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(Reblog) NEW: Discussion Rooms Formatting Tips

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Discussion Rooms are getting filled with book lovers :) And now we’re giving you extra option to make your discussion posts unique. You can edit your posts with basics HTML tags.


Let’s see what formatting is now available in your Discussion rooms:



The easiest way to add formatting is to copy/paste a given tag and insert your text/link between markers, e.g.: [b]I loved this book![/b] -> I loved this book!


We’re sure that after several posts, you’ll know them by heart :-)


And if you make a mistake or a typo, don’t worry. You can easily Edit your post and make all necessary corrections.


Another new feature is sticking discussions within a group. For the time being this option is available only for Administrators of a Group. If your are Group Admin and you notice that a given discussion receives bigger attention, bring it to the top. Enter the Discussion and click “Stick”. Then it will be first above other discussion in the group with special marker. 





It's Halloween today! Do you have any reading / writing plans for the evening? If not, we'll help you with spooky atmosphere.


Check out 20 horror books recommended by BookLikes book bloggers: Spooky Reads For Halloween - Horror Books That You Loved

  Boo! ;-)

I know that it is after Hallowe'en, but I love this song and wanted to post it. :D Hope you like it. :D

(Reblog) A book drive for US troops overseas, 95 years ago this month.

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The Great War, which wasn't considered so great by those who were part of it, came to an end 95 years ago this month, November 11, 1918. During the last week of the war, the American Library Association (ALA) helped in a drive to send books to soldiers and sailors overseas to keep morale up during the final months they had to wait to get home again.


Similar campaigns had also been run during the previous year as American troops were transported to the front lines in Europe. The only author on the 1918 bestseller list who would still be readily recognized today was Zane Grey, whose book The U.P. Trail was the top selling book that year.


This ALA poster is from the Library of Congress collection of First World War posters. As a side note, it wasn't known as the "First World War" or "World War I" until there was a "World War II" to compare it to.


Click on the image for more book posters in the LOC collection:  




 (Special thanks to the Great War 100 Community on Facebook for posting this first and helping us remember an important time period in American history!)

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I know that most people preferred Capt. Kirk or Spock, but my favorite characters were always Scotty followed by Dr. McCoy. :D

(Reblog Post) Discussion Rooms - Create Groups and Book Clubs

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We all know that book lovers love discussing books and sharing their reading experiences. We're opening discussion rooms on BookLikes where you can create reading groups, book clubs and set up discussions about books you enjoyed. 


This is the first version of groups, we'll be constantly improving and releasing new additional features so stay tuned :)


Discussion rooms are added on the top of the page next to Explore, Giveaways, Daily Deals, Goodies and Friends.


Creating group is easy, just fill up the form with name, image, description, rules and tags and hit Create at the bottom of the page.



You are the administrator of the group and it is you who is responsible for keeping your discussion rooms clean, safe and sound. 


As an administrator you can:

- set up and remove discussions and particular posts;

- block and unblock members from entering the discussion room;

- remove members from your group.


Please take a look at several rules mentioned on the "Create group" page. 


Each BookLikes member can join a given group, set up a discussion or enter existing discussions and add his/her posts.


As a creator of a discussion you can:

- add books to discussion topic; books will be visible in group overview and once you enter a given discussion;

- add your posts.


All information about a given group, its rules, tags and administrator are visible on Group info page.



You cannot add discussion topics or posts if you have not joined the group. But you can read the thread. 



We've also prepared several options for discussion notifications.


An administrator of the group has the following options: All (mail and notifications), notifications only or none for new members and new discussions. Options for administrator are available on Group info page.



An administrator and each member of a group can set up new posts notifications on particular discussion page. The notification option are visible just under the discussion topic on Discussion Page



So now get ready for discussion and book talks :-)


Discussion rooms presented today are in their first version and we'll be developing, improving and adding new features to them so stay tuned and let us know what you think :-)


 Here are several things that we will be working on in discussion rooms:

- private groups,

- discussion members' profiles and stats,

- adding books and links to posts in particular discussion,

- adding group moderators by administrator.



Now you can find books without covers on your Shelf and easily add missing book covers to make your shelf look better organized. Select sort by cover in table view of your Shelf and you'll see books with green covers - click on the cover and upload cover image.


Many people do not understand allergies. They say that you are making it up, or you could not possibly have such allergies.  But has anyone ever really thought about allergies? Allergies are pretty serious conditions and can cause death.

 Salmon Sushi


For example, I am highly allergic to fish oil.  I cannot touch fish oil in any way or I have a "simple" allergic reaction where my hands get numb, red and itch like crazy.  I have a big problem if I were to ingest fish or fish oil in any way, shape or form. I would have to get to the hospital quick in that case. I also am unable to be in the same room where it is being cooked or I start to sneeze and my eyes water, get red and itch. I can eat Shellfish though!! :D  My parents use to joke that I had expensive tastes.


Perfume, Candle, and Peach Towel


Ever thought about wanting to just go to church and being unable to because of an allergy?  Well my mother has to think of this.  She is highly allergic to smells and can get migraines because of them.  She is unable to even attend church because of the perfume that people wear and shopping is a literal migraine inducing nightmare because of the perfumes, candles, and other strong smells


Black Allergy Bracelet

Another allergy that can be this severe is Peanuts or Nuts. Although Peanuts are not in the nut family, people can be allergic to both and this allergy (I have always heard) is almost always extreme.  Children could have an allergic reaction from even, say, touching a door handle where someone who has just eaten PBJ sandwiches has touched. 


I have heard about two specific people with these kinds of allergies in just the last couple of weeks.  One story was heart warming for the way that people were helping to get Fletcher for Bailee. Fletcher is an allergen alert dog that was picked for this beautiful little girl. The other was how some cruel kids nearly killed a classmate with a severe nut allergy in Sweden. Two extremes on the emotion scale and two ways of thinking. 


I would love to find some books that have the characters dealing with real world problems. An example would be the book "Water Bound" by Christine Feehan. The main character, in this book, has autism. This brought a level of realism that I had previously never had before.



If anyone has any recommendations like this, I would really love it. :D



Went shopping Saturday 9/28/13 and had decided to stop at the Public Library's Book Store in the mall. They were having a special that month. Everything was half off. This meant that Hardbacks (normally $3) were now $1.50, Large Paperbacks (like The Pillars of the Earth normally $2) were now $1, and normal size paperbacks (normal price $1) now were $0.50 and finally Children's books (such as Maniac Magee) were there regular price of just $0.50. :D I was in booklover's heaven for about 3 hours. :D I came out with all these books for just $16

The books are:

  • The Pillars of the Earth bk 1
  • Song of Solomon
  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • Marley and Me
  • The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
  • The White Tiger
  • The Mermaid Chair
  • Interpreter of Maladies
  • Miss Timmins' School for Girls
  • Maniac Magee
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Sounder
  • King of the Wind
  • Missing May
  • Amos Fortune, Freeman
  • The Whipping Boy
  • Bud, Not Buddy
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Middlemarch
  • Hard Times (and finally)
  • The Poisonwood Bible

Books to recommend

Murder on the Orient Express (A Hercule Poirot Mystery) - Agatha Christie Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. - Judy Blume The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather, A.S. Byatt Chronicles of Narnia Movie Tie-in Box Set The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty  Smith To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee The Complete Works of Shakespeare - William Shakespeare The Complete Sherlock Holmes (The Heirloom Collection) -  Arthur Conan Doyle The Miracle at Speedy Motors - Alexander McCall Smith

Here are some books that I have no problems recommending for others. They are excellent introductions to their genres and they run the gamut of Young Adult to Adult.



"“Don't ever apologize to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that's what they're there for. Use your library). Don't apologize to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend's copy. What's important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read... ”

― Neil Gaiman "

I had seen where someone was being put down for looking for bargains on books.  I say Shame on those people. Many people are unable to afford Brand New, Hardback Books! I would think all authors would be like Neil Gaiman and would want their books to be read, at the least. If I really like a book, I may even save the money to buy that New book. 

It's nice to know SOMEBODY wants us

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How to Change Your Followers/Following to Something Fun

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In this post I'm going to show you how to change the Followers and Following sections on your pages into something creative like Minions and Masters. 


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Add Books Manually & Add Missing Book Covers

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New BooksTwo "Add" functions are available on BookLikes from today:  add books manually and add book covers.


From now on it doesn’t matter if you want to shelve unpublished books or self-published or from a local bookstore, now you can put on your Shelf all books ever existed. It’s called manual book adding. We have it online!


If you don’t find a desirable book in a search box you can easily ‘create’ a book from the scratch.


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Deeply Odd  - Dean Koontz Found myself laughing a lot with this book. The conversations between Odd and Edie are so funny. I did find the lack of answers for Odd from the people around him to be disconcerting and off putting, but altogether a fun "scarey" book. :D

Country Tied

Country Tied - Robyn Buttars

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.


This was a clean, short novelette about a young girl coming of age in rural Utah. We see how she handles the adversity of her father's injuries, taking care of the dairy, her first feelings of dawning love and even problems with the self-esteem issues of most young girls. Although I loved this book, some might find the absences of any conflict or action in this story, to be off-putting.

I loved that the author allowed Jenny to come to mature decisions without all the adults "pushing" her to make them. Jenny showed how to handle the pressures of her life with aplomb and gentleness.

I could understand the romance with David, but to tell the truth I think that Jared would make a better love interest. Even though David and Jenny played as children together, David "did" stop coming around or even explain that he was waiting for her to grow a little. Jared also understands her life much better than David. Jenny was extremely naïve about her beauty and life in general, but I did see her grow so much in this story. 

I highly recommend this book to young teens and even adults who are looking for a nice book.         

"Back Yard

Shine on, O moon of summer.
Shine to the leaves of grass, catalpa and oak,
All silver under your rain to-night.

An Italian boy is sending songs to you tonight from an accordion.

A Polish boy is out with his best girl;
They marry next month;
tonight they are throwing you kisses.

An old man next door is dreaming over a sheen
That sits in a cherry tree in his back yard.

The clocks say I must go-
I stay here sitting on the back porch
drinking white thoughts you rain down.

Shine on, O moon,
Shake out more and more silver changes."

Picture of the Catalpa


Carl Sandburg was born in 1878 and this poem has the word catalpa in it.  I read this poem and wondered what a catalpa was. I went and found the following picture.



Colony East

Colony East - Scott Cramer

Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from the author, in exchange I promised to write an honest review.

Colony East picks right up where Night of the Purple Moon left off. Our heroes are hiding from the motorcycle gang while waiting for Jordan to be better. They thought that once they got the pills from the adults that everything would turn out good, but events just seem to get worse as time goes by. Before you know it two years have passed and the adults have come out of hiding, but is that necessarily a good thing?

This was an excellent sequel to Night of the Purple Moon. I had very few moments of disbelief while reading. One was the way that Jordan was acting. He seemed so out of character and vengeful from what I remembered and his teenage angst seemed unbelievable in many ways. This did not detract from the story for me though. While I felt there was way more violence than in the previous book, I did find it in character for this world and people.

This book was, like the previous book, clean with no objectionable language or situations. There was just the right amount of action and chew your nails situations. I was on the edge of my seat reading and literally praying that the characters made it out or through safely. I just love Scott Cramer's world and the characters are very real to life. I could see the military and scientists, instead of helping, making a mess of things. When I got to the end of the book, the author stopped at a cliff hanger that literally left me disappointed that I will have to wait to find out what happens. Whether Jordan, Abby and Lisette will ever be together again. I have to say that Scott Cramer has definitely made it to my favorite author's list. :D  Keep up the good work!!!

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