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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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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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15 authors to read based on your favorite drinks

 

No matter if it's a cup of tea or coffee, lemonade or a glass of wine, books and drinks go well together. This universal truth has been discovered not only by avid readers but also writers, some of whom became as well known for their drinking habits as for their literary achievements. Taking advantage of the summer time and the permanent feeling of thirst, we've gathered light-hearted recommendations of 14 well known and read authors and their drinks. Find your match, sip, read, and enjoy the summer reading time. 

 

 

Truman Capote called this cocktail his special “orange drink” so if you share his taste for upgraded orange juice, go for a screwdriver drink with one of Capote's books in your hand.

 

 
In this profession it’s a long walk between drinks.
 
Truman Streckfus Persons, known as Truman Capote, was an American author, screenwriter and playwright, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and the true crime novel In Cold Blood (1966)... read more
 
Truman Capote's most popular books on BookLikes:
In Cold Blood - Truman CapoteBreakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories - Truman CapoteOther Voices, Other Rooms - Truman CapoteThe Grass Harp, Including A Tree of Night and Other Stories - Truman CapoteMusic for Chameleons - Truman Capote

 

 

Ernest Hemingway is known for his love for cocktails: Mohito, Martini, vermouth... Living in Havana, though, must have left a trace in his preferences and we bet Mojito was hight on the author's top drinks list. If it's also on yours, have a sip.

 

 

My mojito in the Bodeguita del Medio and my daiquiri in the Floridita.
quote on the wall of La Bodeguita del Medio, Havana, Cuba
 
Ernest Hemingway ranks as the most famous of twentieth-century American writers. Hemingway has been regarded less as a writer dedicated to his craft than as a man of action who happened to be afflicted with genius. When he won the Nobel Prize in 1954, Time magazine reported the news under Heroes rather than Books... read more
 
Ernest Hemingway's most popular books on BookLikes
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest HemingwayThe Sun Also Rises - Ernest HemingwayA Farewell to Arms - Ernest HemingwayFor Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest HemingwayA Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
 

 

Asked by a translator to explain his text William Faulkner said:

I have absolutely no idea of what I meant. You see, I usually write at night. I always keep my whiskey within reach; so many ideas that I can’t remember in the morning pop into my head.

If you're fond of whiskey, try Faulkner's favorite drink: mint julep. 

 

William Faulkner's favorite drinkWilliam Faulkner

 

Civilization begins with distillation.
 
His first poem was published in The New Republic in 1919. His first book of verse and early novels followed, but his major work began with the publication of The Sound and the Fury in 1929... read more
 
William Faulkner's most popular books on BookLikes:
The Sound and the Fury - William FaulknerLight in August (The Corrected Text) - William FaulknerAbsalom, Absalom! - William FaulknerAs I Lay Dying - William FaulknerSanctuary: The Corrected Text - William Faulkner

 

 

Martini IS James Bond. James Bond IS Ian Fleming. If you like martini, you ARE James Bond for us. 


  

Never say 'no' to adventures.

Always say 'yes,' otherwise you'll lead a very dull life.

 

His first job was with Reuters News Agency where a Moscow posting gave him firsthand experience with what would become his literary bete noire--the Soviet Union. During World War II he served as Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence and played a key role in Allied espionage operations. After the war he worked as foreign manager of the Sunday Times, a job that allowed him to spend two months each year in Jamaica. Here, in 1952, at his home "Goldeneye," he wrote a book called Casino Royale--and James Bond was born... read more
 
Ian Fleming's most popular books on BookLikes
 
 
From Russia With Love - Ian FlemingGoldfinger - Ian FlemingDoctor No - Ian FlemingOn Her Majesty's Secret Service - Ian FlemingLive and Let Die - Ian Fleming
 

 

Cosmo was named the sexiest drink thanks to Candace Bushnell who popularize the drink in her Sex and the City series. If you adore Carrie Bradshaw, the Sex and the City's main character, grab cosmo and read/write on!

 

Candace Bushnell

 

I make mistakes. That's what I do. I speak without thinking, I act without knowing. I drink so much that I can barely walk... I'm a fantastic lover though, and an amazing friend. God knows I mean well.

- Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City

 

Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, international best-selling author of Killing Monica, Sex and the City, Summer and the City, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Lipstick Jungle, Trading Up, and Four Blondes. Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series and two subsequent blockbuster movies. Lipstick Jungle became a popular television series on NBC, as did The Carrie Diaries on the CW... read more
 
Candace Bushnell's most popular books on BookLikes
The Carrie Diaries - Candace BushnellSex and the City - Candace BushnellFour Blondes - Candace BushnellLipstick Jungle - Candace BushnellSummer and the City - Candace Bushnell
 

 

If you like Margarita, read Jack Kerouac who developed his love for this drink during his trip through Mexico. 

 

 

Jack Kerouac

Don't drink to get drunk. Drink to enjoy life.

 

Jack Kerouac's writing career began in the 1940s, but didn't meet with commercial success until 1957, when On the Road was published. The book became an American classic that defined the Beat Generation. His parents had immigrated as very young children from the Province of Quebec, Canada, and Kerouac spoke a local French Canadian-American dialect before he spoke English... read more
 
Jack Kerouac's most popular books on BookLikes:
On the Road - Jack KerouacDesolation Angels - Jack Kerouac, Joyce JohnsonThe Dharma Bums - Jack KerouacBig Sur - Jack Kerouac, Aram SaroyanThe Subterraneans - Jack Kerouac
 
 
 

 

Raymond Carver was Hemingway's mate not only in writing but also boozing. Some of the records reveal that Bloody Mary cocktail, which he named "heart starter", made his hangover breakfast. We definitely do not recommend this kind of diet but if you'd like to give the tomatoes a good stir, choose Bloody Mary. 

 

 

Drinking’s funny. When I look back on it, all of our important decisions have been figured out when we were drinking.

Even when we talked about having to cut back on drinking, we’d be sitting at the kitchen table or out at the picnic table with a six-pack or whiskey.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

 
Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His father was a saw-mill worker and his mother was a waitress and clerk. He married early and for years writing had to come second to earning a living for his young family. Despite, small-press publication, it was not until Will You Please Be Quiet Please? appeared in 1976 that his work began to reach a wider audience... read more
 
Raymond Carver's most popular books on BookLikes 
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond CarverCathedral - Raymond CarverShort Cuts: Selected Stories - Raymond Carver, Robert AltmanThe Best American Short Stories of the Century - John Updike, Philip Roth, Bernard Malamud, Martha Gellhorn, Vladimir Nabokov, Gish Jen, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, Cynthia Ozick, Tim O'Brien, Harold Brodkey, Robert Penn Warren, Joyce Carol Oates, Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, William Saroyan, Saul BellowWill You Please Be Quiet, Please? - Raymond Carver
 
 

If you like gin and tonic read J.K. Rowling or F. Scott Fitzgerald's. Both authors highlighted this drink as their favorite.

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

J.K. Rowling

JK Rowling grew up in Chepstow, Gwent where she went to Wyedean Comprehensive. Jo left Chepstow for Exeter University, where she earned a French and Classics degree, and where her course included one year in Paris. As a postgraduate she moved to London to work at Amnesty International, doing research into human rights abuses in Francophone Africa. She started writing the Harry Potter series during a Manchester to London King's Cross train journey, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel... read more
 
J.K. Rowling's most popular books on BookLikes:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPréHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPréThe Casual Vacancy - J.K. RowlingThe Silkworm - J.K. Rowling, Robert GalbraithThe Tales of Beedle the Bard - Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling

 

 F. Scott Fitzgerald

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.
 

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of the major American writers of the twentieth century -- a figure whose life and works embodied powerful myths about our national dreams and aspirations. Fitzgerald was talented and perceptive, gifted with a lyrical style and a pitch-perfect ear for language. He lived his life as a romantic, equally capable of great dedication to his craft and reckless squandering of his artistic capital. He left us one sure masterpiece, The Great Gatsby; a near-masterpiece, Tender Is the Night... read more
 
F. Scott Fitzgerald's most popular books on BookLikes:
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott FitzgeraldTender Is the Night - F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Beautiful and Damned - F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Love of the Last Tycoon - F. Scott FitzgeraldGatsby Girls - F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J.R.R. Tolkien admitted to be a beer lover. C.S. Lewis is known for his love to this golden liquor as well. Not so strange then that those two spent enjoyable time in pubs reading and discussing their writing, having several pints and paying close attention to what they were drinking. Reportedly, Lewis liked a good draft bitter off the wood, disliked bottled and hated canned beer. 

 

 

J.R.R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion... read more

 

J.R.R. Tolkien's most popular books on BookLikes

The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. TolkienThe Hobbit - J.R.R. TolkienThe Two Towers - J.R.R. TolkienThe Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien, Ted Nasmith, Christopher TolkienThe Children of Húrin - J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien, Alan Lee

 

 

C.S. Lewis

I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once. 

Clive Staples Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year... read more

 

C.S. Lewis' most popular books on BookLikes

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. LewisThe Magician's Nephew - C.S. LewisThe Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis, Pauline BaynesPrince Caspian - C.S. LewisThe Silver Chair - C.S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes

 

Honore de Balzac'a coffee addiction may be too much even for a hard-core coffee lover -- the author is believed to drink up to 50 cups a day! L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was much more moderate coffee drinker with four or five breakfast cups of sweet white coffee a day. How about you?

 

 

Honoré de Balzac

As soon as coffee is in your stomach, there is a general commotion.

Ideas begin to move…similes arise, the paper is covered.

Coffee is your ally and writing ceases to be a struggle.

 

Honoré de Balzac was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon Bonaparte... read more

 

Honoré de Balzac's most popular books on BookLikes

Père Goriot - Honoré de BalzacCousin Bette - Francine Prose, Honoré de Balzac, Kathleen RaineEugénie Grandet - Christopher Prendergast, Honoré de Balzac, Sylvia RaphaelLost Illusions - George Saintsbury, Honoré de Balzac, Ellen MarriageThe Unknown Masterpiece; and, Gambara - Richard Howard, Arthur C. Danto, Honoré de Balzac

 

 

If you prefer a hot aromatic tea than cocktails or coffee, make sure to follow George Orwell's golden rules of making a perfect cup of tea

 

 

George Orwell

One strong cup of tea is better than twenty weak ones. All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes.

 

Eric Arthur Blair who used the pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and commitment to democratic socialism. Commonly ranked as one of the most influential English writers of the 20th century, and as one of the most important chroniclers of English culture of his generation, Orwell wrote literary criticism, poetry, fiction, and polemical journalism. He is best known for the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) and the allegorical novella Animal Farm (1945)... read more

 

George Orwell's most popular books on BookLikes

1984 - George Orwell, Erich FrommAnimal Farm - George OrwellThe Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever - John Updike, George Eliot, John Stuart Mill, Thomas Hobbes, Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett, Carl Sagan, Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken, Christopher Hitchens, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Joseph Conrad, Ibn Warraq, Martin Gardner, Karl Marx, Bertrand Russell, A.C. Grayling, PeHomage to Catalonia - Lionel Trilling, George OrwellShooting an Elephant - George Orwell 

 

 

Jane Austen was well known for her feminist life approach, her language was witty, actions full of determination and books ground-breaking. This also refers to her culinary preferences. She adored ices and red wine. 

 

 

Jane Austen

But in the meantime for Elegance & Ease & Luxury . . .

I shall eat Ice & drink French wine, & be above Vulgar Economy.

 

Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature... read more

 

Jane Austen's most popular books on BookLikes

Sense and Sensibility - Jane AustenEmma - Jane Austen, Fiona StaffordMansfield Park - Jane AustenJane Austen's Letters - Deirdre Le Faye, Jane AustenPride and Prejudice: The Wild and Wanton Edition - Michelle M. Pillow, Annabella Bloom, Jane Austen

 

 

Sources:

http://www.port-magazine.com/feature/combined-measures-great-writers-their-drinks/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1507438/There-would-be-so-much-to-tell-her....html

http://www.openculture.com/2011/12/drinking_with_william_faulkner.html

http://www.foodrepublic.com/2012/10/30/7-things-you-didnt-know-about-ernest-hemingways-drinking-habits/

http://blog.biographyonline.net/2013/01/30-facts-about-jrr-tolkien.html

http://paperandsalt.org/2014/07/07/bloody-mary-cocktail-raymond-carver/

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-a-perfect-cup-of-tea-according-to-george-orwell-191448

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/features/2013/daily_rituals/coffee_from_balzac_to_beethoven_it_has_fueled_artistic_endeavor_for_centuries.html

BookLikes Authors Recommend Great Summer Reads

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Clean up your shelves, add a new collection to your e-reader, equip yourself with drinks and snacks. It's time for Summer recommendations! We've asked several of BookLikes authors to pick their perfect summer books. Here's a reading list that cannot be missed and a collection of reads that must be added to your TBR summer pile! 

 

Tellulah Darling author

Meet & follow Tellulah Darling on BookLikes ->

 

 

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab 

 

"I picked this up because I am a sucker for alternate versions of cities. Yes, Neverwhere is a fav of mine and so when I saw this had that vibe happening, I was in. Let's start with the good: crossdressing thieves, multiple Londons, super cool magic, chicks to the rescue, throne power plays, and an amazing mythology I want to fall into and stay suspended in for a very long time.


Now for the bad: book two doesn't come out for another year. Seriously. That's all I've got.

Kell and Lila are a fabulous swashbuckling duo. His backstory is totally compelling and fraught with mystery. His brother Rhy is a charmer with a heart of gold that I demand more of. The world building is insanely cool. This is an original, compelling, thoroughly engaging and entertaining book one of a new fantasy series. If you're looking for romance, you won't really find it in this book though it sets up tantalizing and frustrating (in good ways) teases to be played out. Bonus points for actually wrapping up the main plot while still creating enough questions about events to follow. 

Honestly, by partway through the first chapter I was excited in ways I hadn't been for a story in a while. Grab it!"

 

A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

 

 
 
"Before I found this story, I was in such a bad reading slump that I couldn't even make eye contact with my Kindle because I felt like all the half-read books on it were glaring at me for not finishing them. Then in the space of a few hours, I discovered and read this book. Colours seemed brighter, my heart felt lighter - this beautiful, sumptuous romance made me so very happy. 
 
Mili, married at 4 in a small Indian village, hasn't seen her husband in 20 years. But that hasn't stopped her from being 100% committed to this marriage and the hope that eventually he'll come for her. Until that day, she pawns her dowery jewelry so that she can further her education in the US. And that's where her brother-in-law Samir finds her, hell bent on getting her to sign annulment papers. 
 
There was something magical about this romance, about each tiny step in Mili and Samir's developing friendship, made all the more fragile and heart-stopping by the secrets between them. I flat out loved it. There was no sentimentality, just genuine, raw, beautifully realized and flawed humans daring to hope for more than their pasts had dealt them."
 Edward Lorn author
 
 
Light Summer Read:
 
 
"Palisades Park is a touching story magically and masterfully told. If an amusement park in its heyday is where you want to be this summer, brothers and sisters, Alan Brennert will take you there.
 
It might take you a few other places, as well. I wish you all a pleasant journey."
 
Thrilling Summer Read:
 
 
 
"Vicki Pettersson is the love child of Dean Koontz and Gillian Flynn. Okay, she isn't, but she writes like she is. Swerve piqued my interest because I'm a sucker for scavenger-hunts-to-stay-alive books in the vein of Laymon's In the Dark.
 
I also love anything having to do with road trips and/or crazy stalkers. If you like the same kinda reads and are looking for a little thrill while lounging in the Summer sun, give this new release a try."
 
 
Tish Thawer author

Meet and follow Tish Thawer on BookLikes ->

 

 

As a reader, I love books that can transport you. With both of these novels, I felt as if I was "in" the story. The world-building was phenomenal and the paranormal elements were woven in so well, I no longer felt like I was reading fiction. Magic is real, people! :)  

 

The Life & Death of Jorja Graham by Brynn Myers   

 

 

 

"Once again I was blown away by the imagination and detailed writing that Brynn puts into her stories. She never fails to transport me into the world she's created, and in this case, the world was eerie and magical and filled with characters that captured my heart." 

 

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness   

 

 

 

"This book was so engrossing. The amazing detail of the alchemic process and imagery was amazing. This author did her homework!"

 

 

Samantha Wilcoxson author

Meet and follow Samantha Wilcoxson on BookLikes ->

 

 

The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman 

 

"This is my favorite book of all time by the author who sparked my obsession in medieval England.

 

Each of her books is wonderful with complex characters and impeccable historical research that transports the reader back in time.

Since Richard III, the main character in this book, has been in the headlines lately, this is an ideal time to get swept away in this novel."

 

Villette by Charlotte Brontë

 

 

 

"I recommend this book because it is lesser known than the author’s more famous Jane Eyre, but I feel that the story and characters are even more captivating.

 

Lucy Snowe felt like a kindred spirit as she attempted to make her way in the world. The realistic way that each person sees her differently, but none completely understand her is heart wrenching.

 

Anyone looking for a classic novel that is a little off the beaten path should try Villette."

 

 Rod Raglin author

Meet and follow Rod Raglin on BookLikes ->

 

 

I have made a commitment to read and review the work of individuals like myself, because no one needs recognition more than a new, independently published author (believe me, I know). I wouldn’t describe these books as “beach” reads, but they are very good novels that have received very little recognition.
 

War in a Beautiful Country by Patricia Ryan 

 

"It’s quirky, perceptive and funny. It’s poignant as well as enlightening, entertaining and original. It ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous and covers a lot of the stuff in between.
 
The protagonist in War in a Beautiful Country is Regina, a middle aged woman living in New York City. Regina begins getting surface mail from an anonymous person threatening to blow her up, literally. The idea her life might end abruptly and without warning makes her examine her existence, her art, her relationships, her activities, and her purpose.
 
War in a Beautiful Country is wickedly funny while at the same time wise and worldly with fascinating insights on art and relationships."

 

The Last Bad Job by Colin Dodds 

 

 

 

"The Last Bad Job is an apocalyptic story with a sense of humor.
 
What makes this novel standout, makes it exceptional is the writing – natural dialogue, characterization through action, exact diction and an imaginative plot that doesn’t let you catch your breath.
 
Our protagonist, best described as an anti-hero, is an investigative reporter assigned to do a story on an apocalyptic cult and it’s leader, Dizzy Sheehan. The assignment entails living with the group and right away he compromises his objectivity by participating in cult activities like having sex with the female members. This is the first, but certainly not the last demonstration of his almost complete lack of any sense of morals or integrity.
 
As the reporter’s life spins more and more out of control, and Dizzy’s prediction of the apocalypse begins to unfold our anti-hero comes to believe he has been chosen for some special purpose and, indeed, he has."

 

 
Sandra Gustafsson author

Meet and follow Sandra Gustafsson on BookLikes ->

 

 Someone by Alice McDermott 

 

 

"This author was new to me, and maybe it´s to soon to say this is my favorite author, but I really enjoyed reading this book. Here and there I stopped at sentences, just to read them again, and again because they were so well written. The details made me feel like I was there, beside the book´s protagonist. 

The story is told in a simple yet very straight-forward way and I didn´t want it to end.
If you like people and the stories behind them, I think you will like this book."

 

The Lighthouse by Alison Moore   

 

 

 

"This is a very well written and really tense short novel. It´s the sort of book were nothing seems to happen, and still - everything is happening in front of me. It´s melancholy, haunting and exquisitely written - a beautiful novel. If you enjoy a slow and intimate book this one is for you."

 

 

 

Amber Foxx author

Meet and follow Amber Foxx on BookLikes ->

 

 

Two books I’d recommend to people who share my taste for mysteries that venture off the beaten track are The First Lie, by Virginia King and When the Clocks Stopped by M.L. Eaton. These are totally different from each other, and yet have in common a thread of the mystical, vivid settings, complex and realistic protagonists, and excellent writing.  

 

The First Lie by Virginia King 

 

"The First Lie is set in Hawaii, where Selkie Moon has escaped from her former life in Australia. Her voice as the narrator is compelling, and the bizarre events that overtake her made it hard for me to stop reading. The layers of mythology and psychology in the intense plot gave it the kind of depth I like. I want more than to know the solution of a mystery, but to get involved with the characters’ lives."

 

When the Clocks Stopped by M.L. Eaton 

 

 

 

"When the Clocks Stopped takes place in a quaint English village with a dark history that comes alive. The main character, Hazel Dawkins, is utterly original, and so is the concept of this book, with the interweaving of the eighteenth and twentieth centuries, the crimes of both periods in time, and the ordinary and the extraordinary."

 

Anyone who likes a well-crafted and unconventional take on mystery will enjoy these books.

 

 

Jenny Schwartz author

Meet and follow Jenny Schwartz on BookLikes ->

 

 

Two perfect summer reads for romance fans.

 

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews   

  

 

 

"The first is a fast-paced, sexy paranormal romance by one of my favourite authors, Ilona Andrews. Burn For Me has the ultimate alpha hero and a heroine unsure whether to love him or run."

 

Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva by Eliza Redgold 

 

 

 

"My second recommended summer read takes you back in time to summer in Saxon England. “Naked” is the real story of Lady Godiva’s famous ride, beautifully told, and it’s special to me because it’s written by a good friend, Eliza Redgold, who is passionate about the power of Godiva’s legend and of Celtic women in general."

 

 

 

Murielle Cyr author

Meet and follow Murielle Cyr on BookLikes ->

 

 

Two of my summer readings picks swing precariously from the supernatural classic, Three Supernatural Classics, to the more lighter literary shôjo manga, The Heart of Thomas. Both are perfect for short and frequent time fillers needed while traveling, or even between beach dips. 

 
 
 
 
"Algeron Blackwood is the master of anything weird. “An idyllic camping trip along the Danube goes horribly wrong in The Willows”. In his second story, The Wendigo, “the dark terror of the remote Canadian wilderness unfolds where a hunting party encounters a creature from Algonquin myth.” In his third story, The Listener, a writer confronts his fears in a “rundown house in London” when he has “the sensation of being watched while he sleeps.”

   
 
 
"Moto Hagio is considered the “founding mother” of shôjo manga (manga graphic novels written and illustrated by women). “Unabashedly romantic and emotionally complex”, The Heart of Thomas, promises  a “richly imagined setting” and great memorable characters."
 
Happy reading, and have a magical summer!
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

"Anyone who has an interest in the creative process, from writers and artists to musicians and filmmakers, will find this book interesting and inspiring.

 

Catmull is the the president of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation. The level of struggle and revision that goes into making a Pixar movie is an inspiration, and the process they use to solicit useful and timely feedback on their work will be useful to all kinds of artists."

 

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley 

 

 

 

"A gorgeously crafted and designed book about the power of belief. Micah's journey may rekindle your own belief in magic.

 

I loved it so much that the moment I put down my library copy, I called the bookstore to order a hardback."

 

 

BookLikes authors recommendations made it to the reading lists on BookLikes. If you liked our authors' picks, you can easily add all books to your shelf through the Reading List: 20 great summer reads picked by authors ->

 

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ReExplore Booklikes Adventure

— feeling evolution

Whether you are a Newbie, or you have been hanging around for a while, Booklikes invites you to rediscover its Explore feature. Inspired by the Booklikers Think Tank (applause) brought by the BL team, here it is.

 

Now, the Explore gives you a better scoop of what is going on here and now on Booklikes. Meet BookLikers by lurking into one of 6 nooks: Just published, Popular blogs, Rising up,Top Reviewers, Hot reviews and  BookLikes Authors & Publishers.

 

Depending where you’d like to go from here, you can either choose any of 31 book categories, take a tour of All blogs across the platform, or narrow your path to Authors & Publishers blogs only. Switch to German, or Polish if you up for some globetrotting.

 

 

New posts feed

 

While you can see the recent posts from the users you follow on your dashboard, Just published section gives you an overview of what has been published on the platform within last 24 hrs. Come here for your piece of news.

 

 

Find the best match

 

Choosing the book category you are into and ticking off the All Blogs box will allow you to discover new bloggers to follow, in result you will also find out about new titles that are very likely to be to your taste.

 

 

Discover a hidden gem

 

Rising up filter will bring the niche to the spot light. Introduce yourself to the newbies just arrived  to BookLikes. You will also find bloggers who have been here for quite a while, however their reviews haven’t received a wide audience yet. Bloggers, Author and Publishers - be a head hunter and get to discover them first.

 

Apart from the new additions, you will still find the good old Popular blogs, Top Reviewers and Hot reviews sections on the Explore page.

 

 

A piece of advice from BookLikes Regulars

 

When spotting a new review on the Explore page, or your dashboard it is always a good idea to move down to comments section, it' like meeting someone at the bar and finding you've ordered the same drink - you can either node at them, or strike up a conversation.

Moonlight Reader says:

 

 

 

Show me your book shelf and I will see if I want to follow you

 

What bloggers put on their shelf is probably the best indicator of whether you can be the book buddies. As it might be a good idea to follow mainly the  Authors & Publishers who fit in your book category, wider the scoop of reviewers you follow. People of seemingly very different taste to yours can be really inspirational, they will be your guide into the unknown territory.

Char's Horror Corner says:

Finally, go through your friends list and see who they are following - the reviews you value are very likely to attract bloggers of the same ilk. Oh and people you used to follow you-know-where before you have all came to BL, a lot of them are here, as well. Let's reunion.

 

 

Shout-out for Newbies and "Underfollowed" (but Active) Blogs

 

This is probably the most exciting BL discussion and should definitely be the first stop for newly registered BookLikers, come in and introduce yourself to everybody, like Audio Book Junkie did. And for BL code of conduct check out  What are the booklikes basics for newcomers.

You will also find people recommending one another blogs that have not been getting the attention they deserve, like these:

And why not following this great resolution from Books, hockey, and a bucketful of snark:

 

 

Active Reviewer Bloggers

 

Whereas other discussions are mainly for people to share their discoveries and help out underfollowed users this one is for some serious networking.  Good place for the regular bloggers to come and  introduce themselves in person and give a brief description of what they are into, when and where to find them:

 

 

Active Author and Publisher Bloggers

 

There are a lot of Author and Publishers on BookLikes who are here to engage with the readers. Don't assume they would ignore you, they here to interact, same as you. If you are an Author, or Publisher but you have not received your official badge yet give us a shout here.

 

P.S. some of them use BL more incognito. If you are watchful enough you will find them, join in the discussion and see who's who.

Eat like your book mates - Book Lovers' Menu #1

— feeling hungry

 

Sometimes reading a book is just not enough. We want to feel what our favorite characters feel, live their lives in their worlds. Sometimes even eat what they eat... Already feeling hungry? Have a look at our today's book-inspired menu and take a bite:

 

 Starter

 

Have a snack of some sweet honey with a crispy toast to awaken your taste buds and increase your appetite. 

 

Recommended by: Winnie the Pooh. (note from the Pooh Bear: The toast is optional!)

 

Winnie-the-Pooh - A.A. Milne

 

 

 

 

 

 Main Course

You can choose from two dishes:

 

Lamb stew on wild rice is a well balanced meal perfect for anyone who appreciates healthy food & sophisticated flavors. 

 

Recommended by: Katniss Everdeen 

 

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins  

 

 

 

 

Chili with home made bread and coleslaw will be a perfect choice for anyone who enjoys deep flavors of home made dishes. 

 

Recommended by: Kay Scarpetta

 

All That Remains - Patricia Cornwell  

 

 

 

 Dessert

You can choose from two cakes:

 

If you enjoy sour-sweet flavor in your mouth lemon cake is definitely something that will come in handy this summer. Great refreshment and a treat for anyone having a sweet tooth. 

 

Recommended by: Sansa Stark

 

A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin  

 

 

 

 

Grab a magical cauldron cake if you're waiting for extraordinary experiences. You can share them with your friends but we doubt any  crumbs would be left once you give it a taste. Yum!

 

Recommended by: Harry Potter and Ron Weasley

 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling

 

 

 

 

Supper

 

Rustic supper includes roasted eggs and potatoes, a glass of frothed milk accompanied with hot oatcakes and buns, and raspberry cordial finale. 

 

Recommended by: Anne Shirley 

 

Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery 

What are your favorite book inspired dishes? 

 

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.