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text 2017-07-27 21:58
Book Review Spot: 7 book reviews from your book blogs, and where to find more

 

We've came across these 7 book reviews when visiting Book Catalog and Explore pages. Click the blog headings to visit the bloggers' webpage and to read the full book reviews. Enjoy!

 

The River Is Dark - Joe HartWord Gurgle gave 4 stars to The River Is Dark by Joe Hart:

There is plenty of fasted paced story in this novel to keep you moving through the story fluently. The writing is great. The story enjoyable. The story holds just the right amount of description in the right places. I did figure out the early on who the killer was, but it didn't deter me from the desire to keep reading. Liam is a great, well-developed character. Matter of fact, all the characters are very well developed... read the full review

 

 

LAUREN B. DAVIS gave 5 stars to The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects - Barbara G. WalkerThe Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects - Barbara G. Walker 

A wonderful work on the study of symbols and sacred objects as they relate to the female. It's an excellent companion to the marvelous "The Book Of Symbols: Reflections On Archetypal Images" offering insight on the feminine roots of many of our symbols. Just as an example, one such symbol is the fish, widely accepted to be the symbol of Christianity, but which is actually FAR older. Ichthys was the offspring of the ancient Sea goddess Atargatis, and was known in various mythic systems as Tirgata, Aphrodite, Pelagia, or Delphine. The word also meant "womb" and "dolphin" in some tongues... read the full review

 

Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder: The First Unsolved Murder of the Victorian Age - Paul Thomas Murphy  Sheila's Reads gave 4 stars to Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder: The First Unsolved Murder of the Victorian Age by Paul Thomas Murphy

Jane Clouson is found on Kidbrooke Lane dying after a vicious beating. She is taken to the hospital where she later dies. The police now have to find the murderer. As they look at her short life and listen to what her friends have to say they believe they have found their murderer and arrest him. Next comes the court of law and the court of public opinion.This is interesting. Mr. Murphy uses modern forensic techniques to review the case and show who the murderer is. Unfortunately, forensic scien Jane Clouson is found on Kidbrooke Lane dying after a vicious beating... read the full review

Little One - Timothy G. HugueninT's Stuff too gave 5 stars to Little One by Timothy G. Huguenin

The creep factor in this book was over the top for me. I was on vacation with my Daughter and Grand Kids when I started reading this book. I was setting outside on the front porch of the cabin surrounded by a mountain in a very dark area while reading this. All at once I felt the need to go in the house and not read anymore. I also turned the TV on for the night in the room I was sleeping in, and I had only read half the book. The book is about Kelsea Hendricks Stone. She was given up for adoption as a young child. She doesn't remember her life before being adopted. Her birth parents have passed away and left her their house and possessions. Kelsea heads to a remote town in West Virginia to clean out the house and get it ready to sell... read the full review

 

A Million Worlds with You - Claudia Gray  The Caffeinated Diva reads... gave 5 stars to A Million Worlds With You

I have recently discovered that I have a thing for books about the multiverse.  Something about the unknown, about the possibilities... that excites me.  This book, this series, did exactly that.  I loved the world that the author built and how she changed it between the various multiverses.  I also loved the mechanism she used to tie the worlds together.  By mechanism, I don't mean the actual Firebird, but how she makes those worlds accessible. There is a lot of science involved in this series, but it is presented in such a way that it explains what it needs to without being anything like a lecture.  It also is the perfect tool to create villains and heroes... read the full review

The Bedlam Stacks - Natasha PulleyGrac's Never-ending TBR Pile of Doom gave 4 stars to The Bedlam Stacks 

Set in the same universe as The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, this book is not a sequel although one of the main characters from the previous books makes a couple of quite lengthy appearances - while that book was set in London, The Bedlam Stacks takes place mostly in Peru, as our protagonist is part of a mission sent to try and steal cuttings from cinchona trees in order to help produce quinine for the East India Company. We first meet Merrick Tremayne when he's recovering from a serious injury at his family home in Cornwall, which is literally falling apart around his ears... read the full review

 

The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo - Oscar Zeta Acosta,Manuel Acosta Sero,Hunter S. ThompsonWhat I am reading gave 5 stars to The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo

What do you expect from the autobiography of a man who called himself the Brown Buffalo? A man who ate the hottest hot sauce in the world for breakfast and chose A Whiter Shade of Pale as the theme song of his live? Regardless of what you might expect, you will be surprised, but not disappointed. This is the most unapologetic account of one’s life I can imagine. Acosta is not afraid of giving honest descriptions of his childhood, his acid trips, his genitals, his fears, feelings, actions or anything else... read the full review

 

 

What are you reviewing right now? If you're curious what others are reading and writing about here are several BookLikes places to visit.

 

 

Book Catalog page (main menu -> Book Catalog)

 

 

The very first section is the Recently reviewed on BookLikes section!

When you click the book cover you'll be moved to a book page where you can find all reviews published by the BookLikes community.

 

 

The most recent reviews will show up at the top so it's really easy to find the most recent opinion.

 

To visit the blog page click the see review link -- it's the right place to Like or Reblog the article and to Follow the blogger if you've enjoyed the review.

 

 

 

Explore page (main menu -> Explore)

 

Another place to discover the newest blog posts and reviews is the Explore page. There are two places to visit for the reviews: Just published section and Hot reviews. You can also use the menu on the left to go to the desirable section.

 

 

The Just published spot presents the most recently published blog posts whereas the Hot reviews spot highlights those reviews which are popular among BL community at the moment. To read the reviews just click the title and you'll be moved to the blog page with the full text.

 

 

Happy reviewing!

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text 2017-07-13 13:27
How to do Book Clubs: 5 reasons to join book clubs + 6 book clubs for July

 

Jenn presents book club's insights and some useful tips and tricks for creating, customizing and maintaining a Book Club using BookLikes.

 

Out of many we've picked these

5 reasons why it's great to join book clubs:

 

1. You chat about books

Reviewing is great but it's refreshing to immerse into the book debate.

2. Deadlines

You know the never-ending TBR list, right? Having a deadline date is a great excuse to lock yourself in the room to actually finish up a book for the book club meeting/posting.

3. You read outside your comfort zone

You will open the books you would never read otherwise, e.g from the genres you though you wouldn't enjoy.

4. You make other people read your beloved titles

Here's your chance to introduce your faves to other readers.

5. You meet people

Who said that reading should be done solo? Book club reading is buddy reading. Let's do it together and have fun!

 

Please scroll down to find Book Clubs running at BookLikes in July. All readers wishing to join and participate in the buddy read(s) are more than welcome!

 

Let's do Book Clubs together!

 

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Post by Jenn from Murder by Death

 

Creating, customising and maintaining a Book Club using BookLikes

 

 

I’m still a novice myself at using BookLikes Book Club functionality, but I thought I’d write up something about how to set one up, make it your own and maintain it as well as share my thoughts about my experience so far.

 

I’ve created a fake group for the purposes of this post, and most of the screenshots will represent what the creator of a book club will see; I’ll try to note when there are differences, and I’ve taken a couple of screenshots from a non-admin user’s perspective as well.

 

Both as a user and creator, you can find the Book Clubs in the Dashboard menu, under, obviously enough, “Book Clubs”:

 

 

This takes you to the Book Club Discovery page, and you’ll see here a list of current book clubs:

 

 

I’ve highlighted two sections here:  the first, along the top, is useful for discovering new book clubs you might like to join, because it allows you to filter the list of clubs by the language the club is set up to use and to sort the results by club members (how many members the group has), Book number (how many books they’ve read so far), or date added.  Whichever of the three you choose to filter by you can further specify ascending or descending order - an up or down arrow is next to each choice.

 

The second section, headlined My Book Clubs, shows in the upper section the book clubs you’ve created, the link to create a new book club, and underneath, a list of those clubs you’ve already joined.  The next part of this post concerns creating a new book club, although anyone participating in a book club will find handy tips here too (I hope).

 

If you click on the Create a Book Club link you’re taken to the book club creation page:

 

 (This screenshot is a bit smaller, sorry - I had to shrink it to get it all in one shot.)

 

A lot of this is self-explanatory: Name is the name of your book club, of course.  But Picture might not be immediately apparent:  it’s the small picture that will display next to your book club name on the main club page.  Image size guidelines are listed; I definitely recommend adhering to the dimensional suggestions as the minimum size; I tried using smaller images and they didn’t look good at all.

 

Background picture is the large image that appears behind the book cover and user avatars on your bookclub page.  (An example of which is below.)

 

 

Description allows you to describe what kind of club you’re aiming at having:  non-fiction? science-fiction? mystery? romance?  All of the above?

 

Terms is the place you define the rules of your club - BookLikes has provided some basic ones there in the box, but if you want to add your own, you can.  Just be warned that when you start typing in that box, you’ll lose those suggested ones (that’s why they’re in the faded grey color).

 

Club language is the official language of the book club and BookLikes uses it to filter the clubs on the club page by language.  What you set here doesn’t have to be the only language welcome in the club, but it will be the only one the club will appear under.

 

Private allows you to make the group open to the public (No) or open to invitation only (Yes).  If you mark the club private, I believe it still shows up in the list, and people can request admission, so it’s private, but not hidden.

 

Choosing Yes for Public Voting for Next Book truly makes the club a group effort, and a democratic one.  Instead of one of the admins choosing the next group read, this allows an ongoing public submission for title suggestions and a voting function; the admin still has to set the next book and read dates, but can do so by public opinion. 

 

Once you’ve completed the form, click Create Book Club and you’re now the proud creator of a new book club:

 

 

(Clicking edit again, will allow you to edit the details of the club, or delete it - the delete club button appears in the lower right corner of the page.)

 

If you’re joining a book club, not creating one, the screen you’ll see will look like this:

 

 

Both screens have the tabs across the top:  Club, Members, Previous Books and Next Books.  The next section differs:  Admins can add next book and edit the group, while non-admin users can leave club if you find it’s not the right fit for you.  The leave club button is also located in the lower left corner.  (Creators can’t leave their own creation - Dr. Frankenstein tried that once and it didn’t end well.)

 

I’ve also highlighted one of the notification settings for book clubs - this one allows you to turn on or off the notifications for new members joining the group.  Notifications for new posts and discussions is on a different page.

 

If you chose to allow voting you’ll see, under the Next Books tab, the input fields where you can add books and vote on them (admin and non-admin members alike):

 

Add proposition is the field where you can suggest a book - it works exactly the same as the general book search - enter the title, author, or ISBN/ASIN, wait for the results, and choose your book.  If it’s a book you want from your BL shelves, wait until the search results appear, then choose the Search my shelves button at the bottom of the results.  Each book appears on the list, along with a voting button and a running tally of the number of votes each book has received so far.  If you added the book, BL assumes you’re also voting for it, so each book starts with 1 vote.

 

Admins will see a slightly different layout next to each book entry:

 

 

I believe clicking remove will remove a vote (?).  Select book will choose that book for the next month’s read (or any future read, you set the dates, so you can choose several books at once) and delete will take the book out of the voting entirely.  There is no ‘end’ date to voting, so don’t think of this function as a one-time polling as much as it is an on-going, revolving suggestion list that books can move up (or down) and off of over time. 

 

As an admin/creator, once you’ve selected the book, it appears at the bottom of the page along with fields to enter the start/stop dates:

 

 

Clicking on the Start reading date and/or Finish reading date brings up the small calendar, allowing you to click to choose your dates.  Note that BL does require a Finish date and will error out if you try to leave it blank.  These dates are just a guide, however.  Make the reading time span as long or as short as you’d like.  Just remember that BL uses the dates to send notifications of upcoming reads, and moves the book from Next Read to Previous Reads after the finish date, but that’s pretty much the extent of it.

 

If you set up your club without the option of voting, then the Admin chooses the book or books using the select book search field and setting the dates in much the same way, they just don’t see the voting list at the top.

 

 

Each book (if you’ve planned ahead and chosen several, they will all be listed) has edit, delete and  show next to it for admins; non-admins just see the show button.  Edit allows you to change the dates, delete removes the book from the list, and show takes you to the main book club page

 

Now the book club is setup, the book is chosen and you’re ready to go.  From an Admin’s point of view, the only other thing you need to know how to do is, unfortunately, block members.  Spam happens to the best of us and when it does the best thing to do is quickly delete it, block the member and move on.  To delete a discussion thread or just a post, go into the thread with the spam:

 

 

If it’s just the post, use the delete post link that’s along the top of the post; if it’s a spam thread, use delete discussion, found at the top of the page.  After you’ve cleaned up the spam, use the back to club button to go back to the book club page:  

 

 

Click the Members tab:

 

 

Not incidentally, this is where you can invite new members to join your book club, but for blocking, click the manage members link.  This takes you to the membership information page:

 

 

From here you can see a list of blocked members, if there are any, and you can set admin notification for both new members and new discussions.  At the bottom of the page is a Members list, and, I have to say, I don’t know if it’s just my browser that does this (Safari/Mac) or if it’s the same with all browsers, but the layout of the members list is kinda wonky and can be hard to read; the avatars overlap.  But if you ignore that, you can see each member’s name and there are options next to each one: you can remove the user, block the user or switch on Admin functions for that user.  Admin functions include being able to delete discussions or posts but does not, unfortunately, allow them to block or remove other users.

 

The only other facet of the book clubs I’ve not yet mentioned it their link to a discussion group.  I found this a tad confusing in the beginning because all book clubs have discussion groups, but not all discussion groups are book clubs.  Book club discussion groups work exactly like the ‘other’ discussion groups and clicking on the discussion group link from any of the book club pages will take you to the book club’s discussion group.

 

The most important tip I think I can share is regarding discussions and notifications.  Maybe it’s just me, but I love the BL dashboard so much, I find I rarely leave it to go anywhere else.  I read my friends’ posts and reading status updates, and comment right then and there and it’s just too convenient.  It’s my personal theory that if there were some way to easily and gracefully incorporate discussion threads into our dashboards they would see a lot more activity.

 

But I digress; my point is that what does help is making sure your notifications are turned on for the posts and discussions you don’t want to miss.  The easiest place to do this from is the discussion thread itself:

 

 

For new discussions, you can choose all (email and dashboard flags), notification only (dashboard flags only) or none

 

For notifications about individual posts in discussion threads, you can use yes (not choosing yes means no - no notifications at all).  If you choose yes, you can then choose manual, which means you must turn notifications on in the individual threads you want to be notified of activity in, or you can use the all / notification only / none options, which work the same way as above, and apply to all comments in all threads.

 

The last feature I want to point out is one I really think is nice:  the book club page (the fancy one) collects all the recent club discussion posts and any recent blog posts book club members have made about the book and presents them all underneath the club roster and countdown.  It’s a bit difficult to get a screenshot that does it justice, but I’ve tried to, using a currently active book club, to give you an idea:

 

 

It really makes a nice one-stop dashboard for book club activity and updates automatically.

 

Well that’s pretty much it - as I said at the beginning, I’m still a newbie with book clubs but I think BookLikes has designed them really nicely, and they have great potential (especially if we get an option to integrate them into our dashboards!).  If I missed anything, and I’m sure I did, please mention it in the comments below.

 

Hope to see you all soon in a book club!  :)

 

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Take a tour and join Book Clubs this July

 

TAKE A TOUR AND JOIN BUDDY READ

 

 TAKE A TOUR AND JOIN Book to Movie Book Club

 

TAKE A TOUR AND JOIN Virtual Speculation Book Club

 

TAKE A TOUR AND JOIN Series Book Club

 

TAKE A TOUR AND JOIN More historical than Fiction Book Club

 

TAKE A TOUR AND JOIN Mindfulness Books Book Club

 

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Reminder: reading lists feature

The reading list feature fo booklikes is at http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists or you get to it by selecting "apps" from the main menu.   Screenshot:

 

 

If you tell booklikes to add all books from the reading list, it creates a shelf named the same and adds them.   Unlike listopias on goodreads, the lists don't show on the book pages and the list creators manage (you can comment to request updates or discuss something).  No voting campaigns or paid promoters gaming the lists, yay!  Example screenshot from reading list Read Alike List for "How It Went Down" 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book :

 

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text 2017-06-15 13:18
Giveaways: win free books and give your titles away

If you have books to spare, want to promote and popularize you titles, give your books a second reading life, please do! With the giveaway program you can give the titles away as well as win ARCs and review copies right now.

 

Hey, I want to create a giveaway!

 

If you haven't visited the Giveaways page yet, it's hight time. Let's start with setting up a new giveaway and them we'll move on to winning some free books.

 

The giveaway can be started by all BookLikes members, readers, writers, publishers. To make you giveaway happen press the upper menu and choose Giveaways.

 

 

The very first giveaways page presents available books. Let's leave the free books aside (what?!?) and proceed to the next tab called Create your Giveaway:

 

 

The giveaway form is short and easy to follow, let's have a look at the specific spots with short descriptions:

 

Search the book title -- this will save your work and time. Once the book is found in the BookLikes catalog almost all book information will be filled up automatically (based on the details available on a book page): a book cover, a title, an author, a description note, and a book language -- they will pop up once the book is found.

 

If the book is not in BookLikes catalog, you can fill up all the date manually and upload the book cover image.

 

Fill up the giveaway dates -- the start date and the end date.

Please have in mind that if you choose a future date, you'll schedule the giveaway to go live accordingly to the start date, until then it will stay hidden and invisible for the readers and guests.

 

We've noticed that the giveaways lasting 2-4 weeks are the most effective but it's up to your how long your giveaway will last.

 

Copies -- how many books do you want to give away? 

That's easy. Decide how many books copies you're willing to share.

 

Select winners -- who will pick the winners: you or BookLikes?

If you appreciate when the hard work is done for you, choose BookLikes algorithm. This means that BookLikes will choose the winning readers based on the bloggers' reading history, BookLikes activities and other attributes. 

 

 

If you wish to create more personal bonding with the winners, choose me.

This means that when a reader requests your book he/she will have to answer the questions "Why do you want to read this book?" and you'll receive all the notes and when the giveaway comes to an end you'll be able to choose the best answers = winning readers. We highly recommend the me option :)

 

Book format

All book formats are available, you can giveaway paper books (hardcover, paperback, mass market), e-books and audiobooks. Make sure to choose a right format for your giveaway.

 

If you wish to give away the title in different formats, please create a separate giveaway for each book format.

 

Let's move on:

Book ISBN: to make sure which book edition you're giving away, add the ISBN number.

 

Book language: the language will be added automatically if you searched the book via BL book catalog, if it won't be added, select one.

 

18+: Make sure to notify if the book is restricted to adults only. then the giveaway entry will receive a special note:

 

 

Comment & Video comments: tell the readers more about the titles, add your own insights and a video link to engage more readers.

 

 

Available for countries: This spot is important manly when you;re giving away paper books -- before choosing the countries the book(s) will be available for you should take into consideration the shipping time and costs (remember that it is the giveaway creator who is responsible for the shipment)

 

Book categories: select up to 5 genres the book falls into.

This information will help readers decide whether the title is for them. 

 

 

Before making your giveaway public, read the terms, tick the agreement and Save.

 

Now you just have to confirm your giveaway and it's all ready - your giveaway is on! Congratulations!

 

By the way, did you know that you can share the Giveaway news by using the giveaway widget (menu->Goodies->Widgets)? The widget can be added to your BookLikes webpage (copy the code and paste it in the customization tab in the Widget Area) or any other www webpage of yours.

 

Let's go back to the main Giveaways page (menu->Giveaways) and let's have a loot at the other tabs:

 

 

Giveaways tab: the main page where all BookLikes giveaways are listed

Create your giveaway: a short form to create your own giveaway

Giveaways I've entered: a list of giveaways you take part or you took part (if the giveaway came to an end it will have the finished  note in the upper right corner.

My giveaways: the giveaways you've created, i.e. books you're giving away to other readers

 

Important! When your giveaway comes to an end you'll receive a notification that the winners are ready to be picked. Click the link from the notification or simply go to your giveaway and select the winners. Once it's done you'll receive the winners contact information on the very same giveaway page.

 

Now all you have to do it to send the books and set up a new giveaway!

 

 

Hey, I want to win free books!

 

The main Giveaways page presents the sneak peek into each giveaway with some core information. You can also use the filters and sorting options or just scroll down to look for a perfect book match.

When searching the giveaways, remember to pay attention to the countries the book is available for. If you've found your next read, press Enter to win.

 

 

The next steps depend whether the book is a paper book or not.

 

If it's a paperback/hardcover/mass market paperback you'll be required to fill up the postal address and hit Request button.

Please add your correct data, otherwise the author won't be able to mail you the book you've won.

 

If you've chosen the digital copy (e-book or audiobook) you'll be asked to confirm your e-mail address (the same as the one your BookLikes account is created on). Hit I want this book and Request if the e-mail address is correct.

 

Please make sure to use the correct and up to date e-mail address. Otherwise, the author won't be able to send you the book you've won. If you want to update your e-mail address you can do it anytime in the general Settings (menu->Settings).

 

 

Important! If you won the book you'll receive a notification (Congrats!), the author of the giveaway should inform you how you can collect your free book. Your e-mails and addresses are visible only to the author and cannot be seen or used by anyone else.

 

Now all you need to do it to visit the Giveaways page, choose your next read and wait for it :D

 

 

Happy reading!

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text 2017-06-08 13:36
BookLikes How-to: Advanced Shelving Options

If you still have any doubts how to +Shelf your books on BookLikes the following guest post should dispel all your doubts. Worry not, read on and keep on shelving! You can also get back to the previous bookshelf posts anytime:

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A guest post by Jenn from Murder by Death

 

BookLikes has asked if I would talk about the Advanced Shelving Options window, and how to get the most use out of it. Most things on BookLikes can be accessed via at least 2 different paths and the Advanced Shelving window is no different. 

 

The first, less obvious way, but very useful if you use your shelves as your command center, is through the list view of your bookshelves.  If you’re unfamiliar with the list view, or on how to set which columns you see, check out this quick tutorial.  It’s not step-by-step, but it should get you where you need to be. 

 

To access the Advanced Shelf Options from the list view of your bookshelves, you need to make the ‘date read’ column visible; once you see it, you can click on 'add date':

 

 

The second way to access the Advanced shelf features is the most accessible, as you can reach it from every book cover on BookLikes, no matter where you’re at on the site: if you see a book you want to put on your shelves, click the book cover and when the book’s popup window comes up, use the +Shelf button  (if you’re on a book page, the +Shelf button is already there, just under the book cover image). 

 

 

Off topic, but important to note:  If your green button says something different, that means you’ve already shelved the book: 

 

Read:  You’ve already marked this book as Read. 

 

Currently Reading:  Um, yeah, I’m sure you know you’re already reading the book.

 

Planning to Read:  At some point you’ve marked your interest in reading this book (along with about 1,000 others if you’re like most of us).

 

On Shelf:  This is the one most likely to cause confusion.  If you’ve put the book on one of your custom exclusive shelves, but not marked it as Read, Currently Reading, or Planning to Read, the button will just say On Shelf.

This can also happen if you’ve removed the book from all your shelves but not actually deleted it from your shelves.  This is easy to check from here:  click on the button (On Shelf) and scroll down your list of shelves; if there aren’t any checkmarks, you have a floating book with no sense of shelf, wafting about in the ether.  If you want to keep it, choose a shelf for it to live on; if you want to exorcise it from your shelves for good, give it a home anyway, then go to your shelves and use ‘delete book’, or the ‘X’ at the far right end of your shelves in list view.

 

Whichever path you choose, you’ll get the Advanced Shelves popup window.  Here’s the bare basic version of this window, for a book that has no status and no shelves: 

 

 

We’ll get into each feature in detail, but as you can see there are options to mark a book Read, Currently Reading, or Planning to Read, a link to add it to shelves, and/or exclusive statuses, followed by the option to express your feelings, mark the book for your wishlist, as a favourite and/or private, and add a private note.  But there’s a lot more that you can do from this window, depending on the book’s status.

 

If you’ve already marked a book Planning to Read, what you see in the Advanced Reading window isn’t any different to the above, except that the 'Planning to Read' button is green.  So, we’ll start with the Currently Reading Advanced Shelf:

 

Take a moment to check out the differences.  I’ve labeled some of them, but from top to bottom, left to right, here’s a detailed list of what you can do from here:

 

If you click on the cover thumbnail, you’ll be taken to the book’s page on BookLikes.  Clicking this link will load the book page in a new tab, so you won’t lose any changes you might have made. The popup window will remain open in it’s browser tab, waiting for you to come back.

 

If you click on the Title of the book, you’ll be taken to the book’s page on BookLikes.  BUT clicking on the title will load the book page in your current tab, so if you’ve made changes in the Advanced shelf options already, DON’T CLICK THE TITLE - you’ll lose your changes and have to start again.

 

Clicking on the Author’s name will take you to the author’s BookLikes page.  This link will also load in the current tab, so the same warning applies here - don’t click this link if you’ve made changes in the advanced options window unless you like doing things twice.  ;-)

 

The Book page link is another link to the BookLikes book page and it, like the cover, loads in a new tab so it’s safe to click this link if you need to check something and come back.

 

 

You can change the book’s Big Three statuses on the next line:  clicking any of the Read, Currently Reading, or Planning to Read tabs will change the book’s status, and that button will turn green.  Depending on which tab you select, the options directly underneath the tabs may change.  

 

Note: If you’ve read the book once but want to read it again, you can change the status to either Currently Reading, or Planning to Read without losing your read dates (assuming you’ve recorded dates).

 

If the book is marked as Currently Reading, as above, you’ll see a place to enter the date you started reading and, optionally, a place you can enter how many pages you’ve read so far.  Notice it says: “I’ve read/listened to: ___ out of ___," with a pull-down menu right after.  This is a built-in over-ride; if your shelved book’s page numbers don’t accurately match the book you have in hand, you can adjust it here. The text field takes pages or minutes (for audiobooks). The drop down menu allows you to choose pages, percentage (for ebooks), or minutes and is used in the Currently Reading widgets on your blog and dashboard.  This allows you to make sure your progress is tracked as accurately as possible (although BL can’t do anything about all the filler at the end of some ebooks).

 

The next section is for shelving - you can see in the graphic above that I’ve already shelved this book on two shelves: Books about Books and History.  If I want to change the shelves the book is on, or add it to more shelves, I can click on ‘Edit Shelves’ (or ‘Edit Exclusive Shelves’ - they both open the same view) and see this:

(Yours, of course, will list your shelves, not mine.)

 

Notice the two fields at the top of each list - you can add new shelves here by entering the new shelf name, and clicking ‘enter’ or ‘return’.

 

What is an exclusive shelf?  The easiest way to describe an exclusive shelf, I think, is this:  An exclusive shelf, or shelves, are for the books you never intend to read.  For example:

• dictionaries or encyclopaedias

• cookbooks

• gift ideas for other people

 

These are the type of books you might want to track using shelves, but not track using the Read, Currently Reading or Planning to Read statuses. Creating exclusive shelves allows you to do that.

 

The next line of options includes some possibly overlooked features that let you add an additional level of organisation, and a little personality, to your shelving.  You can share your feelings about the book using the dropdown menu to choose an emoticon that comes closest to your thoughts (alas, there is no ‘meh’ emoticon).   And then, to the right of this menu, are three checkbox options:

 

Wishlist - This creates a very exclusive shelf that you can use to keep track of those books you’d like to someday own or borrow.  I say ‘very’ because it’s one of the shelves you cannot edit, like the Big 3 statuses.  Use it as a shopping list for yourself, or list those gorgeous but pricey books and share the list with someone looking for gift ideas.  ;-)

 

Favorite - Another very exclusive shelf, this one creates a list of those books you adore; maybe they’re part of your personal literary canon, or the books you’d take in the mythical deserted island scenario, or maybe they’re the books you think everyone should read at least once.

 

Private - The ultimate very exclusive shelf, this checkbox allows you to shelve books secretly and invisibly, useful if you’ve discovered your mom is following you or found your blog online, and you’d really rather her not know about the racy stuff you read.  If you have books you’d just rather keep to yourself, mark them as ‘private’ and nobody can see them on your shelves except you (and whoever else has access to your BL account password).

 

Note about Private status:  It marks the book private so it cannot be seen by anyone else from your shelves; if you create a post about a private book, or write a review of it, that’s going to be visible to all.  Posts cannot be marked private (and by extension, neither can reviews).

 

Speaking of privacy and your books, the next bit is the part where you keep private book notes.  If you click on 'Add Private Note' you’ll see:

 

 

… and you can write any notes to yourself about the book (or feeding the cats).  These notes are ALWAYS private; they are not visible to anyone but yourself.

 

Last but most importantly are the Save buttons. When you’ve finished making changes to your shelving, you have three options:  You can decide to click ‘Cancel’, which undoes the changes you’ve made since you’ve opened this Advanced Options window.  You can click ‘Save’ which saves your changes and takes you back to whatever page you were on when you accessed the Advanced Options, or you can click ‘Save and write a review’, which saves your changes and immediately opens the 'Create Post' page. 

Note that this does not work quite the same way as the ‘Update’ function does on your dashboard: it will not automatically populate the title bar with “Reading Progress: I’ve read x of x pages”.

 

And that’s everything you can do with the Advanced Shelf Options… or is it?  I honestly can’t believe how long this post is, but if you’ve made it this far, wait! there’s more!

 

If you use the Advance Shelf window to mark a book as 'Read' there will be even more options.  Mark a book as Read, and your window will look like this: 

 

 (The screenshot is cut off at the bottom because it ran off my screen.)

 

We’ll just cover the new stuff:  Once a book is read, you can rate it from the Advance Shelf window; hover over the stars to select anything from 1/2 to 5 stars.  When you see the rating you want, just click your mouse or trackpad to save it.  If you accidentally clicked before you meant to, or changed your mind, click ‘remove rating’ to clear the stars and start again.

 

Note:  Rating your book from this window and then clicking ‘Save and write a review’ will copy your rating over to the Create New Post page, and automatically mark your post as a review. 

 

The next section is mostly self explanatory - you can set your reading dates.  Start date and begin date, and both are optional, but note that you must have a finished date set for the book to be recorded in your yearly reading stats and reading challenge (if you’re participating).

 

If you re-read, and many of us do, and you’d like to record those re-read dates, just click ‘add new date’ to get another set of date selectors.  If you’ve hit ‘add a new date’ by accident, clicking ‘remove dates’ makes them go away.

 

 

I think that’s everything.  If you’re taking advantage of BookLikes powerful shelving features, the Advance Shelf window really is command central in so many ways.  Hopefully if you’ve made it all the way to the end of this post, you’ve picked up a handy hint or three that will make using BookLikes easier and more enjoyable.  If I’ve managed to confuse you, please do not hesitate to tell me so –or ask any questions– in the comments below and I or the BookLikes team will endeavor to clarify.

 

Happy BookLiking!

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Thank you Jenn! <3

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