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I read the good, the awful & all of the "meh" in the middle. I'll read most any horror, romance & M/M novel that comes my way.  

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All Our Yesterdays
Cristin Terrill
You (Audio)
Caroline Kepnes
House of Echoes: A Novel
Brendan Duffy
Progress: 55 %
Happy Herbivore Light & Lean: Over 150 Low-Calorie Recipes with Workout Plans for Looking and Feeling Great
Lindsay S. Nixon
The Silver Chain
Primula Bond

When You Deserve A Tiara & Your Broke Parents Get You This
When You Deserve A Tiara & Your Broke Parents Get You This

BookLikes revolution launching now - Feel Invited! BookLikers share tips & tricks for newbies

There's been plenty of revolutions out there and it's high time to start our own. Now it's time for social revolution on BookLikes! Are you in??!? 

 

Last week was a milestone for our team, we've announce the farewell of Thursday's releases on BookLikes (if you've missed the post, click here) but promised not to leave you empty handed. And we won't. Our brains work on the highest level, our mugs get never-ending coffee refill, and the office fridge gets frightfully empty (it is true that brain work strengthens appetite!).

 

Our excitement peaked when we spotted how supportive and devoted to BookLikes cause you are! We can't thank you enough for your constructive criticism, enthusiastic moves and creative initiatives. The power of community, BookLikes community, is genuine and amazing. Remaining in high spirits, we'd like to introduce you and remind about the initiative that popped up several days ago thanks to group of trending bloggers on BookLikes.

 

The outcome of this common drive is a discussion group Find New BookLikes Blogs To Follow set up by Hunger For Knowledge.

 

 

Hunger For Knowledge writes in the group description:

Find new people to follow, let new people to find you.

This group is dedicated to finding new people to interact on BookLikes.

This is a group for everyone and anyone. This is a result of good community and great teamwork. Let's connect. (go to the group)

 

 

The group is open for all welcoming BookLikes newbies, rising up bloggers, regular and part time BookLikes members, authors, publishers -- long story short, all book lovers on BookLikes. Feel invited to join, share your ideas, show your stand, interact with our team and other bloggers. Show yourself, discover and be discovered. 

 

The discussion threads are divided into several sections giving you the opportunity to give the shout out to other bloggers, meet international personalities, share your brainstorms in the Think Thank discussion, and share your advices and suggestions.

 

 

We've spotted some cool suggestions for BookLikes newbies

in the Think Thank section, have a look:

 

 

Familiar Diversions:

 

- Check out the "Hot Reviews" and "New and trending" sections on the Explore page. Those are good places to find active bloggers.

- Add books to your shelves. I don't know about others, but one of the first things I do when I'm considering whether to follow someone who's followed me or who has commented on/liked one of my posts is to check what they've read and how they've rated it.

- Comment on posts. Don't be shy. :)

 

Charmingly Euphemistic:

 

To find people to follow: Pick a book you adore (preferably a kind of obscure one) and go look at the blogs of people who reviewed it.

 

If they read stuff you like and post stuff you want to read, follow them.

 

 

Char's Horror Corner:

 

Commenting on posts is how I've found most of the people I follow.

One of the first things I look at when I'm considering whether or not to follow someone is their shelves. Empty shelves will almost always make me click off and be on my way, without following.

If the shelves are stocked, I will poke about to see if I agree with the blogger's ratings, or I will see if they have read or are reading books that I'm interested in-if they are. I'm followin'. :)

 

Where to find more blogs to follow?

 

If you're looking for new bloggers to follow visit Explore page (under review now, some changes coming), Book Catalog page (go to book pages to look through reviews and shelves), Reading lists (in Apps), Book clubs and discussion groups, including the new one Find New Booklikes Blogs To Follow sections with heated discussions by BookLikes members.

 

Here are some rising up bloggers worth your attention,

you can also spot more in the Shout-out for Newbies discussion:

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

View blog & follow if you like it 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

View blog & follow if you like it 

 

View blog & follow if you like it 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

You can also use the Compare books option which will show you how compatible the blogger with your reading taste is. To compare the shelves go to the blogger's blog and click the stats icon or go to Apps in the main menu and choose Compare books tab. 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

View blog & follow if you like it

 

 

The BookLikes team is always here to listen to your suggestions and react to any hiccups in the service.

 

 

If you'd like to share your ideas or you'll notice something we should know about, drop us a line or leave a post in the official BookLikes discussion group threads: Feature requests or Bug reports.

 

Reblogged from BookLikes

How To Find New Booklikes Blogs To Follow - Think Tank

This ongoing discussion once again surfaced at BookStooge's blog post, and awhile back was discussed at Carpe Librum's blog and I decided to write a post about it.

 

 

It has been very clear for a long time how hard it is to find new people to follow as the Explore page is seriously outdated and because Booklikes platform is not very well designed for an easy interaction when comes to this issue and problem.

 

It does take a shit tons of time to track and spy like a goddamn-mother-fucker to find interactive/active bloggers, and many have no time for that. Luckily, as I have no life, I have had the time.

 

 

The problem is that we get new members all the time, they are active but end up having no followers or interactions whatsoever, which obviously is very discouraging and often leads to them abandoning the site. It is reasonable. 

 

Because they do not find us, and we don't find them. Simple.

 

 

What I would like to do, is a huge list that contains every active, interactive blogger. I can manage this as I do have quite much free time in my hand, but I would appreciate the help from EVERYONE and ANYONE that feels this is a subject close to their heart.

 

And ideas, suggestions, everything is now welcomed as this is just a thought to help this community to get bigger, us to find new friends and the ones who already are active, to fucking stay.

 

If you are a blogger with little to no interaction here, please leave a comment so we can come and stalk you back.

 

Reblogged from Hunger For Knowledge

Creamed by Cave Creatures by Chelsea Chaynes

Creamed by Cave Creatures (Monster Erotica) (Monster Mayhem Book 4) - Chelsea Chaynes

Don't judge. It's free and there are monsters and I apparently have no standards.

"I was ready for an adventure. I was ready to descend into the bowels of the Earth, and nothing was going to stop me."

Not even pale faced underground cave dwellers with grabby-hands will stop this gal from following her dreams!

This story was much shorter and grosser than Come the Chupacabra. It reads like true horror erotica. Lina, not very wisely, heads down into a deep, dark cave and finds some sex starved monsters who she lets have their way with her because, well, why wouldn't you? When all are satisfied she goes back to her boring life. The ending might shock those just looking for some monster porn or those who have never seen

Alien or that remake of Dawn of the Dead

(show spoiler)

 but most horror fans will not be surprised by the "startling" conclusion. The writing is so/so, not horrific but not exactly polished (but, really, if were you expecting that you downloaded the wrong freebie). It's fun and it's gross and it's totally worth what I paid for it ;)

Come the Chupacabra by Ffion Rhys

Come the Chupacabra - Ffion Rhys

Sorry new followers but this is what you sometimes see when you follow me :0

 

A chupacabra freebie over at Amazon US. You know you want it.

What's not to want? A VW packed with silly, sexy grad students decides to trek out to see "The Ruins" and find the mysterious Chupacabra (that, my dears, is never a good idea but they do it anyway). Instead of deadly man-eating vines, they do indeed find the Chupacabra. And they're super friendly. Alls they want is a wee bit of good lovin'.

This wasn't too bad for what it was (an orgy with many Chupacabra's). 

If I remember correctly only one dumb couple die and it's not the Chupa's fault.

(show spoiler)

The writing wasn't horrific, it was just a sex-fest with furry beasts and humans. Girl/girl, guy/guy, girl/guy/chupa, guy/guy/Chupa. You know, the normal stuff and any other variation you can imagine. You'll either like it or you won't read it.

Your Glamour Shot - Just for Fun

Because you asked, here I am Scarlet!  Aren't I looking fine?

 

Type your first name and then the words "glamour shot" into the Google search bar, then hit "images."  Post a picture from the first row of results. 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 55%.

House of Echoes: A Novel - Brendan Duffy

 

Painfully slow, violence towards innocent beasts and a kid totally unfazed by it. It's taking me weeks to finish this and I'm nearing my breaking point. I seem to read for hours and make no headway in the page count. Is this the book that never ends? If they hurt the dog I may be done . . .

Who in my friends list wants to apply?

If only I didn't have to be a grown up and could pick up and move!

3 Disks In & I Don't Want It to End!

You (Audio) - Caroline Kepnes

 

I cannot take my ears away from this little tale of relentless stalking. What is wrong with me?

How To Find New Booklikes Blogs - Group

Because we haven't spammed your feeds enough today.

 

 

I put up a group which will make it easier to people to find new blogs to follow, and gain more interesting people to interact with. There is different sections and all, it is like fabulous and awesome.

 

I did not plan it, so don't ask me, I don't know shit, I just made it in the heat of my many moments.

 

I will figure out soon but it is an open group and EVERYONE and ANYONE can participate and start helping out in any way they wish to.

 

You can find the group here. Go and join in the fun.

 

 

No, but mostly because I am not a guy. Thank you to all the wonderful people here over at Booklikes, this community is what makes everything seem possible, and fun as fuck.

 

Happy connecting!

Reblogged from Hunger For Knowledge

How To Find New Booklikes Blogs To Follow - Think Tank

This ongoing discussion once again surfaced at BookStooge's blog post, and awhile back was discussed at Carpe Librum's blog and I decided to write a post about it.

 

 

It has been very clear for a long time how hard it is to find new people to follow as the Explore page is seriously outdated and because Booklikes platform is not very well designed for an easy interaction when comes to this issue and problem.

 

It does take a shit tons of time to track and spy like a goddamn-mother-fucker to find interactive/active bloggers, and many have no time for that. Luckily, as I have no life, I have had the time.

 

 

The problem is that we get new members all the time, they are active but end up having no followers or interactions whatsoever, which obviously is very discouraging and often leads to them abandoning the site. It is reasonable. 

 

Because they do not find us, and we don't find them. Simple.

 

 

What I would like to do, is a huge list that contains every active, interactive blogger. I can manage this as I do have quite much free time in my hand, but I would appreciate the help from EVERYONE and ANYONE that feels this is a subject close to their heart.

 

And ideas, suggestions, everything is now welcomed as this is just a thought to help this community to get bigger, us to find new friends and the ones who already are active, to fucking stay.

 

If you are a blogger with little to no interaction here, please leave a comment so we can come and stalk you back.

 

Reblogged from Hunger For Knowledge

Hope your life is going better than mine!

$2000.00 Vehicle fix that did NOT fix the problem. Kids car is now trashed. Grrrr, lesson learned. Never put more money into a repair than the car is worth.

$4000.00 ER Surgery Co-pays

$ 900.00 Unexpected Summer Course because Advisor advised kid incorrectly about course requirements

$ 600.00 Water Heater

$Priceless Damage from flooded basement when above heater let loose (lost books, lost comics, lost sanity).

Cat poops out a 12" ribbon & then manages to get both front paws caught under the weight of the dishwasher (don't ask) and screams like the devil has bit him in the ass. He is still alive, has a bit of a limp today, but I fear he's used up all but one of his 9 lives.  

 

 

I expect only sunny skies and money trees from here on out, ok universe? 

 

Pardon my boo-hoo moment.  But this is part of the reason I cannot focus on reading. I skip from one calamity to the next singing lalala. Soon I will be writing from a rubber room or a padded cell.

Fog Warning by Edward Lorn (Audiobook)

Fog Warning - Edward Lorn, Kevin R. Tracy

A handsome doctor decides to eff up his life by taking prescriptions drugs. His drug addled state is noticed by co-workers in the ER but no one speaks up and he quickly spirals into full blown addiction. Walking home one night through a thick fog, he finds a woman’s dead body but when the police arrive to investigate there is no body and because he’s acting all suspicious-like he ends up landing himself in a jail cell and things go downhill from there. Did he see a dead body, was it the drug haze or perhaps a ghostie or was she just playing?



This dude is a mess. I’m not going to lie, I find it hard to sympathize with people who screw up their lives so badly and sabotage every effort to fix things. I didn’t sympathize with this guy. I don’t think I was supposed to. His mess was of his own making. I know, I know, I have no heart. There is no need to point it out. With that out of the way, I did find myself engrossed in his mess of a life. The story moved at a good pace, there were some twists, clever dialogue and some nastiness and I couldn’t stop listening even when I should have. If you’ve read a dark book or two you know there are some scenes that one can never scrub clean from the memory, even if your memory is as bad as mine, and this book contains one. Ick.

I listened to this story as an unabridged audiobook which I won in a giveaway over at Booklikes. The narrator is deadly serious and was a very good choice for this story.

Black Heart by Holly Black

Black Heart (The Curse Workers #3) - Holly Black, Jesse Eisenberg

I listened to this book as an unabridged audio. It's read by Jesse Eisenberg  who does a decent but not awesome job. All of his characters pretty much sound the same. It was a good end to the series but for some reason it seemed to lag in places and get a wee bit boring. Who knows, maybe it was just my mood. It couldn't seem to grab and keep my attention for long like the previous two installments. There was a lot of stuff going on; mob jobs, double crosses, romantic entanglements and small doses of dark humor. I'd recommend reading the first two books and if you must know how it all ends, pick this one up when you're through.

Bub!

House of Echoes: A Novel - Brendan Duffy

Tell me, who looks at their newly born little cherub and thinks, “By golly, I shall call you Bub.”

 

These people. That’s who.

 

Is this really what you want for your baby boy? Reach higher people.

 

 

That's it.  No more ARC's for me. This book it is a-dragging and I can't fight the urge to nitpick.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler (audio edition)

Yes Please - Amy Poehler

I'm still not in the mood to string two thoughts together and put 'em down on paper so here's another short review.

 

This book neither made me laugh nor did it make me cry, as promised in the blurbage. I guess this confirms that I am heartless. I am what I am.

 

Despite that, and despite not knowing much about Amy Poehler, I thought it was an interesting and often amusing listen and I learned a lot about the author's life and her rise to fame. It skips around in time but that didn't bother me because she tells us she's going to do so right from the beginning. She seems like a super fun person who has worked hard to get where she is, who has made mistakes and owns up to them. I liked the bits about her youth best and wish there were more bits featuring her long, lost Boston accent. If you're a super fan, you'll surely get more out of this book than I did. If you're not, you'll probably find it amusing and a decent enough way to spend a few hours.