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Happy New Year!

— feeling happy

The best greetings for our dear Authors, Publishers and book lovers! Booklikes wish you  new achievements, harmony, and satisfaction in New 2016 Year! 

All the best, for everybody!

Top Christmas books for all ages

— feeling amazing

 

#1. Clive Staples Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

In the never-ending war between good and evil, The Chronicles of Narnia set the stage for battles of epic proportions. Some take place in vast fields, where the forces of light and darkness clash. But other battles occur within the small chambers of the heart and are equally decisive.

Review on Booklikes:

I cannot explain my reading preferences or my childhood as a whole without including this book. I can't tell you when my first reading of this book took place, as I cannot remember a time when I didn't know the four Pevensies, that 'once a king or queen in Narnia...always a king or queen of Narnia', and the 'not safe, but good' Aslan. I must have read this book at least three dozen times, listened to the radio drama multiple times, and watched BBC's mini-series of this so much I can hear the actors' voice and diction of nearly every line of the book. This book is woven intricately into my life.

#2. Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol

It is the twenty-fourth of December. Mean old Ebenezer Scrooge sits in his freezing cold office shouting 'Bah! Humbug!' at anyone who dares wish him a Merry Christmas. But that night the miser has a terrifying visitor. Marley, his dead business partner who must wander the earth for ever to pay for his sins, comes with a warning. Scrooge will be haunted by three more spirits. The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future arrive to show Scrooge the hardship he has caused...

Review on Booklikes:

My first experience with Dickens and it was very pleasurable. A Christmas Carol is very short, but how much it packs in! I think this is a story that we all think we know, having seen TV versions, theatrical productions and even advertising based on it [very ironic, yes?]. Scrooge has become synonymous with grasping selfishness and we forget that he undergoes a significant transformation during the course of the story.

#3. O. Henry

The Gift of the Magi

In a shabby New York flat, Della sobs as she counts the few coins she has saved to buy a Christmas present for her husband, Jim. A gift worthy of her devotion will require a great sacrifice: selling her long, beautiful hair. Jim, meanwhile, has made a sacrifice for Della that is no less difficult. As they exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, the discovery of what each has done fills them with despair, until they realize that the true gifts of Christmas can be found more readily in their humble apartment than in any fine store. O. Henry paints a masterly portrait of unfaltering love, a haven from the harsh world outside. The poignancy of his story is captured in P.J. Lynch's eloquent art, wherein every glance, every gesture, tells a subtle truth.

Review on Booklikes:

A really inspirational Christmas story with a moral to keep in your heart all year through.

#4. Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The Nutcracker is a Christmas story about a little girl named Maria and her wooden doll, the Nutcracker, who became alive to fight the evil seven-headed Mouse King. This edition includes 20 illustrations by Artus Scheiner and Ludwig Willem Reymert Wenckebach.

Review on Booklikes:

It's always fascinating to find the true story behind a tradition. I've always wondered where the nutcrackers story came from and why the ballet was always so popular. I never in my mind thought that it originated from a fairy tale, nor that one of my favorite authors, Dumas, had written his own take on it not too many years later after. E.T.A. Hoffman wrote the original and overall I thought it was not too hard to follow, but in the end I was happy to know the story but wasn't overly impressed to see how this had inspired a tradition.

#5 Hans Christian Andersen

The Snow Queen

Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, the classic tale of friendship, love, and bravery, is beautifully retold with lavish illustrations by master artist Bagram Ibatoulline.

Best friends Kai and Gerda would do anything for each other. When Kai starts to behave cruelly and disappears, Gerda sets out on an epic quest to save Kai from the evil Snow Queen. But can Gerda break the Snow Queen's enchantment and complete the final task?

Review on Booklikes:

Kay and Gerda's stories start quite similarly. Both are carried off, partly as a result of their own actions, though they are taken far further than they thought. Both are trapped by magical beings who cause them to lose their memory and give them impossible or meaningless occupations. The difference is, Gerda escapes...The story is really about her journey, as for what it all means, I'm still trying to figure that out.

#6 Tove Jansson

Moominland Midwinter

Everyone knows the Moomins sleep through the winter. But this year, Moomintroll has woken up early. So while the rest of the family slumber, he decides to visit his favorite summer haunts. But all he finds is this strange white stuff. Even the sun is gone! Moomintroll is angry: whoever Winter is, she has some nerve. Determined to discover the truth about this most mysterious of all seasons, Moomintroll goes where no Moomin has gone before.

Review on Booklikes:

I ran across this book and I supposed that the Gods were telling me to read it again.  It is generally considered one of the best Moomin books, although I would only rank it myself somewhere in the middle.  However, as I think Tove Jansson is a genius that means that the book is still an excellent book. This time around the beauty of the writing struck me in a way that it had not before.

#7 Nikolai Gogol

The Night Before Christmas

It is the night before Christmas and devilry is afoot. The devil steals the moon and hides it in his pocket. He is thus free to run amok and inflicts all sorts of wicked mischief upon the village of Dikanka by unleashing a snowstorm. But the one he’d really like to torment is the town blacksmith, Vakula, who creates paintings of the devil being vanquished. Vakula is in love with Oksana, but she will have nothing to do with him. Vakula, however, is determined to win her over, even if it means battling the devil.

Review on Booklikes:

This is a very early work by Gogol'.
He was just 22 and already very brilliant when wrote these two books of Ukrainian tales now recollected in a single edition. Apparently these "Village Evenings Near Dikanka and Mirgorod" don't have that much to share with most of the following production by this author, but still they show several characteristics of his talent and genius. Gogol' sense of humour here was more direct and popularesque, tied to the tradition of oral tales while later became bitter and melancholic with the combination of daily life and sophisticated influences. The sense of fantastic, supernatural, the counterposition (and the intersections) between evil and faith make these tales extremely enjoyable and worth of being re-read many times.

 

  

 

 

Be careful! These 10 books causing #bookhangover!

— feeling happy
Sometimes, the world seems imperfect due to the fact that you just finished reading a book that was completely submerged. In this list we collected books that particularly cause a hangover.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind's classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man's indulgence in his greatest passion - his sense of smell - leads to murder. In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift-an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille's genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and frest-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the "ultimate perfume" - the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brilliance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.
 
 
Lolita
With one of the most controversial novels of the twentieth century, Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita is a strange, troubling love story told by the one of the most unreliable narrators in literature. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an afterword by Craig Raine. Poet and pervert, Humbert Humbert becomes obsessed by twelve-year-old Lolita and seeks to possess her, first carnally and then artistically, out of love, 'to fix once for all the perilous magic of nymphets'. Is he in love or insane? A silver-tongued poet or a pervert? A tortured soul or a monster? Or is he all of these? Humbert Humbert's seduction is one of many dimensions in Nabokov's dizzying masterpiece, which is suffused with a savage humour and rich, elaborate verbal textures. Filmed by Stanley Kubrick in 1962 starring James Mason and Peter Sellers, and again in 1997 by Adrian Lyne starring Jeremy Irons and Melanie Griffith, Lolita has lost none of its power to shock and awe. "Lolita is comedy, subversive yet divine...You read Lolita sprawling limply in your chair, ravished, overcome, nodding scandalized assent."
The Book Thief
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
 
 
The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov's devastating satire of Soviet life was written during the darkest period of Stalin's regime. Combining two distinct yet interwoven parts—one set in ancient Jerusalem, one in contemporary Moscow—the novel veers from moods of wild theatricality with violent storms, vampire attacks, and a Satanic ball; to such somber scenes as the meeting of Pilate and Yeshua, and the murder of Judas in the moonlit garden of Gethsemane; to the substanceless, circus-like reality of Moscow. Its central characters, Woland (Satan) and his retinue—including the vodka-drinking black cat, Behemoth; the poet, Ivan Homeless; Pontius Pilate; and a writer known only as The Master, and his passionate companion, Margarita—exist in a world that blends fantasy and chilling realism, an artful collage of grotesqueries, dark comedy, and timeless ethical questions.
 
 
Flowers for Algernon
With more than five million copies sold, Flowers for Algernon is the beloved, classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In poignant diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie's intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment seems to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance--until Algernon begins his sudden, unexpected deterioration. Will the same happen to Charlie?An American classic that inspired the award-winning movie Charly.
 
 
The Green Mile
Stephen King's international bestselling - and highly acclaimed - novel, also a hugely successful film starring Tom Hanks The Green Mile: those who walk it do not return, because at the end of that walk is the room in which sits Cold Mountain penitentiary's electric chair. In 1932 the newest resident on death row is John Coffey, a giant black man convicted of the brutal murder of two little girls. But nothing is as it seems with John Coffey, and around him unfolds a bizarre and horrifying story. Evil murderer or holy innocent - whichever he is - Coffey has strange powers which may yet offer salvation to others, even if they can do nothing to save him.
 
 
One Hundred Years of Solitude
One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world, and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize–winning career.The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. It is a rich and brilliant chronicle of life and death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the noble, ridiculous, beautiful, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.Love and lust, war and revolution, riches and poverty, youth and senility -- the variety of life, the endlessness of death, the search for peace and truth -- these universal themes dominate the novel. Whether he is describing an affair of passion or the voracity of capitalism and the corruption of government, Gabriel García Márquez always writes with the simplicity, ease, and purity that are the mark of a master.Alternately reverential and comical, One Hundred Years of Solitude weaves the political, personal, and spiritual to bring a new consciousness to storytelling. Translated into dozens of languages, this stunning work is no less than an accounting of the history of the human race.
 
 
The Hunger Games
The book no one can stop talking about...
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Collins delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.
 
 
Norwegian Wood
First American Publication. This stunning and elegiac novel by the author of the internationally acclaimed Wind-Up Bird Chronicle has sold over 4 million copies in Japan and is now available to American audiences for the first time.  It is sure to be a literary event.Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before.  Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable.  As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.A poignant story of one college student's romantic coming-of-age, Norwegian Wood takes us to that distant place of a young man's first, hopeless, and heroic love.
 
 
The Count of Monte Cristo

This beloved novel tells the story of Edmond Dantès, wrongfully imprisoned for life in the supposedly impregnable sea fortress, the Château d’If. After a daring escape, and after unearthing a hidden treasure revealed to him by a fellow prisoner, he devotes the rest of his life to tracking down and punishing the enemies who wronged him.
Though a brilliant storyteller, Dumas was given to repetitions and redundancies; this slightly streamlined version of the original 1846 English translation speeds the narrative flow while retaining most of the rich pictorial descriptions and all the essential details of Dumas’s intricately plotted and thrilling masterpiece.
Alexandre Dumas’s epic novel of justice, retribution, and self-discovery - one of the most enduringly popular adventure tales ever written - in a newly revised translation.

 

 

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

 

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BookLikes bloggers recommend for Halloween

— feeling vampire

Already the middle of October and we gathered what you're dared to read before the Halloween.

 

The Haunting of Hill House

The classic supernatural thriller by an author who helped define the genre First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a "haunting"; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers-and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.

No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.

 

The Dead House

The Dead House, which is set for fall 2015, is about the discovery of a diary in the ruins of a high school that burned down a quarter-century earlier. The diary was written by a girl whom no-one is sure ever existed.

 

 The story mostly revolves around Carly and Kaitlyn, twin sisters of sorts, or perhaps not? They're two minds in one body, and who can tell whether one is crazy and the other just a mere symptom, or whether they're actually two souls who just happen to coexist in an unusual way—Carly during the day, and Kaitlyn at night? After their parents' death, the "sisters" are sent to Elmbridge, a boarding school in Somerset, but their stay there is chaotic, as they're regularly sent back to Claydon, a psychiatric facility for teens. Under the guidance of Dr. Lansing, Carly has to accept that Kaitlyn is only an alter, meant to hold the painful memory of the night when her family was torn asunder. And yet... Doesn't Kaitlyn exist in her own way, too? Is she a construct, or a real person? Doesn't her diary reflect how real she is, just as real as Carly?

 

Pigeons from Hell

“Pigeons From Hell” is the spellbinding short novel of two stranded motorists and a local sheriff who battle strange and malevolent forces that inhabit a run-down, abandoned mansion in the middle of a swamp in the middle of nowhere. "Pigeons from Hell," remains one of Robert E. Howard's most celebrated horror stories and has seen several reprints including the Pyramid Weird Tales anthology published in 1964. Although Howard is best remembered as the creator of Conan the Barbarian, he was equally recognized in the 1930s pulps for his incredible horror stories.

This short story was a blast! It's been recommended to me many times and I've always been too busy to work it in. Being on the front edge of a reading slump, and usually having good luck with short stories to get me out of it, I decided to finally read this classic.  It's short, sweet and scary. What more could you want?

 

The Venus Complex

A man rises out of an abyss of frustration and rage and creates works of art out of destruction, goddesses out of mere dental hygienists and beauty out of death. It's also about the sickness and obsession that is LOVE.Enter into Michael's world through the pages of his personal journal, where every diseased thought, disturbing dream, politically incorrect rant and sexually explicit murder highlights his journey from zero to psycho.

The Venus Complex is a provocative journey into a psychopathic consciousness that is one of the most gripping and disturbing mind trips I've read. Told in a journal entry style first person narration, the first time we meet Michael Friday is the recounting of his wife's death in a car accident. His wife was cheating on him, his accusation and her reaction bring about a clean definitive snap of his mind, from normal to implacable killer and here lies the beginning of a jaunt that nibbles the edges of sanity until there's only one possible outcome.

 

Ghostopolis

A page-turning adventure of a boy's journey to the land of ghosts and back.Imagine Garth Hale's surprise when he's accidentally zapped to the spirit world by Frank Gallows, a washed-out ghost wrangler. Suddenly Garth finds he has powers the ghosts don't have, and he's stuck in a world run by the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who would use Garth's newfound abilities to rule the ghostly kingdom. When Garth meets Cecil, his grandfather's ghost, the two search for a way to get Garth back home, and nearly lose hope until Frank Gallows shows up to fix his mistake.

Great graphic novel! It's touching and a bit creepy. I would definitely reccomend! It held my attention and I couldn't wait to see how it ended.

 

In a Dark, Dark Wood

When Nora Shaw is invited to the hen do of an old school friend she hasn't seen in years, she's delighted to have a chance to reconnect with her old friend. Little does she know something is about to go horribly wrong... In A Dark, Dark Wood marks the launch of a major new star in psychological fiction.
Leonara Shaw, a writer in her mid-twenties, has been invited to the hen do of an old school friend. Nora hasn't seen Clare in years but she's looking forward to a chance to reconnect with her friend, even if she's surprised not to be invited to the wedding itself. But something goes wrong. Nora wakes up in a hospital room with her head bandaged and a police guard outside her door. Are they there to protect her or arrest her? Nora is worried. Worried because her first thought is not "what's happened to me?" but "what have I done?"

The author knows how to keep the reader on the edge of the seat waiting for the next exciting scene! When the story began, Leonora Shaw, an author who writes crime novels for a living, has received an unusual and unexpected invitation to a hen night for a friend she had not seen in a decade. The email was addressed to the name she used to call herself, Lee, but now she was known as Nora. She couldn’t figure out why her old friend Claire Cavendish would even want her at her hen party. For old time’s sake, though, when Claire’s friend Flo kept calling and pleading with her to come because Claire would be so pleased, she filled with guilt and decided to go.

 

Books of Blood

With the 1984 publication of Books of Blood, Clive Barker became an overnight literary sensation. He was hailed by Stephen King as "the future of horror," and won both the British and World Fantasy Awards. Now, with his numerous bestsellers, graphic novels, and hit movies like the Hellraiser films, Clive Barker has become an industry unto himself. But it all started here, with this tour de force collection that rivals the dark masterpieces of Edgar Allan Poe. Read him. And rediscover the true meaning of fear.

Fans of Clive Barker's earliest fiction may talk of how he lost his step, by turning away from the more visceral aspects of dark fiction towards the more fantastical. For them, at least they can look back upon these volumes of short stories and revel in what may be the finest collection of horror literature of the 80s, or any other decade. I'm a fan of Barker's fantasy stories, as much as his horror stories, but I must admit there is something unique and indelible about the tales Barker has weaved in these early collections. If you're new to his work and are not averse to being disturbed, you should make it a point to read these stories.

 

10 books of 2015 which you should read before Halloween

IN A DARK, DARK ROOM

In a dark, dark wood there was a dark, dark house.

And in that dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room.

And in that dark, dark room there was a dark, dark chest.

And in that dark, dark chest there was a dark, dark shelf.

And on that dark, dark shelf there was a dark, dark box.

And in that dark, dark box there was — A GHOST!

 

Identical twins share a connection that even modern science doesn't fully understand. Closer than mere blood can bind, deeper than any sibling bond, one cell, one mind, one beginning. Alannah Clark has found the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with. A magician - but magicians have secrets - secrets that might outweigh Alannah's own dark corners. But nothing remains hidden forever. Magic, thrills, romance, suspense, and sorrow are the emotions of John R. Little's newest and darkest thoughts. Fans are sure to get a thrill ride as he unleashes his newest adventure...
 
When sixteen-year-old Amanda Verner's family decides to move from their small mountain cabin to the vast prairie, she hopes it is her chance for a fresh start. She can leave behind the memory of the past winter; of her sickly ma giving birth to a baby sister who cries endlessly; of the terrifying visions she saw as her sanity began to slip, the victim of cabin fever; and most of all, the memories of the boy she has been secretly meeting with as a distraction from her pain. The boy whose baby she now carries...
 
Simon. Something frightful has happened to Jamie. Please come...
When James Asher is found unconscious in the cemetery of the Church of St. Clare Pieds-Nus with multiple puncture-wounds in his throat and arms, his wife, Lydia, knows of only one person to call: the vampire Don Simon Ysidro. Old friend and old adversary, he is the only one who can help Lydia protect her unconscious, fevered husband from the vampires of Paris. Why James has been attacked – and why he was called to Paris in the first place – Lydia has no idea. But she knows that she must find out, and quickly. For with James wavering between life and death, and war descending on the world, their slim chance of saving themselves from the vampires grows slimmer with each passing day...
 
In this asylum, your mind plays tricks on you all the time ... Delia's new house isn't just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females -- an insane asylum nicknamed "Hysteria Hall." However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself. But the house still wants to keep "troubled" girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia becomes trapped. And that's when she learns that the house is also haunted. Ghost girls wander the hallways in their old-fashioned nightgowns...
 
The heart-stopping third book in the New York Times bestselling Asylum series follows three teens as they take a senior year road trip to one of America's most haunted cities, uncovering dangerous secrets from their past along the way. With all the thrills, chills, and eerie found photographs that led Publishers Weekly to call Asylum "a strong YA debut," Catacomb is perfect for fans for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Sometimes the past is better off buried. Senior year is finally over. After all they've been through, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are excited to take one last road trip together, and they're just not going to think about what will happen when the summer ends...
 
Just back from rehab, Casey regrets letting her friends Shana, Julie, and Aya talk her into coming to Survive the Night, an all-night, underground rave in a New York City subway tunnel. Surrounded by frightening drugs and menacing strangers, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse...until she comes across Julie’s mutilated body in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Casey thought she was just off with some guy—no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music. And by the time they get back to the party, everyone is gone...
 
Enjoy 11 spooky campfire tales based on legends and true events in and around the Great Lakes region. Filled with creepy and sometimes humorous details, each has historic significance. Shiver as you read about the ghosts in Duluth, Minnesota, haunting the Glensheen Mansion, and the myth of a giant moose terrorizing tourists off the North Shore of Lake Superior. Meet the Melon Head Creatures, living in a dark and forbidden forest off Lake Michigan, the result of a mad scientist’s experiments, or a classic Lady in White. Discover the Manitous water gods, Native American spirits living at the bottom of the lake always looking for unsuspecting prey...
 
John Wayne Cleaver hunts demons: they've killed his neighbors, his family, and the girl he loves, but in the end he's always won. Now he works for a secret government kill team, using his gift to hunt and kill as many monsters as he can...but the monsters have noticed, and the quiet game of cat and mouse is about to erupt into a full scale supernatural war. John doesn't want the life he's stuck with. He doesn't want the FBI bossing him around, he doesn't want his only friend imprisoned in a mental ward, and he doesn't want to face the terrifying cannibal who calls himself The Hunter. John doesn't want to kill people. But as the song says, you can't always get what you want...
 
If life has taught me one thing, it is this: that the worst monsters are entirely human.
It began in a hole in the ground, in Paris, in the days after the liberation. What I saw there I saw only for the time it takes a match to burn down, and yet it decided the rest of my life. I tried to forget it at first, to ignore it, but I could not. It came back to me; he came back to me. He hurt people I loved... And so I took the first step on a journey from which there would be no return; a path that led me to fear, to hatred and to revenge - but, above all else, to blood...
 
In the bestselling vein of Guillermo Del Toro and Justin Cronin, the acclaimed author of Chimera and The Hydra Protocol delivers his spectacular breakout novel—an entertaining page-turning zombie epic that is sure to become a classic.
Anyone can be positive . . .
The tattooed plus sign on Finnegan's hand marks him as a Positive. At any time, the zombie virus could explode in his body, turning him from a rational human into a ravenous monster. His only chance of a normal life is to survive the last two years of the potential incubation period. If he reaches his twenty-first birthday without an incident, he'll be cleared...
 
What books are you going to read before Halloween, Booklikers? Share your #Halloween-reading with us.

Author talks: Tellulah Darling

 

A witty joker, fan of good love stories and quirky romance writer herself. Also, a real darling. That is Tellulah Darling, ladies and gents. Since her latest book, Get Real is available September 25th, what possibly could be a better excuse to have her over for a chat?! 

 

Enjoy the conversation BookLikes had with the author of My Ex From Hell and enter the Giveaway to win Tellulah's new book.

 

 

  

 

blWhat are you reading now, Tellulah?

 

 


TDTwo books that I just finished and loved were I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson and Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight.

 

  

 

blDid your first kiss really suck?

  

 

TDUnbelievably so. Think attack of the giant fishy lips.

 

 

  

blGot you. So, let’s play a little game. Imagine taking back the time: which of your (or others) book character you’d like to get swapped for your perfect first time kisser then?

 

TD*takes a moment to review all kissing abilities of her male characters*

Okay, for a first kiss, it would have to be Sam from Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls. He’d make it perfect. Totally screw things up afterwards, but that first time? Yeah.

 

blYour new adult romantic comedy, Get Real, is about to be released (25th September!), congratulations! ‘Sass, sex, and swoon, set in the world of “Cadabras” -- humans with magical powers.‘ Now, that seems to be a really explosive mixture! Can you tell our bloggers more about the book?

 

TDThank you! I am a sucker for romantic comedies. They’re my happy place. Thing is, I don’t tend to write straightforward ones. Once I start thinking about plot, I get into crazy mythologies, made-up magic, and madcap urban fantasy adventures. It’s incredibly fun for me to set a romantic comedy against a backdrop of something more fantastic.

 

Get Real, however, actually came from a very different place. When I was growing up, I lived in a town where mine was the only Jewish family. I dealt with othering, ignorance, and flat-out racism. I was also a reader girl who wanted nothing more than to find someone like me in the pages of a book, having an adventure or being a romantic lead. Sadly, all I could find were issue books where being Jewish was treated like some kind of after-school special. I lived that. I didn’t want to read it. With my NA debut, I wanted an awesome heroine who happened to be Jewish. 

 

 

Once I’d figured out who Francesca was as this Jewish good girl, I needed the very bad boy who set her teeth on edge. That was Rafael. Then it was all about how much fun I could have with a sexy, sassy, swoon-filled urban fantasy adventure and how far I could take these two without having them kill each other. In the end, as it always is, their journey became about the impact these two have on each other in terms of their specific character issue, in this case getting real about what they want from their respective lives.

 

blWhat is the story behind this sass and humor loving author, how did you end up being a writer?

 

 TDI’ve always written though I never thought writer was an actual career path for an ordinary person. On the plane ride to university I was trying to pick my courses, and my mom said, “How about film?” I thought she meant as a degree. Apparently she only meant as an elective. :P Once I had my film degree in hand – my M.A. in Film Theory actually, I planned on staying in academia and writing film history and criticism.

 

Then I met a boy.

 

My now-husband actually, a filmmaker. We decided to write some shorts together which eventually led to a career in screenwriting. After a great twelve year run, I was burned out and wrote a YA romantic comedy novel for fun, because I love reading YA and I’m a romcom junkie. I wasn’t thinking of a career, more like just checking to see if I still enjoyed writing. Four YA books later and now my NA debut and that love is still going strong.

 

blThis is the question we had asked pretty much every author we had here and  that's because we are really nosy, nothing else: Do you have any writing habits, like drinking a coffee from your lucky mug, not writing on Mondays, inventing the plot while riding a bike?

 

TDNot really. I don’t even have a schedule. There are weeks when I do no writing at all. I’m scrawling furious notes on scrap pieces of paper and my iPhone and various files on my laptop. Waking up at 3AM to jot something down. Eventually, the time comes when I start compiling all my thoughts, outlining, researching and eventually writing my first draft. That’s when I become consumed to the point of resenting my family for having the audacity to want meals and clean clothes. Kidding aside, they are very patient with me in that state and know to yell my name several times before I’ll answer.

 

blYou have been previously writing for the TV & film industry for quite some time, actually. Usually, writers are interested in their career evolving the other way round: books to screen… How has your previous experience been valuable, later in your book author career?

 

TDAbsolutely. I knew some of my experience from the screenwriting world would prove invaluable, such as my understanding of theme, structure, and even marketing from the indie films I did. But on a film or TV set, there is a crew bringing your vision to life. So screenplays keep description and action brief. That was a big learning curve for me. How to flesh out my world, my five senses and bring it alive on the page. In the end, I’m glad I came to novel writing this way.


Get Real

 

 blSome would say, it’s easier to make the reader/audience follow the story when there is a visual layer to go with the content. How do you keep your books entertaining for the reader?   

 

TDYou might want to ask my readers that. :) Because I am such a fan of romantic comedy whether movies, TV shows, or books, I’ve consumed and studied a ton of them. What I found was a lot of storytelling billing itself as romcom that was missing the comedy. For me, romantic comedy needs an equal emphasis on both parts. The romantic ending needs to be earned and the journey needs to be hilariously painful. I think my strength is delivering both romance and comedy in satisfying amounts.

 

blWhich TV/movie screenwriter +  title/titles you think is absolutely brilliant?

  

 

TDHow long a list can I give? In terms of writer/showrunners - Joss Whedon for Buffy, obviously. Mindy Kaling for The Mindy Project (best romcom on TV!), Stephen Falk for You’re The Worst (best anti-romcom on TV!), Graeme Manson for Orphan Black, Ronald D. Moore for Battlestar Galactica, Vince Gilligan for Breaking Bad. Nora Ephron as queen of the film romcom, the wit and heart of Billy Wilder and screwball genius of Charles Lederer and Ben Hecht. There are literally tons and tons of screenwriters that I admire.

 

blYA is one of the most popular genders on BookLikes, but surely in a wider scoop as well. Although the demand is high, not every romantic novel has 'it'. What more besides the actual love bit should this gender offer to the readers?

 

TDDespite my love of throwing other elements like magic into the romantic mix, I think it comes down to voice and earning that happily-ever-after. Our job as writers is to make our readers emotionally connect with our characters. And all the vamps or magic or backwards storytelling or whatever are not going to matter if we haven’t done our job. 

 

Generally, readers already know going in to a romance whether there is a happily-ever-after or not waiting for them at the end. We authors need to make the audience doubt the outcome. Make our characters work for that ending. And do it with a voice that engages our readers. We need to spellbind and that comes from the essential nature of the story itself, not the bells and whistles.


blOne can find a lot of references to ancient mythology in your books. This is pretty unique -- where did this interest came from? Why did you decide to use this typology in your writing?

 

TDI grew up on a steady diet of myths and fairy tales and I always loved the idea of putting my own spin on them. After Sam Cruz, which was straight romcom, I wanted to delve into mythology and Persephone had always fascinated me. There was something unfinished about her and her story, like she was a passive player and not the MC of her own life.

 

I really wanted to write about a girl living under the radar, handed ultimate power whose journey becomes one of empowerment. What better way than to have a teen girl have a goddess awakening? Plus Greek myth meant gods behaving badly and my own addition of a bad boy ex-boyfriend god. All these elements made sense for My Ex From Hell and the two subsequent books in the trilogy.

 

blWhat are you working on now? New book? Screenplay?

  

 

TDSince Get Real is book one in a four-book series, each with it’s own self-contained romantic comedy set against this ongoing urban fantasy adventure, I was supposed to spend the summer writing Freak Out, which is book two. Except I got completely distracted (i.e. obsessed) by an adult romcom/urban fantasy that demanded to be written. I’m revising that one and have finally turned my attention to Freak Out. It’s great to be back with these characters.

 

blHumor seems to be your tread mark. How would you describe your sense of humor.

 

  

TDSkewed. Sarcastic, often inappropriate – but I hope not mean.  I was raised in a family where we poked fun at ourselves and our lives. We couldn’t help but laugh at a lot of things. That’s how I view the world. With a quip.

 

 

blSo, who do you enjoy more then: Woody Allen, or Amy Schumer?

 

 

 TDI was raised on a steady diet of old Woody Allen and Neil Simon movies so I will forever have a fondness for those. Nowadays, however, while there are incredible male comedians like Chris Rock and Ricky Gervais that blow my mind, I definitely identify more with the humour of the brilliant women like Amy, Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler, and (my super crush) Mindy Kaling.

 

blMost definitely, we could carry this one on much longer, as it is a great fun talking to you. Thank you, Tellulah! 

 

However, let's give the BL bloggers a chance to get your new book, go to Get Real Giveaway (it starts Friday 25th September just after 4 p.m. CET).

 

TDThank you so much for having me!

xo,

 

Tellulah

 



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Guest post by Rod Raglin: Rushing to publish could mean blowing your best opportunities

 
 
Rod Raglin is a journalist/photographer/writer living on the west coast of Canada. He is author of the five novels; THE BIG PICTURE - A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic, FOREST - Love, Loss, Legend, and the series ECO-WARRORS that includes SPIRIT BEAR, EAGLERIDGE BLUFFS, and NOT WONDER MORE - Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients.
 
Someone one wise once said: There is no right way to write. So true. But we all want to do it the right way, right? 
 
Rod decided to share his writing process secrets in this little piece about his personal writing experiences with some essential tips & tricks that may come in handy not only for writers but also readers and reviewers. Enjoy! 
 
 
 
 
 
So you’ve finally finished your novel.

Congratulations. 

What you’ve accomplished is significant and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. How many people do you know who have spent countless hours by themselves sitting in front of a keyboard creating an imaginary world?

It’s only a matter of time before your creation changes your life, and that can’t happen too soon. What are you waiting for? It’s time to start submitting it to all those fortunate agents and publishers you’ve selected, right?

Wrong.

I was once like you, full of enthusiasm and hubris upon completing my first novel. To get my masterpiece published I pulled in all my favours, two actually. I had an acquaintance who knew Jeffrey Archer personally (yes, that Jeffrey Archer), and I had a business associate who was an editor in a well-respected publishing firm.

The first response came from Archer’s agent. She suggested I take some writing courses. A little while later the editor returned my manuscript. She’d taken the time to line edit the first chapter complete with margin notes. Suffice to say the editing notes all but obscured the original text.

At the time I didn’t realize it, but I had just blown two really good opportunities in my rush to get published.  That manuscript is still buried somewhere in my filing cabinet. I’m too embarrassed to look at it.
 
Most recently I’ve taken on writing and and doing video book reviews* of the work of new, self-published authors.
 
I’ve written a lot of book reviews, but in this category – new, self-published authors the average star rating is 2.8, a bit better than I didn’t like it, but not quite as good as I liked it.
 
A few of these authors are brilliant, but most, though they have potential, are hampered by lack of craft. If they continue writing and reading I know they’ll improve. Writing is like most things – the more you do it the better you get.
 
I have to add a caveat to that statement. Your writing will improve if you continue to do it while seeking out constructive criticism and taking it to heart.
 
Most of the novels I’m giving two stars to have been rushed into publication. I know you’re excited, but remember – it’s never as good as you think it is, and it can always be better. Yes, always.
 
 
Here are some suggestions you might want to consider when you’ve completed your novel. It’s what I do and though it hasn’t garnered me success, it’s at least saved me further embarrassment.
 
- I revise the manuscript a minimum three times or until I feel it’s finished.
- I read it out loud (it drives my cat crazy).
- Then I put it away for at least three months or however long it takes to get it out of my system.
- While I’m waiting to be purged, I work on something completely different.
- Once I’ve put some distance between my ego and the book, I’m ready. I take out the manuscript and send it to as many beta readers for comment as I can. If you don’t have a stable of readers who are free from conflict of interest – that means no family and no friends, join a writing group, online or otherwise, and workshop the novel.
 
 
Once I’ve decided it’s time for the final rewrite I gather all the comments and criticisms together and begin.
 
When I’m finished I have another decision to make. Do I begin the traditional submission process or save myself a lot of time and frustration and go directly to self-publishing?
 
If you follow this method I guarantee your final version will be different and better than it was when you deemed it complete. And if someone does recommend your book to Oprah or the New York Times decides to review it, it will be perfect – or as perfect as you could make it.
 
Keep writing and remember what Nietzsche said:
 
The doer alone learneth.
 
 
* Video book reviews of self-published authors now at
Not Your Family, Not Your Friend Video Book Reviews: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH45n8K4BVmT248LBTpfARQN
 
 
 

 

 

Rod Raglin

rodraglin.booklikes.com

 

 

 

This blog will touch on the experiences I have as a writer (not to be mistaken for my experience as a writer, i.e. how many books I've written, etc); the pleasure and the pain, the joy and the grief, the satisfaction and the frustration, the magic and the reality - have I left anything out, oh yeah, the rejection, rejection and more rejection,  the humiliation and the embarrassment, the jealousy and the resentment - that pretty much covers it, except for why I do it which perhaps I'll realize along the way. Are you totally confused? Good, let's begin... Go to Rod's blog ->

Early Autumn Book Arrivals

 

Kids are back to school and everybody is back at work. After Summer break, book industry is picking up again. Hence new, exciting releases are arriving in the bookshops. And it's about time because these evenings are coming sooner and getting gloomier. 

 

Let's see what they got out for us, book lovers. Check this 9 early Autumn new releases in #Fiction #Romance #Thriller, #Historical #Non Fiction that we are going to put on our shelf soon. Let us know what new releases you are awaiting, post your list with new releases September tag

 

Purity

#Novels, #Adult Fiction

Out from 1st September

Purity: A NovelA magnum opus for our morally complex times from the author of FreedomYoung.

Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother - her only family - is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life. Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with The Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world - including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn't understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong...

 

Girl Waits with Gun 

#Historical Fiction #Adult Mystery

Out from 1st September

From the author of The Drunken Botanist comes an enthralling novel based on the forgotten true story of one of the nation’s first female deputy sheriffs.

Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared...

 

The Cycle of the Shen

#horror

Out from 5th September

The Cycle of the Shen (The River Book 10)One of the most exciting new series!
Does paradise only exist in our minds?
Eximere always seemed like paradise to Steven and Roy. Having agreed to act as caretakers for the mansion, they have been spending more time at Eximere, becoming acquainted with its quirks and idiosyncrasies. However, the more Steven and Roy learn about Eximere, the more disillusioned they become. Their recent discoveries of Eximere’s nature have extended their circle of caretaking, and now a century-old creature from a tiny town on the peninsula threatens to unravel the delicate balance that keeps Eximere functional. As they struggle to stop this strange entity from destroying everything they love about Eximere, more of James Unser’s bizarre design is revealed — and the results are devastating to Steven and Roy. The Cycle of the Shen is a fast-paced paranormal mystery, and the tenth book in The River series...

 

House of Thieves

#Historical Fiction #Mystery

Out from 15th September

 

From the author of The Paris Architect. The Debt Must Be Repaid ― or Else

In 1886 New York, a respectable architect shouldn't have any connection to the notorious gang of thieves and killers that rules the underbelly of the city. But when John Cross's son racks up an unfathomable gambling debt to Kent's Gents, Cross must pay it back himself. All he has to do is use his inside knowledge of high society mansions and museums to craft a robbery even the smartest detectives won't solve. The take better include some cash too ―the bigger the payout, the faster this will be over. With a newfound talent for sniffing out vulnerable and lucrative targets, Cross becomes invaluable to the gang. But Cross's entire life has become a balancing act, and it will only take one mistake for it all to come crashing down ―and for his family to go down too.

 

Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven't Told You

#Non Fiction #Autobiography

Out from 15th September

In the spirit of Mindy Kaling’s bestseller Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a collection of humorous, autobiographical essays from Kunal Nayyar, best known as Raj on CBS’s #1 hit comedy The Big Bang Theory.
Of all the charming misfits on television, there’s no doubt Raj from The Big Bang Theory—the sincere yet incurably geeky Indian-American astrophysicist—ranks among the misfittingest. Now, we meet the actor who is every bit as loveable as the character he plays on TV. In this revealing collection of essays written in his irreverent, hilarious, and self-deprecating voice, Kunal Nayyar traces his journey from a little boy in New Delhi who mistakes an awkward first kiss for a sacred commitment, gets nosebleeds chugging Coca-Cola to impress other students, and excels in the sport of badminton, to the confident, successful actor on the set of TV’s most-watched sitcom since Friends.

 

The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine 

#Literature #Fiction

Out from 22nd September

A modern-day Gatsby tale filled with unforgettable characters and charm, The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine is a sparkling love letter to Los Angeles and a captivating journey beyond the golden gates of its most glamorous estates.

When young journalist Thomas Cleary is sent to dig up quotes for the obituary of a legendary film producer, the man's eccentric daughter offers him entrée into the exclusive upper echelons of Hollywood society. A small-town boy with working-class roots, Thomas is a stranger in this opulent world of private jets and sprawling mansions. 
Then he meets Matilda Duplaine...

 

Get Real

#Romance #Scifi

Out from 26th September

 Get Real is a romantic comedy, urban fantasy whirlwind with sass, sex, and swoon, set in the world of “Cadabras"–humans with magical powers. 

Francesca Bellafiore is a good Jewish girl, living up to family expectations that she use her magic to heal others. Underneath, she’s a wannabe badass with her heart set on becoming a detective and solving magical crimes. But nice girls don't disappoint their moms. Party boy Rafael Muñoz does everything possible to publicly disappoint his high profile father. Privately, it's a different story. His carefully crafted bad boy reputation masks the fact he’s a master illusionist, forced into solo covert ops. The role is wearing thin and Rafael longs to be part of a team.

 

 

The Last Midwife

#Historical Fiction

Out from 29th September

 With Sandra Dallas's incomparable gift for creating a sense of time and place and characters that capture your heart, The Last Midwife tells the story of family, community, and the secrets that can destroy and unite them.

It is 1880 and Gracy Brookens is the only midwife in a small Colorado mining town where she has delivered hundreds, maybe thousands, of babies in her lifetime. The women of Swandyke trust and depend on Gracy, and most couldn't imagine getting through pregnancy and labor without her by their sides.

But everything changes when a baby is found dead...and the evidence points to Gracy as the murderer.

She didn't commit the crime, but clearing her name isn't so easy when her innocence is not quite as simple, either. She knows things, and that's dangerous...

 

Marry Me at Christmas (Fool's Gold)

#Romance #Adult #Christmas

Out from 29th September

Wish upon a Christmas star with Author Susan Mallery's sparkling Fool's Gold romance! 
To bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug, organizing a Christmas wedding sounds like a joy—until she finds out she'll be working closely with the gorgeous brother of the bride, movie star Jonny Blaze. How will a small-town girl like her keep from falling for the world's sexiest guy? Especially with mistletoe lurking around every corner! Jonny came to Fool's Gold looking for normal, not for love. Happily-ever-after only happens in the movies. Still, nothing about this quirky town is quite what he expected, and "ordinary" Madeline is the most extraordinary woman he's ever met. Refreshingly honest, disarmingly sweet. Achingly beautiful... 

 

 

 

Booklikes' Debbie's Spurts has put together week by week new releases in book series:

 

 

 

What books are you waiting to seize, Booklikers? Share your #new releases september with us.

 

 

Book Blog Talks: Knowledge Lost, previously known as Literary Exploration

 

Please welcome Michael from Knowledge Lost on BookLikes to BookLikes’ Book Blog Talks

 

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BookLikes URL: knowledgelost.booklikes.com

 

 

Recently your blog received a new blog name! Literary Exploration has been changed into Knowledge Lost. Can you tell our readers why have you decided to make this big change and how did it affect your blogging?


I have been blogging and using various social media sites (Twitter, YouTube, etc) under two different names for a while, Knowledge Lost and Literary Exploration. Knowledge Lost was dedicated to my autodidactic explorations and Literary Exploration was book related. I recently thought it was time to merge all my interests under the one name, in the hopes to simplify my life.

 

 

Let’s move back a little bit. Have you always been keen on reading and blogging? How did it all start?

Hey! Nietzsche! Leave Them Kids Alone! - Craig Schuftan 

It all started in 2009, I was spending a lot of time listening to music and I came across a book called Hey! Nietzsche! Leave Them Kids Alone! by Craig Schuftan. The subtitle for the book was “The Romantic Movement, Rock & Roll, And The End Of Civilisation As We Know It” and it explored the Paradise Lost - John Milton,John Leonard  hidden roots in rock music with the Romantic movement of the 1800s. This changed something in me, I became interested in books and knowledge.

In fact Knowledge Lost was adapted from the title Paradise Lost by John Milton. I decided on this title to symbolise the fact that there is so much to learn and so much knowledge out there that previously was lost to me.

 

 

What have you learnt during these three years of book blogging? We bet bloggers at BookLikes would love to hear your blogging golden rules :)


I have been blogging since 2009 now, (BookLikes is just another method to share my bookish love) and I think the golden rule for blogging is to write for yourself. If you are passionate about the topic and just want to talk about it, nothing else really matters.

 

 

We can read on your blog that you’re an audiobook fan. What’s so special in audio version of books?

I use audiobooks as a way to experience a book while I am stuck at work. I think there are advantages (and disadvantages) to audiobooks; they can help you get through some difficult pieces of text a little easier, and great for multitasking.

 

 

Do you experience the book differently when you’re listening to it and reading it?

 

I think there are differences, but audiobooks are just so convenient. I try mainly to use audiobooks as a way to get through non-fiction but sometimes you discover a book you want to read and you have a credit on Audible.

 

 

Your stats show that you mostly read science-fiction and classics books. Your shelf, however, is a proof of your diversified reading taste with reads all across the genres. Do you have a favorite book genre?


I honestly didn’t think science-fiction would be so high up there. I am drawn to books that explore themes in interesting ways. Literary fiction isn’t really a genre but that is the type of books I enjoy reading. I am also believe there is great literature in all genres, we just have to find it. I am not afraid to try different genres and experience something different.

 

 

How do you pick your next book to read? By genre, by author, due to recommendations, ARC requests?

I read on a whim, I wish I was more organised because books from the library and ARCs tend to pile up really quickly, but it just depends on what I feel like.

 

 

If you could meet & have a fancy dinner with one author (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov,Craig Raine 
I think my answer will be different every day, but today I think Vladimir Nabokov. He comes across as a grumpy old man but his books are beautifully complex, I would like to get to know him a little more. Maybe get to the bottom of the whole Lolita debate.

 

 

Name your favorite authors. Why are they special?

 

Craig Scuftan (because he got me into reading), Mary Shelley (because I’m obsessed with Frankenstein), Fyodor Dostoevsky is responsible for my love of Russian lit and Raymond Candler gave me a love for pulp crime novels.



 

 

 

What are you reading now?

 

  • Bonjour Tristesse and A Certain Smile by Françoise Sagan (my current classic read)
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (a re-read)
  • Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann (finally reading this cult classic)
  • Manuscripts Don't Burn by Mikhail Bulgakov (learning more about the life of Bulgakov)

Ways of Seeing by John Berger (learning more about art)

Bonjour Tristesse & A Certain Smile - Francoise SaganThe Handmaid's Tale - Margaret AtwoodValley of the Dolls - Jacqueline SusannManuscripts Don't Burn: Mikhail Bulgakov A Life in Letters and Diaries - J.A.E. CurtisWays of Seeing - John Berger

 

What’s your favorite snack while reading?

I don’t often eat snacks while reading, but I do drink Tea.

My favourite tea for reading at the moment is Rooibos.

Name 5 book titles that have a special place in your heart.

Without explaining them, or using Frankenstein or Hey! Nietzsche! again

I am going to say;

  • Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
  • The Machine by James Smythe


Super Sad True Love Story - Gary ShteyngartCrime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky,Richard Pevear,Larissa VolokhonskySwimming Home - Deborah LevyA Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel - Anthony MarraThe Machine - James Smythe

 

Are there books you would love to read and record?

Or maybe you already did (secretly or not)?

I would be a horrible audiobook narrator, I’ll leave that to the professionals, or maybe my book…if I ever write one

How much time do you spend reading / listening to books?

I spend at least two hours a day reading, I do not know how much I spend listening.

 

What's the most unusual place you’ve been reading in?

I don’t know how to answer this, aren’t all places for reading?

Who is your favorite audio book narrator?

I think Wil Wheaton is a fantastic audiobook narrator.

What’s your favorite reading spot?

Our readers would love to see some photos :)

 I normally read on my bed, but I I’m not going to show you that.

 

 

Thank you, Michael! 

 

 

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11 back to school accessories all book lovers must have

— feeling nerd

 

Holiday adventures? Checked. Sunburn? Checked. Sand on a carpet, in your bed, in a bag? Checked. Screams on a roller-coaster? Checked. Crazy photos? Checked. Completed TBR pile? Checked in 50%. Packed school bag? Not yet. 

 

Farewell holidays, welcome new school year. But worry not my friends - here we come with a helping hand! These 11 accessories will help you stay in the bookish mood in school setting. Stay strong and read on. 

 

 

1. These bookish pencils with your favorite book quotes will help you stay in a good shape outside your reading room.

 

via Etsy

 

 

2. These cool bookmarks will show exactly how you feel about the passage!?!

 

via Kate Spade

 

 

3. These socks are simply too cool not to have them during the semester!

 

via ModCloth

 

 

4. This blouse will end up all rumors about your super powers. Isn't that obvious?

 

 

via Human

 

 

5. This punk rock authors tote bag is a badass in schoolbags and it's a #MUSTHAVE!

 

via Out of Print

 

 

6. With this lunch box, you'll have a minute or two to finish up a chapter. Perfect!

 

via Zazzle

 

 

7. This personalized travel mug is a perfect wake up cup for commuters. Reading & drinking coffee -- can you imagine a better morning? 

 

via Picture In A Dream on Etsy

 

 

8. This watch will remind you that there's aways good time for a book. 

 

 

found on Ebay

 

 

9. These lovely notebooks will give you plenty of space for your notes, comments, quotes, and your homework - if you find an empty page (yeah, wishful thinking).

 

via Book Lover Gifts

 

And for your deepest literary thoughts, use this marvelous leather journals. 

 

 found on Book Lover Gifts and AliExpress

 

 

10. Even the biggest hard core reader needs to stay in touch with real people (oh man, seriously?). This charging dock will charge not only your phone but also your mindset. "May the Force be with you." 

 

via Rich Neeley Designs on Etsy

 

 

11. These sticky notes will show you way back to the highlighted passages and favorite quotes. 

 

via Amazon

 

 

This sticky notes set allows you to mark a book page with an appropriate emoticon, and you'll feel like on BookLikes again - how cool is that! :D 

 

 via Amazon

 

Book bloggers have mixed feelings about "Go Set a Watchman" by Harper Lee

 

Last weeks broke the news about Harper Lee's new release. The audience was thrilled, readers impatient and booksellers full of hopes. It was definitely a success for the HarperCollins publisher, "Go Set a Watchman" has sold more that 1 million copies in the first week, and this refers to US and Canada book markets only! But how has it been received by the most important and demanding audience - the readers? 

  

The book brought a lot of buzz and received mixed reviews that started to pop up on the blogs, in social media channels and news services the day it was released. Book bloggers have found the book uneasy and got conflicted feelings, and the controversy around the book's topic and author's intentions only heated the discussions up. 

 

Here are several opinions from BookLikes book blogs that you may find helpful when considering whether Harper Lee's second book is worth your time or not. 

 

You know the drill - think for yourself, read before reviewing. 


Go Set a Watchman 

 WOW effect 

 

 

Author Sharon E. Cathcart  loved it

 

"Wow, what a roller coaster ride.

[...] 

This is not a book that I loved in the same way as To Kill a Mockingbird, but it is thought-provoking in its demonstration that people are far more complicated than we often given them credit for being."... read full review

 

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  highlights: "Don't prejudge this book! There is more to it than meets the eye. 

 

As we read the novel, we learn that “go set a watchman” possibly means to some, find your conscience and then act accordingly. Each person must do just that, when reading this book. Decide if Atticus was racist or a realist. Of course, if the issue is whether or not a black person can vote, then there can be only one conclusion. Every legal citizen of the country has and should have always had the right to vote, regardless of color or creed. If, however, it is based on whether or not you believe a voter should be aware of what he/she is voting for, you may come to an altogether different conclusion, but it should not be based on race.

 

Keep an open mind while reading and determine if Finch is a racist or a realist. He lived in a different time and in a different place than we are now, but his thoughts may have foreshadowed future problems." ... read full review

 

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Blogger from  confesses: 

 

"I read this book with a unique vantage point -- I've never read To Kill A Mockingbird in its entirety. I read the first five or six chapters years ago but never completed it. It's one of those novels I've been meaning to read for years but haven't gotten around to it yet. Because of this, I was able to read Go Set A Watchman without making comparisons to Lee's previous novel. I was able to judge this book on its merits alone, and for that I am pretty grateful."

 

Then continues:

"I'd like to say more about this novel, but I really don't feel I should. Chances are you've read it or already plan to, or you've already heard everything I could possibly say about it. It should be given a chance if only because it adds a new perspective to the classic story published so long ago. None of the characters are their former selves, nor should it be expected that they would be -- this story takes place twenty years after the events in its predecessor."

 

With a strong final sentence:

"This isn't the book most Harper Lee fans probably want, but here in 2015, it's the one we need." read full review

 

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Here's 

 

"This book is profound. Those who disagree might have expected too much from it. 
[...]
The book, and the story itself, still gives us a deep look into racism and the old South. It is still trying to get across the morals of equality, which I believe it accomplished.
 
I'm so glad I read this book. It didn't have the same effect as, To Kill A mockingbird, but it still resonates in me."... read full review
 
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Blogger at  needed only one sentence to review the title:
"WOW!!  Loved it."

 

 

Go Set a Watchman 

 So So effect & mixed feelings

 

 

Book blogger at  writes: 

 

"I chose to listen to the audiobook version of this book as narrated by Reese Witherspoon. Going into the experience, I was fully prepared to be disappointed in the book, simply given the circumstances of its inception."

 

Then states:

"I am pleased to report that aside from all the hype, I liked the book. It certainly upset and angered me in several ways, as I'm certain was the reaction of most readers, but this had nothing to do with the quality of the writing. In fact, structurally, I thought it was one of the better novels I've read this year."

 

Raises up a statement: 

"Getting angry at the book's content seems a pointless exercise, as it was written over 50 years ago and published by someone who is no longer in full control of her awareness."

 

Gives a grade to a narrator:

"Reese Witherspoon, by the way, gets a B in her narration."... read full review

 

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Blogger at  admits:

 

"I don't know what to think. I just do not. It's that simple. I probably shouldn't even be blogging about this one, but I feel compelled to.*"

 

Poses questions:

"There are so many things that'd help me know what to think about this; for example: 1. if there wasn't the cloud of controversy over the publication -- did Lee really want it published? Is she of sound enough mind to make that choice now? and so on. 2. If there'd been a third book of hers published"

 

And revels:

"Am I glad I read this? I think so. There are phrases, sentences, paragraphs, vignettes, scenes, that I relished.

[...]

But there's bits about this novel that just confound me. Some of the speechifying seems so out of place"

 

Then comes to a conclusion that:

"Maybe in time, after weeks/months of thought, a few re-reads, some distance, I'll have an opinion about the book that I can stand behind. Right now, best I can manage is a shrug." read full review

 

 

Go Set a Watchman 

 Emm, no effect

 

 writes:

"Despite all the hype, I didn't really want to read this book.  I don't tend to read books about the South, and considering this was rejected by the publishers at the time it was originally written, it just didn't sound all that worthwhile.

[...]

"I don't want to get into any plot details, but I will say that the publishers were right when they advised Ms. Lee to try something else out.  She ended up doing a lot better with her second attempt, and this one shouldn't have been published, then or now.

[...]

Let it stand on its own, or take it for what it is: a poor first draft."... read full review

 

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Book blogger from  explains: 

 

"I need a little time to meditate on this book because I'm reacting to several things that upset me in the course of reading this book, in completely the wrong focus and wrong way. And maybe that's the problem with "Go Set A Watchman" - it doesn't necessarily shine a light on anything. Shallow portrayals of its characters, shallow portrayals of its issues, and pretty much an incomplete novel that seems like it's aiming towards something greater, but never fulfills that promise."

 

Praises the narrator:

"The only good thing I can say about my reading this book is that Reese Witherspoon is a fine narrator. She really is; she gave more life to the audio performance of the novel than I think I would've had reading this on its own. I'd give her 5 stars for the performance, but the book itself - nowhere near close."

 

Reviews the book:

"Not only was this an extremely weak narrative from a technical standpoint, but its aim to shine a light on the respective characters and issues it touched upon failed miserably.

[...]

I don't think "Go Set A Watchman" really felt like a novel that could stand on its own - it was more like an elaborate draft or outline of a conversation to be had in much larger context than it provided.

[...]

Mockingbird has its respective issues that are debatable, but it wasn't anywhere near as weak as this narrative was."... read full review

 

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 alerts:

"If you're looking for the sequel for To Kill a Mockingbird, you'll be disappointed. Even though this book is marketed as the sequel, it is impossible for the two stories to be set in the same universe. There are multiple inconsistencies between the two, the biggest being the outcome of the big trial in To Kill a Mockingbird. Even without the inconsistencies, it would be a poor sequel.

[...]

Even taking the story on its own and ignoring its relationship with To Kill a Mockingbird, it just wasn't that great. It meanders along and goes off on tangents that are uninteresting and don't add much to the story."

 

Finishes the text with these lines:

"I can't say reading this was an enjoyable experience. It did, however, make me incredibly curious about what a lot of other books looked like in their first drafts. I have an even greater appreciation of editors than I already did."... read full review

 

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 reports that due to readers' disappointment some bookshops offer refunds for Go Set a Watchman... read full text

 

 

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Read, Run, Ramble was discouraged and writes: So much drama - I just want to read!

 

"When Harper Lee's sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, I was immediately giddy. Then I thought about it a little and I got a little concerned. I've read articles in support of the book and others which match my skepticism.

I hate to feel this conflicted about reading a book." ... read full text

 

And answers the most important question: To Read or Not to Read?

"Now that the book is out, I think I've made my decision. I don't want to read the book..." read full text

 

 

What's your opinion? Will you read the book?

How did you like the book?

Share your opinion and links to your reviews

in the comments below.  

 

6 quotes by August born authors to follow and live a happy life

 

August comes to an end but it's still time to fill up your TBR shelf with August born writers, and your minds with their wise words. Let's start today!

 

 

Herman Melville

(August 1, 1819 - September 28, 1891)

 

 

 

Most popular books by Herman Melville on BookLikes:

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale - Herman Melville, Andrew Delbanco, Tom QuirkBilly Budd and Other Stories - Frederick Busch, Herman MelvilleThe Confidence-Man (Oxford World's Classics) - Herman Melville, John Dugdale, Tony TannerBenito Cereno - Herman Melville, Wyn Kelly
 
The Butler Did It reviewed:
 
Israel Potter: His Fifty Years of Exile - Herman Melville, Robert S. Levine

Israel Potter-The easier side of Herman Melville

I had never read a thing by Herman Melville and couldn't have told you anything he wrote except for Moby Dick before I took a class about him.  I've really come to enjoy his writing.  If all you've experienced of Melville is Moby-Dick, you might be surprised by his other writings.  This book is a straight forward narrative of the life of a Revolutionary War soldier.  It's based on a autobiography of a real soldier but Melville does fictionalize it and loves to add in historical characters... read full review

 

 

Julian Meynell's Books reviewed: 

 

Billy Budd and Other Stories - Frederick Busch, Herman Melville
Billy Budd and Other Stories
This is a collection of short stories and novellas. The two stand out pieces are the Benito Cereno and Bartleby the Scrivener. It is all pretty interesting and worth reading though. I find Melville just about the most difficult writer that there is and I don't really think that I understand him at all. But his words are beautiful and there is a lot going on... read full review

 

 

P.D. James

(August 3, 1920 - November 27, 2014)

 

 

Most popular books by P.D. James on BookLikes:

The Children of Men - P.D. JamesDeath Comes to Pemberley - P.D. JamesCover Her Face - P.D. JamesAn Unsuitable Job for a Woman - P.D. JamesShroud for a Nightingale - P.D. James

 

Tower of Iron Will reviewed: 

 

Shroud for a Nightingale - P.D. James

Unsuitable for Nurse Training

I believe it was Red Skelton who said that to be a writer you have to be a close observer of human nature, but not so close that you start to hate everyone. P.D. James seems to frequently drift across the line into hating everybody. The men in James' world tend to be pompous, self-absorbed, preening narcissists, but they are almost nice compared to the women. The women are often petty, manipulative, mean-spirited and deliberately cruel... read full review

 

 

MOONLIGHT READER reviewed: 

 

Cover Her Face - P.D. James

ADAM DALGLEISH #1

I went through a period of my life maybe fifteen years ago where all I read were mysteries, mostly mysteries written by women. P.D. James, Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes figured prominently during this reading era. All three of them featured male detectives - real detectives, not amateurs - Adam Dalgleish, Tommy Lynley and Richard Jury, respectively... read full review

 

  

Charles Bukowski

(August 16, 1920- March 9, 1994)

 

 

Most popular books by Charles Bukowski on BookLikes:

Ham on Rye - Charles BukowskiPost Office - Charles BukowskiWomen - Charles BukowskiAsk the Dust - John Fante, Charles BukowskiFactotum - Charles Bukowski

 

JeffreyKeeten reviewed: 

 

Henry “Hank” Chinaski can’t believe he is still alive. His hard drinking, hard living contemporaries are all dead. He is the last barfly standing. He has simplified his life, married a good woman, cut down his drinking, quit eating sugar and red meat, and relaxes by going to the racetrack everyday. The diseased part of his life, the writing, is still there humming in the back of his brain, regardless of how much he drinks or how many horse races he watches. He has to write... read full review

 

 

Judy Croome: Author on the Prowl reviewed: 

 

You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense - Charles Bukowski

You Get So Alone At Times (that it just makes sense) by Charles Bukowski

Put aside any politically correct concerns you have before reading this volume. Bukowski's Hemingway-esque voice doesn't leave room for any sensitivities. His poetry is the better for it - unsanitized, vibrant, loud, coarse and unique, these poems are full of the pain & humour of being an ordinary human being in the 20th century... read full review

 

 

Ray Bradbury

(August 22, 1920 - June 05, 2012)

 

 

Most popular books by Ray Bradbury on BookLikes:

 The Martian Chronicles - Ray BradburySomething Wicked This Way Comes - Ray BradburyThe Illustrated Man - Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451 - Ray BradburyDandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury 

 

Tea, Cats, and Books reviewed: 

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

You can't kill an idea

Keeping with the theme, this is a book I'm surprised I got out of school without reading but always intended to read at some point. And now I have! I did, however, finish the last half of the book while spending way too much time on a train and while I was heavily sleep deprived. So I may be a bit fuzzy about some of the details. The message of the story is clear to me though. In a society where books are burned, the scariest part is not that books are burned. It's that by burning the books you are destroying ideas... read full review

 

 

Stitching Dwarves reviewed: 

 

The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury

So this is my second Ray Bradbury book. The first was Fahrenheit 451 and oh my god I loved it. I think I read it in like two hours. This one a friend said she loved and it was the closest she ever read to harder science fiction. (I know it's not hard science fiction and didn't expect that, I just wanted to read it.) This one is a bunch of short stories strung together Chronologically about Mars and Earth, or rather our exploration and settlement of it. I'm not usually a short story fan but these are worth the exception... read full review

 

 

Jorge Luis Borges

(August 24, 1899- June 14, 1986)

 

 

Most popular books by Jorge Luis Borges on BookLikes:

 Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings - Jorge Luis Borges, Donald A. Yates, James E. IrbyFicciones - Jorge Luis Borges, Anthony Kerrigan, Anthony BonnerThe Invention of Morel - Adolfo Bioy Casares, Suzanne Jill Levine, Jorge Luis Borges, Ruth L.C. Simms, Norah Borges de TorreThe Aleph and Other Stories - Jorge Luis Borges, Andrew HurleyThe Book of Imaginary Beings - Jorge Luis Borges, Margarita Guerrero, Peter Sís, Andrew Hurley 

 

Demoniacally Reading reviewed:

 

Three Versions of Judas (Artifices):

I tried to read this in spanish only to find myself wondering if I was reading the right thing. The story is written as an academic article despite being fiction. It reminded me of some of Edgar Allan Poe's (or was it H.P. Lovecraft?) stories that people originally thought to be true. Anyway, this short story presents us the work of Nils Runeberg regarding the "true identity" of Judas. After extreme criticism, Runeberg rewrites his work and presents a different thesis...read full review

 

 

Julian Meynell's Books reviewed:

 

The Book of Sand & Shakespeare's Memory:

I first read Borges about twenty five years ago, when I read the collection Labyrinths. That collection has stayed with me and I have thought about several of his stories many times over the years, but I never went on to read more, until this book. This is a collection of short stories from the end of Borges life... read full review 

 

  

Mary Shelley

(August 30, 1797- February 1, 1851)

 

 

Most popular books by Mary Shelley on BookLikes:

Frankenstein - Maurice Hindle, Mary ShelleyThe Invisible Girl, And The Dream - Mary ShelleyFantasmagoriana: or, Tales of the Dead from the Villa Diodati - Mary Shelley, Mathew 'Monk' Lewis, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, John William PolidoriThe Last Man - Mary Shelley

 

Lora's Rants and Reviews reviewed:

 

Frankenstein:

Frankenstein starts out in a format that I usually don't like much, that of reading letters that give information, but it is done with strangely beautiful writing and I do think I would have read the whole book in this format if it had been written that way. However, this only forms a sort of lengthy prologue to the story proper and changes to standard prose chapters in Chapter One. What strikes me is the quality of the writing... read full review 

 

 

ANI'S BOOK ABYSS reviewed:

 

Thoughts: Frankenstein:

To be totally honest, the book itself only received 2 Stars; the extra 1 Star is for the fact that this book continues to remain a popular historical classic after all these years and I can see reasons why. I don't claim to be a good critic of literature. Analyzing books in high school was one of my least favorite assignments. I read for enjoyment and entertainment; I like what I like and I don't like what I don't like. Frankenstein has been on my reading list for a long time for various reasons that aren't even all that significant. I'm glad that I've finally read it, but I'm not going to deny that I only partially enjoyed it... read full review 

 

#Recommendaway: Indie Authors

 

The whole recommend away tag is doing great and we are pleased to see new lists coming around. However, as one of BookLikes authors pointed out, it would be refreshing to see more niche authors showing through the listings. So we had egged Rod Raglin on to do this one and we love what he has come up with. We are coming back with #recommendaway part 2 - indie authors.

 

Rod has put together a list of 11 categories to go by, including both, best and worst of your indie reading experiences. And to be clear on something:

 

Dear independent authors,

we adore you, we want you to grow! Any negative feedback you will receive from BookLikers might be the best that could have happened to you, it's called constructive criticism,  take it and evolve!

 

BookLikers, let's roll up your sleeves. Remember to tag your posts with indie authors recommendaway tag. 

 

Here is Rod Raglin's list of categories for independent authors recommendations:

 

1. With less than five reviews on Amazon

2. Whose book you won in a BookLikes Giveaway

3. Whose book you could only manage to read three chapters of. (If the book is really bad three chapters is enough – sometimes too much. (Ever wonder why publishers and agents ask for your first three chapters? Because everything for sure will be revealed – including the author’s lack of craft – in those few chapters. Simply stated – it won’t get better.)

4. Whose book you hated but nonetheless reviewed

5. Whose book you hated and wrote and an honest review of

6. Whose book you tried to read but was so badly formatted you had to quit because of the onset of a category five headache

7. Whose book you threw across the room in frustration because of all the typos, grammar and other sloppy mistakes that showed a lack of respect for the reader

 

8. Whose book was so self-indulgent it made you feel nauseous

9 . Whose book was okay and you wrote a constructive review of

10 .Whose book you loved and can’t believe it isn’t a best seller and wrote a glowing review of

11. Whose book is so good, so special and has so little recognition you feel there’s still hope for your own books (this is Rod's favourite)

 

Oh, and well done to Rod, we are glad we had teased him! Thinking of doing that more often...

 

Jennifer Lawrence's 10 movies based on books

Jennifer Lawrence

 

Last weeks broke the news that Jennifer Lawrence will take part in yet another book adaptation. After spectacular success of Hunger Games trilogy (the second part of Mockingjay hits theaters this Fall) the news may not surprise you but did you know that JLaw has a collection of ten movies based on books in her filmography? Here's an overview of Lawrence's book-to-movie picks, including those already made and awaiting movie projects. 

 

Oh and one more thing: it's a special day today - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JENNIFER! :-)

 

 

When asked about favorite YA series JLaw answered without hesitation:

 

Harry Potter. I was so crazy about Harry Potter I read it twice.

All of them twice. I didn’t have a favorite,

I thought they were all amazing.

 

Although JLaw picked Rowling's fantasy series as her ultimate hit she's more than eager to cast in book-to-movie adaptations from various genres. The actress has been known and appreciated by movie critics prior Hunger Games Part One movie but it is this very title that brought her international fame and crowds of fans. Hunger Games trilogy, however, wasn't the first adaptation Lawrence took part in. 

 

  • In Winter's Bone based on Daniel Woodrell's novel Jennifer Lawrence played seventeen-year-old Ree Dolly who looked after her mentally ill mother. The actress gained praises and left a significant mark in the movie business receiving numerous awards and nominations proving she's a young and much talented actress. 


 

 Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell  

 

Literary Exploration on Booklikes

Ree Dolly’s father has just skipped bail for Crystal meth charges. They will lose their house if he doesn’t show for his next court date. With two little brothers depending on her, Ree knows she must find and bring back her father dead or alive. But life in the Ozarks is harsh and she learns quickly... read more
 
blackguysdoread reviewed it:
I love it when I read a book or watch a movie and I discover a new and unique world or community that I was never familiar with before. Daniel Woodrell writes about the tight knit communities in the Missouri Ozark Mountains. I'm almost totally unfamiliar with small American towns like this... read more
 

 

 

  • The international success came with the adaptation of the first part of Suzanne Collin's dystopian series The Hunger Games, and continues with next parts.

 

  

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

 

Papyrus to Datapad reviewed it:
There is a lot to dislike about this ridiculously popular book. The main character, the rather awkward romance triangle, the "wow i'm so tough and jaded" constant inner monologues of the main character. The self serving nature of the main character. The rather obscure, evil-for-evil's sake of the... read more
 
Linz Loves Romance reviewed it:
Over the span of a week, my husband and I watched the Hunger Games movies (as of this post three are out). We really enjoyed them so I decided to listen to the audiobook. I really liked it though the narrator sounded quite a bit older than Katniss' 16 years. Still, it worked for me and I'll be reading... read more
 

 

 

 

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 

 

 

One Eyed Reader reviewed it:
This is immensely better than the first book, in my opinion, and definitely my favorite book in the series. In fact, it's the only one that I can honestly say that I enjoyed reading.However, there are still many parts, mainly regarding the writing style, that bug me. The comprehension of this entire... read more

 

YouKneeK

YouKneeK reviewed it:
This second book was another quick, light read. The writing was just as entertaining, and held my interest all the way through. However, some of the content was a little less interesting to me. The love triangle had too much page time in this story for my tastes. It had been introduced in the ... more
 
 
 
  
 
 
The Never-Ending Bookshelf
I read this whole series pretty quickly. I really enjoyed the books and, so far, the movies. This book was really engrossing. I was glad to see so much of the story tied up throughout the book. There were some things happening that surprised me. I thought the story arc was realistic under the ... read more
 
Sharon E. Cathcart
Sharon E. Cathcart reviewed it:
This is the final book of "The Hunger Games" series, and the first one for which I had not been front-loaded by seeing the film.I have to say, this book really was the best of the three. At this point, Katniss Everdeen has become the figurehead for the revolution against the Capitol and its cruel... read more
 
 
 
The second part of Mockingjay hits big screens November 2015. Asked about her favorite Hunger Games movie, Jennifer said:
 
Probably Mockingjay, with Hunger Games a close second,
I say that because in Mockingjay I get to be Joan of Arc.
Except I live to tell the tale!
 
 

 

 

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick 

  

Constantly Moving the Bookmark

Pat Peoples has just come home from “the bad place”. He is doing everything he can to give his life a happy ending and just does not understand why his family and friends refuse to talk about his beloved wife Nikki. He understands that something happened and he is doing his best to make... read more
 
Lindsay's Book Log
Lindsay's Book Log reviewed it:
This book follows Pat Persons as he deals with reintegrating in life following a stay at a neurological health facility, he can't remember swaths of time and is completely obsessed with bettering himself to win Nikki, his wife, back. During this reintegrating he befriends Tiffany, his best friends... read more
 

 

 

  • In 2014 Jennifer and Bradley Cooper (starring also in The Silver Linings Playbook) reunited on the set of Serena based on novel by Ron Rash. This American-French drama tells a story of newlyweds running a timber business in 1930s North Carolina. 

 

 

Serena by Ron Rash

 

 

Remember When the Music

While the setting is not one to which I would typically be drawn – a Depression-era North Carolina lumber camp – Ron Rash’s characters, boldly drawn and irresistibly ruthless, are what make Serena truly worth reading. It begins when the title character, Serena, arrives in Waynesville, North Carolin... read more
 
BradyBooks
BradyBooks reviewed it:
Serena is a man killer. Literally. She eats babies and cute puppies for lunch....and has no redeeming qualities as a character. Normally, that would make me put down a book in a heartbeat because I don't like my characters to act without a conscience. Instead I'm in love with anti-heroes... read more
 

 

 

 

Jennifer Lawrence's future

book-to-movie projects

 

 

 

East of Eden by John Steinbeck   

 

The Book Magpie's Nest

This book is beautiful. It's so simply written and yet it explores the complexity of a million different issues with a deft hand. Yes, it is flawed - but it hardly matters when it offers the kind of reading experience that it does. I get the feeling your perspective has a lot to do with how you... read more
 
even with nougat, you can have a perfect moment
This book is beautiful. It's so simply written and yet it explores the complexity of a million different issues with a deft hand. Yes, it is flawed - but it hardly matters when it offers the kind of reading experience that it does. I get the feeling your perspective has a lot to do with how you read more
 
 
 
the dilemma of reading
The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner... read more

 

Welcome to

Welcome to reviewed it
When I picked this book up, I didn't think I would be able to get through it. Why? Because I found Don's voice to be dry, overly logical, and overwhelmingly factual. Interestingly enough, that's exactly why I ended up loving this book. Don is a character that will be impossible to forget. I've never... read more

 

 

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

 

Telynor's Library, and then some

This was quite a book. Set in Iceland in 1828, it is the tale of Agnes, a servant who has been sentenced to death for murder. Sent to live with a family to work while her appeal wends it way in distant Denmark, Agnes must come to grips with the future that awaits her. Gradually, bit by bit... read more
 
Constantly Moving the Bookmark
In 1829 Agnes Magnusdottir, was convicted of killing her former employer (and part time lover) and his friend. Without the availability of a prison to house female inmates Agnes is sentenced to await her execution on a local farm. Although the family is, understandably, reluctant to have Agnes... read more
 
 

It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario 

 

 

 

Memories From Books on Booklikes

It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario begins from her childhood to how she came to be a photojournalist and through her work across the world from New York to Libya to Darfur to Afghanistan. It describes what it takes to be a photojournalist... read more
 
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Sources:  

http://www.ew.com/article/2013/11/11/hunger-games-cast-ya-books 

http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/109417-jennifer-lawrence-and-gary-ross-head-east-of-eden-plan-burial-rites 

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/oct/08/jennifer-lawrence-killer-iceland-burial-rites 

http://deadline.com/2013/09/hunger-games-jennifer-lawrence-gary-ross-reteam-steinbecks-east-of-eden-596300/ 

http://variety.com/2015/film/news/jennifer-lawrence-romantic-comedy-rosie-project-1201537711/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Lawrence

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Recommend Away with Book Bloggers

 

Recommending books is like revealing your newly discovered worlds where books play role of opening keys to one magical place after another. A blogger from A Thorne of Books asked her BookLikes friends to show her their favorite bookish words with a list of 60 book categories/themes, all waiting to be filled up with literary keys to finally create a Master Reading List. We love visiting new literary lands so we've gathered some of the recommendations she received.

 

Also, if you'd like to add your own recommendations, recommend away! Create a post and tag it with recommend away (a full list of categories to fill up is listed below). 

 

It started all here:

 

Recommend Away!

So I'm always looking for books to read. Below I think I'm going to list some different categories and feel free to recommend any number of books for that category. I was going to make a limit of 1-3 but I'm not going to complain when given more awesome books to check out! :D Seriously it's going to be a ton of categories so just pick and choose the ones you have awesome recommendations in. If a book you recommend fits multiple categories feel free to list it again. Please and thank you, also don't bother trying to pick things you think I would like. I have very varied tastes so I'm sure some of your recommendations will make it to my TBR... read more

 

And here's what happened later:

 

Recommendations from book bloggers:

 

 

Carpe Librum recommends:

 

- Favorite books in all categories: The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman  - I know you've heard it before but I can't recommend this book enough!

- Start to a series: Dissolution by C.J. Sansom 

- By an author who's written over 5 books total: The White Hawk (I): Revenge by David Pilling 

That you paid over $15 for (and was worth every penny): A King's Ransom by Sharon Kay Penman 

 

   

Read full list of book recommendations on Carpe Librum's blog->

 

 

 

Tigus recommends:

 

- Male Main Character:  Memories by Mike McQuay 

- Female Main Character: Nazareth Hill by Ramsey Campbell 

- Retelling of another story: Grendel by John Gardner 

- Book with a Gorgeous Cover: The Steerswoman's Road by Rosemary Kirstein 

 

   

Read full list of book recommendations on Tigus's blog->

 

 

Susanna recommends:

 

- Non-fiction: we could be here all week, as I read a lot of it Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count by Jill Jonnes 

- Middle grade novel: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan  

- Includes sword/knife fighting: A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab 

- Something mysterious is afoot: Sabriel by Garth Nix 

 

Read full list of book recommendations on Susanna's blog->

 

 

The Fish Place recommends

 

- Realistic Fiction: Precious (Push) by Sapphire 

- Dystopia: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood 

- Time Travel: Kindred by Octavia E. Butler 

- Books with murder in them: The Murder Room by P.D. James 

 

Read full list of book recommendations on The Fish Place's blog->

 

 

 

Lillelara recommends

 

- Featuring an assassin: A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel 

- In a world with Dragons: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien 

- Male Main Character: The Martian by Andy Weir, Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child 

 

Read full list of book recommendations on Lillelara's blog->

 

 

Midu Reads recommends:

 

Retelling of another story: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce 

Debut book of any author: Soulless by Gail Carriger 

Memoir: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris 

Favorite incomplete series by you or yet not finished by author: Overwinter by David Wellington 

 

   

Read full list of book recommendations on Midu Reads' blog->

 

 

 

Libromancer's Apprentice recommends:

 

- Elf or Dwarf Main character: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison 

- A long book (Let's say at least 450 pages minimum): The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss 
- Young Adult book in general: Little Brother by Cory Doctorow 
- Adult book in general: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 

 

Read full list of book recommendations on Libromancer's Apprentice's blog->

 

 

 

Lora's Rants and Reviews recommends:

 

Sci-fi in general: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 
Paranormal Main Character: Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice 
Horror: High Moor by Graeme Reynolds 
Set in a time of war (real or fictional): Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad 

 

Read full list of book recommendations onLora's Rants and Reviews' blog->

 

 

The Open Book recommends:

 

- A Good Zombie Book - Breathers: A Zombie's Lament by S.G. Browne 
A love story - Persuasion by Jane Austen 
Set in space - The Paradox Trilogy by Rachel Bach 
Multiple POV - The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan 

 

Read full list of book recommendations on The Open Book's blog->

 

 

 

Join the ride and add your recommendations!

 

Here's a full list of categories for your recommendation book list, make sure to tag your post with recommend away to make it searchable for other bloggers and readers, you can also add your list in the comments below. 

 

A Throne of Books recommendation list:

1. Favorite books in all categories

2. Start to a series
3. By an author who's written over 5 books total
4. Classic Literature
5. Banned Books
6. Featuring an assassin
7. In a world with Dragons
8. Male Main Character
9. Female Main Character
10. Retelling of another story

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Author Talks: Leah Grant / Anne Wentworth


Please welcome Leah Grant to BookLikes! Leah is a romance writer with a crave for young adult and chocolate. She writes under two pen names -- you can meet both ladies on BookLikes, have a look the author pages of Leah Grant and her YA alter ego Anne Wentworth. And to be up to date with Leah's upcoming releases, make sure to follow her BookLikes webpage at leahgrant.booklikes.com

 

Leah aka Anne agreed to talk with us about her upcoming debut young adult release (the book is released with Finch Books), baking and wild animals in her countryside. Ready? Here we go!

 

 

Have you always wanted to become a writer? How did it all start for you?

 

I started to writer very early at around age nine. Stories just came to me and my father encouraged me to keep writing. It has always made my heart happy. Characters even wake me up in the middle of the night to tell me their stories. If I'm working on a book - it plays like a movie in my head and I try to type as fast as I can to keep up.

 

You’ve mentioned that you’re using pen names: Leah Grant and Anne Wentworth. Can you tell our readers more about the ladies inside you.

How they are different and what their contribution is to your writing process?

 

I am an intensely private person - so when I decided to take the plunge into the publishing world I wanted to use a pen name. For romance I chose Leah Grant. I've always loved the name Leah and Grant is a connection to someone very special.

Anne Wentworth came about for Young Adult as I needed to keep the two kinds of writing separate.

 

 

The two names are just fronts that enable me to be creative and tell my stories. Both Leah and Anne drink far too much coffee and tend to have a sweet tooth. I'm not judging them though...

 

Your new young adult novel will hit bookstores September 2015. Congratulations! Can you tell our readers more about the book and how the idea was born?

 

Shake The Spiders is my first YA to be published (Finch Books - a division of   Totally Entwined Group UK) and I am very excited. When the story for this young adult book came to me, I wasn’t surprised. The book is about Kim, a fourteen year old that has suffered for years trying to live around her alcoholic mother. She is tired and damaged and I needed to tell her story. There are so many teens/kids out there that live through this. Some make it and some don’t.

 

When her mother drops her off for the summer at her grandma’s place – it’s almost like she’s been left at that final bus-stop. It ends up being the best thing that could have happened for her. I know so many never get that chance – someone reaching out to help. More often than not

the alcoholic manages to ruin not only their life, but everyone around them.

 

You can see the cracks in Kim’s person – she drifts, doesn’t trust people, has had to take on the role of parent from a young age, continuously has to cover and clean up the messes her mother makes – leaving her a shell – someone desperate inside for love and belonging.

 

This book is about her journey of healing and taking chances on people. It is about Kim drawing a line and choosing not to be hurt anymore. Kim does this in the book when she decides she just doesn’t want to have to deal with her drunk mother any longer. I set the story in small-town Manitoba and had a great time conjuring some interesting if not ‘flawed’ characters.

 

Being a real lover of paranormal, I wove a ghost legend into the storyline and also gave it some historical elements. I wanted to tell the story from the other side - the person that is trying to rebuild themselves and their life after the fallout from being around someone with an addiction.

 

Leah Grant writes fantasy romances, Anne Wentworth goes for young adult novels -- how do you find yourself in those genres? Did you pick them or did the genres pick you?

 

The books just happen. I don't really know how else to say it. Literally the book will just begin in my head. I don't have a clue where it will go or what will happen. Essentially, I'm really the 'first reader' and just go with it. When people ask me 'how does it end?' I often have to say, 'how would I know?'. (you should see the looks I get with that one) It is a different way to write, but it works for me.

 

You live in Canada, you love the Prairies and the wildlife that surrounds you, and even call the place “magical”. Can you tell our readers how does the setting influence your writing process? We guess that such a spectacular place just must have an influence on an individual.

 

The peace and beauty here is amazing. I love living out in the country, being surrounded by trees and critters of all kinds. The seasons and weather here are extreme - summers have massive storms (can be tornados) and winter can hit with temps falling to -40's. When I first walked on this land, I knew we had to buy the place. I felt free here and this is the place where my writing has been most prolific.

 

If I am tired or need a break, I just go outside to watch deer feeding in the trees across from our place. Sometimes there will be twenty or more hawks flying over in the later afternoon. Watching a fox scamper through the property just after midnight or a lone wolf making its way along the edge of the property - I feel so lucky to be able to experience all of this. It leaves me refreshed and must feed my imagination - as ideas for books are non-stop here.

 

You’ve mentioned you’re a cat owner. BookLikes community as well as the BookLikes team adore cats :) Does Miss Fish has her appearance in any of your stories?

 

Miss Fish was a rescue in 2012. She had been abandoned (not very nice when you think of a prairie winter) and a very kind soul fed her until a home could be found. When I saw her picture on the rescue web site - it was LOVE!  She now is part of our family and very well loved and cared for. She is our heart.

 

Miss Fish may have been some of the inspiration for 'Jammer' the huge black cat in Shake The Spiders. She is a very loving and amazing companion. She sits beside me as I write each day.

 

 

Your motto is: Don’t be afraid to step into the storm. What does it mean to you?

 

 

I believe a person has to go out and live - sometimes life can throw difficult circumstances and trials at a person. I've lived through many and the only thing I can tell others is that you can't be afraid to move forward. Sometimes the crazy/difficult/unhappy times in our lives can sweep us along to what ends up being an amazing place. If we don't step into the storm because we are afraid, we might lose out on something really good.

 

You’re a coffee & chocolate lover with a twist for cooking. What’s your best and favorite recipe? Would you mind sharing it with our readers?

 

I do love to cook and bake. Best and favorite? Ahhh... How about I list a few: roast beef and popovers (Yorkshire Pudding done in muffin tin), lasagna (very rich and layered - I always eat far too much), apple/pear pie, cheese and basil biscuits, roast stuffed chicken with vegetables, homemade bread (loaves and rolls) - hungry yet? I am. Now see what you've started? ; )

 

Best tip for popovers - heat the pan until the lard is almost smoking (handle carefully) then fill with batter and get it into that oven! Don't open the oven door until they are done.

 

From your point of view: is it easy to be a writer nowadays?

 

Yes and no. With the ebook industry - many more people can get their work out there, but that means there is so much more competition.

 

Do you have any writing habits which help you keep the story going?

 

The stories don't stop or slow down. I have to make notes to keep up with it as things unfold/characters tell me more before it is at that point in the book so I can remember to include it.

 

I drink coffee +++++++ I snack and I soak in the beauty here.

 

Could you tell our readers which authors inspire you and your works?

 

 

Just a few books come to mind - there are so many more. Eclectic would be a good word to keep in mind here.

 

 

  

  

 

  

  

 

 

Just read Chris Ledbetter's Drawn (YA) - loved it. Also read The Cat and Mrs. Cary again (Doris Gates). 

 

I read. One of my favorite things to do was go to the library and just pick books out - historical/biography/anthropology/WWII/paranormal/cooking - you name it.

 

 

 

 

 

 What are you reading now? How do you like it?

Just finished reading Drawn by Chris Ledbetter  - loved it.

 

 

Do you read when writing a new novel?

Sometimes.

 

 

Are you a book collector or a book recommender?

My husband is the pack rat - he has boxes of books.

If I like something, I'll pass it on

 

 

Paper books or e-books? Why?

Paperback.

I like holding the book. Besides, what would shelves look like without books?

 

 

What are your favorite quotes?

 

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade and then drink it!

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Don't be afraid to step into the storm...

 

 

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Write! Don't write to fit into what is popular. Write from your heart.

Don't give up - ever.

 

What’s your favorite writing and reading spot?

(our readers would love to see some photos)

 

My office. Miss Fish has her basket behind me and naps while I write.

Isn't that smile adorable?

 

Outside is my rock garden and I can watch as the birds and deer come to feed.

Baltimore Oriole came by. Our feeder is busy year-round.

 

The 'trio' come to our feeder and often empty it out in winter

for the black sunflower seeds.

 

Thank you, Leah!  

 

Leah Grant's books on BookLikes:

Wilde Jagd - Leah GrantOver the Hill and Through the Woods - Leah GrantDream Of The Raven - Leah GrantViking Grave (Encircled by Gold Book 1) - Leah Grant

see more on Leah Grant's author page

 

Anne Wentworth's book on BookLikes

Shake The Spiders - Anne Wentworth

See more on Anne's author page

  

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