Weekly Recap | Jun 29 – Jul 5, 2014

News & Updates at Oh the Books!

Asti Needs Your Help!

As you may or may not know, Asti is currently working on a dissertation about blog tours for her Master’s Degree in Publishing. If you have ten minutes to spare, can you please help her out by filling out her survey? Any help you can provide for getting the word out about this survey, whether through adding the link to your weekly recaps or sharing the link on Twitter or Facebook, would also be greatly appreciated!

Awards, you say?!

Very Inspiring Blogger Award, Keeping the Blogosphere a Beautiful PlaceThe wonderful folks over at The Book Wars have nominated our site for the Very Inspiring Blog Award. What can we say? We’re flattered and honored, especially coming from such a high quality blog as theirs. Thank you so much Nafiza, Steph, Yash, and Janet!

The rules state that we’re supposed to share 7 things about ourselves and then nominate other blogs for this award. Well, um, we’re all too lazy to talk about ourselves here, so we’ll link back to times when we’re accepted this award on our individual blogs (Kelley, Asti). Perhaps Leanne will add hers tot he mix at some point!

And for our nominations?

In Case You Missed It

Here’s all the stuff that we posted this week.


Discussions & More:

  • Kelley shared part 2 of her depression post: Through the Dark Time.
  • Asti talked about her Little Book Boyfriend Black Book idea.
  • Finley Jayne stopped by to share five reasons libraries are great.
  • Kelley shared her reading plans for July, with a MAP theme!
  • Day One of the Bookish Games: Death Note Edition began!

Our Lives This Week

This past week has been pretty mellow. I’m making good progress on my dissertation: my Lit Review is complete (yippee!), my survey is up and running (link above!), and I have my two interviews that I wanted scheduled for the end of the month (yay!). Everything is on track and how I want it, so I really can’t complain.

I’ve also been doing well with my working out. Worked out everyday of this week, and while I’m still always a hot sweaty mess after each one, I love that I can actually tell I’m making progress. I may not be losing tons of weight or looking any fitter, but I FEEL good and I’m proud of myself when I notice things getting easier. Onwards!

Apart from that, the one actual thing I did different this week than normal was seeing movies! On Tuesday I went out with some lovely book bloggers to see The Fault in our Stars. I thought it was a good adaptation, and couldn’t help but internally giggle at all of the sniffles I heard throughout the theatre. (I managed to shed one tear. I guess I’m not completely heartless.) At the end of the week I also went out with Dave’s family to see the new Xmen movie. It was okay. Didn’t love it but didn’t hate it. It was just alright.

So uh… thus begins my first week without narcolepsy meds. I could feel the effects almost instantly, and it’s been a struggle to stay awake and lucid every day so far. I’ve slunk back into taking long naps almost every day. I missed my longsword class on Monday AND Wednesday. And as much as I love the rain and stormy weather, it’s kept my husband and I pretty much cooped up inside, so we’re both feeling restless.

The good thing is that I’m really enjoying my reading theme for the month: maps! It’s been so much fun reading map-themed books so far, and it’s reinforced my utter love for — and fascination with — cartography and the recorded history of life and people and everything. I’ve been gobbling up The Glass Sentence, and I’m basically in love with this book. If it’s not on your shelves or on your wishlist, you need to rectify this immediately!

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