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- Sadness – author Walter Dean Myers passed away on July 1, 2014.
- World Book Night suspends operations … whaaattt?!
- SYNC Week 8 is here – and still bringing us FREE young adult audiobooks. 1 classic paired with something more modern.
- Didyaknow about all these places where you can buy audiobooks? I had no clue.
- There is going to be aNew Balance line of shoes based on authors – sweet!
- I feel the need to make my own list of Cold Reads for Hot Days. It’s HOT where I live yo. And that’s why I’m loving this Summer Bingo Challenge. and this one too … and this one.
- What a freaking cool idea by The Guardian – a Literary Clock where each minute is represented by a quote from a book. They need help with finding quotes for the missing minutes – so check it out!
- And speaking of The Guardian, the longlist for Guardian children’s fiction prize longlist has been announced. This makes for a good reading list. The shortlist will be announced in August, and the winner on 13 November.
- Celebrating Read, White & Blue: 50 Favorite Books for 50 States is another awesome bookish idea. I’ve read a few of the books on the list – could you come up with a similar list with your favorite books?
- 11 Grammatical Words and Terms That Sound Dirty had me trying to think of a few choice words too. Do you have any you would add to this list – or make one of your own.
- Which authors would make your list of Most-Owned Authors on My Auto-Buy List? No surprise that for me it’s Stephen King and Dean Koontz.
- 25 YA Books For Game of Thrones Fans has some awesome books on it – even if you’ve never read (or watched) Game of Thrones.
- It’s been interesting checking out all the books referenced in Season 2 of Orange is the New Black. Are you up on this show yet? I kinda dig it.
- Diversity + List of Books by 23 Asian American + other POC authors and Asian American Authors (of Young Adult Books) + Resources Part Two are 2 articles to save FOREVAH … or at least until you’ve read books by some of the amazing authors mentioned.
- Doing the Travel the World Challenge is also a really good way to diversify your reading. This is a “set your own goal and timeline” challenge that started July 1, 2014.
- Have you made the distinction between “accepting books For Review vs. Review Consideration?” This might change the way you look at the “obligation” to review books you request or receive. Although, personally I’m of the camp that you should “try” not to request more than you can read.
- The latest drama trend seems to be cover reals and authors getting upset about their covers being revealed before official “cover reveals.” The events in question were from bloggers that go their info from the publisher’s web site – but at least one of the authors poo-poo’d on the blogger posting. Which is a shame, because it’s really the publisher’s fault for revealing early in their catalogs which went out to numerous reviewers. Silliness.
Bookish Blogging Tips
- Parajunkee hooked us up with a half-year book blogger organizer for FREE – and it’s pretty darn awesometastic!
- Just read the advice in What Four Bloggers Wish They’d Known When They Started Blogging.
- 8 Top Tips for New Book Bloggers is a really nice reminder to have fun and not get stressed out by blogging – for new AND old hat bloggers alike.
- There are some really good tips in Partnering With Brands Theme Week: Marketing Yourself – is it me, or is this sometimes a really hard thing to do?! ANd another really useful post from that series – Partnering with Brands Theme Week: The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Media Kit
- Three Steps to Be a Smarter Blogger … And Cut Your Workload in Half includes “cut your social media time.” What do you think of that advice?
- And since I’m a bit of an app and productivity <s>freak</s> geek, it’s my duty to share Top 5 Android Calendar Apps You Should Check Out (most of those are available on iPhones as well).
- Here’s some useful email templates to use if you need to Turn Brands Down Without Burning Bridges
- And just – wow – this Blogging Resource Guide is one that I saved to read and re-read because all the advice is so useful.
- 58 Ways to Get Noticed As A New Blogger is an oldie but goodie. 10 Writing Tips for Advanced Followers is a follow-up post – but both are useful for all bloggers, no matter what stage you’re at.
- Love the ideas in How I Write 8 Blog Posts a Week While Running 2 Companies. It’s such a simple method and super easy for book bloggers since I’m giving you a ton of posts for inspiration in these link ups 🙂