Weekly Recap | Jun 8-14, 2014

News & Updates at Oh the Books!

First, a bit of housekeeping

Site Downtime…

As some of you may have noticed, our site went down for a while on Monday morning. Thankfully, we got it back up, and mostly intact, but we did lose several comments from Saturday and Sunday. We’re as sad about it as you are, but there’s nothing that can be done. 🙁

Oh, the Books! bookmarks

Many people have expressed interest in getting their hands on some of our awesome bookmarks. In this case, Kelley might just be willing to send you one or two! Please see the following tweet for details:

In other, more exciting news…

YA_web_awardsOur blog won the YA Web Award for Favorite Fact Finder — thank you so much to everyone who voted! We can’t tell you how happy it makes us to know that you guys love all of the links and other random information that we find, collect, analyze, and share!

And congrats to a few of our friends and favorite bloggers who also won awards: Abria @ Shall Write won for Best Self Published YA Author, Pub(lishing) Crawl won for Best Group/Organization, Anya @ On Starships and Dragonwings won for Best Genre-Specific Reviewer — and many others as well. Congratulations all around!

In Case You Missed It

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


  • Asti reviewed Death Note: Black Edition, volume 1
  • Kelley reviewed Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke
  • Asti reviewed Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz

Discussions & More:

Our Lives This Week

My week has been a bit of a roller coaster. I have eight million things to do, but all I seem to be doing is wasting my days watching Netflix. Curses! I really need to pull my shit together because all this slacking off not only stresses me out but also makes me feel bad about myself.

But really, who can resist drooling in front of the computer watching crappy tv shows and movies all day long? (If you can resist, I don’t want to hear it. Let’s all just pretend we all suffer this same predicament so I can feel better about myself.)

Recap Mail

Oh, but before I go, I have to mention the awesome packages I got in the mail this week which made me feel slightly better about my pathetic laziness. A massive thank you goes to my co-blogger Kelley for sending me the next two volumes of Death Note (which arrived the day my review went up – perfect timing!) and to Josephine @ Dudette Reads who sent me a lovely card and bookmark for my birthday and to Jessica @ Literary etc for the postcard!

Whenever I’m feeling down on myself (which has been happening a bit lately), I look at the things I receive from all the bloggers around me (whether books or just kind words) and I realize I must not be that horrible of a person if you guys all love me! Right? Right. So thank you

Leanne’s life is super crazy hectic right now, so even though she misses blogging and we miss her, she just hasn’t had the time to devote to internetting lately. We hope that things will calm down for her soon, but until then, we’ll just keep sending her encouraging messages and telling her how much we miss her.

-Kelley & Asti

This week my husband and I finally visited the local ARMA division for longsword classes and it was a blast (despite all my dumb injuries getting in the way)! Their training regime — a long 3.5 hours in the evening — is superb. I felt like I learned a lot and already made progress after my first class! I only wish they did dagger training more often, because I’d really prefer those to swords. Alas!

Aside from that, and Wildstar, and lamenting the taco shirt I did not buy… I regret that I haven’t done much reading lately. I really hope I can keep up with my reading goals despite 2 nights a week being dedicated to ARMA and a lot of my other time being taken over by Wildstar. Um, wish me luck? O_O

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