How's your BookLikes experience so far? We hope you're enjoying your time here. We're doing our best to create perfect space for readers and authors with your help, of course. Here are several information that we felt you would like to know :)
BookLikes lets you create your own personal webpage ready to customize and fill with your reviews and books. You can also use your own domain with absolutely no fees, to make it happen go to Settings.
We would also like to inform all BookLikes member who already use their domains that we've changed our DNS, please update them to new ones: 126.96.36.199 to make your site work properly.
Recently we've also received many messages, tweets and comments with your suggestions and requests considering further development. Thank you all! We release one new feature every Thursday and they are mainly based on requests made by our community so if you have more, bring them on :-)
The following list presents several your ideas that we'll definitely put online and start working on right now :-)
Exclusive Shelf - then you'll be able to shelve books on a thematic shelf without necessity of selecting reading status (read, planning to read, currently reading), e.g. Books I haven't finished.
Discussion rooms - they will let you create groups and book clubs to discuss your reads.
Export to csv - we want you to feel safe and sound on BookLikes and it refers to your content as well.
PM - you will be able to communicate directly thanks to private messages.
Apps - the fist one is set free and ready to be uploaded (BookLikes Scanner) and more are in progress, including Android and Widows 8.
Synchronization - you'll be able to sync your other platforms with your BookLikes profile.
There's a lot of going on right now but we promise to import all your books, shelves and reviews and to answer all your messages :-)
This book really touched my soul.
The characters are gorgeous, I loved them all!
And I literally cried my heart out in the last part.. Just no.
And c'mon, how lovely was Rudy?
The reasons why I didn't give to it 5 stars it's because of the start, that honestly have bored me a little bit and the ending. Too much for my fragile heart.
But it really deserved all my time.. Just read it!
Want to buy book lover a gift? Book is an obvious solution. Why don't you try something different? And if you like it, make it yourself, for you and your bookish friends ;-)
1. Armchair, a special one. All you need to do is to sit and read.
2. Books Mug, can by any book themed, including banned books.
3. A Pillow, all about books of course.
4. Bookshelf on the wall. Not wooden or any other. New trend is here - you can paint your personalized shelf!
5. Book Ends - of any shape. Need to be funny and eye catching ;-)
6. Tissues. Necessary while reading dystopian, romance, ya, msytery ...
7. Make yourself bookish stairs!
8. Book purse for books.
9. Shakespeare Pill Box - for literary hypochondriacs.
10. "In the Library" Perfume - yes, the scent of books in perfume bottle.
That's right. If you from UK, remember the date of September 14, 2013 (it's Saturday), remember to go to your favorite bookshop and buy a book to show how you appreciate your local bookstore.
The campaign Books Are My Bag wants to celebrate bookshops and highlights the problems of bookstores disappearance and to work against this trend. One the the active logo of the campaign is a bag with slogan Books Are My Bag, photos of celebrities and book lovers with books of course.
On their site you can read their mission statement:
When you buy a book from a bookshop, you get a possession that you may well value for the rest of your life. You’ll have enjoyed the pleasure of browsing around a whole host of other books before making your choice. You’ll know how you feel about the book, by, well, feeling it. Reading bits of it…hopefully not reading the last paragraph to check the ending. You may well have got advice from someone who may love books even more than you do, the bookseller on the other side of the counter. You will have partaken in a process that is a vital part of our culture, our community and our High Street. And soon the chances are that you will also get a bag that says
“ Books are my bag“.
That says “I use bookshops, because I value them.”
“And I want it to stay that way.”
‘BOOKS ARE MY BAG’ is a campaign on behalf of the bookshops of this country. (http://www.booksaremybag.com)
James Patterson must be pissed. He's no longed the best earning author on the whole world. Mummy porn diva, E.L. James, took over the first spot with $95 million. Touché.
Top 16 of The Top-Earning
Authors Of 2013
looks like this
(ranked between June 2012 and June 2013):
1. E.L. James ($95 million)
2. James Patterson ($91 million)
3. Suzanne Collins ($55 million)
4. Bill O'Reilly ($28 million)
5. Danielle Steel ($26 million)
6. Jeff Kinney ($24 million)
7. Janet Evanovich ($24 million)
8. Nora Roberts ($23 million)
9. Dan Brown ($22 million)
10.Stephen King ($20 million)
11. Dean Koontz ($20 million)
12. John Grisham ($18 million)
13. David Baldacci ($15 million)
14. Rick Riordan ($14 million)
15. J.K. Rowling ($13 million)
16. George R.R. Martin ($12 million)
Does the wallet represent affection of fans and appreciation of readers? I think not. Or at leas not always.
J.K. Rowling is 48 and Harry Potter 33 and their birth day in on the same day. Happy Birthday!
Is Harry Potter still your favorite series? If the answer is "Yes!", i bet you know all these quotes:
This is for true Harry Potter lovers. Remember!
Guardian's article Why Do writers drink alcohol is a true treasury of authors' writing and drinking habits. Really interesting and opens my eyes on writers who I considered as nearly saint because of their high status in literature.
A writer's audience is and remains invisible to him, but if he is any good he is acutely and continuously aware of it, and never more so while it waits for him to come on, to begin p.1. Alcohol not only makes you less self-critical, it reduces fear. - says Amis while searching answer to "Why they drink?" question and focusing on American writes who had written and drunk a lot and make their spot in history of modern American literature. In respect to their writings not drinking (or maybe both). The list of authors is long and famous (Poe, Hemingway, Faulkner, F Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Bukowski...).
The article continues to list reasons of drinking and consequences of heavy drinking on writing inspiration. Some writers became drinking buddies, some got addicted and ended up on rehab, others made drinking protagonist in their works. For some glass of whiskey was like a grand opening and brainstorming, for others it was a disaster as they got drunk too easily and fast.
Writing and drinking duet has no reading nor nationality preferences, it applies to all literary genres, from poetry, though literary fiction ending on playwrites and novels and writer's nationalities from American through British and Russian.
Fiction may look like the right form for alcoholics, as their dependency teaches them to be good at lying. But holding a novel in your head becomes more difficult when you're holding a glass in your hand as well. "A short story can be written on a bottle," Fitzgerald told his editor Max Perkins, "but for a novel you need the mental speed that enables you to keep the whole pattern in your head and ruthlessly sacrifice the sideshows."
Well, some drunk works were good, some not. Article's author sums it with a paraphrase of saying: Drank like a fish, wrote like an angel," would make a pleasing epitaph. "Drank like a fish, wrote like a fish" is more likely.
But are readers better? The New Yorker lists bar-readers as a big group of people reading in pubs with a glass in one hand and book in the other.
Why do we read in bars? According to author reading it’s an activity that gratifies one’s vanity: a book sets the reader apart as a contemplative figure, a person of some intelligence. Oh ;-)
These two stories of drinking writers and drinking readers join together as many pubs rely on literary history of a given place and openly make use of stories, anecdotes, tables and chairs that some writers were sitting by and glasses they were drinking from.
But there's also other connection, nearly metaphysical. We want to be like writers we read.
And so the drinking must connect to the writing, either as a spark of creativity or as a release from that creativity. Or perhaps the sentimental association of drinking and writerly genius is just an attempt at forming a connection with the great authors of the past. Most of us can’t write like our heroes, but nearly every one of us can try to drink like them.
Reading while drinking is easier that writing and drinking. Bukowski also said, “It’s hard to write prose when you’re drinking, because prose is too much work." Some books even encourage you to choose right setting, dim light, candles, cigarette's smoke and a full glass to feel the book atmosphere even better and totally immerse in it.
However the author continues with a book description that can change your reading bar preferences - the book that will make you never want to drink again.
All quotes in italics come from the following articles: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/jul/20/why-do-writers-drink-alcohol
Have you ever thought about tattoo inspired by literature? I don’t have enough courage to make one. And would I still love the book and the book quote in 10-20 year?
Well, here are several tattoos inspired by popular reads' quotes I don't have on my body.
For Twilight Fans.
Kerouac at his typewriter with the closing lines of On the Road.
For fans of The Hunger Games Trilogy.
Dark Edgar Allan Poe.
Mysterious tattoo from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien