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text 2018-07-18 09:25
Four more books to add to your summer reading list

 

 

Share your Summer book picks! We're looking for new reading inspirations!

 

We've asked this question on our Facebook page and revived four great reading recommendations. And what are you recommending? 

 

For romance fans:

Dear Mrs Bird - AJ Pearce 

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Debut.

London, 1941. Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance – but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman’s Friend magazine.

Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. But as Emmy reads the desperate pleas from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong man, or can't bear to let their children be evacuated, she decides the only thing for it is to secretly write back . . .

Irresistibly funny and enormously moving, Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce is a love letter to the enduring power of friendship, the kindness of strangers and the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary times.

 

For YA fans:

Heartless - Marissa Meyer 

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Long before she was the Queen of Hearts, Catherine Pinkerton was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship...

 

Book review by YA Fanatic

I really enjoyed Marissa Myers new book. It's not as fast paced as the Lunar Chronicles was but its a great retelling of Alice In Wonderland and her fans are bound to love it... continue reading

 

For historical fiction fans:

The Other Einstein: A Novel - Marie Benedict 

 

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In the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe, The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein's wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.

 

Book review by Lora's Rants and Reviews

I found the author's voice very engaging and soon got caught up in her tale, even looking up a few mentions of Mileva's life on Wikipedia. The story is mostly fiction based on bare bones scaffolding of known facts, yet it felt very plausible all the way through... continue reading

 

For mystery fans:

Origin - Dan Brown 

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Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement--the unveiling of a discovery that "will change the face of science forever." The evening's host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon's first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence...

 

Book review by Tina (HDB)

Part of the charm of Dan Brown's stories are that they all take place in real places, and this is no exception. Focused in Spain our hero, Robert Langdon once again finds himself caught in the middle of an ordeal, this time focused on a former student of his... continue reading

 

 

 

AND WHAT ARE YOU READING?

 

 

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text 2018-07-16 13:31
Three books with women in the title worth the hype

Have you noticed that books with woman in the title are a real trend now?! It's safe to say that the following titles are books about women who are dangerous,  interesting, gripping. And deadly. If you love books with a wide array of emotions, hop right into. Have a look at three amazing books and their reviews to make sure they're worth your reading time.  

 

 

The Other Woman - Sandie Jones 

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HE LOVES YOU: Adam adores Emily. Emily thinks Adam’s perfect, the man she thought she’d never meet.
BUT SHE LOVES YOU NOT: Lurking in the shadows is a rival, a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.
AND SHE'LL STOP AT NOTHING: Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

 

Book review by Celticlady's Reading Room

 

 

I love a good psychological thriller that keeps you wanting more, page after page. The Other Woman definitely delivers on that score... continue reading

 

Book review by Obsidian Blue

 

So I am of two minds. This was a good thriller, however, I wanted to yell at the main character (Emily) for being so clueless sometimes. Love is not the answer if you think your fiancee's mother is out to get you... continue reading

 

 

The Woman in the Woods - John Connolly 

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It is spring, and the semi-preserved body of a young Jewish woman is discovered buried in the Maine woods. It is clear that she gave birth shortly before her death.
But there is no sign of a baby. Private detective Charlie Parker is engaged by the lawyer Moxie Castin to shadow the police investigation and find the infant, but Parker is not the only searcher. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in more than a missing child, someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake.
And in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring.
For a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman...

 

Book review by Reclusive Reads: 

 

This one had me considering mortality, my own and that of others, from many viewpoints. Connolly only gets better and better, the proof of this is not only in the longevity of the series, but the fact that his characters evolve naturally as time passes, growing older, but aging well... continue reading

 

Book review by Char's Horror Corner

 

At this, the 16th novel in the Charlie Parker series, I find myself still blown away by the quality of the writing and the depth of the story. Charlie Parker rocks!... continue reading

 

 

The Woman in the Window - A. J. Finn 

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Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.
Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

 

Book review by Thewanderingjew

 

This psychological thriller was written with a fine hand, using an exceptional choice of vocabulary to describe scenes and evoke images in superbly descriptive ways. The images will come alive in the mind of the reader because of the juxtaposition of words. No sentence is wasted and no description overdone... continue reading

 

Book review by My Never Ending List

 

I’m not going to rehash this novel as it seems everyone and their brother has read it. If you haven’t and you like mysteries and suspense novels, I highly suggest you pick this novel up. I found, as I read the first third of this novel, I got to know the character of Anna quite well but it wasn’t until after this point that I finally understood what the hype about this book was all about... continue reading

 

 

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text 2018-07-12 19:18
What are you reading: Summer of Spies

 

I cannot imagine my Summer time without good mysteries and fast paced thrillers. And now I have to add spies. All because of BookLikes bloggers' trend in summer reading. It's called Summer of Spies. Hop on board, we'll give you a tip how to find a good old spy story! 

 

How to find summer spies books? 

 

1. TAGS

 

Use the book search as a tag search. Type in Summer or Spies or Spies and click TAGS. Voila. A library of summer of spies at your fingertips! Click the covers and +Shelf the spy books you need to read this summer. 

 

 

Recommended reading:

Book titles are tags - finds book reviews and book posts

How to start a book blog on BookLikes 

6 ways to blog about books

7 tips how to write a book review on BookLikes

- BookLikes How-to: Advanced Shelving Options

BookLikes How to: book search tips

It's time for a reading challenge!

 

2. READING LISTS

 

Go to Reading Lists sections (main menu -> apps -> reading lists) and use the search box on the right: type in spies and you'll see the lists tagged as spies or having books with spies in a title. 

 

 

If you love mysteries, make sure to check these summer spies reading lists:

 

2018 Summer of Spies, created by Wanda's Book Reviews

 

 
 

 

 

Women of Intelligence, created by Themis-Athena's Garden of Books

 

In tune with the 2018 BookLikes "Summer of Spies" and my "Women Writers" project, a few books on spies and spying written by women ... and a few books on woman spies written by men.

 

 
 
  
Inspired by Wanda's original list of Summer of Spies and Moonlight Reader's equally inspiring authorised copy of Wanda's list, I'm also tempted to read some spy fiction - but only on the side. I have no illusions of finishing all of the titles on this list but wanted to have a pool of titles that I know I already own or can get from the library.
 
 
 
 
 A somewhat narrower list of spy fic for my Memorial Day to Labor Day festival of espionage in 2018. For series books, I've just included the first book. I've also just included one book per author, although I made read additional books if I enjoy the representative selection.
 
 
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Happy reading! 
 
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Fortunately, younger me read more books than I do. That nerd was constantly reading.

 

Of course, I understand more of what I do read these days.

Source: twitter.com/tomgauld/status/940144374410874881
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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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