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What did you read in July, and how to find reading challenge posts?

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Seven months checked, five still to go. Have a look at BookLikes bloggers July reads and let us know how are you doing in your 2017 reading challenge. Click the blogs' headings to visit the blog pages and follow the reviewers.

 

Scroll down to view more June reading reviews from book bloggers. Happy reading!

 

  A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England) - Roseanna M. White Where the Light Falls: A Novel of the French Revolution - Owen Pataki, Allison Pataki Boss - Tracy Brown The Cartel 7: Illuminati: Roundtable of Bosses - Ashley and JaQuavis, JaQuavis Coleman  
I'm super excited that I was able to read 7 books this month. I've been struggling for a long while. My health and not having a good system in place has affected me greatly, but now I think I have a good one. I talked about it in a previous post. I will listen up to 5% of each book for the month and... continue reading
 
Gork, the Teenage Dragon - Gabe Hudson In The Still - Jacqueline Chadwick Dark and Stars (Serengeti, #2) - J.B. Rockwell The Late Show - Michael Connelly
I didn't finish nearly as much as I'd intended to this month -- every book I've read over the last couple of weeks has taken me at least 1 more day than I'd estimated/planned. There are two books I was supposed to read and write about in July that I haven't started yet -- whoops. Still, I read a lot of pretty good stuff this month, and that's the important thing, right?... continue reading

 

Artificial Sweethearts (North Pole, Minnesota) - Julie Hammerle  Lumberjanes Vol. 1 - Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke Allen  Thor, Vol. 1 - Coipel Olivier, J. Michael Straczynski Wilde Like Me - Louise Pentland

Favorite book(s) of the month: every single one of them

THIS HAS BEEN SUCH A GOOD READING MONTH.

I didn't expect it. I felt a bit of a reading slump coming but I powered through it... continue reading

 

Bone White - Ronald Malfi A Game of Ghosts: A Charlie Parker Thriller - John Connolly For Those Who Dream Monsters - Anna Taborska, Steve Upham, Charles Black, Reggie Oliver, Reggie Oliver Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

In July I read 19 books! ... continue reading

 

The Doctor's Undoing (Love Inspired Historical) - Allie Pleiter Persepolis I & II - Marjane Satrapi A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson Licensed for Trouble - Susan May Warren

Two things helped push the number of books I read this month higher than usual: 24in48 Read-a-thon and binge reading series via COYER. Since the start of COYER, I have managed to read through 4 series (1 was a duet, the others were longer). I will not be adding any more books to the list in August because I want to finish off the list. I am finding myself to be a definite mood reader (see binge reading a series) rather than a list follower... continue reading

 

 

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#1 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Jennifer's Books

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Please welcome a new blog post series called Follow Friday with book bloggers. Reading and blogging isn't a solo activity that's why we're reaching to you, our lovely community and encouraging you to share your reading life insights.

 

The Follow Friday posts will be published every Friday - surprise, surprise! The new series will be accompanied with the notification announcement, we don't want you to miss anything!

 

We wish you a pleasant reading, and great exploring and discovery time!

 

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Follow Jennifer's Books: http://stellarraven.booklikes.com/

 

What was the book that made you a book lover?

 

I've loved reading pretty much from the moment I learned how. But a couple of books I remember from my childhood that really spurred my love of reading were Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary. I read the former so much my book literally fell apart, and the latter I wanted because I was age 8 myself at the time. The edition I owned was a mass market paperback sized book, and I remember feeling so grown up, because to me it looked like the books I saw my parents reading.

 

Chocolate Fever - Robert Kimmel Smith,Gioia Fiammenghi  Ramona Quimby, Age 8 - Beverly Cleary  

 

What made you start writing about books/book blogging?

 

I wanted a way to share my love of reading with others, and to find others who were interested in the same types of books that I am.

 

Did blogging have an impact on your reading life?

 

I would definitely say so. I've connected to readers around the world, and instead of just finding others who are interested in the same types of books I am, I've been introduced to other genres I might not have otherwise read.

 

What are you favorite genres? Why are they special?

 

I like too many genres to list, but I'd have to say my favorites are historical fiction, crime/mystery, and romance (historical romance, romantic suspense, and PNR romance). They're special to me—well, at least as far as the romances go anyway, because I can usually** rest assured that no matter what the main characters go through it will all work out in the end, and I'll get my HEA.

 

      **In my opinion, one of the biggest betrayals there is in a romance novel is no HEA, or at the very least a HFN.

 

On your BookLikes blog you’re regularly sharing weekly art post, can you tell the story behind the concept?

 

I love classic art, and I love reading, and I thought that a Weekly Art Post would be a great way to combine the two. I try to choose paintings (and a few vintage photographs) that feature the subject of the piece reading or ones that at least feature a book in some way. I'm in my second year doing this, and it's been great fun choosing which pictures to feature.

 

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What are your favorite book covers?

 

As I mentioned in #7, I love classic art, so my attention really tends to be attracted by     books that use classic art/paintings or at least have that classic art kind of feel on their covers. I'm also really enjoying the covers for that Harry Potter illustrated editions.       

 

            Here's a few examples:

A Poisoned Season - Tasha Alexander  Silent in the Sanctuary - Deanna Raybourn  

Blood Magick - Nora Roberts

 

On your blog page you write: When I do write reviews, they may be just a few lines or rather lengthy. How does you review process look like?

 

I don't know that I have much of a process. A book has to really affect me—either positively or negatively—for me to write a detailed review these days. When I do decide to review, most of the time I end up just posting a few brief thoughts about the book.

 

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Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?

 

I generally don't recommend books all that often. I have this irrational fear of recommending something to someone and they end up utterly hating it.

 

What’s your reading spot? We’d love to see the photos :)

 

I generally prefer to read in my bed. And since a picture of my bed isn't all that thrilling, here's one of me on my bed, covered up with one of my cozy throw blankets with a book in hand. Not that that's all that thrilling either, but still...

 

 

A paper book or an e-book?

 

I enjoy both, but do tend to prefer paper books. E-books are so much easier to take along, though, whether on my phone or my kindle, it's nice to know that I am never without something to read.

 

Three title for a dessert island?

 

Oh man...what a tough question. How about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, (actually any of the HP books would do), And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, and this may be a rather unconventional choice, but if I'm stranded on a deserted island I'm going to need at least one romance with me, so how about Lessons From a Scarlet Lady by Emma Wildes.

 

A book that changed your life?

 

As I mentioned before, I have loved reading for as long as I can remember, but if I had to point to one book that changed that love of reading into a need to read, it would have to be The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton. I was in 7th or 8th grade and was allowed to choose a book from the high school section of my school's library, because I read at a higher-than-my-age level. I absolutely fell in love with the book, and used to check it out from my school's library all the time.

 

Favorite quote?

I actually have two I'd like to share, it that's ok:

 

 

      “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” - Charles William Eliot

 

 

      “When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.” - Ponyboy Curtis (The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton)

 

 

If you could meet one literary character, who would it be?

 

Minerva McGonagall from the Harry Potter books. I am so awed by the entire wizarding world set up by J.K. Rowling, and McGonagall is by far and away one of my favorite characters from the series. I think it would be so fascinating to be able to meet and talk to her. I mean, can you imagine the stories she must have?

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

Ok, this is not the best picture, but my book shelf is located in a awkward spot. I pretty much had to be a contortionist to get a decent shot without too much of the door getting in the way.  And there's a whole shelf on the bottom that I couldn't even get in the picture. I also have a book cabinet which houses the bulk of my books. I didn't take a picture of it, because my organizational plan in there is pretty much “stack them in there in such a way as to fit in as many as humanly possible”.

 

 

I want to thank Kate @ BookLikes for asking me if I'd like to do this! It was fun!

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#ReadingNOW: 10 Books From Your Shelves

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We've peeked into your bookshelves and found some nice summer book picks!

 

And guess what, you can do a nice book hunt as well! If you're curious what titles other book bloggers are reading, all you should do is to choose the Book Catalog from the drop down menu and scroll down until the Currently reading section. Click the book covers to go to the book pages where you'll find other editions of the titles and the book reviews.

 

Oh my! Our TBR pile is getting bigger and bigger, luckily, the virtual bookshelf is endless :)

 

 

 

10 BOOKS FROM YOUR CURRENTLY READING SHELVES

 

 

So many books, such little time. is currently reading:

 

A High Mortality of Doves - Kate Ellis A High Mortality of Doves by Kate Ellis  

1919. The Derbyshire village of Wenfield is still reeling from four terrible years of war, and now, just when the village is coming to terms with the loss of so many of its sons, the brutal murder of a young girl shatters its hard-won tranquillity.
Myrtle Bligh is found stabbed and left in woodland, her mouth slit to accommodate a dead dove, a bird of peace.
During the war Myrtle worked as a volunteer nurse with Flora Winsmore, the local doctor's daughter, caring for badly wounded soldiers at the nearby big house, Tarnhey Court.
When two more women are found murdered in identical circumstances, Inspector Albert Lincoln is sent up from London, a man not only wounded in war but damaged in peace by the death of his young son and his cold, loveless marriage... read more

 

 

Story of my success is currently reading:

 

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth - Chris Hadfield An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield  

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield's success-and survival-is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst-and enjoy every moment of it.

In An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Col. Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories filled with the adrenaline of launch, the mesmerizing wonder of spacewalks, and the measured, calm responses mandated by crises, he explains how conventional wisdom can get in the way of achievement-and happiness... read more

 

 

Debbie's Spurts is currently reading:

 

The Fate of the Tearling: A Novel (The Queen of the Tearling Book 3) - Erika JohansenThe Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen  

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne... read more

 

 

~~ Elsbeth ❤❤❤ MM-Romance ~~ is currently reading:

 

Imago - N.R. Walker Imago by N.R. Walker  

Nerdy, introverted genius lepidopterist, Lawson Gale, is an expert on butterflies. He finds himself in a small town in Tasmania on a quest from an old professor to find an elusive species that may or may not even exist.
Local Parks and Wildlife officer, Jack Brighton, is an ordinary guy who loves his life in the sleepy town of Scottsdale. Along with his Border collie dog, Rosemary, his job, and good friends, he has enough to keep from being lonely.
But then he meets Lawson, and he knows he’s met someone special. There’s more to catching butterflies, Jack realises. Sometimes the most elusive creatures wear bow ties, and sometimes they can’t be caught at all.
Lawson soon learns there are butterflies he can’t learn about it in books... read more

 

 

Reading For The Heck Of It is currently reading:

 

Do Not Say We Have Nothing: A Novel - Madeleine Thien Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien  

Master storyteller Madeleine Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations―those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution and their children, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square. At the center of this epic story are two young women, Marie and Ai-Ming. Through their relationship Marie strives to piece together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking answers in the fragile layers of their collective story. Her quest will unveil how Kai, her enigmatic father, a talented pianist, and Ai-Ming’s father, the shy and brilliant composer, Sparrow, along with the violin prodigy Zhuli were forced to reimagine their artistic and private selves during China’s political campaigns and how their fates reverberate through the years with lasting consequences... read more

 

 

theguywhoreads is currently reading:

 

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger - Stephen King The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King  

A #1 national bestseller, The Gunslinger introduces readers to one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations, Roland of Gilead: The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which mirrors our own in frightening ways, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake. Inspired in part by the Robert Browning narrative poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,”... read more

 

 

Familiar Diversions is currently reading:

 

No Longer Human, Volume 2 - Osamu Dazai,Usamaru Furuya No Longer Human, Volume 2 - Usamaru Furuya 

Furuya's adaptation of No Longer Human takes place nearly seventy years after Dazai's original. Set in modern day Tokyo, Dazai's tale details the life of a young man originally from a well-off family from Japan's far north. Yozo Oba is a troubled soul incapable of revealing his true self to others. A weak constitution and the lingering trauma from some abuse administered by a relative forces him to uphold a facade of hollow jocularity since high school. The series is composed of three parts, referred to in the novel as "memorandums," which chronicle the life of Oba from his teens to late twenties. The comic is narrated by the artist, Furuya himself playing the role originally held by the author Dazai, who makes appearances at the start of each volume. In many ways, it could be said that Furuya has traveled a path that may be similar to Dazai's. Maybe that is what led these two together after 100 years... read more

 

 

Bookish for life is currently reading:

 

American Gods - Neil Gaiman American Gods by Neil Gaiman  

A storm is coming . . . Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself. Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined—it is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own... read more

 

 

BrokenTune is currently reading:

 

Queen Lucia - E.F. Benson,Wanda McCaddon Queen Lucia by E.F. Benson

England between the wars was a paradise of calm and leisure for the very, very rich. Into this enclave is born Mrs. Emmeline Lucas - La Lucia, as she is known - a woman determined to lead a life quite different from the subdued formality of her class.
With her cohort, Georgie Pillson, and her husband, Peppino, Lucia upends the greats of high society: the imperious Lady Ambermere and her equally imperious dog, Pug; the odious Piggy and Goosie Antrobus; the Christian Scientist Daisy Quantrock, with her penchant for the foreign; and all the rest of the small English town that the British rich call their country home. Beset on all sides by pretenders to her social throne, Lucia brings culture, fine art, excitement, and intrigue into this cloistered realm
... read more

 

 

AUDIO BOOK JUNKIE is currently reading:

 

Ms. Bixby's Last Day - John David Anderson Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson  

Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers. The boring ones, the mean ones, the ones who try too hard, the ones who stopped trying long ago. The ones you’ll never remember, and the ones you want to forget. Ms. Bixby is none of these. She’s the sort of teacher who makes you feel like school is somehow worthwhile. Who recognizes something in you that sometimes you don’t even see in yourself. Who you never want to disappoint. What Ms. Bixby is, is one of a kind.Topher, Brand, and Steve know this better than anyone. And so when Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she won’t be able to finish the school year, they come up with a risky plan—more of a quest, really—to give Ms. Bixby the last day she deserves... read more

 

And what are you reading now?

 

[Guest post] How I became a travel writer

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Summer time means travels! Have a look at the confessions of a debut travel author, Nicholas Kontis, who encourages readers to focus more on the local experiences and local people when traveling. Maybe this read will inspire you to hit the road and explore something amazing this summer!

 

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A guest post by Nick Kontis

Follow Nicholas Kontis' blog on BookLikes HERE

Nick Kontis' author page on BookLikes is HERE

 

Being a child of Greek immigrant parents, it was important that I learned about my heritage. I was blessed to spend my childhood summers in Greece. I learned the meaning of family and of sharing. I slept on couches in spare rooms, hitched rides, and helped with the preparing of meals. I even learned to bake bread when I was 12 years old.

 

At age 24 I left my native San Francisco, and took a backpack and on what was to be a last trip to the Greek Islands before buckling down and becoming a productive American citizen.

 

On the island of Ios, I met Swen and Maria from Sweden. After many shots of the chalky Greek liquor Ouzo, I forfeited my return ticket home and traveled to Bangladesh and later all throughout the Indian subcontinent.

 

Moving on, I manage to tread lightly all throughout India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Bali, Australia, New Caledonia, Tahiti and then finally back to California.

 

Without a job prospect in sight, I ended up creating one. I started the first travel agency in the U.S. specializing in discount around the world airfares. I was the Lonely Planet guidebooks of travel agencies catering to backpackers. I actually sought out world travelers finding them in various locales of San Francisco. I turned them into productive sellers of around the world airfares. Productive travel agents.

 

I never left the travel industry. In a field where people scoffed and said that I wouldn’t make a dime,  I did extremely well.

 

Going Local: Experiences and Encounters on the Road - Mr. Nicholas Kontis  Now, as a travel journalist, I wrote my first book on the timely subject matter of experiential travel titled, Going Local Experiences and Encounters on the Road.

 

Ever since the birth of Airbnb, immersing into local society and the buzz word, "sharing economy," came to fruition. Today's modern day explorers seek a better understanding of people. Going Local details how to implement a local point of learning from local cultures.

 

 

With the assistance of technology, never before has it been so easy to stay in someone's home, share a meal, hitch a ride, and to be guided by a local to gain greater wisdom from a society.

 

"Going Local" delves into the rise in peer-to-peer travel and shows how to use meal sharing apps, and other ways in which a nation's food and cuisine is a glance into a nation's culture.

 

Other subject matter includes: how a trip around the world is a life-changing experience, moving out of your comfort zone and living abroad, why it is of the utmost importance to practice responsible travel, along with choosing responsible tour operators to guide you, volunteering and why we all should give at least a small portion of our journeys to help others.

 

With keynote talks with travel visionaries, icons and explorers in the field of travel, including Tony Wheeler, Richard Bangs, Rick Steves, Don George, Judith Fein, James Dorsey, Tim Leffel, Dr. Harald Goodwin, David Noyes, Andrew Zimmern, Eric Wolf, Larissa & Michael Milne, Tomislav Perko, Tamara Lowe.

 

The great Lonely Planet guidebook founder Tony Wheeler, gives the cover endorsement stating:

 

“Many people - Mark Twain included - have noted how travel is a certain cure for bigotry and narrow-mindedness. I hope Nick’s book may help persuade people to take the treatment.”

 

As some of my luminary travel author colleagues have reminded me, travel books are a breed of their own and not interesting to most readers.

 

The average American reads fewer than two books a year and a paltry 38% of Americans have passports. So there aren't many travel books that are robust blockbusters. Expect slow and steady, not a mad rush.

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Going Local: Experiences and Encounters on the Road - Mr. Nicholas Kontis You can find the book on BookLikes here: Going Local: Experiences and Encounters on the Road by Nicholas Kontis  

 

The author is also willing to e-mail a PDF copy in exchange for a review.

If you're interested, please leave a comment below.

 

Book club to join!
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Anyone else reading this (July read for booklikes' Virtual Speculation Book Club)?

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— feeling misdoubt
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1) - John Scalzi

Am I the only one doing the July book club read?

 

Am I discussing it with myself?

 

If so, I'm going to just read like any other book without pausing to post discussions and spacing out the chapters in order to participate.

 

[If you care to join in on this or a future Virtual Speculation Book Club read here on booklikes, the book club is at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/50/virtual-speculation ]

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Buddy Read starts today!

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The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf

It's July 7th and this means that the buddy reading for "The Invention of Nature" by Andrea Wulf starts today! Everyone wanting to participate in the read is warm welcome!

 

You can read more about the book on the book page HERE (or click the cover on the left) and in Jenn's, the buddy read's initiator, post HERE.

 

Please join the book club hosted by Jenn from Murder by Death to participate in the buddy read and to share your thoughts.

 

Click HERE to take a tour and join the Book Club for The Invention of Nature.

 

If you'd like to add a discussion post, look at the discussion threads created for each chapter of the book - they are HERE. Once you join the Book Club the discussion group will become automatically open for you.

 

Once you're a book club and discussion group member make sure to switch on the notifications on the top of the discussion threads to stay up to date with the book discussions' post.

 

Click HERE to look at the chapter discussions and join the club.

 

 

If you're using Facebook, you can also join the Buddy Read event. Click HERE to view and join the Facebook buddy reading event. To invite more readers, please share the event among your friends and family.

 

 

 

Buddy reading sounds like a lot of fun! Can't wait to see your discussions and reviews!

 

Happy reading!

Bye bye June, Hello July!

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Six months checked and six still to go. Have a look at BookLikes bloggers June reads and let us know how are you doing in your 2017 reading challenge. Click the blogs' headings to visit the blog pages and follow the reviewers.

 

Scroll down to view more June reading relations from BookLikes book bloggers. 

Happy reading!

Five months checked. Seven still to go. Have a look at BookLikes bloggers May reads and let us know how are you doing in your 2017 reading challenge.

 

Click blog's headings to visit the blog pages and follow the reviewers. Scroll down to view more May reading relations from BookLikes book bloggers.

Happy reading!

Five months checked. Seven still to go. Have a look at BookLikes bloggers May reads and let us know how are you doing in your 2017 reading challenge.

 

Click blog's headings to visit the blog pages and follow the reviewers. Scroll down to view more May reading relations from BookLikes book bloggers.

Happy reading!

 

 

A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. MaasThe Hate U Give - Angie ThomasHim - Elle Kennedy, Sarina Bowen Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) - Lauren Graham, Lauren Graham

9  books

31 total  

9  audio

2  ebooks 

1   library  book ... read more

 

 

A Morbid Taste for Bones  - Ellis Peters The Circular Staircase -  Mary Roberts Rinehart Nightshade for Warning - Bailey Cattrell Storm in a Teacup - Helen Czerski

12 books read in June.  Not my highest month, but respectable by any measure.

5,332 pages read for a total of 37,037 pages read so far this year.  At the halfway mark of the Reading Challenge I've read 144 books out of the 200 slated for the year.  My second half of the year is always a slower reading time, so I feel like I'm actually right on track.

Just the one 4.5 star read this month: Storm in a Teacup by Helen Czerski... read more

 

 One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus If I Fix You - Abigail Johnson Dodge The Girl from Everywhere - Heidi Heilig Underwater - Marisa Reichardt

This year, June has been a month from hell...It started out with my birthday/Open House for my daughter, then a few days later her graduation ceremony, that all went okay...just very hectic.  Two days after my oldest daughter graduated high school, my youngest daughter and I went up the road a mile to Subway and came home and a car had driven into our house.  Like, seriously, drove through the front porch and the garage...then proceeded to go through the wall of the garage into the woods behind the house, where he hit a tree.  

Anyway, my reading hit a bit of slump (as in I found it hard to concentrate on reading and listening at all), with everything going on lately... read more

 

How to Stop Time - Matt Haig Ghost Box: Voices from Spirits, ETs, Shadow People & Other Astral Beings - Paulette Moon, Chris Moon The Show-Off Monkey and Other Taoist Tales - Mark W. McGinnis The Furthest Station - Ben Aaronovitch

I can't believe June is over already! Where does the time go? I must be getting old. Or working too much.

I finished 5 books this month. 4 of them from Netgalley, oops! I seem to have lost control again and have 6 more from them to keep me from my A-list reading, but 3 are cooking and craft books and they go fast... read more

 

June was an excellent month of great books, and my second 5.0 Star read this year!
With all the activity going on this month in real life, I hadn't been sure if I'd have much time to read.  Lots of excitement with relatives visiting and a wedding... life was pretty hectic.  And then, on top of that, I STILL haven't gotten back into my normal sleep schedule.  Everything is off, I'm waking up at weird times, sleeping at weird times... not getting enough sleep...
And it probably doesn't help that I've been reading mysteries before going to bed... read more

 

If you've missed June wrap ups by other BookLikes bloggers, have a look at the following posts, and feel invited to read and join :) If we haven't included your post link, let us know in the comment section below.

 

June Wrap-Up by Tannat ->

If you've missed May wrap ups by other BookLikes bloggers, have a look at the following posts, feel invited to read and join :) If we haven't included your post link, let us know in the comment section below.

 

 

BookLikes book bloggers' previous 2017 reading challenge posts:

Book Bloggers May Reading

Book Bloggers May Reading->

April in books ->

2017 March Reads ->

Look back at the February books->

January wrap-ups! ->

BookLikes book bloggers' previous 2017 reading challenge posts:

Buddy Read Update: Earlier start date?

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The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf

So far we have 5 people participating in our upcoming buddy read for The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf and we're welcoming anyone and everyone who might like to join us.  

 

The original start date was slated for July 14, but BrokenTune has been told her library reservation for the book is ready early.  I know at least one other person needed to borrow it from the library for the buddy read, so is it possible to start the buddy read early?  Say on the 7th (this Friday) instead of the 14th?  (Keeping it a Friday so BL-opoly players can use it for their Free Friday Read)

 

If so, let me know and I'll change the bookclub start dates.  If not, that's totally ok too - we don't want to rush anyone and we'll start on the original date as planned.

 

Comment here or in the bookclub:

http://booklikes.com/thread/3065/2017-07-14-2017-07-31-the-invention-of-nature-alexander-von-humboldt-s-new-world-andrea-wulf

 

And again - if anyone is interested in joining us, please do!

[Guest post] Spiritual Writing: the most read genre of all

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We're happy to welcome Nataša Pantović Nuit, an author of 9 mindfulness books and spiritual researcher and trainer, on BookLikes blog. Nataša introduces the subject of spiritual writings, and we have to confess that we've learned a lot form this short piece. We wish you all inspiring and spiritual reading. And writings!

 

All readers are invited to join Nataša's Giveaways.

 

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A guest pos by Nataša Pantović Nuit.

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If you are into “Spiritual writings” you are probably already pre-warned and have experience more than a few expectations and accusations instantly associated with this amazing genre. To be fair, throughout the history this was the most read genre of all. Remember the “eternal” classics such as: Bible, Koran, Baghavagita, to mention just a few, that have earned the reputation of the “best sellers” of all times. Whether in English speaking countries or within the countries of the East, the books that took the attention of the millions were “Spiritual” writings, talking about eternal love, happiness, or damnation.

 

Even within the ancient marketing, it was clearly understood that if a book is written by God, it stands a much better chance to win huge audience. Paradoxically, if you are a believer, all the books are by force written by God or influenced by His or Her Majesty, cause God as an Omni-potent entity must surely encompass the world of writing, yet a claim that the words are directly channeled by Holy Spirit (a messenger of God) is quite a popular one. Yet the competition within the world of Holy Spirit followers is quite tough, surely such experiences must be unique and sacred, so the other people’s assentation of the same, was at times guarded by deathly sword.

 

Within the competition of who is more “enlightened”, and closer to God, only “the best” could possibly survive. Some tradition have decided to keep this “spot” reserved only for the karmic few, by birth given rights, some others chose a complicated hierarchical process that after the completion give their God representatives the full trust.

 

Moving a step away from the Holy Books, and mind you this was not easy, there were times when only Holy Books were readily available for folks around the fire gathered to read, the written word was once “sacred”. If it is “written” then it must be true. Pope Innocent the VIII (we are talking 15the century) embraced a book written by two German Dominican Monks, called the “Malleus Maleficarum”, the Witches' Hammer, the hunting manual and blessed it, giving to the Inquisition all the power and tools needed to act against this so-called evil, called: women, resulting in killing some-say millions.

 

The Malleus Maleficarum - Montague Summers,Jakob Sprenger,Heinrich Kramer All wickedness, is but little to the wickedness of a woman. ... It is written in the manual.

 

What else is woman but a foe to friendship, an inescapable punishment, a necessary evil, a natural temptation, a desirable calamity, domestic danger, a delectable detriment, an evil nature, painted with fair colors... Women are by nature instruments of Satan - they are by nature carnal, a structural defect rooted in the original creation.

 

A-Ma Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit

This book was printed and re-printed many times in the centuries to follow, “the  Witches' Hammer became the bestseller, the hit amongst different classes, and was passed from hand to hand, read aloud in Churches, and on the village squares, stored in special places, with the Bible, consulted in the dark corridors of the torture chambers. The best Hunters would know it by heart, reciting it as a deepest wisdom against poor women. Printed, reprinted and translated into German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, English, Portuguese, it outsold all other books except the Bible!” (a quote from A-Ma Alchemy of Love, my spiritual historical fiction book, that explores the 17th century China).

 

Note: Personally, I have a deep interest for this amazing time: the 16th and 17th century when the printed books became available and we finally entered the era when our ancient scripts are readily available for us to read, compare, and thoroughly research.

 

Back to the modern times, did you know that within the world of our most powerful Internet, the words that still win the most of our “human” interest are: God, sex and love. I bet this does not surprise you!

 

Writing and talking about “enlightenment”, “love” and “God”, we ought to learn our reputation either as an eligible representative of a religious structure or as a “Spirit” filled individual that allows this “Divine “ force to flow within ones life.

 

Detaching the “psychological” tools from the religious connotations is always a difficult process and it risks "charlatans" invading the space of Gurus, Philosophers, Sages, Priests, and Spiritual Researchers promising an "instant happiness", a "curse" or a "pink pill" that cure all the diseases and bring immense wealth.

 

Whether you approach your spiritual writings with the “mind” or with “heart” filled with “Divine” flow, this will not be an easy journey, yet with the "Rightful Effort", under the shade of inspiration, and within the worlds of a constant ever-expanding self-development training, working with Virtues, Creativity, Changing Habits, etc., you might be able to truly “break” into this most amazing market.

 

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Artof4Elements (htttp://www.artof4elements.com) is a Mindfulness Training and self-help Publisher that publish books, audio, and video materials in areas of Mindfulness, Meditation, Self-Help, New Thought, Alternative Health, Nutrition, and Conscious Parenting.

 

In March 2014, Artof4Elements developed and launched the Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training Series of 9 fiction and non-fiction books, authored by 7 authors, focusing on spiritual growth, creativity and mindfulness.

 

Nataša Pantović Nuit is a Maltese Serbian Author of 9 mindfulness books, a spiritual researcher and trainer, whose work focuses on spirituality, alchemy, conscious parenting, and self-development.

 

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5 Reading tasks for your bookish Summer

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It's reading Summer time, let's keep ourselves busy - with reading! Discover these amazing reading lists and book clubs ready to make your Summer even more bookish. Join and keep on reading!

 

Buddy Read Open Invite

via Murder by Death

 

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea WulfLillelaraBrokenTuneSusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady, and myself are all going to participate in a buddy read of The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf starting on July 15th (or very close to - subject to library availability).

 

If anyone would like to join us, we welcome everyone.   :)

Read more and join ->

 

 

Bookish Delights blogger shares Summer books you can't miss!

Summer is coming.

Now, after I've made that trying- to-be ASoIaF reference, it's time to talk about books! This time of the year is all about light. easy, enjoyable read no matter if you are somewhere on the beach with salt in your hair or lying in your aparment under the air conditioner.
I loved and utterly enjoyed every book listed below and highly recommend you read them!...

Read more in here->

 

 

COYER Summer Vacation 2017 Summer Reading List

 

This is Tea, Rain, Book's summer reading list. As per the rules, 30 books to start; for every 5 books read and reviewed, 5 books can be added to the list.

For rules and to sign up, please go to http://coyerchallenge.com/2017/05/20/coyer-summer-reading-list-sign-now-challenge-starts-june-17th/.  

Join and read on->

 

 

Top 20 Best New Summer Reads Coming July

What a line up of talent.  Someone "lock me in" with no interruptions!

Check the best July beach titles ->

 

 

TOR Monthly Free e-Book

Once a month, publisher TOR offers a free e-book. Let's read it!

Read more ->

How often do you DNF a book? I always feel guilty...

— feeling question

I rarely put a book aside and telling the truth I could count the abandoned books on the fingers of my hand (maybe two hands), I give them a second chance and count for an improvement later on. But when enough is enough I feel guilty and start to think that maybe there's something wrong with me or my reading preferences.

 

How do you treat books that aren't your cup of tea?

 

A. Close and forget or giveaway to hated cousin.

B. Read till the last page because I cannot otherwise.

C. Have short brake from a title and give it a second chance after a while.

 

pic via BookLikes Facebook

Facebook and BookLikes

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For the last couple of days BookLikes is experiencing a troublesome relation with Facebook: the login via Facebook and synchronization isn't working as it supposed to. The two features experience hiccups and therefore are unavailable at the moment. The Facebook options will be turned on as soon as we sort the problematic issues out.

 

If you're using Facebook to log in to BookLikes and you're experiencing login problems at the moment, please follow the steps below to log into your BookLikes to shelve your books and write reviews:

 

1. Go to BookLikes.com, press log in and then Forgot password link.

 

2. Type in the e-mail address your BookLikes account is set up on (if you're using Facebook to log in, the e-mail will be the same as for your Fb account)

 

3. Check your e-mail inbox for the password reset e-mail, open it and press the link.

 

4. Type in your new password.

 

5. Log into your BookLikes with your e-mail and a new password and start shelving and posting.

 

 

So sorry for any inconvenience. Once we sort the thing out, we'll let you know in the comments below.

 

In case of any further questions, write in the comment section below or send a message to kate@booklikes.com

 

8 things book bloggers will love about BookLikes / [DE] 8 Dinge, die Buchliebhaber auf BookLikes finden und lieben werden

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We're happy to announce that BookLikes supported the bloggers' conference, the buchmesse: blogger sessions 17, in Leipzig, Germany on March 26. Today we'd like to highlight 8 things that make BookLikes really special on the blog platform scene. Here are the tools that each blogger and book lover will appreciate when starting a book blog on BookLikes.

 

The blog post is published in English and German. Scroll down for a German version and a contest info for German readers.

 

1. User-friendly design

No matter whether you're a tech-savvy or not, BookLikes is suitable for all personalities. You can use easy peasy customization tools and ready made blog templates, or show your HTML magic skills and customize your BookLike page all by yourself.

 

If you're a designer you can also upload your design to BookLikes Theme Store and become a book blog designer.

 

 

 

2. Different templates for different writings

BookLikes lets you discuss books in six different ways.The review template is the most popular but once you try the text, quote, photo, video and link styles, you'll love the way they stand out on your blog page and your Dashboard feed.

 

 

3. Shelf

In book lover's world the bookshelf is so much more than just a place to store books. It's your way of expressing yourself and presenting your reading life.

 

 

4. Book search integrated with the blogging tools

Choose the writing template: text, quote, photo, video or URL, search the book within a blogging template, add your review and publish. Don't worry about the layout or copying/pasting the covers, it's already done. Now all you have to do is read and write.

 

 

5. Community

Can reading be a social activity? Sure it can! No one is better in discussing books than book bloggers. And an international community is a dream place for a member of a modern blogosphere.

 

 

6. Book widgets

Widget is another way fo showing off your books, reviews and giveaways. You can add BookLikes widgets to your BookLikes blog page and to your other www pages.

Spread the word and promote your book blog brand!

 

 

 

7. Fun zone

Set up your reading goal for an annual reading challenge, add your reading lists, win giveaways.

 

 

8. Affiliate program for book bloggers

Why not to earn money on doing what you love -- reading and reviewing. If you're using online booksellers' affiliate programs (e.g. Amazon) you can connect your affiliate ID with your BookLikes blog and receive the money when somebody buys the book via your blog page. Simple as that.

 

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Ihre Erfahrungen mit Büchern können nur Ihnen gehören, Sie können Sie aber auch mit anderen teilen. BookLikes ist eine internationale Gemeinschaft aller Buchliebhaber und Blogger. Werden Sie Teil und entdecken, erleben und präsentieren Sie Ihre Welt der Bücher.

 

8 Dinge, die Buchliebhaber auf BookLikes finden und lieben werden:

 

 

1. Ansprechendes Design

Kostenlose Vorlagen und Extras, einfache Individualisierung.

 

 

2. Verschiedene Text-Styles
Veröffentlichen Sie Ihre Beiträge als Buchbesprechungen, Zitate, Videos, Links oder Fotos.

 

 

3. Bücherregal
Teilen Sie Ihre Buchsammlungen und nutzen Sie diese als Ihre persönliche Visitenkarte.

 

 

4. Buch-Suchmaschine mit integrierter Blogfunktion
Sie suchen ein Buch, fügen Ihre Buch-Besprechung hinzu und veröffentlichen diese, ohne sich mit Zusatzgraphiken und dem Kopieren des Buchcovers aufzuhalten.

 

 

5. Blogger-Community
Lesen Sie nicht nur für sich. Teilen Sie Ihre Erfahrungen mit anderen Buch-Bloggern. Tauschen Sie sich aus und nehmen Sie an spannenden Diskussionsrunden teil.

 

 

6. Book Widgets

Die BookLikes-Widgets erlauben Ihnen, in Ihrem Blog Ihre Lieblingsbücher, Buchverlosungen und Zitate zu präsentieren – die Nutzung von Extras externer Webseiten ist nicht mehr notwendig.

 

 

7. Fun Zone
Nehmen Sie selbst an unseren Lesechallenges teil und testen sich selbst, erstellen Sie Ihre eigenen Leselisten mit Ihren Lieblingstiteln oder machen Sie mit bei den Buchverlosungen.

 

 

8. Affiliate-Programme für Blogger
Warum nicht mit der Lieblingsbeschaftigung etwas Geld verdienen? Mit dem Schreiben von Buchbesprechungen und der Nutzung von Affiliate-Programmen gewählter Buchhandlungen haben Sie mit BookLikes die Möglichkeit.

 

 

Hat Dir dir Buchmesse gefallen? Teile Deine Eindrücke und gewinne einen inkBOOK Prime E-Reader.

 

Gewinnen Sie einen E-Reader inkBOOK auf BookLikes in 3 Schritten: 
   

1. Registrieren Sie sich auf BookLikes.com    

 

2. Füllen Sie Ihre Bibliothek auf BookLikes.com

(Import aus LovelyBooks.de möglich).

Verfassen Sie zusätzlich eine Buchbesprechung und veröffentlichen Sie in Ihrem Blog auf BookLikes.com einen Bericht über die Bloggermesse/-Konferenz in Leipzig.  

  

3. Versehen Sie Ihren Beitrag mit den Tags #booklikes #bmb17 #lmb17    

 

Veröffentlichen Sie Ihre Beiträge vom 26.03. bis zum 09.04.2017.    

 

Gewählt werden 3 der interessantesten Berichte, deren Autoren mit inkBOOK E-Reader ausgezeichnet werden!    

 

Be in the spotlight! Schreiben Sie in Ihrem Blog auf BookLikes, wie es sich mit dem gewonnenen inkBOOK liest und wir senden Ihre Rezension über den E-Reader rund um die Welt!

 

BookLikes ist einer der Sponsoren der buchmesse:blogger sessions 17auf der Leipziger Buchmesse

"Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind."

Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Bloggers write: Why I created Bookish Box Swaps

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It's time for Bloggers write section! One thing we love more than books and bookish gadgets is a bookish gift box full of personalized goodies. Here's a step by step instruction how to create one:

 

1. Read the following piece

2. Join Bookish Box Swaps on BookLikes

3. Meet other book lovers

4. Prepare fancy gadgets

5. Send a box with a smile

 

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A guest post by Jessica from Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile:

 

So you’re wondering about Bookish Box Swaps, and what they are? Well friends, let me take you on a quick trip into a world filled with boxes of goodies. A world where that fluttery feeling of filling boxes with things you know someone else will love, comes more than once a year. If there’s one thing we bookish people know, it’s that books can soothe the soul. This is exactly why I created the Bookish Box Swaps group.

 

The idea behind it all is simple. Our group chooses the next swap we want to do, a minimum spending requirement is set, a list of fun themed items is created, and the rest is all up to the swappers! We do a quick poll at the beginning, before people are paired up, to give the swappers a glimpse at the people behind the emails. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the people you interact with on a daily basis, and see what you have in common! Each swap is unique, and a brand new chance to meet someone new.

 

As an example, our “Cozy Up Swap” at the end of 2016 was about all things comforting and warm. The rules called for a book, a warm drink, something edible, something handmade, and a card. I was absolutely floored by the types of boxes that were curated by our members. There were so many thoughtful, handpicked, handmade items. It’s a lot of fun to watch the pictures roll in, as the swappers receive their packages. The amount of love thrown around is infectious.

 

              

 

Have I given you enough of a reason to join us yet? We would love to have you! You can find us here: http://booklikes.com/groups/show/746/bookish-box-swaps. Keep in mind that our swaps aren’t mandatory, and all our members are welcome to participate whenever they can!

 

My hope for this group was always that it would foster more of the bookish love we all already have, and bring people closer together. It seems to be doing just that! When the world looks bleak, at least we have this little piece of kindness and light to hold onto.

 

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If you've missed the previous "Bloggers write" post here's a link to catch up with the BookLikes Librarian's tips & tricks on editing and adding books on BookLikes ->

What are your reading habits? Join the reading habit tag survey

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BookLikes blogger form Spooky's House Of Books asked 11 questions about the ways you read and we could not share. We'd love to know!

 

click the image to read the Q&A list

 

Here's a list of questions, please copy them and add a reading habit tag to the post so we could find and share it :-)

 

  1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?
  2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
  3. Can you  just stop reading or do you have to stop read after a chapter / certain number of pages?
  4. Do you eat or drink while read?
  5. Multitasking: music or TV while reading?
  6. One book at a time or several at once?
  7. Reading at home or everywhere?
  8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?
  9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
  10. Barking the spine or keeping it like new?
  11. Do you write in your books?

 

 

BookLikes decided to take part too. Have a look at the reading habits of Kate, the community manager & support:

 

1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading: Not really, I love to ready anyplace although recently it mostly happens in the bedroom.

 

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper? I love bookmarks and collect them, it's my a must have souvenir from my travels. But I love them so much that I'm afraid of using them so I use all kind of stuff as the replacements. Recently I've read that "keeping nice things, as opposed to using them, takes away some of the specialness of the object. By using something, you give it even more value than you do allowing it to collect dust on a shelf or in a basket". So I may consider changing this habit.

 

3. Can you  just stop reading or do you have to stop read after a chapter / certain number of pages? I usually stop when my eyes close.

 

4. Do you eat or drink while read? Yes, I do. A book and a cup of coffee is a perfect couple. Sometimes I read with a mug of green tea. With snacks rather than a full meal.

 

5. Multitasking: music or TV while reading? I used to read like that but now I appreciate the silence while reading.

 

6. One book at a time or several at once? One at a time. Whenever I start several books at once I rarely finish any.

 

7. Reading at home or everywhere? Definitely everywhere. I always carry a book or an e-reader in my bag.

 

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head? Silently unless I read to my baby boy.

 

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages? It may sound weird but I even sneak peek at the end of the book. I cannot resits! Sometimes I just cannot wait to see what's gonna happen.

 

10. Barking the spine or keeping it like new? None of my books looks like new.

 

11. Do you write in your books? If it's a paper edition and I find a quote I love or I need to add a note, then yes. I have a liberal attitude to books, I love reading them but I don't consider them sacred. I also add a lot of highlights and notes to my e-reads. 

 

And what are your reading habits?