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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. 

 

 

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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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text 2018-01-11 18:24
Hello 2018! Hello Books! What you've read in 2018, so far

 

Hello 2018, hello books. Here's a little sneak peek into what you've read so far and how to use tags to find more 2018 reads!

 

Happy reading!

 

Follow: http://ladygr.booklikes.com

 

Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally BeaumanRebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman 

 

Rebecca starts with the narration of a sweet, naive heroine. Maybe not so naive anymore after being exposed to the pains of life, but still shy and quiet, a regular and unremarkable woman you can find in any place. This book is not about her. Our heroine is the narrator. It's life from her eyes we're seeing. And yet, everything is Rebecca. Rebecca, that was perfect in every way. Rebecca, that was the most beautiful creature to ever walk earth. Rebecca, that died before the story even started, and yet still manages to be the protagonist. Manderley is still all hers, even months after her death. Little pieces of her perfection are spread all over the house, and her presence haunts our protagonist, that fears she can never be viewed as Rebecca once was. And she can't... read a full review

 

 

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The Immortalists - Chloe BenjaminThe Immortalists - Chloe Benjamin 

 

The novel begins in 1969 with Gold family--Saul, Gertie, and their 4 children Varya, Daniel, Klara, and Simon--living in New York City. One afternoon the 4 kids go to see a psychic who will tell them the dates of their deaths. And from there we follow each of the kids' lives. How accurate was the pyschic? How does her prediction affect each of the kids in their life choices and career decisions? The 4 kids live very different lives in their daring, their career and educational choices--how much of that is a result of the predictions? ... read a full review

 

 

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Rock Hard (Rock Kiss Book 2) (Volume 2) - Nalini SinghRock Hard (Rock Kiss Book 2) (Volume 2) - Nalini Singh 

 

I loved the portrayal of Charlotte and her journey to self-confidence after a horrific incident with an ex-boyfriend. Readers get hints about what happened, but I was not prepared for the details which made me admire Charlotte even more. She is intelligent and shy though she also has a spine of steel when pushed too far. There are many moments where she could have retreated back into her enclosed world, but she kept going and showed how strong she really was. The aforementioned T-Rex whose real name is Gabriel Bishop is a former professional rugby player who is now known for bring businesses back from the brink of disaster. His first few days at his new company results in staff overhauls and plenty of tears... read a full review

 

 

 

 

Follow: http://jennydodge.booklikes.com/

 

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl - Stacy McAnultyThe Miscalculations of Lightning Girl - Stacy McAnulty 

 

Lightning Girl is 12 year-old Lucy Callahan’s screen name in the math forum she loves. Ever since she was hit by lightning at 8 years old, she’s been a math genius. She’s also been homeschooled due to her academic differences and her OCD tendencies. When Lucy’s beloved uncle visits, he and Lucy’s Nana realize that, as smart as Lucy is, she’s missed out on part of her childhood. And so Nana insists that Lucy drag herself away from her computer and experience normal life for 1 year. Lucy’s germ phobia and repetitive sitting behavior don’t make fitting into middle school easy, but luckily, she quickly makes one friend who doesn’t seem to mind her oddities. As Lucy navigates the tricky middle school social world of cafeteria tables and group projects, she will eventually learn the meaning of true friendship, and find out just how far out of her comfort zone... read a full review

 

 

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Sitting Murder - A.J. WrightSitting Murder - A.J. Wright 

 

Whoo, what a ride! Loved, loved, LOVED this, I was swept up in this deftly written mystery combining the Victorian fascination with mediums and spirits with a classic whodunit.  I loved the simple yet complex plot that takes twist after turn and by the time the surprise ending was unfolding, I was just holding on for dear life! The tragic stories from the suspects made it hard to single one out, and although you think you know who did it, you’ll be wrong... read a full review

 

 

HOW TO FIND OTHER 2018 READS?

SEARCH TAGS

HERE'S HOW

 

Type 2018 in the upper search box and click Tags:

 

In the result you'll see all the posts that include the 2018 tag:

 

 

 

ADD TAGS TO YOUR POSTS

 

Remember that only the posts WITH tags will be found and presented. Let other readers find your posts and reviews -- add tags to your posts and book reviews:

 

 

 

 

MORE BOOKS READ IN 2018

Double Take - Abby BardiReckless Behavior - L.A. Witt,Cari MeisterOh, Florida!: How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country - Craig Pittman

Wood: A PsyCop Short - Jordan Castillo PriceLook for Me (D. D. Warren) - Lisa GardnerTruly, Madly, Guilty - Liane Moriarty,Caroline Lee

Cut-throat Celts (Horrible Histories) - Terry DearyThe House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros

 

AND MORE HERE: 
http://booklikes.com/tag/2018

 

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text 2017-02-03 13:53
Reading Habits Tag

Hello my bookish friends!! I saw this tag being done by lots of you, so I thought I'd join too! (Thanks to Spooky's House of Books for starting this)

1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?

Yes - a super comfy chair. However, I don't have a favorite position...lol

 

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I mostly read on my kindle, so no physical bookmarks are involved. I just push the power button whenever I have to be pulled out from my latest virtual adventure. 

 

3. Can you  just stop reading or do you have to stop read after a chapter / certain number of pages?

There are two scenarios: a) I fall asleep reading - if I am lucky i don't accidentally skip ahead many pages when my nose/finger/whatever touches the screen before it goes into sleep mode, or b) life gets in the way - you know eating, talking to other people...etc. 

On the first scenario, it depends on my sleepiness level, but I usually will myself to read "just one more chapter". 

On the second scenario, I prefer to finish a chapter and then close the book. Or you know keep reading....

 

4. Do you eat or drink while read?

Drink. Coffee, or tea.

In case of a suspenseful novel: eat. My nails. 

 

5. Multitasking: music or TV while reading?

Neither. Okay, maybe music. Sometimes. But no singing. Usually I study with classical/instrumental music. I don't want to confuse my brain.

 

6. One book at a time or several at once?

Several. I rarely have one book at a time. However, I don't read many at the same genre.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Everywhere. True story.

 

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently. Out loud is only for professionals I paid for when I bought the audiobook.

Or my mom.

 

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I used to read the ending when I got too anxious about the protagonists' fate. But now I don't do that anymore. I'm all grown up.

Sidenote: If the book is getting boring, I do skim and move forward.

 

10. Barking the spine or keeping it like new?

I rarely buy physical books anymore, so the precious few I actually bought in the last few months are like new. I am always super careful of my copies.

 

11. Do you write in your books?

Nope. I do make occasional notes on my virtual ones.

 

That's it!

This was fun!! Join in!

Do you want to read from other booklikes' members? Head over here.

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text 2017-01-18 12:50
The Reading Habits Tag

Yey -- another book tag bandwaggon to jump onto!  Thanks to Spooky's House of Books for starting this and to BookLikes for spreading the idea.  (Also yey for the return of BookLikes community posts!)

 

1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?

 

Yes -- my bed and my living room couch.

 

 

 

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

 

Well ... I like bookmarks and I've been known to buy them if I find particularly nice ones (e.g., in museum gift shops) -- and I even went so far as to setting aside my bought special souvenir bookmarks for my Halloween Bingo and 12 Tasks of the Festive Season reads.

 

 

Then again, I've lost countless beautiful bookmarks over the course of a long reading life, and I actually do miss some of them.  So I have a huge assorted stack consisting of everything from postcards and greeting cards, tickets (opera / concert / tourist venue / train / you name it), boarding cards, purchase receipts, bookstore promotional bookmarks, and whatever else just happens to be on hand sitting on my bedside table next to my bed, right behind my alarm clock(s), and that's what I typically end up using ... including, incidentally, for my Halloween and Festive Season reads.

 

 

 

3. Can you  just stop reading or do you have to stop read after a chapter / certain number of pages?

 

I almost always finish a chapter (or, in the case of very long chapters, a given section within a chapter) before I put my book down.  Or at least I try to do so ... unless I'm so tired my eyes are shutting all by themselves and there's just no point reading on.

 

 

4. Do you eat or drink while read?

 

When reading while lying on my living room couch, I usually have a mug of tea sitting next to me, and there may also be chocolate or sweets involved.  When reading while lying in bed, no food or drink -- the reason being 8 times out of 10 that I'm reading immediately before going to sleep.

 

 

5. Multitasking: music or TV while reading?

 

Well, unlike MbD I can't claim a plane crash has actually happened near my house while I was reading (wow, that's some story!), but I, too, tend to be totally oblivious to my surroundings while immersed in a book -- from when I was little, my mom always said that you could drop a bomb next to me while I was reading and I wouldn't take any notice of it whatsoever.

 

That said, if driving on a familiar road or on the freeway (i.e., in situations where I don't have to actually focus very hard on navigating unfamiliar terrain), I can listen to audiobooks while driving; and I don't mind music playing in the background while I'm reading, either (as long as it's of a sufficiently soothing variety and playing softly enough).

 

But TV is a total and complete no-no, and trying to actually talk to me or get my attention for anything outside my book while I'm reading is, likewise, an enterprise doomed to utter failure.

 

 

6. One book at a time or several at once?

 

I used to be a "one book at a time" sort of person, but audiobooks and, oddly (or perhaps not) the Halloween Bingo and Festive Season reads have changed that -- lately, it's typically been at least several audiobooks to one print book, or in some instances even several print books simultaneously.

 

 

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

 

At home, mostly -- though I do think they ought to include a plane or train trip (of whatever length) without a book at hand in the U.N. Anti-Torture Convention.  And I do know what I'm talking about ... I used to have motion sickness as a kid and therefore was unable to read while traveling.  Pure torture, I can tell you.  (To the adults present on the occasion as well.  "Are we there yet???" doesn't begin to describe it.)

 

 

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

 

Sing along with me: "It's in your head -- in your head ..."

 

 

 

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

 

I've been known to read ahead on occasion (if for no other reason, to determine whether a given book merits my sticking with it or if I might just as well DNF), but there's no skipping of pages.  Skimming, yes.  Skipping, no.

 

 

10. Barking the spine or keeping it like new?

 

Keeping it like new to the best of my ability ... which, however, with paperbacks (especially mass market paperbacks) isn't always easy, or even achievable.

 

 

Do you write in your books?

 

No (shudders).  Well, unless it's a texbook -- those are meant to be annotated.  But other than that, I don't annotate my own books, and one of the reasons I hardly ever buy used books declared as being in "good" or "acceptable" condition is that with those descriptions you must be prepared to receive a book that someone has marked or written in ... which I simply am not willing to receive.

 

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text 2017-01-04 05:12
Intimidating TBR Tag, and Tags in General
So, on YouTube, BookTubers pass around video tags, where they answer various book questions. These are fun to watch, and also answer. So I figure I'll do them sometimes, to amuse myself. I'll start with this one, because it's short and, unlike many BookTube tags, is not romance- or YA-heavy. Intimidating TBR 1. What book have you been unable to finish? The Name of The Rose, Umberto Eco. It's great, amazing, intriguing, and by God is it dense. Love it thus far, will continue, not holding my breath. 2. What book have you yet to read because you just haven't had the time? So many, but I'll say the three-volume Penguin Classics edition of The Thousand-and-One Nights. Over two thousand pages total. 3. What book have you yet to read because it's a sequel? Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. Third in the Mistborn series, I'll get to it when I eventually finish book two. 4. What book have you yet to read because it's brand new? An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson. Just haven't gotten to it, yet. 5. What book have you yet to read because you read a book by the same author and didn't enjoy it? More Horowitz Horror, Anthony Horowitz, because I rage-quit the first one. 6. What book have you yet to read because you're just not in the mood for it? Catch-22, Joseph Heller, as a satire about war and madness is rarely what I want. 7. What book have you yet to read because it's humongous?  The Fireman, Joe Hill. There are several that could fit this question, but it;s certainly true. 8. What book have you yet to read because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews? A Passage to Shambhala, Kevin Costner et al. 9. What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile? Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes.
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