Weekly Recap | Feb 24 – Mar 8, 2014

Weekly Recap

Weekly Recap

News & Updates at Oh, the Books!

Since last week was our Grand Opening, we didn’t do our normal weekly recap, complete with the massive list of links that is our usual style. That means this week’s recap is going to extra full, because it’s got two whole weeks’ worth of linkage! We hope you enjoy!

In Case You Missed It

Last week was our Grand Opening, where we each shared our personal reasons for deciding to move away from our individual blogs and into this new group blog, along with some fun features in our individual styles. We hope you all enjoyed this special week, and don’t forget to enter all the giveaways!

Grand Opening Week:

*This now contains a leaderboard so go record your score!** **Yes, this means you will have to take the quiz again. :(

Behind the Scenes:

  • Remember that cute little Special Features widget in our sidebar? Now the Oh, the Books Bookish Guides button links to an explanation, plus our planned posts for it!

Our Lives This Week

[stextbox id=”asti” defcaption=”true” collapsing=”true”]What’s happened these past two weeks aside from AHHHH OH, THE BOOKS HAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED?! Well… I took a lot of pictures of my feet.

Shoegazing 1 Shoegazing 2 Shoegazing 4Shoegazing 3

I know, it’s hard to keep up with the excitement that is my life. I try, I really do. It’s just so rough.

A part from my exciting foot photo action, I spent the last two weeks finishing up my time with the Bloomsbury Children’s Marketing team (which was a lot of fun) and getting back in the swing of university work (which was not as much fun). Oh, the joys of a publishing girl’s life![/stextbox]

[stextbox id=”leanne” defcaption=”true” collapsing=”true”]So, what have I been up to this week? And this ENTIRE YEAR?! Well, this past Tuesday was Mardi Gras so I’ve spent a fair amount of time leading up to it finding alternate traffic routes, avoiding drunks, giving tourists directions they immediately ignore, and staying indoors whenever possible. And painting. Classes have been on break for a week, so what do I do with my free time? Not catch up on homework, that’s for sure, haha. A lot of my painting-at-home has revolved around customizing my art journal cover, and listening to this fabulous Kaki King album called Glow on repeat. FOR DAYS. (Thanks to Kelley for introducing me to that gorgeous music, by the way!) You can check out my current favorite from the album in the Videos of the Week section below. I still get chills and major feels every time I hear it. Maybe I’ll share some pictures when I’m done moving in to that journal. It’s technically a book, after all. ;)[/stextbox]

[stextbox id=”kelley” defcaption=”true” collapsing=”true”]Is it okay if I go back to the whole “my week in tweets and pictures” thing? Honestly, my life has been such a blur lately that I’m having trouble remembering what day it is! So, uh… Let’s see. I got some new paintings by Elizabeth Simins (!!!) and I got some new ampersands to cover my wall with! Atlantis 4 & Hand by Elizabeth Simins The Ampersand Wall - Phase I

I don’t even… uh… what else? I got to see Jessica Brody on Thursday, and she was as hilarious and entertaining as always. I’m so boring, sorry guys. Just move on to the links — I know that’s what you’re here for anyway! [/stextbox]

Elsewhere in the blogosphere

I hope you’re prepared for our massive, amazing linkage. Between Kelley linking for the past two weeks and adding in Leanne’s and Asti’s normal major linkage, we have a lot of posts to share with you!

On Blogging and Book Reviewing

Commenting on Blogs
Reviewing Books
Blog Design
Other Blogging-Related Discussions

On Writing & Publishing

Things Bookworms Think About

Other Bookish Thoughts

Bookish Fun


Science & Science Fiction Goodies
The Arts
Physical & Mental Health
Kickstarter Projects You Should Totally Support
  • Celestian Tales: Old North is exactly the kind of RPG Kelley’s been wishing for, for years now!
  • The Bacterionomicon is an amazing combination of science, fantasy art, gaming, and bookish goodness!
  • Fireside Magazine is funding their third year, with the goal of making their website free to everyone! So much short-fictiony goodness, of all genres!

Videos of the Week

Question of the Week

Our Grand Opening week has officially ended and now we’ll begin our regular blogging schedule. We’d like to know how our first week has been and what you want to see in the future.

Have you had any technical issues on our site (with commenting, etc.)?

If you subscribe by email, have you had any problems, or have our daily updates been too much? (When signing up for our email subscriptions you can choose to receive weekly emails instead of daily, in case you didn’t notice!)

What are you hoping to see on the blog?

So, how was your week?

Asti Kelley Leanne

Read 65 comments

  1. Thanks for linking up my discussion post, ladies :D Love having all these awesome pieces in one place, so easy to visit. Thanks for putting it together!

    Leanne, Mardi Gras must have made the area crazy, I definitely would have avoided going out. At all ;) Asti, my co-blogger Bec can definitely sympathize! It’s been rough for her getting back into the swing of things. Awesome paintings, Kelley! I haven’t heard of Simins but it looks like she has a really unique style.

  2. Whheeeeeww, so many awesome things in one post! I think I might have to come back to this one and go on a crazy open in new tab spree. You guys rock!

    My first week with you guys has been absolutely amazing! Three fantabulous bloggers all in one place? Yes please! I haven’t had any technical difficulties! I’m just hoping to see more about you guys. I love learning more. In a not creepy way hehe. :3

    • Oh don’t worry, Laura. Even I haven’t had time to see what all we have in our Recap! Haha. I know I was adding stuff to it right before bedtime last night, and Kelley was up super early/super late this morning adding some final links, so… yeah, it might take me a while to read through them all. ;) I haven’t had time for blogging outside our Opening Week things this week, so I missed out on most of the things linked here!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed our first week! And that’s great you haven’t had any difficulties. We just want to make sure everything is running smoothly for everyone, since it’s nearly impossible to test for all possible things that could go wrong! You’ll definitely be learning more about the three of us very soon! I don’t think you’re creepy at all. ;)

  3. Great recap!!

    I do have one comment about your email subscriptions. It’s probably petty, but since you asked for suggestions/comments… :D I would like for your Oh the Books! logo to be clickable, and either link to your latest post or at least your homepage. When I want to visit your site from the homepage, it’s always my first instinct to click the logo, and I keep forgetting every time that it’s *not* currently clickable.

    Just a thought!

    • Thanks so much for your feedback, Ashley! Don’t feel bad about telling us, because this is the kind of information I’m asking for! I can’t believe I didn’t think of this, because I’m the same way; I want something big and easy to click on at the top of the post so I can visit the site easily!

  4. hahaha what’s with the Princess of Gemworld thing? I do have to admit it was strangely riveting lol
    AND OMFG THAT WATCH I WANT ONE! *looks up price* O_____O 150,000 pounds! That is ridiculous D:

  5. I went through all the links and wow, what a great collection! Thank you so much for all of this guys! And I love the ampersands kelley! I’ve always had a fascination with them and their shape so it’s very cool that you have a few hung up in a collage of sorts! And the Bookish Guides sounds very interesting! I love book recommendations so I’ll be on the lookout for your first post. I remember thinking the first few days what that button was for, haha. Hope you all have a great week!

  6. Whoa, check out all those links! :D Thank you for linking to my posts. :) So far, no technical issues with the blog. The little nifty WordPress plugin thing lets me comment without any hassle. :D

    • Good! Glad to hear you aren’t having any problems, Ana. :) And omgoodness isn’t this link list just ridiculous? Haha I know at least two of us kept adding to it last minute, so thankfully I didn’t have quite as many to add myself. No telling what it’d look like if I had. o_o

  7. Goodness gracious ladies, I can only imagine the time it took to compile such a list, but the blogosphere sure does appreciate it!

    I don’t take very many feet pictures because I only wear shoes when I have too. I’m a barefoot kind of girl. ;) And I love Elizabeth Simins, I’m so glad you do too Kelly. Those pictures are really cool. Oh my gosh Leanne, I think I would just stock up and hibernate during Mardi Gras with Nutella and Netflix. And I’m really excited to see the pictures of your art journal!

    So far I haven’t experienced any technical issues ladies and great job on delivering a fabulous grand opening! :)

    • Haha you could always take pictures of your barefoot feet! :P

      It does take a while to compile this list each week, but with three of us it isn’t as bad! Plus, we tend to add them throughout the week as we gather links so it’s not like we do it all at once (or at least I don’t >.>). That would make it seem like forever otherwise!

      And we’re glad to hear you’re not having any issues! :) We’re just trying to make sure everything is going according to plan!

    • I definitely hibernate as much as possible during Mardi Gras! But I’ll have to plan better next year, and really stock up on foodstuffs and other things that I was still going out for this year. Silly me, I would just go to work and school like everything was normal and realize “oh yeah this whole road is blocked off today OOPS.” -_- I would like to say it wouldn’t be as much of a problem if I didn’t have to commute from a residential area in a suburb all the way to the business district downtown… but there is no escaping parades and festivities, no matter where I am or where I’m going in the city/surrounding area. It’s crazy!

      As for the art journal I’m being very non-linear with it, which is an oddly freeing thing. I will do part of a background on one page and then add something to another page, and keep going back and forth between lots of things. Mostly I have no idea what I want to do so I’m just playing and seeing what comes of it. :) And since writing this Recap up I’ve started in an entirely NEW journal which now needs to be customized, because the old one was just giving me technical issues all over the place. One of these days I will post something with it.

  8. That’s a lot of linkage going on up there! Thanks for including some of my posts :) I haven’t had any technical issues at all – the site is GORGEOUS! And I really like that I can comment with my wordpress account too :)

  9. Thank you so much for linking my discussion (: Compiling all of the links onto this post must have taken agessss to do. I really do commend you guys for doing it. Since I’m just recently became an co-blogger the whole blogging world is new to me. This post is perfect for me as I can now check out some new blogs (: Including this one which I’m now aware of hehe.

    I love this blog design (: I can’t wait to see what this blog will become with you ladies behind it. I’m sure it’ll be awesome.

    • Haha it doesn’t seem too much like ages since (at least for me) I add in a couple links every day. I’m sure if I waited until the last second this sort of post would give me a headache, but breaking up into more manageable parts works out alright ;)

      Ah yes, I love recaps for exactly that reason! It’s the best way to find out about new blogs that you don’t already know of – especially ones that do discussions! :D

      Thanks Larissa!

  10. So many awesome discussions I need to check out! I love posts like this, because they introduce me to so many other awesome bloggers :D And thanks for linking to my discussion btw!

    (Oh Asti, you DO love pictures of your feet. But you have cute shoes, so all is forgiven :P)

    • Of course! I loved getting to know you over Twitter so it was only fair I stalked your blog and found a link to add to the recap ;)

      Haha, the feet picture thing only started this past month, and I blame Kelley. I feel like it’s much less awkward to take pics of my feet than trying to do a selfie. Less inconspicuous :P And my boots are falling apart :( Makes me so sad!

  11. I know this post was HUGE but I had such a blast going through some of the links. My blog reading list GREW by a lot.
    And YAY! I can’t believe I was actually featured on it!! (Things Bookworms Think About, under Reading) Now, even despite the hugeness, I feel pretty awesome.

    • You ARE awesome! :)

      Finding new blogs are definitely my favorite things about these weekly recaps. My favorite types of posts are discussion posts so usually if I find a blog on a recap that I don’t already follow I automatically add them to my list. It’s gotten so bad that I can no longer comment on them as I would like, but can still at least give them a little love by including a link to their post in the recaps!

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