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text 2017-04-20 13:22
What to write on your book blog next?

If you're experiencing a temporal writer's block and don't know what to share on your book blog, have a look at these five blog post ideas that will trigger your blogging and reading drill. 

 

1. Reviews

Book blogging is all about reviewing books, I know it, you know it, we know it. Period. 

To view the reviews on your Dashboard and hid all other bookish activities, choose the Reviews view on the right. We're sure that the review flood will be an excellent impulse to read and write on.

 

Choose a Dashboard view on the right

 

A review Dashboard view

 

 

2. Reading lists

Lists have very special powers, they make our lives well organized (shopping lists), they make our work more effective (work tasks list), and make our reading decisions less painless (Which book should I read now?).

On BookLikes you can share the lists either on the special list place (main menu->Apps->Reading lists) or on your blog prior or after reading. 

 

via James talks (Mostly) Books

 

 

3. Reading challenge posts

The reading challenges gather many readers, you can take part in a monthly challenge, an annual or a thematic one. You can not only track your reading progress but also share your reading goals with your friends and fellow bloggers. Your reading challenge page can be also a great encouragement for people who need a reading kick when experiencing a reader's block. 

 

2017 Reading challenge posts

 

...Bookfanatic's reading challenge page

 

The most recent activity of the Booklikes-opoly game serves the same purpose, therefore, we encourage you to check out the game posts as well as join the game :-)

 

Booklikes-opoly tag posts

 

 

4. Book tours and giveaways

They often go together and are excellent to support an author you enjoy reading. Plus, who doesn't like giveaways! 

 

via SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews

 

5. How to posts

Tutorials are always welcome regardless of the community you're part of. Book bloggers are no different, many love to share bookish themed tutorials as well as blogging tips and tricks helping the community to get the best of BookLikes, for example. 

 

via Debbie's Spurts

 

And what are you blog post ideas? Share them in the comment section below.

 

P.S. Congrats to leselurchausderbucherhohle, the winner of Prime e-reader in the BookLikes contest!

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text 2017-04-14 20:51
Wanna plan a game? It's BookLikes-opoly created by Moonlight Reader & Obsidian Blue

 

We feel honored that BookLikes became an arena for book bloggers' reading game. YAY! So, who wants to play? On behalf of the BookLikes team and BookLikes bloggers Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue, the creators of the game, we'd like to invite you to join BookLikes-opoly! Game play will start on April 15th and end on July 31st, 2017.

 

The following information are copied from Moonlight Reader's blog posts and are published on BookLikes Blog with the blogger's consent. Please visit Moonlight Reader blog to read the original posts, you can also find all game posts by inserting BookLikes-opoly tag into the search box or simply click here.

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A game, posts, all information and rules below were created by Moonlight Reader. In case of any game questions, please visit Moonlight Reader blog or Booklikes Bookish Bingo Club where you'll find other players as well as tips and tricks concerning the BookLikes-opoly game.

 

Booklikes-opoly:

General information

 

I will be posting the complete rules of the game over the next few posts. In order to ensure that the rules/space tasks are available, I will also be putting up a Game Play and Rules Thread in the Bingo Group, I will create a game page on my wordpress blog and my booklikes blog, and I will be posting them on the BL Expats group on GR, for those of you who are over there as well as over here.

 

In addition, I relinquish all copyright to any part of the game and make them freely available to everyone to use them as is helpful in playing the game. Download the images to your computer and post them to your personal blog, upload them to your imgur account so you can post them on GR in your personal threads, print them and use them to wallpaper your bathroom!

 

General information

 

Do not get overwhelmed. The game is quite simple, and is based on a monopoly board, but when I reveal it, it may sound very complicated. Part of my purpose in creating the game is to generate a fun way to do some TBR busting! You should not have to buy new books to gain dollars for your bank! If you want to buy new books, however, I am never going to stop you!

 

I will do a "fake" game play tutorial post at the end of this process, which should clarify things substantially! It really will make sense once you see how it works and it will be fun!

 

Feel free to play the game in the background. There are some spaces that involve a community activity that should be fun, so keep an eye out for friends who need help! 

 

 

 

 

Basic Rules & FAQ

 

* Players keep track of their own game board and bank! Feel free to set up a discussion in the Bingo group to track, if you feel that will be helpful.

* Every player leaves the Start space with $20.00.

* Dice rolls are based on the honor system. You can either roll virtual dice or you can roll real dice at home. You will either roll two 6-sided dice or one 12-sided die. Up to you! Link to electronic dice.

* Virtual dollars are awarded based on the page length of the qualifying book, as follows:

0 to 100 pages: $1.00
101 to 200 pages: $2.00
201 to 400 pages: $3.00
401 to 800 pages: $5.00
over 801 pages: $10.00

*Players are eligible to roll only on odd-numbered dates.

*Like in monopoly, you can play through a space without reading a book to fill the task, the only rule is that you have to wait until the next roll date to move (so, the next odd numbered day, which is going to be either one or two days) However, if you choose to read for a space, you can't move until you finish the book and bank your payout.

 

*The one exception to the "you must finish the book before you move on rule" is that audiobook listeners may have one audiobook in progress while they continue moving around the board. You don't bank your payout until you finish listening.

 

*If you HATE your book, here's what you do! DNF's are absolutely allowed. You can count the # of pages read to get your payout - so if you read 120 pages before DNF'ing, you get $2.00 for your bank. The only caveat is that you have to read 10% of the book to get any payout.

*Game play will start on April 15th and end on July 31st, 2017.

 

*I will set up a Q&A thread in the Bingo group. Please post questions in that thread! 

 

*Where a task refers to genre tags, this is based on GR genre tags. If you don't have a GR account, and can't get into a book page to determine if it has the required genre tags, you can post the question in Q&A. In addition, the genre tag does not need to be one of the book page tags - it can be on the first page of the "top shelves" if the book has a lot of shelvings.

*On the final day of game play, players need to submit the value of their bank accounts to be considered for prize money.

 

Read the original blog post: Booklikes-opoly: General information->

 

 

Game Play - Reading tasks

 

The Lands!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mystery Squares 

 

 

Trains, Plains & Automobiles! 

 

Read the original blog post: Game Play - Reading tasks->

 

 

 Booklikes-opoly:

Additional tasks

 

There are some remaining spaces that I'll explain in this post!

 

Unique Spaces:

 

 

Go to jail: Go to jail. Serve a sentence of 300 pages (or pay the equivalent bail of $3.00), unless there are enough pages in the prison library to spring you.

 

 

Jail visitor: Donate 100 pages (or $1.00) to the prison library before leaving the space. Post your donation on the group "Prison library" thread!

 

 

Free parking: roll the dice. Odd number sends you to the waterworks, even number sends you to the electric company, doubles sends you to the luxury tax.

 

 

Read a book with water on the cover, or where someone turns on the waterworks (i.e., cries) because of an emotional event.

 

 

 

Read a book where a main character is in STEM, or where the author's first and last name contain all of the letters in "Tesla".

 

Read a book where someone gets married, with jewelry on the cover, or where any character is a millionaire/billionaire!

 

 

 

Roll the electronic dice, and perform the task that corresponds to your roll!

 

  1. Let a BL friend choose your book! Post a list of 4 books - first one to comment chooses your next read.
  2. Give $5.00 to another player. If you don't have $5.00, roll again!
  3. Let a BL friend choose your next ride! Post your plight, and see where the first person sends you!
  4. You are in time out for two days. Wait for your chance to roll again.
  5. Collect $10.00 for yourself and one other player!
  6. It's your lucky day! Read any book for your next turn regardless of the task instructions!
  7. Double your dollars on your next read!
  8. Read in the wild! Take your book with you and find a place to read that isn't your living room for an hour!
  9. Post a picture or a story about a favorite vacation spot!
  10. Go to jail. Serve a sentence of 300 pages (or pay the equivalent bail of $3.00), unless there are enough pages in the prison library to spring you!
  11. Read for two! The rewards for your next book are doubled - and half of the money goes to another player of your choice!
  12. Wheel decide - spin the wheel to pick your next "land" and choose any property in the land for your next book!

 

Read the original blog post: Booklikes-opoly: Additional tasks->

 

 

Game Play Tutorial

A Brief Game Play Tutorial

 

I thought it would be helpful to do a few rounds of play, to help explain how it will work! 

Game Play:

 

Roll 1:

4/15/17: Rolled 7, so game piece moves to space #7, which is Toad's Wild Ride in Fantasyland. The task for that space is: read a book with anthropomorphized/talking animals or read a "classic" fantasy published before 2000. I decide to read: Redwall, by Brian Jacques to fulfill this task. My version has 333 pages, so I get $3.00 for the task, which increases my bank to $23.00. I finish it in one day.

 

Roll 2:

I can't roll on 4/16/17, because it is not a roll day. On 4/17/17, I roll a 5, which puts me in space 11 - related to the opening year of Disneyland. My task is to read a book that takes place between 1945 and 1965, or that was written by an author born before 1955. I decide to read The Gunslinger by Stephen King, who was born in 1947.  This book is 231 pages long, so I make $3.00 for finishing this book, which increases my bank to $26.00.

 

Roll 3:

I am on vacation, so I don't roll again until the 4/21/17. I roll 10, and end up on the BL square. I roll my virtual dice, and roll a 5! I collect an extra $10.00 for myself, and for one other player. I pick someone to get the extra $10.00, and go on my way! My bank is now $36.00.

 

Roll 3:

I roll again on the 23rd. I roll a 6, and I land on Adventureland 26, which tells me to read a book tagged adventure or thriller. I'm not feeling adventure or thriller, so I decide to pass on this one. My bank remains at $36.00

 

Roll 4:

I roll again 4/25/17 and I roll a 3, which puts me on the boardwalk at Paradise Pier 28. The category for this one is "read a book set during Victoria's reign or tagged steampunk on GR." I decide to read Wilkie Collins The Moonstone. My edition has 510 pages, so I get a whopping $5.00 for this one. My bank is now $41.00.

 

And so on . . . 

 

Bank: $41.00

 

Read the original blog post: Booklikes-opoly: Additional tasks->

 

 

Have fun and let us know how much you love it! Cause we're sure you will!

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text 2017-04-13 10:41
4 ways to give a shout out to a beloved title

If you're wondering how to praise a book and put it in the spotlight, the following BookLikes spots will come in handy.

 

1. Make it stand out -- write about it, review, share

(if you've missed read: 6 ways to write about books on BookLikes)

Once you meet a book you love, make sure to share your affection with your fellow bloggers and your book friends. Make reading a social activity with your little notes from your reading experience.

A reading update

 

A quote post

 

You can share the reading updates and quotes, and when you're finished make sure to add all the positives in a book review on your blog.

A book review

 

2. List it -- make a reading list with your favorite titles

(main menu -> Apps -> Reading lists)

Reading lists are awesome. They gathered the books around a given topic and at the same time make a never ending TBR pile a little less chaotic. Your list can have a descriptive intro and each title receives a note spot for a review snap or a recommendation sentence.

 

Sci Fi/Fantasy Written by Women

 

With BookLikes Reading list feature you can sign in into a given list, add all the titles to your bookshelf with just one click (the thematic shelf will be added automatically to your BL Shelf), and then feel free to socialize while reading by discussing the books and visiting other bloggers reading it.

 

 

3. Give the book away

(main menu -> giveaways)

Readers love books. Books love readers. Share you book love by giving the titles you love to other readers who haven't had a chance to read it yet.

You can decide who the book goes to by picking the giveaway winner by yourself.

The giveaway option is also great for the upcoming titles.

 

 

4. A new book is a new event

(main menu -> events)

If you can't sleep because of a new release invite friends to join your sleepless night. Add the new release page and personalize it to match the book theme, then share the news and invite other readers who crave the book.

 

A new release event page

 

What are you reading now? Share your beloved titles in the comment section below.

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text 2017-04-11 13:13
2017 March Reads

Three months checked. Nine more to go. Have a look at BookLikes bloggers March bookish roundups and let us know how are you doing in your 2017 reading challenge.

 

Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman Kill't Dead...Or Worse: Sex, murder, and toxic waste: Nowhere Else But Texas - Richard Carleton Hacker Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow, #1) - Rachel Morgan

Hello fellow book lovers.  I hope you all had a great month of March. For me it went by way to fast again, there is never enough time in a month for all the books I want to read. I'm just glad that we are starting to head into April and the weather will hopefully be nicer.   I'm also caught up on ARCs, well almost but I think we never really caught up with them, because luckily we always get more... continue reading

 

Major Conflict: One Gay Man's Life in the Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell Military - Jeffrey McGowan Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game - Michael Lewis The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade - Ann Fessler Rick Steves Travel as a Political Act - Rick Steves

Overall a not great reading month, with some serious low-level ratings. A lot of disappointment in the content of some of these books. But I am either on track or ahead on some challenges, so at least I am not falling behind while traveling around. Best part of my reading this month is finally visiting the British Library and its long standing exhibit... continue reading

 

The Dutch Girl: Renegades of the American Revolution - Donna Thorland Mackenzie's Mission - Linda Howard The Forbidden Duke (The Untouchables Book 1) - Darcy Burke Undiscovered - Anna Hackett

I finished off so many series (some I decided to give up on) thanks to my themed month. Those selection books will be denoted with ***book cover***. I'm really happy I do this, it helps to vary my sub-genres and whittle down my tbr books that I would normally keep shoving to the side. April is my Singles month, which basically consists of me blindly pulling out two books (one contemporary, one historical) from my closet boxes... continue reading

 

If you've missed March wrap ups, have a look at the following BookLikes book bloggers posts and feel invited to read and join :)

If we did not mention you in the list below, please feel free to let us now in the comment section below and we'll add your piece up right away.

 

March 2017 — Wrap-Up by Midy Reads->

My Tardy March Wrap-Up by Bark's Book Nonsense->

March wrap - up 2017 by christina's book corner->

March 2017 Round Up! by Char's Horror Corner->

Sci-Fi and Scary Coolthulhu Crew 2017 Challenge-March Update by Char's Horror Corner->

March 2017 Report by Irresponsible Reader->

My March 2017 by Bookish thoughts!!!->

Monatsrückblick: März 2017 by Sunsy->

 

BookLikes' previous 2017 reading challenge posts:

Look back at the February books->

January wrap-ups!->

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text 2017-03-23 13:08
3 ways to put quotes in the spotlight on your blog

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts

one might have beautifully expressed...

Marlene Dietrich

If you're a fan of quotes too let's have a look at several ways to highlight the precious words on your book blog.

 

1. Write a quote post

This type of post is one among five visible on the wooden bar on the top of your Dashboard. The quote post let you publish a quotation with a source and /or a book cover, you can also mark it as a review and add tags.

 

 

2. Add a blockquote in your text

In order to highlight the the words you cherish the most, make them stand out in your review or text post. Just mark the words and click the quotation mark on the top border of the editor box and the quote will receive a central placing in your writing. You can switch on/off the blockquote option for the paragraph any time.

 

 

3. Use the Quote Widget

If you've recently published a quote you adore make it more visible by using the quote widget. You can use the widget on your BookLikes blog page as well as on any other webpage you have.

 

To create a widget with your most recent quote post go to Goodies/Widgets (the main menu -> Goodies -> Widgets), find the Quote Widget spot, adjust the widget if necessary and copy the code.

 

 

If you wish to add the widget to your BookLikes blog, paste the code in the Widget Area in the customization tab (follow the instruction under the widget), and if you want to add it to your other page, just copy/paste the widget code into your other website's code.

 

 

 

What's your favorite quote? We think that the following ones are very powerful and worth remembering:

 

You are your best thing

Beloved, Toni Morrison

 

We were the people who were not in the papers.

We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print.

It gave us more freedom. 

We lived in the gaps between the stories.

The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood

 

P.S.

Let's share book love!

February was all about love, book love. But let's face it, in book lover's world the book affection lasts 24/7 all year long. If you've missed BookLikes bloggers book love stories, here is your chance to sneek peek into the pieces once again. Read all readers' testimonies and get the insights of book bloggers' reading preferences and favorite genres.

 

We'd love to read your Book Love Story! Tell the world why you love reading books and we'll be more than happy to spread the word, feature and interview you on the BookLikes blog! Remember to add why I love tag to your post :) continue reading

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