A Thank You, A Hiatus, and an Exciting Announcement!
We all knew this was coming… If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that I’ve been working on a secret book bloggery project with Asti and Leanne for a while now. We’ve been teasing you with minor updates, but the time is finally coming for our grand opening! If you haven’t joined our mailing list, and want to be included in some cool bonuses for our opening week, don’t forget to do so before March 2!
That’s right: On March 2 Oh, the Books will go live!
We are so excited to finally be sharing everything we’ve been working on for the past couple of months, so I hope you’ll all join us all over there.
What does this mean for Another Novel Read?
- First, it means Another Novel Read will be on hiatus this week (February 24 – March 1). I will not be posting anything on the blog this week, and if I can figure out how, comments will also be closed. This is in preparation for moving everything over to my new home. Nothing will be lost — it will just be in a new location.
- That being said, it means that Another Novel Read will likely not be continuing on its own. I will probably keep the site up for a while, but eventually it will probably phase its way out. So please be sure to update your subscriptions if you want to continue reading my bloggery!
On that note, I want to thank you.
That’s right. YOU. If it weren’t for every one of you who visit and comment on my blog regularly, I may not have continued doing it. The book blogging community is so fantastic, and I feel extremely grateful to have become a part of it! It’s been an absolute blast getting to know so many other bookish folks over the past year and a half — and I can’t wait to continue my journey. This move is just one more step in my book blogging adventure, and it might not have happened if it hadn’t been for the overwhelming enthusiasm of the community.
I love you all! Thank you for being here! And I hope you’ll join me at my new home, in a week’s time!
In case you missed it…
I wanted to continue my regular schedule as much as possible this week, so hey, I posted stuff!
Here’s what I actually posted on the blog this week:
- My review of the Throne of Glass audiobook.
- Excitement about books and other things coming up in March.
- My review of the Crown of Midnight audiobook.
Around the blogosphere…
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
- Ashley explains why you shouldn’t use blockquotes just to make pretty boxes.
- Jen reflects on the pressure and expectations bloggers face.
- Kelly shares tips on custom menus and categories in WordPress.
- Ashley has some tips for speeding up your blog.
- Renae is considering reviews as inner dialogue.
- Betty wonders if she needs a vacation from blogging.
- Alise explains why she ignores your review requests.
- Kim is looking for a co-blogger.
- Ashley announces a new server and awesome web hosting for book bloggers!
- Kelly’s thinking about commenting.
- Francine asks: do we really need negative book reviews? (Yes.)
- Trish is contemplating the pressure of giveaways.
On Writing & Publishing
- Jessica Khoury explains how to critique your story ideas and see if they’re worth writing.
- Julie Eshbaugh has some tips for creating an ensemble cast of characters.
- Jackie Lea Sommers shares 16 things she wishes she’d known as a beginner novelist.
- Jordan unveils the life of a query letter.
- Maggie Stiefvater has a perfunctory guide to writers looking for publishers.
- How the creator of Vampire Diaries used Kindle Worlds to get back at her publisher.
- Veronica Roth talks about getting a character “in”.
Things Bookworms Think About
- Ann Leonard stops by On Starships and Dragonwings to talk about what makes dragons interesting.
- Ana wants to discuss audiobook habits.
- Carrie shares some more of her least favorite book tropes.
- Renae shares her infallible guide to reading more in 2014.
- Alexia Casale stops by Luna’s Little Library to discuss: What is the purpose of YA fiction? What is should and shouldn’t do — and how.
- Nafiza explores the friendship dilemma.
- Jamie shares one of her bookish “quirks” that I’m sure many of us can relate to!
- Trish looks into the smarteye as the first in her Fictitious Gadgets feature!
- Lesley explains how a main character is also a side character.
- Carrie’s thinking about auto-buy authors.
- Stormy re-examines the horror genre.
- Kristilyn opens a discussion about conquering bookish anxiety.
- Kayla has a confession about e-readers.
- Hazel weighs the pros and cons of book clubs.
- Charlotte tackles the incorrect use of languages in books.
- Foz Meadows laments her history of collecting (and giving away) books.
- Christina discusses the fine art of fluff.
- Laurel explains why “boy books” aren’t always the solution.
- Aaron discusses religion in YA.
- Dr. B. says there’s no such thing as a “real reader”.
Things Book Bloggers Think About – Instalove 101
- Shannelle compares instalove: then and now, and talks about instalove in real life.
- Amy looks at when instalove has a chance to grow.
- Lauren discusses love triangles and instalove and why she hates them.
- Ana shares her story about travelbug instalove.
- Kelly looks at instalove that worked.
- Rinn explains why instalove just doesn’t work.
- Ashley shares some tips and things she’s learned about attending BEA.
- Lesley featured one of my favorite visual novels, Hatoful Boyfriend, in her post about dating pigeons on Valentine’s Day.
- Here’s Jack Kerouac’s On The Road Turned Into Google Driving Directions & Published as a Free eBook, because of course we all want this!
- Buzzfeed is all about the quizzes lately, and here’s one to find out what your fate would be in The Hunger Games (apparently I’d live. Sort of.).
- Charlotte shares her photoshop/design journey with us.
- I love this article about how to interact with a scientist.
- Ceilidh says, “John Green doesn’t speak for me”.
- Kat takes a moment to be serious and address depression in our community.
Videos of the Week
- This adorable video of some goats playing on a flexible steel bridge made me giggle over and over!
- A Story About My Uncle looks like an amazing new video game coming out this year!
- Ryan Gosling addresses the internet meme that’s surrounded him for a while now.
- If you missed it, here’s the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy.