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text 2018-02-23 03:31
Just checking in, Part II. Whoaaaaaaa

Feeling optimistic and decided to check in. And I have 119 notifications and my dashboard is loading!  And my "last tags" is working!

 

Dare I hope???

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review 2018-02-22 20:50
Animus by hit_the_books
Animus - hit_the_books

An entertaining fanfic featuring musicians Sam, Dean and Cas in a polyamory relationship. Their band 'Animus' sets out on their second tour as bad guys plot evil in the background.
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art by sweetdari

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/6737350
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text 2018-02-22 19:50
BookLikes -> Goodreads synchronization is back

 

Due to some technical issues the BL->GR sync stayed inactive for several weeks but from now on you can read, publish, shelve books on BookLikes and they will be added to your Goodreads page as well.

 

Here's a short reminder of how BL->GR sync works

 

To make a long story short: You can synchronize your Goodreads profile with your BookLikes webpage. This means that once you do one of the following book action on your BookLikes page:

- add book(s) to shelf,

- add a new shelf,

- post or edit a published review,

- rate or edit rating stars if your books

they will be published here on your BookLikes webpage and on your Goodreads profile.

 

Voila! If you love both services and want to be active here and there, it's a perfect solution. And saved time and energy can be used to read a book or two, right?!

 

 

Used BL->GR before?

 

If you've already used this feature, please go to Settings, Import tab and check if the Connect button is active. If it says disconnect, it means that your BookLikes and Goodreads accounts are synced! 

 

 

The connection should be still ON regardless of the break but it's always better to double check. Here's how: do one or all of the following things: 

- add a new book to your BookLikes bookshelf

- change a reading status to your book on your BL shelf

- add the rating stars to a book on your BookLikes shelf

- add a book to a thematic shelf, e.g. mysteries, 2018 challenge on your BL shelf

Then go to your Goodreads My Books page and check if the book information got updated on your GR page.

 

Please remember that the synchronization will work if the ISBN numbers of two books are the same on both platforms.

 

Also, a minor delay in action can happen, so give it a couple of minutes.

 

A perfect time to prepare a cup of tea or choose another book to read.

 

If your book got updated on your GR profile, yay, we're home. This means you're ready to publish and shelve on BookLikes and show the same bookish activity on your Goodreads profile. 

 

New to BL-GR synchronization?

 

As we mentioned it's great news for those who like BookLikes and Goodreads and want to stay active on both. WIth a BookLikes webpage you can synchronize your Goodreads profile with your BookLikes blog and shelf, and fill up both of your bookshelves at one go. 

 

To synchronize your Goodreads account with your BookLikes webpage, follow these steps:

1. Log into your BookLikes account.

2. Log into your Goodreads account in the second tab. 

3. Go to Settings/Import, import tab on BookLikes, and click Connect your Goodreads account in the BookLikes ->Goodreads synchronization spot.

4. Grant access to your Goodreads bookish page.

5. Enjoy shelving and reviewing books on BookLikes and have them published on both sites.

 

 

BookLikes -> Goodreads synchronization includes:

- adding books to shelf

- adding shelves

- posting a review

- rating books

no deletion is possible, if you wish to delete a book or review, please go to your  BookLikes and Goodreads page

Once you do one of those things on BookLikes, they will be published here on your BookLikes webpage (blog and shelf) and on your Goodreads profile.

 

Please remember that BookLikes -> Goodreads book match is possible thanks to ISBN numbers. If the book lacks the number or the number is unavailable, the book may not appear on your Goodreads bookshelf.

 

Please note that during this process we're dependent on Goodreads technology and some synchronization delays concerning adding books on your Goodreads shelf and posting a review may occur.

 

The synchronization will be active from the moment you connect your GR account on BookLikes. If you would like to fill up your BookLikes profile with your previous book entries from Goodreads, you can do that by importing your csv file from Goodreads with your book collection, bookshelves, reviews and ratings in Settings/Import.

 

 

We strongly recommend to make the book import BEFORE synchronizing your two account. First, import. Then, sync your accounts. 

 

If you have any more questions or concerns, please don't hesitate and write to us by using the Need help box on the left, or mail directly Kate@booklikes.com

 

 

Updates:

The notification should be working fine now. Yay! Sorry for the confusion and  all the inconveniences. 

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text 2018-02-22 15:27
Reading progress update: I've read 18%.
A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Love and Lists on Collecting, Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books - Rob Kaplan,Harold Rabinowitz

Just an enjoyable read. I read this collection of short stories before going to bed and if I awake and can't fall back to sleep. 

 

Standouts so far?

 

Pillow Books by Clifton Faidman - an essay about what to read before bed. I loved it. I loved the way Faidman wrote and his turn of phrase. I connected with this story too because I have trouble picking what to read before bed. I will take him up on his suggestion of Anthony Trollope's novels.

 

Comfort Found in Good Old Books by George Hamlin Fitch- Heartbreaking. :(  Essay about how a man found comfort in literature after the sudden death of this son.

 

 

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review 2018-02-22 02:48
Burning Girls by Veronica Schanoes
Burning Girls - Veronica Schanoes

*Enters room filled with cobwebs and dust* 

 

Uh... hello? Is anyone still here? *Coughs from ball of dust* 

 

Phew! It's been a while since I've been able to sit down and read anything. Life has not been kind to me. The beginning of 2018 was so peaceful and productive... for about two weeks. Then Hell came and slapped me in the face and I've been trying to get back on my feet ever since. And let me tell you, it has not been easy. However, I am back and I am ready to tackle my TBR head-on! With that said, I was able to read a short story which I enjoyed quite a bit.

 

Now, seeing as how it's been a while since I've read anything, I decided starting off with a short story to ease me back into reading was a good move to make. And I was right. I read Burning Girls from Tor.com and it was such a harrowing read. It follows a Jewish girl's life living in Poland where she faces discrimination from the Cossacks and how magic can be a double-edge sword for the young witch. This short story covers so many topics. From Jewish tradition to history to even mythology. I was intrigued by the story from the very start.

 

Schanoes's writing style is very crisp. Since her main character is rather blunt and cold-hearted, her writing showed that very same bluntness without ever becoming bland. She has an incredibly flowing writing style and I really am interested in reading more of her works in the future.

 

As for her characters, I felt that a lot of them didn't have enough time to develop into fully fledged beings. I suppose that's what happens sometimes with short stories. Her main character, Deborah, was the only one that actually showed any type of growth. Although she is someone I consider to be highly unlikeable, she does learn to empathize a little with those around her and learns not to judge as harshly as she did at the beginning of the story. Shayna, Deborah's sister, throughout most of the story acted like a petulant child, which annoyed me greatly. I did, however, enjoyed her transformation towards the end of it. Still, I wish I got to know these characters a bit more before reading the end of the story.

 

Speaking of the ending, wow. That was well done and fit well with the rest of the story. I liked how it grabs you and reminds you of the harshness of reality. Life is rough and you don't always get what you hoped for no matter how hard you try... and that sucks. Man, this story made me feel so many emotions!

 

In short, read this story. It's really good. I did have my problems with some of the characters but I did enjoy the magical and fairy tale elements. If you love learning about Jewish culture, fairy tales, and a bit of history, read this story. It's quite the harrowing, dark read, but a good one nonetheless. 

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