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6 tips for BookLikes newbies

 

If you like books, then you'll love BookLikes and its community (we love you, guys!). We're happy to welcome newcomers, new readers and authors. Welcome aboard! Let's have fun reading & reviewing. If you're still wondering how the hect BookLikes works, have a look at 6 tips for BookLikes newbies. Pssst, we think our regular bloggers will appreciate them too and will add their own tips too :)

 

1. Username vs Blog name

 

When you set up your BookLikes book blog you need to choose a username and a blog name.

 

Username: The address of your personal webpage on BookLikes will be: yourusername.booklikes.com

 

Consider using the name that represents you and will work as your www address. It can be your name, nick, your author name, pen name, book title (if you're a new author), publishing house name.

 

Blog Title: The name for your book blog

 

Make it personal; use your name, your company’s name or your other blog name if you're using BookLikes as your additional book blog. 

 

 

loram.booklikes.com

 

 

 

2. Make your BookLikes official

 

If you're an author or a publisher you can request an official webpage. Official author accounts receive a verified badge, an author tab in settings and a direct link on the author catalog page to your blog page. 

 

 

If you're an author or a publisher, please mail authors@booklikes.com to request the official account. If you have already mailed us but still not received the verified badge, we'll get back to you shortly. 

 

 

3. Personalize your webpage

 

The site tells all about you so make sure it looks great. In order to choose a desirable blog design, go to Settings and choose Blog tab, then click customize.

 

Chose a layout that works for you and customize its look with the possible options, e.g. change background or flip columns.

 

 

 

The customization tab has also spots for your social profile links and Facebook/Twitter widgets. 

 

 

 

4. Write write write

 

On BookLikes you can choose from 6 different writing templates: text, review, quote, photo, video, url.

 

 

Each template allows you to add up to 10 titles - the book cover(s) will be added to your post automatically, just select the book(s) on the wooden bar. 

 

 

 

 

5. Explore and discover

 

The best way to be discovered is to discover others. Thanks to BookLikes Explore Page you can easily find and follow other book lovers with similar reading tastes.

 

 

 

 

If you find an interesting blog post, follow the blog -- then you'll see the blogger's reviews and bookshelf updates on your Dashboard. 

 

 

The bloggers will follow you back and that can be the start of your own community and new bookish friends. Staying active will help you in gaining new followers and spreading your book love. 

 

 

6. Interact, discuss, win giveaways

 

Interact with the site and its community, add posts and reviews, like and reblog posts published by other bloggers, add comments, join discussion groups, book clubs, and win giveaways.

 

 

 

Set up your book clubs or join the buddy read:

 

 

Win new books and run your giveaways on the Giveaways page:

 

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See you next Thursday!

Happy reading!

 

12 New December Books

Year One - Nora Roberts The Pug Who Bit Napoleon: Animal Tales of the 18th and 19th Centuries - Mimi Matthews One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning (The Final War) - David Moody Winds of the Forest (Forestborn Book 1) - Dele Daniel If the Fates Allow - Killian B. Brewer, Lynn Charles, Erin Finnegan, Pene Henson, Lilah Suzanne, Annie Harper Gun Kiss - Khaled Talib Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace - Jennifer Chiaverini The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters - Ursula K. Le Guin, Karen Joy Fowler Taming the Alpha (Balls & Chains 2) - Amara Lebel

Winter is here. The days are getting shorter, the weather's getting chiller and we cannot find a better way out of this situation than hiding under a blanket with a book pile nearby. If you're looking for some new titles for your December reading, have a look at the following 12 new releases and let us know what are you reading this winter season.

 

 

Year One by Nora Roberts 

A stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author—an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magick, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives. 

 

Preorder ->

The Pug Who Bit Napoleon: Animal Tales of the 18th and 19th Centuries by Mimi Matthews 

From elaborate Victorian cat funerals to a Regency era pony who took a ride in a hot air balloon, Mimi Matthews shares some of the quirkiest—and most poignant—animal tales of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Meet Fortune, the Pug who bit Napoleon on his wedding night, and Looty, the Pekingese sleeve dog who was presented to Queen Victoria after the 1860 sacking of the Summer Palace in Peking. The four-legged friends of Lord Byron, Emily Brontë, and Prince Albert also make an appearance, as do the treasured pets of Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson, and Charles Dickens. Less famous, but no less fascinating, are the animals that were the subject of historical lawsuits, scandals, and public curiosity. Preorder->

 

 

 

One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning by David Moody 

In One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning, David Moody returns to the world of his Hater trilogy with a new fast-paced, and wonderfully dark story about humanity's fight for survival in the face of the impending apocalypse.

 

 

New release & Giveaway

Winds of the Forest by Dele Daniel 

In the only surviving part of the earth sits the post-apocalyptic West-African kingdom of Nayja. In the only place where humans still exist lives four tribes, the Kingfishers, the Ammirians, the Rowans and the Arnazuris but one tribe is dominant and must remain so.

 

 

If the Fates Allow by Annie Harper 

During the holidays, anything is possible—a second chance, a promised future, an unexpected romance, a rekindled love, or a healed heart. Authors Killian B. Brewer, Pene Henson, Erin Finnegan, Lilah Suzanne, and Lynn Charles share their stories about the magic of the season.

 

 

Gun Kiss by Khaled Talib 

A stolen piece of history, an abducted actress and international intrigue… When the Deringer pistol that shot Abraham Lincoln is stolen and ends up in the hands of a Russian military general, covert agent Blake Deco is tasked by the FBI to head to the Balkans to recover the historical weapon. Meanwhile, the United States media is abuzz with news of the mysterious disappearance of Hollywood movie star, Goldie St. Helen. 

  

 

Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini 

The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker illuminates the fascinating life of the world’s first computer programmer Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace—a woman whose exceptional contributions to science and technology have gone unsung for too long.

 

Preorder->

The Last Governor: Chris Patten and the Handover of Hong Kong by Jonathan Dimbleby 

1 July 1997 marked the end of British rule of Hong Kong, whereby this territory was passed into the hands of the People’s Republic of China. In 1992, Chris Patten, former chairman of the Conservative Party, was appointed Hong Kong's last governor, and was the man to oversee the handover ceremony of this former British colony. Within the last five years of British rule, acclaimed journalist Jonathan Dimbleby was given unique access to the governor which enabled him to document the twists and turns of such an extraordinary diplomatic, political and personal drama. Preorder->

 

 

Taming the Alpha by Amara Lebel 

Welcome to Balls & Chains, a BDSM Club for gay men. Cross the threshold and see the worlds of humans and shifters collide as these alphas dominate, and betas submit.

 

 

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden 

A remarkable young woman blazes her own trail, from the backwoods of Russia to the court of Moscow, in the exhilarating sequel to Katherine Arden’s bestselling debut novel, The Bear and the Nightingale.

 

 

Killman Creek by Rachel Caine 

Every time Gwen closed her eyes, she saw him in her nightmares. Now her eyes are open, and he’s not going away. Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn’t over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text.

 

 

No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin has taken readers to imaginary worlds for decades. Now she’s in the last great frontier of life, old age, and exploring new literary territory: the blog, a forum where her voice—sharp, witty, as compassionate as it is critical—shines. No Time to Spare collects the best of Ursula’s online writing, presenting perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters to her now, her concerns with this world, and her unceasing wonder at it: “How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us.”

 

Happy reading!

 

#19 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Wanda's Book Reviews

 

It's Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Wanda, a book lover who cherishes fantasy books and penguins! What? Read on to find out more!

 

Follow Wanda's blog on BookLikes: http://wandapedersen39.booklikes.com/

 

 

When did you discover that you’re a bookworm?

 

I guess I knew before I started school.  Our small town didn’t have kindergarten, so the June before we were to start Grade One, we had to go do some tests to see if we were ready to start school. I came home from those tests outraged because they hadn’t taught me to read!

 

How did your blogging adventure start?

 

I’m all about projects. When I turned 50, I started reading the NPR List of Science Fiction and Fantasy Finalists (https://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists). I decided to start a blog to keep myself on track. I discovered that I enjoyed the process and I have just kept on blogging about all of my reading.

 

 

You’ve completed your 2017 reading challenge!  Yay, congrats!  Reveal your secret—how did you read 250 books in one year?  It’s an amazing book total!

 

I don’t have as many demands on my time as other people. First off, I don’t have a spouse or children to take care of. But I also don’t own a TV and I don’t get the internet at home. I spend my workdays at a computer and don’t want to spend my evenings there too. I read, at least a little bit, every day.  If my friends cancel plans, I always have a book waiting for me at home. 

 

Wanda's reading chart month by month. Read more->

 

Wanda's reading challenges year by year. Read more->

 

 

You seem to be a fan of reading lists.  You’re reading the NPR sci-fi & fantasy list—can you tell us more about your favourite books in the genre?

 

I have always been a fan of fantasy and over the last couple of years I have discovered urban fantasy. I adore any books that have Fae/Fairy characters! I love the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews, as well as their Kate Daniels and Innkeeper Chronicles series. I’m a big fan of Seanan McGuire, especially her October Daye and InCryptid series.  I’d have to include Patricia Briggs and her Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega books. Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series. The Invisible Library series by Genevieve CogmanBen Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series. Suzanne McLeod’s Spellcrackers.com series.  I’m all about the magic, vampires, werewolves, fae, all that fun stuff.

 

Your bookshelf is very organized with the thematic shelves and yearly challenges.  Does the shelf reflect your personality?

 

More that I’d actually like to admit! I don’t really believe in astrology, but I’m a Virgo and they are reputedly very organized, detail oriented, and practical. In Oriental astrology, I’m an Ox.  Ox people are workers—we work for fun.  Put those two together and I’m willing to work at being organized and efficient, even at my hobby of reading.  Also, I have so many books that I’ve read or want to read that I have to maintain good shelves, or I couldn’t find them.

 

Wanda's reviewed books bookshelf

 

What are your three favourite book covers?

 

Aren’t these three pretty?  I haven’t read them yet, but I will just because the covers are so gorgeous!

 

Wild Beauty - Anna-Marie McLemoreSweetpea - C.J. SkuseThe Gallery of Lost Species - Nina Berkhout

 

 

Which books are you most excited to recommend to your followers this winter?

 

In the year ahead, I’m looking forward exploring the work of Holly Black.  She has a new book coming out called The Cruel Prince. Another book I’m anticipating is An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. I’m also really excited to read Genevieve Cogman’s latest installment in the Invisible Library series, The Lost Plot

 

The Cruel Prince - Holly BlackAn Enchantment of Ravens - Margaret RogersonThe Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman

 

There are also two new offerings in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn and Macbeth by Jo Nesbø. There are so many exciting new books being published that it’s hard to choose. 

 

Dunbar (Hogarth Shakespeare) - Edward St. AubynMacbeth - Jo Nesbø

 

What’s your reading spot?  We’d love to see the photos.  

 

I usually read in my living room, in a recliner where I can put my feet up.  I have my trusty tray beside me for the cup of coffee or glass of wine necessary and I have my wonderful new blanket (but I have to be careful of it—it tends to put me right to sleep and I don’t get much reading done that way).

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

So far, I just read paper books. But I can see where an e-book reader would be handy.  One of these days I will have to learn how to deal with this technology!

 

Three titles for a boring social party?

 

If it’s boring, don’t linger there! Just head for home & your book nook!

 

A book that changed your life?

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg LarssonWould you believe that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson changed my life? I used to read a lot of books with my mom. We would both read them & discuss them, our own little book club. When she & my dad were killed in a car crash, I pretty much quit reading because I couldn’t talk books with her anymore.  It was ten years later when a coworker lent me The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (which I whipped through in 2 days) that I realized how much I missed reading. I lost a lot of reading time that I’m still making up for, but I am enjoying it even more now. Now I have BookLikes friends to discuss things with. 

 

Favourite quote?

 

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” - Mark Twain

 

 

 

If you could meet one literary character, who would it be?

 

Jane Jameson, the children’s librarian turned vampire, from Molly Harper’s Jane Jameson series.  She has a snarky sense of humour, she owns a great bookstore, plus she has a great friend, another vampire called Dick Cheney, whose antics amuse me.  I’d love to attend the book club meetings at her store.

 

Shelfie time!  Please share your home library photos. 

 

I didn’t get a picture taken before I decorated for Christmas.  So you can also see my growing Christmas penguin colony!

 

 

Thank you!

 

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Missed previous Follow Friday talks? Use ffwithbookbloggers tag or click the catch up links:

 

#18 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Leigha's Little Library ->

#17 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Lost Girls Reviews -> 

#16 Follow Friday with book bloggers: OBSESSION WITH WORDS ->

#15 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Bookish thoughts!!! ->

 

You can nominate your blogger friends to the Follow Friday interview! Click here and leave the URL address in the comment section.

 

 

See you next Friday! 

Sneak Peek at Book Bloggers' November Bookshelves

 

Eleven months checked, one still to go. Check out book bloggers' November reading lists and let us know how did you do in November!

 

Click the blogs' headers to go to the blog pages and read more from the fellow bloggers. Follow the blogs you enjoy reading - go to the blog pages and click Follow in the upper right corner to view the bloggers reviews and bookshelves updates on your Dashboard. 

 

 

Hey everybody! I have got a few new followers thanks to the interview I did on the Booklikes blog. I thought I would share with everyone my reading wrap up for November. I read a lot, so the video is long. Feel free to put me on double speed. I do that all the time to be honest, because there are so many great videos and so little time... watch the video

 

 

A Christmas Cornucopia: The hidden stories behind our Yuletide traditions - Mark Forsyth The Chosen - Chaim Potok A Burnable Book - Bruce Holsinger

This has been my slowest reading month all year, with 12 books finished.  November and December have always been a crazy time of year for me, but now I know why the creators of Christmas chose December: in the Northern Hemisphere it's winter and there's nothing else to do.  In the Southern Hemisphere it's spring too, so all the busyness associated with warmer weather is compounded by the upcoming holidays.  Which means I spend November and December throwing a lot of longing looks at my books as I'm rushing past them... continue reading

 

 

Holy smokes I cant believe we only have one month left of the year. This year just flew by way to fast. But I read some pretty awesome books this year. I discovered Sarah J Maas books which was a life changer reading wise. For November I got a couple ARCs done finished Ilona Andrews Hidden Legacy Series and started Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. I also finally got around to put reviews for the Throne of Glass series up which I had sitting here and never got around... continue reading

 

 

November was definitely the slowest month for me in reading and blogging all year.  I barely posted anything, and read a total of 6 books.  I had ambitions for this month, I promise, but things just didn't work out and now I've got a lot more books on my TBR that I'd been hoping to finish before the end of the year... all crammed into December... continue reading

 

 

By Sharon Kay Penman The Sunne In Splendour: A Novel of Richard III (1st) - Sharon Kay PenmanCremains of the Day (A Tallie Graver Mystery) - Misty SimonBetween Two Fires: A Novel - Mark NoceDark Winds Rising: A Novel (Queen Branwen) - Mark Noce

I read seven books this past month. Not my best or worst month. The star of the month was by far finishing The Sunne in Splendour.  By far.  Just an excellent book. Artemis was also enjoyable. Cremains of the Day and Cheddar off Dead were my weakest reads. I read mostly on my Kindle. An adjustment I am trying to make having such limited shelf space in my apartment... continue reading

 

 

Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime - Val McDermidBooks Can Be Deceiving - Jenn McKinlayQueen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas

Just popping in for a quick update.  I’m swamped at work.  And furiously busy with teen and home related things, not to mention the toddler-dog who needs constant supervision unless he’s crated or sleeping.   So, JL’s Bibliomania is on semi-hiatus. A few quick updates on what I read during November:... continue reading

 

If you've missed November wrap ups by other BookLikes bloggers, have a look at the following posts :) If we haven't included your post link, let us know in the comment section below.

 

 

BookLikes book bloggers' previous 2017 reading challenge posts:

 

Mark A. Rayner about his newest novel The Fatness + Giveaway [A guest post]

 

Many of you already know Mark A. Rayner aka Dilettante (you can follow Mark's blog on BookLikes here). Now it's time to know Mark's story a little bit better. With his new release The Fatness Mark also reveals a look behind the scenes of his newest book!

 

If you're hungry of great stories, make sure to request The Fatness copy in here. Enjoy and bon appetite

 

 

-- a guest post by Mark A. Rayner

 

 

The Fatness – a novel of epic portions

 

Canadian author Mark A. Rayner’s timely new book, The Fatness, is a satirical take on how not to deal with the so-called obesity “epidemic”. The novel posits a world in which the government gives those who are obese a simple choice: relinquish their publicly funded healthcare or go to a special Calorie Reduction Center (CRC) to lose the weight.

Mark is offering three copies as a giveaway here.

 

 

Behind the scenes:

why The Fatness was a difficult book to write

by Mark A. Rayner

 

It was personal.

 

Writers might say that of any book, true, but this novel was a particular challenge. I’ve struggled with weight issues most of my life, so I found it quite difficult to write a humorous account of what it would be like to be imprisoned for your weight.

 

Really difficult.

 

Like many of my novels, the idea for The Fatness first came to me in a dream. I’d been reading The Obesity Myth, by Paul Campos. It’s an eye-opening non-fiction about the bad science surrounding the idea of the obesity “epidemic”. That was sometime in 2005, the year ENC Press published my first book, The Amadeus Net.

 

In the nightmare, I was imprisoned in a Calorie Reduction Center, a concentration camp for the obese. When I awoke, I thought, so that’s a horrible notion. Terrifying. And strangely compelling. Should I even put this terrible idea out in the world? I wondered. Would readers know it was meant to be a satire?

 

I’m an optimist, so I wrote four chapters. They were bad. There was nothing funny about the book. It wasn’t biting satire, it was just bitter.

 

I made several other attempts, all failures. Six years ago I even got as far as completing an outline and a large chunk of a draft. But it wasn’t really what I wanted the book to be. It was strained and really not funny in a way that was compassionate for the inmates of the Calorie Reduction Centers.

 

Then five years ago I got serious about my own weight issues. I worked with two wonderful personal trainers and got my BMI – my body mass index – down below the dreaded 30 BMI for the first time in years. For some reason, that gave me the ability to write the book. I think I needed to understand the process of losing weight so that I could communicate its challenges properly. Within the course of a year, I wrote a completely new draft of the book.

Giveaway 

Ends December 18, 2017

REQUEST YOUR COPY ->

 

The biggest task, from a writing perspective, was to get the tone right. I didn’t want this to be an exercise in telling fat jokes. That is part of the problem, as far as I see it – we tolerate jokes about somebody’s weight in a way that we wouldn’t allow for other characteristics, such as race or sexuality. So pitching the humor in a compassionate way was important to me.

 

I think I learned how to do it by reading the work of Kurt Vonnegut, one of my literary heroes. I share his take on humanity. We are flawed, but we’re not worthless. It’s the opposite, really. Our flaws make us different, and our differences make us valuable.

 

A satire also has to be critical. Another way in which my writing is similar to Vonnegut’s is that we make fun of pretension and large-scale human systems. We’re suspicious of both. Pretension is a symptom of hypocrisy. This pitfall is only possible when we humans start believing our own lies.

 

The other major target, as far as I can see, has to be the way that humans are terrible at taking good ideas and turning them into governing principles. The human component seems to get lost as soon as we scale things up to the level of large systems.

 

Obesity is a complicated problem, and it’s not realistic to think we’re going to find simple solutions. There’s a genetic component to obesity – recent studies indicate it may be caused by a single gene. There are societal, financial and emotional components to it as well. Until we understand how all of these things fit together, it’s going to be a difficult issue to address. Blaming people for their weight issues is certainly not going to help.

 

After I got my own weight problems under control (for a little while) and finished the rough draft of the book, the following year I worked with my editor and produced two more drafts. Then my life got really complicated. My long-term relationship ended, my dog died, and I started a new and extremely challenging work position. (Sounds like a bad country and western song, doesn’t it?) So it took a few more years until I was ready to start the publishing process. Yeah, sometimes it takes that long.

 

This twelve-year project, from idea to publication, is the longest gestation period for a book I’ve written. By comparison, my first novel, The Amadeus Net, was a breeze – it only took ten years from start to finish.

 

But I think The Fatness is the best book I’ve written (so far), and the positive reviews seem to back up that feeling. I’m particularly pleased that readers feel the book is satirical, yet has a big heart that is compassionate for people struggling with obesity.

 

As the reading and writing process taught me, there are no easy answers.

 

Mark’s favourite writing space: in the garden.

 

 

The Fatness is a metaphor

 

I hope this is a story that can be read on many levels and enjoyed in different ways. I don’t think this is a spoiler, but it’s fair to say that there is a metaphor at the heart of this book.

 

If you buy into the notion of duality, you accept the idea that you are a consciousness riding around in a body. I think many fat people experience this every time they look in the mirror. I know I do. I don’t feel overweight, but there’s the proof of it right there in front of me. The idea that you might be physically incarcerated because of your body is a metaphor for how an obese person might feel every day: a thin person looking out at a fat one. That’s a paraphrase of the Cyril Connolly quotation: “Imprisoned in every fat man a thin one is wildly signaling to be let out.”

 

There’s some truth to it, in the same way that as we get older, we may experience the truth of Terry Pratchett’s observation: “Inside every old person is a young person wondering what the hell happened.”

 

But the thing is, that thin person, that young person, is a reflection of societal values. If you engage with any media, it’s impossible to avoid the idea that what matters is being thin, being young, being beautiful, being successful, and being famous. We see ourselves that way – we judge ourselves that way – even when these ideas have nothing to do with our worth as human beings.

 

The Fatness is an attempt to get people to recognize how media can have an impact on how we see ourselves and each other.

 

So my hope is that readers will be affected by the book. My hope, if they’re fat, is for them to feel less alone, to feel less guilty about their physicality. For the non-obese, I hope they get an understanding that nobody wants to be fat. It’s not a choice. And it’s not just laziness. Many fat people spend their entire lives trying not to be fat. I know that I have.

 

On a lighter note (pun intended), my goal is to make readers laugh. There are lots of things the book spoofs, and your political affiliations really don’t matter. Every reader will find something to enjoy. It makes fun of socialism. It makes fun of capitalism. And it makes fun of human foibles.

 

If nothing else, readers should come away with a sense of how absurd our bureaucracies can be, and how even the best intentions can go wildly astray. Even science.

 

 

Discovering more about medical science

 

I learned quite a bit while I was penning this novel. While the facts, myths, and quotes between the chapters – I call them ‘interstitials’ – are meant to be fun, they actually helped me discover more about obesity, body image, and the research process. I learned, for example, that science is very much a human process, prone to error and flaws. What we “know” today could easily turn out to be “wrong” the next. A tragic example of this is what happened in the ’50s and ’60s, when the medical profession decided that dietary fat was the enemy.

 

Ironically, I think this is one of the major contributing factors to the increase of obesity in society. This is terribly simplistic, but we substituted carbs for fat in our diets – and not just good carbs, like vegetables and fruits. We added in highly processed carbs, which are probably okay for us in limited amounts, but not if they make up the bulk of our diet.

 

I also learned how the food industry works. (It’s kind of shocking, in some cases.) I certainly didn’t realize that corporations were actively pushing unhealthy food at us to fatten up their bottom line. That probably makes me seem naive, but until I started digging into the subject, I really hadn’t thought about it much.

 

I learned about the importance of body image – on both sides of the BMI. I learned how damaging it is to shame people for being either too fat or too thin. Even if the intention is to help people become healthier, shame is actually counterproductive when it comes to weight management.

 

Finally, I discovered that keeping the weight off is just as hard as losing it. But that’s a topic for a sequel. (And maybe a psychotherapist.)

 

About Mark A. Rayner

 

Mark A. Rayner. Author. Mustache twirler. Photo by David Redding Photography, 2013.

 

Human-shaped, simian-obsessed, robot-fighting, pirate-hearted, storytelling junkie Mark A. Rayner is an award-winning writer of satirical and speculative fiction.

 

By day, Mark teaches his bemused students at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (at Western University) how to construct social media campaigns and viable information architectures that will not become self-aware and destroy all humans. By night he is a writer of short stories, novels, squibs and other drivel. (Some pure, and some quite tainted with meaning.)

 

Many cheeseburgers were harmed in the making of this novel.

 

Mark A. Rayner's books:

 

The Fatness - Mark A. Rayner The Amadeus Net - Mark A. Rayner The Fridgularity - Mark A. Rayner

Marvellous Hairy - Mark A. Rayner Pirate Therapy and Other Cures - Mark A. Rayner The Meanderings of the Emily Chesley Reading Circle - Mark A. Rayner 

 

 

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#18 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Leigha's Little Library

Hello December, hello Friday, hello book bloggers! 

It's time for a winterish book talk with a lovely bookish miss behind the Leigha's Little Library blog. 

 

Follow Leigha's book blog on BookLikes: http://leighaslittlelibrary.booklikes.com/

 

 

 

When have you read your first book? What was it?

 

This is a hard question, because I had some learning developmental problems and could not read on my own or write very well until I was around 9/10 years old.(4th Grade) Reading was still a huge thing in our house. My mom read to my sisters and I every night at bedtime. I loved reading and wanted to read independently so much. I got some extra help at school and one day, everything sort of clicked. I was reading everything, even traffic signs with pure joy and wonderment. It sounds exaggerated, but it really isn’t.

 

The first books I remember really loving was Kristy's Great Idea by Ann M. Martin   and Animorphs by K.A. Applegate. To this day, I still love children books, even picture books.

 

Kristy's Great Idea - Ann M. MartinThe Invasion - Katherine Applegate

 

 

What made you start writing about books?

 

Books have always been a huge deal for me. They were my escape when I was sad or lonely. It was only natural that I would want to start writing reviews and other things about the books I read. I don’t have a huge following, I’m pretty much the new kid on the block, so to speak, but I hope maybe someone will see some of the stuff I write and find something they like, and maybe a new favorite book.

 

3)Did blogging have an impact on your reading life?

 

I feel like since I started to blog, do YouTube and write reviews, that I have become a lot more critical with the books. I’ve always been too nice when it comes to ratings, probably giving things more than it deserves. So since I started this, I realized I’ve gone back and changed a lot of my rating and reviews. I’m thinking more now.

 

 

What are you reading now and how do you like the book?

 

At the current moment I am reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It is actually a buddy read I am doing with a friend I met on YouTube. Now we chat over Goodreads and do buddy reads every now and again. I’m really liking the book so far.I love the magical feel to the book.

 

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern 

 

I’ve noticed that you enjoy fantasy books. Do you stick to one genre or do you enjoy all of them?

 

I’m not so picky when it comes to genres. I feel like there are good books in all of them. I might be biased, but if it gives me a Harry Potter vibe, I will probably like it a lot.

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

Jackaby (I love the blues in this and the silhouette.), Sabriel (I like this cover a lot. I’ve heard some people don’t, but I love it.), Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (I find this cover perfectly creepy.)

 

Jackaby - William Ritter Sabriel - Garth NixMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

 

You’re also a youtuber. Do you prefer talking or writing about books? How different is it?

 

I do find that writing about books is a lot easier, because I have some social anxiety and it is harder to get in front of the camera and properly express myself. In the videos, I think I have a higher chance to ramble too much, but when writing, I can edit and edit my post over again, until it is how I like it. Even after posting on my blog (Facebook, Goodreads..etc), I can still go back and clean up the post if I ended up rambling too much. I love doing both though. It is nice to get out of my comfort zone.

 

Leigha's Little Library on YouTube

 

 

How do you pick your next book to read?

 

Good question. That is like asking a mother how does she pick her favorite child. I do not have a system or anything when picking my next book. I pick whatever book sounds interesting at the time. I am a huge mood reader, so that plays a factor. I also participate in readathons and follow the challenges and prompts, so that might help narrow down the book I read.

 

Leigha's bookshelf

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers this fall/winter season?

 

I just read Lucy's Book Club for the Lost and Found by Emma Davies and found it the perfect sort of book for this time a year. I can imagine reading it while curled up next to a fireplace.

 

Lucy's Book Club for the Lost and Found: A heartwarming feel good romance novel - Emma Davies 

 

What’s your reading spot? We’d love to see the photos :)

 

It isn’t the most comfortable place in the world, but I love reading at my desk. My desk is on a loft and it is my own private little place.

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

I own an ereader, but I much prefer the physical book. However, I do want to use my ereader more often, because there are so many ways I can get books on there, like using Overdrive, free book Fridays on the Barnes & Noble website and a lot of free and low priced ebooks.

 

Three titles to to warm up a cold evening?

 

It might sound like a cliche answer, but I’ve always thought Harry Potter  is a good wintery read, or any fantasy, really. Another one is Illuminae Files novels. I love the format of those books. The other one I’d pick is My True Love Gave to Me, which is a collection of short holiday stories.

 

Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone - J.K. RowlingIlluminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie KaufmanMy True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories - Rainbow Rowell,Holly Black,Myra McEntire,Kiersten White,Stephanie Perkins,Laini Taylor,Gayle Forman,Matt de la Pena,Jenny Han,Ally Carter,Kelly Link,David Levithan

 

Favorite quote?

 

 

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

 

If you could ask out an author, who would it be?

 

I think I would like to meet Garth Nix, and of course J.K. Rowling!

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

It is a big mess. I have books everywhere. Most pictured are unread. I’ve boxed up my read books because we are due to buy some more bookshelves and organize everything.

 

 

Thank you!
 

Show your books with widgets / BookLikes know-how

For all those who like to share their reading life, show your recent blog posts, promote the giveaways or popularize the reading lists, we have great news - you can do all of that with BookLikes widgets! Have a look at the collection of our widgets and how they can be customized to show what you love the most - your books and reviews. 

 

 

What are the widgets? 

 

BookLikes provides a service that allows you to share your book collection, your giveaways, your blog post and reviews with your friends, blog readers and fans. The widgets can be added to your BookLikes webpage or any other www website you have, including your other blogs and author pages.

 

Thanks to the widgets you can spread the word about the bookish events you're participating in (giveaways, discussions, currently reading books) and reach more readers. We bet your blog guest would love to see what reading lists you're recommending and how to request your newest book. 

 

 

Where to find BookLikes widgets?

 

BookLikes widgets can be found in the main menu. Please select Goodies from your menu and then go to the Widgets tab where you can view all BookLikes widgets.

 

 

Let's have a look at the widgets and its customization options. 

 

 

The Follow widget

 

This widget lets BookLikes readers follow you the very same moment they click it on your blog page. You'll also show the non-BookLikes readers that you're active in the book lovers and bloggers community. 

 

How to add the Follow widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget), the Follow widget is the first thing you'll notice. 

 

 

Customize:

- The standard title for this widget is Follow your blog name but if you wish to change that, please do. 

- Decide whether to display your Followers number or now.

- The widget's width and height are auto set and customized to BookLikes templates but you can add your own dimensions if you want it bigger or wider.

 

Add the follow widget to your BookLikes webpage:

In order to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, click the green Get code button and copy the code from the box.

 

Then click the green link saying customization tab - you'll be moved to a customization tab of your blog template. Scroll down on the left and find the Widget Area, paste the code and Save. The widget is on!

 

 

Add the follow widget to your other webpage:

To add widget to your other webpage, customize the widget , copy the code and paste it into your webpage's HTML. Voila! 

 

 

The Shelf widget

 

The shelf widget displays your book collection. You can present the books your love, the titles that you've recently published, books you've just reviewed or your wishlist (who knows, maybe Santa is actually reading the book blogs!).

 

How to add the shelf widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget), the Shelf widget is just under the Follow widget. 

 

 

Customize:

- Select a title for your widget, e.g. my books, new books, my favorites, pre-order, new releases 

- Choose a shelf style: wood, light, dark -- the widget preview will present your shelf choice so you'll know how the widget will look like

- Select shelf - you can choose from your reading shelves (read, planning to read, currently reading) and your thematic shelves added by you (e.g. mystery books, new releases, my books, 2017 reads)

- Select cover size - small/medium/big -- the widget preview will present your shelf choice so you'll know how the widget will look like

- Sort books - choose how the books should be displayed, you can select from the following: add date, read date, ratings, author and book title

- Choose how many books to show - decide on the total number of books and how many titles in the row should be presented -- the widget preview will present your shelf choice so you'll know how the widget will look like instantly

 

Add the shelf widget to your BookLikes webpage:

In order to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, click the green Get code button and copy the code from the box.

 

Then click the green link saying customization tab - you'll be moved to a customization tab of your blog template. Scroll down on the left and find the Widget Area, paste the code and Save. The widget is on! The blog preview will show you where the widget was placed and how does it look like in your template.

 

 

Add the shelf widget to your other webpage:

To add widget to your other webpage, customize the widget , copy the code and paste it into your webpage's HTML. Voila! 

 

 

The Reading challenge widget

 

The reading challenge widget presents how well you're doing in your reading resolution ;) It presents your reading progress and the links takes your blog guest to your reading challenge page where all your books read in a given year are presented with the review links and some reading statistics. 

 

How to add a reading challenge widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget), the reading challenge widget is number three. 

 

 

Customize:

- Select the year of the challenge -- if you're a long term BookLikes member is very probable you'll have the reading challenges since 2013

- Decide if the year should be visible in the widget title -- the year is always added at the beginning so if you're thinking of a more personalized titles like "My 2017 reading struggles" we recommend switching off the year and writing the full title in the next field

- Write your reading widget title

- Select the widget's size - you can stick to the auto dimensions or add new ones 

 

Add the reading challenge widget to your BookLikes webpage:

In order to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, click the green Get code button and copy the code from the box.

 

Then click the green link saying customization tab - you'll be moved to a customization tab of your blog template. Scroll down on the left and find the Widget Area, paste the code and Save. The widget is on! The blog preview will show you where the widget was placed and how does it look like in your template.

 

 

Add the reading challenge widget to your other webpage:

To add widget to your other webpage, customize the widget , copy the code and paste it into your webpage's HTML. Voila! 

 

 

The Giveaway widget

 

The giveaway widget presents the details of the giveaway you've created: the book title, author, book format, dates when the giveaway is held, number of copies and number of requests. When your readers and guest post click ENTER TO WIN they will be taken to the giveaway page where they can request the book. 

 

How to add the giveaway widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget), the giveaway widget is number four. 

 

 

Customize:

- Choose a title for your giveaway widget, it will be displayed at the top

- Choose a giveaway -- you'll see a list of the giveaways you've created and this means you can create a giveaway for every book you're giving away on BookLikes

- Select the widget's size - leave it as it is or customize as you wish, the preview will show how the widget will look like

 

Add the giveaway widget to your BookLikes webpage:

In order to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, click the green Get code button and copy the code from the box.

 

Then click the green link saying customization tab - you'll be moved to a customization tab of your blog template. Scroll down on the left and find the Widget Area, paste the code and Save. The widget is on! The blog preview will show you where the widget was placed and how does it look like in your template.

 

 

Add the giveaway widget to your other webpage:

To add widget to your other webpage, customize the widget , copy the code and paste it into your webpage's HTML. 

 

 

The Reading in progress widget

 

The widget presents the title you're currently reading along with your progress in pages/minutes or % depending on the book format and your update. 

 

How to add the reading in progress widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget), the giveaway widget is number five. 

 

 

Customize:

- Select a title for your widget

- Choose the cover size - small/medium/big - the widget preview will display the cover size of your choice

- Select your book - you can create a widget for all titles on your currently reading shelf

 

Add the reading in progress widget to your BookLikes webpage:

In order to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, click the green Get code button and copy the code.

 

Then click the green link saying customization tab - you'll be moved to a customization tab of your blog template. Scroll down to the Widget Area spot, paste the code and Save. The blog preview will show you where the widget was placed and how does it look like in your template.

 

 

Add the reading in progress widget to your other webpage:

To add widget to your other webpage, customize the widget , copy the code and paste it into your webpage's HTML. 

 

 

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.

 

How to add the quote widget?

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.

 

 

Add the quote widget to your webpages:

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.

 

 

The discussions widget

 

No one is better in discussing books than book lovers! The widget with your book talks can support and popularize the book threads you're active at and bring more participants to the discussion groups. The more, the merrier! 

 

How to add the discussions widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget), if you've been participating in the discussions recently the widget will be visible just under the Quote widget. 

 

 

Customize:

- Choose a title for your discussion widget

- Select how many discussions you wish to present

- Choose a widget size 

 

Add the discussions widget to your webpages:

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.

 

 

My latest posts widget

 

The widget is like a table of content on your blog. It will present up to 20 most recent posts from your blog with titles and links. Your blog guests will be able to look through your articles, get to know you a little bit better, and choose what to read first.

 

How to add the latest posts widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget) and find the spot which present your most recent reviews and posts. 

 

 

Customize:

- Write the widget title

- Select the number of posts that should be included (the articles will be selected by the publication date, starting from the most recent one)

- Select the widget's dimensions -- you can make it wider and taller if you wish, the widget preview will show you the actual look

 

Add the latest post widget to your webpages:

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.

 

 

My profile widget

 

This widget is a compilation of information about you and your blog stats. Thanks to the profile widget your blog guest can have a closer look at the person behind the reviews and your reading preferences. 

 

How to add the profile widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget) and find the profile widget with a list of reading and blogging details.

 

 

Customize:

- Select the information to be visible on the widget. If you decide to hide some of the details, the widget preview will be updated and it will present only the selected information. 

 

Add the profile widget to your webpages:

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 wish to add it to your other webpages, just copy/paste the widget code into your other website's code.

 

 

The reading lists widget

 

This is another way of recommending the books you enjoy reading. The reading list widget can present the book collections you've created or the lists that you've liked or signed in to on BookLikes. 

 

How to add the reading lists widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget) and scroll down to the reading lists widget spot. 

 

 

Customize:

- Add the title

- Choose how many lists should be presented, the preview will be adjusted to your choice

Select the lists - you can create a separate widget for 3 types of lists: the lists added by you,  the list you've liked and the lists you've signed in to

- Size

 

Add the reading lists widget to your BookLikes webpage:

In order to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, click the green Get code button and copy the code from the box.

 

Then click the green link saying customization tab - you'll be moved to a customization tab of your blog template. Scroll down on the left and find the Widget Area, paste the code and Save. The widget is on! The blog preview will show you where the widget was placed and how does it look like in your template.

 

 

Add the reading list widget to your other webpage:

To add widget to your other webpage, customize the widget , copy the code and paste it into your webpage's HTML. 

 

 

The Author widget

 

The author widget is great to tell all the world that you're a fan! If you're an author you can use this widget to present your short bio and your titles along with a link to the author page with all your books and editions. 

 

How to add the author widget?

Go to the Widgets page (menu -> Goodies -> Widget) and scroll down.

 

 

Customize:

- Search the author using the search bar just at the widget spot

- Write the widget title 

- Select how many books you wish to present

- Widget size 

 

Add the author widget to your webpages:

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.

 

 

Social media widgets

 

No matter whether you are a writer, publisher or a book bloggers, it's important to present all possible information about your profession and links to your other webpages and other social platforms. Only then your readers will be able to look through your dossier and get to know you a little bit better.  Read how to add social media widgets to your BookLikes webpage

 

 

Questions? Check out the BookLikes Tutorials, click HERE

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Let us know in the comments below, or write to Kate@booklikes.com :)

 

Happy reading! 

 

December Giveaways Are Calling!


 

Get cozy this winter with some great free books! The giveaways are awesome for long winter evenings for you, your friends and family - the holiday season is coming near and there's no better gift than a book, right?! 

 

 

Women Within - Anne Leigh ParrishWomen Within by Anne Leigh Parrish  

ENDS: DECEMBER 05, 2017

 

REQUEST THE COPY ON THE AUTHOR PAGE ->

 

This multi-generational novel presents three women whose paths cross at the Lindell Retirement Home. Constance Maynard, fierce, independent and proud, reflects on her long life promoting women's rights through her career as a professor of history. Eunice Fitch, the perfect caregiver, is often unlucky in love, yet even in middle age refuses to give up searching for the perfect man. Sam Clark is a young aide with a passion for poetry and , small beautiful things, but at war with her own large, ungainly physique. All together they weave a tapestry as rich and complex as the female experience itself.

 

Read the interview with Anne Leigh Parrish ->

 

 

Last Calls and Lucky Charms  by Edward Sandison

ENDS: DECEMBER 01, 2017

 

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Three very different people didn't wake up one Tuesday morning in April expecting their lives to change forever. Matt Benson was a handsome EMT with a good job and a lonely life. Justine Duchane was a broken-hearted woman who had given up on the world and spent her days spouting a political column for the local paper. Hal Urban was a failed writer who had hidden so far in the bottle and sports reporting that he had forgotten who he was. Then it all changed. They met. What is the nature of love? Can you fall in love with two men completely and deeply in too totally different ways? Are Justine and Matt destined for true love? 

 

 

The Shepherd by William Vincent

ENDS: DECEMBER 01, 2017

 

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In the beginning, before the world was made, the Lord Jesus lived in heaven. He lived in that happy place with God. Then God made the world. He told the hills to come up out of the earth, and the seas to run down into the deep places which He had made for them. He made the grass, the trees, and all the pretty flowers. He put the sun, the moon, and the stars in the sky. He filled the water with swimming fish, the air with flying birds, and the dry land with walking and creeping animals. And then He said, "Let Us make man." Who were meant by "Us"? Who was with God when He made the world? It was Jesus.

 

 

Onto the Stage by BS Murthy Bulusu

ENDS: DECEMBER 31, 2017

 

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A compendium of the author’s stage and radio plays - while 'Slighted Souls' deals with the rebellion of the downtrodden, 'Men at work on Women at work’ is about sexual harassment at work place and even as 'Castle of Despair' is built on the ground of man's urge for success, the radio play 'A Love on Hold' depicts the drama of love and possession. "Slighted Souls" is a poignant love story set in rural Telangana, beset with feudal exploitation of the downtrodden dalits. Besides forcing the dalits to toil in the fields as bonded labor without impunity, the land owning doras had no qualms in reducing the womenfolk of this ilk as sex slaves in the gadis. "Men at work on Women at work" is a tragic-comic episode depicting the fallout of sexual harassment at the workplace in the Indian urban setting with its traditional cultural underpinnings.

 

DON'T MISS IT! REQUEST NOW  ->

 

 

The Journal by Atlanta Hunter

ENDS: DECEMBER 11, 2017

 

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In the past two years, Ethan and Jessica have rekindled their relationship and have decided to remarry. However, on the eve of their second wedding, a horrific car accident injures Jessica. Her short term memory is damaged, and she does not recall her and Ethan’s renewed relationship. All she remembers is they are divorced and her once broken heart. Now, Ethan must find his way back to her heart; again. The words Jessica wrote in her journal are Ethan’s only hope. Can love truly stand the test of time and conquer all? Will she ever remember? Are they meant to be together, or is Ethan fighting a losing battle?

 

 

A Dubious Device by Gerald J. Kubicki, Kristopher Kubicki

ENDS: DECEMBER 31, 2017

 

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Can nanobots be used for good and evil? You can the find out the chilling answer in A Dubious Device. While he is on vacation, Colton Banyon is suddenly arrested on a charge of multiply murders and hauled off to jail. During his interrogation by Detective Haleigh Taylor, he finds out that someone is using a book he has written to kill death row inmates at several Nevada prisons. Eventually he is cleared of the murders and is asked to help solve them. The President of the United States tells Banyon that the inmates are being murdered by a plague and nanobots are the vehicle.  Banyon discovers that the nanobots are controlled by an old Nazi named Bernard Schultz on behalf of the Effort, the modern day version of the Nazis. Schultz intends to do some old-fashion ethnic cleansing and take over the American government. 

 

 

 Defeating the Demonic Realm by Bill Vincent

ENDS: DECEMBER 31, 2017

 

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In Defeating the Demonic Realm, author and preacher Bill Vincent takes readers on a spiritual discovery of biblical principles that will help the reader understand evil and the Demonic Realm. Is something blocking your life and ministry? What curses may be affecting you, and how do you break demonic Spirits and Curses in order to hasten your healing? Being consumed by demonic energy is not the only option--but rather, dealing with evil when it crosses your path can help one grow. Bill Vincent has dealt with the demonic and within that experience was given a breakthrough from God. His revelations will teach you how to be a warrior of the Lord, to break the devil's schemes, and to identify the weapons, plans, and blueprints God has provided for your defense.

 

Looking for more? 

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#17 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Lost Girls Reviews

It's time for Follow Friday with book bloggers. This time for real! Last Friday the interview was interrupted by the tech issues but some of you received the sneak peek in our newsletter, didn't you? ;) But let's get back to our today's heroes! 
 
Today we gonna meet not one but TWO awesome readers behind the Lost Girls blog! Let's say hello to Shey and Bobbie, two bookish girls, who love reading when not and zip lining!
 
Follow Lost Girls Reviews on BookLikes: http://lostgirls.booklikes.com/
 
 
Your book blog on BookLikes is called Lost girls reviews. Tell us more about the girls and why are you lost? ;)
 
Shey: Bobbie and I have been friends for many years and we love to go on road trips together to cons and book festivals. Unfortunately, we both have a terrible sense of direction. We inevitably end up getting lost, so we decided, since we are always getting lost whether in books or simply getting to our destination, Lost Girls is kind of perfect for us. 
 
 
When have you experienced the book love for the first time?
 
Shey: When I was very young I fell in love with Nancy Drew books. I read every one I could get my greedy little hands on. From there my love for books continued to grow. Libraries were my favorite place in the world. I could spend hours reveling in all the wonderful books.
 
Bobbie: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It had everything my young heart desired. Talking animals, magic, an epic battle between good and evil, and extraordinary adventures. 
 
What made you start book blogging? 
 
It was something that we wanted to do for a long time. We love to share and discuss the latest books we are devouring, and also wanted a way to keep track of our favorites. We love reading reviews and recommendations from fellow book lovers who introduce us to books we may never have discovered otherwise. Also, we've met some wonderful authors and reviewed their ARCs. It is always such a thrill to walk into a book store and see a finished copy of a book we reviewed and loved months ago finally gracing the shelves in all their glory.
 
You’re adventurous girls, aren’t you? Tell us more about your escapades. 
 
We love adventure! Anything that gets our hearts pounding. We have ziplined over alligators pits, done some cave spelunking, parasailing, free diving some gorgeous caves here in Florida (which we will be blogging about in the coming months). We are always up for adventure and ready to take things to the next level. We attempted hang gliding several times, sadly the weather prevented us from ever getting up there. We were very disappointed, but we don't give up easily. It's still high on our list of adventures. We have some exciting adventures planned for this winter.
 
 
Are you adventurous in book picking or do you stick to your favorite genres?
 
Shey: I'm adventurous. I tend to read a lot of YA, but if someone recommends a good mystery, some historical fiction, fantasy, etc I will jump on it. I can chat books with just about every book lover and find something in common. 
 
Bobbie: Its not often that I venture away from my favorite genres but occasionally I will come across a book that piques my interest even though it's not one I would normally read. 
 
You’re zip lines lovers. How did that start?
 
Bobbie: Our second year attending San Diego Comic Con there was a Batman zipline. You could soar through Gotham city just like the caped crusader himself! We had talked about trying ziplining before and this was the perfect opportunity to try it out. It was really fun and quite a rush!
 
Shey: We haven't met a zipline we didn't like. After our experience in California we went in search of more ziplines and found all kinds of fun ways to zip. We've zipped superman style, between mountains in Canada, but our favorite so far is the roller coaster zipline. What a thrill! Our ultimate goal is to zip upside down. It's going to happen!
 
What are you three favorite book covers?
 
 
 
Replica - Lauren OliverThe Shadow Queen - C. J. RedwineWintersong - S. Jae-Jones
 
How does you book review process look like? 
 
Bobbie: I try and write my review right after finishing the book and while everything is fresh in my mind. I give a summary of the book and then my thoughts on it.  
 
Shey:  I take notes as I'm reading to remind myself of certain quotes that I love, or points that I want to discuss in my review. Once I finish the book I have to have a nice quiet space where I can be with my thoughts as I write. 
 
Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers this fall/winter?
 
Shey: Our TBR pile is huge! There are so many exciting books that just came out. I absolutely love Wonder Woman: Warbringer.  Leigh Bardugo is such an amazing writer. She will always be at the top of my list of recommendations. I'm super excited about my current read, Renegades by Marissa Meyer.
 
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) - Leigh BardugoRenegades - Marissa Meyer
 
 
One Dark Throne - Kendare BlakeSilence Fallen - Patricia Briggs

 

What's your reading spot? We'd love to see the photos :)
 
Our favorite reading spots have to be at home in our beds. Big fluffy pillows, warm cup of tea, a great book. What more can one ask for?
 
 
Three titles for the fans of adventures? 
 
 
The Hobbit - J.R.R. TolkienSnow Like Ashes - Sara RaaschThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
 
What’s your favorite quote? 
 
Bobbie: 

art via Etsy

Do not go gentle into that goodnight

Rage, rage against the dying of the light - Ally Condie, Matched 

 

 

"The stories we love best live in us forever" - JK Rowling
 
Shey:
“Ryle Hira: Life is what it is” Elizabeth Haydon, Rhapsody
 
 
If you could meet one literary character, who would it be?
 
Shey: One of my favorite books (and movies) growing up was Anne of Green Gables. I would love to chat with, or mostly listen to, Anne Shirley while she showed me all her favorite spots. She is such a big part of my childhood. Bobbie and I recently had the immense pleasure of meeting and receiving great big hugs from the absolutely amazing, Meagan Follows who, of course, played Anne on the series way back when, and to us that was almost like meeting Anne herself. A memory we will forever cherish. 
 
Bobbie: Mercy Thompson, my favorite character. She's a badass shapeshifter that can change into a coyote form. She has a knack for finding trouble, and trouble sometimes goes looking for her. Her husband is a werewolf, her friend is a vampire, and her boss is an ancient fae. There's never a dull moment with her.
 
A paper book or an e-book? 
 
Bobbie: I don't really have a preference. I like the convenience of my Kindle. I can store and easily access thousands of books. But there's just something about that new book smell and the way it feels in your hand.
 
Shey: Both. I prefer the feel and glorious smell of real books, but I tend to do a lot of reading on my kindle as well. When I get ARCs I normally receive them through my kindle and that's where I first read them. Later I will purchase the paper book, especially when I fall in love with the cover art. I'm easy to please.
 
Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)
 
Thank you so much for including us in your series!
 
Thank you!
 

Reading lists know-how

 

We love reading lists! They are great to plan your reading ahead, read the books in a series in a right order, and discover new titles. Telling the truth the reading lists make a huge contribution to our growing TBR pile!

 

Let's have a look at BookLikes reading list option by creating a Thanksgiving themed books reading list! Ready?

 

Where to find reading lists on BookLikes?

 

That's easy. When you're logged into your BookLikes click the main menu on the left, hover over Apps and click Reading lists. 

 

 

 

Reading Lists Main Page

 

The main page of the Reading lists is a showroom of the lists created by the community, you can search the list either via the search box on the right (type in a book title, a tag or a list name to find the reading lists) or look through the following sections: 

 

  • New reading lists - the lists that have been recently created by the BookLikes community
  • Most liked - the list which received the highest number of likes/hearts (you can like/heart each list once you click the list title and click the heart icon)
  • Created by people you follow - the lists added by bloggers you follow
  • Picked by people you follow - the lists the bloggers you follow signed in for

 

On the right you'll see the lists added by you (you can edit them anytime) as well as the spot to create a new list. 

 

 

Important: a reading list is always linked to a person who added the list and only the list's creator can edit or delete the list. You can, however, use the comment section to add you own ideas and start a reading list discussion. 

 

 

Finding Reading Lists

 

When you click on one of the lists' sectors (the ones we discussed above: new, most liked, created/picked by people you follow) you'll see the view with the additional reading list options.

 

 

You can filter the reading list by the category/tag or find the lists added or selected by your friends.

 

You can also sort them by the list name, add date, number of books, popularity (members signed in) and the number of likes/hearts. 

 

 

A reading list

 

When you spot a list that you find interesting, click the list title to view all the book selected for the list. 

 

 

On the single reading list page you'll find the following information:

  • the list name
  • who created the list
  • the list description
  • the % of read and shelved titles with reference to your BookLikes shelf

 

You can also:

  • like/heart the list (the notification will be published on your Dashboard so your followers will know about your pick)
  • sign in to the list (the notification will be published on your Dashboard so your followers will know about your pick)
  • add all books from the list to your bookshelf (a new bookshelf with the list's name will be created automatically on your shelf)
  • add a separate title to your shelf with +Shelf option
  • write a post about a titles with +Post option
  • share the reading list with your fiends on your social media 

 

When you scroll all the way down you'll spot several more options:

 

  • you can add your comment, share your view, add your opinion in the comment section below the list (once you comment, you'll receive the notifications about new comments)
  • the list of categories/tags for the list
  • you can sign up for the list
  • you'll see the avatars of bloggers who signed up for the list

 

How to add a reading list on BookLikes?

 

To add a new reading list go to the Reading list page and click Create a list on the right.

 

 

Fill up the reading list form with the following information:

  • List name - the readers will know what sort of books the list presents
  • Description - tell the readers why have you selected the books, what the list is about or provide a source of the list
  • Private list - decide whether the list should be visible to all readers or only to you
  • Comments - select yes if you want other readers to comment the list
  • Notification - select yes if you want to receive a notification when a reader interacts with your list
  • Tags - add tags what the list is about
  • Categories - select the categories/genres of the books you want to include in the list
  • Add book - add the first book in your list, then continue 

 

 

Along with the books you can also add a short note refering to the given title. It can be a short review, a quote, a sentence of recommendation or simply why you like the title. 

 

You can also change the order of the selected book or remove the title from the list. 

 

When you're done don't forget to click Create list at the top.

 

If you wish to edit the list in order to change the description, add/remove books, change the private settings, go to your reading list OR go to your list of lists on the main reading page on the right and click Edit. 

 

 

The reading list view 

 

 The reading list main page view

 

Remember to go back to the top to SAVE all the new edits done to your reading list.

 

Once the reading list is ready you can share it on your social media channels, you can also send the reading list link to your friends seeking reading inspirations -- the reading list will be visible for non-BookLikes members.

 

In fact, all reading lists are visible for non-BL members. The reading list main page presents all the lists with the list searching and sorting options on the top of the page. 

 

 

And don't forget to check the Thanksgiving reading list!

It's HERE (click)

 

 

To all US book lovers:

 

Happy reading!

An Interview with Anne Leigh Parrish, Author of Women Within + Audiobook Giveaway

We're happy to introduce you Anne Leigh Parrish, a short story writer and a novelist.

 

Anne's debut novel, What Is Found, What Is Lost appeared in 2014. Women Within, her second novel, was published in September 2017 by Black Rose Writing. Another multi-generational story,  it weaves together three lives at the Lindell Retirement home, using themes of care-giving, women’s rights, and female identity. Her next novel, The Amendment, is scheduled to be released in June 2018.  

 

What inspired you to become a writer? Was it an easy path?

 

I always loved stories, made-up characters, and the musical quality of language. Lyrical prose is very important to me, both as a writer and as a reader. And no, becoming a writer was by no means easy. It takes years of trying a new approach, getting feedback, working with that feedback, and most of all, taking chances.

 

Your newest novel, Women Within, is a story of three women whose paths cross at the Lindell Retirement Home. Can you tell our readers more about the book and the main characters?

 

Constance Maynard, age 94, is a resident at Lindell. She is a retired professor of History who feels that women have always been unfairly treated and valued primarily for their reproductive capability. She adopts a child when a member of her own family cannot care for her properly, and declares that the child is hers, although she in unmarried. This is in the 1950’s, a time when social mores were harsh. She embraces the disdain she is shown, and rises above it all to prove that she is as worthy as any of her male colleagues.

 

Her two aides are the other two women in the book, the first of whom, 50’s-something Eunice Fitch, has her own female challenges. For one thing, her mother, a hard-drinking and unsympathetic person, was a poor role model. From an early obsession with silent screen star Lilian Gish, Eunice feels that the best thing to do is to be steadfast and uncomplaining. While these traits make her a great caregiver, it proves disastrous in her serial relationships with men.

 

Lastly, we have Sam (short for Samantha) Clark, in her twenties, overweight, whose mother is also difficult. She yearns to be pretty and petite, only to discover that her physical strength and endurance are in fact much more valuable.

 

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Your book focuses on the female issues and women relationships, you also give a solid  insight of the caregiving industry. Why did you choose to talk about these subjects in your novel?

 

To be honest, this is very personal territory for me, at least in terms of the relationships women have with other women, particularly famuły members. My mother was difficult. She was highly intelligent, well-education, successful in her career as a professor – and yes, she serves as the inspiration for Constance Maynard in the novel – but she was deeply dissatisfied with just about everything, my father most of all. Though she was unhappy in her marriage, she never accepted his decision to divorce her, and spent the rest of her life blaming him for a situation she in large part created. My only sibling is a sister (six years older than I), and she, too, was difficult. Her hatred of me, and her abuse of me when I was young had an enormously negative influence in my life.

 

As to caregiving, I once worked in a retirement home when I was younger, and then much later, spent time visiting my father in one as he declined. I am fascinated by the almost insular nature of that world, and the contrast between those who seldom leave it, and the people who come and go every day.

 

What are you working on right now? We know that your third novel is coming next year.

 

I’m working on a novel called Maggie’s Ruse. Like The Amendment, the novel appearing in June, it contains characters from my 2013 linked story collection, Our Love Could Light the World. It features a pair of identical twins, overly-privileged Millennials trying to find themselves as individuals by putting some distance between them.

 

What writers have an impact on your reading, and of course, writing? 

 

All “the greats,” but specifically Flannery O’Connor, Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, Alice Munro, and Louise Erdrich.

 

What are you reading right now, Anne?

 

Ann Beattie’s newest story collection, The Accomplished Guest.

 

What three titles would you take on a desert island?

 

Boy, that’s a tough one. Probably The Round House by Louise Erdrich, Mendocino Fire: Stories by Elizabeth Tallent, and Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.

 

The Round House - Louise ErdrichMendocino Fire: Stories - Elizabeth TallentOlive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout

 

Paper books or e-books?

When I have lots of time, and am staying in one place – that is, not on an airplane, or road trip, then paper books. Otherwise, the convenience of an e-book is just too great to ignore.

 

Anne, it’s shelfie time! Our readers would love to see your home library.

 


Anne Leigh Parrish's home library

 

Thank you Anne! 

 

Make sure to request the audiobook giveaway of Women Within!

 

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Anne Leigh Parrish Books: 

Women Within - Anne Leigh ParrishWhat Is Found, What Is Lost - Anne Leigh Parrish 

By the Wayside: Stories - Anne Leigh ParrishOur Love Could Light the World - Anne Leigh ParrishAll the Roads That Lead from Home - Anne Leigh Parrish

 

The Amendment: A Novel coming June 2018 from Unsolicited Press

Women Within: A Novel (Black Rose Writing, 2017), Best Fiction Winner, 2017 Maxy awards

By The Wayside: Stories (Unsolicited Press, 2017), Finalist in the Short Story category of the 2017 International Book Awards

What Is Found, What Is Lost: A Novel (She Writes Press, 2014), Finalist in the Literary Fiction category of the 2015 International Book Awards; Winner, Literary Fiction, 2015 Book of the Year Award

Our Love Could Light The World: Stories (She Writes Press, 2013), Finalist the short story category of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards; Finalist in both the 2013 International Book Awards and the 2013 Best Books Awards

All The Roads That Lead From Home: Stories (Press 53, 2011), 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medal Winner

 

Connect with Anne Leigh Parrish:

Website: anneleighparrish.com

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/AnneLParrish

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AnneLeighParrish

BookLikes: booklikes.com/anne-leigh-parrish/author,2603718

 

Work in progress on weekend and Monday/Tuesday

Hey all book lovers.

During the weekend and on Monday/Tuesday some IT works will be done on BookLikes, there may be some hiccups and interruptions on the site. Sorry for any inconvenience.

It's Thursday on Friday! Catch up on BookLikes know-how / BookLikes under maintenance note

It's Friday but it feels like Thursday!

Due to technical difficulties our release post got delayed. Since it's possible to publish again, we wanted to let you know what's going on with the site.

 

As you may have noticed BookLikes was under maintenance for some time today and yesterday. Our team is still working on the site issues and some of the features are under review, therefore, you may experience some inconvenience while using them. We sincerely apologize for the temporary inconvenience. We're working on fixing all the problematic issues, including the Dashboard chronology.

 

In case of any questions or remarks, please mail Kate@booklikes.com and we'll be happy to help and support. 

 

In the meantime, please have a look at our previous posts where we shared the crucial tips for BookLikes bloggers. If you've missed out previous Thursday releases, here's your chance to catch up on some of them:

 

How to start a book blog

No matter whether you're a regular BookLikes visitor or a newbie, we hope you'll find these tips useful in your blogging adventure. Here's how to set up your book blog and make your first steps in the blogging community... read how to set up your book blog

 

 

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... read how BookLikes can help you blog about books in six different ways

 

 

7 tips how to write a book review

Book blogs are different but they do have one thing is common, they share book reviews. And this means you're letting us, the readers, enter into your heads. Which is great, we get to know your thoughts without the superpowers! Sometimes, though, some extra powers are needed to write a good book review.  We are curious what are your writing tips. Below we share several of ours plus several places on BookLikes to visit to add your reviews on BL... read how to write a book review on BookLikes

 

 

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... read how to add books to your bookshelf on BookLikes

 

 

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... read how to highlight your favorite books on BookLikes

 

 

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. Read five tips how to show off your brand with your BookLikes blog

 

 

How to add Facebook and Twitter widgets

No matter whether you are a writer, publisher or a book bloggers, it's important to present all possible information about your profession and links to your other webpages and other social platforms. Only then your readers will be able to look through your dossier and get to know you a little bit better. Recently we've shared some tips how to include all the professional information on your book blog and now we're moving to widgets, another great way of presenting your writings... read how to add social media widgets to your BookLikes webpage

 

 

BookLikes How-to: Advanced Shelving Options

If you still have any doubts how to +Shelf your books on BookLikes the following guest post should dispel all your doubts... read how to use +Shelf Advanced on BookLikes

 

 

Giveaways: win free books and give your titles away

If you have books to spare, want to promote and popularize you titles, give your books a second reading life, please do! With the giveaway program you can give the titles away as well as win ARCs and review copies right now... read how to add a giveaway and how to win review copies

 

 

BookLikes How-to: Housekeeping! or, Using the Mass Post Editor

If you’re a BookLikes veteran or new to BookLikes but with a huge import of data, you might, like me, look back at all of that history and think “I really need to clean some of those posts up” or “shoot, I wish I’d been using ‘x’ tag on all of those posts”, but then you imagine actually doing it, shudder to yourself, and find that sorting out your sock drawer suddenly sounds exciting.

 

OR, like I’ve been doing lately, you’ve gone to tag a post, see the mile long list of previously used tags and think to yourself “WHY do I have all those tags?... read how to do a clean up on your BookLikes blog 

 

BookLikes How to: book search tips

Searching books isn't always a piece of cake, especially with a never-ending virtual bookshelf and a catalog with multiple editions. Jenn, to the rescue with some handy tips for all BookLikers! ... read how to find a book on BookLikes

 

 

It's time for a reading challenge!

Some of you have already completed your 2017 reading challenge - big congratulations! This year is coming to an end but the reading challenge post will come in handy for your upcoming reading year. 

Remember that the next year is also about You and your books! Give yourself a me time with a new year reading resolution... read how to start a reading challenge

 

 

You can find more tutorial blog posts when you write tutorial in the search box and click Tags or simply click HERE

HBO’s Big Little Lies season 2 is coming soon! 7 books for Big Little Lies fans

 

Are you a TV series fan? We are! And when they are adapted from our favorite titles we always say count us in! And you know what, it looks that a second season of HBO’s Big Little Lies (adapted from Liane Moriarty‘s novel) is going to happen next year!

 

Have you ever wondered what kind of books Celeste, Madeline and Jane would read in their spare time? We've got some suggestions. 

 

If you're a fan of Big Little Lies (a book and a series) try these 7 books to get yourself into the spirit of the well plotted mysteries and intriguing family stories. You can also get the books insights from BookLikes bloggers reviews. 

 

 

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty 

 

Speak up and hurt the ones you love most or stay silent and hide a crime?

 

BOOK REVIEW: I hope I've learned my lesson: don't start a Moriarty book unless I have plenty of time to finish it, because I can not put it down to go to sleep. Knowing I have to get up and go to work the next morning is not nearly sufficient to stop me reading just one more chapter, again and again until it 's... read a full review

 

 

The Bird Tribunal by Rosie Hedger, Agnes Ravatn 

Haunting, consuming and powerful, The Bird Tribunal is a taut, exquisitely written psychological thriller that builds to a shocking, dramatic crescendo that will leave you breathless.

 

BOOK REVIEW: This is a short novel, less than 200 pages but it fits a lot into its small form. This is a tale of obsession, of madness and of the way the past has of coming back to haunt us. A challenging book but one I am pleased I read... read a full review 

 

 

 

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 

Every day the same, until that day. Has she really done more harm than good? 

 

BOOK REVIEW: This novel was quite some read that will have so many twist and turns where you will have to keep up to fully understand what in the world is going on. "The Girl On The Train" was one psychological thriller mystery suspenseful read that will keep your attention as you are turning the pages to get to the end to see who was this killer... read a full review

 

 

 

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica 

 

 

An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a propulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems.

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: I really enjoyed the format that Kubica and it really helped tell the story of Mia and how she became Chloe. It also added to the suspense of trying to figure out when and how Mia was able to get away from Colin. Like I said Kubica was very very successful in using this format to her advantage. It was addicting at times as you want to figure out how Mia became Chloe, how she got away, Colin's motivations and what job he was originally hired to do... read a full review 

 

 

The Status of All Things by Lisa Steinke, Liz Fenton

The Status of All Things by Lisa Steinke, Liz Fenton 

 

 

What would you do if you could literally rewrite your fate—on Facebook? 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: With humor and insight, these clever gals will keep you engaged, and laughing out loud, from the first page to the last. From the stunning front cover to the honest insights, this dynamic duo captures the essence of today’s social media world where everyone has come to expect perfection from our lives, food, fashion, entertainment, families, relationships, image, and lifestyle; hiding behind a mirage of facades... read a full review

 

 

 

 

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult 

Small Great Things is about prejudice and power; it is about that which divides and unites us. It is about opening your eyes.

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: This book was absolutely stunning--compelling, dramatic and interesting, and addressing the really important topic of racial relations in America today... read a full review

 

 

 

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware 

 

 

Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since the day Nora walked out of her old life and never looked back. And as secrets and lies unravel, out in the dark, dark wood the past will finally catch up with Nora.

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: In a Dark, Dark Wood is an interesting psychological thriller about a young woman, Nora, who wakes up in a hospital, injured, but with no memories of what happened to her. Now, she has to piece together everything that happened from the moment she got an email about a bachelorette party for Clares, a friend that she hasn't seen in ten years... read a full review

 

 

What titles would you add to the Big Little Lies reading list?

 

#16 Follow Friday with book bloggers: OBSESSION WITH WORDS

 
Meet Donna, a book lover from Alaska who warms herself up with reading and knitting. 
 
Visit Donna's blog and follow her book reviews on BookLikes: http://donnawannaread.booklikes.com/
 
1. When have you read your first book? Was it a book love at very first sight?
 
This is a tough question for me to answer and an emotional subject. I was raised in a very strict religious home. I was not allowed to have regular books. I had the bible, a dictionary, a set of encyclopedias and a set of bible stories. I was not allowed to go to the library either, ever, for my entire childhood. A few times when a friend gave me a book they thought I would like my parents took the books away before I could read them. I went to this same school until I was 18 when I refused to go anymore. I left home and got my diploma through correspondence. At that point, the first REAL book I read was a book a found in a waiting room. It was V by A.C. Crispin and I still have it. I wasn't allowed to watch much TV either and we certainly never had cable so this was totally new to me.  I devoured it.  When I met my husband he had the same book as well as many others and it was instant love. My husband and I both love to read.
 
 
2. What made you start writing about books/book blogging?
 
I met a friend through penpalling and this one friend, Brenna, (http://brennam.booklikes.com/) had a booklikes blog.  I fell in love with it right away and started my booklikes blog in May of this year.  
 
3. Did blogging have an impact on your reading life?
 
I´ve had blogs before but never posted regularly or had any real followers.  I never thought about blogging about books though.  Once I started and joined some of the games I started having a lot more fun reading. I really enjoy sharing the books I´ve read with other people that also love books.  I especially love reading other blogs and learning about new books.  My new years goal for this year was to cut down on books because I don´t have enough bookshelves to hold them all.  After joining Booklikes and chatting with other bloggers I realized that was a dumb goal.  Why should I cut down on something I love so much?  My husband is going to build some shelves for me so I don´t have to worry about it.
 
 
4. You like to craft. What’s you favorite technique? Do you read when knitting? 
 
I mostly crochet.  My sister taught me when I was 6 and it is pretty much second nature to me.  I also knit, although it is more of a challenge to me, but I really enjoy learning new techniques online and making blankets for charities like Project Linus or for the local homeless shelter and women´s shelter.  I love to listen to audiobooks while crocheting or knitting.  Audiobooks bring the characters to life while allowing me to look at what I´m doing.  I have also found a new craft recently called diamond painting and I also love to work on that while listening to audiobooks.
 
5. What are you reading right now?
 
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (recommended by one of my sons)
 
Inkheart - Cornelia Funke,Anthea Bell 
 
6. What’s you favorite genre? Why is it special? 
 
I love mysteries and crime novels. I especially like books that involve a mystery that happened in the part and they go back to talk to people from that time to try to figure out what happened. There is so much evil in the world and I like reading books about clever people who can figure out whodunit, catch them and lock them up.  I don´t like books where the evil is not stopped.
 
7. You live on Alaska. Can you recommend Alaskan writers?
 
Oh yes, Sue Henry!  I met her once here in Fairbanks, Alaska and chatted with her for a while.  She is a great person that loves what she does.  
 
8. A paper book or an e-book?
 
Paper.  I do have a kindle but there is just something special about the smell and feel of a real book.  I especially like older books.  Kindles just smell like plastic and never come with odd little mementos tucked inside like pressed 4 leaf clovers, old movie tickets or other interesting things that were used as bookmarks.
 
9. Three titles to warm oneself up in winter?
 
Well, I think exciting books are the ones that warm me up.  So here are 3 I liked.
 
Raven Black - Ann CleevesThe Looking-Glass Portrait - Linda Hilton
 
10. How did reading change your life?
 
Around 2009 I started having a lot of pain and fatigue and eventually had to quit my job as a CNA/Endoscopy tech.  After a long time and a lot of tests I was told I have Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis.  I live with constant pain, especially in my joints.  At first I went into a long, deep depression because I missed my job and having a sense of purpose.  I felt like I´d lost my identity.  As I was trying to find something I could do to help get my mind off of the pain I was in I started to read.  At first I was having a really hard time focusing but one of the meds they put me on helped with that.  Once that happened I would get lost in a book and for that time I felt better.  Reading is my escape and my book friends I´ve made are my life savers.  
 
11. Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers this fall/winter season? 
 
I am currently really psyched about Ann Cleeves´ Shetland Island series. Some people have seen the TV series but I haven´t met anyone who has read the books. Her books make me want to go there myself.  I´ve also been liking a series by Paul Doiron (sound like Dworin).  I recently read Massacre Pond and really liked it.  This series in set in the wilderness of Maine and follows a game warden as he solves crimes.  Reading the descriptive scenes I am reminded of the Alaskan wilderness and I can just imagine being right there with him.
 
Massacre Pond - Paul Doiron 
 
12. What’s your favorite book related quote?
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
-- Groucho Marx
 
 
13. If you could meet one literary character, who would it be? 
 
Oh gosh, that is a really hard question.  I´ll say Lydia from Debbie Macomber´s Shop on Blossom Street.  I think we could be good friends.  We both have been through a lot with health problems and she is also a knitter.  
 
14. Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)
This is one of my shelves crammed into my entry way.  I have another shorter shelf in my living room and I also have stacked wooden crates on the shelf in the top of our coat closet and filled those with hard backs.  We also have shelves in the garage full of books and books in each bedroom.  
 
 
Thank you!
 

7 books you've recently looked up

 

It's pouring rain, it's cold and windy. But you know what. It really doesn't bother us. This is a perfect setting for a book and a grate excuse to stay home reading, right?!? Inspired by the Autumn we've looked through your shelves and picked 7 books for the rainy days

 

If you'd like to know what titles BookLikes readers are looking for this fall, visit the Book Catalog page and look through the Recently looked up sector. To read the book description and the reviews click the book cover.

 

 

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The Rooster Bar - John Grisham 

#1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham’s newest legal thriller takes you inside a law firm that’s on shaky ground.

 

I finished this book in two sittings: on my lunch break and on my bed the moment I got home. I didn’t get up to eat dinner, use the bathroom, anything. The Rooster Bar is one of those books. Like almost every Grisham novel, this is a high-stakes crime thriller . . . but the stakes here feel so much higher than in his other books — at least the ones I’ve read, which I admit isn’t a large number. Three laws students mired in debt without any job prospective on the horizon decide to drop out of sight, change their identity . . . and become faux street lawyers... read a full review

 

 

The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen 

Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

The book certainly keeps you guessing all throughout the novel and it certainly keeps you on your toes and you realize this is probably how the ex wife (can’t name names, it would give the plot away) felt as you progress through the story. The twists and turns keep you blindsided and it keeps you guessing even until the final pages of the book. It was a great and thrilling. Every other chapter I heard myself going: “WHAT THE HECK DID I JUST READ?”...read a full review

 

 

One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns) - Kendare Blake  

The battle for the crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

I finished Three Dark Crowns at the beginning of the month and I really wanted to see what was going to happen next. So I picked up One Dark Throne and read it quite quickly. It was really good! Again, I really love the atmosphere of this book. All the characters are so interesting; I still really love Queen Katharine in spite of what happened to her. She is different from what she used to be and I was really curious about why... read a full review

 

 

The Rules of Magic: A Novel - Alice Hoffman  

Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic is a story about the power of love reminding us that the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself.

Rewind to the 1960s and enjoy THE RULES OF MAGIC. A nostalgic coming-of-age love letter. Learning to embrace one’s true self.  

Rich in history, NYC, witches, curses, magic, and humor. Catch up with Franny and Jet. and meet little brother Vincent and cousin, April.
“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” — Henry David Thoreau 
Susanna Owens had fled Massachusetts, escaped to Paris and married and settled in New York City. She did not want her children to know of their heritage. However, it was clear from the start they were not ordinary children. She had to set down some hard rules. However, this was not an easy task...
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Enigma (An FBI Thriller) - Catherine Coulter  

Coulter's latest dual-plot thriller will keep you guessing as Savich, Sherlock, Abbott, and Wittier uncover surprise after surprise in this race against the clock until the shocking conclusions.

I sped through this gripping thriller that has two major plots and lots and lots of twists. One of those twists was jaw dropping for me. I did not see it coming. I stayed up WAY until the morning hours as I could not put this book down. And, it was worth it!  Excellent read for me... read a full review

 

 

Slip (The Slip Trilogy Book 1) - David Estes  

Someone must die before another can be born...

I hadn’t read anything by David Estes in quite a while, and when I saw this series on NetGalley, I thought, well, time to address this state of affairs. I shall also confess that nowadays, I do have a bit of a love-hate relationship with YA dystopias in general, for various reasons, and I was glad that this book, while it is a bit predictable and uses expected tropes, avoids what are the usual pitfalls of the genre for me.
The main characters in general were likeable...
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Carry On - Rainbow Rowell  

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen.

That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right.

It’s started to get interesting when Baz’s mom go back and find him, to tell Baz that find the one who kill her, but at that point Baz was missing, so Simon is the one that know everything about Baz’s mom, the powerful woman that own their school when she still alive. Baz knew he loved Simon for a very ling time, but he just want to do some awkward things that might hurt Simon, ans Simon thinks that Baz want to kill him, so they stayed enemies like forever until Baz mom appear in the story... read a full review

 

Happy reading!