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text 2017-02-23 13:12
A-Z ways to arrange your bookshelf

 

Let's say it loud, a bookshelf in book lover's life isn't only a space to collect books. It's a space to show your reading personality, it's a place to praise your sweethearts. Your bookshelf is You. The way you arrange your bookshelf tells a lot about you.

 

BookLikes bookshelf also offers a set of features which allows you to present your bookish personality with your book collection.

 

 

5 Bookshelf personality types

- what kind of reader are you?

 

1. Alphabetized bookshelf - you're well organized, up to date, never late and always right. Classy reader.

 

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2. Color oriented - you're an artistic type with a bright and energetic personality, you love doing DIY, never bored, full of ideas and plans to be engaged in. Happy hippie reader.

 

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3. Author sorted - you like meeting new people and getting to know them a little bit better, you're open minded but confident of your stand. Smart reader.

 

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4. Genre listed - you're an adventurous type with many buddies around, always on the go, ready to hit the road without a specific plan. Extrovert reader.

 

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5. No order - you're a mess but in a positive sense. You're carte blanche, introvert personality, you're emotional but at the same time you keep a poker face. Mystery reader.

 

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BookLikes bookshelf know-how

 

BookLikes is a place where you can not only start your book blog and review books but also present your book collection in the most desirable way. The following bookshelf description is a reminder of numerous shelf options available on your shelf page on BookLikes.

 

To add a book to your bookshelf, please click any book cover in the service and press +Shelf.

 

 

Here you have the fast shelving options:

I - choose a reading status

II - select a thematic shelf, can be accompanied with a reading status;

III - add a new thematic shelf

IV - show advanced shelving options

 

If you select option IV (+Shelf advanced) the bigger pop up will appear with additional options to choose from:

 

 

A. Read / Planning / Currently - choose a reading status if you haven't done this in the fast shelving view 

 

B. Progress - set your progress with accordance to the book edition (paper book/pages; e-books get % and audiobook/minutes)

 

C. Set dates - add reading dates (the dates when you start and finish the book) to make the book count to your Reading challenge

 

D. Edit shelves - add new one or choose from the ones you have (note: deleting the thematic shelf will not delete the books from your shelf page)

 

E. Edit exclusive statuses - add your own reading status if Read, Planning and Currently aren't enough (e.g. New, DNF)

 

F. How do you feel about this? - show your bookish feelings with emoticons :)

 

G. Other options - use these tick boxes to mark a title as your favorite, add to to your wishlist or mark as private (it will be visible only to you)

 

H. Private notes - view or add a private note (visible only to you) concerning this very title

 

I - click Save and go explore more BookLikes, or Save and write a review to go to the text editor page

 

The Read status has two more options:

 

 

J. Rating - add rating stars, including half stars!

K. Dates - add reading dates, including re-read dates!

 

 

OK. Filling up the bookshelf page with my favorite titles was easy-peasy. What to do next? First you should answer the question which reading personality type are you, decide how you'd like to arrange your books and then read the following section with the Shelf page options on BookLikes. 

 

 

1. Add a new thematic shelf - a new thematic shelf will be added to your shelf page; you can also set it as status, then it will be added under other statuses: Read, Planning to read and Currently reading.

 

2. A Shelf search - search your shelf, type title or author;

 

3. Sort option for your books - choose how to view your books;

 

4. Your private notes - find books with your private notes; the book with a private note receives a little dot under the cover;

 

5. Shelve it!  - a feature that helps you shelving new books from other webpages, move the Shelve it icon to your bookmark bar and click when visiting a book pages of Amazon and other booksellers;

 

6 and 7 - Cover view and Table view for your Shelf - choose which one suits you better;

 

8 - Shelf Settings - a gateway to manage your shelves, statuses and sorting options, have a look at available options below. 

 

 Shelf settings:

 

 

There's quite a lot of things to do in here:

 

a. add shelf -  add a new shelf, or set the shelf as an exclusive status;

 

b. choose the default shelves order - alphabetical or manual (then you can decide how to order your thematic shelves);

 

c. shelf Page view - the cover view or the table view for your admin shelf page; 

 

d. books order - how books on your shelf should be presented (this is how you and your blog guest will see the books on your shelf);

 

e. visible columns - chose which columns should be visible in your table view

 

f. rename - change the name of your thematic shelf;

 

g. position - if you wish to set your shelves manually, you can choose theirs positions (write number or use the drag and drop);

 

h. set an existing shelf as an exclusive status;

 

i. delete the shelf.

 

Remember to Save all the changes in the particular sections to make all the updates visible on your Shelf page. 

 

If you choose to view the table view of your shelf page,

here's what you get:

 

 

i. select one or several books, this will activate the option on the top of the table view ( see: k, l, m);

 

j. select all the books - you can select all the books visible on this shelf page;

 

k. add to shelves - add selected book(s) to your thematic shelf/shelves;

 

l. take books off the selected shelf - choose a thematic shelf, select the books and take them off the chosen shelf; the books will stay on your Shelf Page, only the shelves they are on will be changed;

 

m. delete books from your shelf - select book(s) and delete them from your shelf page; even if you delete the books from the Shelf, the review attached to this book will remain on your blog;

 

n. choose how many books per page in the table view to see;

 

o. sort options; cover - see book without a cover and add missing images to green books; Title/Author - alphabetical order; Ratings - according to your rating stars; My review - books with/without a review; Date Read - finished reading date;

 

p. add rating stars to your books;

 

q. add review, see review or edit review; the options depend whether the review is attached or not; 

 

r. edit shelves for a given book - move or add the book to your thematic shelves;

 

s. add the finished reading date - remember that only books with filled up Read Date count to your reading challenge; 

 

t. delete a book from your shelf;

 

u. change an edition - choose other book edition to be presented on your shelf page.

 

 

This shelf compendium covers many shelving issues, if you have any doubts or questions, please let us know in the comment section below or mail us directly.

 

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text 2016-05-27 01:47
Although certain we've lost -- on with Bookshelf BINGO
Eternal Hunter - Cynthia Eden

Just starting for shelf call of "Paranormal Suspense.". Our team's first four-in-a-row while most other teams have multiple 4-in-a-rows.

 

New to me author, random library find after spending more hours perusing the shelf than I'll spend reading the book.

 

Shelf is potential BINGO for another team who still needs to finish their other four shelves -- but, past xperienced says those reviews roll in pretty immediately once a winning shekf is called.  Only one team it's a win for, so no race.  

 

Half my my teammates want to continue, one didn't check in at shelf call ...

 

I hate suspense genre.  Enough that had I noticed it was a shelf choice this round I might have skipped.

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text 2016-05-23 23:39
Starting for Bookshelf BINGO's "Series to Start" Shelf
Shadowland - Meg Cabot

I've mostly liked other books by Meg Cabot.  

 

Including her humorous cozy mystery series Size 12 Is Not Fat ones.  This YA paranormal one sounds like will have mystery elements so I'll see (not usually into the mysteries).

 

At any rate, fit the BINGO call and really was a series I've always been meaning to start.

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review 2016-05-23 23:08
Review of "Heir of Fire" (Glass Throne, #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass Series #3) - Sarah J. Maas

This reader's personal opinion, ©2016, all rights reserved, not to be quoted, clipped or used in any way by Google Play, Penumbra Publishing, amazon.com or other commercial booksellers* 


I understand why friends' reviews for this one are all over the place.

 

This one took a turn back to the opening chapters of the series where M.C. was badass out to accomplish stuff rather than moping about pretty dresses and love triangles and being under abusive control of powerful male (the villain king). Loved that. But quickly devolved with her Aunt Maeve putting her under control of another male pretty much back into apprentice role even though now it was learning magic instead of assassin skills and once more full of angst and another court's politics. Yuck.

 

Eventually worked back out of that (very last chapter) and she's once more on the move towards the end goal of freeing N.'s folk and destroying King and demons.

 

In the meantime, one POV switch after another after another after another. A few paragraphs of one POV eerily reminiscent of the scene from The Dark Griffin - K.J. Taylor  book where escapes chains could get interesting. POV switches put reader inside various character's heads -- but instead of interesting was just leading up to a rather stupid red herring bit. You know, every chapter in a character's POV had all but one potentially going to betray the prince willingly or unwillingly except for one POV ever so sweetly clearly on prince's side then *bam* of course was suddenly the one found out to be conspiring with enemy but somehow was never in their thoughts chapter after chapter.

 

Seriously—while I still like the story and the characters and will read on to find out what happens next—this whole book could have been the opening couple of chapters for the next book with M.C. briefed on the POV switch stuff.


*©2016. All rights reserved except permission is granted to author or publisher (except Penumbra Publishing) to reprint/quote in whole or in part. I may also have posted on booklikes, goodreads, Leafmarks, and may have cross-posted to other book sites including kobo and Barnes and Noble. Posting on any site does not grant that site permission to share with any third parties.  

 

Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept me reading in hopes would get better.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)

 

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text 2016-05-12 01:36
Starting for today's Bookshelf BINGO call of "Favorite Series"
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass Series #3) - Sarah J. Maas

Meaning on that goodreads shelf, not necessarily my favorite series.


It's a just off hold library book that fit the shelf so can't ignore it.

 

But approaching with trepidation because I just finished another YA book, liked book 1 but got annoyed by book 2, and reviewers whose tastes I usually share are all over the place about it.

 

*sigh* we keep collecting three in a rows with the majority of other teams having at least one four in a row.

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