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text 2017-11-24 14:14
#17 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Lost Girls Reviews
It's time for Follow Friday with book bloggers. This time for real! Last Friday the interview was interrupted by the tech issues but some of you received the sneak peek in our newsletter, didn't you? ;) But let's get back to our today's heroes! 
 
Today we gonna meet not one but TWO awesome readers behind the Lost Girls blog! Let's say hello to Shey and Bobbie, two bookish girls, who love reading when not and zip lining!
 
Follow Lost Girls Reviews on BookLikes: http://lostgirls.booklikes.com/
 
 
Your book blog on BookLikes is called Lost girls reviews. Tell us more about the girls and why are you lost? ;)
 
Shey: Bobbie and I have been friends for many years and we love to go on road trips together to cons and book festivals. Unfortunately, we both have a terrible sense of direction. We inevitably end up getting lost, so we decided, since we are always getting lost whether in books or simply getting to our destination, Lost Girls is kind of perfect for us. 
 
 
When have you experienced the book love for the first time?
 
Shey: When I was very young I fell in love with Nancy Drew books. I read every one I could get my greedy little hands on. From there my love for books continued to grow. Libraries were my favorite place in the world. I could spend hours reveling in all the wonderful books.
 
Bobbie: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It had everything my young heart desired. Talking animals, magic, an epic battle between good and evil, and extraordinary adventures. 
 
What made you start book blogging? 
 
It was something that we wanted to do for a long time. We love to share and discuss the latest books we are devouring, and also wanted a way to keep track of our favorites. We love reading reviews and recommendations from fellow book lovers who introduce us to books we may never have discovered otherwise. Also, we've met some wonderful authors and reviewed their ARCs. It is always such a thrill to walk into a book store and see a finished copy of a book we reviewed and loved months ago finally gracing the shelves in all their glory.
 
You’re adventurous girls, aren’t you? Tell us more about your escapades. 
 
We love adventure! Anything that gets our hearts pounding. We have ziplined over alligators pits, done some cave spelunking, parasailing, free diving some gorgeous caves here in Florida (which we will be blogging about in the coming months). We are always up for adventure and ready to take things to the next level. We attempted hang gliding several times, sadly the weather prevented us from ever getting up there. We were very disappointed, but we don't give up easily. It's still high on our list of adventures. We have some exciting adventures planned for this winter.
 
 
Are you adventurous in book picking or do you stick to your favorite genres?
 
Shey: I'm adventurous. I tend to read a lot of YA, but if someone recommends a good mystery, some historical fiction, fantasy, etc I will jump on it. I can chat books with just about every book lover and find something in common. 
 
Bobbie: Its not often that I venture away from my favorite genres but occasionally I will come across a book that piques my interest even though it's not one I would normally read. 
 
You’re zip lines lovers. How did that start?
 
Bobbie: Our second year attending San Diego Comic Con there was a Batman zipline. You could soar through Gotham city just like the caped crusader himself! We had talked about trying ziplining before and this was the perfect opportunity to try it out. It was really fun and quite a rush!
 
Shey: We haven't met a zipline we didn't like. After our experience in California we went in search of more ziplines and found all kinds of fun ways to zip. We've zipped superman style, between mountains in Canada, but our favorite so far is the roller coaster zipline. What a thrill! Our ultimate goal is to zip upside down. It's going to happen!
 
What are you three favorite book covers?
 
 
 
Replica - Lauren OliverThe Shadow Queen - C. J. RedwineWintersong - S. Jae-Jones
 
How does you book review process look like? 
 
Bobbie: I try and write my review right after finishing the book and while everything is fresh in my mind. I give a summary of the book and then my thoughts on it.  
 
Shey:  I take notes as I'm reading to remind myself of certain quotes that I love, or points that I want to discuss in my review. Once I finish the book I have to have a nice quiet space where I can be with my thoughts as I write. 
 
Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers this fall/winter?
 
Shey: Our TBR pile is huge! There are so many exciting books that just came out. I absolutely love Wonder Woman: Warbringer.  Leigh Bardugo is such an amazing writer. She will always be at the top of my list of recommendations. I'm super excited about my current read, Renegades by Marissa Meyer.
 
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series) - Leigh BardugoRenegades - Marissa Meyer
 
 
One Dark Throne - Kendare BlakeSilence Fallen - Patricia Briggs

 

What's your reading spot? We'd love to see the photos :)
 
Our favorite reading spots have to be at home in our beds. Big fluffy pillows, warm cup of tea, a great book. What more can one ask for?
 
 
Three titles for the fans of adventures? 
 
 
The Hobbit - J.R.R. TolkienSnow Like Ashes - Sara RaaschThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
 
What’s your favorite quote? 
 
Bobbie: 

art via Etsy

Do not go gentle into that goodnight

Rage, rage against the dying of the light - Ally Condie, Matched 

 

 

"The stories we love best live in us forever" - JK Rowling
 
Shey:
“Ryle Hira: Life is what it is” Elizabeth Haydon, Rhapsody
 
 
If you could meet one literary character, who would it be?
 
Shey: One of my favorite books (and movies) growing up was Anne of Green Gables. I would love to chat with, or mostly listen to, Anne Shirley while she showed me all her favorite spots. She is such a big part of my childhood. Bobbie and I recently had the immense pleasure of meeting and receiving great big hugs from the absolutely amazing, Meagan Follows who, of course, played Anne on the series way back when, and to us that was almost like meeting Anne herself. A memory we will forever cherish. 
 
Bobbie: Mercy Thompson, my favorite character. She's a badass shapeshifter that can change into a coyote form. She has a knack for finding trouble, and trouble sometimes goes looking for her. Her husband is a werewolf, her friend is a vampire, and her boss is an ancient fae. There's never a dull moment with her.
 
A paper book or an e-book? 
 
Bobbie: I don't really have a preference. I like the convenience of my Kindle. I can store and easily access thousands of books. But there's just something about that new book smell and the way it feels in your hand.
 
Shey: Both. I prefer the feel and glorious smell of real books, but I tend to do a lot of reading on my kindle as well. When I get ARCs I normally receive them through my kindle and that's where I first read them. Later I will purchase the paper book, especially when I fall in love with the cover art. I'm easy to please.
 
Shelfie time! Please share your home library photos :)
 
Thank you so much for including us in your series!
 
Thank you!
 

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

 

#16 Follow Friday with book bloggers: OBSESSION WITH WORDS ->

#15 Follow Friday with book bloggers: Bookish thoughts!!! ->

 

You can nominate your blogger friends to the Follow Friday interview! Click here and leave the URL address in the comment section.

 

See you next Friday!

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text 2017-11-23 18:42
Reading lists know-how

 

We love reading lists! They are great to plan your reading ahead, read the books in a series in a right order, and discover new titles. Telling the truth the reading lists make a huge contribution to our growing TBR pile!

 

Let's have a look at BookLikes reading list option by creating a Thanksgiving themed books reading list! Ready?

 

Where to find reading lists on BookLikes?

 

That's easy. When you're logged into your BookLikes click the main menu on the left, hover over Apps and click Reading lists. 

 

 

 

Reading Lists Main Page

 

The main page of the Reading lists is a showroom of the lists created by the community, you can search the list either via the search box on the right (type in a book title, a tag or a list name to find the reading lists) or look through the following sections: 

 

  • New reading lists - the lists that have been recently created by the BookLikes community
  • Most liked - the list which received the highest number of likes/hearts (you can like/heart each list once you click the list title and click the heart icon)
  • Created by people you follow - the lists added by bloggers you follow
  • Picked by people you follow - the lists the bloggers you follow signed in for

 

On the right you'll see the lists added by you (you can edit them anytime) as well as the spot to create a new list. 

 

 

Important: a reading list is always linked to a person who added the list and only the list's creator can edit or delete the list. You can, however, use the comment section to add you own ideas and start a reading list discussion. 

 

 

Finding Reading Lists

 

When you click on one of the lists' sectors (the ones we discussed above: new, most liked, created/picked by people you follow) you'll see the view with the additional reading list options.

 

 

You can filter the reading list by the category/tag or find the lists added or selected by your friends.

 

You can also sort them by the list name, add date, number of books, popularity (members signed in) and the number of likes/hearts. 

 

 

A reading list

 

When you spot a list that you find interesting, click the list title to view all the book selected for the list. 

 

 

On the single reading list page you'll find the following information:

  • the list name
  • who created the list
  • the list description
  • the % of read and shelved titles with reference to your BookLikes shelf

 

You can also:

  • like/heart the list (the notification will be published on your Dashboard so your followers will know about your pick)
  • sign in to the list (the notification will be published on your Dashboard so your followers will know about your pick)
  • add all books from the list to your bookshelf (a new bookshelf with the list's name will be created automatically on your shelf)
  • add a separate title to your shelf with +Shelf option
  • write a post about a titles with +Post option
  • share the reading list with your fiends on your social media 

 

When you scroll all the way down you'll spot several more options:

 

  • you can add your comment, share your view, add your opinion in the comment section below the list (once you comment, you'll receive the notifications about new comments)
  • the list of categories/tags for the list
  • you can sign up for the list
  • you'll see the avatars of bloggers who signed up for the list

 

How to add a reading list on BookLikes?

 

To add a new reading list go to the Reading list page and click Create a list on the right.

 

 

Fill up the reading list form with the following information:

  • List name - the readers will know what sort of books the list presents
  • Description - tell the readers why have you selected the books, what the list is about or provide a source of the list
  • Private list - decide whether the list should be visible to all readers or only to you
  • Comments - select yes if you want other readers to comment the list
  • Notification - select yes if you want to receive a notification when a reader interacts with your list
  • Tags - add tags what the list is about
  • Categories - select the categories/genres of the books you want to include in the list
  • Add book - add the first book in your list, then continue 

 

 

Along with the books you can also add a short note refering to the given title. It can be a short review, a quote, a sentence of recommendation or simply why you like the title. 

 

You can also change the order of the selected book or remove the title from the list. 

 

When you're done don't forget to click Create list at the top.

 

If you wish to edit the list in order to change the description, add/remove books, change the private settings, go to your reading list OR go to your list of lists on the main reading page on the right and click Edit. 

 

 

The reading list view 

 

 The reading list main page view

 

Remember to go back to the top to SAVE all the new edits done to your reading list.

 

Once the reading list is ready you can share it on your social media channels, you can also send the reading list link to your friends seeking reading inspirations -- the reading list will be visible for non-BookLikes members.

 

In fact, all reading lists are visible for non-BL members. The reading list main page presents all the lists with the list searching and sorting options on the top of the page. 

 

 

And don't forget to check the Thanksgiving reading list!

It's HERE (click)

 

 

To all US book lovers:

 

Happy reading!

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text 2017-11-20 14:20
Comments Back to Normal

Apologies to all who had comments on my reviews this weekend. I guess they didn't carry over. I think if you posted in the past 3 hours or so the comments are sticking.

 

I think some of you commented to me on Goodreads. If you want to try one more time let me know what you thought about some of the books I finished this weekend. 

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text 2017-11-19 19:29
Work in progress on weekend and Monday/Tuesday

Hey all book lovers.

During the weekend and on Monday/Tuesday some IT works will be done on BookLikes, there may be some hiccups and interruptions on the site. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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text 2017-11-17 15:18
It's Thursday on Friday! Catch up on BookLikes know-how / BookLikes under maintenance note

It's Friday but it feels like Thursday!

Due to technical difficulties our release post got delayed. Since it's possible to publish again, we wanted to let you know what's going on with the site.

 

As you may have noticed BookLikes was under maintenance for some time today and yesterday. Our team is still working on the site issues and some of the features are under review, therefore, you may experience some inconvenience while using them. We sincerely apologize for the temporary inconvenience. We're working on fixing all the problematic issues, including the Dashboard chronology.

 

In case of any questions or remarks, please mail Kate@booklikes.com and we'll be happy to help and support. 

 

In the meantime, please have a look at our previous posts where we shared the crucial tips for BookLikes bloggers. If you've missed out previous Thursday releases, here's your chance to catch up on some of them:

 

How to start a book blog

No matter whether you're a regular BookLikes visitor or a newbie, we hope you'll find these tips useful in your blogging adventure. Here's how to set up your book blog and make your first steps in the blogging community... read how to set up your book blog

 

 

6 ways to blog about books

Book blogging is awesome and it's even more fun if you can blog about books in different ways... read how BookLikes can help you blog about books in six different ways

 

 

7 tips how to write a book review

Book blogs are different but they do have one thing is common, they share book reviews. And this means you're letting us, the readers, enter into your heads. Which is great, we get to know your thoughts without the superpowers! Sometimes, though, some extra powers are needed to write a good book review.  We are curious what are your writing tips. Below we share several of ours plus several places on BookLikes to visit to add your reviews on BL... read how to write a book review on BookLikes

 

 

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... read how to add books to your bookshelf on BookLikes

 

 

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... read how to highlight your favorite books on BookLikes

 

 

5 tips to show yourself as a professional reader, author, publisher

If you're a blogger, author or a publisher you can use your BookLikes book blog as an excellent companion to your other webpages and social media. Read five tips how to show off your brand with your BookLikes blog

 

 

How to add Facebook and Twitter widgets

No matter whether you are a writer, publisher or a book bloggers, it's important to present all possible information about your profession and links to your other webpages and other social platforms. Only then your readers will be able to look through your dossier and get to know you a little bit better. Recently we've shared some tips how to include all the professional information on your book blog and now we're moving to widgets, another great way of presenting your writings... read how to add social media widgets to your BookLikes webpage

 

 

BookLikes How-to: Advanced Shelving Options

If you still have any doubts how to +Shelf your books on BookLikes the following guest post should dispel all your doubts... read how to use +Shelf Advanced on BookLikes

 

 

Giveaways: win free books and give your titles away

If you have books to spare, want to promote and popularize you titles, give your books a second reading life, please do! With the giveaway program you can give the titles away as well as win ARCs and review copies right now... read how to add a giveaway and how to win review copies

 

 

BookLikes How-to: Housekeeping! or, Using the Mass Post Editor

If you’re a BookLikes veteran or new to BookLikes but with a huge import of data, you might, like me, look back at all of that history and think “I really need to clean some of those posts up” or “shoot, I wish I’d been using ‘x’ tag on all of those posts”, but then you imagine actually doing it, shudder to yourself, and find that sorting out your sock drawer suddenly sounds exciting.

 

OR, like I’ve been doing lately, you’ve gone to tag a post, see the mile long list of previously used tags and think to yourself “WHY do I have all those tags?... read how to do a clean up on your BookLikes blog 

 

BookLikes How to: book search tips

Searching books isn't always a piece of cake, especially with a never-ending virtual bookshelf and a catalog with multiple editions. Jenn, to the rescue with some handy tips for all BookLikers! ... read how to find a book on BookLikes

 

 

It's time for a reading challenge!

Some of you have already completed your 2017 reading challenge - big congratulations! This year is coming to an end but the reading challenge post will come in handy for your upcoming reading year. 

Remember that the next year is also about You and your books! Give yourself a me time with a new year reading resolution... read how to start a reading challenge

 

 

You can find more tutorial blog posts when you write tutorial in the search box and click Tags or simply click HERE

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