Cass shares which fall books she’s excited for.
- Jamie on reading The Bell Jar and Belzhar.
- Stephanie highlights which 2015 releases she’s looking forward to.
- Asheley talks about the evolution of her reading habits.
Book Lists & Recommendations
- Holly shares which books remind her of back-to-school.
- Lucy shares her classics TBR shortlist.
- Chyna recommends books with long titles.
- Miranda lists ten awesome books set at boarding schools.
- Kelly rounds up YA books with male narrators.
- Megan discusses 10 books about book lovers.
- Kelly geeks out about historical fiction.
- Bieke shares her author auto buy list.
- Debby loves books that contain parallel universes.
- Ellen wonders if we lie about our favorite books.
- Tara asks: science fiction vs. fantasy – which do you prefer?
- Ana talks about the reluctant sudden hero/heroine.
- Beth says she’ll always appreciate John Green even though she doesn’t like his books.
- Anne found a copy error in a published book.
- The Book Analyst dislikes when the MC switches in a series.
- Gilly talks about that moment when everyone loves a book but you.
- Kelly judges a cover by its texture.
- Octavia rants about character names.
- Ashley shares her thoughts on cover changes.
- Sophia talks about the top three annoying things she hears about YA.
- Shannelle rants about the geography of publishers.
- Beth shares what she wants to see from more women characters.
- Kelley talks about when an awesome book temporarily ruins all other books.
- Amanda goes over the steps of saying goodbye to a series.
- Charli doesn’t like dragged out series.
- P.E. Mari says reading limbos are common for her.
Questions & Curiosities
- Emz investigates fan fiction.
- Amy asks: how faithful should an adaptation be?
- Sana says a flawed character isn’t (necessarily) bad.
- Lenore shares her thoughts on POV changes.
- Kristin discusses the history of young adult literature.
- Carmel asks: if there was a book about you, what would the title be?
- Kimberly reflects on how September 11th affected books.
- Kara wants to know what you think about word counts.
- Kelly explores some hardcover to paperback cover changes.
- Beth asks: are endings of books more important than the rest?
- Janet discusses parables and other stories within stories.
- Erika talks about gender-safe book covers.
- Josephine breaks down book photography.
- Mitchii asks: is research a make or break deal?
- Sunny Smith wonders if required reading ruins reading.
- Amy designs a wedding for Katniss and Peeta.
- Book Nerd Problems: Are you a book sniffer?
- Hafsah has created a free wallpaper for The Body Electric.
- Here’s a fun infographic about America’s libraries.
- Kayla & Ebony compare synesthetic colors for These Broken Stars.
- Jessica’s created a wallpaper for A Great and Terrible Beauty.
- Mary Robinette Kowal discusses designing the dress for the cover of her upcoming book: Of Noble Family.
Question of the Week
Sometimes Asti feels we should have a question down here, but she doesn’t quite know what that question should be. And being the silly person she is, when she sat here and thought about it and thought about it, only one question came to mind…
If Kelley, Leanne, and Asti had to battle to the death, who do you think would win??
Yes, of course that’s the question she comes up with.
So, how was your week?