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Happy 4th of July! 10 Quotes to cherish your freedom and independence

Happy 4th of July, folks! In honor of the US Independence Day we're sharing quotes from literature about freedom, liberty and independence referring to all life fields.

 

Remember, be free, be happy.

 

 

Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela 

Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country... 

 

 

 

 

 

1984 - George Orwell

Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time...

 

 

 

 


Delirium - Lauren Oliver   

They say that the cure for Love will make me happy and safe forever. And I’ve always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now, I’d rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie. 

 

 

 

 

 

Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History - Rhonda Garelick

Certain lives are at once so exceptional, and yet so in step with their historical moments, that they illuminate cultural forces far beyond the scope of a single person. Such is the case with Coco Chanel, whose life offers one of the most fascinating tales of the twentieth century—throwing into dramatic relief an era of war, fashion, ardent nationalism, and earth-shaking change—here brilliantly treated, for the first time, with wide-ranging and incisive historical scrutiny...  

 

 

 

 

 A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf   

"A Room of One's Own", based on a lecture given at Girton College, Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics, ranging in its themes from Jane Austen and Carlotte Bronte to the silent fate of Shakespeare's gifted (imaginary) sister and the effects of poverty and sexual constraint on female creativity.

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë

A novel of intense power and intrigue, Jane Eyre dazzles and shocks readers with its passionate depiction of a woman’s search for equality and freedom. Orphaned Jane Eyre grows up in the home of her heartless aunt, where she endures loneliness and cruelty, and at a charity school with a harsh regime. This troubled childhood strengthens Jane’s natural independence and spirit—which proves necessary when she takes a position as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice...   

 

 

 

 

 

Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison 

Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952.  A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century.  The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.

 

 


 

Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison   

Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez.

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson   

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing...

 

 

 

 

 

Giovanni's Room - James Baldwin 

Set in the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

 

 

 

 

Happy Independence Day!

 

 

Source and more desserts for 4th of July ->

BookLikes revolution launching now - Feel Invited! BookLikers share tips & tricks for newbies

— feeling hungry

There's been plenty of revolutions out there and it's high time to start our own. Now it's time for social revolution on BookLikes! Are you in??!? 

 

Last week was a milestone for our team, we've announce the farewell of Thursday's releases on BookLikes (if you've missed the post, click here) but promised not to leave you empty handed. And we won't. Our brains work on the highest level, our mugs get never-ending coffee refill, and the office fridge gets frightfully empty (it is true that brain work strengthens appetite!).

 

Our excitement peaked when we spotted how supportive and devoted to BookLikes cause you are! We can't thank you enough for your constructive criticism, enthusiastic moves and creative initiatives. The power of community, BookLikes community, is genuine and amazing. Remaining in high spirits, we'd like to introduce you and remind about the initiative that popped up several days ago thanks to group of trending bloggers on BookLikes.

 

The outcome of this common drive is a discussion group Find New BookLikes Blogs To Follow set up by Hunger For Knowledge.

 

 

Hunger For Knowledge writes in the group description:

Find new people to follow, let new people to find you.

This group is dedicated to finding new people to interact on BookLikes.

This is a group for everyone and anyone. This is a result of good community and great teamwork. Let's connect. (go to the group)

 

 

The group is open for all welcoming BookLikes newbies, rising up bloggers, regular and part time BookLikes members, authors, publishers -- long story short, all book lovers on BookLikes. Feel invited to join, share your ideas, show your stand, interact with our team and other bloggers. Show yourself, discover and be discovered. 

 

The discussion threads are divided into several sections giving you the opportunity to give the shout out to other bloggers, meet international personalities, share your brainstorms in the Think Thank discussion, and share your advices and suggestions.

 

 

We've spotted some cool suggestions for BookLikes newbies

in the Think Thank section, have a look:

 

 

Familiar Diversions:

 

- Check out the "Hot Reviews" and "New and trending" sections on the Explore page. Those are good places to find active bloggers.

- Add books to your shelves. I don't know about others, but one of the first things I do when I'm considering whether to follow someone who's followed me or who has commented on/liked one of my posts is to check what they've read and how they've rated it.

- Comment on posts. Don't be shy. :)

 

Charmingly Euphemistic:

 

To find people to follow: Pick a book you adore (preferably a kind of obscure one) and go look at the blogs of people who reviewed it.

 

If they read stuff you like and post stuff you want to read, follow them.

 

 

Char's Horror Corner:

 

Commenting on posts is how I've found most of the people I follow.

One of the first things I look at when I'm considering whether or not to follow someone is their shelves. Empty shelves will almost always make me click off and be on my way, without following.

If the shelves are stocked, I will poke about to see if I agree with the blogger's ratings, or I will see if they have read or are reading books that I'm interested in-if they are. I'm followin'. :)

 

Where to find more blogs to follow?

 

If you're looking for new bloggers to follow visit Explore page (under review now, some changes coming), Book Catalog page (go to book pages to look through reviews and shelves), Reading lists (in Apps), Book clubs and discussion groups, including the new one Find New Booklikes Blogs To Follow sections with heated discussions by BookLikes members.

 

Here are some rising up bloggers worth your attention,

you can also spot more in the Shout-out for Newbies discussion:

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

View blog & follow if you like it 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

View blog & follow if you like it 

 

View blog & follow if you like it 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

You can also use the Compare books option which will show you how compatible the blogger with your reading taste is. To compare the shelves go to the blogger's blog and click the stats icon or go to Apps in the main menu and choose Compare books tab. 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

The BookLikes team is always here to listen to your suggestions and react to any hiccups in the service.

 

 

If you'd like to share your ideas or you'll notice something we should know about, drop us a line or leave a post in the official BookLikes discussion group threads: Feature requests or Bug reports.

 

Goodbye Thursday release: bigger & better changes are coming our way

— feeling booklikes

Thursday used to be 'the day' on BookLikes. Each week, we have been releasing a new feature for our users that was in a great matter based on the feedback you had provided. This has helped the platform to evolve over these past few years. THANK YOU for all the time and effort you have given in!

 

As a result of numerous heated discussions and some serious brainstorming, here at the BL hub, we have decided that there will no longer be any more, let them rest in peace, Thursday releases. Instead, we are moving on towards bigger & better, simply more efficient service.

 

However, changes like that need research and serious thinking through (blackboard drawing, shouting, loads and loads of coffee drinking, coding, but yes, planning first) and that means keeping up with new releases every Thursday will not be possible. This time, we want to introduce a simultaneous uplift to the whole platform. 

 

This does not mean an overnight revolution and will take good few months to deliver. We now must put all the efforts into making what we got more compatible and focus on the User Experience.

 

We want more of Your support

 

revolutionIt must be some sort of a true connection (and sorry everybody, but this is a little creepy, isn't it?), a few days ago our users have started a think tank amongst them selves that would tackle their user experience issues on BookLikes.

 

This is a truly amazing initiative and you made us want to work harder and do things better. This is a true power of the feedback we have been always talking about! We will be using your discussions and ideas to improve some of the main BookLikes features.

 

Expect us to lurk through stuff you write in your discussions over the improvement and throw some (possibly weird) questions, from time to time.

 

The fact that, we will now concentrate on this major refurbishment does not mean we won't assist in bug fixing and user support. We are here to amend any errors that might occur (or already had). You know how to contact us, also the bug discussion is being checked on a daily basis, so report any problems same as usual.

 

 

When shelving new titles, show your bookish mood - emotion status is now available for books

— feeling happy

Share your bookish mood with your friends and followers and show how do you feel about books you're reading! Now when you shelve books, click Finished! or set any other reading status you can supplement the shelving information with the emotion status. 

 

To add the emotion status to a book you're shelving, search the book or click the book cover as usual and go to the advanced pop up with the additional shelving options: 

 

 

Answer the question How do you feel about this book?

 

 

 

The emotion status will be visible in the book pop up and on Dashboard: 

 

The emotion status in the advanced book pop up 

 

 

Book emotions on Dashboard

 

 

Why to use emoticons when shelving and reviewing?

 

Emotion statuses and emoticons won't replace full length reviews, they can, however, complement the text with an enjoyable mood addition.

 

Some scientific surveys revealed that our brain reacts likewise when we see an emoji and a human face -- this means we pay the similar degree of attention to the smiley face as we do to real face. And attention is what we wish for when we write or share the book news, right?

 

What's more, emojis tend to enhance our memory skills and have a highly positive influence on getting the message across -- they make a happy news more enjoyable and negative more approachable. 

 

Being just an addition and another mean of conveying the message, emoticons can be a fun supplement to your texts, and a way of expressing yourself and how you feel about your books. In a short and tips-like manner. Why not? :-) 

 

 

Updates

 

  • Emotion statuses are now available in Draft views. This means that when you write a text, add an emotion status and click Save as Draft, the emotion status will be attached to your text and visible in Draft view (to see your Drafts, click Blog from the upper menu and Drafts in the right column). 

 

  • Emotion statuses are visible on your public blog pages. This refers to reviews, posts and 3 BookLikes design templates only (Gentle Spirit, Notebook, Smart Casual).

 

If you have a different blog theme, a customized blog look or if you have edited your blog's HTML code, please have in mind that this update will not be visible on your public blog page. To make the emojis visible on blog pages, please follow the instructions on Theme Docs (in the footnote) and add the changes to the code or contact your designer. 

 

 

Emotions on public blog pages

Recommend books with emotions: now you can add emotion status to your posts and reviews!

— feeling cool

We're feeling super excited today and now we can highlight it with our brand new emotion status :-D

 

Really good book is the one that provokes thinking and emotions. After all that's the best thing in reading: feeling and living several lives at a time, , don't you think? On the other hand, you may want to express sadness or disappointment if the book did not fulfill your expectations. Well, go for it! Don't keep your thoughts and emotions to yourself -- show how you feel about your reading experiences and share your feelings with your friends!

 

To choose the emotion status for your post start writing any kind of post, and answer the questions: How do you feel about this? 

 

 

 

Click the smiley face to see all emotion statuses, and click the one that fits your mood and corresponds to your post and book(s) attached. 

 

 

The emotion status will be added to your post and highlighted on Dashboard giving your followers a clue how a given book made you feel. 

 

How cool is that!?!

 

 

 

Btw, if you're thinking Hey, I'd like to add emotion status not only to posts but also to books, we would say you read in our minds. Just wait and see what's coming next :-)

 

 

P.S. If you've recently experienced some issues with the commenting system or issues with the buttons on the upper right corner on the blog pages, we just wanted to let you know that our team is working hard to sort everything out. If you notice anything disturbing, please mail kate@booklikes.com -- we'll help and keep you updated about work progress.

Get to know book bloggers a little better with #GetToKnowMe tag

 

Join the party with #GetToKnowMeTag and share some spicy details about yourself :-) As book bloggers we often write, share and recommend books, reviews, and quotes; personal posts, on the other hand, are much less popular. How about knowing each other a little better? 

 

Bloggers at BookLikes have already joined #GetToKnowMe tag craze and answered 21 questions about themselves on their book blogs. Have a closer look at the readers and find some new friends. 

 

We'd also love to hear your answers, share the links to your blog posts in the comments below. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Blog: AOBIBLIOPHILE™ (aobibliophile.booklikes.com)

 

Are you named after anyone?

My paternal grandfather. We have the same first and last name.

When he was laid to rest, it was weird hearing the priest  say his name (our name) during the service. This was how it would probably sound like when my time comes. What's even more weird is seeing the same name on the grave marker. Good thing we have different middle names. Still...

 

Read more on AOBIBLIOPHILE™

 

 

Blog: LOVES DANDELIONS; LOVES BOOKS 

(tracymarcotteshaffer.booklikes.com)

 

What are your hobbies?

Reading, spending too much time on social media, acting, & unfinished crafts


Do you have any pets?

Ernie, my dachshund but don't tell him he's a dog

 

Read more on LOVES DANDELIONS; LOVES BOOKS

 

 

Blog: HUNGER FOR KNOWLEDGE (hfk.booklikes.com)

 

Do you have any special talents?

I can copy most accents in any language within 5 to 30 minutes. I don't do it in purpose, it is automatic reaction of my brain. Thank you Asperger.

 

Read more on HUNGER FOR KNOWLEDGE

 

 

Blog: BrokenTune - Reviews & Rants (brokentune.booklikes.com)

 

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

Yes. Absolutely. Like many others on here (it seems), I'm an introvert but I do like going on adventures and hanging out with my friends - just not large groups of strangers. 

 

Read more on BrokenTune - Reviews & Rants

 

 

 

Blog: I'm A Voracious Reader (avoraciousreader.booklikes.com)

 

What are your hobbies?

Reading, surfing the internet, home improvement projects, puzzles (haven’t done one of those in a while though) and my blog. A very recent hobby is obsessing over all things Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel. Nom nom nom!

 

Read more on I'm A Voracious Reader 

 

 

Blog: Bookstooge's Reviews On the Road (bookstooge.booklikes.com)

 

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

If we were long distance friends, or online friends. Real life, probably not. We don't like people, much less each other :-)

 

Read more on Bookstooge's Reviews On the Road

 

 

Blog: BOOK CUPIDITY (c0urtnie.booklikes.com)

 

Do you have kids?
I do have kids. A nearly 19 year old step-son, and two boys 7 & nearly 4.
Send help.

 

Read more on BOOK CUPIDITY

 

 

Blog: Carpe Librum (carpelibrum.booklikes.com)

 

Summer or winter?

 

Sunbathing, boating, kids home from school, warm & toasty summer. Yet I live in Michigan, home of the 9 month winter. I don't know what's wrong with me either.

 

Read more on Carpe Librum

 

 

Blog: SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady 

(susannag.booklikes.com)

 

Where were you born?

University of Iowa hospital. And a good thing, because it was a complicated delivery, and since my parents were grad students, it was free.

 

Read more on SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

 

 

Blog: hippieed perceptions (hippieed.booklikes.com)

 

What’s the first thing you notice about people?

Depends on the person, I guess.  If they have tattoos, those.  They they are wearing white sunglasses, that.  How they carry themselves, hair color, clothes so on and so forth. Body language, art and clothing can speak a lot about people.

 

Read more on hippieed perceptions

 

 

Blog: DANG ROVER: COVER TO COVER 

(dang1rover.booklikes.com)

 

When was the last time you cried?

I'm always getting teary eyed.  Just a sensitive guy I guess.  Usually it happens during a tender thought about my children, at church, or when I'm reading.  There were a couple times when Les Miserables got to me most recently.

 

Read more on DANG ROVER: COVER TO COVER

 

 

Blog: Cat's Books: Romance 

(northamericanwordcat.booklikes.com)

 

Favorite movies? 

I love animation. My Neighbor Totoro. Princess Bride and Willow. Its a Mad Mad Mad World. 12 Angry Men, Defending Your Life. 

 

Read more on Cat's Books: Romance 

 

 

Blog: Char's Horror Corner (charlene.booklikes.com

 

 Do you have any pets? 

Right now we have our rescue cat, Jeffrey, and some fish. We are really dog people though, and as soon as our schedules and lifestyle permits, we will once again rescue a dog. Maybe more than one. 

 

Read more on Char's Horror Corner

 

 

Blog: The Moonlight Library (Nemo) 

(moonlightlibrary.booklikes.com)

 

What is your eye colour?

Blueish-green with a hazel ring around the pupil. Yesterday my husband tried to say they're a bit greyish too, but I just think he's just jealous that he's got grey eyes and I have this colour you can't really define.

 

Read more on The Moonlight Library (Nemo)

 

 

 

Blog: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile 

(hopelessbibliophile.booklikes.com)

 

Scary movie or happy endings?

An equal amount of both. Yeah, that's a cop out answer, but it's also the truth! I can't do too much of one or the other, or they lose their shine. You need the sad/scary to appreciate the happy!

 

Read more on Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

 

 

Blog: Tina (HDB) (mischievously.booklikes.com)

 

Favorite movie?

Varies by day. Some top picks: Moulin Rouge, Love Actually, HP series, Good Morning Vietnam, Boondock Saints, What Lies Beneath, A League of Their Own

 

Read more on Tina (HDB)

 

 

Blog: Sock Poppet at Play (sockpoppet.booklikes.com)

 

Favorite smells?

Chocolate cooking or bread baking. I once worked near a chocolate factory and every Thursday they cooked their chocolate. The smell was heavenly and they sent broken pieces to us.

 

Read more on Sock Poppet at Play

 

 

Blog: Buchsalon (cat.booklikes.com)

 

What's your favorite cereal?

Anything crunchy, covered in honey (I had almonds this morning). I always make up for the sugary contents by adding some fresh fruit :)

 

Read more on Buchsalon

 

 

Blog: URL PHANTOMHIVE (urlphantomhive.booklikes.com)

 

Will you ever bungee jump?

No. When I first heard there is a minimum weight of 50kg to be allowed to bungee jump, it was the first and only time in my life I considered crash-dieting.

 

Read more on URL PHANTOMHIVE

 

 

 

Blog: Line Bookaholic (line.booklikes.com)

 

What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

I need to check on Google Map... It was Calpe in Spain, near Alicante (1 700km from home).

Do you have any special talents?

I can lick my elbow. Is it a talent?

 

Read more on Line Bookaholic

 

 

 

Blog: IT'S A MAD MAD WORLD (maddan3.booklikes.com)

 

Do you have any pets? 

A cat. Caesar.

What do you want to be when you grow up? 

I will never grew up so the question is pointless.

 

Read more on IT'S A MAD MAD WORLD

 

 

Blog: booklife4life (booklife4life.booklikes.com)

 

What are your hobbies?

Reading duhhhh. Seeing how much sleep i really need. Binge watching whole series. Avoiding social interactions. Reading whole books in a few hrs. Freaking out about my future.

 

Read more on booklife4life

 

 

Blog: The Fish Place (ethiercn.booklikes.com)

 

Do you have any pets?

Yes.  Two dogs, 3 cats.

 

 Favorite movie?

Um, I love LOTR, Richard III (with McKellan), various others.  Long live David Bowie's hair!

 

Read more on The Fish Place

 

 

Blog: Passionate about Books! (bookwizard.booklikes.com)

 

  1. What do you want to be when you grow up? 
  2. When I was younger I went to school to become an obstetrician, (I love babies). Got too busy in the Air Force. Now, I wouldn't mind working or owing a bookstore.

Read more on Passionate about Books! 

 

 

Blog: NerdyBirdie (nerdybirdie.booklikes.com)

 

Computer or Television?

Well . . . with a TV you can watch all kinds of shows and movies. But, with a Computer you can watch all kinds of shows and movies AND have access to internet and many other beautiful things . . . so, COMPUTER! :D

 

Read more on NerdyBirdie

 

 

Blog: Olga Godim (olgagodim.booklikes.com)

 

Are you named after anyone?

Yes. My great aunt, my grandmother’s sister was Olga. She was a heroine of French resistance, killed by Gestapo in 1944, long before I was born. There is a monument to their resistance cell, with all the names inscribed on it (all killed), somewhere in France. Her name was Olga Bancic.

 

Read more on Olga Godim

 

 

Blog: Lora's Rants and Reviews (loram.booklikes.com)

 

Favorite movie?

That's a hard one. I'll go with Pirates of the Caribbean, the original.

Changed my mind because someone mentioned David Bowie. Labyrinth!

 

Read more on Lora's Rants and Reviews

 

 

Blog: Sarah's Library (sarahf1984.booklikes.com)

 

What’s the first thing you notice about people?

This is a terrible thing to admit to, but I notice their looks first.  When I first see a person, before they begin speaking, I take note of the way they're dressed and whether their hair looks clean.  First impressions really do count, which is why I find it hard going out because I figure if I look at others in that way, others are looking at me in that way.

 

Read more on Sarah's Library

 

 

Blog: E. (edwardlorn.booklikes.com)

 

Will you ever bungee-jump? 

HAHAHAHAHAHA! More like bungee-die. I weigh 350 pounds. I’ve not found a tower operator that didn’t laugh at me when I approached his station.

 

Read more on E.

 

 

Blog: Kitty Horror (katem.booklikes.com)

 

Favourite movie?

Rear Window. You can't go wrong with Hitchcock.

 

 

Read more on Kitty Horror

 

 

Blog: Paul Read or Dead (paulnelson.booklikes.com)

 

If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

 

Well maybe, yeah, I think I'm a laugh, I can be a bit of a twat at times, I work with a big group of guys and there's a lot of piss taking going on. I'm a bit of a wind-up merchant and my first reaction to most situations is to make light of it with a joke. If anyone's ever been offended by any comment I've made then my advice, step back and look at it in a light hearted manner. If you’re still annoyed them I admit I’m not everyone’s cup of tea.

 

Read more on Paul Read or Dead

 

 

Blog: charlton (charlton.booklikes.com)

 

What’s your favorite cereal?

Apple Jacks

What is your eye colour?

Blue

 

Read more on charlton

 

 

Blog: Tami (tami.booklikes.com)

 

When was the last time you cried?

Tuesday. I had a very minor car accident with my company car and had a panic attack about it. Because I thought they are going to send me to Guantanamo Bay for bumping a rearview mirror.

 

Read more on Tami

 

 

Blog: Cody's Bookshelf 

(theguywholovesbooks.booklikes.com)

 

What are your hobbies?

Besides reading and book collecting, I'm a political junkie -- my mom has been in politics over ten years and she and I share that interest despite huge political belief differences. I could debate politics for hours. I also love music and the '60s counterculture and trying new food.

 

Read more on Cody's Bookshelf 

 

 

Blog: BOOKLOVING AUTHOR AND PUBLISHER

(minwynn.booklikes.com)

 

Favorite movie?

Gilda.

 

Do you have any siblings?

Yes, a sister, who is also my best friend.

 

Read more on BOOKLOVING AUTHOR AND PUBLISHER

 

 

Blog: BOOKLOVING WRITER (ilirwen.booklikes.com)

 

Are you named after anyone?

Yes. My mum was a teacher and once she was testing children's ability to read and met a very cute, but not so bright little girl by a lovely name that is also now mine.

 

Read more on BOOKLOVING WRITER

 

P.S.

If you haven't answered the questions yet, here's a full list of them for Get to know me tag:

 

1. Are you named after anyone?
2. When was the last time you cried?
3. Do you have kids? 
4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
6. Will you ever bungee-jump?
7. What’s your favorite cereal?
8. What’s the first thing you notice about people?
9. What is your eye colour?
10. Scary movie or happy endings?
11. Favorite smells?
12. Summer or winter? Summer.
13. Computer or television?
14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?
15. Do you have any special talents?
16. Where were you born?
17. What are your hobbies?
18. Do you have any pets?
19. Favorite movie?
20. Do you have any siblings?
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Discover new reviews and bloggers with tags

 

Tags in your texts are like bookmarks in your books. Tags let you find book reviews, texts, photos, all kind of posts within the same thematic category. Tags open new discovery paths for exploring new book titles and book bloggers -- you can easily search through texts with given tags on BookLikes, add likes and comments, discover new bloggers, and start following new blogs. Apart from discovery role tags are also great to organize your texts. Here's how to use tags on BookLikes. 

 

 

Add tags to your texts

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Search tags on BookLikes

Searching tags and interaction with the posts are now easier with two ways of discovering tagged book reviews and texts. 

 

1. Dashboard search

Use the upper search box not only to search through BookLikes book catalog but also to search tags. Type tag, e.g. May 2015 to view texts with your May reading lists, and click Tags:

 

 

 

Look through texts with tag May 2015, add likes and comment, find new readers and start following them. 

 

 

 

You can also filter the texts with different kind of posts. Choose your Dashboard view on the right to view only this kind of text with a given tag:

 

 

 

2. Top tags

Go to your Dashboard or admin Blog (click the upper menu and Blog). You'll see Top Tags or Top Tags on BookLikes on your right, click and view the most popular tags of BookLikes community from the last week, and your most commonly used tags. 

 

 

 Top tags by BookLikes community and it your texts

 

 

Click the tag to view texts and reviews with this tag:

 

 

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P.S. If you like the mustache bookmark, here's some more ideas for DIY bookmarks.

BookExpo America & BookCon 2015 here come BookLikes!

Ne York

When I’m in New York, I just want to walk down the street and feel this thing, like I’m in a movie. Ryan Adams 

 

This week we are ditching our desks and fav coffee cups and going NYC! 

 

From 27th until 31 May you will find our BookLikes team at Javits Center, exhibiting during this year’s BookExpo America, we are staying until the weekend for the BookCon, also taking place at the convention centre in New York.

 

Take this opportunity and come visit us, we are waiting at booth #3029

 

Not to worry, if you cannot be in New York to ask us a question in person, we are still going to be available to reach through the contact form for those of you needing our help. However, we have decided to put all the new releases on hold until we are all back in our BookLikes hub and brainstorm new exciting ideas. So, as for this Thursday, the theme is... NYC, baby! 

The Witcher and 6 more awesome games based on books

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

 

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

 

1. The Witcher

 

 

This world doesn't need a hero

It needs a Professional 

 

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

 

Book it is based on:  

 

Title: The Last Wish

Authir: Andrzej Sapkowski  

 

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

 

 

 

2. Metro 2033

 

 

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

 

Book it is based on: 

 

Title: Metro 2033

Author: Dmitry Glukhovsky  

 

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

 

 

3. Alice

 

 

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

 

Book it is based on: 

 

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

Author:  Lewis Carroll

 

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

 

 

 

4. Sherlock Holmes

 

 

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

 

Book it is based on:

 

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

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle   

 

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

 

 

 

5. Game of Thrones

 

 

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

 

Book it is based on:

 

Title: A Game of Thrones

Author: George R.R. Martin 

 

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

 

 

 

6. Batman

 

 

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

 

Book it is based on: 

 

Title: Batman: Year One

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

 

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

 

 

 

7. The Walking Dead

 

 

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

 

Book it is based on:

 

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

Authors: Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Embedded tweet

 

 

Embedded Tumblr post

 

 

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

 

Embedded tweet

 

 

Embedded Tumblr post 

 

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

 

 

Why it's great to use the embedded posts? 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

New Book Releases: May 18 - 24, 2015

 

 

Title: Maximum Ride Forever 

Author: James Patterson 

 

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

Title: Death Ex Machina

Author: Gary Corby 

 

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

Title: Give and Take 

Author: Tigris Eden 

 

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

 

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

Title: Nimona 

Author: Noelle Stevenson

 

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

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

Title: Dangerous Deception 

Authors: Kami GarciaMargaret Stohl

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 Author: Douglas Adams 

 

 Things you didn't know:

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

 

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

 

 

 

The Martian by Andy Weir  Title: The Martian

 Author: Andy Weir  

 

 Things you didn't know:

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

 

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

 

 

 

Across the Universe by Beth Revis  Title: Across the Universe

 Author: Beth Revis  

 

 Things you didn't know:

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 Author: Arthur C. Clarke 

 

 Things you didn't know:

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 Title: James S.A. Corey   

 

 Things you didn't know:

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 Author: Orson Scott Card   

 

 Things you didn't know:

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman  Title: The Forever War

 Author: Joe Haldeman   

 

 Things you didn't know:

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

 

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

 

Joe Haldeman  won a poker tournament in Nassau in 1989.

 

 

 

Solaris by Stanisław Lem Title: Solaris

 Author: Stanisław Lem

 

 Things you didn't know:

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

 

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

 

 

 

Titan by Stephen Baxter  Title:  Titan

 Author: Stephen Baxter 

 

 Things you didn't know:

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

 

 His favorite color is red. 

 

 

 

 

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

 Author: Peter F. Hamilton  

 

 Things you didn't know:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

    

 

 

 

 

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

 

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Mercury

http://www.buzzfeed.com/bbcradio4/42-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-hitchhikers-g-h3t3

http://www.andyweirauthor.com/books/the-martian-hc

http://www.acrosstheuniversebook.com/

http://inktank.fi/17-little-know-facts-about-2001-a-space-odyssey/

http://www.biography.com/people/arthur-c-clarke-9249620#synopsis

http://www.danielabraham.com/

http://expanse.wikia.com/wiki/Leviathan_Wakes

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/may/14/enders-game-scott-card-review

http://www.joehaldeman.com/

http://english.lem.pl/

http://www.stephen-baxter.com/

http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2nhmye/i_am_peter_f_hamilton_science_fiction_author_ask/

http://www.peterfhamilton.co.uk/

New book releases receive new look on your Dashboard

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

BookLikes Know-How: Affiliate Programs for Book Bloggers

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

1. Add your affiliate IDs and connect your BookLikes account 

with your associate IDs

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

2. Start shelving and reviewing on BookLikes

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

3. Track your links and measure your profit

 

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

 

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

 

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Win-win 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

P.S. Now you can :-)

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Looking Back at April with Book Bloggers

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Ramblings Regarding April Reading 

by Hyzie's Bookshelf

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

 

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

 

 

Favorites - April by SlowReader's Kingdom

 

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

 

 

April 2015 Reads by HUNGER FOR KNOWLEDGE
 

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

 

 

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

by Sock Poppet at Play

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

April wrap-up by It's a Books World

 

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

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

 

 

Books of March and Future Books of April 

by Bay's Books

  

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

 

 

 Reading Wrap Up -- Looking Back At April 

by ANI'S BOOK ABYSS

 

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

 

 

April 2015 Reading Round Up by Kitty Horror

 

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

 

 

April 2015 Reviews by Familiar Diversions

 

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

 

 

April 2015 Wrap Up by Jessica (HDB)

 

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

 

 

April Reads by Paul Read or Dead

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

 

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

 

 

April Stats by Susana "Lost in Fantasy Land"

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

 

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

 

 

April Reads by NOSTALGIA READER

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

 

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

 

 

April 2015 Reads 

by SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews

 

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

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

 

 

Top 5 reads in April! 

by IT'S A MAD MAD WORLD

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

April Wrap Up by Line Bookaholic

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

 

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

 

 

April Wrap Up by sunsetxcocktail

 

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

 

 

Read more book bloggers' April reading wrap-ups:

Reading in April by Olga Godim

2015 Reading Plan - April Update by mattries37315

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

April 2015 Reads Wrap Up by MELISSA'S MUSINGS

April Roundup by Whiskey in the Jar Likes to Read

April Wrap Up :D by booklife4life

April Highlights by Merry Meerkat Marginalia

April Goals by Merry Meerkat Marginalia

April Stats! by Merry Meerkat Marginalia

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

April Reading Roundup by Carpe Librum

April Wrap-Up by IF WE SHADOWS HAVE OFFENDED...

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

Literary Birthday Challenge ~ April by Sock Poppet at Play

April 2015 Wrap-Up by Tessa's Blog

Books Read in March and April 2015 by Chimera Speaks

April 2015 Wrap up by Nighttime Reading Center