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text 2018-08-02 21:12
Techical problems

Due to the technical problems some of the BookLikes features aren't working properly.

This include the BookLikes->Goodreads synchronization and social media connection (Twitter/Facebook). 


So sorry for the inconveniences! 

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text 2018-07-26 00:07
How-to: Finding, installing and using the Shelve It widget to add books to BookLikes.

As of this writing, the BookLikes functionality we all depend on - the automatic importing of new books into the database when we use the search function - is 'under review'.  That means that for the time being books have to be manually added using the Add New Book button, OR


Use the Shelve It widget.  This widget currently works only with Amazon.co.uk, but the UK site has almost all the same inventory access as the other Amazons, so other than remembering to go to .co.uk instead of .com, or whatever your default may be, this might be a viable way to add books to the database faster.


So where is this widget, how do I install it, how do I use it?


Turns out finding it is the hardest part, because it hides in plain sight.  Go to your shelf page.  You'll find it there on the top right.  It looks like a small book. Drag that to your browser bookmark bar (you might have to turn this on in your browser settings). 



That's installation taken care of. 


To use it, simply go to http://www.amazon.co.uk and search for your book.  Once you find it, click the Shelve It link that's now in your bookmark bar.  There will be a small pause and depending on which browser you use, you might see it starting to load another page.  It should then take you to the new BookLikes book page for that book.  Done.  Imported.  Now you just have to remember to add it to your shelves.



The shelve it function does not, at this time, bring in the book cover.  If you think about it, when you're on the Amazon page, before clicking the Shelve It button, drag the cover to your desktop (or screenshot it, whichever you feel comfortable doing).  After you hit the Shelve it button and it takes you to the new BL book page for that book, you can "Add Cover" and upload the cover too.  This will make everybody's day.


If for any reason clicking the Shelve It button takes you directly to the BL dashboard instead of the book page, the import failed.  Make sure you're on the Amazon.co.uk site, not any of the others, and try again.  If that doesn't work uninstalling/reinstalling it might: drag the widget off the bookmark bar (which uninstalls it) then go back to your shelves and drag it back on.  Try again.


Happy importing.  :)

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text 2018-07-19 23:08
3 ways to fill up your BookLikes profile information

BookLikes is a blog platform for all book lover. Thais means that when you register you set up your own book blog with an endless virtual bookshelf (YAY!). Here are three places to add your details in order to fill up your BookLikes profile information and to present yourself to other readers and bloggers. 


1. Settings


When you log into BookLikes you see Dashboard -- your feed, a place where you see the  blogs' reviews and bookshelf updates. Remember that in order to add a blog to your Dashboard you should start following the blogs! If you're looking for new blogs to follow, go to the Explore page (menu->Explore), click the blog name and click FOLLOW in the upper right corner.


Remember that all your actions done in your Settings and in your Dashboard view will be presented on your blog page (your account on BookLikes IS your BOOK BLOG). The Dashboard view is internal and will always stay the same. 

Your blog page on BookLikes is: yourusername.booklikes.com.


Let's get back to Settings. So once you're on Dashboard, you gonna view one menu button in the upper left corner. Click it and go to Settings. In Settings, select tabs to add your details:


Settings: add your photo and username, e-mail, change password, select language and e-mail notifications, connect your social media

Settings/Blog: add your blog name, your short bio, select comments settings, and a blog theme

Settings/Import: import your books & reviews collections from Goodreads and other book social sites

Settings/Pages: add a new subpage to your book blog

Settings/Affiliate Programs: add your affiliate IDs to earn on your book blog

As you can see, each Settings tab let's you fill up your personal information.

Make sure to click Save once you add new information. 



2. The Customization tab


Your book blog needs personalization. Make sure to visit the Customization tab to select a blog's layout and add your social profile links.


To enter the Customization tab view, go to Settings/Blog, scroll down and click Customize.



Here you are! Add your short bio, your social profile links and widgets. You can also select a new blog theme and customize the color and layout. 


Remember to Save all the changes and check how your blog looks like (your blog is at yourusername.booklikes.com). 



3. Add a new Page OR new links


If you prefer to add a new sub-page with your longer bio, you can do it in Settings/Pages. 



If you wish to add links, to your other webpages, you can also do it in Settings/Pages. 



Your new pages and links will be visible in your Settings/Pages:



Remember that all your actions done in your Settings and in your Dashboard view will be presented on your blog page. Your blog page on BookLikes is: yourusername.booklikes.com



You may also want to check our previous tutorial and how-to 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!

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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? 




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!




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.
Recommended reading: 

Maintenance update info:


- BookLikes -> Goodreads synchronization - the feature is under review and will be turned on shortly 

- Twitter connection is under review and will be turned on shortly 


Happy reading! 
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text 2018-07-05 22:11
July Giveaways Alert: Sunny days & free books - book lover's perfection

It's Summer time and this means so much more time to read, right?! Don't miss BookLikes July giveaways, here's a bunch of books ready to be requested, read and reviewed!


To sign up, please click Read more & request under the BOOK cover. 


Not a BookLikes member yet? No problem. Sign up to BookLikes.com, fill up your bookshelf with 11 titles and publish a Hello post -- these actions will unlock Giveaway for you. 


If you're still not sure how to request the giveaways, please have a look at our tips and step by step instructions: How to enter giveaways on BookLikes and Giveaways: win free books and give your titles away


Happy reading and winning! 




Civil Blood BY Chris Hepler
ENDS JULY 7, 2018



copies: 1

countries available: USA

categories: Thriller, Fantasy, Legal thriller


In a future America still recognizable as our own, the outbreak of a vampire virus becomes front-page news. An infected trial lawyer named Morgan Lorenz sues the corporation that tried to conceal the existence of the virus, claiming medical negligence on a massive scale.
Facing potential bankruptcy, the Benjamin Rush Health Initiative files a unique motion. They say Lorenz cannot sue, because he's no longer human. For him, and all vampires like him, the Constitution simply doesn't apply... READ MORE & REQUEST



Hat BY Renée Paule
ENDS: JULY 8, 2018
copies: 2
countries available: Worldwide
categories: Children's Books
Bertie the gardener is happy with his life, so is Oscar - his dog. However, this happiness turns to discontent when Bertie sees George looking ‘important’ in his new bowler hat. Bertie wants one just like it, so that he can look important too. Consequently, he hangs up his comfy old hat and that’s when his adventure begins. There's a fun activity page at the back of this book so that children can learn more about different types of hats and their names... READ MORE & REQUEST
A Lovestruck Freshman BY Caroline A. DeJong
ENDS: JULY 08, 2018

copies: 3
countries available: USA
categories: Romance
Eighteen-year-old Sophie Shelton has left behind her comfortable, naive life in Kissimmee, Florida for a startling awakening at the University of Miami. When she begins college, she’s determined to concentrate on her education and future career as a writer. However, her life takes an unexpected turn, and she finds herself thrust into a world she never knew existed. Immersed completely in a world of sex, love, and cutthroat Greek life, she finds herself dating the freshman quarterback, yet developing feelings for his best friend. Her own best friend advises Sophie to stop leading the two guys on, but she finds that her heart is torn... READ MORE & REQUEST
Sweep BY Cate Tiernan
ENDS: JULY 14, 2018
copies: 1
countries available: USA
categories: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
Morgan Rowlands never thought she was anything other than a typical sixteen-year-old girl. But when she meets Cal, a captivatingly handsome coven leader, she makes a discover that turns her whole world upside down: she is a witch, descended from an ancient and powerful line. And so is Cal. Their connection is immediate and unbreakable; Cal teases out Morgan's power, her love, her magick. But Morgan discovers too soon that her powers are strong, almost too powerful to control. And she begins to suspect that Cal may be keeping secrets from her . . . secrets that could destroy them both... READ MORE & REQUEST
Catching Stars BY Cayla Keenan
ENDS: JULY 14, 2018
copies: 1
countries available: USA
categories: Fantasy
Witch. Betrayal. Hunted. Jayin Ijaad is in hiding. A witch with powerful abilities, she carves out a life for herself in the slums of Pavaal, a city rotting from the inside out. When an old acquaintance tracks her down, Jayin is dragged back into a world she tried to escape -- and is determined to escape again.  Maddix Kell is on the run. After two years in prison for crimes he did not commit, Maddix escapes and seeks out a legendary order of witchhunters who are his only chance to find justice... READ MORE & REQUEST
Heart of Iron BY Ashley Poston
ENDS: JULY 14, 2018
copies: 1
countries available: USA
categories: Science-Fiction, YA, Action & Adventure
An action-packed tale full of romance, royalty, and adventure, inspired by the story of Anastasia. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows, Cinder, and the cult classic television show Firefly.Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space... READ MORE & REQUEST
State of Sorrow BY Melinda Salisbury
ENDS: JULY 14, 2018
copies: 1
countries available: USA
categories: Fantasy, YA
Sorrow all but rules the Court of Tears, in a land gripped by perpetual grief, forever mourning her brother who died just days before Sorrow was born. By day she governs in place of her father, by night she seeks secret solace in the arms of the boy she's loved since childhood. But when her brother is seemingly found alive, and intent on taking control, Sorrow has to choose whether to step aside for a stranger who might not be who he claims to be, or ... READ MORE & REQUEST
Meridian Chronicles Black Widow Curse & The Coven BY MD Fryson
ENDS: JULY 31, 2018
copies: 100
countries available: Worldwide
categories: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
MERIDIAN’S curse has left her in a state all her own of amnesia. The once spirit guide can only recall her name and the two names of very important beings in her life. She is on Earth lost and afraid with only fragments to piece together her mysterious circumstance. Her realm’s leader, Warrick and his curse have taken the unimaginable from her and her hidden memory has the answers locked away from her. Her best friend Relic, the peacock of the realm flees for Earth to save Meridian only to find nearly a stranger... READ MORE & REQUEST
Piasa BY Michael Kott
ENDS: JULY 31, 2018
copies: 3
countries available: US, CA, EU
categories: Fantasy, YA, Romance
Do you believe in fate? After suffering separate personal tragedies, Cryptozoologist Mike Kellogg and teen-aged Sara Williams are thrown together in Alton, Illinois when Mike goes to investigate reports of the reappearance of the unproven-to-science creature known as the Piasa. The mural of the Piasa, which according to early Native American residents meant ‘the bird that devoured men, is painted on thebluffs near the town of Alton, Illinois. The dragon-like depiction overlooks what the Ojibwe Tribe called misi-ziibi…the Mississippi River... READ MORE & REQUEST
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