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Donna Tartt Wins The Pulitzer - "The Goldfinch" in Eight Reviews


The 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced. If you missed the news, here are The Arts winners:


  • Drama: The Flick by Annie Baker
  • History: The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor
  • Biography or Autobiography: Margaret Fuller: A New American Lifeby Megan Marshall
  • Poetry: 3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri
  • General Nonfiction: Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin
  • Music: Become Ocean by John Luther Adams





  • Fiction: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt


Someone once said that Beautiful writing requires subtle soul.


This quote works perfectly for writers and book readers. Donna Tartt won your hearts with her beautiful writing. Have a look at Donna Tartt's novel The Goldfinch in BookLikes reviewers' eyes and how the book affected their lives.



Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader:

People interested in literature should take no second thoughts of diving in headfirst. Writers should study this book as if it were classic art. Lexiconists will appreciate the careful assembly of words. If you’ve been waiting to read a book of great literary value, this is it... read more



The Goldfinch showcases Tartt’s real strength as a writer – the creation of the kind of flawed-yet-charming characters we would watch from a safe distance in real life, but who we get to observe close up in her books. Her narrator Theo, who bobs unmoored through adolescence while various adults fail to care about him very much, is compelling enough, but Tartt also gives us an Artful Dodger to Theo’s Oliver Twist in the form of Boris, the kind of force of nature who, age fifteen, chugs vodka as a digestif and introduces Theo to a lifestyle so decadent it would wring an envious tear from the eye of Peter the Great. It’s hard to get enough of Boris and Theo, and that’s not to mention the strong cast of supporting players... read more


Books are Alibis:

I lived this book. I felt like I was a part of it. Everything was ultra-realistic and believable. It was so real for me... read more



I just checked my local library and discovered to my horror that there were 64 holds on this book which means that I can wait until she publishes her next book or visit Chapters tomorrow and buy a copy for myself. Easy choice... read more


..And This is My Conclusion:

I remember how it was that day and the days afterwards- the time when you think that perhaps you are going to be this person- you think it as dramatically as only a dramatic teenager can, and then you live through the surreal hours doing surreal things…. Well, the glimmer of that that Tartt brought alive here, it brought out some memories that I haven’t thought about in years, and brought them back much more vividly than I had expected. That’s the first reason I’m writing this review and telling you the above story- I felt it was the most fitting tribute I could give to tell the truth that this story brought back to me... read more


Kate Says: "Reading Is Fun!":

There's no doubt in my mind that Donna Tartt is a brilliant genius and one of the most descriptive authors of our strange and wonderful time, as the descriptions throughout this book became more important to me, than even the plot itself... read more


Michael's Book Babble:

This is a novel that requires patience. It takes its time and while there are some crucial plot points, this is a story more focused on characters. And how one event can change everything in the end... read more


Chris Blocker - Literary Snob:

Donna Tartt is an amazing writer. She has a masterful grasp on her story and understands the language she employs. Even considering it takes her ten years to write each novel, there is an exceptionally high level of understanding of craft in these pages. Her characters are engaging if not always believable. Her language is interesting and intelligent. And the plot... it slows only long enough for the reader to catch their breath... read more

Author Talks: Ned Hayes, Part Two

Author Talks: Ned Hayes


Ned Hayes, author of the historical novel Sinful Folk and Coeur d'Alene Waters in BookLikes Author Talks session reveals how his writing process looks like and gives some advice for aspiring writers. He also shows us his writing and reading spots and shares several books that won his heart. You can also follow Ned Hayes on BookLikes, he blogs at Ned Hayes Writing


If you missed the first part of the interview, go here: Author Talks: Ned Hayes, Part One.



Ned Hayes isn’t the only name you’re writing under, isn’t it?


Ned HayesRight! I write historical novels and literary fiction under my own name – Ned Hayes, but I write and publish horror and SF and fantastic fiction under the name Nicholas Hallum.



Does a new pen name bring a new voice to your writing?

(On your site, you state that Nicholas Hallum writes dark fantasy, horror and science-fiction.)


Ned HayesI don’t write under a pseudonym because I feel that fantasy, supernatural or horror writing is any “lesser” of a form of writing than my “straight” novels. After all, look at Dracula by Bram Stoker, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley or the wonderful writing of Ursula Le Guin and the contemporary supernatural fiction of Tim Powers. All of these writers produce marvelous literary fiction, that happens to contain fantastic or otherworldly elements: and all expose the big questions that fiction is designed to ask: questions about storytelling, truth, human consequences and the possibilities of redemption and finding meaning.


I write under the name “Nicholas Hallum” merely so that my readers will be able to easily distinguish between my historical novels and literary novels and my more genre-focused SF and fantasy works.



Can you reveal to our readers what are you working on right now?


Ned HayesInterestingly enough, for the first time in my writing life, I am working on pieces under both my “straight” name – Ned Hayes – as well as my nom de plume of Nicholas Hallum. I’m working on a sequel to SINFUL FOLK called GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHT. This second book in a planned medieval trilogy also features Mear and some of the other characters we encountered in SINFUL FOLK. This novel focuses around the events of the Peasant Revolt of 1381, and Mear’s role in this historic event.


The other book I’m working on is called WILDERNESS OF MIRRORS, and it is a long and complicated novel by Nicholas Hallum that jumps back and forth in time to cover supernatural events surrounding tall buildings, and how sorcerous elements were part of a vast conspiracy orchestrated by Dick Cheney in the early years of this century. I’ve been told by early readers that WILDERNESS OF MIRRORS is really a supernatural secret history of 9-11 and the War on Terror, and that it’s highly entertaining.


So I’m still writing “historical fiction” – but now I’m writing books about older history (the 14th century), as well as history that is only a few years past, and is still controversial. That recent history has been tricky to negotiate!


Writing in both voices is a lot of fun, and I hope my readers enjoy both books.



Can you tell us something about your writing process?


Ned HayesWhen I have an initial inspiration, the story ideas come pouring out of me in a rush and I have to get them expressed by the closest means available. Ideally, I have a writing notebook near at hand, and I write my ideas down furiously, filling entire notebooks very quickly with my scrawled handwriting. But I don’t always have a notebook near at hand, and sometimes I’m doing other things when inspiration strikes. So at times, I’ve sent myself a 45 minute voice memo, recorded while I’m driving in a car. I’ve also written down a story idea on store receipts, old envelopes, work papers, and even written in the margins and the backs of books that I’m currently reading.


The idea, as any writer would tell you, is the easiest part. Once I have the idea expressed on paper as an initial outline or sketch, then I have to actually do the writing. My “real” writing is done between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. every morning. I wake up early, make coffee, and get to writing, by longhand in a notebook. Most of my best writing happens in my notebook. I’m happy to report that many writers I admire – artists as diverse as John Updike, Harper Lee, Richard Adams and J.K. Rowling – all write their first drafts by hand.


And that’s the second easiest part. Once I have a good bit hand-written, I get it all into the computer, and begin writing a second and third draft on the computer. And sometimes I get distracted by online research (all stored in Evernote) and technical considerations like how to organize my file structure (all stored in Dropbox). But usually I persevere, and I get to write many more drafts on the computer. I begin sharing drafts at about the third or fourth version, with my early readers and my writing group, and solicit their feedback. And I keep revising.


SINFUL FOLK was re-written and revised extensively about 17 times. My previous novel endured two complete re-writes, major character and plot surgery, as well as over 24 revised drafts.


Sometime around there, I start working with a professional editor – either through my publisher or on my own – and eventually, my publisher takes over the reins of the revision process, shepherds me through working with a copyeditor and proofreader, and in the end, the book appears! And even then the process isn’t over, because readers and reviewers continue to provide critique and reaction, helping my writing to improve!


I firmly believe that writing is best for me when it is not an isolated activity – except in the early phases – and so I profoundly rely upon my amazing community of early readers, my editors and all my readers to help me create the best stories I can tell.


So I am grateful to any reader who cares enough to write a review, negative or positive: a review mean they cared, which is the most I can hope for.



What advice would you give to aspiring writers?


Ned HayesIt is hard to keep writing each and every day: it is easier to just let it go and do something else that isn't as challenging or as mind-bending. Yet in his early book on the writing craft, Danse Macabre, Stephen King says that if you write just one page a day -- 300 words or so -- at the end of one year you'll have a novel. And that has really helped to keep me going -- just add another 300 words today, and soon, you'll have a complete novel. Just keep writing!


The other piece of advice I have is to listen to your early readers and to your editors, fellow writers, and the bookish community. They will tell you what is working in your writing, and what is not working: listen to them!


Ned Hayes quote



Do you read books from the same genre as yours or

do you like to switch between literary genres?

I read books in every single genre I can find, and I recommend this practice to every serious reader and writer. If you don’t read everything out there, you have no context for what you are doing. Reading other work provides you with grist for your mill, inspiration for your daily life, and models to follow when you need to see how to do something.


When I’m writing in a particular genre though, I try to read mostly in other genres, so I’m not too much influenced by one particular author or book while I’m writing.



What books won your heart? Which titles would you recommend?


One of my favorite books continues to be the classic WATERSHIP DOWN, by Richard Adams. If you haven’t read this book, I think you should! The other book that I think should be on every serious reader’s list is the new and amazing JONATHON STRANGE & MR. NORRELL, by Susanne Clarke. She is such a genius at evoking the era of Jane Austen, and adding a touch of magic to a very old form.


Also, I love the following books: Maxine Hong Kingston’s THE WOMAN WARRIOR, Zora Neale Thurston’s THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD, and Annie Dillard’s PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK.


If you’re in the mood for something more complicated in terms of plot, I’d recommend Tim Power’s best-vampire-novel-ever THE STRESS OF HER REGARD, Neal Stephenson’s strange monks-as-mathematician’s story ANANTHEM and Pete Dexter’s powerful and destructive National Book Award winning novel PARIS TROUT.


For light entertainment, Garth Nix’s ABHORSEN trilogy is a new favorite in fantasy. I’ve also really been enjoying NEXUS, the award-nominated new SF novel by Ramez Naam, and Frank Zafiro’s tense and exciting crime and cops novel AT THEIR OWN GAME.





What's your favorite writing and reading spot?


My favorite reading spot is actually the treehouse in the woods behind our house, with the leaves of the trees catching the sunlight and the afternoon breezes all around me.




But my writing spot is different.


As I write this, I am so fortunate to have a beautiful view of my backyard cherry tree in bloom and the woods behind my house -- and I can see the treehouse. My desk is right by my window, and often I get to see deer in our backyard and my children playing in the woods. This is a wonderful writing spot. But I must say that my favorite writing time is actually on a train as the sun is rising, writing through the early morning. I have a blog post on how I wrote the first draft of SINFUL FOLK on the train. That post can be found here:





Thank you, Ned Hayes. It was a real pleasure.


Photos courtesy of Ned Hayes.



Read other talks on BookLikes

Author Talks on BookLikes: 

Literary Inspirations of Rayne Hall

Author Talks: Elizabeth Watasin, Part One

Author Talks: Elizabeth Watasin, Part Two

Author Talks: Ned Hayes, Part One


Blog Talks on BookLikes: 

Book Blog Talks: Happy Books, Part One

Book Blog Talks: Happy Books, Part Two

Book Blog Talks: The Happy Booker, Part One

Book Blog Talks: The Happy Booker, Part Two

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Author Talks: Ned Hayes, Part One

Author Talks: Ned Hayes


We're happy to introduce the next guest in BookLikes' Author Talks.


Coeur d'Alene Waters Ned HayesSinful Folk Ned HayesNed Hayes, author of the historical novel Sinful Folk and Coeur d'Alene Waters agreed to talk to us about his recently published  novel, his childhood in China, writing plans, reading habits and favorite reading spot. He even speaks in Mandarin for us!


You can meet and follow Ned Hayes on BookLikes where he shares his reading and writing passion on blog Ned Hayes Writing



How did it all start? What inspired you to start writing?


Ned HayesI have wanted to be a writer since I was in grade school, and I wrote my first book in 7th grade (it wasn’t very good, and probably was derived too much from Watership Down and Madeline L’Engle). In college I also wrote several books, but didn’t publish them. 


In the subsequent years, I published many short pieces in national magazines and literary journals, and I worked as an Associate Editor for the national literary journal Bellingham Review. My first published novel was COEUR D’ALENE WATERS, and was based on the area in the Pacific Northwest where I went to undergraduate college. 


In the 1990s, I studied medieval literature under noted scholar Richard Emmerson. And as I read Chaucer, I came across a bit of history from the 14th century. Children died in a tragic house fire in a distant village. The families were in such agony that they took their dead children across England to the King’s throne to demand justice. The same night I read of this incident, I couldn’t sleep – I stayed up and wrote a rapid beginning to the story. 


But then I put the story on a shelf for nearly ten years. Then, one day, as I was watching my children playing, I thought of the agony of child-loss, and the pain I would feel if one of my children was lost. I wondered how far a mother would go to protect her child’s memory? 


So in 2007, I suddenly started writing the book again and my writing rapidly focused on one woman’s story. One mother loving her child. One tragedy. One relentless urge to find answers. I began to think deeply about children, mothers, families, and loyalty. 

I picked my old pages back up and suddenly I was haunted by the character of Miriam/Mear – I almost felt that she was a ghost who wanted her story to be told, and I was impelled to tell the truth of her life. 


By the time I finished the first draft, I was overwhelmed by the tenacity and perseverance of Mear – her life showed me what strength is hidden in the most unlikely heroines. She showed me how strong a woman can be. What power can be concealed in silence. Mear showed me the power of a mother’s love.



You were born and raised in China. How did your childhood affect your adult life and choice of becoming a writer?


Ned HayesI think that my childhood in China has been useful to me because it allows me to see through new and different eyes. A writer should always be an “outsider,” seeing things “afresh,” and I am grateful for that early experience, because I often see things through a different set of cultural, anthropological and writerly lens. 


I also have a deep appreciation for the strangeness and interesting qualities of English as a language amalgamated from a variety of source languages.  Chinese is a fascinating language as well, but it is more internally consistent than English, which is often kind of a mad cousin of a language, borrowing from everywhere and spreading its influence in every culture around the world. I love writing in English, but partially because it is such a malleable interesting instrument.



Characteristic feature of your books is their genre, historical fiction. Is history your fav subject for your novels? Why?


Ned HayesAll fiction is historical fiction in some manner, as you have to establish the history, back-story and grounded realities of your character's situation. When you're writing a fantasy novel, the challenge is actually harder, because you need to invent the complete world, and ensure it is a real-feeling construct and internally consistent. 


I love historical fiction set in the real world, because I get to learn new and exciting bits of history. It was very interesting to me to learn a lot about the medieval era in writing this novel. 


Here are a few small examples -- in the 14th century, the game Chess didn't exist as we know it today! And the idea of a toilet -- even an outhouse -- was a relatively new invention for English peasants. And finally, many women masqueraded as men for much of their lives. There was even a pope who was a disguised woman -- Pope Joan -- and this fact about womens' history gave me much inspiration for my novel. 


But I wrote SINFUL FOLK not because of the history per se, but because I could deeply imagine the experience of these parents losing their children. I could imagine their pain. The torture of losing your child. Their angry search for answers. 


It is the first time I felt the truth of Alice Walker's idea that she is writing down the story of "ghosts" -- of real people who want their stories told in the present. I felt like I was hearing her in my own head: reading her own personal journal. 


I heard Mear's voice so clearly and her story was so real to me, I needed to tell it. 

SINFUL FOLK ultimately became her story -- a story of loss and tragedy that becomes Mear's very personal narrative of redemption and personal triumph. 



You know English and Mandarin. Do you write/publish in the latter?


Ned HayesI am only published right now in English, although I have submitted poems in Mandarin Chinese to Chinese literary journals.



Your book “Sinful Folk” received beautiful illustrations by Nikki McClure. How did the idea of combining writing and graphics occur?


Ned HayesNew York Times best-selling illustrator and author Nikki McClure and I know each other through our children’s school and our mutual interest in locally sourced art and supporting local artists. Nikki’s son and my children both attended the Lincoln Options Elementary School, and we are both very involved in the local arts community in the South Sound area in the Pacific Northwest. We first met at a Solstice Celebration that featured local children in an impromptu theatrical celebration of the season.


Nikki created the cover of Sinful Folk as one of her signature papercut pieces, but went in a new direction for the internal illustrations, which were created with graphite pencils. After reading the book in 2012, Nikki created her own graphical interpretation of SINFUL FOLK, which was accepted as the cover in late 2012.


I love the way that Nikki used papercuts and charcoal as the medium for illustration, as both are art forms that were used in the Middle Ages, and both styles of art were well known in the medieval era.


 Ned Hayes Sinful Folk Ned Hayes Sinful Folk




How do you say “I love books” in Mandarin?


Wǒ ài shū !



What are you reading right now?


I had long delayed reading Ariana Franklin’s marvelous medieval mystery MISTRESS OF THE ART OF DEATH. My wife read Franklin’s book while I was writing SINFUL FOLK, and recommended it to me, but I deferred the book because I was afraid of similarities while I was writing a book that was also a medieval mystery with a strong female lead: I am glad I delayed, but I’m also glad to be reading the book now.


I also have been reading Adam Neville’s great horror novels, starting with his lost-in-the-woods book of terror and the supernatural, THE RITUAL. Neville is such a talented writer, and I really enjoy his ability to build suspense and terror. I am loving Frank Zafiro’s crime and cops novel AT THEIR OWN GAME.


Finally, I’ve been re-reading Tim Power’s novel DECLARE, as well as Maxine Hong Kingston’s great memoir THE WOMAN WARRIOR. I recommend all these books to you!




What’s your favorite quote?


The first duty of the novelist is to entertain. It is a moral duty. People who read your books are sick, sad, traveling, in the hospital waiting room while someone is dying. Books are written by the alone for the alone.


This wonderful quote from novelist Donna Tartt’s reminds me that our first job as writers is to tell a story, a story that entertains.



Paper books or e-books? Why?


I have two Kindles that are both fairly packed with e-books, and I love the portability of the Kindle experience: I can take a full stocked library almost anywhere!  I’m reading 2-3 books on my Kindle right now. (I also love Amazon’s ability to sync between an Audiobook and an e-book – that just makes the whole reading experience richer and easier!)


But I also love reading on paper, and I have a stack of books beside my bed to read, as well as 2-3 books that I’m reading on paper right now as well.


May both Print and E-books thrive forever!




In the second part of the interview Ned Hayes will tell us more about his writing process and what he's working on right now. He will also reveal his truly magical reading spot and share advice for aspiring writers. Stay tuned!


Photos courtesy of Ned Hayes.  



Read other talks on BookLikes

Author Talks on BookLikes: 

Literary Inspirations of Rayne Hall

Author Talks: Elizabeth Watasin, Part One

Author Talks: Elizabeth Watasin, Part Two


Blog Talks on BookLikes: 

Book Blog Talks: Happy Books, Part One

Book Blog Talks: Happy Books, Part Two

Book Blog Talks: The Happy Booker, Part One

Book Blog Talks: The Happy Booker, Part Two

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Wanna play a game? Book Blogs Talk and Share Reading Secrets


The book quiz  Either/Or Tag (in English) and Entweder/Oder Tag (in German) on Booklikes blogs spread wider and wider before we noticed. And we love it! Awesome initiative and great way of getting to know each other a little better


If you still haven't heard of it, have a look at several blogs that took part and answered 15 questions about their books and reading habits. And join, we tag all of you :) 


Here's how it works. Share your reading secrets, answer questions and suggest who should answer the same set of 15 questions next. Here's what we've found on your blogs:





Tome, definitely.  I really enjoy long books. read more about A temple of words 

I would definitely prefer a tome - if it's a book that I enjoy. When I'm reading a good book, I  never ever want it to end. Which is part of why I love Gone With the Wind and Anna Karenina - they're both actually long enough to satisfy me haha read more about Bookworm Blurbs





Mainly new books. I only buy them pre-owned if I'm not comppletely sure if they are the right stuff for me, or if they are no loger available as new books, because the edition ist out of print. read more about MARTINI


I haven't had a new book in forever. I either get used or mostly go to the library. I'm a broke girl most of the time. I use paperbackswap a bunch too. read more about Shelby





That's not really a tricky question. I just love fantasy books. But to be honest, I do like historical fiction too - especially ones from Rebecca Gablè or Ken Follett. I think I have read all books of this genre by both authors. But fantasy is and ever will be my go-to-genre. I'm just saying: Terry Pratchett and his discworld, Douglas Adams, Tad WIlliams, Jim Butcher or Brandon Sanderson who I only discovered last month. Just visiti my fantasy bookshelf here on booklikes and you can browse through the books I've already read. read ore about TRILLIAN


I love both but I have to go with Historical fiction :) I love being in another time-period and/or learning about certain points in history! Love when it's combined with romance or fantasy or paranormal or any other genre I like! read more about Peace ☮ Love ♥ Books





Paperback definitely, so much more comfortable to read. read more about Stephanie's Book Reviews


Paperback for many reasons.  They are cheaper, easier to stick in my purse, more of them fit on a shelf, etc. read more about LYSSA'S NOVEL IDEAS





Either way is fine for me, i rarely ever read books that give me the feels, but i do always love a good laugh too! read more about confessions of a bookaholicx


Sad (with a happy ending). I don't like books classified as funny - I read, but they're not usually my favorites. I prefer that laugh that comes when you least expect it. read more about MAY'S BOOKS





Winter. I like reading in bed so the winter is the best time for it. Summer is time for outside reads. read more about HUNGER FOR KNOWLEDGE


Summer, since I can ride my bike somewhere in town or lay on the back deck in the sun or at the beach. In winter, I can't concentrate on anything for some odd reason. read more about DANIELLE'S BOOKSHELF





Um, both though Mainstream in quantity. I read Mainstream more often but I love to read classics as well, such as Austen, Orkzy, and more. read more about Degrees of Affection...


Both, currently in a mainstream phrase. read more about The Fish Place





Primarily fiction. If guidebook = non-fiction, I read about half dozen history/science books each year. read more about Murder by Death


Fiction. between the two, definitely fiction. I love non-fiction, too, although judging by my shelf it's a newly discovered love. But guidebooks? The only ones I can think of are about tennis techniques, though I prefer to just play, hit the damn ball and see what happens. Hold on, I also own a book about running - maybe someday I'll even read it. read more about BrokenTune - Reviews & Rants




Crime every time. read more about bookaneer

Crime novel. I've read some Thrillers during my college years but I don't have the guts for that anymore. read more about Nia






I love physical books BUT I love my Kindle. I hadn't realized just how much I read my Kindle until the other day when I was reading a physical book and I realized that I can't highlight, can't look things up in the dictionary, can't write a note - but it didn't stop my fingers from trying the first couple of chapters haha.  Also, my wrist and arm were sore, which I don't get with my Kindle.  I have shelves full of print editions, but I have to say, I really like e-books (and I never actually thought I would).  Both.  But, you know, all those other things I said. read more about A temple of words


E-book.   Less eyestrain, less migraines - on the Kindle, at least-  and more convenient for carrying around hundreds of books. read more about (All Hail) Grimlock





I admit, I'm a collector. I just can't part with my books. Even if I didn't like them or couldn't finish them and put them in the second row on my bookshelf, I know they're here and that's where they stay. But maybe after my next move to another apartment I will think differently :) The only thing I do is giving some books away to friends or family if they find one they are really interested in. But apart from that, my books stay with me :)  read ore about TRILLIAN


Is hoarding an answer? My husband keeps saying that I need to read the books I have here. So I just hide them. I have 2 large bookcases full..then I painted a couple of old dressers and hid paperbacks in them. I have them stuffed under the bed too. Shhhhhh read more about Shelby





I prefer bookstores, but let's be honest, internet is usually cheaper. read more about Bookworm Blurbs


Internet. Although I try to support our local book shops. If they would sell e-books they would see me a lot more. read more about Nia





Either. Whether something was published this week or 10 years ago makes no difference to whether I'll pick it up and read it. read more about Miss Hyde Reads...


In 9 cases out of 10, backlist. I hardly ever get around to reading books the same year they are published. For more, see also my answer to the next question (re: best sellers). read more about Themis-Athena's Garden of Books





I pay absolutely no attention. What a stupid sales pitch! D I care if 100,000 other people bought a book? There are a lot of fools in the world and I'm not a follower. read more about Lora's Rants and Reviews


I don't trust best sellers all too often but I think this is kind of related to the last question... I don't read books that are being hyped or that are 'trending'... I wait years and years until no one is talking about them anymore which maybe means they aren't selling as well by then? I don't know! read more about UNGH... ARRR... BOOKS!





Cookbook.  Baking takes more precision than I can manage.  Also, chemically it often requires real sugar, which is problematic for me. read more about SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady


I enjoy both and have a fairly extensive collection of cookbooks especially – unfortunately these days I have so little time to do any cooking or baking of my own that only regular dusting keeps my cookbooks and spice racks from collecting dust in the first place! Gone, at least for the moment, are the days when I'd return from a trip abroad with a stack of cookbooks in my suitcase and have friends come over for a "themed" evening with home made food from whatever place I'd been visiting ... These days, unfortunately most of my exploring of foreign cuisines (outside of travel) is via restaurants ... read more about Themis-Athena's Garden of Books


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On BookLikes you can also read German edition of the quiz:



Schmales Buch oder fetter Wälzer?


Ich entscheide mich da für das schmale Buch. Ich habe bei dicken Büchern, also die so mal locker 600 bis 700 Seiten - oder sogar mehr - haben, einfach Angst vor Längen. Ich weiß, dass die unvermeidbar sind bei solchen Seitenzahlen, aber ich mag es nicht mich zu langweilen, während ich lese. Bei schmalen Büchern weiß ich einfach, dass die Handlung schneller voranschreitet und die Spannung einfach da ist. (Zumindest gehe ich immer davon aus ;) ) - Read a Book - mehr


Gebraucht oder Neu?


Ganz klar bei mir: Gebraucht! Ich kaufe grundsätzlich nur Fachbücher und da müssen es meistens neue sein, aber für die Freizeitlektüre kaufe ich keine Bücher. Ich leihe Bücher. Ich bin leidenschaftlicher Onleiher und gehe auch lieber in meine Stadtbücherei als in einen Buchladen. - consoul - mehr


Historisch oder Fantasy?


Vor einem Jahr hätte ich noch gesagt: Bleib mir weg mit historischen Romanen. Mittlerweile muss ich meine Meinung revidieren, da ich in der letzten Zeit wirklich sehr, sehr gute Romane mit einem historischen Hintergrund gelesen habe. Es darf nur nicht zu romantisch oder dramatisch sein, Familiengeschichten sind auch nicht so mein Ding. Historische Geschehnisse gepaart mit (leichtem) Horror, Krimi / Thriller oder Fantasy finde ich dagegen super. Fantasy lese ich zwischendurch auch ganz gerne, bloß dieses Genre ist mir immer zu sehr auf Reihen mit Fortsetzungen ausgelegt. Und ich bin echt schlecht darin, eine Bücherreihe zu Ende zu lesen. - LILLELARA - mehr


Hardcover oder Taschenbuch?


Taschenbücher finde ich praktischer - und eben preiswerter. Nur wenn ich alle anderen Bücher als Hardcover habe, dann möchte ich das nächste auch als Hardcover haben - sieht im Regal einfach netter aus. - Conny - mehr


Lustig oder traurig?


Hmm schwierig. Klar les ich gerne mal was lustiges, aber trauriges sogar noch lieber. Ich hab bei jedem traurigen Buch mega Angst vor dem Moment an dem ich losheulen muss, aber trotzdem fühl ich mich danach immer irgendwie besser. Ich mag es mit den Charakteren mitzuleiden und besonders, wenn ich das Leid selbst spüren kann. Klingt irgendwie masochistisch, oder? :D - Hasenmädchen - mehr


Sommer- oder Winterleser?


Puh, auch eine eher schwierige Frage. Tendenziell würde ich mich eher als Winterleser bezeichnen. Es sich an dunklen Wintertagen zuhause unter der kuschliges Decke gemütlich zu machen und in fremde Welten einzutauchen, ist doch wunderschön. Außerdem gibt's an Weihnachten immer ordentlich Lesenachschub... - LyraLaJeune - mehr


Klassiker oder Mainstream?


Eher Mainstream aber es darf auch gerne mal ein Klassiker sein. Grundsätzlich gilt aber: nur weil alle sagen, das Buch ist gut, heißt es noch lange nicht, dass ich es lesen muss oder dass ich es auch gut finde. Wenn sich das Buch gut anhört, dann les ich es, wenn nicht, dann nicht. Egal ob Klassiker oder Mainstream. - kneubeck - mehr


Ratgeber oder Romane?


Ist mit Ratgeber Sachbuch gemeint? Also wenns nur so Liebesratgeber sind eher weniger oder Titel in denen es darum geht wie man ein erfülltes Leben hat. Ich mag aber Sachbücher ganz gern, kommt aber natürlich wieder auf das Thema an! Romane ... schwierig. Oft sind mir Romane zu flach. Wenns allerdings was tiefgründiges ist gerne. - Book Time - mehr


Krimi oder Psycho-Thriller?


Krimis lese ich gar nicht, wenn überhaupt, dann einen Thriller, das aber auch nur sehr selten und wenn doch, dann am liebsten mit "unnatürlichen" Elementen, wie z.B. "Das Relikt" von Preston und Child. Seltsamerweise schaue ich mir Krimis oder Thriller als Filme oder Serien ganz gerne an. - solpexa - mehr


 E-Book oder Printausgabe?


Das wechselt. Eine Zeit lang habe ich nur Ebooks gelesen. Aber immer wieder kommt der Wunsch nach einem "total echten" Buch in mir auf und dann renne ich häufig in die Bibliothek und leihe mir "echte" Bücher ;-) Es ist aber nicht so, dass ich ein Buch, dass ich einmal als eBook gelesen habe, mir zusätzlich als Print-Ausgabe beschaffe. Entweder ich lese Print oder eBook - ich habe niemals beides. - Frieda - mehr


Sammeln oder Ausmisten?


Ausmisten, seit ich auf E-Books umgestiegen bin, gebe ich meine Bücher in neue, gute Hände! - Pitufina - mehr


Internet oder stationärer Buchhandel?


Immer häufiger örtlicher Buchhändler - es ist einfach schön, in Büchern zu stöbern, reinzulesen, sie wirklich anzuschauen... - kabahaas' Lesewelt - mehr


Backlist oder Novitäten?


Bis ich dazu komme, die Bücher zu lesen, sind sie immer schon Backlist. Was ich lese, hängt sehr von meiner Laune ab, weniger davon, was gerade rauskommt. - Couscous - mehr


Bestseller oder Ladenhüter?


Sowohl als auch. Alles was meine Neugier weckt. - MARTINI - mehr


Kochbuch oder Backbuch?


In diesem Fall entscheide ich mich für Backbücher. Auch wenn ich ganz gut kochen kann, bin ich keine leidenschaftliche Köchin. Da backe ich schon viel viel lieber - seien es Kuchen, Torten, Kekse oder auch Brote. Leider fehlt mir dafür sowohl die Zeit, als auch die Freiwilligen zum Essen. Zu zweit jede Woche ein Kuchen ist einfach viel zu viel :) - TRILLIAN - mehr


Have fun! :)

8 Ways to View Your Dashboard

Dashboard is a place where many book-likes things happen. You see updates from blogs you follow, bookshelf news, reviews, quotes, pictures. Now you can switch between 8 views of your Dash and decide which activities see first.


Your Dashbord has just received several views which present different activities of your Followings. You can switch between them and keep up to date with reviews and bookshelf updates or quickly find inspirational quotes and pics.


We’ve divided Dashboard into eight sections:

- Reviews - all texts marked as a review;

- Text - all published texts;

- Photo - published Photo Posts;

- Quote - published Quote Posts;

- URL - published URL Posts;

- Video - published Video Posts;

- Activity - bookshelf updates and other activity.


Once you select a given view, your Dash will present content from selected section. You can also choose All to see updates from all sections gathered in one place. 



Tag search box works in every view so it will be easy to find e.g.: a given title in a Reviews Dash view. 




To make your Reading Challenge visible on your other webpages go to Goodies/Widgets page, get the code and add it to your webpage's HTML. 



To make Reading Challenge visible on your BookLikes webpage ( go to Goodies/Widgets page, get the code and add it in  Widget Area spot in Customization Tab.


You can place more than one widget code in Widget Area, just paste the codes one under each other. 


Future hint: We do plan some updates for the challenge, e.g. a spot presenting books in a given challenge.


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What's Your Quote? Show It, Share it, Widget it


Marlene Dietrich once said: I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself


Now you can share beautiful phrases and words with your readers and blog guests. BookLikes introduces Quote Widget which will show off your last quote published on your blog.


Widget will look great on your other webpages and will introduce your BL webpage to your readers. To add it to your other sites, go to Goodies/Widget page and Copy/paste HTML into your website code. The quote will be updated in real time manner presenting your most recent Quote Post. 


Quote Widget


You can edit widget's title, font size (small, medium, big) and widget's dimensions to make it fit your blog design and quote's length. 


You can also add Quote Widget to your BL webpage. To make the Quote Widget visible on your blog, go to Goodies/Widget page and copy the widget code. Then go to Customization Tab (Settings/Blog) and insert the code in Widget Area. Remember to Save.


What's your favorite quote?  :-)


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10 Cakes For Book Lovers With a Sweet Tooth

Book cake


Warning: this is a mouth-watering post and a rapid need of a snack while reading may appear. 


Have a look at 10 cakes inspired by books. Read BookLikers' reviews, grab a book and plan your next literary cake. We'd love to try out some new recipes :) 



Wonder Woman


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 The Fangirl: I've been meaning to read this reboot for a while. Despite all the mixed reactions people have had to the New 52, I've been hearing a lot of great things from people I trust about this new take on Wonder Woman. But I was still on the fence so I waited until my library got a copy of the trade. Now after reading I feel like an ass for waiting for so long, because it is awesome... read more


 BOOKWRAITHS REVIEWSWonder Woman Volume 4: War is my first foray into the world of the New 52, and I have to say this graphic novel left me with mixed feelings: some good and some bad. The story itself revolves around Wonder Woman protecting a baby from a group of characters who are desperately seeking it... read more




The Help


The Help cake



Bloggeretterized: I know, I was late for the party, and one more review might even be irrelevant at this point of the book’s life, but there was so much buzz around this book that I had to check it out and see for myself. The Help for me was a fast read. Once you get hooked and used to all the slang in the book, you’re on your way to finish it... read more 


Books, Dogs, and Other Blogs: The audiobook was great, and had several different narrators, and it was really quite engaging, even for me.  I've seen the movie as well, and the book is a little bit different, but they pretty much follow the same story line... read more



Gone With the Wind


Gone with the wind cake



A Great Book Study: While I was reading the last chapter of Gone with the Wind, I could feel this lump welling up inside my throat, and my eyes became blurry with tears.  I did not want to believe this story was going to end this way.  I wanted to fix Scarlett and Rhett, but that was not possible... read more


The Armchair Librarian: Oh, Gone with the Wind - how you do go on. Seriously, though, this was one of the most difficult books I've read in about five years. Not just because of the length (1,000 pages!), but also because of the subject matter; the main character is so repulsive that you just want to slap some sense of her... read more




Frankenstein cake



kneubeck: Frankenstein is beautifully written. Mary Shelly really has a way with words. I liked this version of the book because it suprised me. I always thought that Frankenstein was old (he is in his early 20s) and that the monster was not able to speak but in fact he can speak quite well. Also, he is not green but yellow-ish... read more


The Realist: Who is the monster? And who is the man? A question that could be answered either way depending on your perspective of things. When I first went into this book, I wasn't expecting much. Considering that I haven't had much experience reading the horror genre, I decided that I couldn't go wrong with a Gothic horror. And I didn't... read more


The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Hungry Caterpillar cake




Kate Says: "Reading Is Fun!": This was a favorite book of mine when I was much younger. I used to beg my grandma to read it to me whenever she came over. There's just something about the wonderful artwork, the hands on quality of the book, and of course the story itself of the cute little caterpillar that eats and eats and eats some more until he feels sick and goes into his cacoon to hide and comes out a beautiful butterfly... read more



Harry Potter


 Harry Potter cake



mattries37315: This is the third time I've read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, but the first since finishing Deathly Hallows and first time reading it critically. I've tailored this review in the following in mind: the intended audience for the book (much younger than myself) and it's place in the series... read more


The Book-Addled Brain: Whoa, this series has certainly taken a turn down a very dark and twisted path!  I absolutely loved it, but I've been considering reading this series aloud with my 6 1/2 year old daughter, and if I thought the incident with the unicorn in the first book would upset her, then there's no way I'm unleashing the soul-sucking dementors on her just yet... read more





Narnia cake




Lisa (Harmony): Narnia is filled with imagery, imagination, symbolism but above all ideas conveyed through the events of the story. I find that rare in adult literature let alone childrens' literature. I couldn't help but admire how Lewis uses the intricacies of a spell in The Silver Chair to convey the ideas in Plato's of Allegory of the Cave or the echoes of Dante in The Last Battle. There's so much that's rich and wondrous here... read more



Water for Elephants 


Water for elephants cake




 : This is the first book I've ever read where I didn't find a single error. Not one. My hat goes off to Sara Gruen's editing team. The plot is tight, almost too tight; so well plotted that the author kinda shows her hand by building the reveals. Strangely enough, this book reminded me of FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, and I'm sure you'll understand when you read it... read more


: Boy, was I surprised! It was wonderful! Usually, the popular books everyone loves I tend to hate. But this was so beautiful. The romance, the imagery, the time period. I knew nothing of circus life, but this was as informative as it was whimsical... read more





Divergent cake



MIKELA: Giving in to an impulse to purchase a book without knowing anything about it has the advantage of surprise; the book can be wonderful, a dog with a neat cover or anywhere in between. The story line was inventive and for the first 3/4 of the book I was glued to the pages as I followed our narrator... read more   


Kindle Gal: Knowing I eventually wanted to read this series, I tried to stay away from spoilers and kept myself in a bubble about the movie so I could truly experience it "fresh." But, in the end, it was the movie trailer that got my butt in gear to finally pick up the book. (Hello, Theo James!) I also know about "the big bad thing that happens in Book 3," because the internet doesn't ever shut up... read more 




Stephen king Horror cake



kerryWhat can I say about this chilling masterpiece? Well, I can add that I'm pretty sure most of my generation is afraid of clowns, because of this book/movie. Although, I do remember going to the circus at a very young age and experiencing an old, drunk clown that scared me a bit, but I also saw the movie rather young (that and Killer Klowns from Outer Space)... read more


Dantastic Book Reviews: In 1958, seven kids took it upon themselves to rid the town of Derry of a child killer that took the form of a killer clown.  In 1985, the clown is back and the kids return to Derry to finish what they started... Yeah, I'm a couple decades late to the party on this one.  So what?  Some friends were doing a group read and I decided it was time to tackle this kitten squisher... read more




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Private Groups in Discussion Rooms & Several Books in One Post

Discussion rooms received new option, now you can create private groups and invite BookLikes members to join and chat.


To set up a private group follow the procedure of creating a discussion group: go to Discussion rooms, click create group, fill up the form and choose Private - Yes. 



Once the group is created you can invite your friends to join. 



To invite others, type e-mail address or user's username in Requests spot and press Invite. Your friends will receive an invite email to your group. If the e-mail address does not belong to BookLikes member, invite your friend to BookLikes first. You can do this in Friend’s tab


Please remember to type Username (not blog name), username is the first part of your BL webpage address, e.g. if you would like to invite BookLikes to join a private group, enter “blog” (our address is:


Entrance to private groups is open only for people accepted by group’s administrator. If you want to join a private group, click Request on a group page. Once you’re accepted by admin, the group and discussions will be open for you.


If you’re group’s admin, you will receive notifications about pending requests. You can accept them, reject or block the members on Show Requests Page (entrance is on Group Info Page).



As a group admin you can also change your public group into a private one. To change group status go to your Group, click Group Info and Edit. Then you’ll be given a form with private group option available. 



Discussions and posts in private groups are visible only for private group members. Non-members can see only limited group info.





If you'd like to write a post about more than one book and insert book covers in the text, you can easily make it happen on your blog. If you hover over the book chosen on the wooden bar (you can select up to 10 titles), you'll see several options for: link, image, and x for remove.


Thanks to these options you can put link or book cover image inside the text. The cover will appear in the place of your cursor. To choose image set up, mark it in the text and choose Image icon on the tool bar on the top of the editor and adjust place and size. Update to see changes.




This can be quite helpful while writing reviews about book series or for thematic posts.  



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9 Classic Authors Born in March - Books, Quotes, Reviews

hello March 

Say "Hello" to the upcoming Spring and spring books! Let's start with the nine classic March authors, their quotes, books and BookLikes bloggers reviews.


Ralph Ellison: (March 1, 1914- April 16, 1994) 


Ralph Ellison quote


Ralph Waldo Ellison  was an American novelist, literary critic, scholar and writer. Ellison is best known for his novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953.


Rowena's Reviews:  Invisible manI really enjoy coming of age books and this one is no exception. It’s hard to really summarize this book because so much goes on. Of course the main issue is about race and how it was for a person of colour living in a racist society at the time... read more


meganbaxter: The writing is hypnotic in Invisible Man and the dread all-pervasive. Every time I sat down to read a bit more, I was sucked into the prose, even though it made me deeply uneasy and worried about what was going to happen next... read more


Chris Blocker - Literary Snob: The story begins with one of the most vivid introductions and jumps into a first chapter that is enthralling. Critics heap praises on the work and compare it to the works of Doestoevsky. Within a year the novel has won the National Book Award. It is perhaps the most eye-opening account of the black experience in America ever written in novel form... read more




Theodore Geisel (March 2, 1904- September 24, 1991)


Dr. Seuss quote


Theodore Geisel better known as Dr. Seuss was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist. He was most widely known for his children's books written and illustrated as Dr. Seuss.


Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog): Dr. Seuss has once again created a truly brilliant and engaging book where each story details the consequences of letting too much pride cloud your good judgment.  I enjoyed all of the stories in this book as each story shows a different take on characters becoming too self-absorbed into themselves in certain situations, such as “Yertle the Turtle” showing the consequences of letting the power go to your head... read more


Isa Lavinia: One of the annoying things about English not being my first language is that I missed out on a lot of popular children's books. And the thing is, when you do get to read them as an adult, you are fully aware you're not experiencing them as you were meant to - there are a great many books beloved by English speaking people which I read and go, "Oh, okay, was that it?" Not the Grinch, though!... read more




Elizabeth Barrett Browning (March 6, 1806- June 29, 1861)


Elizabeth Barrett Browning quote


Elizabeth Barrett Browning was one of the most prominent English poets of the Victorian era. Her poetry was widely popular in both Britain and the United States during her lifetime.


The English Student

Aurora Leigh is a relatively esoteric Victorian verse novel about a woman trying to gain independence and become a writer. It's basically Jane Eyre in verse. Gets a bit tedious at about book 9, but for the most part it is a very interesting poem with some wonderful poetic moments: "Behold! The world of books is still the world". A mixture of social criticism, lyricism and satire... read more




Kenneth Grahame (March 8, 1859- July 6, 1932)


Kenneth Grahame quote


Kenneth Grahame was a Scottish writer, most famous for The Wind in the Willows (1908), one of the classics of children's literature. He also wrote The Reluctant Dragon; both books were later adapted into Disney films.


Kaethe : 

Yet another classic of children's literature that I didn't discover until adulthood. But this one, I really liked. It inhabits that fictional Edwardian period I love so much, with many of the modern conveniences, and none of the annoyances. Also, in British literature, as in American film and TV, you get adults who don't really work... read more 




Jack Kerouac (March 12, 1922- October 21, 1969)


Jack Kerouac quote


Jean-Louis "JackKérouac was an American novelist and poet. He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. He became an underground celebrity and, with other beats, a progenitor of the hippie movement, although he remained antagonistic toward some of its politically radical elements.


BrokenTune - Reviews & Rants

I first read and adored On the Road in my teens , when the ideas of road trips seems pretty cool and the defying defined roles seemed something to aspire to. I would not say that picking up Steinbeck’s novels in the years since that first reading On the Road changed that perception completely... read more


Literary Exploration on Booklikes: While some might think this is a rather boring novel, I tend to think there is so much in the book worth exploring. I like the style and feel of this book, it reminds me of dirty realism and the quest for knowledge and satisfaction in life really hit home for me... read more




Lois Lowry (born March 20, 1937)


Lois Lowry quote


Lois Lowry is an American writer credited with more than thirty children's books and an autobiography. As an author, Lowry is known for writing about difficult subject matters within her works for children. She has explored such complex issues as racism, terminal illness, murder, and the Holocaust among other challenging topics.


 Ani's Book Abyss: There's no doubt that I enjoyed reading The Giver; there was an immensely hungry curiosity I felt while reading the book.  Throughout, I had a need to know what was going to happen on every aspect, be it the story, the characters, or even Jonas, himself.  I found myself more and more curious about the story's development and I started asking questions about the society, the community, the world, the people... read more


Hadeer's Ranting: I feel like i took a bite out of a delicious dessert, then someone snatch it, and i am left with the memory of the taste with no way to experience it again.  what I mean it I felt unsatisfied. This is one of those novels that leaves people with conflict feelings and conclusions... read more




Tennessee Williams (March 26, 1911- February 25, 1983)


Tennessee Williams quote


Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III was an American playwright, author of many stage classics. Williams adapted much of his best work for the cinema, and also wrote short stories, poetry, essays and a volume of memoir.


hippieed perceptions: I loved this book, but then I love Tennessee Williams. It's a very candid look into his personal life that helped shape his work, rather than the work itself. It can be sporadic at times, it jumps from the present to past several times in a chapter, but it comes across as if you are sitting in the room with him as he is reminiscing about his life... read more


Teresa Tumminello Brader: Williams' style didn't stay static. As he said at the time of this production (I'm paraphrasing), he didn't realize at first how far he had departed from realism, long since exhausting 'poetic realism' and now finding that 'German expressionism' (for the sets in particular) was right for his material. He added, "This, after all, isn't twenty years ago."... read more 




Robert Frost (March 26, 1874- January 29, 1963)


Robert Frost quote


Robert Frost was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech.


 Munira @ In Vogue with Books:

One word- Awesome. I am not much of a poetry person and very rarely I like them. But I must say Robert Frost| is completely different. Each of the poem seem to represent more than it meets the eye. Poems like "The Road Not Taken", "Out, Out-", "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" are simply epic. These poems show grave philosophies of life with subtle hints and deceptively simple lines... read more




Anna Sewell (March 30, 1820- April 25, 1878)


Anna Sewell quote


Anna Sewell was an English novelist, best known as the author of the classic novel Black Beauty. Sewell sold the novel to local publisher Jarrolds on 24 November 1877, when she was 57 years of age. Although it is now considered a children's classic, she originally wrote it for those who worked with horses.


 kneubeck: I don't think I have to say much about Black Beauty. I'm sure most of you have seen one of the film adaptions (the 90s version is one of the few films, where Sean Bean doesn't die, btw). It's a beautiful story about a horse and its many owners and fellow horses. If you haven't seen one of the movies, watch one, if you haven't read the book, read it... read more


Sharon E. Cathcart: It has been many years since I read "Black Beauty," the book that set me on the road to my lifelong work in animal rescue and welfare. As an adult, the additional themes of caring and compassion ring throughout Sewell's text... read more

Synchronize BookLikes With Your Kindle


We're happy to share big news with you. March 2 - 8, 2014 is a "Read an E-book Week" so it's a perfect match. Form now on you can update your reading status straight from your Kindle. Update your Shelf and ebook reading progress from any place you read and keep your BookLikes followers up to date. 


To make sync happen just connect your Twitter account on your Kindle and BookLikes and switch ON synchronization in BookLikes Settings. Then when you share your Kindle reading status on Twitter, it will be also updated on your BookLikes account. 


To share your reading progress press Share on your Kindle and enter how many % have you read, e.g. 10%. If you publish only percent of read book, the reading progress will be updated on your BookLikes Shelf. 


If you add a comment after % in your share from Kindle to Twitter, the "Reading progress update" will be published on your blog with your note.


Reading progress


Reading progress



Don't forget to rate read ebooks. After finishing Kindle ebook, rate it and share on your Twitter. The book will receive new status (Read) and ratings on your BookLikes Shelf. 


Rating on kindle


Reading on Kindle



Remember that Reading progress sync works for Kindle ebooks only. 



If you would like to share our news, have a look at our Press Page where you'll find BookLikes Press Releases and logo. 


Happy e-reading!

And the Oscar goes to ...

Book adaptations are popular and eagerly present in theaters and on the big screens, including those in Hollywood. Last year 11 movies based on or inspired by books were nominated to the Academy Awards. This year 13 movies based on literature received Oscar nominations. We know the winners! Let's see which books to grab before watching, and if you missed last year winners, we'll remind those too.


2014 Oscar winners



12 Years a Slave - Solomon Northup 


The Fish Place: Northup’s brief narrative of his years of slavery, a result of being sold even though he was born free, is compelling not so much for his writing style, but because he doesn’t hold back, at least not in the ways that one would think... read more


AmySea: I read this book last year, and it is without a doubt one of the best, most moving books I have ever read, and absolutely the best book that I have ever read about slavery in the United States.  I remember crying on the bus as I read parts of this book... read more



 The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald 


: I think the biggest surprise about The Great Gatsby was what a pleasure it was to read; not what you expect of the "great" classics you are happy to not be required to read with your school days finished. It's fast paced, not long for a novel, with completely natural dialogue. The prose is gorgeous and memorable and leaves you with an indelible impression of the Jazz Age... read more


: Like many others, I read (or actually, reread) this novel in anticipation for the movie version that was released a month or so ago. Sadly I did not get an opportunity to see the movie but I was extremely glad for the opportunity to rediscover this novel... read more



The Snow Queen - Hans Christian Andersen 


Degrees of Affection...: This is an epic journey to save a loved one. It is full of magic, Faith, myth, friend, foe, and trust. It is the story of two children growing up but not growing apart. The tale is simple, yet beautiful and interesting to read... read more



 Have a glimpse into all 13 Oscar nominees which were based on reads in 2014:2014 oscars



And if you missed last year gala, we remind you 2013 winners: 


 Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History - Antonio Mendez, Matt Baglio


rameau's ramblings: I decided to write a comparative review right after I had finished reading the book, but then I saw the film and promptly lost the will to live. Hollywood did something right thirty years ago and then it ruined it. The book, however, kept me up reading late into the night... read more


Thewanderingjew: Mendez, a mild mannered and rather ordinary looking man, was a courageous and dedicated secret agent, not in the manner of James Bond, but in the manner of an operative who had to fade into the crowd so as not to be noticed, an operative dedicated and loyal to his country... read more



 Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln - Doris Kearns Goodwin 


Denise: This was a great biography of not only Abraham Lincoln but also of the men that made up his cabinet. Goodwin shows readers not only of the great accomplishments of Abraham Lincoln but also the men and events that helped shape his decisions. I really enjoyed reading this book; it was very informative without being too dry... read more


Book Thoughts: This is another one of my favorite history books. This book takes a look at Abraham Lincoln and his working and personal relationships with Edward Bates, William Seward, Salmon Chase, and Edwin Stanton. It follows each of their stories from childhood through the conclusion of the Civil War and assassination of the President. This book is extremely well written and flows as if it is a novel... read more



  The Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick 


There's more to life than reading, but it's a good place to start 

Gotta say I loved it. For me, not an easy, fun and light hearted read as some reviewers have stated .... but an emotional and blackly comic journey as Pat searches for himself and the truth. Very touching... read more


CarrieJ: I liked how Pat view his life as a movie and most of the book take place during his apart time. He's working on bettering himself so he could have his silver lining. I think that is what kept me reading I wanted to see if Pat got his silver lining... read more



 Life of Pi - Yann Martel 


Sharon E. Cathcart: This is a fascinating philosophical look at the meaning of family, for a wide variety of reasons that I cannot reveal without delivering spoilers. It's also a story of courage and endurance, and of self-awareness... read more


Ali's Reading Mission: This story was pretty good it was a bit slow but it had some great moments in it. It had a lot of informal things, some intense moments, some weird, some right out disgusting, and some sad moments too... read more  



2013 Oscar winners

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Our pinch of bookshelf settings is getting bigger and bigger. Following your requests we've added possibility of choosing default shelf view and easy way of taking books off the selected shelf.


Now you can decide what view should be a default view of your Shelf page: Shelf with covers or Table view. You can choose the view on Shelf Settings Page (click settings icon next to a book count on your Shelf page).



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To take books off a shelf, go to table view, choose one status or one shelf and select books(s) in the table view. Then click Take book(s) off the selected shelf on the top of the table. Selected books will be taken off a chosen shelf. They will stay on your Shelf Page with updated shelves and statuses.


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Here's what's going to happen: selected books will be taken off "Oscar book adaptations" shelf. The books will stay on Shelf Page but will not be shelved on "Oscar book adaptations" shelf anymore. New Take off the shelf option works only for one shelf or one status selected. 



We're celebrating Fat Thursday today, so ... we're forgetting about diet and eating donuts while reading. Join us :-) 


Fat Thursday: Donut & Coffee



And here are several donuts books: 


Fantastic illustrations! Love donuts? So does Sam

My Never Ending List: Poor Sam.  He had it all: a nice home, friends and family but he wanted more, lots more, he actual wants millions of donuts.  What does Sam do?  He hops on his tricycle and goes to the city to find them. 



Homer Price - Robert McCloskey  Six episodes in the life of Homer Price including one in which he and his pet skunk capture four bandits and another about a donut machine on the rampage with awesome illustrations. 




The Case of the Missing Donut

pamelaokramer: Picture book about honesty and responsibility. But the kids will think it's about irresistible donuts and a young "sheriff" and his deputy (dog) who can't resist them.


THE DONUT CHEF by Bob Staake

: This 2008 picture book is being re-released. If you missed it the first time around you definitely should check it out. The whole thing is so colorful. Staake's illustrations are very interesting and I love all the various people. This is a great story on many levels, but the message that sometimes less is more definitely seems to be the main focus. This one is also good for looking at competition. 

On Writing: Pics, Quotes and Tips

When it's not about reading, it's about writing. Discover author's know-how in pics, quotes and tips. Click image or link below to go to blog post.



On writing process:

About writing

 via Crickhollow Books - Reading Ideas from an Indie Perspective



I am writing

via Derrolyn Anderson



WritingWriter's woes - oh, yeah via Olga Godim




on writing

A little while back on BookLikes, I promised to do something of a series of posts on my writing process and methods which I use to influence/enhance that process as I move along.  This series is going to be equal parts reflection on my part and instruction, but I'll try to break it up into digestible sections so if there's a section you guys want to skip to or is more relevant to you, you can do so.  But if you read it in any capacity, I salute you. - via Rose's Jumping Into Writing #1: Putting the Pen to the Page



Writing tips:


writing tips

#1 Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can’t sharpen it on the plane, because you can’t take knives with you. Therefore: take two pencils. Read Margaret Atwood’s Ten Rules for Writing Fiction via A Libra's Libros 



Writing tip




Guidelines for writers

Guidelines for writers via POCKET FULL OF MERMAIDS



WritingOn Writing via Derrolyn Anderson




Writer's fears:


Book adaptationBook to Screen via Themis-Athena's Garden of Books



Writer's life

Short Story via Dilettante



writer needs to write

Non-writing writer via Dilettante




On writer's life:


I am a writer

 via Bookloving writer



Relationship with a writer

 How to survive relationship with a writer via Bookloving author and publisher







read and write good advice via Derrolyn Anderson



Am writing

via Rayne Hall, Fantasy and Horror Author