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I have many alternative worlds, all on my bookshelf. Working at BookLikes.com Say hello: kate at booklikes dot com

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.




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



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.




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?


Here's a continuing list of useful links on BookLikes. The first one was created by Debby here: http://donealrice.booklikes.com/post/1204111/updated-useful-links-when-booklikes-menus-fail

And more:

- Explore Page: http://booklikes.com/explore (to discover new blogs and meet new bloggers)
- Just published: http://booklikes.com/explore?new (to check what's new on BL)
- Book Catalog: http://booklikes.com/catalog
- Reading Lists: http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists (to look through & create your own)
- Your reading challenge: http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-challenge (with books & stats)
- Compare books: http://booklikes.com/apps/compare-books (to see how compatible your & your friends' shelves are)
- Giveaways: http://booklikes.com/giveaways (fancy a free book? sure!)
- New Book Releases: http://booklikes.com/events (also in Book Catalog)
- Book Clubs: http://booklikes.com/book-clubs (join or/and create your own)


Of course, when you spot that your main menu fails, let us know (contact@booklikes.com) and we'll fix it immediately :)

Happy reading & writing!

UPDATED: Useful links when booklikes menus fail ...

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— feeling sick

Booklikes direct links if ever useful to anyone:


15 Deeply inspiring workplaces | Where do you read?

Have you ever thought how your setting influences the way you work, think, act? I'm happy to see that my desk is as messy as Einstein's, and I really enjoy working on the floor, just like Kipling. There's still hope for me ;-)  


What's interesting I've recently noticed that it gets harder and harder for me to focus on books I'm reading when I'm outside. It looks that I've grown up to reading in the comfort of my home. How about you? 


infographics via Made to Measure Blinds

Źródło materiału: http://www.madetomeasureblinds-uk.com/blog/2015/08/18/inspiring-workspaces

Happy Friday the 13th! Meet Good Luck Black Cats

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I'm a cat lover  >^..^<



It's Friday the 13th! Again! It's perfect time to remind you good luck black cats :)


Whether you believe in Friday 13th bad luck or not, we wish you all the best and all the luck. Btw, we think the superstition about the bad luck black cats was made up by the white cats' gang. Just look at those pics!


Stamp your feet via Lenore on BookLikes 


Reading lesson via Lenore on BookLikes 


The Sleepyhead via Tina Sandevska on BookLikes


Smart one via


Just sitting via 



and sitting via


and still sitting via


Come, sit by via


Mark Twain’s vintage cat Bambino via


Lucky 13 via


Comma cat via Tina Sandevska on BookLikes 



And if you wish to read some cat books have a look at the collection of several reads featuring cats found by Kagama -The Literaturevixen.




Happy Friday the 13th and good luck! ;-)


P.S. Watch out! Zombie kittens are waiting. 

furry zombies via Musings of NerdyNatasha on BookLikes 



Originally posted on BookLikes Blog: December 13, 2013, updated June 13, 2014. 

lol - Cat(h)olic meeting?

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Top 10 book related problems each ‪‎book lover‬ experienced (or will soon)

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Book Blogging Checklist InfoGraphic
Book Blogging Checklist InfoGraphic

Book bloggers' checklist to follow. Must do, must have. 


Infographic by parajunkee.com

Are e-books already the past?

Michael Kozlowski from Good E-Reader writes:

Bookstores all over the world are reporting dramatic increases in print book sales. This comes at the expense of many of the longstanding e-reader brands and e-book stores closing in droves. Has the novelty of e-readers and e-book waned? I think people have come to realize that buying books on your device is anti-social and book readers are drawn to each other to talk about the things they love and to buy books at a physical store, amidst kindred spiritsread more 

In Poland, on the other hand, we can see that the ebook market is developing, the ebook sale is steadily raising, and e-readers gain more and more popularity. This year is also predicted to be a successful year for the electronic books.


How is it in your countries? 

"AMY: My husband is the most loyal man on the planet until he's not. He promised to take care of me, and yet I feel afraid. I feel like something is going wrong, very wrong, and that it will get even worse. I don't feel real anymore. I fee like I could disappear.

NICK: She was a worst-case scenarist on a ground scale. Women are fucking crazy. No qualifier: Not some women, not many women. Women are crazy. "
Gone Girl: A Novel - Gillian Flynn

I've seen the movie so the ending is not a surprise for me but that doesn't bother me. I consider the book and its adaptation as two separate pieces. They are different and both are worth attention.


The two-voice narration brings tension, nervousness and suspense. Despite the fact that I know what's coming I still have shivers and don't know what to expect on the next pages. 

Books To Tide You Over Until The Walking Dead Returns

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When AMC’s The Walking Dead first premiered in October 2010, it became an instant hit. Critics were in a frenzy: it was unique, unexplored, and a delicious throwback to the George Romero films of old. Based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman and artists Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, the series has since spawned dozens of large-scale themed events, charity runs, tee shirts and board games.
As with every popular television series, The Walking Dead takes a hiatus every summer and we’re left wondering how to fill that flesh-eating, virus-ridden void. No Daryl for six months? Ugh.
But there’s hope. For the sake of your sanity, here are nine book titles that will help satisfy your dystopian cravings until the next season of The Walking Dead premieres in October:
1. After by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling: A collection of short-stories by various authors and compiled by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, After is full of terrifying tales and absorbing philosophical dilemmas. Contemporary folklore and original nightmares run rampant in stories like “After the Cure”, a dark tale about a vampiric virus by Carrie Ryan, and “Reality Girl”, a post-apocalyptic struggle between social strata, comparable to The Hunger Games. If you really enjoy reading about people hiding in abandoned houses from rabid packs of monsters, sociopathic dictators, or obnoxious alien lifeforms, After is your book.
2. Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman: With contributions to an array of best-loved collections, multiple successful novels and even script-writing opportunities, Neil Gaiman’s fantastical mystery worlds and intricately simple style lend themselves well to the sort of story that fans of dystopian literature crave. Fragile Things is no exception. An outstanding compilation of thrilling short stories, poetry, and mysteries, the Hugo and Locus Award winning Fragile Things doesn’t disappoint. "October in the Chair", "Closing Time" and "Other People" will make you sob like a fool and send chills down your spine.
3. The Stand by Stephen King: A Stephen King classic that has passed the test of time, The Stand is a surprisingly addictive romp through a horrific future-world where the inhabitants are all infected by a flu-like virus, save for a few seemingly immune. Red-eyed monsters lurk alongside highways and a recurring shared-dream of a woman on a porch somewhere in the middle of Nebraska connects those unaffected by the disease. Militaristic and political dissent plagues the survivors from the start. The latest, uncut edition clocks in at over a thousand pages and sometimes meanders off topic, so unless you’re a masochist... tread carefully.
4. World War Z by Max Brooks: The ultimate zombie novel, World War Z sets the standard for the modern post-apocalyptic fable in one grand sweep. Author Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival Guide), lauded as the “Studs Terkel of zombie journalism”, functions as a dispatcher from the front lines of a horrible war and mainly writes from a journalistic perspective. “I was a good soldier, well trained, experienced,” admits one of the main character’s “interviewees”. “… I thought I was ready for anything [he looks out at the valley, his eyes unfocused]... Who in his right mind could have been ready for this?”  Fresh and gritty, World War Z is perfect for Walking Dead fans and anyone who enjoys a good Cronkite-esque historical drama.
5. V-Wars by Jonathan Maberry: THIS BOOK IS A MUST. Did you get that? Because I certainly will yell it again if necessary. Grimy and tangible, V-Wars, edited by Jonathan Maberry, bridges the gap between post-apocalyptic fiction and FX style horror. A round-up of some of the most enthralling authors today, each story is written with one common backstory: melting arctic ice has exposed the population to a deadly virus that begins to spread viciously, infecting earth’s inhabitants with a vampiric disease which triggers an unstoppable bloodlust. Each unique angle is well-rounded and developed with a range of characters that you learn to love and hate concurrently. 
6. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith: If you like Jane Austen but wish her stories were morbid and corpsified, this nonpareil jaunt is for you. Written and adapted by Seth Grahame-Smith (author of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and How to Survive a Horror Movie), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies stays surprisingly true to Austen’s roots, managing to reign in the most dedicated Austenite. Humorously action-tinged and satisfyingly gross, this hilarious New York Times Best Seller has become ridiculously popular with the readers everywhere and has prompted deep philosophical queries from critics over the years. “If Mr. Darcy became infected,” asked Salon’s Laura Miller, “would Elizabeth have the fortitude to behead him in time?”
7. Feed by Mira Grant: Mira Grant is a genius. Zombies? Check. Post-apocalyptic police-state? Check. Rebellious journalists, reporters and bloggers working together to break news to the public behind closed doors? You guessed it. What Feed gets right is its tireless commitment to making the unusual seem ordinary. “Our story opens where countless stories have ended in the last twenty-six years: with an idiot -- in this case, my brother, Shaun -- deciding it would be a good idea to go out and poke a zombie with a stick to see what happens,” writes Grant’s protagonist, Georgia Mason. Truly scary with hints of bad jokes peppered in, Feed keeps you on your toes and invested in Georgia’s journey-- no easy feat in a world where about 10 billion new zombie novels are being shelved every week.
8. The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan: “Now even more gore in stunning HD,” feels like an appropriate way to introduce this crime drama/horror novel…. Because it is, indeed, hair-raising in the most grotesque way. Authors Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan start things off with a bang, plopping a huge jetliner full of tons of dead bodies in the middle of the JFK tarmac. It all goes to crap from there. With little control over what follows, the lead characters must take advice from-- as one reviewer put it-- “Van Helsing wannabe” Professor Setrakian, a grandfather figure who repeatedly tries to warn everyone not to touch anything. Obviously, no one listens. If nothing else, this book is a fantastic display of how effective the CDC is in real life (sarcasm intended). 
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: I know most people will harpoon me for including Suzanne Collins’ hit trilogy on this list. I don’t care. These books were fantastic. The rise of the YA novel over the last five years has hit a high point, with series like The Mortal Instruments and Divergent all receiving the green light from numerous film studios. What has made The Hunger Games such a success is its ability to convince the reader of the protagonist’s own imperfections and to defy stereotypes in a subtly terrific way. Katniss Everdeen isn’t the plucky, perfectly coiffed heroine of most YA literature, but  new breed of leading lady: suffering from near starvation in a slave-labor society where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, Katniss’ reactions are realistic--even grating sometimes--but always true to her personality, without apology. Adults who bypass this series simply because of the “YA” classification are sorely missing out.
Though I can’t honestly promise you that these books will completely resolve any angst you may be suffering from Walking Dead withdrawals, hopefully they’ll act as a bandaid for a short time, entertaining you until Rick, Beth, Darryl, Glenn, and Maggie return in the fall. 

I. Can. Not. Stop. Laughing. 


Have you heard?!? New Kindle Helps Readers Show Off By Shouting Title Of Book Loudly And Repeatedly



Źródło materiału: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDBzQkWeQ5g#t=111