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Today we have something for all those of you who love tags. Some time ago we've added a spoilers tag and now it's time for a blockquote tag.
See how it works:
and your published text will look like this:
You can also add other formatting to text with blockquote tags, such as bold, italics, underline...
Synchronization option is on again. You can connect your GR account with your BookLikes profile in Settings/Import. Sync option allows to mirror your BookLikes activity on your GR profile (read more here: BookLikes -> Goodreads Synchronization). Sync includes adding books, posting and editing reviews, adding/changing rating stars and creating new shelves. Read more on our FAQ site or mail us with any concerns and questions.
- You can add additional pages and links to your BookLikes webpage in Settings/Pages. All new pages will be visible in your blog menu next to Blog, Shelf and Timeline (e.g. Bio, About Me, or redirected link).
- If you wish to add additional page with a link to tagged texts, use the link from your public Blog view instead of Dashboard - then the link will be available and visible for non BookLikes members.
For example, if you would like to add link to texts with ‘tutorials’ tag, use the link: http://booklikes.com/tag/tutorials (click ‘tutorials’ tag on post page in public blog view, not on Dashboard) instead of this link http://booklikes.com/dashboard?tag=tutorials (this tag is clicked on Dashboard, visible only for people who are signed in at the moment).
December is the last month of the year but authors born in December are far from being the last. They are rock stars of publishing world: successful, widely read and appreciated by readers all around the world. And their books are just perfect for Christmas gifts (if you still have no ideas) :)
Lisa about Bel Canto: I was positively mesmerized by this from the first page. I'm an opera fan, because the ability of music to bond people of disparate backgrounds and different languages is definitely a major theme. After reading this I had an itch to listen again to Dvořák and Puccini. read more
The Book From about State of Wonder: State of Wonder is a novel which lives up to its name. It is beautiful and funny and sad, with an ending that could not be more perfect. It's a novel that can be savored just as well in delicious solitude or in the company of a book group. read more
Beamis12 about This is the story of a happy marriage: I have read Ann Patchett's books for a long time now, long enough that I can see her improving in her craft, book by book. This grouping of essays cover a wide range of subjects that she has written throughout the years. read more
Book Babe Blog on Heart of Darkness: A true classic in every sense, leaves a lasting impression no matter how many times Heart of Darkness is read. Conrad takes the reader on a unforgettable journey, a journey exposing the very very dark side of human nature. Written long ago, this story's impact is just as powerful now as it was then. Conrad's style is beautiful, so elegantly written, his words take you on a excursion with every detail masterfully described until the destination is reached, leaving you breathless. read more
Sckenda about Under Western Eyes: The title, “Under Western Eyes,” is a reference to how the narrator, an English professor of languages, analyzes the Russian characters through the eyes of enlightened Western liberalism. “This is a Russian story for Western ears.”Yet, we are not sure if we can completely trust the narrator, who keeps proclaiming that he has neither the talent nor the imagination to invent this story. Moreover, “Words are the great foes of reality,”-- says the professor. read more
Lisa about In a Sunburned Country:This travelogue of an American in Australia was hilarious. I had no choice; I had to give this five stars. I have this rule you see: if a book makes me think, cry, or laugh out loud, I give it top marks. read more
Crime-on-Thrill about In the Woods: Bill Bryson is awesome, but his friend Stephen Katz is more awesome. Published in 1998, Walk in The Woods, saw Bryson and his friend Stephen Katz team up once again(they travelled together in Europe, which is described in Neither Here Nor There) to hike the Appalachian Trail. read more
Joanne about At Home: This book really made me appreciate the comforts that I'm lucky enough to take for granted every day of my life. I can't imagine working 14 hour days, having no heat and electricity (much less no internet!), having no running water... read more
Leopard: Her poems are typically short - few lines, short lines - and, to my mind, her best poems are intense, rugged, jagged in rhythm, with rhymes which appear to be accidental or so approximate that "near rhyme" just doesn't capture it.Granted, there are poems which strike me as exemplars of 19th century American "right thinking." read more
Reflections about Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Just as in Blade Runner, the movie this book inspired, the line between human and machine becomes increasingly fuzzy for bounty hunter Rick Deckard, who has the job of hunting down and “retiring” rogue androids. read more
Cecily's book reviews on Ubik: A clever, original and often very funny sci-fi story. It is about psychic power battles, the nature of death, alternative reality and changing the past. Or not. read more
Proctosophy about The Man in The High Castle: This is the book that won Philip Dick the Hugo award 2 years before I was born. It is an alternate history that takes place approx 15 years after the Axis wins WWII. The few jews left are in hiding under assumed names, the United States has been divided in two between Germany and Japan... read more
Bibliomaniac Scarlet about 2001: A Space odyssey: I did not expect a book on extra-terrestrial life to leave me thinking about the evolution of mankind.You won't find any alien action here, no war-of-the-worlds scenario. Instead, 2001 is a book that relies on the sheer strength of ideas - which is what I believe good science-fiction should be about. read more
Lisa: My mother dragged me to see the 2001 film when I was five-years-old. I found the psychedelic odyssey among the stars terrifying and cried until my mother was forced to leave the theater before the film ended. Ever after she'd tell the story of how I was a brat and I'd tell the story of how she was callous. read more
Just Another Reader about Favorite Male Character in Pride and Prejudice: I have to give it to Mr. Darcy. I find it so rare to find an introverted hero. Not just a dark tortured soul who is mean because he was not hugged enough as a child and just needs someone to love him. read more
Reading Jane Austen in Boston about Jane Austen: I was in an interesting discussion recently about sense versus sensibility. A reviewer had taken Jane Austen to task for being too clean and passionless. The complaints, heard often enough, are: "She does not tackle sweeping vistas of emotion. She cares too much about money. Her lovers don't make great protestations of undying love. She does not write with poetry." read more
Sharon E. Cathcart on Persuasion: Let's face it; you know what you're getting with Jane Austen. You can reliably presume that, by the end of the book, the male and female protagonists will have discovered their love for one another, even if they loathe each other at the beginning. read more
I thought it was a funny, suspenseful, adventure packed mystery that I would recommend to anyone for the holidays. I loved this book! read more
This book is beautifully written, it was a real pleasure to read; it was intelligent, witty and I’d highly recommend it to everyone. read more
Wow!! What a book!! This is the third time I have read Twilight and I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time. There is nothing I don’t like about this book, it has great action, great romance, great humour and I just love most of the characters. read more
Wow!! What an author Stephanie Meyer is, she starts with the already over used plot of vampires vs. werewolves and gives it a major modern twist and now she’s tackled aliens – again with a major twist. read more
Breathing pages about The Best of Me: I started reading around 4pm, with minor pauses because of work. I finished it at around 11:56pm. My reading speed is not that bad. Then again, it's never about speed. It's about the book and how it makes you stay in one place with it. This one just got me seated upright and reading non-stop. read more
Peace Love Books on The longest Ride: I just finished this not too long ago and of course, like all of Nicholas Sparks' books - I loved it. I really enjoyed both love stories and the way in which each were told... read more
What are you reading in December?
Hey all! What are you currently reading? You can now update your reading progress with two clicks and share it with your friends. You’ll see new option on Dashboard in Currently Reading Section, just look on the right. It’s Update button :-)
Once you click Update you can fill up your reading progress, save and continue reading (update).
Or you can post it and share on your blog and among your friends (update and publish).
Both options are visible once you click Update in Currently reading box.
If you choose Update, you’ll change reading progress that is visible on your blog. And you can go back to reading :)
If you choose Update and publish, you’ll be moved to writing box with book attached, your current reading progress and social media switch on (green icons on the right) if you had connected them. If you didn't connect your Facebook or Twitter, you can do it in Settings/General. To turn off social media in writing box, click on icons and make them grey (deactivated).
- We've made changes in discussion room and threads, now you can receive notifications about newly set discussions in a given group. If you wish to be informed, please go to Group page and choose “Yes” in notification section. Then once a new discussion is created, you’ll get a note about it.
- You can also made adding tags to your posts in discussion easier. We've made changes to list of tags:)
- It also easier to keep conversation going and answer to previous posts, we have new look for Reply posts:
Your personal messages page (PM) received new features of searching through messages, paging and deleting messages.
- To find other reviews of a given title, go to book page OR type book title in Tag Search Box on Dashboard on the right. Then you'll see all writings about this book, including different editions and book sources. It also nice way of finding new blogs to follow :-)
- If you wish to find more blogs similar to yours, please take a look at your book blog categories and choose only those which are really relevant. Remember that the categories should reflect your reading taste and books you’re reading and reviewing on your blog. Best to choose several genre categories that you’re active in. Then you'll be able to find other bloggers with similar reading taste faster.
Stay in touch with your friends, favorite authors and other bloggers on BookLikes. Now you can PM each other and send private notes.
All you have to do is to select your addressee, write message and send. It all can be done on Message Page where you can search through a list of your BookLikes friends - write username or blog title. To reset addressee click New Message and enter different username or blog name of your friend on BookLikes.
To go to PM Page, click envelope icon on the upper navigation bar.
Each of you has three options from whom you would like to receive messages
- from your followings only,
- from your followers only,
- from your followings and followers.
Personal Messages settings are available on PM Page where you can select the option that fits you, look through your messages history and create new ones. You can also manage your messages notification.
More improvements and features for PMs are in progress.
To gain new readers and followings write and update your blog and bookshelf regularly. Find new interesting blogs on Explore page, select your favorite literary genre and follow new book blogs. If you're an author stay in touch with your new readers, you can also set up giveaways and set up discussion rooms.
P.S. If you're an author on BookLikes and we didn't get in touch with you yet, let us know at email@example.com. We have some goodies for you :-)
This week brings changes to notification system. Now you can choose whether to receive notifications or not. And we know you've been waiting for this change :-)
With each comment box, you’ll see options to choose:
If you publish a post or add comment you notifications are switched on. You can turn them off any time by entering comment box under the post and selecting 'no' option. New comment option refers to notification bubble on the top only. If you wish to change your email notifications, please go to Settings/General and Save after making changes.
Updates and tips
- Now adding book and writing a post about a book from Book Page is easier and faster, just create a post or add book to your bookshelf directly on the page.
- You can easily search your Shelf with book Title, Authors, ISBN or Kindle ASIN. Just select magnifying glass icon in the search box on the top and type the phrase. If the book is on your Shelf it will pop up.
- If you would like to create a Profile page or About me, you can use Add Page option which allows you to create additional pages and add it to your webpage. To add new page go to Settings/Pages fill up the page title, your text, images and Save. The new webpage will be added to your menu and will be visible under Blog, Shelf and Timeline in public view. You can edit, add new and remove additional pages any time in Settings/Page.
“No shortcuts!” Many people support this statement but sometimes they are really useful and let discover new paths. So why not? We let you take two kind of shortcuts on BookLikes, with your Dashboard and Reviews.
Shortcut #1 - Dashboard
Form now on Dashboard is available in optional view with shortened posts. Now it will be easier to stay up to date with your friends reviews and bookshelf updates. To switch on new view of your Dashboard, go to Settings/General, select new option for feed activity at the bottom of the page and Save.
Once you select Dashboard in new view, you’ll see that posts are shortened and of similar size. With new view you’ll see title and the beginning of the posts, the rest will be hidden and will be revealed once you request to see entire post at the bottom of the text.
In this way your Dashboard will be better organized and will present numerous post entries that you can easily read, like and reblog without the necessity of infinite scrolling. It’s like never-ending table of content :-)
Remember that you can still add page break to your texts while writing. Then the posts will be published with Read more option not only on Dashboard but also on your Blog page.
Let’s remind ourselves what other options Dashboard has. The right column has many useful features:
tag search box - write book title/author/tag to find other writings about a given book - great way to find new reads and new blogs to follow;
currently reading box - the book you’re reading right now - you can change reading progress by clicking the book cover and filling up pages/per cents/minutes or hit Finished when it’s done;
all posts / Reviews filter - this allows you to see all posts or reviews only on your Dashboard;
your Reading Challenge counter if you set your reading goal on Goodies page;
invite box - if you know someone who would love BookLikes, invite him/her; just paste e-mail address in the Invite box, hit Invite and the person will receive Invitation Email to BookLikes.
The upper part of Dashboard works as navigation bar which helps you to move between your admin views of your webpages: Blog, Shelf and Timeline. All changes made on your admin pages are mirrored on your public webpage with your personal address yourusername.booklikes.com. To view your public page just click on your photo on Dashboard.
Dashboard is also the place where you search books. Use search box on the top to find books from book sources we partnership with (select book sources in Settings/Search) or search through your own Shelf (select magnifying glass icon in search box).
Shortcut #2 - Reviews
The second shortcut is about your reviews and ability to edit them. So far you could edit your texts in your admin blog view. Now it can be done faster from Table view of your Shelf. We added Edit Review option to your reviewed books so if you want to add something to your published text, click on it and you’ll be moved to writing mode and text box of your review.
You can also use blog admin view to edit reviews. If you want to edit text added some time ago, you can use search box (paste post title) instead of scrolling down. Once the post is found hover over it and click Edit in upper right corner. Then make corrections and Save with your changes.
No unnecessary shortcuts :-) Enjoy!
Discussion Rooms are getting filled with book lovers :) And now we’re giving you extra option to make your discussion posts unique. You can edit your posts with basics HTML tags.
Let’s see what formatting is now available in your Discussion rooms:
The easiest way to add formatting is to copy/paste a given tag and insert your text/link between markers, e.g.: [b]I loved this book![/b] -> I loved this book!
We’re sure that after several posts, you’ll know them by heart :-)
And if you make a mistake or a typo, don’t worry. You can easily Edit your post and make all necessary corrections.
Another new feature is sticking discussions within a group. For the time being this option is available only for Administrators of a Group. If your are Group Admin and you notice that a given discussion receives bigger attention, bring it to the top. Enter the Discussion and click “Stick”. Then it will be first above other discussion in the group with special marker.
It's Halloween today! Do you have any reading / writing plans for the evening? If not, we'll help you with spooky atmosphere.
Check out 20 horror books recommended by BookLikes book bloggers: Spooky Reads For Halloween - Horror Books That You Loved.
Get in the mood for Halloween with scary reads. If you love spooky atmosphere, you'll surely enjoy horror books that we found on your blogs (to read all review, click the link). Which book will you be reading tomorrow?
Shirley Jackson's prose is out of this world. But not only is her prose fabulous, the way she tells this story puts her miles above most horror authors working today. - Char's Horror Corner about We Have Always Lived in the Castle.
There aren't a lot of books that I would call both macabre and good-hearted; as a matter of fact, I can think of only one: This one. - A Reciprocal Love Affair With Books about A Night in the Lonesome October.
Immediately after I finished reading the first book in this series, Infected, I had to continue with Contagious (...) I knew that it was more action-packed, intense and gory apocalyptic horror just waiting for me. - The Aussie Zombie about Contagious.
They’re all quietly creeptastic and it’s easy to see where a few of them are going if you read too much horror as a kid. I’d have to say the Wendigo might be my favorite but I also loved the slow build of the asylum tale where the inmates far outnumber the staff and a young newbie is told, most ominously, "They are in charge. We just do what we can." Yikes, you just know some bad shit is going to go down but it doesn’t happen in a predicable way. - BarkLessWagMore about That Which Should Not Be.
You know when you're experiencing something traumatic? It's difficult for your mind to process the horror of it. And everything slows down, or seems to? That's how I felt listening to Tana, the protagonist. Everything is in slow motion as we hear her internal dialog. She wakes up to a house full of her dead friends, blood and death and horror everywhere. - Tullia (the sleepy reader) about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.
Now the first two books are not "scare your pants off" scary, only slightly spooky in their creepy, gothic-y goodness. Sometimes the most terrifying thing isn't necessarily the boogeyman who jumps out and grabs you, but the chilling terror that lurks unknown in the shadows. - Ricki's Book Nook recommends Dracula, The Little Stranger and The Shining.
I love Ronald Malfi writing. This man can go creepy, creepy, creepy! When he ties things up with a nice red ribbon...that ribbon is blood red. Cradle Lake was no different. - A Book and A Review #2 recommends Cradle Lake.
Personally, I wouldn't have been able to read this book a year ago. It would have been rubbing alcohol to paper cuts. So it felt a lot like this book has been waiting for me (kinda like a stalker, yeah). The monster once told Conor that stories are wild creatures that may wreak havoc when you let them loose, and this broke a bit of mine in order for it to be fixed in places I didn't even know were broken. I came in blind and you should too. The universe wants to be noticed, I read somewhere, but this book… this book deserves it. - ashwednesday gives 5 starts to A Monster Calls.
I listened the audiobook and I really think some of the story benefited from having it read to me. The horror aspects probably wouldn’t have been as vivid to me if I had read it on my own, but having a guy read it to me in a creepy voice really made the difference. - In Libris Veritas recommends listening to Anna Dressed in Blood.
I enjoyed the way the story unravelled at a surprisingly good pace for Mr King and I enjoyed the way the tension built peppered with mangled legs, vile head injuries and some rather creative cussing. - There's more to life than books, but it's a good place to start about Misery.
Each taking place in a mortuary, these four short stories read like well-written episodes of Tales from the Crypt. When you think you know where it’s going, prepare for a clever twist. - Book Wilde loved Mortuary Horror stories.
This book was fabulous. I was like an Unconsecrated myself, pressed up to my iPad and moaning when it ended, hungering for more. I loved this because it isn't the typical dystopian novel you'd find today. - t and a book about The Forest of Hands and Teeth.
It was a good read and I was happy I did read the entire book as one of the final stories became my favorite (...) I would recommend this as a read this season and anytime you want something thrilling to read. - Marsha Gomes-Mckie's Blog recommends Thirty Scary Tales.
The book was full of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. Some shocked me and some made me quite disappointed. No character was safe, even the ones I favoured, but it just added to the excitement. - Kitty's Book Blog about Sow And You Shall Reap.
I was shaking from page 50 till the end. I jumped from the bed after discovering it was only my cat making that weird noise and ran to my sister's room to finish this book. I love it when an author could arouse my emotions: make feel afraid, angry, happy, sad, etc. It proves they're an amazing writer. Ten is a story full of mystery and twists and turns. - Lady Danielle loved Ten.
What books would you recommend for Halloween evening?
We're making organizing your books and writing reviews easier and faster. Today's Thursday release includes several updates concerning exclusive statuses, your reviews and reblogs.
On Your Shelf
NEW: Change shelf into exclusive status
Form now on you can change existing thematic shelf into exclusive status. Then the books will be shelved only with this exclusive status (former shelf) and any other default status (read, planning to read, currently reading) will be removed. This means that you don't have to manually reset the default statuses, it will be done automatically.
To Change the existing thematic shelf into exclusive status, point on the shelf name and click the icon .
This change works in both ways. This means that you can make new status (former shelf) a thematic shelf again. However, the default statuses will not be brought back. Be careful and double check that you really want to change the chosen shelf into exclusive status and reset default statuses.
Here are several other options available on your Shelf page:
1. Create exclusive status
You can still add new status to your Shelf (e.g.: Re-read) and shelve new book with this status. Here's how:
1. Just create new status (click +add exclusive status, type name and Enter).
2. Search for a book in search box on the top, click on it and select "Add to bookshelf" in book pop up.
3. Select new status in Edit Statuses sector and Save.
If you don't want to change the whole shelf into new status, you can manually reset default status on several books and keep those books with new status only. If you wan to reset the default status follow these steps:
1. Create new exclusive status on your Shelf page
2. Click on the book on your Shelf.
3. Edit your statuses and select the one that fits you.
4. Click on the default status.
5. Click on the green default status on tab in book pop up - it will go white (deactivated).
Below are screens that show how it looks like in the pop up.
Default Read and Exclusive:
2. Create thematic shelves
Thematic shelves help you to organize your books and keep those from the same series, author, genre together. To add new thematic shelves: click +Add new Shelf, type name and hit Enter. Then click on book on your Shelf and Edit shelves in book pop up. Remember to Save.
You can also rename and remove thematic shelves.
Hover over the Shelf name and you'll see two icons: "x" and little pencil. When you click on a pencil, you'll be able to edit shelf's name and if you select 'x', you'll delete the shelf. Your books will not be deleted, the books will stay on your Shelf page with default status but not on the thematic shelf (it will be gone).
Table view shows your books in a list an has numerous edit options:
- Add to Shelves: You can select several books and add them to a given thematic shelf or change status.
- Sort by: You can sort by author, title, add date, read date, ratings and cover to add missing cover images.
- Remove selected: You can delete several books from your shelf, they will be removed from your shelf page permanently.
- Add: you can add ratings, shelves to single book, read date, review.
NEW: You can Go from your Shelf straight into Review writing mode.
Now when you want to create a review straight from your Shelf, the rating stars marked on your Shelf will be auto-transferred to your writing mode and the text will be automatically marked as a Review.
You can uncheck the review marker and change ratings any time in the writing mode.
We made reblogs more transparent. From now on every time you reblog a given post (review, text, photo, quote, URL, video) an information about it and a link to original author of the post will be given on the top.
More updates concerning reblogs are also in progress. As well as many many more :-)
We all know that book lovers love discussing books and sharing their reading experiences. We're opening discussion rooms on BookLikes where you can create reading groups, book clubs and set up discussions about books you enjoyed.
This is the first version of groups, we'll be constantly improving and releasing new additional features so stay tuned :)
Discussion rooms are added on the top of the page next to Explore, Giveaways, Daily Deals, Goodies and Friends.
Creating group is easy, just fill up the form with name, image, description, rules and tags and hit Create at the bottom of the page.
You are the administrator of the group and it is you who is responsible for keeping your discussion rooms clean, safe and sound.
As an administrator you can:
- set up and remove discussions and particular posts;
- block and unblock members from entering the discussion room;
- remove members from your group.
Please take a look at several rules mentioned on the "Create group" page.
Each BookLikes member can join a given group, set up a discussion or enter existing discussions and add his/her posts.
As a creator of a discussion you can:
- add books to discussion topic; books will be visible in group overview and once you enter a given discussion;
- add your posts.
All information about a given group, its rules, tags and administrator are visible on Group info page.
You cannot add discussion topics or posts if you have not joined the group. But you can read the thread.
We've also prepared several options for discussion notifications.
An administrator of the group has the following options: All (mail and notifications), notifications only or none for new members and new discussions. Options for administrator are available on Group info page.
An administrator and each member of a group can set up new posts notifications on particular discussion page. The notification option are visible just under the discussion topic on Discussion Page.
So now get ready for discussion and book talks :-)
Discussion rooms presented today are in their first version and we'll be developing, improving and adding new features to them so stay tuned and let us know what you think :-)
Here are several things that we will be working on in discussion rooms:
- private groups,
- discussion members' profiles and stats,
- adding books and links to posts in particular discussion,
- adding group moderators by administrator.
Now you can find books without covers on your Shelf and easily add missing book covers to make your shelf look better organized. Select sort by cover in table view of your Shelf and you'll see books with green covers - click on the cover and upload cover image.
A lot of e-book lovers say that they cannot go back to paper books. They are a distraction if not in electronic version and put into an e-reader. Do you still grab paper books?
Yes. I love all types of books although if given the option, I will always choose the audio. I think that books should be bundled with all 3 options available for the buyer.
Could you recommend some great audio books with extraordinary narration? Why they are special for you?
Neil Gaiman's narration of his books are beyond phenomenal. Of course, everything Gaiman does is amazing, but he brings an extra element to his narrations. Bahni Turpin does an incredible narration of Stacia Kane's Downside series. The original slang language that Kane created for that series, "Downspeak", is performed perfectly in her narration, I would have butchered it trying to read it. Other excellent narrations would be Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series, Molly Harper's Jane Jameson series, and so many other amazing narrations that I could spend all day listing them.
In your opinion and from your observation / listening history are there any books that perform better in audio version than others?
I've found that a narrator can take a book that has somewhat flat characters and breathe life and personality into them with their narration. Alternately, I've found that the wrong narrator can take an incredible book and make it seem flat and lifeless.
How do you find audio books worth listening to?
I buy them, I get them from the library, used bookstores, Audible, Audiobook Jukebox, and I request them for review from audiobook publishers like Penguin Audio, Brilliance Audio, etc.
Where do you listen/read mainly?
In front of my computer while playing Candy Crush.
Is there any literary character you would like to meet face to face?
What would your ask him/her?
I would love to meet Anne Boleyn and I'd have a whole slew of questions to ask her about how things went down with Henry.
Any book quotes that you love?
I think the act of reading imbues the reader with a sensitivity toward the outside world that people who don't read can sometimes lack. I know it seems like a contradiction in terms; after all reading is such a solitary, internalizing act that it appears to represent a disengagement from day-to-day life. But reading, and particularly the reading of fiction, encourages us to view the world in new and challenging ways...It allows us to inhabit the consciousness of another which is a precursor to empathy, and empathy is, for me, one of the marks of a decent human being. - John Connolly
Is there a book that you just cannot wait
to be released in audio version? What's that?
World After by Susan Ee the sequel to the AMAZING Angelfall!
We have some extra features for all who love shelving and reviewing books and reading reviews. Spoiler Tags let you hide moments in your text that could spoil reading experience for those who haven't finished a given book yet. Explore Page received a box with Top Reviewers where we present a group of BookLikes members who have impressive collection of reviews on their blogs.
How to add spoiler tag? It's so simple.
Just type your review, then mark text fragment that contains spoiler and should stay hidden and press new SP icon on upper tool bar. The text will receive opening and closing spoiler tags and after Saving this part of post/review will be hidden.
To reveal hidden part, click "show spoiler" and to hide it hit "hide". Spoiler tag is active on Dashboard:
and on your Blog in public view.
This means that the hidden text stays invisible for your friends who follow you on BookLikes and read your text on Dashboard as well as for guests and non BookLikes members who visit your Blog (yourusername.booklikes.com).
Explore page received this week new category of Top Reviewers.
Top Reviewers present group of BookLikes members who have an impressive amount of reviews on their BookLikes Blog.
Now you can look at their recent posts, follow them and stay up to date with their book updates.
Explore page presents also popular blogs, hot reviews and new and trending on BookLikes. All boxes can be sorted by given category and language. BookLikes Team also would like to welcome all Authors who recently joined BookLikes :-)
We're very sorry to inform you that BookLikes -> Goodreads Synchronization is switched off. We've received mail from Goodreads Staff who are blaming BookLikes' sync for not working right.
All BookLikes Team hopes that this is just misunderstanding and will be sorted out soon. Until then we decided to switch off the BL->GR synchronization option. The text below describes in details how the synchronization proceeded.
How synchronization works
1. You registered and looked around. You went into Explore page to see what's up and how to make things here and then to Settings to set up your preferences. Sine you like to stay active on book social sites, you decided to check how synchronization works.
2. You've connected your accounts in Settings/Import - this means they are joined now. You search for books using search box on the top, the books are found, you decide to add them to your Shelf on BookLikes. Books are added. At the same time ISBN numbers are processed and books with corresponding numbers are added to your GR profile.
3. Then you noticed that one of the book you've recently added isn't the one you would like to read. You decide to remove it from shelf. Sync system recognizes ISBN number and removes the book from both accounts.
4. Next thing you do is to change reading status. You go to your BookLikes Shelf, click on the book cover, choose status Read and add rating stars. The system recognizes the book that you've added to your both accounts thanks to ISBN number and shows rating stars on your Shelf on BookLikes and on My Books page on Goodreads.
5. Then you decide to write a review. You click on the book on Shelf, add text and Publish on your BookLikes Blog. The system is already familiar with the book and the review is added to your both accounts (BookLikes & Goodreads).
6. Next you decide to put the book on a different shelf, let's say "Books I loved", you create the shelf and add book to this thematic shelf. Thanks to synchronization you don't have to think about creating the shelf on Goodreads account as it was mirrored from your BookLikes profile. The book is shelved on the same shelves on both services.
7. OK, so you like the new site and decide to import your collection. The book import also uses ISBN numbers to make a book match. Once the import is finished all your books are on your shelves. This means that if you connect your both accounts in this moment, each edition of your data and each point presented above will be mirrored on your GR account.
Synchronization includes all your data and actions on your BookLikes profiles. Synchronization cannot choose where to stay ON and where to stay OFF. That's why when you've edited your imported books and reviews with synchronization switched on, all changes were mirrored on your Goodreads profile. If you make any change to raring, review or a book, the system will process ISBN number of books and mirror your actions on your GR profile.
We want to reassure you that we've never manipulated your content, added or removed any of your data without your permission. As we mentioned in our Community Guidelines, each member is administrator of his/her own webpage which include Blog, Shelf, Timeline and only he/she can remove data from the site.
We were really surprised about the situation, especially that we did not receive any mail about the problem of disappearing content in terms of synchronization. BookLikes Community can always count on our support and assist, we answer to each and every remark and we truly hope this issue will be solved really soon. If you noticed that something disturbing is happening to your books, please let us know. We'll check that and sort things out.
We also wanted to let you know that the changes to BL->GR synchronization and the fact it's temporary unavailable does not affect import. Import option stays active and can be used.
Book Blog Talks welcomes The Happy Booker blog which shares love to reading by listening. Lets get to know the blogger a little better :-)
In your blog description we can read “Audiobook Junkie”. What’s so special in audio version of books that make you fall in love in this format?
It probably comes down to the fact that I have more of an auditory learning style so I find it easier to retain information when hearing it. But I believe that when the right book meets the right narrator, it's a special kind of magic that goes even beyond reading.
How much time do you spend wearing headphones?
I spend more time wearing headphones than not wearing them. I also work from home handling customer service calls so most of my life is spent wearing headphones!
For you, is listening to audio books the same as reading? Or do you experience the books differently?
I think I experience them differently. I've described audiobooks as being very similar to watching a movie IF that movie stayed completely true to every aspect of the book.
What literary genres are you listening to?
I'm a mood reader so I genre hop a lot. I love really dark stories like thrillers and books that explore uncomfortable subject matter. I'm really into post-apocalyptic and zombie books too. I love reading stories of survival in extreme situations like that. I also enjoy fairy tale retellings, fantasy, dystopian, and historical fiction.
Are there books you would love to read and record? Or maybe you already did (secretly or not)?
No. I don't think I'd make a good narrator. I wouldn't want to listen to me for hours. My family agrees, they don't want to listen to me at all most of the time...
What was your first audio book? When was that?
The Harry Potter series and I think that was back in 2008
What are you listening/reading right now?
I'm listening to Love in the Time of Global Warming audio book and reading World After by Susan Ee ebook and Delia's Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer print book
Your favorite book author?
TOO many to name, Rowling, Martin, Kagawa, Hobb, Gaiman, Zimmer-Bradley, Weir, Gregory, etc.
Your favorite voice / narrator in audio books?
Neil Gaiman. I want him to narrate my life.
In the second part The Happy Booker will recommend great books with great narration, favorite reading place and great quote about reading.
Read other interviews in Talks Series on BookLikes:
It's time for Thursday Release and it's a feature many of you requested :-) Now when a given book doesn't fit any default status on your Shelf (Read, Planning to read, Currently reading) you can create your own exclusive book status.
How? You can create and organize your books with new statuses in several ways.
Go to your Shelf Page and create your new status with your name, e.g. Not finished. New status will be added and visible at once on your Shelf.
You can also create exclusive status directly in book pop up, select it and Save for a given title. The book will receive new status immediately.
If you want to reset previously given status (Read, Planning to read, Currently reading), click on it and Save. It should go white (inactive) and notion "On Shelf" will appear instead.
You can also create exclusive status on Table view of your shelf (the entrance is on Shelf page). It is also a place where you can re-arrange your books one by one:
or move several books at once:
You can still create thematic shelves which will be added to your Shelf on the left and organize them the same way in table view.
Since many questions and some incorrect statements made by others occurred, BookLikes would like to clear things up. Here are several points that supplement and explain BookLikes Community Guidelines, which are still valid and in force.
Each BookLikes member is administrator and has access to admin mode of his/her webpage and Dashboard once he/she signs up and then logs into service. Public view of webpage is available with individual address yourusername.booklikes.com. You can also use your own domain with no fees.
Each administrator is responsible for content published on his/her site.
Dashboard is a place where you see writings and bookshelf updates of people you follow.
It is the BookLikes member who decides who to follow (and see writings on Dashboard) and who to unfollow. It is the BookLikes member who decides how his/her webpage will be categorized on Explore page.
You can publish review, text, photo, video, URL of your choice and complement it with a book/books (up to 10). Inspiring and well written reviews are always encouraged, welcome and may be promoted.
You can create posts and publish them on your webpage, however, if BookLikes members find it assaulting or violating they can block the user who might be removed from Follower list. This means that the person with inappropriate texts might receive lower priority and may not be presented in Explore page where we present BookLikes Community.
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No text, review or any other post will be removed from personal webpage. Inappropriate and assaulting texts can be hidden from BookLikes Community Dashboard but will stay on personal public blog. Remember that opinions in posts are those of the post's author and not BookLikes.com.
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Comments under posts can be moderated by author of the post. Author of the post can delete comments if he/she finds comment inappropriate.
You can import books from Goodreads (export your library to csv file),LibraryThing (export your library to csv file), Lovely Books and Lubimy czytać in Settings/Import. You can also sync your Goodreads account with your BookLikes profile - then books and reviews published on BL will be also visible on GR.
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