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Author Talks: Leah Grant / Anne Wentworth


Please welcome Leah Grant to BookLikes! Leah is a romance writer with a crave for young adult and chocolate. She writes under two pen names -- you can meet both ladies on BookLikes, have a look the author pages of Leah Grant and her YA alter ego Anne Wentworth. And to be up to date with Leah's upcoming releases, make sure to follow her BookLikes webpage at leahgrant.booklikes.com

 

Leah aka Anne agreed to talk with us about her upcoming debut young adult release (the book is released with Finch Books), baking and wild animals in her countryside. Ready? Here we go!

 

 

Have you always wanted to become a writer? How did it all start for you?

 

I started to writer very early at around age nine. Stories just came to me and my father encouraged me to keep writing. It has always made my heart happy. Characters even wake me up in the middle of the night to tell me their stories. If I'm working on a book - it plays like a movie in my head and I try to type as fast as I can to keep up.

 

You’ve mentioned that you’re using pen names: Leah Grant and Anne Wentworth. Can you tell our readers more about the ladies inside you.

How they are different and what their contribution is to your writing process?

 

I am an intensely private person - so when I decided to take the plunge into the publishing world I wanted to use a pen name. For romance I chose Leah Grant. I've always loved the name Leah and Grant is a connection to someone very special.

Anne Wentworth came about for Young Adult as I needed to keep the two kinds of writing separate.

 

 

The two names are just fronts that enable me to be creative and tell my stories. Both Leah and Anne drink far too much coffee and tend to have a sweet tooth. I'm not judging them though...

 

Your new young adult novel will hit bookstores September 2015. Congratulations! Can you tell our readers more about the book and how the idea was born?

 

Shake The Spiders is my first YA to be published (Finch Books - a division of   Totally Entwined Group UK) and I am very excited. When the story for this young adult book came to me, I wasn’t surprised. The book is about Kim, a fourteen year old that has suffered for years trying to live around her alcoholic mother. She is tired and damaged and I needed to tell her story. There are so many teens/kids out there that live through this. Some make it and some don’t.

 

When her mother drops her off for the summer at her grandma’s place – it’s almost like she’s been left at that final bus-stop. It ends up being the best thing that could have happened for her. I know so many never get that chance – someone reaching out to help. More often than not

the alcoholic manages to ruin not only their life, but everyone around them.

 

You can see the cracks in Kim’s person – she drifts, doesn’t trust people, has had to take on the role of parent from a young age, continuously has to cover and clean up the messes her mother makes – leaving her a shell – someone desperate inside for love and belonging.

 

This book is about her journey of healing and taking chances on people. It is about Kim drawing a line and choosing not to be hurt anymore. Kim does this in the book when she decides she just doesn’t want to have to deal with her drunk mother any longer. I set the story in small-town Manitoba and had a great time conjuring some interesting if not ‘flawed’ characters.

 

Being a real lover of paranormal, I wove a ghost legend into the storyline and also gave it some historical elements. I wanted to tell the story from the other side - the person that is trying to rebuild themselves and their life after the fallout from being around someone with an addiction.

 

Leah Grant writes fantasy romances, Anne Wentworth goes for young adult novels -- how do you find yourself in those genres? Did you pick them or did the genres pick you?

 

The books just happen. I don't really know how else to say it. Literally the book will just begin in my head. I don't have a clue where it will go or what will happen. Essentially, I'm really the 'first reader' and just go with it. When people ask me 'how does it end?' I often have to say, 'how would I know?'. (you should see the looks I get with that one) It is a different way to write, but it works for me.

 

You live in Canada, you love the Prairies and the wildlife that surrounds you, and even call the place “magical”. Can you tell our readers how does the setting influence your writing process? We guess that such a spectacular place just must have an influence on an individual.

 

The peace and beauty here is amazing. I love living out in the country, being surrounded by trees and critters of all kinds. The seasons and weather here are extreme - summers have massive storms (can be tornados) and winter can hit with temps falling to -40's. When I first walked on this land, I knew we had to buy the place. I felt free here and this is the place where my writing has been most prolific.

 

If I am tired or need a break, I just go outside to watch deer feeding in the trees across from our place. Sometimes there will be twenty or more hawks flying over in the later afternoon. Watching a fox scamper through the property just after midnight or a lone wolf making its way along the edge of the property - I feel so lucky to be able to experience all of this. It leaves me refreshed and must feed my imagination - as ideas for books are non-stop here.

 

You’ve mentioned you’re a cat owner. BookLikes community as well as the BookLikes team adore cats :) Does Miss Fish has her appearance in any of your stories?

 

Miss Fish was a rescue in 2012. She had been abandoned (not very nice when you think of a prairie winter) and a very kind soul fed her until a home could be found. When I saw her picture on the rescue web site - it was LOVE!  She now is part of our family and very well loved and cared for. She is our heart.

 

Miss Fish may have been some of the inspiration for 'Jammer' the huge black cat in Shake The Spiders. She is a very loving and amazing companion. She sits beside me as I write each day.

 

 

Your motto is: Don’t be afraid to step into the storm. What does it mean to you?

 

 

I believe a person has to go out and live - sometimes life can throw difficult circumstances and trials at a person. I've lived through many and the only thing I can tell others is that you can't be afraid to move forward. Sometimes the crazy/difficult/unhappy times in our lives can sweep us along to what ends up being an amazing place. If we don't step into the storm because we are afraid, we might lose out on something really good.

 

You’re a coffee & chocolate lover with a twist for cooking. What’s your best and favorite recipe? Would you mind sharing it with our readers?

 

I do love to cook and bake. Best and favorite? Ahhh... How about I list a few: roast beef and popovers (Yorkshire Pudding done in muffin tin), lasagna (very rich and layered - I always eat far too much), apple/pear pie, cheese and basil biscuits, roast stuffed chicken with vegetables, homemade bread (loaves and rolls) - hungry yet? I am. Now see what you've started? ; )

 

Best tip for popovers - heat the pan until the lard is almost smoking (handle carefully) then fill with batter and get it into that oven! Don't open the oven door until they are done.

 

From your point of view: is it easy to be a writer nowadays?

 

Yes and no. With the ebook industry - many more people can get their work out there, but that means there is so much more competition.

 

Do you have any writing habits which help you keep the story going?

 

The stories don't stop or slow down. I have to make notes to keep up with it as things unfold/characters tell me more before it is at that point in the book so I can remember to include it.

 

I drink coffee +++++++ I snack and I soak in the beauty here.

 

Could you tell our readers which authors inspire you and your works?

 

 

Just a few books come to mind - there are so many more. Eclectic would be a good word to keep in mind here.

 

 

  

  

 

  

  

 

 

Just read Chris Ledbetter's Drawn (YA) - loved it. Also read The Cat and Mrs. Cary again (Doris Gates). 

 

I read. One of my favorite things to do was go to the library and just pick books out - historical/biography/anthropology/WWII/paranormal/cooking - you name it.

 

 

 

 

 

 What are you reading now? How do you like it?

Just finished reading Drawn by Chris Ledbetter  - loved it.

 

 

Do you read when writing a new novel?

Sometimes.

 

 

Are you a book collector or a book recommender?

My husband is the pack rat - he has boxes of books.

If I like something, I'll pass it on

 

 

Paper books or e-books? Why?

Paperback.

I like holding the book. Besides, what would shelves look like without books?

 

 

What are your favorite quotes?

 

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade and then drink it!

*

Don't be afraid to step into the storm...

 

 

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Write! Don't write to fit into what is popular. Write from your heart.

Don't give up - ever.

 

What’s your favorite writing and reading spot?

(our readers would love to see some photos)

 

My office. Miss Fish has her basket behind me and naps while I write.

Isn't that smile adorable?

 

Outside is my rock garden and I can watch as the birds and deer come to feed.

Baltimore Oriole came by. Our feeder is busy year-round.

 

The 'trio' come to our feeder and often empty it out in winter

for the black sunflower seeds.

 

Thank you, Leah!  

 

Leah Grant's books on BookLikes:

Wilde Jagd - Leah GrantOver the Hill and Through the Woods - Leah GrantDream Of The Raven - Leah GrantViking Grave (Encircled by Gold Book 1) - Leah Grant

see more on Leah Grant's author page

 

Anne Wentworth's book on BookLikes

Shake The Spiders - Anne Wentworth

See more on Anne's author page

  

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15 authors to read based on your favorite drinks

 

No matter if it's a cup of tea or coffee, lemonade or a glass of wine, books and drinks go well together. This universal truth has been discovered not only by avid readers but also writers, some of whom became as well known for their drinking habits as for their literary achievements. Taking advantage of the summer time and the permanent feeling of thirst, we've gathered light-hearted recommendations of 14 well known and read authors and their drinks. Find your match, sip, read, and enjoy the summer reading time. 

 

 

Truman Capote called this cocktail his special “orange drink” so if you share his taste for upgraded orange juice, go for a screwdriver drink with one of Capote's books in your hand.

 

 
In this profession it’s a long walk between drinks.
 
Truman Streckfus Persons, known as Truman Capote, was an American author, screenwriter and playwright, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and the true crime novel In Cold Blood (1966)... read more
 
Truman Capote's most popular books on BookLikes:
In Cold Blood - Truman CapoteBreakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories - Truman CapoteOther Voices, Other Rooms - Truman CapoteThe Grass Harp, Including A Tree of Night and Other Stories - Truman CapoteMusic for Chameleons - Truman Capote

 

 

Ernest Hemingway is known for his love for cocktails: Mohito, Martini, vermouth... Living in Havana, though, must have left a trace in his preferences and we bet Mojito was hight on the author's top drinks list. If it's also on yours, have a sip.

 

 

My mojito in the Bodeguita del Medio and my daiquiri in the Floridita.
quote on the wall of La Bodeguita del Medio, Havana, Cuba
 
Ernest Hemingway ranks as the most famous of twentieth-century American writers. Hemingway has been regarded less as a writer dedicated to his craft than as a man of action who happened to be afflicted with genius. When he won the Nobel Prize in 1954, Time magazine reported the news under Heroes rather than Books... read more
 
Ernest Hemingway's most popular books on BookLikes
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest HemingwayThe Sun Also Rises - Ernest HemingwayA Farewell to Arms - Ernest HemingwayFor Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest HemingwayA Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
 

 

Asked by a translator to explain his text William Faulkner said:

I have absolutely no idea of what I meant. You see, I usually write at night. I always keep my whiskey within reach; so many ideas that I can’t remember in the morning pop into my head.

If you're fond of whiskey, try Faulkner's favorite drink: mint julep. 

 

William Faulkner's favorite drinkWilliam Faulkner

 

Civilization begins with distillation.
 
His first poem was published in The New Republic in 1919. His first book of verse and early novels followed, but his major work began with the publication of The Sound and the Fury in 1929... read more
 
William Faulkner's most popular books on BookLikes:
The Sound and the Fury - William FaulknerLight in August (The Corrected Text) - William FaulknerAbsalom, Absalom! - William FaulknerAs I Lay Dying - William FaulknerSanctuary: The Corrected Text - William Faulkner

 

 

Martini IS James Bond. James Bond IS Ian Fleming. If you like martini, you ARE James Bond for us. 


  

Never say 'no' to adventures.

Always say 'yes,' otherwise you'll lead a very dull life.

 

His first job was with Reuters News Agency where a Moscow posting gave him firsthand experience with what would become his literary bete noire--the Soviet Union. During World War II he served as Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence and played a key role in Allied espionage operations. After the war he worked as foreign manager of the Sunday Times, a job that allowed him to spend two months each year in Jamaica. Here, in 1952, at his home "Goldeneye," he wrote a book called Casino Royale--and James Bond was born... read more
 
Ian Fleming's most popular books on BookLikes
 
 
From Russia With Love - Ian FlemingGoldfinger - Ian FlemingDoctor No - Ian FlemingOn Her Majesty's Secret Service - Ian FlemingLive and Let Die - Ian Fleming
 

 

Cosmo was named the sexiest drink thanks to Candace Bushnell who popularize the drink in her Sex and the City series. If you adore Carrie Bradshaw, the Sex and the City's main character, grab cosmo and read/write on!

 

Candace Bushnell

 

I make mistakes. That's what I do. I speak without thinking, I act without knowing. I drink so much that I can barely walk... I'm a fantastic lover though, and an amazing friend. God knows I mean well.

- Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

 

Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, international best-selling author of Killing Monica, Sex and the City, Summer and the City, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Lipstick Jungle, Trading Up, and Four Blondes. Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series and two subsequent blockbuster movies. Lipstick Jungle became a popular television series on NBC, as did The Carrie Diaries on the CW... read more
 
Candace Bushnell's most popular books on BookLikes
The Carrie Diaries - Candace BushnellSex and the City - Candace BushnellFour Blondes - Candace BushnellLipstick Jungle - Candace BushnellSummer and the City - Candace Bushnell
 

 

If you like Margarita, read Jack Kerouac who developed his love for this drink during his trip through Mexico. 

 

 

Jack Kerouac

Don't drink to get drunk. Drink to enjoy life.

 

Jack Kerouac's writing career began in the 1940s, but didn't meet with commercial success until 1957, when On the Road was published. The book became an American classic that defined the Beat Generation. His parents had immigrated as very young children from the Province of Quebec, Canada, and Kerouac spoke a local French Canadian-American dialect before he spoke English... read more
 
Jack Kerouac's most popular books on BookLikes:
On the Road - Jack KerouacDesolation Angels - Jack Kerouac, Joyce JohnsonThe Dharma Bums - Jack KerouacBig Sur - Jack Kerouac, Aram SaroyanThe Subterraneans - Jack Kerouac
 
 
 

 

Raymond Carver was Hemingway's mate not only in writing but also boozing. Some of the records reveal that Bloody Mary cocktail, which he named "heart starter", made his hangover breakfast. We definitely do not recommend this kind of diet but if you'd like to give the tomatoes a good stir, choose Bloody Mary. 

 

 

Drinking’s funny. When I look back on it, all of our important decisions have been figured out when we were drinking.

Even when we talked about having to cut back on drinking, we’d be sitting at the kitchen table or out at the picnic table with a six-pack or whiskey.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

 
Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His father was a saw-mill worker and his mother was a waitress and clerk. He married early and for years writing had to come second to earning a living for his young family. Despite, small-press publication, it was not until Will You Please Be Quiet Please? appeared in 1976 that his work began to reach a wider audience... read more
 
Raymond Carver's most popular books on BookLikes 
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond CarverCathedral - Raymond CarverShort Cuts: Selected Stories - Raymond Carver, Robert AltmanThe Best American Short Stories of the Century - John Updike, Philip Roth, Bernard Malamud, Martha Gellhorn, Vladimir Nabokov, Gish Jen, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, Cynthia Ozick, Tim O'Brien, Harold Brodkey, Robert Penn Warren, Joyce Carol Oates, Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, William Saroyan, Saul BellowWill You Please Be Quiet, Please? - Raymond Carver
 
 

If you like gin and tonic read J.K. Rowling or F. Scott Fitzgerald's. Both authors highlighted this drink as their favorite.

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

J.K. Rowling

JK Rowling grew up in Chepstow, Gwent where she went to Wyedean Comprehensive. Jo left Chepstow for Exeter University, where she earned a French and Classics degree, and where her course included one year in Paris. As a postgraduate she moved to London to work at Amnesty International, doing research into human rights abuses in Francophone Africa. She started writing the Harry Potter series during a Manchester to London King's Cross train journey, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel... read more
 
J.K. Rowling's most popular books on BookLikes:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPréHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPréThe Casual Vacancy - J.K. RowlingThe Silkworm - J.K. Rowling, Robert GalbraithThe Tales of Beedle the Bard - Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling

 

 F. Scott Fitzgerald

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.
 

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of the major American writers of the twentieth century -- a figure whose life and works embodied powerful myths about our national dreams and aspirations. Fitzgerald was talented and perceptive, gifted with a lyrical style and a pitch-perfect ear for language. He lived his life as a romantic, equally capable of great dedication to his craft and reckless squandering of his artistic capital. He left us one sure masterpiece, The Great Gatsby; a near-masterpiece, Tender Is the Night... read more
 
F. Scott Fitzgerald's most popular books on BookLikes:
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott FitzgeraldTender Is the Night - F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Beautiful and Damned - F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Love of the Last Tycoon - F. Scott FitzgeraldGatsby Girls - F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J.R.R. Tolkien admitted to be a beer lover. C.S. Lewis is known for his love to this golden liquor as well. Not so strange then that those two spent enjoyable time in pubs reading and discussing their writing, having several pints and paying close attention to what they were drinking. Reportedly, Lewis liked a good draft bitter off the wood, disliked bottled and hated canned beer. 

 

 

J.R.R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion... read more

 

J.R.R. Tolkien's most popular books on BookLikes

The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. TolkienThe Hobbit - J.R.R. TolkienThe Two Towers - J.R.R. TolkienThe Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien, Ted Nasmith, Christopher TolkienThe Children of Húrin - J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien, Alan Lee

 

 

C.S. Lewis

I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once. 

Clive Staples Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year... read more

 

C.S. Lewis' most popular books on BookLikes

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. LewisThe Magician's Nephew - C.S. LewisThe Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis, Pauline BaynesPrince Caspian - C.S. LewisThe Silver Chair - C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes

 

Honore de Balzac'a coffee addiction may be too much even for a hard-core coffee lover -- the author is believed to drink up to 50 cups a day! L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was much more moderate coffee drinker with four or five breakfast cups of sweet white coffee a day. How about you?

 

 

Honoré de Balzac

As soon as coffee is in your stomach, there is a general commotion.

Ideas begin to move…similes arise, the paper is covered.

Coffee is your ally and writing ceases to be a struggle.

 

Honoré de Balzac was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon Bonaparte... read more

 

Honoré de Balzac's most popular books on BookLikes

Père Goriot - Honoré de BalzacCousin Bette - Francine Prose, Honoré de Balzac, Kathleen RaineEugénie Grandet - Christopher Prendergast, Honoré de Balzac, Sylvia RaphaelLost Illusions - George Saintsbury, Honoré de Balzac, Ellen MarriageThe Unknown Masterpiece; and, Gambara - Richard Howard, Arthur C. Danto, Honoré de Balzac

 

 

If you prefer a hot aromatic tea than cocktails or coffee, make sure to follow George Orwell's golden rules of making a perfect cup of tea

 

 

George Orwell

One strong cup of tea is better than twenty weak ones. All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes.

 

Eric Arthur Blair who used the pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and commitment to democratic socialism. Commonly ranked as one of the most influential English writers of the 20th century, and as one of the most important chroniclers of English culture of his generation, Orwell wrote literary criticism, poetry, fiction, and polemical journalism. He is best known for the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) and the allegorical novella Animal Farm (1945)... read more

 

George Orwell's most popular books on BookLikes

1984 - George Orwell, Erich FrommAnimal Farm - George OrwellThe Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever - John Updike, George Eliot, John Stuart Mill, Thomas Hobbes, Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett, Carl Sagan, Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken, Christopher Hitchens, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Joseph Conrad, Ibn Warraq, Martin Gardner, Karl Marx, Bertrand Russell, A.C. Grayling, PeHomage to Catalonia - Lionel Trilling, George OrwellShooting an Elephant - George Orwell 

 

 

Jane Austen was well known for her feminist life approach, her language was witty, actions full of determination and books ground-breaking. This also refers to her culinary preferences. She adored ices and red wine. 

 

 

Jane Austen

But in the meantime for Elegance & Ease & Luxury . . .

I shall eat Ice & drink French wine, & be above Vulgar Economy.

 

Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature... read more

 

Jane Austen's most popular books on BookLikes

Sense and Sensibility - Jane AustenEmma - Jane Austen, Fiona StaffordMansfield Park - Jane AustenJane Austen's Letters - Deirdre Le Faye, Jane AustenPride and Prejudice: The Wild and Wanton Edition - Michelle M. Pillow, Annabella Bloom, Jane Austen

 

 

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BookLikes Authors Recommend Great Summer Reads

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Clean up your shelves, add a new collection to your e-reader, equip yourself with drinks and snacks. It's time for Summer recommendations! We've asked several of BookLikes authors to pick their perfect summer books. Here's a reading list that cannot be missed and a collection of reads that must be added to your TBR summer pile! 

 

Tellulah Darling author

Meet & follow Tellulah Darling on BookLikes ->

 

 

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab 

 

"I picked this up because I am a sucker for alternate versions of cities. Yes, Neverwhere is a fav of mine and so when I saw this had that vibe happening, I was in. Let's start with the good: crossdressing thieves, multiple Londons, super cool magic, chicks to the rescue, throne power plays, and an amazing mythology I want to fall into and stay suspended in for a very long time.


Now for the bad: book two doesn't come out for another year. Seriously. That's all I've got.

Kell and Lila are a fabulous swashbuckling duo. His backstory is totally compelling and fraught with mystery. His brother Rhy is a charmer with a heart of gold that I demand more of. The world building is insanely cool. This is an original, compelling, thoroughly engaging and entertaining book one of a new fantasy series. If you're looking for romance, you won't really find it in this book though it sets up tantalizing and frustrating (in good ways) teases to be played out. Bonus points for actually wrapping up the main plot while still creating enough questions about events to follow. 

Honestly, by partway through the first chapter I was excited in ways I hadn't been for a story in a while. Grab it!"

 

A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

 

 
 
"Before I found this story, I was in such a bad reading slump that I couldn't even make eye contact with my Kindle because I felt like all the half-read books on it were glaring at me for not finishing them. Then in the space of a few hours, I discovered and read this book. Colours seemed brighter, my heart felt lighter - this beautiful, sumptuous romance made me so very happy. 
 
Mili, married at 4 in a small Indian village, hasn't seen her husband in 20 years. But that hasn't stopped her from being 100% committed to this marriage and the hope that eventually he'll come for her. Until that day, she pawns her dowery jewelry so that she can further her education in the US. And that's where her brother-in-law Samir finds her, hell bent on getting her to sign annulment papers. 
 
There was something magical about this romance, about each tiny step in Mili and Samir's developing friendship, made all the more fragile and heart-stopping by the secrets between them. I flat out loved it. There was no sentimentality, just genuine, raw, beautifully realized and flawed humans daring to hope for more than their pasts had dealt them."
 Edward Lorn author
 
 
Light Summer Read:
 
 
"Palisades Park is a touching story magically and masterfully told. If an amusement park in its heyday is where you want to be this summer, brothers and sisters, Alan Brennert will take you there.
 
It might take you a few other places, as well. I wish you all a pleasant journey."
 
Thrilling Summer Read:
 
 
 
"Vicki Pettersson is the love child of Dean Koontz and Gillian Flynn. Okay, she isn't, but she writes like she is. Swerve piqued my interest because I'm a sucker for scavenger-hunts-to-stay-alive books in the vein of Laymon's In the Dark.
 
I also love anything having to do with road trips and/or crazy stalkers. If you like the same kinda reads and are looking for a little thrill while lounging in the Summer sun, give this new release a try."
 
 
Tish Thawer author

Meet and follow Tish Thawer on BookLikes ->

 

 

As a reader, I love books that can transport you. With both of these novels, I felt as if I was "in" the story. The world-building was phenomenal and the paranormal elements were woven in so well, I no longer felt like I was reading fiction. Magic is real, people! :)  

 

The Life & Death of Jorja Graham by Brynn Myers   

 

 

 

"Once again I was blown away by the imagination and detailed writing that Brynn puts into her stories. She never fails to transport me into the world she's created, and in this case, the world was eerie and magical and filled with characters that captured my heart." 

 

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness   

 

 

 

"This book was so engrossing. The amazing detail of the alchemic process and imagery was amazing. This author did her homework!"

 

 

Samantha Wilcoxson author

Meet and follow Samantha Wilcoxson on BookLikes ->

 

 

The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman 

 

"This is my favorite book of all time by the author who sparked my obsession in medieval England.

 

Each of her books is wonderful with complex characters and impeccable historical research that transports the reader back in time.

Since Richard III, the main character in this book, has been in the headlines lately, this is an ideal time to get swept away in this novel."

 

Villette by Charlotte Brontë

 

 

 

"I recommend this book because it is lesser known than the author’s more famous Jane Eyre, but I feel that the story and characters are even more captivating.

 

Lucy Snowe felt like a kindred spirit as she attempted to make her way in the world. The realistic way that each person sees her differently, but none completely understand her is heart wrenching.

 

Anyone looking for a classic novel that is a little off the beaten path should try Villette."

 

 Rod Raglin author

Meet and follow Rod Raglin on BookLikes ->

 

 

I have made a commitment to read and review the work of individuals like myself, because no one needs recognition more than a new, independently published author (believe me, I know). I wouldn’t describe these books as “beach” reads, but they are very good novels that have received very little recognition.
 

War in a Beautiful Country by Patricia Ryan 

 

"It’s quirky, perceptive and funny. It’s poignant as well as enlightening, entertaining and original. It ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous and covers a lot of the stuff in between.
 
The protagonist in War in a Beautiful Country is Regina, a middle aged woman living in New York City. Regina begins getting surface mail from an anonymous person threatening to blow her up, literally. The idea her life might end abruptly and without warning makes her examine her existence, her art, her relationships, her activities, and her purpose.
 
War in a Beautiful Country is wickedly funny while at the same time wise and worldly with fascinating insights on art and relationships."

 

The Last Bad Job by Colin Dodds 

 

 

 

"The Last Bad Job is an apocalyptic story with a sense of humor.
 
What makes this novel standout, makes it exceptional is the writing – natural dialogue, characterization through action, exact diction and an imaginative plot that doesn’t let you catch your breath.
 
Our protagonist, best described as an anti-hero, is an investigative reporter assigned to do a story on an apocalyptic cult and it’s leader, Dizzy Sheehan. The assignment entails living with the group and right away he compromises his objectivity by participating in cult activities like having sex with the female members. This is the first, but certainly not the last demonstration of his almost complete lack of any sense of morals or integrity.
 
As the reporter’s life spins more and more out of control, and Dizzy’s prediction of the apocalypse begins to unfold our anti-hero comes to believe he has been chosen for some special purpose and, indeed, he has."

 

 
Sandra Gustafsson author

Meet and follow Sandra Gustafsson on BookLikes ->

 

 Someone by Alice McDermott 

 

 

"This author was new to me, and maybe it´s to soon to say this is my favorite author, but I really enjoyed reading this book. Here and there I stopped at sentences, just to read them again, and again because they were so well written. The details made me feel like I was there, beside the book´s protagonist. 

The story is told in a simple yet very straight-forward way and I didn´t want it to end.
If you like people and the stories behind them, I think you will like this book."

 

The Lighthouse by Alison Moore   

 

 

 

"This is a very well written and really tense short novel. It´s the sort of book were nothing seems to happen, and still - everything is happening in front of me. It´s melancholy, haunting and exquisitely written - a beautiful novel. If you enjoy a slow and intimate book this one is for you."

 

 

 

Amber Foxx author

Meet and follow Amber Foxx on BookLikes ->

 

 

Two books I’d recommend to people who share my taste for mysteries that venture off the beaten track are The First Lie, by Virginia King and When the Clocks Stopped by M.L. Eaton. These are totally different from each other, and yet have in common a thread of the mystical, vivid settings, complex and realistic protagonists, and excellent writing.  

 

The First Lie by Virginia King 

 

"The First Lie is set in Hawaii, where Selkie Moon has escaped from her former life in Australia. Her voice as the narrator is compelling, and the bizarre events that overtake her made it hard for me to stop reading. The layers of mythology and psychology in the intense plot gave it the kind of depth I like. I want more than to know the solution of a mystery, but to get involved with the characters’ lives."

 

When the Clocks Stopped by M.L. Eaton 

 

 

 

"When the Clocks Stopped takes place in a quaint English village with a dark history that comes alive. The main character, Hazel Dawkins, is utterly original, and so is the concept of this book, with the interweaving of the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, the crimes of both periods in time, and the ordinary and the extraordinary."

 

Anyone who likes a well-crafted and unconventional take on mystery will enjoy these books.

 

 

Jenny Schwartz author

Meet and follow Jenny Schwartz on BookLikes ->

 

 

Two perfect summer reads for romance fans.

 

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews   

  

 

 

"The first is a fast-paced, sexy paranormal romance by one of my favourite authors, Ilona Andrews. Burn For Me has the ultimate alpha hero and a heroine unsure whether to love him or run."

 

Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva by Eliza Redgold 

 

 

 

"My second recommended summer read takes you back in time to summer in Saxon England. “Naked” is the real story of Lady Godiva’s famous ride, beautifully told, and it’s special to me because it’s written by a good friend, Eliza Redgold, who is passionate about the power of Godiva’s legend and of Celtic women in general."

 

 

 

Murielle Cyr author

Meet and follow Murielle Cyr on BookLikes ->

 

 

Two of my summer readings picks swing precariously from the supernatural classic, Three Supernatural Classics, to the more lighter literary shôjo manga, The Heart of Thomas. Both are perfect for short and frequent time fillers needed while traveling, or even between beach dips. 

 
 
 
 
"Algeron Blackwood is the master of anything weird. “An idyllic camping trip along the Danube goes horribly wrong in The Willows”. In his second story, The Wendigo, “the dark terror of the remote Canadian wilderness unfolds where a hunting party encounters a creature from Algonquin myth.” In his third story, The Listener, a writer confronts his fears in a “rundown house in London” when he has “the sensation of being watched while he sleeps.”

   
 
 
"Moto Hagio is considered the “founding mother” of shôjo manga (manga graphic novels written and illustrated by women). “Unabashedly romantic and emotionally complex”, The Heart of Thomas, promises  a “richly imagined setting” and great memorable characters."
 
Happy reading, and have a magical summer!
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

"Anyone who has an interest in the creative process, from writers and artists to musicians and filmmakers, will find this book interesting and inspiring.

 

Catmull is the the president of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation. The level of struggle and revision that goes into making a Pixar movie is an inspiration, and the process they use to solicit useful and timely feedback on their work will be useful to all kinds of artists."

 

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley 

 

 

 

"A gorgeously crafted and designed book about the power of belief. Micah's journey may rekindle your own belief in magic.

 

I loved it so much that the moment I put down my library copy, I called the bookstore to order a hardback."

 

 

BookLikes authors recommendations made it to the reading lists on BookLikes. If you liked our authors' picks, you can easily add all books to your shelf through the Reading List: 20 great summer reads picked by authors ->

 

If you enjoyed the text, spread the word :-)

 

Tweet: Authors recommend summer reads on @BookLikes http://ctt.ec/em8w1+

ReExplore Booklikes Adventure

— feeling evolution

Whether you are a Newbie, or you have been hanging around for a while, Booklikes invites you to rediscover its Explore feature. Inspired by the Booklikers Think Tank (applause) brought by the BL team, here it is.

 

Now, the Explore gives you a better scoop of what is going on here and now on Booklikes. Meet BookLikers by lurking into one of 6 nooks: Just published, Popular blogs, Rising up,Top Reviewers, Hot reviews and  BookLikes Authors & Publishers.

 

Depending where you’d like to go from here, you can either choose any of 31 book categories, take a tour of All blogs across the platform, or narrow your path to Authors & Publishers blogs only. Switch to German, or Polish if you up for some globetrotting.

 

 

New posts feed

 

While you can see the recent posts from the users you follow on your dashboard, Just published section gives you an overview of what has been published on the platform within last 24 hrs. Come here for your piece of news.

 

 

Find the best match

 

Choosing the book category you are into and ticking off the All Blogs box will allow you to discover new bloggers to follow, in result you will also find out about new titles that are very likely to be to your taste.

 

 

Discover a hidden gem

 

Rising up filter will bring the niche to the spot light. Introduce yourself to the newbies just arrived  to BookLikes. You will also find bloggers who have been here for quite a while, however their reviews haven’t received a wide audience yet. Bloggers, Author and Publishers - be a head hunter and get to discover them first.

 

Apart from the new additions, you will still find the good old Popular blogs, Top Reviewers and Hot reviews sections on the Explore page.

 

 

A piece of advice from BookLikes Regulars

 

When spotting a new review on the Explore page, or your dashboard it is always a good idea to move down to comments section, it' like meeting someone at the bar and finding you've ordered the same drink - you can either node at them, or strike up a conversation.

Moonlight Reader says:

 

 

 

Show me your book shelf and I will see if I want to follow you

 

What bloggers put on their shelf is probably the best indicator of whether you can be the book buddies. As it might be a good idea to follow mainly the  Authors & Publishers who fit in your book category, wider the scoop of reviewers you follow. People of seemingly very different taste to yours can be really inspirational, they will be your guide into the unknown territory.

Char's Horror Corner says:

Finally, go through your friends list and see who they are following - the reviews you value are very likely to attract bloggers of the same ilk. Oh and people you used to follow you-know-where before you have all came to BL, a lot of them are here, as well. Let's reunion.

 

 

Shout-out for Newbies and "Underfollowed" (but Active) Blogs

 

This is probably the most exciting BL discussion and should definitely be the first stop for newly registered BookLikers, come in and introduce yourself to everybody, like Audio Book Junkie did. And for BL code of conduct check out  What are the booklikes basics for newcomers.

You will also find people recommending one another blogs that have not been getting the attention they deserve, like these:

And why not following this great resolution from Books, hockey, and a bucketful of snark:

 

 

Active Reviewer Bloggers

 

Whereas other discussions are mainly for people to share their discoveries and help out underfollowed users this one is for some serious networking.  Good place for the regular bloggers to come and  introduce themselves in person and give a brief description of what they are into, when and where to find them:

 

 

Active Author and Publisher Bloggers

 

There are a lot of Author and Publishers on BookLikes who are here to engage with the readers. Don't assume they would ignore you, they here to interact, same as you. If you are an Author, or Publisher but you have not received your official badge yet give us a shout here.

 

P.S. some of them use BL more incognito. If you are watchful enough you will find them, join in the discussion and see who's who.

Eat like your book mates - Book Lovers' Menu #1

— feeling hungry

 

Sometimes reading a book is just not enough. We want to feel what our favorite characters feel, live their lives in their worlds. Sometimes even eat what they eat... Already feeling hungry? Have a look at our today's book-inspired menu and take a bite:

 

 Starter

 

Have a snack of some sweet honey with a crispy toast to awaken your taste buds and increase your appetite. 

 

Recommended by: Winnie the Pooh. (note from the Pooh Bear: The toast is optional!)

 

Winnie-the-Pooh - A.A. Milne

 

 

 

 

 

 Main Course

You can choose from two dishes:

 

Lamb stew on wild rice is a well balanced meal perfect for anyone who appreciates healthy food & sophisticated flavors. 

 

Recommended by: Katniss Everdeen 

 

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins  

 

 

 

 

Chili with home made bread and coleslaw will be a perfect choice for anyone who enjoys deep flavors of home made dishes. 

 

Recommended by: Kay Scarpetta

 

All That Remains - Patricia Cornwell  

 

 

 

 Dessert

You can choose from two cakes:

 

If you enjoy sour-sweet flavor in your mouth lemon cake is definitely something that will come in handy this summer. Great refreshment and a treat for anyone having a sweet tooth. 

 

Recommended by: Sansa Stark

 

A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin  

 

 

 

 

Grab a magical cauldron cake if you're waiting for extraordinary experiences. You can share them with your friends but we doubt any  crumbs would be left once you give it a taste. Yum!

 

Recommended by: Harry Potter and Ron Weasley

 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling

 

 

 

 

Supper

 

Rustic supper includes roasted eggs and potatoes, a glass of frothed milk accompanied with hot oatcakes and buns, and raspberry cordial finale. 

 

Recommended by: Anne Shirley 

 

Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery 

What are your favorite book inspired dishes? 

 

Happy 4th of July! 10 Quotes to cherish your freedom and independence

Happy 4th of July, folks! In honor of the US Independence Day we're sharing quotes from literature about freedom, liberty and independence referring to all life fields.

 

Remember, be free, be happy.

 

 

Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela 

Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country... 

 

 

 

 

 

1984 - George Orwell

Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time...

 

 

 

 


Delirium - Lauren Oliver   

They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever. And I’ve always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie. 

 

 

 

 

 

Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History - Rhonda Garelick

Certain lives are at once so exceptional, and yet so in step with their historical moments, that they illuminate cultural forces far beyond the scope of a single person. Such is the case with Coco Chanel, whose life offers one of the most fascinating tales of the twentieth century—throwing into dramatic relief an era of war, fashion, ardent nationalism, and earth-shaking change—here brilliantly treated, for the first time, with wide-ranging and incisive historical scrutiny...  

 

 

 

 

 A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf   

"A Room of One's Own", based on a lecture given at Girton College, Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics, ranging in its themes from Jane Austen and Carlotte Bronte to the silent fate of Shakespeare's gifted (imaginary) sister and the effects of poverty and sexual constraint on female creativity.

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë

A novel of intense power and intrigue, Jane Eyre dazzles and shocks readers with its passionate depiction of a woman’s search for equality and freedom. Orphaned Jane Eyre grows up in the home of her heartless aunt, where she endures loneliness and cruelty, and at a charity school with a harsh regime. This troubled childhood strengthens Jane’s natural independence and spirit—which proves necessary when she takes a position as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice...   

 

 

 

 

 

Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison 

Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952.  A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century.  The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.

 

 


 

Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison   

Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez.

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson   

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing...

 

 

 

 

 

Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin 

Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

 

 

 

 

Happy Independence Day!

 

 

Source and more desserts for 4th of July ->

BookLikes revolution launching now - Feel Invited! BookLikers share tips & tricks for newbies

— feeling hungry

There's been plenty of revolutions out there and it's high time to start our own. Now it's time for social revolution on BookLikes! Are you in??!? 

 

Last week was a milestone for our team, we've announce the farewell of Thursday's releases on BookLikes (if you've missed the post, click here) but promised not to leave you empty handed. And we won't. Our brains work on the highest level, our mugs get never-ending coffee refill, and the office fridge gets frightfully empty (it is true that brain work strengthens appetite!).

 

Our excitement peaked when we spotted how supportive and devoted to BookLikes cause you are! We can't thank you enough for your constructive criticism, enthusiastic moves and creative initiatives. The power of community, BookLikes community, is genuine and amazing. Remaining in high spirits, we'd like to introduce you and remind about the initiative that popped up several days ago thanks to group of trending bloggers on BookLikes.

 

The outcome of this common drive is a discussion group Find New BookLikes Blogs To Follow set up by Hunger For Knowledge.

 

 

Hunger For Knowledge writes in the group description:

Find new people to follow, let new people to find you.

This group is dedicated to finding new people to interact on BookLikes.

This is a group for everyone and anyone. This is a result of good community and great teamwork. Let's connect. (go to the group)

 

 

The group is open for all welcoming BookLikes newbies, rising up bloggers, regular and part time BookLikes members, authors, publishers -- long story short, all book lovers on BookLikes. Feel invited to join, share your ideas, show your stand, interact with our team and other bloggers. Show yourself, discover and be discovered. 

 

The discussion threads are divided into several sections giving you the opportunity to give the shout out to other bloggers, meet international personalities, share your brainstorms in the Think Thank discussion, and share your advices and suggestions.

 

 

We've spotted some cool suggestions for BookLikes newbies

in the Think Thank section, have a look:

 

 

Familiar Diversions:

 

- Check out the "Hot Reviews" and "New and trending" sections on the Explore page. Those are good places to find active bloggers.

- Add books to your shelves. I don't know about others, but one of the first things I do when I'm considering whether to follow someone who's followed me or who has commented on/liked one of my posts is to check what they've read and how they've rated it.

- Comment on posts. Don't be shy. :)

 

Charmingly Euphemistic:

 

To find people to follow: Pick a book you adore (preferably a kind of obscure one) and go look at the blogs of people who reviewed it.

 

If they read stuff you like and post stuff you want to read, follow them.

 

 

Char's Horror Corner:

 

Commenting on posts is how I've found most of the people I follow.

One of the first things I look at when I'm considering whether or not to follow someone is their shelves. Empty shelves will almost always make me click off and be on my way, without following.

If the shelves are stocked, I will poke about to see if I agree with the blogger's ratings, or I will see if they have read or are reading books that I'm interested in-if they are. I'm followin'. :)

 

Where to find more blogs to follow?

 

If you're looking for new bloggers to follow visit Explore page (under review now, some changes coming), Book Catalog page (go to book pages to look through reviews and shelves), Reading lists (in Apps), Book clubs and discussion groups, including the new one Find New Booklikes Blogs To Follow sections with heated discussions by BookLikes members.

 

Here are some rising up bloggers worth your attention,

you can also spot more in the Shout-out for Newbies discussion:

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

View blog & follow if you like it 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

View blog & follow if you like it 

 

View blog & follow if you like it 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

You can also use the Compare books option which will show you how compatible the blogger with your reading taste is. To compare the shelves go to the blogger's blog and click the stats icon or go to Apps in the main menu and choose Compare books tab. 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

The BookLikes team is always here to listen to your suggestions and react to any hiccups in the service.

 

 

If you'd like to share your ideas or you'll notice something we should know about, drop us a line or leave a post in the official BookLikes discussion group threads: Feature requests or Bug reports.

 

Goodbye Thursday release: bigger & better changes are coming our way

— feeling booklikes

Thursday used to be 'the day' on BookLikes. Each week, we have been releasing a new feature for our users that was in a great matter based on the feedback you had provided. This has helped the platform to evolve over these past few years. THANK YOU for all the time and effort you have given in!

 

As a result of numerous heated discussions and some serious brainstorming, here at the BL hub, we have decided that there will no longer be any more, let them rest in peace, Thursday releases. Instead, we are moving on towards bigger & better, simply more efficient service.

 

However, changes like that need research and serious thinking through (blackboard drawing, shouting, loads and loads of coffee drinking, coding, but yes, planning first) and that means keeping up with new releases every Thursday will not be possible. This time, we want to introduce a simultaneous uplift to the whole platform. 

 

This does not mean an overnight revolution and will take good few months to deliver. We now must put all the efforts into making what we got more compatible and focus on the User Experience.

 

We want more of Your support

 

revolutionIt must be some sort of a true connection (and sorry everybody, but this is a little creepy, isn't it?), a few days ago our users have started a think tank amongst them selves that would tackle their user experience issues on BookLikes.

 

This is a truly amazing initiative and you made us want to work harder and do things better. This is a true power of the feedback we have been always talking about! We will be using your discussions and ideas to improve some of the main BookLikes features.

 

Expect us to lurk through stuff you write in your discussions over the improvement and throw some (possibly weird) questions, from time to time.

 

The fact that, we will now concentrate on this major refurbishment does not mean we won't assist in bug fixing and user support. We are here to amend any errors that might occur (or already had). You know how to contact us, also the bug discussion is being checked on a daily basis, so report any problems same as usual.

 

 

When shelving new titles, show your bookish mood - emotion status is now available for books

— feeling happy

Share your bookish mood with your friends and followers and show how do you feel about books you're reading! Now when you shelve books, click Finished! or set any other reading status you can supplement the shelving information with the emotion status. 

 

To add the emotion status to a book you're shelving, search the book or click the book cover as usual and go to the advanced pop up with the additional shelving options: 

 

 

Answer the question How do you feel about this book?

 

 

 

The emotion status will be visible in the book pop up and on Dashboard: 

 

The emotion status in the advanced book pop up 

 

 

Book emotions on Dashboard

 

 

Why to use emoticons when shelving and reviewing?

 

Emotion statuses and emoticons won't replace full length reviews, they can, however, complement the text with an enjoyable mood addition.

 

Some scientific surveys revealed that our brain reacts likewise when we see an emoji and a human face -- this means we pay the similar degree of attention to the smiley face as we do to real face. And attention is what we wish for when we write or share the book news, right?

 

What's more, emojis tend to enhance our memory skills and have a highly positive influence on getting the message across -- they make a happy news more enjoyable and negative more approachable. 

 

Being just an addition and another mean of conveying the message, emoticons can be a fun supplement to your texts, and a way of expressing yourself and how you feel about your books. In a short and tips-like manner. Why not? :-) 

 

 

Updates

 

  • Emotion statuses are now available in Draft views. This means that when you write a text, add an emotion status and click Save as Draft, the emotion status will be attached to your text and visible in Draft view (to see your Drafts, click Blog from the upper menu and Drafts in the right column). 

 

  • Emotion statuses are visible on your public blog pages. This refers to reviews, posts and 3 BookLikes design templates only (Gentle Spirit, Notebook, Smart Casual).

 

If you have a different blog theme, a customized blog look or if you have edited your blog's HTML code, please have in mind that this update will not be visible on your public blog page. To make the emojis visible on blog pages, please follow the instructions on Theme Docs (in the footnote) and add the changes to the code or contact your designer. 

 

 

Emotions on public blog pages

Recommend books with emotions: now you can add emotion status to your posts and reviews!

— feeling cool

We're feeling super excited today and now we can highlight it with our brand new emotion status :-D

 

Really good book is the one that provokes thinking and emotions. After all that's the best thing in reading: feeling and living several lives at a time, , don't you think? On the other hand, you may want to express sadness or disappointment if the book did not fulfill your expectations. Well, go for it! Don't keep your thoughts and emotions to yourself -- show how you feel about your reading experiences and share your feelings with your friends!

 

To choose the emotion status for your post start writing any kind of post, and answer the questions: How do you feel about this? 

 

 

 

Click the smiley face to see all emotion statuses, and click the one that fits your mood and corresponds to your post and book(s) attached. 

 

 

The emotion status will be added to your post and highlighted on Dashboard giving your followers a clue how a given book made you feel. 

 

How cool is that!?!

 

 

 

Btw, if you're thinking Hey, I'd like to add emotion status not only to posts but also to books, we would say you read in our minds. Just wait and see what's coming next :-)

 

 

P.S. If you've recently experienced some issues with the commenting system or issues with the buttons on the upper right corner on the blog pages, we just wanted to let you know that our team is working hard to sort everything out. If you notice anything disturbing, please mail kate@booklikes.com -- we'll help and keep you updated about work progress.

Get to know book bloggers a little better with #GetToKnowMe tag

 

Join the party with #GetToKnowMeTag and share some spicy details about yourself :-) As book bloggers we often write, share and recommend books, reviews, and quotes; personal posts, on the other hand, are much less popular. How about knowing each other a little better? 

 

Bloggers at BookLikes have already joined #GetToKnowMe tag craze and answered 21 questions about themselves on their book blogs. Have a closer look at the readers and find some new friends. 

 

We'd also love to hear your answers, share the links to your blog posts in the comments below. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Blog: AOBIBLIOPHILE™ (aobibliophile.booklikes.com)

 

Are you named after anyone?

My paternal grandfather. We have the same first and last name.

When he was laid to rest, it was weird hearing the priest  say his name (our name) during the service. This was how it would probably sound like when my time comes. What's even more weird is seeing the same name on the grave marker. Good thing we have different middle names. Still...

 

Read more on AOBIBLIOPHILE™

 

 

Blog: LOVES DANDELIONS; LOVES BOOKS 

(tracymarcotteshaffer.booklikes.com)

 

What are your hobbies?

Reading, spending too much time on social media, acting, & unfinished crafts


Do you have any pets?

Ernie, my dachshund but don't tell him he's a dog

 

Read more on LOVES DANDELIONS; LOVES BOOKS

 

 

Blog: HUNGER FOR KNOWLEDGE (hfk.booklikes.com)

 

Do you have any special talents?

I can copy most accents in any language within 5 to 30 minutes. I don't do it in purpose, it is automatic reaction of my brain. Thank you Asperger.

 

Read more on HUNGER FOR KNOWLEDGE

 

 

Blog: BrokenTune - Reviews & Rants (brokentune.booklikes.com)

 

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

Yes. Absolutely. Like many others on here (it seems), I'm an introvert but I do like going on adventures and hanging out with my friends - just not large groups of strangers. 

 

Read more on BrokenTune - Reviews & Rants

 

 

 

Blog: I'm A Voracious Reader (avoraciousreader.booklikes.com)

 

What are your hobbies?

Reading, surfing the internet, home improvement projects, puzzles (haven’t done one of those in a while though) and my blog. A very recent hobby is obsessing over all things Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel. Nom nom nom!

 

Read more on I'm A Voracious Reader 

 

 

Blog: Bookstooge's Reviews On the Road (bookstooge.booklikes.com)

 

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

If we were long distance friends, or online friends. Real life, probably not. We don't like people, much less each other :-)

 

Read more on Bookstooge's Reviews On the Road

 

 

Blog: BOOK CUPIDITY (c0urtnie.booklikes.com)

 

Do you have kids?
I do have kids. A nearly 19 year old step-son, and two boys 7 & nearly 4.
Send help.

 

Read more on BOOK CUPIDITY

 

 

Blog: Carpe Librum (carpelibrum.booklikes.com)

 

Summer or winter?

 

Sunbathing, boating, kids home from school, warm & toasty summer. Yet I live in Michigan, home of the 9 month winter. I don't know what's wrong with me either.

 

Read more on Carpe Librum

 

 

Blog: SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady 

(susannag.booklikes.com)

 

Where were you born?

University of Iowa hospital. And a good thing, because it was a complicated delivery, and since my parents were grad students, it was free.

 

Read more on SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

 

 

Blog: hippieed perceptions (hippieed.booklikes.com)

 

What’s the first thing you notice about people?

Depends on the person, I guess.  If they have tattoos, those.  They they are wearing white sunglasses, that.  How they carry themselves, hair color, clothes so on and so forth. Body language, art and clothing can speak a lot about people.

 

Read more on hippieed perceptions

 

 

Blog: DANG ROVER: COVER TO COVER 

(dang1rover.booklikes.com)

 

When was the last time you cried?

I'm always getting teary eyed.  Just a sensitive guy I guess.  Usually it happens during a tender thought about my children, at church, or when I'm reading.  There were a couple times when Les Miserables got to me most recently.

 

Read more on DANG ROVER: COVER TO COVER

 

 

Blog: Cat's Books: Romance 

(northamericanwordcat.booklikes.com)

 

Favorite movies? 

I love animation. My Neighbor Totoro. Princess Bride and Willow. Its a Mad Mad Mad World. 12 Angry Men, Defending Your Life. 

 

Read more on Cat's Books: Romance 

 

 

Blog: Char's Horror Corner (charlene.booklikes.com

 

 Do you have any pets? 

Right now we have our rescue cat, Jeffrey, and some fish. We are really dog people though, and as soon as our schedules and lifestyle permits, we will once again rescue a dog. Maybe more than one. 

 

Read more on Char's Horror Corner

 

 

Blog: The Moonlight Library (Nemo) 

(moonlightlibrary.booklikes.com)

 

What is your eye colour?

Blueish-green with a hazel ring around the pupil. Yesterday my husband tried to say they're a bit greyish too, but I just think he's just jealous that he's got grey eyes and I have this colour you can't really define.

 

Read more on The Moonlight Library (Nemo)

 

 

 

Blog: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile 

(hopelessbibliophile.booklikes.com)

 

Scary movie or happy endings?

An equal amount of both. Yeah, that's a cop out answer, but it's also the truth! I can't do too much of one or the other, or they lose their shine. You need the sad/scary to appreciate the happy!

 

Read more on Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

 

 

Blog: Tina (HDB) (mischievously.booklikes.com)

 

Favorite movie?

Varies by day. Some top picks: Moulin Rouge, Love Actually, HP series, Good Morning Vietnam, Boondock Saints, What Lies Beneath, A League of Their Own

 

Read more on Tina (HDB)

 

 

Blog: Sock Poppet at Play (sockpoppet.booklikes.com)

 

Favorite smells?

Chocolate cooking or bread baking. I once worked near a chocolate factory and every Thursday they cooked their chocolate. The smell was heavenly and they sent broken pieces to us.

 

Read more on Sock Poppet at Play

 

 

Blog: Buchsalon (cat.booklikes.com)

 

What's your favorite cereal?

Anything crunchy, covered in honey (I had almonds this morning). I always make up for the sugary contents by adding some fresh fruit :)

 

Read more on Buchsalon

 

 

Blog: URL PHANTOMHIVE (urlphantomhive.booklikes.com)

 

Will you ever bungee jump?

No. When I first heard there is a minimum weight of 50kg to be allowed to bungee jump, it was the first and only time in my life I considered crash-dieting.

 

Read more on URL PHANTOMHIVE

 

 

 

Blog: Line Bookaholic (line.booklikes.com)

 

What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

I need to check on Google Map... It was Calpe in Spain, near Alicante (1 700km from home).

Do you have any special talents?

I can lick my elbow. Is it a talent?

 

Read more on Line Bookaholic

 

 

 

Blog: IT'S A MAD MAD WORLD (maddan3.booklikes.com)

 

Do you have any pets? 

A cat. Caesar.

What do you want to be when you grow up? 

I will never grew up so the question is pointless.

 

Read more on IT'S A MAD MAD WORLD

 

 

Blog: booklife4life (booklife4life.booklikes.com)

 

What are your hobbies?

Reading duhhhh. Seeing how much sleep i really need. Binge watching whole series. Avoiding social interactions. Reading whole books in a few hrs. Freaking out about my future.

 

Read more on booklife4life

 

 

Blog: The Fish Place (ethiercn.booklikes.com)

 

Do you have any pets?

Yes.  Two dogs, 3 cats.

 

 Favorite movie?

Um, I love LOTR, Richard III (with McKellan), various others.  Long live David Bowie's hair!

 

Read more on The Fish Place

 

 

Blog: Passionate about Books! (bookwizard.booklikes.com)

 

  1. What do you want to be when you grow up? 
  2. When I was younger I went to school to become an obstetrician, (I love babies). Got too busy in the Air Force. Now, I wouldn't mind working or owing a bookstore.

Read more on Passionate about Books! 

 

 

Blog: NerdyBirdie (nerdybirdie.booklikes.com)

 

Computer or Television?

Well . . . with a TV you can watch all kinds of shows and movies. But, with a Computer you can watch all kinds of shows and movies AND have access to internet and many other beautiful things . . . so, COMPUTER! :D

 

Read more on NerdyBirdie

 

 

Blog: Olga Godim (olgagodim.booklikes.com)

 

Are you named after anyone?

Yes. My great aunt, my grandmother’s sister was Olga. She was a heroine of French resistance, killed by Gestapo in 1944, long before I was born. There is a monument to their resistance cell, with all the names inscribed on it (all killed), somewhere in France. Her name was Olga Bancic.

 

Read more on Olga Godim

 

 

Blog: Lora's Rants and Reviews (loram.booklikes.com)

 

Favorite movie?

That's a hard one. I'll go with Pirates of the Caribbean, the original.

Changed my mind because someone mentioned David Bowie. Labyrinth!

 

Read more on Lora's Rants and Reviews

 

 

Blog: Sarah's Library (sarahf1984.booklikes.com)

 

What’s the first thing you notice about people?

This is a terrible thing to admit to, but I notice their looks first.  When I first see a person, before they begin speaking, I take note of the way they're dressed and whether their hair looks clean.  First impressions really do count, which is why I find it hard going out because I figure if I look at others in that way, others are looking at me in that way.

 

Read more on Sarah's Library

 

 

Blog: E. (edwardlorn.booklikes.com)

 

Will you ever bungee-jump? 

HAHAHAHAHAHA! More like bungee-die. I weigh 350 pounds. I’ve not found a tower operator that didn’t laugh at me when I approached his station.

 

Read more on E.

 

 

Blog: Kitty Horror (katem.booklikes.com)

 

Favourite movie?

Rear Window. You can't go wrong with Hitchcock.

 

 

Read more on Kitty Horror

 

 

Blog: Paul Read or Dead (paulnelson.booklikes.com)

 

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

 

Well maybe, yeah, I think I'm a laugh, I can be a bit of a twat at times, I work with a big group of guys and there's a lot of piss taking going on. I'm a bit of a wind-up merchant and my first reaction to most situations is to make light of it with a joke. If anyone's ever been offended by any comment I've made then my advice, step back and look at it in a light hearted manner. If you’re still annoyed them I admit I’m not everyone’s cup of tea.

 

Read more on Paul Read or Dead

 

 

Blog: charlton (charlton.booklikes.com)

 

What’s your favorite cereal?

Apple Jacks

What is your eye colour?

Blue

 

Read more on charlton

 

 

Blog: Tami (tami.booklikes.com)

 

When was the last time you cried?

Tuesday. I had a very minor car accident with my company car and had a panic attack about it. Because I thought they are going to send me to Guantanamo Bay for bumping a rearview mirror.

 

Read more on Tami

 

 

Blog: Cody's Bookshelf 

(theguywholovesbooks.booklikes.com)

 

What are your hobbies?

Besides reading and book collecting, I'm a political junkie -- my mom has been in politics over ten years and she and I share that interest despite huge political belief differences. I could debate politics for hours. I also love music and the '60s counterculture and trying new food.

 

Read more on Cody's Bookshelf 

 

 

Blog: BOOKLOVING AUTHOR AND PUBLISHER

(minwynn.booklikes.com)

 

Favorite movie?

Gilda.

 

Do you have any siblings?

Yes, a sister, who is also my best friend.

 

Read more on BOOKLOVING AUTHOR AND PUBLISHER

 

 

Blog: BOOKLOVING WRITER (ilirwen.booklikes.com)

 

Are you named after anyone?

Yes. My mum was a teacher and once she was testing children's ability to read and met a very cute, but not so bright little girl by a lovely name that is also now mine.

 

Read more on BOOKLOVING WRITER

 

P.S.

If you haven't answered the questions yet, here's a full list of them for Get to know me tag:

 

1. Are you named after anyone?
2. When was the last time you cried?
3. Do you have kids? 
4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
6. Will you ever bungee-jump?
7. What’s your favorite cereal?
8. What’s the first thing you notice about people?
9. What is your eye colour?
10. Scary movie or happy endings?
11. Favorite smells?
12. Summer or winter? Summer.
13. Computer or television?
14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?
15. Do you have any special talents?
16. Where were you born?
17. What are your hobbies?
18. Do you have any pets?
19. Favorite movie?
20. Do you have any siblings?
21. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Discover new reviews and bloggers with tags

 

Tags in your texts are like bookmarks in your books. Tags let you find book reviews, texts, photos, all kind of posts within the same thematic category. Tags open new discovery paths for exploring new book titles and book bloggers -- you can easily search through texts with given tags on BookLikes, add likes and comments, discover new bloggers, and start following new blogs. Apart from discovery role tags are also great to organize your texts. Here's how to use tags on BookLikes. 

 

 

Add tags to your texts

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Search tags on BookLikes

Searching tags and interaction with the posts are now easier with two ways of discovering tagged book reviews and texts. 

 

1. Dashboard search

Use the upper search box not only to search through BookLikes book catalog but also to search tags. Type tag, e.g. May 2015 to view texts with your May reading lists, and click Tags:

 

 

 

Look through texts with tag May 2015, add likes and comment, find new readers and start following them. 

 

 

 

You can also filter the texts with different kind of posts. Choose your Dashboard view on the right to view only this kind of text with a given tag:

 

 

 

2. Top tags

Go to your Dashboard or admin Blog (click the upper menu and Blog). You'll see Top Tags or Top Tags on BookLikes on your right, click and view the most popular tags of BookLikes community from the last week, and your most commonly used tags. 

 

 

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Click the tag to view texts and reviews with this tag:

 

 

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BookExpo America & BookCon 2015 here come BookLikes!

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When I’m in New York, I just want to walk down the street and feel this thing, like I’m in a movie. Ryan Adams 

 

This week we are ditching our desks and fav coffee cups and going NYC! 

 

From 27th until 31 May you will find our BookLikes team at Javits Center, exhibiting during this year’s BookExpo America, we are staying until the weekend for the BookCon, also taking place at the convention centre in New York.

 

Take this opportunity and come visit us, we are waiting at booth #3029

 

Not to worry, if you cannot be in New York to ask us a question in person, we are still going to be available to reach through the contact form for those of you needing our help. However, we have decided to put all the new releases on hold until we are all back in our BookLikes hub and brainstorm new exciting ideas. So, as for this Thursday, the theme is... NYC, baby! 

The Witcher and 6 more awesome games based on books

In mid May the gamers were euphoric about the third part of The Witcher gameWe must confess that we've joined this ecstasy! :D The Witcher 3 absolutely rocks! And we started wondering that movies based on novels are not uncommon any more but did you know that many games took their origins from literature? Have a look at 7 awesome book inspired games: read, play and have fun! 

 

P.S. If you're a BookLikes member and view this post on your Dashboard, please go to the BookLikes Blog view to watch the official game trailers (click). 

 

1. The Witcher

 

 

This world doesn't need a hero

It needs a Professional 

 

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an action role-playing video game developed by Polish video game developer CD Projekt RED. The game is the third in the series, all parts are based on the series of fantasy novels by the Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, but all take place after them. The game was released May 19, 2015 but it has already won several awards in 2013 and 2014, it won IGN's E3 People's Choice Award in 2013 and 2014, and won GameSpot's E3 People's Choice Award in 2014. It also won the Most Anticipated Game during The Game Awards 2014 in Las Vegas. 

 

Book it is based on:  

 

Title: The Last Wish

Authir: Andrzej Sapkowski  

 

Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realize that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.

 

 

 

2. Metro 2033

 

 

Released in March 2010 Metro 2033 is a survival horror shooter video game based on the novel Metro 2033 by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. After atomic attacks on Russia, survivors are forced to live underground where they face not only aggressive humans but also mutated animals and other creatures. Warning: it's not a game for someone with cold feet, the game received many praises for its horror elements. 

 

Book it is based on: 

 

Title: Metro 2033

Author: Dmitry Glukhovsky  

 

The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct. The half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation. Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind. But the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory, the stuff of myth and legend. More than 20 years have passed since the last plane took off from the earth. Rusted railways lead into emptiness. The ether is void and the airwaves echo to a soulless howling where previously the frequencies were full of news from Tokyo, New York, Buenos Aires. Man has handed over stewardship of the earth to new life-forms. Mutated by radiation, they are better adapted to the new world. Man's time is over. A few score thousand survivors live on, not knowing whether they are the only ones left on earth. They live in the Moscow Metro - the biggest air-raid shelter ever built.

 

 

3. Alice

 

 

American McGee's Alice is a  psychological horror action video game released in December 2000. The game takes place several years after Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and features older Alice. Both the setting and the main character are much more macabre than the world presented in works by Lewis Carroll. 

 

Book it is based on: 

 

Title: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Author:  Lewis Carroll

 

The Mad Hatter, the Ugly Duchess, the Mock Turtle, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat-characters each more eccentric than the last, and that could only have come from Lewis Carroll, the master of sublime nonsense. In these two brilliant burlesques he created two of the most famous and fantastic novels of all time that not only stirred our imagination but revolutionized literature. 

 

 

 

4. Sherlock Holmes

 

 

Sherlock Holmes has been a subject on many games and The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, an adventure video game released in 2012, is just one out of numerous interpretations of Arthur Conan Doyle's character. The majority of game setting involves crime scenes and examining clues, the player can control Sherlock Holmes, dr. Watson, and Toby, a basset hound. 

 

Book it is based on:

 

Title: Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume I

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle   

 

Since his first appearance in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has been one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created. Holmes, master of disguise, reasoned logically to deduce clients' background from their first appearance. He used fingerprints, chemical analysis, and forensic science. 

 

 

 

5. Game of Thrones

 

 

Released in 2014 Game of Thrones is an episodic graphic adventure fantasy drama video game based on the A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin and their TV adaptation. George R. R. Martin stated that his personal assistant, Ty Corey Franck, is working with Telltale Games as a "story consultant".

 

Book it is based on:

 

Title: A Game of Thrones

Author: George R.R. Martin 

 

A Song of Ice and Fire series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction. 

 

 

 

6. Batman

 

 

Batman: Arkham City is a 2011 action-adventure video game based on large collection of Batman stories. The game received praises for character and world design, soundtrack, and Batman's combat skills.

 

Book it is based on: 

 

Title: Batman: Year One

Authors: Frank Miller, David Mazzucchelli, Richmond Lewis, Dennis O'Neil   

 

Lieutenant James Gordon takes up a new post in the crime-ridden and corrupt city of Gotham, while billionaire Bruce Wayne returns to the scene of his parents' deaths, intent on punishing the criminal element. 

 

 

 

7. The Walking Dead

 

 

The Walking Dead is an episodic interactive drama graphic adventure video game. The game takes place in the same fictional world as the comic, with events occurring shortly after the onset of the zombie apocalypse. Unlike many other adventure games, The Walking Dead: Game focuses more on story and character development than on puzzle solving. 

 

Book it is based on:

 

Title: The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye

Authors: Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore 

 

An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. Rick Grimes finds himself one of the few survivors in this terrifying future. A couple months ago he was a small town cop who had never fired a shot and only ever saw one dead body. Separated from his family, he must now sort through all the death and confusion to try and find his wife and son. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living. 

 

 

Let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorite games based on books in the comments below! 

 

Spice your posts: embed Tweets and Tumblr posts into your BookLikes texts

 

Embedded post is a simple way of adding a public post published on other platforms to your BookLikes reviews and texts. Now you can spice your posts with embedded Tweets and Tumblr content. Here's how. 

 

You can get the embedded code directly from the post on Twitter or Tumblr, click the three dot icon for more options under the posts and Embed:

 

 

 

 

Grab the codes and paste them into the writing box on your BookLikes. 

 

 

Choose a place where you want to put the embedded post, and click the icon on the tool bar. Then paste the code in the window:

 

 

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Thanks to the embedded posts you can share the news, support the author of the post, and spice your texts with real-life examples.

 

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Why not to embed the Tweets and Tumblr posts to trigger the discussion? The more diversified your posts are, the more popular your text will become. We bet your followers will love to engage in the discussion where they can view different point of views with supporting examples. In consequence, this will boost the engagement and turn your readers and followers into active participants of your BookLikes webpage. 

 

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Fresh ink! Check out this week's hot new releases

We crave for a doze fresh ink, and you? BookLikes Book Release Calendar is open and ready to present the titles you can't wait for -- add new books in the series, new editions, brand new titles, share and support your favorite authors and publishers. 

 

The following list shows only a glimpse inot this week's releases, check out the whole list on the Book Release Calendar page (click menu and events).

 

 

New Book Releases: May 18 - 24, 2015

 

 

Title: Maximum Ride Forever 

Author: James Patterson 

 

Series: Maximum Ride (#9)
 
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Legions of Max fans won't be disappointed by this encore episode in the beloved series about the incredible adventures of a teenage girl who can fly. As Maximum Ride boldly navigates a post-apocalyptic world, she and her broken flock are roaming the earth, searching for answers to what happened. All will be revealed in this last spectacular "ride"- a brand-new grand finale featuring all of the nonstop action, twists and turns that readers can rely on in a blockbuster Patterson page-turner!
 
 
 
 

Title: Death Ex Machina

Author: Gary Corby 

 

Series: The Athenian Mysteries
 
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It's the time of the Great Dionysia, the largest arts festival of the ancient world, held each year in honor of Dionysos, the god of wine. But there's a problem: A ghost is haunting Athens's grand theater. As Nico and Diotima dig into the actor’s past, they discover all was not as it seemed. There are enough suspects to fill a theater. As the festival approaches and pressure mounts on all sides, can they hunt down the killer in time? Or will they simply have to hope for a deus ex machina?
 
 
 

Title: Give and Take 

Author: Tigris Eden 

 

Category: Erotic Romance
Series: Stories from Beauville (#1)
 
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Compromise is a word Annabelle Macon knows well. Sacrifices at home, in college and with her career, have all given her the tools to be the person she is. Now it seems she must also make concessions for her long-time love, Jackson Storme. Six months into their relationship, and he’s already making unrealistic demands. With distance putting that much more of a strain on their relationship, how are the two ever going to manage?
 
 
 
 
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What if the world holds more dangers—and more wonders—than we have ever known? And what if there is more than one world? From Heather Dixon, author of the acclaimed Entwined, comes a brilliantly conceived adventure that sweeps us from the inner workings of our souls to the far reaches of our imaginations. Jonathan is perfectly ordinary. But then—as every good adventure begins—the king swoops into port, and Jonathan and his father are enlisted to find the cure to a deadly plague. Jonathan discovers that he's a prodigy at working with a new chemical called fantillium, which creates shared hallucinations—or illusions. And just like that, Jonathan is knocked off his path. 
 
 
Series: Interworld (#3)
 
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The heart-pounding conclusion to the bestselling InterWorld series, from Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves, and Mallory Reaves! Eternity's Wheel is full of time and space travel, magic, science, and the bravery of a young boy who must now face his destiny as a young man. Joey Harker never wanted to be a leader. But he's the one everyone is looking to now that FrostNight looms, and he'll have to step up if he has any hope of saving InterWorld, the Multiverse, and everything in between.
 
 
 
 

Title: Nimona 

Author: Noelle Stevenson

 

Category: Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Graphic Novels, Comics

 
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Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.
 
 
 
 

Title: Dangerous Deception 

Authors: Kami GarciaMargaret Stohl

 

Category: Fantasy, Young Adult, ParanormalWitches
Series: Dangerous Creatures (#2)
 
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After a disastrous car crash outside New York City, Ridley Duchannes-Dark Caster, Siren, and bona fide bad girl-has gone missing. Her wannabe rocker and quarter Incubus boyfriend, Wesley "Link" Lincoln, was driving, and when he comes to, Ridley is nowhere to be found. The only clue is the giant raven emblazoned on the hood of the truck that hit them, which can mean only one thing: Silas Ravenwood is back. And he has Ridley. Determined to find her, Link reunites with old friends John Breed and Liv Durand, his New York bandmates, and the mysterious Lennox Gates-who has his own reasons for tracking down Ridley. Together they travel through the Caster Tunnels and the Deep South to New Orleans, where they uncover the truth about the infamous Ravenwood labs and exactly what Silas has been doing within those walls. By the time Link and his friends reach Ridley, she is no longer the Siren they know and love. She's something new.
 
 
 
 
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