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5 tips to show yourself as a professional reader, author, publisher

If you're a blogger, author or a publisher you can use your BookLikes book blog as an excellent companion to your other webpages and social media. Here are five tips that will help you to show off your brand with your BookLikes  blog. 

 

If you're already on BookLikes (hight five!!) you can enhance the awareness by writing posts and reviews as well as personalizing your BookLikes webpage. If you haven't tried BookLikes yet, feel invited to join the best book blogging community and follow the tips below :-)

 

1. Blog username and blog title - make them smart and elegant, they represent You

 

If you're an author or a publisher chose your professional name for the BookLikes username -- it will be a part of the www address of your BookLikes webpage. The blog title and a short bio should also indicate your role in the book business.

 

 

If you're a blogger you have more freedom. However, the more similar the BookLikes username and the blog title to your other webpages will be, the better. All your pages and social media will create a coherent and comprehensive set that represents you -- a professional reader and reviewer.

 

 

2. Make it verified and official

 

If you're an author or a publisher make your BookLikes blog verified and official, then you're account will receive additional features, such as author's tab and a spotlight place on the Explore page. If you haven't received your "verified" mark yet, please contact Kate@booklikes.com. We'll be also more than happy to provide your with a BookLikes Know-How manual for author and publishers.

 

 

 

3. Add your links - make the readers find you

 

The readers will be thankful for having all your contact links in one place.

The customization tab (menu->Settings->Blog tab->Customize) is a place where you can choose a blog template and add the personal touch to it. You can also add the links to your webpages where you're active.

 

 

Remember to save all the changes in the customization tab!

 

 

4. When writing - add your source

 

When cross posting from your other webpages or paraphrasing your previous works, add the link to your source content.

 

 

The reader will have a possibility to follow you writings on your other webpages and your content will gain credibility.

 

 

 

5. Make it sharable

 

In the world of social media your content simply must be ready to hit the road web as soon as it's online. The Dashboard share feature allows for a fast and easy click share -- this option is available for the blogs you follow.

 

 

If you notice a nice article on the BookLikes blog you're not following, share it via the social share buttons under each post. Make sure to add the button to your BookLikes book page.

To make the buttons visible go to the customization tab (menu->Settings->Blog tab->Customization) and tick the boxes:

 

Remember to save all the changes in the customization tab.

 

Happy writing!

What to write on your book blog next?

If you're experiencing a temporal writer's block and don't know what to share on your book blog, have a look at these five blog post ideas that will trigger your blogging and reading drill. 

 

1. Reviews

Book blogging is all about reviewing books, I know it, you know it, we know it. Period. 

To view the reviews on your Dashboard and hid all other bookish activities, choose the Reviews view on the right. We're sure that the review flood will be an excellent impulse to read and write on.

 

Choose a Dashboard view on the right

 

A review Dashboard view

 

 

2. Reading lists

Lists have very special powers, they make our lives well organized (shopping lists), they make our work more effective (work tasks list), and make our reading decisions less painless (Which book should I read now?).

On BookLikes you can share the lists either on the special list place (main menu->Apps->Reading lists) or on your blog prior or after reading. 

 

via James talks (Mostly) Books

 

 

3. Reading challenge posts

The reading challenges gather many readers, you can take part in a monthly challenge, an annual or a thematic one. You can not only track your reading progress but also share your reading goals with your friends and fellow bloggers. Your reading challenge page can be also a great encouragement for people who need a reading kick when experiencing a reader's block. 

 

2017 Reading challenge posts

 

...Bookfanatic's reading challenge page

 

The most recent activity of the Booklikes-opoly game serves the same purpose, therefore, we encourage you to check out the game posts as well as join the game :-)

 

Booklikes-opoly tag posts

 

 

4. Book tours and giveaways

They often go together and are excellent to support an author you enjoy reading. Plus, who doesn't like giveaways! 

 

via SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews

 

5. How to posts

Tutorials are always welcome regardless of the community you're part of. Book bloggers are no different, many love to share bookish themed tutorials as well as blogging tips and tricks helping the community to get the best of BookLikes, for example. 

 

via Debbie's Spurts

 

And what are you blog post ideas? Share them in the comment section below.

 

P.S. Congrats to leselurchausderbucherhohle, the winner of Prime e-reader in the BookLikes contest!

Happy Easter!

— feeling kiss

Happy Easter! Have a lovely holiday time with your friends and family

Wanna plan a game? It's BookLikes-opoly created by Moonlight Reader & Obsidian Blue

 

We feel honored that BookLikes became an arena for book bloggers' reading game. YAY! So, who wants to play? On behalf of the BookLikes team and BookLikes bloggers Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue, the creators of the game, we'd like to invite you to join BookLikes-opoly! Game play will start on April 15th and end on July 31st, 2017.

 

The following information are copied from Moonlight Reader's blog posts and are published on BookLikes Blog with the blogger's consent. Please visit Moonlight Reader blog to read the original posts, you can also find all game posts by inserting BookLikes-opoly tag into the search box or simply click here.

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A game, posts, all information and rules below were created by Moonlight Reader. In case of any game questions, please visit Moonlight Reader blog or Booklikes Bookish Bingo Club where you'll find other players as well as tips and tricks concerning the BookLikes-opoly game.

 

Booklikes-opoly:

General information

 

I will be posting the complete rules of the game over the next few posts. In order to ensure that the rules/space tasks are available, I will also be putting up a Game Play and Rules Thread in the Bingo Group, I will create a game page on my wordpress blog and my booklikes blog, and I will be posting them on the BL Expats group on GR, for those of you who are over there as well as over here.

 

In addition, I relinquish all copyright to any part of the game and make them freely available to everyone to use them as is helpful in playing the game. Download the images to your computer and post them to your personal blog, upload them to your imgur account so you can post them on GR in your personal threads, print them and use them to wallpaper your bathroom!

 

General information

 

Do not get overwhelmed. The game is quite simple, and is based on a monopoly board, but when I reveal it, it may sound very complicated. Part of my purpose in creating the game is to generate a fun way to do some TBR busting! You should not have to buy new books to gain dollars for your bank! If you want to buy new books, however, I am never going to stop you!

 

I will do a "fake" game play tutorial post at the end of this process, which should clarify things substantially! It really will make sense once you see how it works and it will be fun!

 

Feel free to play the game in the background. There are some spaces that involve a community activity that should be fun, so keep an eye out for friends who need help! 

 

 

 

 

Basic Rules & FAQ

 

* Players keep track of their own game board and bank! Feel free to set up a discussion in the Bingo group to track, if you feel that will be helpful.

* Every player leaves the Start space with $20.00.

* Dice rolls are based on the honor system. You can either roll virtual dice or you can roll real dice at home. You will either roll two 6-sided dice or one 12-sided die. Up to you! Link to electronic dice.

* Virtual dollars are awarded based on the page length of the qualifying book, as follows:

0 to 100 pages: $1.00
101 to 200 pages: $2.00
201 to 400 pages: $3.00
401 to 800 pages: $5.00
over 801 pages: $10.00

*Players are eligible to roll only on odd-numbered dates.

*Like in monopoly, you can play through a space without reading a book to fill the task, the only rule is that you have to wait until the next roll date to move (so, the next odd numbered day, which is going to be either one or two days) However, if you choose to read for a space, you can't move until you finish the book and bank your payout.

 

*The one exception to the "you must finish the book before you move on rule" is that audiobook listeners may have one audiobook in progress while they continue moving around the board. You don't bank your payout until you finish listening.

 

*If you HATE your book, here's what you do! DNF's are absolutely allowed. You can count the # of pages read to get your payout - so if you read 120 pages before DNF'ing, you get $2.00 for your bank. The only caveat is that you have to read 10% of the book to get any payout.

*Game play will start on April 15th and end on July 31st, 2017.

 

*I will set up a Q&A thread in the Bingo group. Please post questions in that thread! 

 

*Where a task refers to genre tags, this is based on GR genre tags. If you don't have a GR account, and can't get into a book page to determine if it has the required genre tags, you can post the question in Q&A. In addition, the genre tag does not need to be one of the book page tags - it can be on the first page of the "top shelves" if the book has a lot of shelvings.

*On the final day of game play, players need to submit the value of their bank accounts to be considered for prize money.

 

Read the original blog post: Booklikes-opoly: General information->

 

 

Game Play - Reading tasks

 

The Lands!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mystery Squares 

 

 

Trains, Plains & Automobiles! 

 

Read the original blog post: Game Play - Reading tasks->

 

 

 Booklikes-opoly:

Additional tasks

 

There are some remaining spaces that I'll explain in this post!

 

Unique Spaces:

 

 

Go to jail: Go to jail. Serve a sentence of 300 pages (or pay the equivalent bail of $3.00), unless there are enough pages in the prison library to spring you.

 

 

Jail visitor: Donate 100 pages (or $1.00) to the prison library before leaving the space. Post your donation on the group "Prison library" thread!

 

 

Free parking: roll the dice. Odd number sends you to the waterworks, even number sends you to the electric company, doubles sends you to the luxury tax.

 

 

Read a book with water on the cover, or where someone turns on the waterworks (i.e., cries) because of an emotional event.

 

 

 

Read a book where a main character is in STEM, or where the author's first and last name contain all of the letters in "Tesla".

 

Read a book where someone gets married, with jewelry on the cover, or where any character is a millionaire/billionaire!

 

 

 

Roll the electronic dice, and perform the task that corresponds to your roll!

 

  1. Let a BL friend choose your book! Post a list of 4 books - first one to comment chooses your next read.
  2. Give $5.00 to another player. If you don't have $5.00, roll again!
  3. Let a BL friend choose your next ride! Post your plight, and see where the first person sends you!
  4. You are in time out for two days. Wait for your chance to roll again.
  5. Collect $10.00 for yourself and one other player!
  6. It's your lucky day! Read any book for your next turn regardless of the task instructions!
  7. Double your dollars on your next read!
  8. Read in the wild! Take your book with you and find a place to read that isn't your living room for an hour!
  9. Post a picture or a story about a favorite vacation spot!
  10. Go to jail. Serve a sentence of 300 pages (or pay the equivalent bail of $3.00), unless there are enough pages in the prison library to spring you!
  11. Read for two! The rewards for your next book are doubled - and half of the money goes to another player of your choice!
  12. Wheel decide - spin the wheel to pick your next "land" and choose any property in the land for your next book!

 

Read the original blog post: Booklikes-opoly: Additional tasks->

 

 

Game Play Tutorial

A Brief Game Play Tutorial

 

I thought it would be helpful to do a few rounds of play, to help explain how it will work! 

Game Play:

 

Roll 1:

4/15/17: Rolled 7, so game piece moves to space #7, which is Toad's Wild Ride in Fantasyland. The task for that space is: read a book with anthropomorphized/talking animals or read a "classic" fantasy published before 2000. I decide to read: Redwall, by Brian Jacques to fulfill this task. My version has 333 pages, so I get $3.00 for the task, which increases my bank to $23.00. I finish it in one day.

 

Roll 2:

I can't roll on 4/16/17, because it is not a roll day. On 4/17/17, I roll a 5, which puts me in space 11 - related to the opening year of Disneyland. My task is to read a book that takes place between 1945 and 1965, or that was written by an author born before 1955. I decide to read The Gunslinger by Stephen King, who was born in 1947.  This book is 231 pages long, so I make $3.00 for finishing this book, which increases my bank to $26.00.

 

Roll 3:

I am on vacation, so I don't roll again until the 4/21/17. I roll 10, and end up on the BL square. I roll my virtual dice, and roll a 5! I collect an extra $10.00 for myself, and for one other player. I pick someone to get the extra $10.00, and go on my way! My bank is now $36.00.

 

Roll 3:

I roll again on the 23rd. I roll a 6, and I land on Adventureland 26, which tells me to read a book tagged adventure or thriller. I'm not feeling adventure or thriller, so I decide to pass on this one. My bank remains at $36.00

 

Roll 4:

I roll again 4/25/17 and I roll a 3, which puts me on the boardwalk at Paradise Pier 28. The category for this one is "read a book set during Victoria's reign or tagged steampunk on GR." I decide to read Wilkie Collins The Moonstone. My edition has 510 pages, so I get a whopping $5.00 for this one. My bank is now $41.00.

 

And so on . . . 

 

Bank: $41.00

 

Read the original blog post: Booklikes-opoly: Additional tasks->

 

 

Have fun and let us know how much you love it! Cause we're sure you will!

4 ways to give a shout out to a beloved title

If you're wondering how to praise a book and put it in the spotlight, the following BookLikes spots will come in handy.

 

1. Make it stand out -- write about it, review, share

(if you've missed read: 6 ways to write about books on BookLikes)

Once you meet a book you love, make sure to share your affection with your fellow bloggers and your book friends. Make reading a social activity with your little notes from your reading experience.

A reading update

 

A quote post

 

You can share the reading updates and quotes, and when you're finished make sure to add all the positives in a book review on your blog.

A book review

 

2. List it -- make a reading list with your favorite titles

(main menu -> Apps -> Reading lists)

Reading lists are awesome. They gathered the books around a given topic and at the same time make a never ending TBR pile a little less chaotic. Your list can have a descriptive intro and each title receives a note spot for a review snap or a recommendation sentence.

 

Sci Fi/Fantasy Written by Women

 

With BookLikes Reading list feature you can sign in into a given list, add all the titles to your bookshelf with just one click (the thematic shelf will be added automatically to your BL Shelf), and then feel free to socialize while reading by discussing the books and visiting other bloggers reading it.

 

 

3. Give the book away

(main menu -> giveaways)

Readers love books. Books love readers. Share you book love by giving the titles you love to other readers who haven't had a chance to read it yet.

You can decide who the book goes to by picking the giveaway winner by yourself.

The giveaway option is also great for the upcoming titles.

 

 

4. A new book is a new event

(main menu -> events)

If you can't sleep because of a new release invite friends to join your sleepless night. Add the new release page and personalize it to match the book theme, then share the news and invite other readers who crave the book.

 

A new release event page

 

What are you reading now? Share your beloved titles in the comment section below.

2017 March Reads

Three months checked. Nine more to go. Have a look at BookLikes bloggers March bookish roundups and let us know how are you doing in your 2017 reading challenge.

 

Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman Kill't Dead...Or Worse: Sex, murder, and toxic waste: Nowhere Else But Texas - Richard Carleton Hacker Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow, #1) - Rachel Morgan

Hello fellow book lovers.  I hope you all had a great month of March. For me it went by way to fast again, there is never enough time in a month for all the books I want to read. I'm just glad that we are starting to head into April and the weather will hopefully be nicer.   I'm also caught up on ARCs, well almost but I think we never really caught up with them, because luckily we always get more... continue reading

 

Major Conflict: One Gay Man's Life in the Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell Military - Jeffrey McGowan Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game - Michael Lewis The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade - Ann Fessler Rick Steves Travel as a Political Act - Rick Steves

Overall a not great reading month, with some serious low-level ratings. A lot of disappointment in the content of some of these books. But I am either on track or ahead on some challenges, so at least I am not falling behind while traveling around. Best part of my reading this month is finally visiting the British Library and its long standing exhibit... continue reading

 

The Dutch Girl: Renegades of the American Revolution - Donna Thorland Mackenzie's Mission - Linda Howard The Forbidden Duke (The Untouchables Book 1) - Darcy Burke Undiscovered - Anna Hackett

I finished off so many series (some I decided to give up on) thanks to my themed month. Those selection books will be denoted with ***book cover***. I'm really happy I do this, it helps to vary my sub-genres and whittle down my tbr books that I would normally keep shoving to the side. April is my Singles month, which basically consists of me blindly pulling out two books (one contemporary, one historical) from my closet boxes... continue reading

 

If you've missed March wrap ups, have a look at the following BookLikes book bloggers posts and feel invited to read and join :)

If we did not mention you in the list below, please feel free to let us now in the comment section below and we'll add your piece up right away.

 

March 2017 — Wrap-Up by Midy Reads->

My Tardy March Wrap-Up by Bark's Book Nonsense->

March wrap - up 2017 by christina's book corner->

March 2017 Round Up! by Char's Horror Corner->

Sci-Fi and Scary Coolthulhu Crew 2017 Challenge-March Update by Char's Horror Corner->

March 2017 Report by Irresponsible Reader->

My March 2017 by Bookish thoughts!!!->

Monatsrückblick: März 2017 by Sunsy->

 

BookLikes' previous 2017 reading challenge posts:

Look back at the February books->

January wrap-ups!->

[Guest post] Diversity in SciFi and Fantasy books / [DE] Die Vielfalt in Science Fiction und Fantasy

 

Please meet Sameena Jehanzeb, a German author of BRÏN, a diverse fantasy romance, and BookLikes blogger. We invited Sam to share her thoughts about diversity in books, a much discussed topic not only in books but also in all life spheres. And so important. Sam covers the topic on the German market and touches the English market as well, therefore, she agreed to write the piece both in English and German, please scroll down for the German version. 

 

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A guest post by Sam from Moyas Buchgewimmel

 

There are things that are important to me. Respect. Equal rights. Humanity. However, reality often is so overwhelming with negative events that one experiences the feeling of drowning in it. It is therefore all the more important to cling to positive thinking and hope. For me this works by dipping deep into stories and writing them myself. Stories that give me all the diversity there is. That's why I love the genres of fantasy and science fiction so much, because they invite us to an almost limitless number of worlds where everything is possible.

 

When we talk about diversity in literature today, it's about a multitude of different things at the same time: sexual orientation, our origin, gender equality, physical handicap/ disease. Only a small number of books deviate from the typical image of the white, heterosexual and physically healthy and attractive main figure. Yet we desperately need the Otherness in our stories to teach us - while at the same time entertaining us - that diversity is no cause for panic and that people of a different skin color, religion or sexual orientation are a valuable and important part of our society. It’s especially important for young people to be able to deal with these issues. In science fiction and fantasy we are able to characterize any appearance and sexual orientation in the social structure of a foreign or magical world like Max Gladstone did in his "Craft" series  - or Becky Chamber's The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, once a kickstarter project that became a huge success with its colorful, intergalactic mixed spaceship crew. Despite the potential of these genres authors and publishers still hardly approach social minorities and take them seriously.

 

Three Parts Dead - Max Gladstone The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers

 

Fantasy and SciFi, however, have always been a bit rebellious and their followers are unconventional thinkers, libertines, nerds and weirdos. We defeat dragons and emperors, kill gods, dance with elves, aliens, witches and robots. The power is with us and the ectoplasm somewhere beyond. We don’t run through the streets armed with swords and laser guns to bring justice to the galaxy but we dare to have thoughts that scare others. We consciously move away from reality to seek answers only found in fiction. We continue to dream because we refuse to accept the hardness of reality and we need these books full of magic and spaceships to find the certainty that life one day can be different. Books give us the strength we need to keep fighting for a fair and diverse future. The demand for more diversity is not about replacing the traditional but to broaden one’s mind and embrace all forms of being human.

 

The great thing about fiction is that it not only brings us magic and futuristic technology, it can also create social structures you could only dream of in reality. And because it is fantasy / SciFi it is taken as given, so that new ways of thinking have a chance to unfold and ideas are able to sink in. Fiction is allowed to be different, right? Such stories teach us about alternatives to actual conditions in an unobtrusive way, and sometimes they even let us rethink a situation. Authors can raise people's awareness through stories to be open to the Otherness and show them that not everything different is something to be afraid of. It think it would be best to start from a young age, so that fears and prejudices are less likely to form in our heads. I know, at this point people get nervous. Traditionalists fear that their children will become homosexual by simply mentioning the word and they will persistently ignore the truth. There is outrage about “honor killings”, and at the same time the same people stifle the dignity and vitality of those who don't fit into their traditional image - however much these poor creatures try or wish to be “normal”. How many young people are afraid for far too long? Afraid of themselves, of their parents' reaction, of being different. How much suffering do they have to bear all alone, how much despair? Wouldn't it be nice if they could at least find shelter in stories where they find protagonists who are like them?

 

The traditionalists, or at least people who prefer to swim with the tide, those who do not want to attract attention to themselves, seem to be sitting in the publishing houses and literature agencies too, because as soon as a book contains a non-heterosexual couple the alarm bells ring and the rejection letters go out . Those stories are not likely to sell, they say. If you're especially "lucky"- as I was - you even get an ignorant explanation as to why you cannot be quite in your right mind to submit a story with a non-heterosexual couple. Great writing, madam, but gays and lesbians? - Hahahaha! There was even a calculation about how few people would be interested in such a book because it would be completely impossible for a heterosexual person to read something about a homosexual couple. Funny thing is, there is a trend for M/M-Romance in Germany. Sure, those gay-romances are directed at heterosexual woman and ignore all other manifestations of LGBT, but at least those books exist. Now, I am obviously in a much better position than those publishers because I know almost only heterosexual people who are looking for all sorts of love and skin colors in their stories. Yes, they are going to lengths to find it! I am talking about heterosexual, white-skinned people who read books with dark-skinned, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, physically and psychologically damaged protagonists. From N.K. Jemisin to Nnedi Okorafor and Nicola Griffith everything is accounted for: a wide range of skin colors, all kinds of love, entertaining feminism. How pre-condemned and patronized do these white heteros have to feel for being stereotyped as readers who can’t possibly want something other than traditional structures?

 

When it comes to protagonists and authors of color, there is at least some fresh wind in the dusty shelves of the German book market from time to time. To integrate those books of color into a publishers program works as some kind of social act, as a confession against racism and for solidarity. Good thing. But it still remains difficult and rather scarce. Sometimes these advanced thinking also provokes heated debates as happened with the German edition of »Pipi Long Stocking « when the publisher decided to erase the politically outdated word »Neger« (en: Negro) from these books. People were furious that a classic children’s book got changed. Those were the times, they say. Such setbacks may also be exactly the kind of signal publishers don’t need when we strive for more diversity and respect for all human beings.

 

Protagonists who are not heterosexual and in physical top form are even more invisible. Everyone is talking about inclusion at workplaces, but nobody seems to think about the inclusion in our heads. Publishing houses stick to traditional patterns because anything that hasn’t been tried before does not guarantee maximum sales. You better be safe than sorry and stick to the old, proven topics while ignoring the fact that the world around them is changing anyway. The muted and forgotten voices of the others and those of the open-minded are getting louder. Those stamped as minority in one way or the other are seeking for different ways to get their voice out and reach those who are desperately looking for the Otherness. Self-publishing, blogs and YouTube offer possibilities for everyone to be heard nowadays. The methodically forgotten are tired of being forgotten and despised. While big publishing houses complain about shrinking sale numbers and publish one cloned story after another, small publishers everywhere take the chance to push diversity forward. Book clubs that focus on LGBT/ Diversity topics are no longer a rarity. This is all a good start, but we are in need of more consideration, especially here in Germany, where the objections are even stronger than beneath the great pond.

 

The English book market has long since become much louder when it comes to diversity. Even large publishers are gradually picking up diverse books, while in Germany it seems to be an accident to find such a book at a big publishing house. And yet there are a lot of blogging readers who are voicing their demand for more diverse books. For example The Bookavid, Herr Booknerd and also myself are looking for diversity and we do enjoy those stories. Other bloggers don’t actively search for diversity, but they often see the beauty of diversity when they stumble upon the right books and mention their excitement in their reviews when they encounter an unusual scenery and untypical characters. So far, I have not seen one book blogger who panicked because a book deviated from German standard. Despite this wide acceptance and open-mindedness in readers it’s still a tilt at windmills if one is not able to read untranslated English novels. In the German-speaking world diverse books, especially LGBT, are almost exclusively published with small niche publishers like Ylva  or Butze Verlag. My own book will be published there, too, and I am happy to have found a dedicated publisher like Butze.

 

But the small ones, as committed as they are, lack the financial strength to advertise their books as loudly and flashy as the big houses - therefore many books remain undiscovered. We need more courage from big publishers, too. The expansion of the portfolio should be a top priority because a large number of readers want more diversity. It would be so important, especially for young people, to learn that there is not just one truth. We humans are heterosexual, homosexual, asexual and more. We are white, black, brown and everything in between. We are one-armed, six-fingered and blind. We are dwarfs, elves and dragons. We are the ghost in the shell and we are the feather that breaks the balance. We are diverse, whether we want it or not. In 2017, shouldn't our books be finally more diverse, too?

 

Now, what can we do as readers to ensure more diversity in our books? We must announce our interest and we must do it loudly. Share books you've enjoyed in your social networks. If you have a blog, write about what you think about diversity and why you embrace it. Look specifically for books where diversity is part of the story. If you have trouble finding them ask other bloggers who have put the topic on their agenda. They can give you book recommendations and links. The most important thing, though, is that we talk about diversity so that publishers can see there is something going on, that there is a demand, not fear. As Herr Booknerd recently put it, "Speech is silver, silence gets old" – it’s hard to say it better.

 

---BRÏN - Sameena Jehanzeb

Sameena Jehanzeb is the German author of BRÏN – a diverse fantasy romance wherein heroes and heroines are connected by friendship, love or conflict and are respected no matter their color, gender or sexual orientation. If Sameena isn’t busy writing she sinks deep into books of her favorite authors or brings the many worlds in her head to life as an illustrator and papercut artist.



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Es gibt einige Dinge, die mir wichtig sind. Respekt. Weitsicht. Gleichberechtigung. Menschlichkeit. Die Realität ist aber oft anderer Ansicht und überschwemmt einen so oft mit negativen Ereignissen, dass man das Gefühl hat, darin zu ertrinken. Umso wichtiger ist es, dass man sich das positive Denken und die Hoffnung bewahrt. Für mich funktioniert das durch das Abtauchen in und das Schreiben von Geschichten. Geschichten, die mir all das geben, wogegen sich die Realität manchmal mit Händen und Füßen zu wehren versucht. Vielfältige Geschichten. Darum liebe ich die Genres Fantasy und Science Fiction so sehr, denn sie eröffnen mir eine schier grenzenlose Anzahl von Welten, wo alles möglich ist.

 

Wenn wir heutzutage in der Literatur von Diversity, also von Vielfalt sprechen, dann meint das eine Menge unterschiedlicher Dinge gleichzeitig: die Vielfalt der sexuellen Orientierung, die der Herkunft, die Gleichberechtigung der Geschlechter und auch körperliche Behinderung/ Krankheit. Es gibt verhältnismäßig wenige Bücher, die sich vom typischen Bild der weißen, heterosexuellen und körperlich ebenso gesunden wie attraktiven Hauptfigur lösen. Dabei hätten wir all diese Dinge bitter nötig in unseren Geschichten, damit sie einem auf unterhaltsame Weise beibringen können, dass Normabweichungen kein Grund zur Panik sind und dass auch Menschen anderer Hautfarben, Religionen oder Bettvorlieben wertvoll und ein wichtiger Teil unserer Gesellschaft sind. Besonders für junge Heranwachsende ist es sehr wichtig, sich mit diesen Themen auseinandersetzen zu können. Gerade in den Genres Science Fiction und Fantasy haben wir die Möglichkeit, jedwede Eigenschaft und Orientierung in die gesellschaftlichen Strukturen fremder oder magischer Welten einzubauen, wie es z.B. Max Gladstone mit seiner „Craft“ Series macht  – oder nehmen wir Becky Chambers „kleinen zornigen Planeten“ , der als Kickstarterprojekt begann und mit seiner bunten, intergalaktisch gemischten Raumschiffcrew zu einem ungeahnten Erfolg wurde. Trotz des Potentials kommt es aber noch immer viel zu selten vor, dass sich Autoren oder Verlage an gesellschaftliche Minderheiten heranwagen und sie ernst nehmen.

 

Der lange Weg zu einem kleinen zornigen Planeten - Becky Chambers,Karin Will Three Parts Dead - Max Gladstone

 

Fantasy und SciFi aber galten schon immer als rebellisch und ihre Anhänger als Querdenker, Aufmüpfige, Freidenker, Nerds und Weirdos. Wir besiegen Drachen und Imperatoren, töten Götter, tanzen mit Elfen, Aliens, Hexen und Robotern. Die Macht ist mit uns und das Ektoplasma irgendwo dahinter. Wir laufen zwar nicht mit Schwert und Bogen durch die Straßen und sorgen nicht mit Laserwaffen für Gerechtigkeit in der Galaxie, aber wir wagen es, Dinge zu denken, die anderen Angst machen. Wir entfernen uns bewusst von der Realität, um Antworten zu finden, die uns nur die Fiktion geben kann. Wir denken weiter, weil wir uns weigern, die Realität einfach hinzunehmen, und wir brauchen diese Bücher um die Gewissheit zu finden, dass es anders sein kann. Sie geben uns die Kraft die wir brauchen um weiter daran arbeiten zu können, dass es irgendwann besser wird. Bei dem Ruf nach mehr Vielfalt geht es nicht darum, das Traditionelle zu verdrängen, sondern darum, den Horizont zu erweitern und alle Formen des Menschseins einzuschließen.

 

Das Schöne an der Fiktion ist, dass sie nicht bloß mit Magie und futuristischer Technik um sich wirft, sie kann auch soziale Strukturen erschaffen, die man sie sich für die Realität wünschen würde. Und weil es Fantasy/ SciFi ist, stellt man diese Strukturen auch weniger schnell in Frage, sondern gibt ihnen die Chance sich zu entfalten und die Idee rüberzubringen. Es ist eben Fiktion, die darf anders sein. Über solche Geschichten lernen wir auf unaufdringliche Weise Alternativen zum Ist-Zustand kennen, und im Idealfall erweitern sie den Horizont von jemandem, ja, vielleicht bewirken sie gar ein Umdenken. Man kann Menschen durch Geschichten sensibilisieren, offen zu sein für das Andersartige und ihnen zeigen, dass nicht alles zum Fürchten ist, was anders ist. Am besten schon von klein auf, damit sich erst gar nicht so schrecklich viele Ängste und Vorurteile bilden. Ich weiß, an der Stelle scheiden sich die Geister. Traditionalisten befürchten, ihre Kinder würden durch die bloße Erwähnung des Wortes schon homosexuell werden und ignorieren beharrlich die Wahrheit. Man schreit auf bei Ehrenmorden und gleichzeitig ersticken die gleichen Menschen die Würde und Lebenskraft derer, die nicht ihrem traditionellen Bild entsprechen können – so sehr die auch versuchen oder sich wünschen „normal“ zu sein. Wie viele junge Menschen leben deswegen viel zu lange in Angst? Vor sich selbst, vor der Reaktion der Eltern, vor dem Anderssein. Wie viel Leid müssen sie mit sich allein herumtragen, wie viel Verzweiflung? Wäre es nicht schön, wenn sie wenigstens Zuflucht in Geschichten finden würden, in denen es Protagonisten gibt, die sind wie sie?

 

Die Traditionalisten, oder zumindest Menschen, die lieber mit dem Strom schwimmen, nicht auffallen und risikofreie Verkaufserfolge erzielen wollen, scheinen auch in den Verlagen und Literaturagenturen zu sitzen, denn kaum enthält ein Buch ein nicht heterosexuelles Paar, gehen die Alarmglocken an und die Absagen raus. Das bringt nicht genug Absatz. Wenn man richtig viel „Glück“ hat – so wie ich seinerzeit – bekommt man sogar eine süffisante Erklärung, weshalb man wohl nicht mehr ganz bei Verstand sein kann, eine Geschichte mit einem nicht heterosexuellen Paar einzureichen. Tolle Schreibe, Madame, aber Schwule und Lesben? – Hahahaha! Da wird einem gar vorgerechnet, wie wenige Menschen so ein Buch interessiert, weil es vollkommen ausgeschlossen ist, dass eine heterosexuelle Person etwas von einem homosexuelles Paar lesen möchte. Und das obwohl es sogar auf dem deutschsprachigen Markt einen absatzfreudigen Trend in Sachen M/M-Romance gibt. Der richtet sich zwar wohl an die Lesemehrheit heterosexueller Frauen und ignoriert alle weiteren Ausprägungen des LGBT, aber immerhin wird mal was gewagt!

 

Nun bin ich selbst offenbar auch in einer deutlich besseren Position, kenne ich doch fast nur heterosexuelle Menschen, die alle möglichen Arten der Liebe und Hautfarben in ihren Geschichten suchen. Ja, suchen. Ich rede hier von heterosexuellen, hellhäutigen LeserInnen, die mit Wonne Bücher mit dunkelhäutigen, homosexuellen, bisexuellen, transsexuellen, körperlich behinderten Protagonisten und und und lesen. Von N.K. Jemisin bis Nnedi Okorafor und Nicola Griffith ist alles dabei: bunt gemischte Hautfarben, bunt gemischte Liebe, unterhaltender Feminismus. Wie vorverurteilt und bevormundet müssen sich also diese standardisierten, weißen Heteros vorkommen, denen man einfach mal so unterstellt, dass sie nur traditionelle Strukturen gut finden können und wollen?

 

In Sachen Protagonisten und Autoren die als People of Color gelten, scheint im deutschen Buchmarkt immerhin ab und an eine Art Ruck durch die angestaubten Regale zu gehen. Solche Sachen ins Programm zu nehmen, gilt bei den Verlagen vermutlich als sozialer Akt, als Bekenntnis gegen Rassismus und für die Gemeinschaft. Gute Sache. Aber es bleibt trotzdem schwierig und eher eine Seltenheit. Manchmal löst das fortschrittliche Denken auch hitzige Debatten aus, wie z.B. bei Pipi Langstrumpf  und dem editieren oder nicht editieren des politisch längst nicht mehr korrekten Wortes „Neger“ geschehen. Da gab es lautes Geschrei, weil der Verlag es wagte, einen Kinderbuchklassiker zu verändern. Solche Rückschläge sind womöglich auch genau das Signal das Verlage nicht brauchen, auf dem Weg in eine vielfältigere Zukunft mit mehr Respekt füreinander.

 

Protagonisten, die nicht heterosexuell und körperlich in Top-Form sind, führen gleich ein noch viel größeres Schattendasein. Da redet man überall von Inklusion am Arbeitsplatz, aber über die Inklusion in unseren Köpfen scheint niemand nachzudenken. All zu gerne wird in den großen Verlagen auf bewährte Muster gesetzt, denn alles andere ist nicht erprobt und man will schließlich möglichst garantierte Verkaufsschlager. Da geht man lieber auf Nummer sicher, bleibt beim Altbekannten und ignoriert, dass sich die Welt um einen herum trotzdem verändert und dass die leisen, vergessenen Stimmen der Anderen und die der Aufgeschlossenen immer lauter werden. Die zur Minderheit Erklärten begehren auf, suchen sich alternative Wege, um sich eine Stimme zu verschaffen und diejenigen zu erreichen, die verzweifelt auf der Suche nach dem Anderen sind. Self-Publishing, Blogs und YouTube machen es möglich, dass heutzutage jeder gehört werden kann. Die methodisch Vergessenen sind es leid, vergessen und verachtet zu werden. Während die Großen über schlechte Zahlen klagen und eine geklonte Geschichte nach der anderen veröffentlichen, bilden sich überall Kleinverlage und nehmen die Veränderung in die eigenen Hände. Auch Buchclubs, die sich auf LGBT/Diversity-Themen festlegen, sind keine Seltenheit mehr. Das ist ein guter Anfang, aber es braucht alles noch mehr Aufmerksamkeit, erst recht hier in Deutschland, wo die Hemmungen noch eine ganze Etage höher reichen.

 

Auf dem englischsprachigen Buchmarkt ist der Ruf nach Diversity längst ein sehr lauter geworden, der auch die größeren Verlage nach und nach erreicht. Dagegen schauen wir in Deutschland, mit sehr wenigen Ausnahmen, noch ziemlich blass aus der Röhre, obwohl auch unseren Buchbloggern immer öfter der Kragen platzt. The BookavidHerr Booknerd und auch ich selbst z.B. suchen nach Diversity und genießen sie, andere Blogger freuen sich einfach nur in ihren Buchbesprechungen, wenn sie einer ungewöhnliche Szenerie und untypischen Figuren begegnen. Bisher habe ich noch keine/n Buchblogger/in erlebt, der/die in Panik geraten wäre, weil ein Buch von der deutschen Standardnorm abwich. Trotz dieser recht großen Akzeptanz und Aufgeschlossenheit bleibt es aber ein Kampf gegen Windmühlen, wenn man nicht auf englischsprachige Romane ausweichen kann. Im deutschsprachigen Raum erscheinen vielfältige Bücher, besonders wenn es um LGBT geht, fast ausschließlich in kleinen Nischenverlagen, wie z.B. Ylva oder der Butze Verlag, bei dem auch mein Roman im Juni erscheint. Und ich bin froh einen so motivierten kleinen Verlag gefunden zu haben.

 

Den Kleinen, so engagiert sie auch sind, fehlt aber das Kapital, ihre Bücher so laut und auffällig zu bewerben, wie es die Großen tun – so bleibt vieles unentdeckt. Wir brauchen also mehr Mut auch von den großen Verlagen. Es wäre dringend an der Zeit, das Portfolio zu erweitern, denn ein Großteil der Leser will mehr Vielfalt. Es wäre so wichtig, gerade für junge Menschen, zu erfahren, dass es nicht nur das eine Richtig gibt. Wir Menschen sind heterosexuell, homosexuell, asexuell und mehr. Wir sind weiß, schwarz, braun und alles dazwischen. Wir sind einarmig, sechsfingrig und blind. Wir sind Zwerge, Elfen und Drachen. Wir sind der Geist in der Maschine und das Zünglein an der Waage. Wir sind vielfältig, ob wir wollen oder nicht. Im Jahr 2017, sollten es da nicht auch endlich unsere Bücher sein dürfen?

 

Was können wir nun als Leser tun, um mehr Diversity in unsere Bücher zu bekommen? Wir müssen unser Interesse kundtun und das laut. Teilt Bücher die euch gefallen haben in euren sozialen Netzwerken. Habt ihr einen Blog, schreibt darüber was ihr zu dem Thema denkt. Sucht gezielt nach Büchern in denen Diversity vorkommt. Falls ihr Schwierigkeiten habt sie zu finden fragt bei Bloggern nach, die sich die Themen auf die Agenda gesetzt haben. Sie können euch garantiert ein paar Buch- und Linktipps geben. Das Wichtigste ist, dass darüber gesprochen wird und die Verlage sehen, da geht was vor, da herrscht Nachfrage, nicht Furcht. Wie Herr Booknerd erst kürzlich formulierte: »Reden ist Silber, Schweigen gets old« – besser kann man es kaum ausdrücken.

 

---BRÏN - Sameena Jehanzeb

Sameena Jehanzeb ist die Autorin des Fantasy Romans BRÏN indem sich Helden und  Heldinnen treffen, die durch Freundschaft, Liebe oder Konflikte miteinander verbunden sind, und sich in einer Welt, in der Gleichheit und Akzeptanz unabhängig von Hautfarbe, Geschlecht und sexueller Orientierung existieren, frei entfalten können. Wenn Sameena nicht gerade damit beschäftigt ist zu schreiben, versinkt sie in Büchern ihrer Lieblingsautoren oder illustriert die vielen Welten in ihrem Kopf mit Bleistift und Skalpell auf dem Papier.

 

 

We'll be more than happy to hear what's your opinion. Please leave the comment below and join the discussion.

Facebook and BookLikes

For the last couple of days BookLikes is experiencing a troublesome relation with Facebook: the login via Facebook and synchronization isn't working as it supposed to. The two features experience hiccups and therefore are unavailable at the moment. The Facebook options will be turned on as soon as we sort the problematic issues out.

 

If you're using Facebook to log in to BookLikes and you're experiencing login problems at the moment, please follow the steps below to log into your BookLikes to shelve your books and write reviews:

 

1. Go to BookLikes.com, press log in and then Forgot password link.

 

2. Type in the e-mail address your BookLikes account is set up on (if you're using Facebook to log in, the e-mail will be the same as for your Fb account)

 

3. Check your e-mail inbox for the password reset e-mail, open it and press the link.

 

4. Type in your new password.

 

5. Log into your BookLikes with your e-mail and a new password and start shelving and posting.

 

 

So sorry for any inconvenience. Once we sort the thing out, we'll let you know in the comments below.

 

In case of any further questions, write in the comment section below or send a message to kate@booklikes.com

 

8 things book bloggers will love about BookLikes / [DE] 8 Dinge, die Buchliebhaber auf BookLikes finden und lieben werden

 

We're happy to announce that BookLikes supported the bloggers' conference, the buchmesse: blogger sessions 17, in Leipzig, Germany on March 26. Today we'd like to highlight 8 things that make BookLikes really special on the blog platform scene. Here are the tools that each blogger and book lover will appreciate when starting a book blog on BookLikes.

 

The blog post is published in English and German. Scroll down for a German version and a contest info for German readers.

 

1. User-friendly design

No matter whether you're a tech-savvy or not, BookLikes is suitable for all personalities. You can use easy peasy customization tools and ready made blog templates, or show your HTML magic skills and customize your BookLike page all by yourself.

 

If you're a designer you can also upload your design to BookLikes Theme Store and become a book blog designer.

 

 

 

2. Different templates for different writings

BookLikes lets you discuss books in six different ways.The review template is the most popular but once you try the text, quote, photo, video and link styles, you'll love the way they stand out on your blog page and your Dashboard feed.

 

 

3. Shelf

In book lover's world the bookshelf is so much more than just a place to store books. It's your way of expressing yourself and presenting your reading life.

 

 

4. Book search integrated with the blogging tools

Choose the writing template: text, quote, photo, video or URL, search the book within a blogging template, add your review and publish. Don't worry about the layout or copying/pasting the covers, it's already done. Now all you have to do is read and write.

 

 

5. Community

Can reading be a social activity? Sure it can! No one is better in discussing books than book bloggers. And an international community is a dream place for a member of a modern blogosphere.

 

 

6. Book widgets

Widget is another way fo showing off your books, reviews and giveaways. You can add BookLikes widgets to your BookLikes blog page and to your other www pages.

Spread the word and promote your book blog brand!

 

 

 

7. Fun zone

Set up your reading goal for an annual reading challenge, add your reading lists, win giveaways.

 

 

8. Affiliate program for book bloggers

Why not to earn money on doing what you love -- reading and reviewing. If you're using online booksellers' affiliate programs (e.g. Amazon) you can connect your affiliate ID with your BookLikes blog and receive the money when somebody buys the book via your blog page. Simple as that.

 

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Ihre Erfahrungen mit Büchern können nur Ihnen gehören, Sie können Sie aber auch mit anderen teilen. BookLikes ist eine internationale Gemeinschaft aller Buchliebhaber und Blogger. Werden Sie Teil und entdecken, erleben und präsentieren Sie Ihre Welt der Bücher.

 

8 Dinge, die Buchliebhaber auf BookLikes finden und lieben werden:

 

 

1. Ansprechendes Design

Kostenlose Vorlagen und Extras, einfache Individualisierung.

 

 

2. Verschiedene Text-Styles
Veröffentlichen Sie Ihre Beiträge als Buchbesprechungen, Zitate, Videos, Links oder Fotos.

 

 

3. Bücherregal
Teilen Sie Ihre Buchsammlungen und nutzen Sie diese als Ihre persönliche Visitenkarte.

 

 

4. Buch-Suchmaschine mit integrierter Blogfunktion
Sie suchen ein Buch, fügen Ihre Buch-Besprechung hinzu und veröffentlichen diese, ohne sich mit Zusatzgraphiken und dem Kopieren des Buchcovers aufzuhalten.

 

 

5. Blogger-Community
Lesen Sie nicht nur für sich. Teilen Sie Ihre Erfahrungen mit anderen Buch-Bloggern. Tauschen Sie sich aus und nehmen Sie an spannenden Diskussionsrunden teil.

 

 

6. Book Widgets

Die BookLikes-Widgets erlauben Ihnen, in Ihrem Blog Ihre Lieblingsbücher, Buchverlosungen und Zitate zu präsentieren – die Nutzung von Extras externer Webseiten ist nicht mehr notwendig.

 

 

7. Fun Zone
Nehmen Sie selbst an unseren Lesechallenges teil und testen sich selbst, erstellen Sie Ihre eigenen Leselisten mit Ihren Lieblingstiteln oder machen Sie mit bei den Buchverlosungen.

 

 

8. Affiliate-Programme für Blogger
Warum nicht mit der Lieblingsbeschaftigung etwas Geld verdienen? Mit dem Schreiben von Buchbesprechungen und der Nutzung von Affiliate-Programmen gewählter Buchhandlungen haben Sie mit BookLikes die Möglichkeit.

 

 

Hat Dir dir Buchmesse gefallen? Teile Deine Eindrücke und gewinne einen inkBOOK Prime E-Reader.

 

Gewinnen Sie einen E-Reader inkBOOK auf BookLikes in 3 Schritten: 
   

1. Registrieren Sie sich auf BookLikes.com    

 

2. Füllen Sie Ihre Bibliothek auf BookLikes.com

(Import aus LovelyBooks.de möglich).

Verfassen Sie zusätzlich eine Buchbesprechung und veröffentlichen Sie in Ihrem Blog auf BookLikes.com einen Bericht über die Bloggermesse/-Konferenz in Leipzig.  

  

3. Versehen Sie Ihren Beitrag mit den Tags #booklikes #bmb17 #lmb17    

 

Veröffentlichen Sie Ihre Beiträge vom 26.03. bis zum 09.04.2017.    

 

Gewählt werden 3 der interessantesten Berichte, deren Autoren mit inkBOOK E-Reader ausgezeichnet werden!    

 

Be in the spotlight! Schreiben Sie in Ihrem Blog auf BookLikes, wie es sich mit dem gewonnenen inkBOOK liest und wir senden Ihre Rezension über den E-Reader rund um die Welt!

 

BookLikes ist einer der Sponsoren der buchmesse:blogger sessions 17auf der Leipziger Buchmesse

3 ways to put quotes in the spotlight on your blog

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts

one might have beautifully expressed...

Marlene Dietrich

If you're a fan of quotes too let's have a look at several ways to highlight the precious words on your book blog.

 

1. Write a quote post

This type of post is one among five visible on the wooden bar on the top of your Dashboard. The quote post let you publish a quotation with a source and /or a book cover, you can also mark it as a review and add tags.

 

 

2. Add a blockquote in your text

In order to highlight the the words you cherish the most, make them stand out in your review or text post. Just mark the words and click the quotation mark on the top border of the editor box and the quote will receive a central placing in your writing. You can switch on/off the blockquote option for the paragraph any time.

 

 

3. Use the Quote Widget

If you've recently published a quote you adore make it more visible by using the quote widget. You can use the widget on your BookLikes blog page as well as on any other webpage you have.

 

To create a widget with your most recent quote post go to Goodies/Widgets (the main menu -> Goodies -> Widgets), find the Quote Widget spot, adjust the widget if necessary and copy the code.

 

 

If you wish to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, paste the code in the Widget Area in the customization tab (follow the instruction under the widget), and if you want to add it to your other page, just copy/paste the widget code into your other website's code.

 

 

 

What's your favorite quote? We think that the following ones are very powerful and worth remembering:

 

You are your best thing

Beloved, Toni Morrison

 

We were the people who were not in the papers.

We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print.

It gave us more freedom. 

We lived in the gaps between the stories.

The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood

 

P.S.

Let's share book love!

February was all about love, book love. But let's face it, in book lover's world the book affection lasts 24/7 all year long. If you've missed BookLikes bloggers book love stories, here is your chance to sneek peek into the pieces once again. Read all readers' testimonies and get the insights of book bloggers' reading preferences and favorite genres.

 

We'd love to read your Book Love Story! Tell the world why you love reading books and we'll be more than happy to spread the word, feature and interview you on the BookLikes blog! Remember to add why I love tag to your post :) continue reading

Let's share book love!

 

February was all about love, book love. But let's face it, in book lover's world the book affection lasts 24/7 all year long. If you've missed BookLikes bloggers book love stories, here is your chance to sneek peek into the pieces once again. Read all readers' testimonies and get the insights of book bloggers' reading preferences and favorite genres.

 

We'd love to read your Book Love Story!

Tell the world why you love reading books and we'll be more than happy to spread the word, feature and interview you on the BookLikes blog!

Remember to add why I love tag to your post :)

 

Why I love fantasy books#1 Book Love Story: Why I love fantasy books

A guest post by YouKneeK

Anybody who has followed me for more than, say, a week could tell you that I love science fiction and fantasy books. Of those two genres, fantasy is my favorite. Unlike many fantasy readers who could regale you with tales of their childhood favorites that inspired a lifelong love of fantasy, I didn’t get addicted until my early twenties. It all started with a computer game called Betrayal at Krondor. It was a role-playing game in which the text was actually written like a book, and the player feels like a character in that book.  I loved the game and wanted more.  When I learned that it was based on a series of books by some guy named Raymond E. Feist, I decided to try them. I started reading Magician: Apprentice, and I’ve been hooked ever since... read more

 

#2 Book Love Story: Why I love horror books

A guest post by Charlene from Char's Horror Corner

When I was young, there were very few children in my neighborhood, so I spent a lot of my time reading. The Bookmobile would come around once a week and I would check out as many books as I could hold. Back then, (only allowed to check out children's and young adult books), it was Agatha Christie, Edgar Allan Poe and Sir Conan Doyle that tickled my fancy. Poe-especially. I remember reading his story The Black Cat and getting a delicious case of the shivers-and so my love of horror was born!... read more

 

#3 Book Love Story: Why I love non-fiction books

A guest post by Mike from Book Thoughts

I am very excited to have a chance to share my passion for reading history with you all. I have had a life-long love of history, and grew up in a house where my father spent all of his free time either reading or talking about history.  I have always been fascinated about the past, and my childhood experience led to what is now a career reading and teaching history.

I have taught history at the high school and community college level for 15 years and my love for history has only grown during that time.  Too many adults think back to their history classes when they were in school and remember being bored and having to memorize facts and dates.  History is so much more than that!  To understand where we came from and how the world we live in was created by those who came before us is fascinating... read more

 

#4 Book Love Story: Why I Love Comic Books and Graphic Novels

A guest post by Grimlock ♥ Vision

I remember was first introduced to comic books by one of my first boyfriends, whom I indulged. It was, by the way, the death of our relationship: he took me the store, and reluctantly handed me She-Hulk I dumped him within a week, hoarding my own stack of X-Men. He probably looked at the comics, looked at me, and asked, ‘But why?’ He underestimated me, and I couldn't abide by that. It killed the relationship, but struck up a life long love of comics. I’ve always loved books as well as movies and TV, so the cinematic flair of the visual aspects combined with storytelling just works for me in comics... read more

 

#5 Book Love Story: Why I love historical fiction

A guest post by Susanna from SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

I love historical fiction. I love it in so many of its forms, from fictionalized biographies of long-dead monarchs, to stories about "normal people" of the past, to historical mysteries, time travel stories, and historical romances.

Why do I love historical fiction? I read in order to be taken on a trip to places I would otherwise never visit, and historical fiction is the gateway to the past.  And I love and am interested in the past - I trained as a historian.

I confess I can be a bit picky about historical fiction. There is nothing more likely to take me out of the flow of a book I'm enjoying than to run headlong into a "fact" that's wrong.   My next reaction is undoubtedly going to be "well, if they got that wrong, what else did they get wrong that I didn't catch?"  But good historical novel can give you a feel for another time and place in great ways.  You can feel like you've been there yourself... read more

 

#6 Book Love Story: Why I love romance books

A guest post by Cat's Books: Romance

I unabashedly love Romance Novels.

I love them as at the center of the best ones are optimism, human connection, and feminism. The Happily Ever After promise allows the reader to explore very dark themes at times wit the knowledge that there will be hope and love no matter what. 

Because the main stay of romance is the find of a partner, the question of how to build a lasting connection and all the psychological l complexity of that quests shapes every romance. Most every romance is female centered. Female desire and viewpoints control the narrative... read more

 

#7 Book Love Story: Why I love writing books

A guest post by Ned Hayes

Storytelling is a calling: we manufacture meaning out of events through the act of storymaking. After all, the human experience doesn’t really make sense on a day to day basis. Story is a fabric laid transparent over the bumps and bricks of random occurrence, a map showing the past and the future. It is as if we weave a web of story, from inside ourselves, like a spider, and live in it, and call it world.

I believe that story is in fact all powerful in our lives. To be truly human is to tell stories. Without stories – without that rhythm of beginning, middle, and end, without that hopefulness of meaning being given by seeing the pattern of a story – I believe that we become less than human. I believe that storytelling is what makes us human. We are homo storytelli or homo sinificans, the storytelling creature... read more

 

Let's share book love!

WHEE!!! It's time for bookish goodies for bookish people!
Take part in this lovely project where book lovers swap book boxes full of lovely gifts perfect for anyone who heart books.

Swing Into Spring Swap!

Reblogged from Jessica (HDB):

 

It's here! The next swap is here!

 

If you've been eyeing our group, waiting to participate, now is the time! We're celebrating all things Spring in this book box swap, and I'm really excited about it!

 

(If you couldn't already tell by all the exclamation points.)

 

More info here.

Draft your blog post like a pro

 

We've recently published how to blog about books in several different ways showing that a book review isn't the only possible post format for your book blog. But do you know other options available on your BookLikes blog?

 

Let's start with Drafts.

 

Sometimes it's reasonable to write, take a deep breath and let the text rest. When you come back to your review or article after several hours, you may be stunned how accurate or inaccurate you were in your first version. Regardless of how well you did, the most important thing is to find your texts saved as Drafts as quickly as you can -- the literary inspiration can be ephemeral and may fade away really fast.

 

To view your Drafts, click Blog on the upper menu and go to the right column. Click Drafts and voila. All you texts saved as drafts are here.

 

 

To edit the text, click Edit in the upper right corner of the post, make all the necessary changes, adjust the post date and save to publish online.

 

If you're still not sure whether the text is done, you can save it as draft again and again. Now you know that your texts are safe and sound and easy accessible anytime.

 

 

Mass Post Editor

 

The mass editor is also visible on your admin blog page:

 

If you have number of posts saved as drafts, use the mass editor -- it will save your time by showing you texts with the exact post status you're looking for: published, draft or scheduled to publish.

 

 

You can also use the mass editor as your table of contents and find past writings by searching via the publication date, post types or tags.

 

 

Preview and Save options

 

Remember that the post's look is different on Dashboard view and on your public BookLikes page (e.g. username.booklikes.com). To make sure that your text and photos look awesome in both views, use the Preview option and have a glance how it looks on your public blog page.

 

 

Handy tip:

If you're using the Draft option regularly, use the "back to edit after saving changes" option to make sure that none of your sentence slips away because of the browser time out. When editing your draft, tick the box and click Save as draft every several minutes. You'll stay in the edit mode and your text will be safe.

 

Please mind that if you press Post, the text will go online and you'll be still in the edit mode. That's why we recommend using the "back to edit after saving changes" option for your draft works.

 

Look back at the February books

 

Two months checked. Ten more to go. How did you do in the shortest month of your 2017 reading challenge? Have a look at BookLikes bloggers February bookish summaries and see if you've read all February books.

 

If you've missed the January wrap up post, don't worry, you can check it here: January wrap-ups!

 

 

The Genius of Birds - Jennifer Ackerman The Persian Pickle Club - Sandra Dallas A Is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie - Kathryn Harkup The Big Over Easy - Jasper Fforde

Another great month by the numbers, but in context, there were a lot of short books again this month.  I'm trying to get my TBR pile down quickly by going for the low-hanging fruit.

So 27 books read in February, and I've been good about updating my book editions with the correct page numbers, so I know I've read 5,024 pages this month... continue reading

 

Martyr - Rory Clements Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters For the Most Beautiful - Emily Hauser The Splendour Falls - Susanna Kearsley
Nobody is more surprised than I am at my start to the reading year. After the way I finished 2016, I thought for sure 2017 was going to be the same struggle. Fortunately I have found some excellent new authors and characters to keep me motivated to read in 2017. February was another month of discoveries and fantastic reading. 

I did not quite meet all of my set February goals but considering I had less reading time, I think I still did pretty well... continue reading

 

Hometown - Luke Walker Fatale Deluxe Edition Volume 2 (Fatale DLX Ed Hc) - Elizabeth Breitweiser, Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips Gilded Cage - Vic James Of Foster Homes and Flies - Chad Lutzke

My reading has slowed down a bit this month, due to some health issues in my family. Also, I'm in the midst of a few books that seem like they'll never end!

Graphic Novels

Fatale Deluxe Edition: Volume 2

Incognito: Volume 2 Bad Influences 

Both of these were written and drawn by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, respectively... continue reading

 

Forged in Desire (The Protectors) - Brenda Jackson House of Silence - Sarah Barthel Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
I only read three books in the month of February. I had such great ambitions to get through my tbr. February I participated in the hashtag #readsoullit started by Dee @browngirlreading on Youtube, Twitter and Instagram. I didn't participate in the challenge, but did post books by black authors for the 28 days on Instagram and Twitter. It was great fun and I loved seeing all the post from the participants.

 

Also, I continued with my goal of downsizing my life. In January I donated over 200 books to The Book Den, culled my kitchen and bathroom cabinets, removed unwanted and unworn clothes and shoes from my closet... continue reading

 

 

If you've missed a February wrap up, have a look at the following BookLikes book bloggers posts and feel invited to read and join :)

If we did not mention you in the list below, please feel free to let us now in the comment section below and we'll add your piece up right away.

 

February Wrap-Up by Line Bookaholic ->

February 2017 Report by Irresponsible Reader ->

Books I Read This Month (February 2017) by Obsidian Blue ->

February Wrap-up by Lora's Rants and Reviews ->

February 2017-- A Wrap Up by Midu Reads

February Read Roundup by Whiskey in the Jar Romance ->

February 2017 Wrap Up by Tea, Rain, Book ->

Angel’s Monthly Wrap Up – February 2017 by Angel's Guilty Pleasures

February Wrap-up by Bark's Book Nonsense ->

February Recap 2017 by Nothing better than a good book...->

6 ways to blog about books

 

Book blogging is awesome and it's even more fun if you can blog about books in different ways. The book reviews are great, they give you a full insight into the read and present the core information. But you can give a book shout out in several different ways. Here are 5 more that are worth checking and trying out on your book blog

 

On BookLikes you can use 5 different post styles from the wooden bar on the top of your Dashboard. To write a given post, click a desirable section and you'll be moved to an editor -- each post type has got a different template and will stand out on your Dashboard and on your BookLikes blog page.

 

 

Have a look at the specific blog types in more details and choose the one that best fits you and your writings.

 

#1 Book review

 

This is the main book blogging format used by the majority of book bloggers. On BookLikes you can write a book review from number of places, just click the book cover and then +Post.

 

 

You can also write directly from your Dashboard, click Tex from the wooden bar and you'll be moved to a general text editor. 

 

 

To mark a text as a review make sure to check the Review box on the right and add the rating stars. Here's how the final outcome will look like on your blog (the look will vary according to the blog design):

 

via nicky2910's book reviews

 

If you've missed our recent posts about all the book review places and BookLikes tips, please have a look here:

 

#2 Several books review

 

Reviewing several books at once is not a standard procedure but it's handy when reviewing a book series or doing a monthly reading summary. On BookLikes you can add up to 10 books to your single post. Just use the search box and add all the titles you wish to cover in your review.

 

 

The final version of this kind of post can look like this:

 

via Midu Reads

 

 

#3 Quote

 

Sharing book quotes from your favorite titles is spreading word and what's a better praise for a book? The special post format makes the quote stand out both on your Dashboard and in the blog view.

 

 

 

via Bookloving author and publisher Bookloving author and publisher

 

 

#4 Photo

 

Book blogging is not always about reviewing, it's also about sharing fun pics enhancing the book love and promoting new books.

 

via Angels With Attitude Book Reviews

 

via Buchelli's Booklikes Blog

 

You can upload up to 10 images in one photo post. The photo post can be connected with a book or books.

 

 

 

#5 Video

 

If you're a book tuber, feel free to add your video reviews and if you prefer to share book related mini movies, please do. We love them! Adding the video is super easy on BookLikes, all you need to do it  add the URL or the embed code and voila! You can connect the vide with a book if you wish.

 

 

Here are couple of videos that made our day:

via Libromancer's Apprentice

 

via Yodamom Finds her Force

 

 

#6 URL

You can use your BookLikes page as a companion to your other webpages and another way of sharing your reviews and news. The URL post type can link to your other webpage or an article you found interesting and worth sharing.

 

 

Here's an example:

via markk

 

Which blog post type is your favorite?

 

A-Z ways to arrange your bookshelf

 

Let's say it loud, a bookshelf in book lover's life isn't only a space to collect books. It's a space to show your reading personality, it's a place to praise your sweethearts. Your bookshelf is You. The way you arrange your bookshelf tells a lot about you.

 

BookLikes bookshelf also offers a set of features which allows you to present your bookish personality with your book collection.

 

 

5 Bookshelf personality types

- what kind of reader are you?

 

1. Alphabetized bookshelf - you're well organized, up to date, never late and always right. Classy reader.

 

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2. Color oriented - you're an artistic type with a bright and energetic personality, you love doing DIY, never bored, full of ideas and plans to be engaged in. Happy hippie reader.

 

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3. Author sorted - you like meeting new people and getting to know them a little bit better, you're open minded but confident of your stand. Smart reader.

 

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4. Genre listed - you're an adventurous type with many buddies around, always on the go, ready to hit the road without a specific plan. Extrovert reader.

 

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5. No order - you're a mess but in a positive sense. You're carte blanche, introvert personality, you're emotional but at the same time you keep a poker face. Mystery reader.

 

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BookLikes bookshelf know-how

 

BookLikes is a place where you can not only start your book blog and review books but also present your book collection in the most desirable way. The following bookshelf description is a reminder of numerous shelf options available on your shelf page on BookLikes.

 

To add a book to your bookshelf, please click any book cover in the service and press +Shelf.

 

 

Here you have the fast shelving options:

I - choose a reading status

II - select a thematic shelf, can be accompanied with a reading status;

III - add a new thematic shelf

IV - show advanced shelving options

 

If you select option IV (+Shelf advanced) the bigger pop up will appear with additional options to choose from:

 

 

A. Read / Planning / Currently - choose a reading status if you haven't done this in the fast shelving view 

 

B. Progress - set your progress with accordance to the book edition (paper book/pages; e-books get % and audiobook/minutes)

 

C. Set dates - add reading dates (the dates when you start and finish the book) to make the book count to your Reading challenge

 

D. Edit shelves - add new one or choose from the ones you have (note: deleting the thematic shelf will not delete the books from your shelf page)

 

E. Edit exclusive statuses - add your own reading status if Read, Planning and Currently aren't enough (e.g. New, DNF)

 

F. How do you feel about this? - show your bookish feelings with emoticons :)

 

G. Other options - use these tick boxes to mark a title as your favorite, add to to your wishlist or mark as private (it will be visible only to you)

 

H. Private notes - view or add a private note (visible only to you) concerning this very title

 

I - click Save and go explore more BookLikes, or Save and write a review to go to the text editor page

 

The Read status has two more options:

 

 

J. Rating - add rating stars, including half stars!

K. Dates - add reading dates, including re-read dates!

 

 

OK. Filling up the bookshelf page with my favorite titles was easy-peasy. What to do next? First you should answer the question which reading personality type are you, decide how you'd like to arrange your books and then read the following section with the Shelf page options on BookLikes. 

 

 

1. Add a new thematic shelf - a new thematic shelf will be added to your shelf page; you can also set it as status, then it will be added under other statuses: Read, Planning to read and Currently reading.

 

2. A Shelf search - search your shelf, type title or author;

 

3. Sort option for your books - choose how to view your books;

 

4. Your private notes - find books with your private notes; the book with a private note receives a little dot under the cover;

 

5. Shelve it!  - a feature that helps you shelving new books from other webpages, move the Shelve it icon to your bookmark bar and click when visiting a book pages of Amazon and other booksellers;

 

6 and 7 - Cover view and Table view for your Shelf - choose which one suits you better;

 

8 - Shelf Settings - a gateway to manage your shelves, statuses and sorting options, have a look at available options below. 

 

 Shelf settings:

 

 

There's quite a lot of things to do in here:

 

a. add shelf -  add a new shelf, or set the shelf as an exclusive status;

 

b. choose the default shelves order - alphabetical or manual (then you can decide how to order your thematic shelves);

 

c. shelf Page view - the cover view or the table view for your admin shelf page; 

 

d. books order - how books on your shelf should be presented (this is how you and your blog guest will see the books on your shelf);

 

e. visible columns - chose which columns should be visible in your table view

 

f. rename - change the name of your thematic shelf;

 

g. position - if you wish to set your shelves manually, you can choose theirs positions (write number or use the drag and drop);

 

h. set an existing shelf as an exclusive status;

 

i. delete the shelf.

 

Remember to Save all the changes in the particular sections to make all the updates visible on your Shelf page. 

 

If you choose to view the table view of your shelf page,

here's what you get:

 

 

i. select one or several books, this will activate the option on the top of the table view ( see: k, l, m);

 

j. select all the books - you can select all the books visible on this shelf page;

 

k. add to shelves - add selected book(s) to your thematic shelf/shelves;

 

l. take books off the selected shelf - choose a thematic shelf, select the books and take them off the chosen shelf; the books will stay on your Shelf Page, only the shelves they are on will be changed;

 

m. delete books from your shelf - select book(s) and delete them from your shelf page; even if you delete the books from the Shelf, the review attached to this book will remain on your blog;

 

n. choose how many books per page in the table view to see;

 

o. sort options; cover - see book without a cover and add missing images to green books; Title/Author - alphabetical order; Ratings - according to your rating stars; My review - books with/without a review; Date Read - finished reading date;

 

p. add rating stars to your books;

 

q. add review, see review or edit review; the options depend whether the review is attached or not; 

 

r. edit shelves for a given book - move or add the book to your thematic shelves;

 

s. add the finished reading date - remember that only books with filled up Read Date count to your reading challenge; 

 

t. delete a book from your shelf;

 

u. change an edition - choose other book edition to be presented on your shelf page.

 

 

This shelf compendium covers many shelving issues, if you have any doubts or questions, please let us know in the comment section below or mail us directly.