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text 2017-11-02 14:03
October books & congratulations to all Halloween Bingo participants!

Only 2 months left to finish your reading challenge!

How did you do in October? 

Halloween Bingo came to an end with a loud applause for all the participates and the game creators, Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue! Bravo, guys! If you've missed the posts and reviews, you can follow the Bingo posts here and to view the participants blogs make sure to check out the Obsidian Blues' post: Halloween Bingo 2017: Bingo Calls! Don't Forget to Report Your Bingos!




Ten months checked. Check out book bloggers' October reading lists and add your  October reading wrap! 

Click the blog headers to go to the blog pages and read more from the fellow bloggers.


The Diamond Empire (A Diamonds Novel) - K'wanSing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel - Jesmyn WardBrazen - Katherine LongshoreThe Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

These are my quick early morning thoughts. The Nightingale is an unforgettable story written so well your able to completely immerse yourself in it. I never read the author notes or book club questions, but I read it all. This book took me some time to finish... continue reading


You: A Novel - Caroline KepnesThe Upside of Unrequited - Becky AlbertalliDumplin' - Julie MurphyHalloween with the Hunk: A Lumberjack Romance (Holiday Studs Book 1) - Jewel Killian

3 audio books

2 ebooks

1 4 star

2 5 stars

1 3 star


Favorite book the upside unrequited... continue reading



Before I knew it, October was coming to a close.  I feel like it was just a couple days ago that I started reading Bingo books, and posting my first few Halloween Bingo updates.  But September, and then October, seemed to just fly by pretty quickly, and now, here we are, moving into November... continue reading


Violated: Exposing Rape at Baylor University amid College Football's Sexual Assault Crisis - Paula Lavigne,Mark SchlabachMissoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town - Jon KrakauerA Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. MaasAnd Then There Were None - Agatha Christie  

I read 31 books for October... continue reading


If you've missed October wrap ups by other BookLikes bloggers, have a look at the following posts, and feel invited to read and join :) If we haven't included your post link, let us know in the comment section below.



BookLikes book bloggers' previous 2017 reading challenge posts:

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text 2017-10-26 13:46
Blogging about books - additional blog post options


BookLikes lets you blog about books in several different ways. As you have noticed there are 5 main post types on BookLikes: Text, Quote, Photo, Video, and URL. The wooden bar with the writing options is always at hand at the top of your Dashboard. 



We won't focus on the post types today. If you've missed our post where we described different ways to write about books, please go check  6 ways to blog about books post. 

Read the article to know more about different
book blogging options ->


Today we'd like to focus on the side bar and the additional options in the right column.



When you click the Text, Quote, Photo, Video, URL on the wooden bar, you'll be moved to the text editor view with the additional options on the right. The right column stays the same so it doesn't really matter whether you choose to share a text post a video review - the side bar will always look the same.


Let's have a closer look at the options it presents.




This box is a must tick, if you'd like to mark your post as a review. You can also add the rating stars (including the half stars!) but it's an optional. 


Important. Please remember that if you don't mark you post as a review it will not be visible on the book page in the community review section. Additionally, if you write a post with a book attached but won't mark it as a review, the book won't appear on your Reviewed shelf. 




Don't ruin the reading pleasure. If your post/review contains any spoilers, please select the spoiler box to warn your readers. The special marker will be added to your post in the Dashboard view and in your blog view.


The Dashboard view 


The blog view



Post date

This is your publishing calendar spot. You can select a post date of your choice. If you're publishing at the very same moment when you finish writing it will show "now":



If you'd like to schedule your post and publish it some other day, please select the date and time. In order to view a calendar click in the field where you see now, then select a day and a preferable publication time:



When you finish your blog post click the Post button and your piece will be published in accordance with your selected date: 





Let's be fair and give a proper credit to other readers, writers and bloggers. If you share a content from other webpage, make sure to add the source link. The source link will be added in the footnote of your blog post. 




Custom URL:

Each blog post receives a personal link, it usually contains the post title and it's compatible with the content.



If the post lacks the title, the URL address may look complex and harder to share on the web: 



In this situation you can add a custom URL for a specific post. In the following example the name you enter in the custom URL field would end up in the post's url address:





Tags are keywords which describe your posts. Thanks to tags you can organize your blog content (make sure you use some unique tags e.g. your blog name reviews), or  find posts written by other bloggers with the same tag, e.g. 2017 Halloween Bingoreading challenge.


That's also a great tool to find other readers with the similar reading taste or taking part in the mutual reading games and challenges.  



Write a tag and then press Enter / Return or a comma to insert the tag in the field. You can use a-z, letter, numbers, space and a hyphen. No other special characters are allowed. 


Last Tags:

The spot presents recently used tags on your blog. To add those tags to your post, simply click a tag (it will go green when you hover over it) -- it will pop in the Tag field automatically. 



All tags:

It's a list of all tags used on your blog.


Send to:

This spot is for sharing your content to your other social channels and blogs. In order to make it active, first connect your social media in Settings and your other blogs in Settings/Blog.

To activate the given sharing option, click on it (make sure it goes green). 



Important: Facebook sharing is still inactive. To share your blog post to your Facebook profile, please follow the steps described in our post: How to share your BookLikes posts when Facebook connection fails



Happy blogging! 

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review 2017-10-17 22:22
Color Squared: Color, Dot, Dash, or Stamp Your Way to Awesome Pixel Art
Color Squared: Color, Dot, Dash, or Stamp Your Way to Awesome Pixel Art - Lee Meredith



Paint-by-number meets the traditional coloring book in this brand new format that showcases pixelated images of cool and quirky nostalgia objects. Doodlers, artists, and puzzlers alike will enjoy this new take on coloring. With a focus on old favorites, pictures of things like cassette tapes, a rotary phone, and roller skates have been pixelated and rendered as numbered grids. To fill them in, users have options to vary the colors, just vary the shading, or even use different shapes or lines. Color Squared can relieve stress or challenge the mind, depending on the approach the reader chooses--but either way, it will keep the head and hands busy, and make for a fun trip down memory lane. 


My Thoughts:


Wow, this is really time consuming, but it does completely take your mind off of everything else. Think paint by numbers, but not wit h paint and offers the user a chance to be more creative. It is like numbered grid paper and you choose what to fill each with whatever you want. This kind of made me a bit crazy because I have a terrible time with choices and will not decide until I have thoroughly thought about every possible option. I sat there with an unused page in front of me for like four hours... Lmao.


About the Author:


Lee Meredith calls herself a maker of things, doer of stuff; with a background in art and photography, a career in knitting pattern design, and a later-in-life education in graphic design, she has undertaken countless projects in the worlds of craft, art, and design. She brings her love of color, puzzles, and experimentation into her creative work, known for designing knitwear with unusual construction and often with game-like twists on the process of knitting itself, and thinking outside the norm in all pursuits.


Barnes and Noble


Review copy provided by Blogging for Books.

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review 2017-09-17 23:37
Holiday Cookies
Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season - Elisabet der Nederlanden

This has some amazing pictures for each recipe. While flipping through the book I really wanted... Pie!?!? and cookies... but I have really been wanting a chocolate cream pie. Never got the pie, but did make some cookies using one of these recipes. Some of the best cookies I have ever eaten.


In this you will find almost every holiday cookie recipe you can think of. The directions are easy to follow, and from the ones I tested the ingredient measurements are spot on, as are the cook times and temps.


In the back there is a template for a gingerbread house. I really feel it will come in handy when Christmas comes around. Hopefully this years attempt will turn out and I won't end up at the store buying a prepaid kit and trying to pass it off as homemade. Also, this very much reminded me of something I would expect Martha Stewart to publish, that is a compliment because I consider that woman the queen of making the season festive and yummy.


ELISABET DER NEDERLANDEN is a passionate professional baker and a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has worked as a food stylist and professional recipe developer/tester for commercial, advertising, and packaging projects. In addition, she has managed recipe testing and food styling for more than 30 cookbooks.


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