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text 2018-02-02 15:10
#27 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Sorry kids, no feet

 

Hello Friday! It's time for a book blogger interview. Meet an avid reader who doesn't kiss feet. Em, what? Read on and get to know more about her reading guilty pleasures.

 

Follow Sorry kids, no feet on BookLikes: http://nofeet.booklikes.com/

 

 

Your blog name is “Sorry kids, no feet”. Can you tell us more about your blog title.

 

For a time I had a dream of being one of those fabulous mom-life bloggers like you see on Pinterest. I was a stay at home mom with three girls. I started an outside blog page called I Don’t Kiss Feet. Since it was going to be a blog about being a mom, the title was a tribute to my own mother. The blog was going to be about me coming to terms with the fact that I am slowly turning into my mother. When we would get hurt as children, my mom would always say “Are you hurt? Where? You know I don’t kiss feet.”. I was trying to be witty and original when titling my blog.

 

 

 

When have you discovered you were a book lover?

 

I think I’ve always been a book lover. I’ve been told I started reading around the age of three and a half. I picked up a book one day and just started reading out loud. My mom figured it was a book I had memorized (like when Laura Ingalls tries to convince her dad she doesn’t need to go to school because she can read Pilgrim’s Progress). My mom realized I had picked up a book she had never read to me. I don’t think I’ve been without a book since.

 

 

You’ve read over 670 books! How much time do you spend reading daily?

 

Not nearly as much as I use to. Now that my girls are all in school full-time, I’ve gone back to working full-time. I now find I go in spurts. I will go a week without reading anything and then finish three books the following week. I think the 670 number is slightly misleading. I’m sure if you were to take a look at my list, you would see quite a few children’s picture and chapter books. My nine year old is a voracious reading (maybe more than her mother) and some of my reading list is tracking her reading.

 

 

Your bookshelf is full of historical books. Is history, next to reading, your big passion?

 

Maybe one of them. When I was pregnant with my oldest daughter, I had a job where I worked an early morning shift. My husband worked a 9-5. I had entire afternoons to spend by myself. I watched all of the Showtime show The Tudors while it was too hot for an overly pregnant woman to be outside in the summer. The show brought me to historical fiction, specifically the Tudors. Once I immersed myself in the Tudor-era, I found myself rapidly looking for new eras to discover.

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition - This is one of my all time favorite novels. I loved the fully illustrated versions. This has to be included on any list I make.

-The Hourglass Factory - While this book wasn’t exactly memorable or outstanding in terms of writing, I would have never picked this book up if not for the cover. 

- Batman: The Killing Joke - ‘cuz Batman 

 

The Hourglass Factory: A Novel - Lucy RibchesterHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition - J.K. Rowling,Jim KayBatman: The Killing Joke - Alan Moore,Brian Bolland,Tim Sale,Richard Starkins

 

 

Is Young Adult your guilty pleasure? Why is that?

 

That shelf title might need a new name. For a while, I was kind of embarrassed by my love of Young Adult novels.I didn’t really want people to know I was enjoying the Twilight  novels. I didn’t want to admit I read the Harry Potter novels once a year. I would come up with excuses for my reading Young Adult/Middle Grade books. One of those excuses was my younger brother. He is 15. I’m slightly older. My mom is constantly asking me what books to get him. Until I discovered reading sites like Goodreads and Booklikes, I didn’t realize that other adults read Young Adult/Middle Grade books for entertainment. Now I find myself reading Young Adult/Middle Grade novels as a nosy parent who wants to know what her daughter might be reading. And because, I might secretly have a crush on Percy Jackson.

 

 

How do you decide what to read next? Do you have a list, a reading system, a next book jar?

Sometimes I make the decision process more complicated than it really needs to be. What era do I want to read? What author do I want? Should I read a different genre? How many pages are in this book compared to that book? Other times it is a matter of what is due back at the library soonest. I’m in a group specifically devoted to challenges. Where I am at in a reading challenge will sometimes impact what I read next. Right now I’m playing Historical Mystery Clue in one of my reading groups. Some of my recent books have due to where I’m at in my Clue game.

 

 

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How did your blogging adventure start? What did it change in your (reading) life?

 

I briefly described the start of my blogging adventure above. In terms of reading and reviewing books? That actually started with a friend and Goodreads. I bought a friend of mine a Kindle before she went to serve in Kuwait. Bringing hard copy books was out of the question. She was always asking me for recommendations but our ability to communicate was pretty limited. A fellow soldier introduced her to Goodreads. She in turn introduced me to Goodreads. It became a way for us to share what we were reading and make recommendations. Slowly I began to make my way to reading groups. Everything continued to evolve to the point where I started reviewing some of the books I had read. Blogging has certainly expanded my TBR and opened me up to books well beyond what I thought existed in my local libraries.

 

 

Can you name three titles you’d like to recommend to other readers?

 

Honestly, I can’t. I don’t really believe in books anyone “has” to read. I think you should read whatever makes you happy.

 

Do you read one or several books at a time?

 

Always at least one. Typically two. Not usually more than three.

 

Paper books or e-books?

 

Paper. However, I am finding myself reading more e-books since I can read those at night without having all my bedroom lights on.

 

If you could become the character in one of the books you’ve read - which book would it be?

 

Since I have not read any books featuring Wonder Woman, I would have to say Hermione Granger. I would love to have the ability to absorb knowledge the way she does.

 

 

What new releases are you impatiently waiting this year?

 

The Throne of Caesar by Steven Saylor  (Gordianus is one of my fictional boyfriends)

For The Immortal by Emily Hauser  - It is the final book a in trilogy re-telling some of the most popular Greek myths. I have immensely enjoyed the first two novels and look forward to the conclusion. 

- It’s not a book but I’m on pins and needles waiting for the movie Black Panther to be released. I don’t necessarily track book releases like I track movie releases.

 

The Throne of Caesar: A Mystery of Ancient Rome - Steven SaylorFor The Immortal - Emily Hauser

 

What is your favorite quote?

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow’”. - Mary Anne Radmacher

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

 

Thank you!

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Have you missed previous Follow Friday talks? Use ffwithbookbloggers tag or click the catch up links:
#26 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Elentarri's Book Blog ->

 

You can nominate your blogger friends to the Follow Friday interview! Leave the URL address and a short note in the comment section below.

 

See you next Friday! 

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#26 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Elentarri's Book Blog

 

Hello Friday!

Please meet Tanya, a book lover and blogger who loves to learn and entertain herself with the impressive pile of fantasy and science books. 

 

Follow Elentarri's Book Blog on BookLikes: http://elentarri.booklikes.com/

 

 

In 2017 you’ve read 133 books. Awesome score. What’s your reading goal for 2018?

 

My reading goal for 2018 is approximately 100 books.

 

Elentarri's Reading Challenge Page

 

 

Your bookshelf presents nearly 1,600 read books! How much time do you spend reading?

 

Every minute I can squash in; usually a few hours every evening and more during the weekends.

 

 

What are you reading right now? Do you recommend it?

 

I’m reading 3 books at the moment.

A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage  – This is a light history book that started off being entertaining but is getting a bit tedious at the wine and rum chapters. 

 

Animal Kingdom: A Natural History in 100 Objects by Jack Ashby  – This book is more interesting than the history book.  Each chapter briefly covers a specific animal, selected for a variety of reasons. 

 

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire  – A short, enjoyable fiction story. I’ve just started this one, but I loved the other 2 stories in this series.

 

A History of the World in 6 Glasses - Tom StandageAnimal Kingdom: A Natural History in 100 Objects - Jack AshbyBeneath the Sugar Sky - Seanan McGuire

 

I would recommend these books to different people; the non-fiction books for those who like to learn things and the fiction book for those who want a good story for entertainment.

 

 

Do you have any reading patterns or habits?

 

Not particularly… I do tend to carry a book/e-reader around with me even when I know there is no chance I’m going to need it.  I try to read a history book followed by a science book and then a fiction book just to get through the TBR pile, but this doesn’t always work as intended.  There is also usually more than one book being read at a time.

 

 

What made you start writing about books/book blogging?

 

I started writing very short book reviews on GoodReads, then moved to BookLikes, which ended up being a blog as well as book review site. Then I started writing longer (and hopefully better) reviews because people were actually reading them.

 

 

 

How did you discover you’re a book lover?

 

I’m not sure this can be categorised as a “discovery”. Reading and carrying around books has been something I’ve always done. It only got worse once I reached the age of 10 and discovered proper (as opposed to children’s) books, like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  Everything else just followed on from there.

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?

 

Choosing a favourite book cover is difficult since there are so many beautiful covers and designs. I’m going to cheat and select more than 3.  My favourites would include anything involving combinations of John Hower and J.R.R. Tolkien; and then anything that Josh Kirby illustrated for Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels.

 

The Lord of the Rings cover with Gandalf painted by John Howe.

The Hobbit cover with Smaug the Golden painted by John Howe.

I adore John Howe’s paintings, especially the illustrations he did for J.R.R Tolkien’s books.

 

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. TolkienThe Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett

 

I also rather like the Discworld cover art painted by Josh Kirby. The covers perfectly illustrate the wild ride the reader will find between the pages.

 

For non-fiction books, I’m rather fond of the covers for:

The Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories from the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet by Bob Berman; and Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods by Danna Staaf

 

  1. The Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories from the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet - Bob BermanSquid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods - Danna Staaf

 

 

Your bookshelf is very well organized with many additional thematic and author shelves. How do you decide what to read next?

 

I’ve found that too many additional thematic and author shelves make it confusing when trying to find a book, especially when the subject matter has overlapping categories. I don’t have any particular method for deciding what to read next.  I read whatever strikes my interests and/or mood at that particular time. I try to alternate between history, science and fiction, but that doesn’t always work.  Sometimes a book just doesn’t appeal to me at this moment, so I will leave it and pick it up again later.

 

 

You’ve reviewed over 600 books on your blog. What’s you review drill?

 

Read the book, then write the review the same day (if possible) or as soon as possible. Sometimes I make notes if there is something particularly interesting or something that really bothers me about the book.  Mostly the reviews are what the book is about and how I felt about it.  Writing negative reviews is easier because there is something to complain about and therefore something to write about.  I find writing decent 4 or 5 star reviews harder because I have to dissect the book to find out why I liked it, and that ruins the euphoric feeling of just having read something great.  Dissecting books reminds me too much of high-school English class.

 

Elentarri's Shelf

 

 

What are you favorite book genres, and why?

 

My favourite book genres would be science and fantasy: Science because you learn so many fascinating things about the world and how it works.  Fantasy because of the world building and characters, which are sometimes more “real” and definitely more pleasant company than the people I interact with regularly.

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers this year?

 

This is a hard question to answer because everyone has different tastes in books and interests.

 

My most recent favourite book is Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods by Danna Staaf. This is a beautifully written and illustrated science book about cephalopod evolution. 

 

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf is also something I would recommend. This book is a delightful mix of biography, history, scientific discovery and how it all resulted in our current view of nature – with energizer bunny on too much caffeine, Alexander von Humbooldt, as the “tour guide”.

 

Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods - Danna StaafThe Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf

 

 

Who is your favorite author?

 

I’ve read many great authors, but J.R.R. Tolkien is still my favourite. Another favourite is Janny Wurts.  This author writes the most amazing standalone novels, short stories, trilogies and epic series stuffed full of original world building and in-depth characters.  She also paints many of her own cover illustrations. 

 

 

A paper book or an ebook?

 

I prefer paper books to ebooks, especially for those science and history books that include maps, illustrations, footnotes and other little goodies that don’t show up well on ebooks. I’ve found ebooks best for fiction novels.  I do own a back-lit e-reader which has been very useful for those occasions when the lighting has been bad, or the power has gone out, or carrying around tomes has been impractical, or when sneaking off during an incredibly boring in-law-family function (yes, I know. I’m an uncivilized barbarian, but there is no way I can survive mind-killing social functions without doing something more constructive such as reading or playing with the dog).

 

 

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

 

No-one actually.  I’ve never given the subject too much thought…well...having a dinner party with Rincewind, Gandalf, Harry Dresden and Merlin as guests might be interesting, if somewhat hazardous to one’s health… perhaps we should invite Aragorn, King Arthur, Commander Vimes and Mouse to the party too?  I suspect Vetinari and Denethor would be glowering from the corners of the room ;)

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

 

These are some of the books in my home office. The rest of still in storage waiting for the construction of a new bookshelf (one day).

 

 

Thank you!

 

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Have you missed previous Follow Friday talks? Use ffwithbookbloggers tag or click the catch up links:

 

You can nominate your blogger friends to the Follow Friday interview! Leave the URL address and a short note in the comment section below.

 

 

See you next Friday! 

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text 2018-01-25 17:13
What to do with a new book?

Here are some handy tips on how to deal with a new book. Ready? Pick up. Open up. Read up. And write about it on your BookLikes book blog!

 

 

1. Check if it's in BookLikes book catalog

 

Please use the book search box and check if the book is already in our data base. You can use the title author phrase or simply paste ISBN.

 

If it's here. Bravo and congrats! Make sure the book data are correct, if something is missing, go to the book page and edit the details. Your edits will be verified by the BookLikes Librarians before being published on the book page. 

 

If the book isn't here, add it. Use the new book link in the book search

 

 

OR add a new book directly on the author page. 

 

 

 

You may also want to check the following posts:

 

 

2. Add it to your bookshelf and read

 

Shelve, read and review. You know the drill. You can add the book to your additional bookshelf, e.g. new 2018 releases.

 

 

If you decide to make it a separate status, it will be visible just under Read/Planning/Currently menu. 

 

If you decide to make is a regular shelf, it will be added as a thematic shelf in the shelf menu on the left. 

 

You may also want to check the following posts:

 

 

3. Share your thoughts!

 

There's nothing better than a new book, right?! Make sure your readers and followers know your opinion about the title. Write a short post or a review, share a quote or a book trailer. Make sure you're honest about your review, no matter whether it's positive or negative. It's you who read the book, right? :)

 

 

You may also want to check the following posts:

 

 

4. Giveaway

 

Give a book a second reading life, and give it away! You can decide who gonna receive the book by selecting ME in the Select winners by... section.

 

 

If you're an author, share your new book or ARC among book lovers.

 

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5. Add it to a reading list

 

We love book lists! We share new releases and other interesting reads on the reading lists page. Add a new title to your existing list or create a new list with the upcoming books you can't wait for.

 

 

You may also want to check the following post:

 

 

6. Invite friends to a book launch

 

 

Remind your friends and readers that the book is finally out! Add the title to the release calendar and invite other readers who would be interested in the title. 

 

 

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text 2018-01-19 17:29
#25 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Romance Book Reviews For You

Meet Sissy, a lover of romance books with an impressive number of (nearly) 1,000 book reviews!

 

Follow Romance Book Reviews For You on BookLikes: http://sissymae.booklikes.com/

 

 

When was the very first time you thought “Books. My love!”?

 

I was a young girl when my neighbor Lois introduced me to her Harlequin Romance books. I quickly became addicted to Romance Books. 

 

 

How did your blogging adventure start? Can you name three things blogging changed in your (reading) life?


My Blogging adventure started about three years ago. I have been a hardcore reader and just loved the books so much that I wanted to leave reviews for other people looking for a good book.  Reviews where a big thing for me when I was looking to read a book.  I like to see what the other person thought even if it was bad. I happened to find NetGalley reference in one of those reviews from there I went to the NetGalley website and found a life changing site for me.


Blogging changed my reading life by opening my eyes to some of what goes on with getting a book out.


How much for the author and the assistant to get release blitz, book information and etc out to the bloggers. Just how they keep on top of that part is amazing.  When I was just a reader it was just a treasured book now I can see the ‘blood sweat and tears’ that go into making that book. That in turn has made me try to be more organized, making sure that I do all I can to help get the word out. On a personal note I have found some very good authors that I may not have every found if I didn’t get into blogging. 

 

As a blog reviewer I have tried to read different romance stories that as a regular reader I would not have wanted to read.  Which would have made me miss out on some great stories and authors. Honestly, this is a time-consuming job to review and posting book blitz. But its one that I truly love and enjoy!

 

 

What are you reading now? How do you like it?


I just found a new author named Monique Orgeron and I have been reading her ‘Stern Family Saga’ books.  Ms. Orgeron isn’t the only books I have on my reading table but her books are ones that I just can’t get out of my mind.  I think most readers will understand when you read a great book and you just keep thinking back to it. I also just finished reading Stacy Reid book The Duke and I.

 

Art of Seduction (A Stern Family Saga Book 1) - Monique OrgeronArt of Forgiveness (A Stern Family Saga Book 2) - Monique OrgeronThe Duke and I (Forever Yours Book 2) - Stacy Reid,AuthorsDesigns

 

 

Do you read one book or several at the same time?


This is something that has changed.  I used to be a reader that would only read one book at a time. I still try to stick with that attitude but have become flexible that I can jump around.

 

 

Your blog title is all about romance books! Why romances?


It is just a personal preference for me.  I love to read other books such as Harry Potter, Eragon and things similar.  I love to collect cook books too. Romance books have a special place in my heart.  Romance book have always been my go to place when I need to take a break from troubled times in my life.

 

 

Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?


Gosh, that would be hard to say. I have so many favorite authors that I don’t think I could write them all down. I have my solid go to authors such as Donna Fletcher, Lynsay Sands, Lisa Kleypas and some newer ones Leilani Love, Lauren Smith and of course Monique Orgeron.

 

 

I your short bio you write “I also enjoy writing reviews and finding new authors and books.” How do you find new authors?


I found that GoodReads, Facebook, Twitter and most social media sites are a good source for that.  I also look to other bloggers to help me find author via their reviews.

 

 

You’ve reviewed nearly 1,000 books on your BookLikes blog! WOW. What’s your book review process? Any tips for beginners?


I don’t really have a review process. I pick books that catch my eye, that I like the story, the author is someone I have read before or sometimes I look for new authors. If I know that I am not going to read it right away I place a date on my calendar to remind me to review the book. I try to review the book as soon as I can after reading it. I like to write when my emotions are still fresh from the book but that isn’t always the case.

 

 

What are your three favorite book covers?


Again, this would be to hard to say. But in general, I like Historical Romance Covers: Regency, Victorian or Highlander.

 

Lana and the Laird (Untamed Highlanders) - Sabrina YorkDevil in Spring - Lisa KleypasAccidentally Compromising the Duke - Stacy Reid

 

How do you decide what to read next?


As I touched on earlier social media sites are great places to go.  But something I used to do and still do to this day is go to my local library site on OverDrive. With my library card you can log on and access ebooks there. My local library site on OverDrive gives me a search section where I can suggest book to them. On this search site to recommend books it shows me what books are going to be coming out soon. So, I mark them suggesting they get that book and quickly goes to the GoodReads site to find that book and mark it ‘To Read”.

 

 

What are the new releases you’re impatiently waiting for right now?


Lynsay Sands, Lisa Kleypas, Leilani Love, Lauren Smith and Monique Orgeron.

For, Leilani Love, Lauren Smith and Monique Orgeron I just want their next book ASAP. 

 

Surrender to the Highlander - Lynsay SandsHello Stranger: The Ravenels, Book 4 - Lisa Kleypas

 

 

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


I have read everywhere I go like lunch breaks, when I have to wait for an appointment but mostly on my comfortable couch at home.

 

 

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


Well it wouldn’t be from any of my Romance Book stories, I like them where they are.  I love seeing historical photos and hearing stories about the past.  So, I would choose a historical figure to see how life was back in their day.

 

 

Ebooks or paper books?


I lean toward ebooks more since I discovered them so many years ago. I find them more portable and easier to keep track of. I like paper back books too but just find ebooks so much easier to have.

 

Your favorite quote?

“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” 
 William Styron

 

 

 

Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)

I don’t actually have a physical library most all my book are eBooks.

 

 

Thank you!

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Missed previous Follow Friday talks? Use ffwithbookbloggers tag or click the catch up links:

#24 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Kat's Books ->

 

You can nominate your blogger friends to the Follow Friday interview! Leave the URL address and a short note in the comment section below.

 

 

See you next Friday! 

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text 2018-01-18 16:37
How to enter giveaways on BookLikes

 

Since we've received several questions concerning the giveaways, here's a quick reminder how to enter and request the books on BookLikes.

 

Giveaways are presented on the Giveaways page (menu->Giveaways).

 

 

The giveaways on BookLikes are free - you can run your giveaway or/and request to win the giveaway free of charge. 

 

 

Hey, I'm not a BookLikes member yet!

If you'd like to request the book and have a chance to win your own copy, you should follow the steps:

 

1. Register to BookLikes (make sure to verify your BookLikes account with the  verification code - it will be e-mailed to you)

2. Add 11 books to your bookshelf (use the search box and +Shelf, or click the book cover and +Shelf on Dashboard, Book Catalog, Explore)

3. Publish at least one post on your blog

4. Go to the Giveaways page, pick a book and request

3. Good luck! Wait for a notification that you've won a book. 

 

Please remember that the blog and bookshelf information matter when choosing the giveaway winners, make sure to fill them up according to your reading preferences.

 

Hey, I am already on BookLikes!

Hi five! If your bookshelf and blog is filled up, he to-do list is short. 

 

1. Log into BookLikes

2. Go to the Giveaways page, pick a book and request

3. Good luck! Wait for a notification that you've won a book

Pssst. If your bookshelf and blog is empty, please follow the steps for BookLikes newbies above.

 

When requesting e-books and audio-books: Remember to confirm your e-mail address. The e-book/audio-book will be sent to this address. 

 

Type in why you want to win this book, and request.

 

Check if your e-mail is up-to-date and request a book.

 

When requesting the paper books: Remember to type in your up-to-date postal address. The book will be sent to this address. 

 

Type in your postal address and request a book.

 

 

Now you're all set to request the books - click the cover and request:

 

    

    

and more giveaways

 

Check our Giveaway know-how post: Giveaways: win free books and give your titles away

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