Bookish Community Links & News
You get the last 2 weeks in one since I was missing in action with last week’s post. Here ya go.[list icon=”icon: chevron-right” icon_color=”#ac2b46″]
- The Top 10 biggest books of 2013 across print and digital in the UK was listed at FutureBook last week. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn took the #1 spot, followed by Inferno by Dan Brown. There’s no young adult book on the list!
- 2014 Audie Awards Finalists have been announced. If you’re into audiobooks or want to get started, then the list of nominees is a good place to get suggestions.
- More crime fiction from Rowling is coming under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
- Books are being rolled out faster which of course, is good news for readers when waiting on books in a series. I personally like to wait until all the books are out before I read a series – and now I don’t have to wait years! Hooray.
- New covers for the Percy Jackson series started rolling out, Monday Feb. 17, 2014, at the official Percy Jackson Facebook page, with one cover revealed each day. The Vampire Academy Books Get New Covers too. Although I’m a huge fan of the series, the original covers are a bit dated in my opinion – but I’m not really feeling the new covers either. What do you think?
- Barnes and Noble Simple Touch Reader is Officially Being Discontinued. Don’t worry though, they are still actively selling the Nook Glowlight, Nook HD and Nook HD+.
- Do We Really Need Negative Book Reviews? I say most definitely. We aren’t a society of idiots, no matter what people say. In this day and age with hundreds / thouands of people providing their opinions online, it’s no longer just one person’s opinion in one or two publications that we have to rely on. There are no more gatekeepers. We can take to Goodreads and Amazon and see the opinion of many people, and then make our own informed choice. I think that’s really why people are scared. The old gaurd is dead.
- The Final Summer 2014 List of FREE Young Adult audiobooks at SYNC is out. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is the title I’m most looking forward to listening to.
- Love this Booklist: Faction Reading Lists for Fans of Divergent with book recommendations that feature characteristics of Abnegation, amity, candor, dauntless and erudite
- What do you think of the 7 of the Most Epic Romances in YA Lit? Katsa and Po in Graceling by Kristin Cashore is one of my faves. Which ones on this list have you read? Agree or disagree?
- I love a good theme party, so here’s 20 Harry Potter Party Ideas.
- The topic of requesting too many Advanced Reader Copies (ARC) came up again recently over at Reading in Winter – Discussion: My Jumbled Thoughts on ARCs (Or, Why I Fail When It Comes To Reading Review Books But Request Them Anyway) – and THINKING TOO HARD : Review Books vs. What I Want to Read @ The Bookish Brunette. My suggestion is to set yourself some criteria for books that you’ll request. For example, books coming out in a series that you’ve started, or only books by debut authors, or – the one I use – only books written by authors of color, or featuring a person of color on the cover (that’ll really narrow down your options).
- Ooh this list – 5 YA Love Triangles That Are Pure Torture @ Read.Breathe. Relax. I have to admit that I didn’t hate the love triangle in The Hunger Games, or Delirium (although I was really annoyed with Lena and her dramatics). Share with me – did you despise them as much as Lisa?
- The Problem With Memes: They Clog Up Feed Readers talks about the hundreds of blogs posting on the same topic on any given day. I used to love going through memes and commenting, and I still do – but now, I’ll just read / comment on the first 5 or 10 that I come across. After that, I can’t read anymore of the same thing.
- Thank you Oh Crys for saying what I’ve thought in 5 Signs He’s A Bad Book Boyfriend. “ I cannot comprehend book boyfriends (I do not even like the phrase, really), especially when considering the horrible features many prominent ones have.” I know – unpopular opinion – so let’s see a rebuttal post from someone.
- An infallible guide to reading more in 2014 tells us how to get to super-reader status, and it;s so easy to do too.
- There’s No Such Thing as a Real Reader talks about all the ridiculous book prejudices people have. I’ll just give it to to anyone who scoffs at my reading choices – you’re smarter or better than me because you read “whatever” and I don’t. Take that to the bank.
- Go Ahead & Make Fun Of Me ALLLL You Want, Non-Reader Friends pretty much sums up why it’s a necessity to have more than 1 book with you at all time.
- Bookish Chat : The Pressure of Giveaways talks about why doing giveaways when you’re a small blog is not only a lot of pressure, but might be a disservice to the publisher.
- Kristilyn talks about it in Conquering Bookish Anxiety. Have you ever felt anxious when thinking about the amount of books you want to read?
- If you’re looking in a book swap, there’s a new Reddit Book Exchange.
- BookBags (11): What’s In Alexa’s Bag? is such an interesting bookish feature. I like to see what other people are packing 🙂
- And finally, from moi, over at Girlxoxo, I shared There’s All Kinds of Crazy Love in Books and 6 Blogging Tasks You Can Do While Waiting In Line Or For People.
Blogging Inspiration – Growing Your Blog
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6 Ways to Grow Your Blog Audience and Boost Your Reputation written over at IFB (which has an audience of style bloggers) gives practical examples of how you can get the word out there about your blog. They also shared How to Build Your Blog Community, Part 4: The Three Things Every Community Builder Must Do. The tips include “Be a connector. You should always be thinking of ways you can help your community and it’s individual members.”
And speaking of growing your blog, what about Book Chat: Blogger Inconsistency. Over at Starlight Book Reviews, Terri discusses consistency with content. Should you experiment? Will you lose followers if you do? What do you think?
Hope you didn’t miss #BB101 – Ten Quick Tips to Increase Your Blog Readership here at Parajunkee. Quality content + go forth and comment + link to others and more – solid tips that you can implement immediately.
Try These Powerful Steps to Grow Your Blog by 500% by the End of 2014 has some interesting ideas, although I don’t see myself becoming a video blogger anytime soon.
Natural Social Media Marketing + 50 Content Ideas! says, “Share everything. Your Facebook page is not just a place where you post blog posts and advertise giveaways and announce sales. It’s where you create community! And no community starts with “Enter the giveaway to win $20!” True dat!
And probably my favorite blogging post I came across this week shares the habits you will need to grow your blog in 7 Habits of Incredibly Successful Bloggers – Pierce Through the Noise.
Spend 10 Minutes Doing This Every Day and You Could Transform Your Blogging … look at another blog, really review it and see what you can adapt for your own blog.
Do Something Different Today to Help Grow Your Blog talks about thinking outside the box for coming up with new content and engaging your readers.
- John Green, the author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, is being grumped at because of the fact that he has testicles. Okay, more PC, he is getting negative reactions because a lot of people feel that the reason mainstream media outlets latch on to him is because of sexist reasons, that his books are sexist and he is only popular because he is a man. Much like the fact Nicholas Sparks is so revered in the romance genre, supposedly because he is a man. Check it out for yourself.
- So they have this thing called Autharium. Basically you upload your self-published masterpiece and they have a team of editors check it out and make it perfect. But – if you look into their TOS – you might be surprised to find out that by doing so you sell your soul to them. Okay that was a bit dramatic. But, you sell your rights for your lifetime + 70 years. Nice right? When they were called out for this they then began to backtrack and do some crazy things. It’s all broken down here…much better then I could put it. Word to the wise. You might want to stay away from this particular service…and always read the FINE PRINT peeps.
- In a wonderfully IN-YOUR-FACE-I’M-AWESOME move, author LJ Smith, the original Vampire Diaries writer, publishers her “fan-fic” for the CW’s show, via Amazon Worlds – and it is topping the charts. Smith had been “fired” from her series by the publisher, because she was actually one of those writers that was “hired” to write a series, based on an idea by Alloy. So, they hold the rights and can then fire you. Well, now Smith is churning out “fan fic” that is selling like hot-cakes. Who doesn’t believe in happily-ever-afters? Read the low down here.