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The Witcher and 6 more awesome games based on books

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


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


1. The Witcher



This world doesn't need a hero

It needs a Professional 


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


Book it is based on:  


Title: The Last Wish

Authir: Andrzej Sapkowski  


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




2. Metro 2033



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


Book it is based on: 


Title: Metro 2033

Author: Dmitry Glukhovsky  


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



3. Alice



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


Book it is based on: 


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

Author:  Lewis Carroll


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




4. Sherlock Holmes



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


Book it is based on:


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

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle   


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




5. Game of Thrones



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


Book it is based on:


Title: A Game of Thrones

Author: George R.R. Martin 


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




6. Batman



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


Book it is based on: 


Title: Batman: Year One

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


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




7. The Walking Dead



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


Book it is based on:


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

Authors: Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore 


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



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


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


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


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





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



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



The embedded post won't be visible in full in the editing mode:



Embedded tweet



Embedded Tumblr post



But when you save to Draft or Publish... Voila! Your first embedded post is ready and looks great!


Embedded tweet



Embedded Tumblr post 


P.S. For video scripts: remember to use the Video type pots.



Why it's great to use the embedded posts? 


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


It's also a great way to show the reference sources when you want to quote a person or refer to the idea published on somebody else's profile. The embedded post always shows the author and the source link making it easier for the reader to go back to the original text, profile or post. 


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


Finally, you can use the embedded posts to show your best content from your social media and gain followers on various platforms you're active on.

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

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


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



New Book Releases: May 18 - 24, 2015



Title: Maximum Ride Forever 

Author: James Patterson 


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

Title: Death Ex Machina

Author: Gary Corby 


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

Title: Give and Take 

Author: Tigris Eden 


Category: Erotic Romance
Series: Stories from Beauville (#1)
Read also:
Compromise is a word Annabelle Macon knows well. Sacrifices at home, in college and with her career, have all given her the tools to be the person she is. Now it seems she must also make concessions for her long-time love, Jackson Storme. Six months into their relationship, and he’s already making unrealistic demands. With distance putting that much more of a strain on their relationship, how are the two ever going to manage?
Read also:
What if the world holds more dangers—and more wonders—than we have ever known? And what if there is more than one world? From Heather Dixon, author of the acclaimed Entwined, comes a brilliantly conceived adventure that sweeps us from the inner workings of our souls to the far reaches of our imaginations. Jonathan is perfectly ordinary. But then—as every good adventure begins—the king swoops into port, and Jonathan and his father are enlisted to find the cure to a deadly plague. Jonathan discovers that he's a prodigy at working with a new chemical called fantillium, which creates shared hallucinations—or illusions. And just like that, Jonathan is knocked off his path. 
Series: Interworld (#3)
Read also:


The heart-pounding conclusion to the bestselling InterWorld series, from Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves, and Mallory Reaves! Eternity's Wheel is full of time and space travel, magic, science, and the bravery of a young boy who must now face his destiny as a young man. Joey Harker never wanted to be a leader. But he's the one everyone is looking to now that FrostNight looms, and he'll have to step up if he has any hope of saving InterWorld, the Multiverse, and everything in between.

Title: Nimona 

Author: Noelle Stevenson


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

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

Title: Dangerous Deception 

Authors: Kami GarciaMargaret Stohl


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

10 books about space travel & facts you didn't know about them

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams The Martian - Andy Weir Across the Universe - Beth Revis 2001: A Space Odyssey - Arthur C. Clarke Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card The Forever War - Joe Haldeman Solaris - Stanisław Lem, Joanna Kilmartin, Steve Cox Titan  - Stephen Baxter The Reality Dysfunction - Peter F. Hamilton

Did you know that on May 15th in 1963 launched the final Mercury mission (Mercury-Atlas 9) with astronaut L. Gordon Cooper on board who became the first American to spend more than a day in a space. 1d 10h 19m 49s to be exact. 


Thanks to books we don't need space ships, impressive rockets, time machines, or passports. Travels are inscribed into the book lover's world changing the simple act of reading into magical hours of traveling.


For space travels fans, we've prepared a list of 10 books that you could find helpful, or simply enjoyable, during your space exploration time. 



Title; The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams  Title: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

 Author: Douglas Adams 


 Things you didn't know:

 Originally it was a radio program which was then adapted to various  form, including the book adaptations. The radio series was the first  radio program to receive a Hugo Award nomination, however, it lost to  Superman


 US and UK spell the title differently: Hitch-Hiker's Guide, Hitch Hiker's  Guide and Hitchhiker's Guide are used. It is said that Hitchhiker's    Guide  is the spelling the author preferred. 




The Martian by Andy Weir  Title: The Martian

 Author: Andy Weir  


 Things you didn't know:

 If the author could choose only one book to take with him on Mars, he  would pick Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein. The structure of the  Mars program in the book is very similar to a plan called “Mars Direct”  - a proposal for a manned mission to Mars.


 The Martian was at first a self-published paper published on author's website. Once it became an  online phenomenon, the author received many requests from readers to make it available on Kindle. That's how it became available on Amazon and in other bookstores. 




Across the Universe by Beth Revis  Title: Across the Universe

 Author: Beth Revis  


 Things you didn't know:

 Across the Universe is author's debut novel. Now the series is  available in more than twenty languages. The first three books in the  series make up the original trilogy, published by Penguin Books. The  fourth book is a standalone novel set in the same universe, and was  self-published by the author. 


 Did you know that a spaceship in the book, Godspeed, is the size of a  small country?




2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke  Title: 2001: A Space Odyssey

 Author: Arthur C. Clarke 


 Things you didn't know:

 There are around 88 dialogue-free minutes in the book based movie by  Stanley Kubrick.


 Arthur C. Clarke wrote over 100 books but before becoming a writer he  worked in scientific research and as a radar instructor in World War II.  he was a visionary: he predicted satellite communication, space  shuttles, super-fast computers, lightning quick communications and that man would reach the moon. 





Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey Author: Leviathan Wakes

 Title: James S.A. Corey   


 Things you didn't know:

 James S. A. Corey is a phe pseudonym of Daniel Abraham and Ty    Franck. The title refers to the awakening of the protomolecule and is a  Biblical allusion to the Leviathan, a large sea monster referenced in  the Old Testament.


 Leviathan Wakes was nominated for the 2012 Hugo Award for Best  Novel and the 2012 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction  Novel. George R.R. Martin described Leviathan Wakes as a "kickass space opera". 





Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card  Title: Ender's Game

 Author: Orson Scott Card   


 Things you didn't know:

 Ender's Game was first written and published in 1977 as a short story  in 'Analog Science Fiction and Fact'. It was a small brief summary of  Ender's experiences in Battle School and Command School. 


 Orson Scott Card is the only author to win both top US prizes of  Science Fiction in consecutive years -- his novels "Ender's Game" and  its sequel "Speaker for the Dead" both won Hugo and Nebula Awards.





The Forever War by Joe Haldeman  Title: The Forever War

 Author: Joe Haldeman   


 Things you didn't know:

 The novel inspired a comic book and a board game. Many of  Haldeman's works were inspired by his experience serving in the  Vietnam War.


 The author is interested in astronomy, when he was a  child he said  he'd become an astronaut when he grow up. He  received B. S. in  astronomy and MFA in creative writing. 


Joe Haldeman  won a poker tournament in Nassau in 1989.




Solaris by Stanisław Lem Title: Solaris

 Author: Stanisław Lem


 Things you didn't know:

 Lem studied medicine, and later he married a medical doctor and  radiologis Barbara Lesniak. Although, Stanislaw Lem received a  certificate of completion of medical studies, he refused to take the last  exams in order to avoid a career of a  military doctor.


 „Solaris” is the most famous of Lem's novels. It is is one of Lem’s  philosophic explorations of man’s anthropomorphic  limitations. Solaris  is the best-known of Lem's English-translated  works.




Titan by Stephen Baxter  Title:  Titan

 Author: Stephen Baxter 


 Things you didn't know:

 Stephen Baxter has degrees in mathematics, engineering, and in  business administration. He completed a PhD in aeronautical  engineering but it wasn't for him. He applied to become a cosmonaut in  1991 -  but fell at an early hurdle.


 His favorite color is red. 





 The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton  Title: The Reality Dysfunction

 Author: Peter F. Hamilton  


 Things you didn't know:

 The cover artist, Jim Burns, has been called one of the Grand  Masters  of the science fiction art world. 


 The author asked whether he would prefer to live in the Confederation  universe or Commonwealth universe he answers: Confederation. It  seems a bit wilder. 


 Hamilton's favorite cheese is smoked Lincolnshire poacher. His favorite type of wine is Sancerre and his favorite beer is Hoegaarden.


The author asked about all time best SF books that would appeal to NON SF readers, points to: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry AugustStation eleven, and The Everness series.






Did your favorite title make to the list? Share your favorite space books in the comments below :)



New book releases receive new look on your Dashboard


What do book lovers love the most? Books, of course. But what more? New books! There's noting more exciting than a new installment in a gripping book series, long awaited title from your favorite author (George R.R. Martin, we're still waiting!), and discovering a new writer with a brilliant debut publication. Now you'll have a better insight into new book releases which are added not only to the Book Release Calendar on BookLikes but also highlighted on your Dashboard. 


If you'd like to share the titles you're waiting for with your followers and other book lovers, add them to the Book Release Calendar on BookLikes - click the upper menu and then Events. 


Now each new book entry added to the release calendar will be highlighted on Dashboard, and therefore better discovered by readers following your blog.


The new look of Dashboard new release entries presents more book details and allows you to peep into the book release calendar on the go. The new release note includes the expected publication date, book title and author, and the description of the event.



If you'd like to receive a publication alert about a title you're impatiently waiting for, join the event. To join the book release event, click Join on the left or click the event title and join on the release page. 



Thanks to the notification that will be sent to you on the publication day you won't miss a thing in the publishing calendar. 


Plus, if you join the event, the notification about your support will be published on Dashboard of your followers. This kind of social book recommendation is an excellent way of discovering new titles and spreading the book news around. 


You can also recommend the title to your friends by inviting them to join the event -- click Invite and send them an invitation e-mail or a notification on BookLikes. 




Remember that a new release page can be customized and personalized. Go crazy and make it look special and unique -- you can also share the release pages on your social media and recommend the upcoming titles by inviting your friends to the event. It's a great way to support your favorite authors and promote the upcoming releases.


If you've missed our previous post about this topic, click here: Share Book Events on BookLikes: Book Release Calendar (Part One)

BookLikes Know-How: Affiliate Programs for Book Bloggers

Nearly 900 affiliate programs are now being used by book bloggers on BookLikes! If you'd like to join and get paid for what you've read & reviewed, here's your chance. Oh, and no worries, you don't have to be all techie-techie, we show you how to get it all set. :-)


If you already cooperate with a bookstore, e.g. Amazon, Powell's, Book Depository or other (for current bookstores see your Settings) you can connect your affiliate IDs with BookLikes account, and get 100% of the commission set by the seller. We are regularly trying to add more sellers, too.


Now, don't worry if you're not familiar with affiliate programs. Getting started is easy and only  requires a few clicks. We'll be happy to provide you with a quick know-how in this topic. For your convenience and ours, we'll use affiliate ID and associate ID interchangeably in the following post. 


Please have a look at step-by-step guidebook of how to use affiliate programs on BookLikes.



3 steps to start earning on your book blog on BookLikes:



1. Add your affiliate IDs and connect your BookLikes account 

with your associate IDs



     a. If you're already cooperating with bookstores, add your affiliate IDs in Settings/Affiliate Programs


     b. If you're not cooperating with bookstores, visit the bookstores webpages where you can find more information on how to become an affiliate partner. The process is very simple and does not require technical knowledge. You'll be asked to provide your personal data as well as your blog's information, and then your unique Associates ID will be generated.


Please have in mind, that each bookstore requires a unique Associates ID, including different Amazon sites in different countries. Amazon's FAQ page says: 

For those Associates who want to link to other Amazon sites, you can also join the Associates Programs on those sites. They are separate programs from the program, and you must sign up on each individual site to participate. (click for more information

When your IDs are ready, you're all set to connect your BookLikes blog and your Associates IDs in Settings/Affiliate Programs on BookLikes.


You don’t have to stick to one program, you can choose several to increase your profit rate. Copy the IDs and paste them in the appropriate affiliate program spots in your Settings. Remember to Save your Settings on BookLikes. 




2. Start shelving and reviewing on BookLikes


When you connect your associate IDs with your BookLikes account in Settings, all books that you put on your shelf and add to your texts and reviews on your BookLikes webpage will use your affiliate ID. 


This means that, whenever someone clicks the book from your virtual bookshelf or a book review and buys it, you'll get 100% of the commission set by a particular bookstore. Remember that the percentage of a profit is set by a given bookstore and can vary, depending on the affiliate program you're using. 


Affiliate programs selected by you are highlighted with your avatar in the book windows on your blog and your virtual bookshelf.




3. Track your links and measure your profit


Each bookstore will provide you with a panel where you'll be able to track your IDs, look through detailed reports about link performance, and check how much revenue did you make. 


What's important, is the fact that on BookLikes the blogger gets 100% of the commission set by the seller. Yay! 


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Combine your passion for books and blogging with the affiliate programme and generate a revenue. Competent and valuable reviews, not just opinionated pieces, are what really do bring readers to your profile and consequently generate your profile.


With all that been said, it's totally justified to make a statement: "Yes, I will read all day!", don't you think? 


Now all you have to do is read, review and blog. 



P.S. Now you can :-)



In case of any questions concerning affiliate programs or any other matter, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help :)

Share Your Club: Now you can add more admins to your book club


It's all about books on BookLikes and in BookLikes' book clubs is no different! We're happy to present you an additional tool for your book clubs - you can share your club and add more admins who will run the club with you, manage and keep the discussions going, add new book surveys and invite new members! 


New option is available for book clubs initiators - bloggers who created the book clubs can share the book club and open the back office for other members.


If you're a book club's admin and you wish to give extra powers to your book club mates, go to the Members tab and then click Manage members to look through your club's members and discover new admin option. 




On the Manage members page you'll see a new option that will allow you to provide any book club member with an additional admin function




New admins will have the same possibilities and edit options as the book club owners, including selecting the next read with and without the public voting survey.




If you've missed our previous posts about Book Clubs features, here's a short summary how to start and what to do in the book clubs: 


  • You can create your own book club in the Book Club tab (click the upper menu -> Book Cubs), then click Create a book club on the right and insert all club information. 
  • As a book club owner you can edit the club info any time in the Club tab.
  • As a book club owner you can invite, block, remove, and switch on admin roles for members. 
  • As a book club owner you can add books and reading dates - the book will be presented in the Currently reading tab. 
  • As a book club owner you can switch on/off public book voting survey. If the survey is on all club members can suggest future reads and then vote for particular books. Admin selects next book to be read in the club. 
  • Each book club has its own discussion room. The discussion group is created automatically and has the same name as the club. 
  • All book club members are members of the discussion group. Please check the notification options for your club and discussions on the club page and in the discussion group's main page. 
  • Each book read in the club has its own discussion thread. Discussion thread is created automatically; it is visible on the Book Club page in the Currently reading tab. You can add discussion posts any time - during the reading time and after. 
  • All posts and reviews published by book club members will be added to the book club main page.


You can also find more information about Book Clubs in our posts:


Don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or concerns. 


P.S. We encourage you to join and/or create your own book clubs! (click) and get carried away during heated discussions! Remember: 

Looking Back at April with Book Bloggers



Sweet April showers do spring May flowers. And books! How did you do in April? We've peeped at your shelves and blogs and found reading summaries and stats of the past month. Have a look what book bloggers read in April in 2015.


P.S. If we didn't include you in the list of lists, let us know in the comments :) And now let's read on!



Ramblings Regarding April Reading 

by Hyzie's Bookshelf

My Heart and Other Black Holes - Jasmine WargaA Long, Long Sleep - Anna SheehanThe Lightning Thief - Rick RiordanThe Winter People - Jennifer McMahonGraceling - Kristin Cashore


I did a massive amount of reading this month. A lot of that is due to the compulsive nature of the Pretty Little Liars series, perhaps, but I was just on some kind of reading rampage. I finished the aforementioned series, knocked out a couple of things that have been on my "To-be-read" list for way too long (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Coraline, and The Stepford Wives), and found a new series to get way-too-invested-in (Percy Jackson)... read more



Favorites - April by SlowReader's Kingdom


Man, have I been absent this month. Life is just so busy right now - or should I say work... Take this weekend: I had a 24 hour shift on Saturday and came home Sunday morning only to spend the whole day recovering. Try reading when you are tired. And on Monday I was back at work. The little free time I have I use for things like grocery shopping. I still got some reading done but I hardly found time for blogging. So please, excuse my absence. But let's talk about April. Let's just say I did not as well as last month. I listened to 3 audiobooks and finished reading 2 books. That's a little sad even for me. My favorites this month... read more



April 2015 Reads by HUNGER FOR KNOWLEDGE

I am so happy to see how much books I got done during this month, and it is all thanks to audiobooks. I only read one physical book (actually the one I am now reading, and will be finishing tomorrow), and rest reads were dedicated to audio editions. They make my life so much easier, and give me the ability to enjoy stories and worlds middle of busy days... read more



Sock Poppet's 2015 Read-By-the-Month Reading Challenge ~ April 

by Sock Poppet at Play

To Dream of Love - M.C. Beaton, Marion ChesneySpring Magic - D.E. StevensonSuddenly - Candace CampClementine and the Spring Trip - Sara Pennypacker, Marla FrazeeCarney's House Party: A Deep Valley Book - Maud Hart Lovelace, Vera Neville


April ~ Spring in Your Step
1 ~ book that takes place at least partly in spring: 
To Dream of Love / Marion Chesney ~ 4/2/15
Spring Magic / D. E. Stevenson ~ 4/8/15
2 ~ book about new life in some form... read more

A Home in the Valley - Dianna CrawfordElsie's Impossible Choice (Life of Faith, A: Elsie Dinsmore Series) - Mission City Press Inc., Martha FinleyAnna and the French Kiss - Stephanie PerkinsIsla and the Happily Ever After - Stephanie PerkinsJackaby - William Ritter


This month was a very productive reading month for me. Which i find kind of funny considering I literally have no time on my hands! So without further ado lets dive into my April reads!... read more



April wrap-up by It's a Books World


So I guess I can say April wasn't a big reading month for me, but with all the studying I've been doing it's still a lot. These are all the physical books I've read in April. 

I decided to read a Roald Dahl novel and decided to read The Witches (review) and I read that one on my iPad. When I was reading Sense and Sensibility I got kinda in a reading slumb... read more



Books of March and Future Books of April 

by Bay's Books


In my opinion it has been a great month. I have read a great deal of good books and once again I am satisfied with the amount of books I've read... Although two of them were plays - but Jeppe on the Hill was written in such old Danish that it reminded more of German, so that was a great challenge... read more



 Reading Wrap Up -- Looking Back At April 



April was a really good month in a lot of ways.  Aside from completing my April books for the 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge, I also managed to read two books for this year's TBR Pile Challenge (granted, one of those books was part of both challenges).  This month I started a total of six series, one of which I finished... read more



April 2015 Reading Round Up by Kitty Horror


Another slowish sort of month for reading with only 13 knocked off the TBR. I seemed to get a bit bogged down in the middle of the month. This may be due to reading fatigue, fatigue in general (am on leave at the moment and enjoying every sleep in) or loss of reading mojo. One thing I'm starting to regret is requesting so much from NG, I'm feeling the pressure of reading and getting the reviews out which means I'm not really looking forward to tackling anything I've requested... read more



April 2015 Reviews by Familiar Diversions


This wasn't a very productive month for me, as far as reading and reviewing goes. I probably did more TV watching than reading. I blame the grueling self-evaluation period at work (which is still going on, OMG) and the horrific weather. The best thing I read and reviewed this month... read more



April 2015 Wrap Up by Jessica (HDB)


I really don't want to count DNF books in my overall count, but it's tricky since I've honestly never DNF'd so many books in one month before. Lol. I'll figure it out. I might just add an extra book to my overall goal for each one I DNF. We shall see. Let's talk the good though, and that's the fact that there were so many good books this month!... read more



April Reads by Paul Read or Dead

Cruelty: Episode Nine (Cruelty, #9) - Edward LornCruelty: Episode Ten (Finale) - Edward LornDon't Read: A Novel of Extreme Horror, Sex and Gore - Matt ShawThe Hellbound Heart - Clive BarkerThe Scarlet Gospels - Clive Barker


Best month of the year so far for number of reads + Cruelty finale, a new John Connolly and Clive Barkers Scarlet Gospels... read more



April Stats by Susana "Lost in Fantasy Land"

Valiant - Sarah McGuireForever Grace (Ever After Book 3) - Linda PoitevinCrimson Bound - Rosamund HodgeCold Burn of Magic - Jennifer EstepOmega City - Diana Peterfreund 


All time favourite Book: Valiant, which was AMAZING. Honestly, all the stars to this story. Second place to Sherry Thomas' contemporary romance, The one In my Heart. Third place to... read more




Martha Maxwell, Rocky Mountain Naturalist - Maxine BensonThe Tortilla Curtain - T.C. BoyleThe Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps by Blanding, Michael (2014) Hardcover - Michael BlandingThe Lincoln Myth - Steve BerryAmulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper - Kazu Kibuishi


I've upped my challenge from 30 to 50, now that it looks a lot more attainable. This semester made me skeptical I'd ever have time to read for fun ever again, but now that summer break is upon us, all of a sudden I have all the time to read. Time to get cracking on those self-imposed challenges!... read more



April 2015 Reads 

by SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews


Hey, we survived an other month. 10 more books done towards my goal :) YaY! 

April was so- so book wise, some were awesome , others were okay and a couple of them I really didn't care for, but we cant love every book. Also a huge thank you to all of you for entering and supporting my giveaway last month. It was fun. We will have an other one later this year... read more



Top 5 reads in April! 


Dry Bones: A Walt Longmire Mystery (Walt Longmire Mysteries) - Craig JohnsonOld Earth - Gary GrossmanQuicksand - Gigi PandianIs It Really Too Much To Ask?: The World According to Clarkson Volume 5 - Jeremy ClarksonAngel: Smile Time - Brian Lynch, Jeff Mariotte, Franco Urru


Instead of listing all the books I have read in April will  I list the 5 best book. Honestly, I'm just too lazy to list them all...hehe Every single one of the are reviewed, execpt Dry Bones by Craig Johnson. Well, the review is written but will not be up until 12/5-15! :) ... read more 



April Round-Up by SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

The Long Way Home: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel - Louise PennySome Danger Involved - Will ThomasTo Kingdom Come - Will ThomasDirty Magic - Jaye WellsMedium Dead: An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery - Paula Paul


The best reads of the month: Louise Penny's The Long Way Home, and two historical mysteries by Will Thomas, Some Danger Involved and To Kingdom Come. Underwhelmed: Medium Dead, by Paula Paul.  This might work better for another reader, but I just couldn't get past a lady doctor accepted by all and sundry in rural England... read more



April Wrap-Up by 100 Pages A Day...Stephanie's Book Reviews


April was a pretty good reading month for me with 13 book read from a variety of genres and four books read from by TBR pile.  Here's the rundown... read more



April Wrap Up by want a real life adventure? come to Australia we have spiders bigger than your hand.

Scotland's Guardians - Katharina GerlachThe Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern 


So everyone is doing an April wrap up and i feel left out... so i thought i'd do one as well, even though i barely read any books, the actual number is 2... oh well. So this month wasn't a great one for me, the two books that I read where alright, but thats about it really - they both had issues that stopped me from devouring them, so i took a little longer than i normal would to read 2 weeks each, oops... read more



Reading Black Iris + April Book Haul + Giveaway by Christina Reads YA


Hey, everyone! Since I already posted my March / half of April recap, I figured that I'd post a book haul covering what I received for the last half of April and discuss what I've been reading in this latter half. I've received a bunch of books, and I know that I won't be able to read them anytime soon, so I'm passing them onto anyone who's interested in this giveaway... read more 



April Wrap Up by Line Bookaholic

Paper Towns - John GreenPetronille (French Edition) - Amelie Nothomb, Albin MichelIf I Stay - Gayle FormanThe State - Tom WrightThe DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend - Kody Keplinger


In the month of April, I read 8 books and 1 graphic novel. I also listened to the Audible version of Eleanor and Park (By Rainbow Rowell), but I haven't completed it yet. Well, that was not bad but I hoped to read more during the month. I had difficulties with Crown of Midnight because I did not really enjoy Throne of Glass... read more



April Wrap Up by sunsetxcocktail


After a fairly slow start to the year in books, I was averaging maybe 10 to 15 a books a month. Dunno what changed this month but I had a phenomenal book month. Final count for April was 31. 31 finished books. Plus 2 DNFs. I don't even know how I managed that. I did get a great start on my bookish bingo challenge. Sixteen squares crossed off... read more



Read more book bloggers' April reading wrap-ups:

Reading in April by Olga Godim

2015 Reading Plan - April Update by mattries37315

April '15 Roundup by Bookstooge's Reviews On the Road

April 2015 Reads Wrap Up by MELISSA'S MUSINGS

April Roundup by Whiskey in the Jar Likes to Read

April Wrap Up :D by booklife4life

April Highlights by Merry Meerkat Marginalia

April Goals by Merry Meerkat Marginalia

April Stats! by Merry Meerkat Marginalia

Books I Read This Month (April 2015) by Obsidian Blue

April Reading Roundup by Carpe Librum


Monthly Key Word Challenge ~ April {Completed} by Sock Poppet at Play

Literary Birthday Challenge ~ April by Sock Poppet at Play

April 2015 Wrap-Up by Tessa's Blog

Books Read in March and April 2015 by Chimera Speaks

April 2015 Wrap up by Nighttime Reading Center

Check out retouched reblog on BookLikes


It's good to redecorate your space around you from time to time. Following your requests and suggestions we've decided to retouch the reblog option to make it transparent and even more comfortable to use with a brand new comment section and reblog history spot. Have a look at the most recent changes and ... reblog :)


The new comment window makes it clear who is the author of the comment and from whom the text is reblogged. The new reblog format frizzes the original text and doesn't allow making any changes or edits to the original text.


The reblogged post can be published instantly and re-shared on your social media and other blogs (if synchronized). 




Your comment will be highlighted and placed above the reblogged text. The information from whom the text is reblogged in published just below, and it is linked to the blog where the post has been published previously. 




Regardless of the reblog sequence, whether you're reblogging the original post or a reblog of a reblogged post, each reader and blogger on BookLikes can check the reblog history by clicking show activity just below the post where the author of the original post and particular posts are included. 




Other important facts include changes on BookLikes book pages: the reblogged reviews will not be presented on the book pages in the community reviews section, consequently the rating from the reblogs won't be included to the overall book rating.


Important for customized blogs

New reblog look is visible for everyone on Dashboard, for you on your admin blog (click upper menu -> Blog), and on public pages which use BookLikes' blog themes. If you're using other themes from BookLikes Theme Store (free or paid) or if you customized  the HTML code of your BookLikes webpage, the retouched reblog look won't be visible on your public blog -- don't worry, though, the information about the reblog will be still visible on your blog but in old version. To update your HTML, please have a look at the documentation (Themes Docs in the footnote) and recent changes concerning templates (click).


This Thursday new in stock: BookLikes & WordPress one click synchronization


We want BookLikes to be everywhere you are. This is why after introducing Blogger and Tumblr synchronizations, we now want to make life easier for users, too. Getting it done is a piece of cake, check the steps below. 


In a separate internet tabs log into your BookLikes and WordPress accounts.


Go to the Settings menu on your BookLikes account and switch to Blog tab. Scroll down to discover the WordPress box on your right, click connect and allow BookLikes to post on your blog.



Start using BookLikes as usual and once you finished your review, new quote or uploading a photo just go down to Send to box to your right. Choose where else you'd like your new post to go, green means active.






On BookLikes




On Wordpress



Please, mind that a little time gap might occur between the posts appear on BL and WP. Our software engineers were sweating to get this synchronization done the best way possible, however both BookLikes and WordPress are using different blog themes, hence some of your post could look tiny different on each blog. 



Missed any of the previous BookLikes synchros? Not to worry, see this post to remind yourself how to get your BookLikes linked with Tumblr, Blogger, Goodreads, Kindle, Twitter and Facebook.


We have new edit options for your reviews, posts and tags on BookLikes

It's high time for a new feature for your blog on BookLikes! We've received many requests concerning editing your posts and tags, and following your suggestions we're happy to introduce a smart looking table of content of your blog and new editing options. Let's start!


When you go to the Blog view (choose Blog from the upper menu), you'll notice a new button, called Mass edit posts and tags. 



Click it to see the table of content of your blog's posts that can be sorted and filtered according to your preferences, and edited. 



The Post mass editor page presents all your posts (published, drafts, to publish) that can be sorted according to the post type (text, photo, url, video, quote, review), viewed on blog and edited anytime (click edit on the right). 


If you want to find posts from a given time period enter the dates and click show. You can also add various search options, e.g.: text posts published between April 1 and April 16 with a BookLikes tag.


When you select all parameters, in the example above: post type, post status, dates, tag, click Show - the post mass editor page will show you the posts which correspond to your parameters.



You can also select posts (mark checkboxes on the left) and mass delete posts and edit your tags in these posts (add new tags OR remove tags). 



If you want to reset the search options, change all parameters to "0" and click Show. The page will present all your posts and tags. 


Have a look at the Mass editor know-how poster with a short characteristic of all options. Click the image to enlarge. 


Click to enlarge the view of the know-how guidelines.

Thank You! Thanks to you BookLikes made it to the stage at The Next Web Conference! See you in Amsterdam

Holy Cow! We did it. No. You did it! Thank you so much for your support and your votes. 


BookLikes has been chosen as one of the 75 most promising European startups and will present its story on stage during The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam next week! Yippee! You can view the full list of 75 startups here



You are incredible! All we can do now is a HAPPY DANCE and saying loud and warm THANK YOU :-)


Last chance to vote for BookLikes

Dear all,


it is the last two hours until the vote at The Next Web close at 5 pm CET. We still need your support . You know what to do!


We’d love you to join us at The London Book Fair - grab a free invitation now!

The London Book Fair

One of the biggest book fairs will take place 14-16 April in London and BookLikes is going to be there, so can you.


We got 10 special invitations to share with our users. No Facebook contest, no weird questions - we’d simply like to take you with us to The London Book Fair!


As the number of the invites is limited, only 10 first BookLikes users to ask for one in a commentary section below this post will get the free pass.


This year, London Book Fairs moved to Kensington Olympia. New iconic venue in the very heart of the UK's capital, as well as, more than 25,000 professional visitors from more than 124 countries can really excite.


Here you can meet anyone who is involved within the creative industry. A lot of visitors are authors, talent scouts, editors, designers, digital gurus, all walk the floor, meeting, talking, observing, discovering. The London Book Fair is known to be one of the biggest events in the industry.


Are you from London or visiting in April between 14-16? Let us know you’d like an invitation to The London Book Fair now. Ohh… come by to say hello once you’re there, we’re at stand 3A27.


Can’t wait to see you in London!

Now you can synchronize your BookLikes and Tumblr blogs, how cool is that!

Synchronize your BookLikes and Tumblr blogs

We were extremely happy to discover that our recent release of BookLikes -> Blogger synchronization brought up so many positive comments and feedback. You already know our Team good enough to know that we don't rest on our laurels, we've decided to keep up the momentum and prepared a new synchronization option. Now it's high time to connect your BookLikes not only with your social media, Goodreads, Kindle, and Blogger but also your Tumblr blog!


The procedure of synchronizing your blogs on BookLikes and Tumblr is very similar to the one for BookLikes->Blogger sync and is based on e-mail publishing address. Don't worry, well present a step by step instruction hot to connect your two blogs to share your writing across the web. 



4 Steps to Synchronize your Tumblr blog with your BookLikes webpage

(BookLikes -> Tumblr)


1. Go to your Tumblr settings where you'll find an e-mail address generated for your account in the Post by Email sector. 



You may want to e-mail this address to you. You can also reset the e-mail address any time in your Tumblr's settings. 


2. Copy the Tumblr's e-mail and go to your BookLikes Settings/Blog.


Paste the e-mail address in the Publish via email / publish on Tumblr sector. Remember to Save your BookLikes Settings. 





3. Write a review, or any other kind of post: text, photo post, quote, video. Then mark Tumblr icon (green = active) and publish the post on both of your blogs. 




4. Your post will be publish on your BookLikes and Tumblr blogs.


On BookLikes


On Tumblr


The posts will be cross posted according to the post types. Some basic formatting should also be applied to your Tumblr post automatically. Bare in mind, however, that some differences in the post’s look can happen because of different blog themes and synchronization restrictions. Some minor delays in the publication time may also occur.



If you have missed our recent post about synchronization features, here's a short reminder about all sync options available for your BookLikes account: 



Synchronize your Blogger blog with your BookLikes webpage (BookLikes -> Blogger)

If you have a Blogger blog and would like to share your posts on BookLikes and Blogger this new synchronization feature is for you! To make it easier we’ve prepared a special option which allows you to synchronize your blogs and post to your BookLikes and Blogger with one click.


Set your Blogger e-mail address in your Blogger blog's settings and paste the Blogger e-mail into your BookLikes Settings. Then mark Blogger icon when writing a review and publish a post to your two blogs. Read more in our blog post.



Share your reviewsBookLikes and Your Social Media (Facebook, Twitter)

You can cross post links to your texts to your Facebook and Twitter profiles by connecting your social media profiles in Settings and activating social icons in the writing box (green = active). Read more in our blog post.




BookLikes and Your Goodreads

You can also synchronize your Goodreads and BookLikes accounts. The sync can be switched on in Settings/Import -- when connecting open your Goodreads page in the second tab and authorize the app, only then the synchronization will be switched on.


BookLikes -> Goodreads synchronization allows you to update your shelf, post reviews, add ratings and shelves. The synchronization works one way from BookLikes TO Goodreads, this means that when you add a book to your BookLikes shelf, post a reviews on your BL blog, add/edit rating starts or add a new shelf all those activities will be mirrored on your Goodreads account.


The BookLikes -> Goodreads synchronization works only one way and cannot be performed for your past activities.


Goodreads synchronization is a different mechanism than book import of a csv file from Goodreads. We recommend switching on the BookLikes -> Goodreads synchronization after the book import is completed. Read more in our blog post

BookLikes and Your Kindle

The synchronization with your Kindle lets you post your reading progress updated on your BookLikes blog straight from your Kindle. Switch on the connection inSettings/General -- first connect your twitter account and switch on the Kindle synchronization.


To post on BookLikes via the Kindle follow the schemes  "...%"    or    "...% and your comment".

Have a look at the examples:


* If you write and share percent only, e.g.:     10%     on your Twitter from your Kindle, your book progress will be updated on your BookLikes Shelf.


** If you write and share percent and your comment, e.g.:     10% so far I love it!     on your Twitter from your Kindle, your book progress will be updated on your BookLikes Shelf and a post with "Reading progress updated" and your comment will be published on your BookLikes blog.

Read more in our blog post.



Remember to vote for BookLikes and help us get on the stage at TNWEurope and present BookLikes story to people who share the same passion for innovation and technology as we do. BookLikes was shortlisted to take part in the Boost programme which is dedicated to most promising startups in the new technologies industry.


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Voting will end on Friday April 10 at 17:00 CET so there's not much time left. We are calling for your votes to get us selected for the final 75 that will be allowed to pitch in front of jury!


This is could be once in a lifetime opportunity to expose our ideas to experts  to gain feedback and funding. We are counting on your votes. We appreciate all your help and support. Thank you :-) 


This is an urgent call for all BookLikes users


Please, vote for BookLikes in this survey and share our message.


We created BookLikes and gave you a platform where you can read, write and share all reading experiences with people of similar interests. Now we need your votes to help us get on the stage at TNWEurope and present this story to people who share the same passion for innovation and technology as we do.


At the end of April we are going to be at The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam. BookLikes was shortlisted to take part in the Boost programme which is dedicated to most promising startups in the new technologies industry. We are calling for your votes to get us selected for the final 75 that will be allowed to pitch in front of jury! The time is precious as the poll will only last for 3 days. Voting will start today Wednesday April 8, at 14:00 CET and will end on Friday April 10 at 17:00 CET.


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This is could be once in a lifetime opportunity to expose our ideas to experts feedback and funding we are counting on your votes!