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#41 Follow Friday with book bloggers: JoRead

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Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Joanna, an avid reader and romance books fan, who prefers reading than eating and sleeping. Obviously. 


Follow JoRead on BookLikes: http://joread.booklikes.com/



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


I hardly ever read more than one book at once but right now it happens that I’m reading two. The first one is a lovely ARC by the always amazing Katharine Ashe called The Prince and I’m loving it. I’m also reading Bad Bachelor by Stefanie London but only a few chapters in on that one so it’s too early to tell ;)


The Prince (Devil's Duke) - Katharine AsheBad Bachelor - Stefanie London



When have you discovered you’re a book lover?


Very early in life. I was the girl that would rather spend her time inside reading a book instead of playing outside with kids my age.



Why reading is important to you?


At first it was sort of an escapism. Books would take me to a different place, different time, and sometimes even different worlds. Now I’ve realized that books, regardless of genre or whether is fiction or non-fiction have always something new for me to learn. Books have taught me to understand people better because in a way I’ve been inside other people’s minds.



Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?


I think people need to give romance books a chance. Romance is more than “smut” or “mommy porn,” which by the way, are terms that I loathe with the passion of a thousand suns! Romance is a genre that’s been empowering people in general (women in particular) for centuries. Depending on your tastes you could try authors Lisa Kleypas for historical stories, Penny Reid for some fun contemporary reads, and Jennifer Ashley for adventure with paranormal creatures.  


JoRead's Shelf



You short bio says: “If it wasn't because life gets in the way, I could spend all day reading”. How much time do you spend reading daily?


Dear me, hours I tell you! Hours! But who needs to eat and sleep is overrated anyway… :)



How do you find new books to read?


Besides Booklikes I’m part of several book groups in Facebook and Goodreads. Like-minded people tend to recommend the best books.  



We can find many romance titles on your BookLikes shelf. Do you switch between the genres or do you follow you favorite reading path?


I read romance the most because it’s what I like the most but I do enjoy all genres. I’ve read from Leo Tolstoy to the beautiful crafted Japanese Manga. A book is a book is a book and each one has something new to teach the reader. 



Do you read one book or several at a time?


I try to stick to one at a time but there are times when I cannot take my print with me so my handy eBook reader comes to the rescue. For instance, currently I’m reading Bad Bachelor in print and The Prince in eBook.  





Your bookshelf has got many thematic shelves. Does it mean you’re a well organized reader?


I try to be. My digital shelf is organized so because if I ever need to “pick” a book with a certain theme I can just check that shelf and voilà! All at the click of a key :)



A library or a bookstore?


Tough question. Bookworms should never be made to choose.



What are your three favorite book covers?


Eek! I have lots! No way I could choose only 3. How about I give you the three that come to mind right away ;) 


Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld,Keith ThompsonLady in Red - Maire ClaremontWonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) - Leigh Bardugo




A paper book or an e-book?


Both. Well, I love prints and if I’d have more place at home all of my books would be in print but I love the simplicity of format of an eBook. You can literally have hundreds of books in the palm of your hand!



Three titles for a holiday break?


Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen


The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho




Favorite quote?

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein



If you could pair a book with a drink, what would you prepare to sip while reading?


I’d read Jennifer Ashley’s Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Marriage while sipping Earl Grey tea. Yep, that would hit the spot.



Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)


My apartment is really small so most of my books are in boxes *sad face*

But here is a pic of the books I have on hand because I’m planning on reading them or have read recently.



Thanks! This was lots of fun! 


Thank you!



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April 2018 — A Wrap Up



Out for Blood by Kristen Painter


This series has many flaws but since I have read the first few books I am going to see it through. While it is true that I have been spacing them out, so I could have missed it but I kept searching for a bigger picture or an overarching plot in these books. However, I couldn't find one.


Another thing that bugs the heck out of me is the so-called protagonist. She is bitchy, whiny, and TSTL. She acts without thinking of the consequences. The guy in love with her keeps jumping in to rescue her and ends up facing those consequences. Also, I have NO idea why guys keep falling for her left and right even with all the bitchiness.


The ending was another letdown. It seemed as if the author wanted to ensure that the readers would read the next book. After all the torture that the hero suffered for the girl, he was mind raped by a supernatural being. The outcome was that he forgot he ever had feelings for her. I am guessing the next one is going to be about the girl trying to undo that. Fortunately, that book is the last in this series. So yaay!




Jessica Jones, Vol. 1: Uncaged by Brian Michael Bendis




The same sense of loneliness pervades the comics that you'd find on the show. We catch a glimpse of Kamala doing her thing.


Below, you can see a huge twist that had me shocked:







Destroyer #5 and #6 by Victor LaValle

Two good issues. My fave scene was the kid who could physically snap his parents' necks -- the mother is an evil scientist out for revenge while the father isn't a lightweight either with his body fused to a suit of armour -- being told off by them for being mouthy:




Oh and the poor Frankenstein's Monster finally gets some well-deserved rest:




I liked how the kid is able to relate to the monster and even tries to connect with him. Who knows he might have succeeded if his bloodthirsty mom hadn't butted in.




John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Vault #1 by James Ninness


Another one that failed to leave an impression. I don't think I will be continuing with this one.




Xena: Warrior Princess Vol. 4 (1&2) by Meredith Finch


So far, so good. I will be reading the next one.





Downward to the Earth Vol. 1 & 2 by Philippe Thirault


This is one freaky graphic novel. I dunno why it feels so visceral and just yucky yet I finished the whole thing. I was on the lookout for the White Man's Burden trope while reading it. But, I think the "white" people (Humans) are even more screwed up than the ones colonized (Aliens). Let's see, some of them are junkies, others are murderers, not to forget the ones who are cheating while in a relationship. The only thing that stank was the violent belief of the natives of the planet: In order to be reborn, they must get high and slaughter innocent animals. Take a look at the carnage:


I don't think this could be the end though. Do you?




Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Volume 7 - Death Beneath the Waves by George Mann & Vol 8: Time Trials: The Wolves of Winter



The art resembles Peter Capaldi so closely...I mean look at those brows!!




The alternate covers are amazing!




The same creepy stories make you feel right at home i.e. in the TARDIS lol




The Doctor is usual unrepentant and spoiler-throwing self:




There were pop-culture references to enjoy when Bill Potts arrived on the scene:










Sleepy Hollow, Vol. 1 by Marguerite Bennett


Almost as good and fun as the show used to be:










Come Into Me #1 by Zac Thompson




Just freaky and sad. I don't think I'll be following this one.





White Hot by Ilona Andrews


One of the best things about an Ilona Andrews book is how family-centric they are. It is refreshing to see a character derive her strength from her family. The humor in these books is just my kind of humor too. I also like the time they dedicate to developing the relationship between the protags. This installment was fun to read!




Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by J K Rowling


Now this one was a pleasant surprise! If nothing else, the humor was very HP-ish. Look for yourself:






I found all the things that turned off other readers worked for me. For one, how can we expect the kid who grew up with a part of Voldemort inside him to be a functional adult? Why would he think he'd make a good parent? Then there is Ron who has spent his life being overshadowed by his siblings. He made a best friend who eclipsed even his brothers and married someone like Hermione. He wasn't a good student or ambitious while his wife worked her way up to the Minister for Magic's post. In what world would there not be a strained relationship between such individuals? Draco had been a Death Eater. In an ideal world, people would forgive him for erring but this play wasn't set in the perfect world that we are used to.


And these people just went ahead and had kids of their own. Try to think about how hard life must be for Draco's kid or even Harry's!


As I said, I liked it!



So Long and Thanks for all the Fish by Douglas Adams


If I remember correctly, according to the readers, this is the book in the series where it all started going downhill. It is true that these books have always been completely random. When I pick up a THGTTG book, I don't expect anything from it but that it will be a fun read. This time though, the randomness was a bit much. There was no Marvin to keep things morbidly funny and the humor seemed forced. Moreover, after the previous books made such a big deal out of Earth's destruction, the planet suddenly bounced back into existence. Why?! The good thing is there is just one more book for me to suffer through.




Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War! #1-6 by Louise Simonson


Fun and silly just like the cartoons themselves! Here are some scenes from the comics, including Dexter's really bad puns:









This time though, the bad guys did come up with a great plan. They made evil clones of the good guys to fight them! Of course, they didn't count on the three Eds ruining their plans. I can't wait to see what happens next.

#39 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Line Bookaholic

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Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Coraline, a book lover from Belgium who loves sipping beer when reading ;) Check out Coraline's beach reads, cover love and her French bookshelf. 


Follow Line Bookaholic http://line.booklikes.com



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

Wonder - R.J. Palacio 

I just started reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It has been on my shelf for ages because I've heard many great things about it and I finally decided to pick it up. I am only 32 pages in but I feel like I'm going to like it a lot. 



Which book made you a book lover?

Fear and Trembling - Amélie Nothomb,Adriana  Hunter 

Harry Potter definitely got me into Fantasy. But I really started reading a lot after reading Amélie Nothomb for the first time. She is a writer from my home country and I really love what she does. It is really different from what I usually read though. (Stupeur et Tremblements; Fear and Trembling in English)



How did your book blogging adventure start? What do you enjoy the most about it?


I started blogging a few years ago when I discovered Booktube. I found it totally amazing that so many people were loving the same books I was and I decided to start a blog. What I enjoy the most is interacting with other book lovers. Not many of my friends are readers and it is amazing to be able to share so much with other readers and discovering new books.



http://line.booklikes.com ->



Why reading is important to you?


It is mostly a way to escape reality. When I read I stop thinking about all the rest (money, work, chores, world problems...). But it is also really important because it makes me think about new things. It helps me understand a lot about the world and it gives me new perspectives. Also, it helps improve my English (but this will be for next question!)



In your short bio we can read you live in Belgium. In what languages do you read? Does the book language influence the reading experience?


Yes, I'm from Belgium and I do speak French. I mostly read in English though, but sometimes also in French (when the author writes in French, I do not like reading translations). My main problem with reading in English is the "cultural" stuff, I do not always get all the references, but I learned a lot about American/English cultures through books and I am really thankful! Also, classics are trickier because the language is more difficult to understand.



Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?


I would definitely recommend everyone to read Amélie Nothomb. I know that she is not as famous in non French speaking country but her books are all translated in English and she is truly fantastic. Also, read any Sarah J. Maas' books, whether you like YA or not, I think you may enjoy it :)


Fear and Trembling - Amélie Nothomb,Adriana  HunterA Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas



How do you find new books to read?


I used to find new books by watching Booktube videos. Now, it's mostly through newsletters or thanks to Instagram. I also follow a lot of my favourite authors on social media and they often recommend books by debut authors.



You’re a fantasy and sci-fi YA lover. Are you an adventurous reader picking up new genres or are you loyal to your favorite book genres?


I tend to stick to my favourite genres. I sometimes try to get out of my comfort zone by reading classics or books in French but most of the time I'm not really adventurous in that sense.. I try to force myself to do it more often because I'm never disappointed!



So far you’ve read 29 out of 80 books in your 2018 reading challenge. How much time do you spend reading daily?


I read every single day; sometimes even 3 pages but I can't go to sleep without having read during the day. Sometimes I read 2 or 3 hours, sometimes only 20 minutes; it really depends on my mood and on my activities.



Do you read one book or several at a time?


Most of the time I read one book at a time, but sometimes I read one book and listen to an audiobook on my way to work.



Your BookLikes Bookshelf presents a French Shelf. Why do you enjoy French literature?


French is my mother tongue and I think it is a really beautiful language. Most of the books I read in French were for school as a teenager but I try to read more classics because there are a lot of amazing French speaking writers out there! I really love Emile Zola, who is a naturalist author from the 19th century. I learned a lot about French society thanks to his books.


2018 Reading Challenge Page



What are your three favorite book covers?


Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis, Phobos by Victor Dixen, Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor & Jim Di Bartolo   


Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnisPhobos (Phobos, #1) - Victor DixenNight of Cake & Puppets (Daughter of Smoke & Bone) - Laini Taylor,Jim Di Bartolo



A paper book or an e-book?


I love reading e-books but I definitely prefer paper book.



Three titles for a holiday break?

Any of the Anna and the French Kiss book, When Dimple Met Rishi, Ready Player One. Holiday means contemporary for me and Ready Player One is just a really funny and enjoyable book.




Favorite quote?


Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. (J.R.R. Tolkien)



If you could pair a book with a drink, what would you prepare to sip while reading?


I would say tea. But for the moment it is sunny and I love to have a really cold beer while reading in the sun (I’m from Belgium after all).



Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)


Here are my regular shelves and my Harry Potter shelf.



Thank you!




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#38 Follow Friday with book bloggers: JUNIPER GREEN

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Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Juniper, a science fiction lover who recommends a bunch of amazing titles not only for sci-fi readers. Keep on reading. 


Follow JUNIPER GREEN's blog on BookLikes: http://junipergreen.booklikes.com/



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


Right now I'm using the time between two fiction books to read some short fiction. I've just finished Calved by the always amazing Sam J. Miller. The short story is set in Qaanaaq, eponymous floating city of Miller's recent novel Blackfish City, and follows Dom, an ice boat worker, at his desperate attempt to mend his relationship with his estranged teenage son Thede. It's well imagined cli-fi – science fiction dealing with the consequences of climate change – as well as a gut-punching tragedy. “Crushing” is probably the most fitting expression to describe it. That I anticipated the ending quite early on just made it worse. (In case it isn't clear: That's a compliment.)


Gypsy Sexuality - Jud Nirenberg,Bill BilaApart from that, I'm reading a non-fiction book, Gypsy Sexuality: Romani and Outsider Perspectives on Sexuality   a collection of essays, studies, and interviews edited by Jud Nierenberg. It's less about sex and more about Romani civil rights and relationships, dealing with such diverse topics as the self-image of Romani women, the objectification of Romani by outsider media, the difficulties in Romani / non-Romani relationships, and also about atrocities like the forced sterilization of Romani women. I think it's an important book and deserves to be more widely read. It could use a more professional editing, some contributions seem a bit haphazardly translated – on the other hand, that lends them a certain kind of authenticity.



Which book made you a book lover?


I can't remember a time when I wasn't a book lover. When I was little, I wouldn't go bed without a bedtime story. I was lucky enough that my family encouraged my love for books and stories. I grew up surrounded by books. My parents read to me, children's books and fairy tales and comics, and when they didn't have the time, my grandfather would make up stories about a heroic Saint Bernard called Bello and tell me about his adventures. 



How did your book blogging adventure start? What do you enjoy the most about it?


I started writing book and film reviews for our local newspaper when I was a teenager. I've been reviewing books (and films) on and off ever since. I enjoy writing about what I've read, about what I did and didn't enjoy. Reviewing helps me to analyse why certain things work for me while others don't. It also helps me remembering more details about what I've read. I've used Goodreads for a while, but couldn't really get into the community. Booklikes' blogging structure seems a bit more suited to the way I actually review, and also allows me to blog random stuff about music and films.




Why reading is important to you?


Reading is a mind-expanding experience. I can examine different points of view, giving my empathy-muscle some work-out.



In your short bio we can read you live in Germany. Do you read both in English and German? Does the book language influence the reading experience?


Whenever possible, I try to read books in their original language. Most books I read are in German and English though, and occasionally I will read a book in translation, if I can't find a copy of the original or if the translation is much cheaper (yeah, I'm somewhat of a cheapskate. And I love vintage paperbacks). When reading in German, I can more easily lean back and relax, getting into the flow of the story. Reading English or another foreign language means more work for me. The language barrier creates a greater distance between me and the text, I have to work harder to form a connection with a story and its characters. But putting more work into it also means the book will stick with me longer.



Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?


I have so many books to recommend, it's hard to narrow it down. Especially because I don't yet know what my followers here prefer to read. But here are some of my favourites:


Falling Out Of Cars by Jeff Noon. British SF and weird fiction author Jeff Noon's most lauded work is Vurt  his breakthrough novel first published in 1993. I love Vurt, but I like Falling Out Of Cars even more. It's the weirdest thing I've ever read, without exaggeration. In this dystopian novel, people are falling prey to a disease overflowing the human mind with static, making it impossible to tell signal from noise. Marlene Moore tries to navigate this world, following a mysterious job, picking up enigmatic passengers along the way. This book is her diary, a nightmarish road-movie borrowing motifs from Alice in Wonderland (as Noon is wont to do), creating something  complex and haunting.


Falling Out of Cars - Jeff NoonVurt - Lauren Beukes,Jeff NoonTales of Nevèrÿon - Samuel R. Delany


Tales of Nevèrÿon by Samuel R. Delany, the first book in the Nevèrÿon series. Delany uses the sword-and-sorcery genre to examine power from all angles – sexual, political, economic, you name it, it's here. He also explores themes like language, desire, gender, psychology, the nature of civilization. Also also, he tells a rip-roaring story about a couple of gay lovers leading a slave-revolt. Also also also, dragons.


Schilf by Juli Zeh  (In Free Fall (US) or Dark Matter (UK) in English). Zeh combines physics, love, and murder into something that's not quite a mystery. Oscar and Sebastian are friends since their days at university. After Sebastian's marriage, the relationship has grown tense. When Sebastian's son Liam appears to be kidnapped, events spiral inevitable downwards. “Physics is for lovers”, and this book is for everyone who likes to read literary mysteries.


Schilf: Roman - Juli ZehIn Free Fall: A Novel - Juli ZehDark Matter - Juli Zeh




How do you find new books to read?


Lots of different sources. Recommendations by trusted reviewers, following favourite authors and publishers on Twitter, stalking their blogs, professional reviews...



You're a sci-fi fan. Are you an adventurous reader picking up new genres or are you loyal to your favorite book genre?


As a younger teenager, I used to be a very loyal reader of horror (Stephen King) and vampire stories (Anne Rice). When I got my first library card, it expanded my reading-universe immensely. I used to pick up books solely going by cover and title, discovering many great authors this way, even some all-time favourites (José Saramago, most importantly). I still read pretty widely, including lit-fic, noir, science fiction and fantasy, weird fiction, and some horror, but currently I'm focusing on catching up with science fiction and noir classics.



Do you read one book or several at a time?


I try to stick to one book at a time. Reading more turns too stressful for me. But sometimes I'll read a fiction and non-fiction book parallel to each other.


Read Shelf



You’re an editor, a journalist and a lecturer. Does your book related occupation influence your reading list?


Sometimes. I teach linguistics and semiotics, and I find myself drawn to book dealing with these topics. Sometimes I can even use books I've read for fun in class.

Being an editor – copy editor for non-fiction texts – influences my reading in less pleasant ways. Spotting mistakes in books really annoys me, and I can be extremely nit-picky.



Your BookLikes Bookshelf presents many thematic shelves. Does it mean you’re an organized book lover?


Oh, no! Not at all! My shelves are mostly named by association, and sometimes even I can't tell any more why I put a certain book on a certain shelf. My shelves at home are organised by colour and my Kindle isn't organised at all.


There's a German saying: “Ordnung ist das halbe Leben” (order is half of life). Well, I prefer the other half.



What are your three favorite book covers?


Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon. I haven't even read the book yet, but I love the cover. It's so corny, and so neon – absolutely spectacular.


The Poem Skull by J.M. Hushour.  A very fitting cover. Weird, zany book, too.


Recently I find myself in love with the UK edition of Sam J. Miller's Blackfish City, the next book I plan to read. I like the neon-coloured US-edition too, but the UK cover with its crisp ocean colours and contrasting pink letters really stood out to me.


Inherent Vice - Thomas PynchonThe Poem-Skull - J.M. HushourBlackfish City: A Novel - Sam J. Miller



A paper book or an e-book?


Firmly both. I like my Kindle for practical reasons; it's easier to travel with, and I can adjust the font size to my convenience. But I also like the look and feel (and smell) of paper books, of books brand new from the factory as well as of vintage paperbacks which have already traveled a bit, gaining personality and having more than one story to tell.



Three titles for a holiday break?


For your Eurovision holiday party (May 12th, don't miss it!): Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente. I mean, Eurovision in space!

Space Opera - Catherynne M. Valente 


For a day (or a month) at the beach: Der Schwarm (The Swarm) by Frank Schätzing. Biological thriller featuring everything (EVERYTHING!) you ever wanted to know about marine wildlife. Plus a few things you didn't want to know.

Der Schwarm - Frank SchätzingThe Swarm - Frank Schätzing,Sally-Ann Spencer


For people who don't like holidays: Thomas Ligotti's The Conspiracy Against the Human Race. The sun shines too brightly? The birds sing too chirpy? Your life's too damn groovy and you need something to bring you down? This is the perfect book for you. A veritable antidote to happiness, darker than sunshades and as soothing as a rainy day in November.


The Conspiracy Against the Human Race - Thomas Ligotti,Ray Brassier 



Favorite quote?


Der Mensch ist ein Loch im Nichts. // The human being is a hole in nothingness.

~ Juli Zeh, Schilf (In Free Fall/ Dark Matter)


If you could pair a book with a drink, what would you prepare to sip while reading?


Something with caffeine. Coffee in winter, in summer diet coke with lots of ice.



Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)


I don't collect books. Usually I donate or re-sell after reading. So I don't have that many shelves I could show you. But here's a look at my less than impressive, and somewhat chaotic, library and at my Kindle content.


Thank you!




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The 6th and Last Update for Readthon’18
The 6th and Last Update for Readthon’18

Readthon’18 Mini Challenges


So, the bloggers participating in Dewey's Readathon also create mini-challenges that you can do while you read. A big thank you to those bloggers because the amount of work they put into designing these challenges and hourly updates is ah-mazing! 


So, I did some of the challenges:


Anthology of Interest  wanted to know about an anthology you'd like to see

My answer: an anthology about taboos


Vague Recollections asked to describe the current in the vaguest of terms

My answer: The book where one of the characters has a brain the size of a planet (Hint: Its a trilogy in five parts!)


Book Workout asked for a picture involving books and exercise

My answer: 



Bookish Playlist wanted a song from your playlist and the book that goes with it

My answer: Shinedown's All I Ever Wanted would go with most vampire books because of the lines, "I lie here alone and wonder why; That I come alive, just before I have to hide!


Perfect Pairings wanted a pairing of a book with a snack.

My answer:



Pen Pal asked about a character you'd like to be pen pals with

My answer: Kate Daniels because she wouldn't have the patience lol


Covers from Memory wanted us to design a cover for our current read

My answer: 




I had a lot of fun even if I didn't read for 24 hours straight. Do you like Readathons?

Mini Challenge
Mini Challenge
Readthon’18 Third Update
Readthon’18 Third Update
Finished my first read. Now onto this one!
Finished my first read. Now onto this one!
Readathon Starter Kit
Readathon Starter Kit

Defying Henry VIII: Reginald Pole

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I am starting an exciting new series on my blog today exploring the stories of those brave souls who stood up to the Tudor tyrant. The first - my favorite - Reginald Pole.


Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2018/04/defying-henry-viii-reginald-pole.html

How to add links to your blog posts

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Sharing your book reviews sometimes requires sharing links:

  • to your other blogs, webpages, social profiles etc
  • to the book pages
  • to the author pages
  • to your fellow bloggers


All of this can be easily done with your blog on BookLikes. We'll present you several ways on sharing additional links within your review or a post on BL. 


1. Source link


If you quote a piece of writing or share an image, a passage, a quote from other site, please use the Source Link spot (on the right).



The link will be added at the bottom of your post and will be visible in your Dahboard and the blog view. 




2. Book page links


When you write a book review, you select a book on the wooden bar, right? Did you notice that the little cover has got a link icon? Yes, it does! It's the link. And precisely it's a book title + author phrase linked to a book page. 



If you'd like to add a linked book title just click the icon and it will be added to your text. 



The text will be added with the book details from BookLikes book pages (title, author(s)).



But if you wish to change the text to display or link, mark the text (or just click on it) and click the Insert/edit link icon on the upper bar. 



Then make the changes to the text, and/or change the link. And Save to view the effect. 



3. Link your text or graphics


You can link any phrase or photo in your text. Simply mark the phrase and click the Insert/edit link icon visible on the text editor's upper bar, add a link and Save. 

It work the same for the image. 



Happy blogging! 



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Blogging - keep it your way

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BookLikes is a book-social site with a blog format. However, it is the BookLikes member who decides how the webpage should look like. If you've not feeling like blogging, you can switch the blog feature off. If you don't like the virtual shelf (no way!), take it off your BookLikes webpage. BookLikes is flexible. Here's how. 


When you sign up you're asked what do you want to do on BookLikes? This may be, however, a tricky question. As a newbie it's really hard to determine what we gonna do, right? For this reason all the check boxes are marked: the blog, the virtual bookshelf, and the reading timeline. 



Your book blog: it's your place where you publish your book reviews, book quotes, photos and cover love examples, bookish memes, book trailers or interesting links.


Your blog doesn't have to be a standard book blog. It should represent you and your way of thinking about books. Don't feel obliged to write elaborate reviews, if you don't fell like doing it. Keep it your way. 


Your virtual shelf: it's your place to show, collect and organize books you've read, want to read or are currently reading. You can rate them in 5 star scale (half stars!), and add thematic shelves to help you put them in the right place. 


Your reading timeline: it's a graphic representation of your BookLikes activity. Your timeline will show what have you published, read, which blogs you've followed, and which posts you've liked. 


All those three places are visible on your personal BookLikes webpage in the main menu. 



If you don't wish to show off all your bookish places, you can hide them.


They will disappear form the public page but WON'T disappear from your internal view -- YOU WILL STILL VIEW THEM ONCE YOU LOG INTO YOUR BOOKLIKES.


If you wish to switch off blog, shelf, timeline, please go to your Settings (the main menu), and choose Blog tab. Scroll down and decide which pages should be visible. 



If you decide to switch them off, they won't be visible in the menu on your webpage.


Remember to click Save to make the changes visible. 



However, they will stay in your main menu. Visible only to you and letting you keep on shelving and organizing your bookshelf or sharing your book reviews. 



Please remember that although you switch off the shelf and blog pages, your bookish activities will be visible for your followers - your books and reviews will be visible on Dashboards of people who are following your blog, and on the book pages. 


Happy blogging! 


Dewey's and Caldecott

Reblogged from JL's Bibliomania:

It's a bit over a week until Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon on Saturday, APRIL 28, 2018.



Reader Sign-ups are open:



There are over 700 people signed up already.


I've made a tradition of reading the  2018 Caldecott Award winner and some of the Caledcott Honor books as a change of pace between novels during the Spring Deweys.  You can find the winners of the Caldecott, Newbery and other awards from http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2018/02/american-library-association-announces-2018-youth-media-award-winners 


This is nicely compatible with the low-key Readathon I'm planning, since there is also a visiting scholar at my synagogue and the local Earth-Day celebration competing for my attention.  I don't expect I'll actually read much, since I'd rather spend my time social media-hopping and cheering others on.

#36 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Brenna M's Book Blog

Reblogged from BookLikes:

Hello Friday! Hello Follow Friday with book bloggers! Meet Brenna and her amazing book recommendations! 


Follow Brenna M's Book Blog: http://brennam.booklikes.com/



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


City of Hope by Kate Kerrigan. So far, I am enjoying this. It’s set in 1930’s in Ireland. Historical fiction always interests me., but I’m just starting off so we’ll see. The character is a strong female character who just loses her husband, and goes back to New York City rather than stay in small town Ireland.


The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright. I’m just a chapter or 2 into this one as well, but I am liking this one a little better. Add a little mystery to the historical fiction, and my interest is peaked. A woman purchases an old house sight unseen and wants to renovate. And the mystery starts as she arrives to find it delapitated and with a lot of old folklore stories about it. 


The House on Foster Hill - Jaime Jo WrightCity of Hope - Kate Kerrigan



Which book made you a book lover?


The Cay by Theodore Taylor.  I was 9 years old and saw the movie with James Earl Jones and just had to read the book. Ever since then, my love for books and libraries started. I loved disappearing into the Caribbean in the Cay and that idea of disappearing into a book is just as strong. The thought of visiting a different US state or a different country sometimes makes me feel like I have actually been there. All of this just by browsing a shelf or two at the local library.


The Cay - Theodore Taylor 



How did your book blogging adventure start? What do you enjoy the most about it?


About 5 years ago, I saw something posted about a book giveaway. It was on Goodreads and I signed up for that one and a few others. I actually won 2 of them almost right away. I did not feel comfortable about not at least rating it. So for any book I have received either in a giveaway or offered from author, I rated it and wrote a  review. Some time later, every book I read was reviewed. One of the things I was and still am not fond of on the one site, though, is there is not a lot of interaction between myself and the friends list I had. And that meant fewer reviews that I read, and fewer recommendations from friends. I found Booklikes and started to share my reviews and a few quotes. I found it a lot more interactive when it came to having a strong feeling about a book and wanting to talk about it. I’ve met a lot of great people, and my “friends list”/followers list is a little more international as well.




You mention that you have Italian, German and irish roots in your family. Does it reflect your reading preferences?


It does reflect a lot more than I realized at first. My grade school was not very diverse but did encourage a lot of reading. The books that I tended to lean to and pick out myself always were in a different culture (i.e. a book set in the south or in England, or with the main character being from a foreign country).



Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?


The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach. I loved this book and cannot wait to read more of Mr. Stambach. This was his debut novel, set in an orphanage for “gravely ill” children because Ivan was born with physical disabilities. Mr. Stambach has used humor, heartach, love and hope beautifully in this book with a not so “perfect” main character. I couldn’t help but love Ivan by the end of the book.


Tobit and the Hoodoo Man by E.S. Kraay  is another one I really enjoyed. This is a combination of historical fiction set during the Civil War and mystical realism. 3 dimensional characters through the book, good story telling, definitely I found it well written and I didn’t want to put it down. 


Tin Lily by Joann Swanson. Another debut author. I found this book short, yet captivating. This is a young adult novel, and the topic is a tough one from the first chapter when Lily witnesses her mom’s murder.


The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko - Scott StambachTobit and the Hoodoo Man: A Mystical Tale from the Civil War South - E.S. KraayTin Lily - Joann Swanson



How do you find new books to read?


My more fun way to do this is, time willing, to walk up and down a few of the aisles of the library. The closet one has a library staff pick area, a seasonal area or a topic specific area (i.e. photograpy, gardening, politics, whatever), and even a teen pick on the endcaps of the aisles. Always fun going through those aisles. Used book sales are of interest to me, too. I love browing the books and seeing what pages have been earmarked or if the person put their name in it to see where it came from.



Are you an adventurous reader picking up new genres or are you loyal to your favorite book genres?


I am gradually getting better at being adventurous, but young adult and historical fiction still tend to be the go to genres.


Reviewed Shelf



How much time do you spend reading daily?


Unfortunately it’s not always daily. I try to get at least a half an hour in every day, if not more.



What are you three favorite book covers?


I’m not sure if I really have a favorite cover. I do check them out, sometimes the first impression with the title helps me to decide. But I usually don’t spend too much time on them. (sorry, front cover artists).



You write: My local library is one of my favorite hangouts. How often do you visit your library?


I try at least twice a week. If i take too long in getting back, the staff start asking where I’ve been!



Why reading is important to you?


It’s my down time, relax time. A way for me to get out of the stress related run on sentences runnig through my head after a long day at work. A perfect stay-cation kind of moment.



How do you choose your next book to read?


See # 6. For the official next book, I tend to read series books in order and close to gether. If not part of a series, it doesn’t always make sense how i pick them. Sometimes, it’s a combination of the cover, title, and blurb sounding interesting (sometimes this does disappoint, though). Other times it’s an author or subject i want to get back to reading.



A paper book or an e-book?


Paper book definitely. It’s a way for me to chill out away from electronics.



Three titles for a sunny spring day?


The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg 

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt 

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote 


The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion - Fannie FlaggTuck Everlasting - Natalie BabbittBreakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories - Truman Capote



Favorite quote?


It seemed clear that wars were not made by generations and their special stupidities, but that wars were made instead by something ignorant in the human heart”
― John Knowles, A Separate Peace


If you could pair a book with a drink, what would you prepare to sip while reading?


Steaming hot green tea



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