Book Gumbo

Book Gumbo

A peek into the reads that create the gumbo that is my reading habit.

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I hope you guys don't mind me posting a petition here. It is book related...


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Reading progress update: I've read 84 out of 352 pages.
Like No Other - Una LaMarche Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Blogs, Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, and More . . . - Dianne Jacob Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson

Unfortunately, I'll have to put this title on hold.  Two books I put on hold at the library have FINALLY come in. So I'll have to read them both quickly since others have them on hold. Luckily I can renew this title. Also the new titles fit Sock Poppet at Play's February prompts! 

I keep disappearing and reappearing, so here: have a post about that

Despite not blogging consistently for over a year (at least) I feel almost obliged to talk to you guys about what I've been up to lately and why I haven't been around. Though, really, I talk about it on the Lantern as well, so this is going to be an abbreviated version:


I'm doing a postgraduate course and preparing for a PhD. I recently submitted my dissertation proposal and waiting to see if the university will give me funding to do it. If successful, I'll be looking at online bullying among adults, and ways of managing it through bystander involvement. (Regardless of all the drama we've seen in the book blogosphere, the rest of the world doesn't seem to have caught up, despite some studies being done on children. Personally, picking a study path is a no-brainer for me, so hopefully the committee will be convinced as well.)


I'm training for a half marathon, and fundraising for charily. I had a major scare in summer, when my depression pushed me into doing some seriously whack stuff with my training (like running 8K in the blistering noon heat) and I sought help from a local charity. They were really helpful, and now that I'm trying to be more mindful about physical exercise, I wanted to give something back to them. You can check out my fundraising page for more deets, or read a wordpress blog I made to document my experiences for fundraising tips and ideas.


I'm recovering from said depression. There's a lot of stuff there that I can't even being to put into words (if you want me to tell you about therapy options and what works best, I'm always available through DM), but the bottom line is: That bitch hijacked my brain, turned it against me, ruined my relationship with cake, ruined who-knows-how-many of my real relationships, destroyed my love of blogging, and pushed my body until it nearly fucking broke. I will be DAMNED if I let her have another second of my life. 

So the plan is this: I'm gonna do more stuff for charity, try to be more involved in the community, and kick some serious ass academically. I already have one interview, so guys, keep your fingers and toes crossed for me! (And if you can support my fundraising efforts in any way, be it through reblogs and likes on social media, or if you have a spare quid, that would be amazing.)


Anywho, there's a lot of stuff, but those are the three main points. Cheers, everyone, here's to some awesome reads coming to us this year.

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How to part with an old book? Recycle!

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February is love of reading month! #February #LoveBooks

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Like No Other - Una LaMarche

For Sock Poppet at Play's February reading challenge, I'm reading a book with love (or variation of the word love in the title)- Like No Other by Una LaMarche. It's a YA novel that I've wanting to read for a while. 

Sock Poppet's 2015 Read-By-the-Month Reading Challenge ~ February Prompts

Complete one or more prompts. Jump in at any time. No need to have participated in previous month(s). 


February's Reading Challenge ~ It's All About the Love


This month you will read:


1 ~ a book with the word love (or variation) in the title.


2 ~ a book by an author you love.


3 ~ a book which you read because you loved the cover or title.


4 ~ a book with a character who sacrifices for love (of person, country, ideal, etc.)


Link to your blog post about the book you read (or simply list the book) here: February's Reading Challenge ~ It's All About the Love



Sock Poppet's 2015 Read-By-the-Month Reading Challenge


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Reading progress update: I've read 87 out of 195 pages.
Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer

I'm reading the first entry of The Southern Reach trilogy for The Sock Poppet Monthly Reading Challenge.

Reading Lamp Bookmark - how cool is that!


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You might be an artist...


Most of these. Unfortunately, my crippling self doubt is usually followed by a soothing round of binge eating :P

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New Widget and More Book Information

Books Are My Life

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.

J.D. Salinger

Favorite book authors become readers' best friends - we get back to them in happy and hard times, we appreciate their words and love their works. Now you can show your best authors with Author Widget on your blog. 


New Author Widget is available in the Goodies tab. Select the author by inserting his/her name or author's ID, add widget's title and choose the number of books. Your author widget is ready. 


If the author is a BookLikes Author, the widget will also reveal author's blog on BookLikes. 


It's a great way of presenting your favorite writers and supporting authors whose works you love reading.


To add widget to your BookLikes blog copy the widget code and paste it in the personalization tab in the Widget Area. Remember to Save in the personalization tab. 






The book pop up has just receive a new book information: a series name. Now when browsing the books on Dashboard or on other reader's shelves you'll get a note whether the book is a part of the series and which position in series it holds.



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What Did Book Bloggers Read In 2014?

Top Books of 2014 Picked by Book Bloggers on BookLikes 

In case you missed the best books lists we're reminding some of the Top Books Lists created by BookLikes book bloggers. Let's see which book were the most popular among BookLikes' book bloggers in 2014.



Best Books of 2014! by Char's Horror Corner

The Cormorant - Stephen GregoryWild Fell - Michael RoweAnimosity - James NewmanWakening the Crow - Stephen GregoryThe Thicket - Joe R. Lansdale

First the authors that each had two books on my list:

The Cormorant and Wakening the Crow by Stephen Gregory. This was my favorite author discovery of the year and The Cormorant my favorite book.  Mr. Gregory is an author of stunning prose and originality. I will faithfully purchase whatever books he puts out for the rest of my life. (A big thank you goes out to Valancourt Books for this discovery!)... read more & see all top books



Best of 2014 by E.


Not everything on this list was published this year. Not everything on this list will be to your liking. I'm not doing a Worst Of List this year, because who needs all that negativity, really? You can click on the title of each book to read my review. If you would like a rundown of all the books... read more & see all top books



Best Books of 2014: Non-Fiction by Literary Ames


Here are my top 12 non-fiction reads of 2014, covering health, politics and feminism... read more & see all top books



My Top 14 YA Books of 2014 by KARIN'S BOOK NOOK


#1: GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith

Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the story of how he and his best friend , Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa. To make matters worse, Austin's hormones are totally oblivious; they don't care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation... read more & see all top books



Best Paranormal Romance Reads 2014 by Cat's Books: Romance


Night Shift - Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, Milla VaneHeart Fire (Celta) - Robin D. OwensLight My Fire - G.A. AikenDark Skye - Kresley ColeShield of Winter (A Psy/Changeling Novel) - Nalini Singh

I adore Paranormal, Science Fiction and Fantasy Romance. I adore it so much I feel like a a plate spinner at a middle school talent show just trying to keep up with all my series and the new good stuff. I know I missed a lot of great reads from new to me authors and ones for which I have long standing love. I hope to catch up next year. Here are my best Paranormal Romance Reads of 2014... read more & see all top books



5 Star Reads of 2014 by Jessica (HDB)



In the world of Jessica, five star ratings are not given lightly. I'm lucky if I find one or two books a month that really blow me away, and make my "I'm going to shout love for this to the ends of the Earth" list. This year I devoured 200 books and, of those, only 29 made the cut. Out of those, I've chosen a few to highlight. Let's take a look, shall we?... read more & see all top books



Some Of My Favorites From 2014 by Bookfanatic


Listening To Dust - Brandon ShireInto This River I Drown - T.J. KluneAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire SáenzBeautiful Music for Ugly Children - Kirstin Cronn-MillsThe Death Factory: A Penn Cage Novella - Greg Iles

I stopped at 10 and I tried to stay away from series because well that would have created a whole other problem as in a really, really long list. I read a lot of books in 2014 that I really, really loved. I started out thinking that I could make myself pick just one and in my mind one quickly became 5 and 2 books into this list 5 became 10. So this is where I make myself stop... read more & see all top books



Favorite Reads of 2014 Part I: Interesting Facts and My Top Ten by The Reading Perusals of Rose Summers


Hate List - Jennifer BrownPrep School Confidential - Kara TaylorThin Space - Jody CasellaFrenzy - Robert LettrickThe Silent Wife - A.S.A. Harrison

So, in total for this year, I've read 168 books (maybe slightly more because there were some I didn't mark, but I know it was less than 200), which is way, way less than my total from 2012 (which was 365 books), and far less than the goal I set for myself this year (450)... read more & see all top books



Best Book Covers and Book Titles in 2014 by HFK


You should never judge a book by its cover, but it happens. This year I bought lots of books with beautiful covers, but unfortunately only read few with covers that I would label as doable... read more & see all top books



Books I Read and REALLY Liked in 2014 by Batgrl: Bookish Hooha


I've been enjoying everyone's end of year summings up (in various fun forms) and thinking on making one of my own - and I couldn't quite come up with a way to rank anything. Which is I suppose what happens when you end up reading a variety of random things. Anyway, there's no order to this - except I have a particular fondness for the first book mentioned. History wins out this year, which isn't always the case... read more & see all top books



My Top Books of 2014 by hippieed perceptions


Mud Vein - Tarryn Fisher The Bronze Horseman - Paullina SimonsThe Handmaid's Tale - Margaret AtwoodGeek Love - Katherine DunnThe Thousand-Dollar Tan Line - Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham

As I was going through my read book list, I realized that this year kind of sucked for reading for me.  The few that I loved, I really really loved though, so I guess that is something.  I did kind of cheat because I added Geek Love even though I'm not quite done.  When you know, you know though... read more & see all top book



My Top Books of 2014 by YA FANATIC


As I near my 200 book goal I want to share with you my top books of this past year. I've read many not so great books but have also found some new favorites. I also started listening to audiobooks, several of my favorites are because I listened to them. These are in no particular order (except maybe the first one). Enjoy... read more & see all top books



Books Read in 2014 by Ani's Book Abyss


As it stands, it isn't easy to narrow 150 books down to a Top Ten list.  And so I chose to re-format my list just a little bit.  I also needed to account for the fact that I like Young Adult novels differently than I like Adult and non-YA novels--Yes, there is a difference in how I perceive a book dependent on target audience. Without further ado, and in no particular order... read more & see all top books



Top 14 Reads of 2014 by Book Sand Worm 


Keep in mind that by “favorite”, I mean this list is very subjective. In looking back, these are the ones that I enjoyed the most even though I read a lot of very good books this year... read more & see all favorite books



Top Ten Reads of 2014 by Unabridged Chick


I read about 50 books for 2014, which is a huge drop from my typical year (almost by half!). Pregnancy, and the resulting baby, are to blame, and while I'm a little disappointed, the aforementioned baby -- our Little Reader -- is so frickin' cute, I kind of can't care. I still walked away with some stellar reads for 2014, and once again, had a challenging time identifying the top ten of this year.  In the end, I picked the books I still talk about obsessively, that I purchased (for myself and/or others), and that I want to reread or force others to read... read more & see all top books



Best of 2014 - Part 1 - The Reliables & Part 2 - The Overachievers by Tina's Reading Books


Magic Breaks - Ilona AndrewsWhispers Under Ground - Ben AaronovitchA London Season - Joan WolfThe Way of Kings - Brandon SandersonMurder of Crows - Anne Bishop

Part 1: My 2014 reading year was much better than my 2013 reading year.  Not in volume, because I read about the same number of books.  But In quality. In 2013 I  had a massive reading slump and was down 75% in my total reading for the year as compared to 2012.  Nothing seemed to work for me past a few strong installments in long running series and  couple of new-to-authors that came out strong. In contrast, 2014 started out strong... read more & see all top books


Part 2: So as I look over my reads this year and compare them to the physical books I've amassed over the last 30-ish years on my shelves, I am struck by the difference in page lengths. Which in a round-about way brings me to this segment of my Best of 2014.The Overachievers are the two authors whose works this year was so good that I had to include two of their books in my top ten.  A rarity for me... read more & see all top books


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If we haven't included you top list, share it or add a link to your blog post in the comments box below. 

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Gone Girl's Fictional Bar Becomes A Reality
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

The Bar, which featured prominently in the bestselling novel Gone Girl, opened in Missouri this past Friday.  This article was featured  in the newspaper Southeast Missourian.

Share Your Literary Guides - Search & Tag Reading Lists


Finding a right reading lists couldn't be easier with the list search and tags. Warning: this can profoundly affect your Planning to read shelf. But who cares, the best bookshelf is the full bookshelf! 


The list of Reading lists on BookLikes is growing and to help you find a perfect literary guide we've added possibility to tag a list and search a list with the book category, tag, the list name and the book title. 


When you're creating a reading list, you can add a book genre or genres and tag it to help other book readers find it. If you've already created some reading lists don't worry - you can add categories and tags any time. Just edit your lists and add appropriate categories. Make sure that the category and tags correspond to the reading list character and books attached. 



Tags and categories will be visible on the main Reading Lists page and when you enter a given list. Tags and categories are clickable.



The categories and tags will help you find a reading list within a genres you enjoy. You can search through the lists with the book category, tag name or the list name. 



If you'd like to check which list your favorite book has been added to, search with the book title. 







Now you can customize the new releases added by the BookLikes team. If you notice a new event on your Dashboard added by BookLikes, you can go to a release page and customize the book release page.  



Check the book releases by day. You can check new books by day in the Book Release Calendar - go to a calendar view and click the day to see the new release list.  


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8 Books Being Made Into Movies In 2015
The Mortdecai Trilogy - Kyril Bonfiglioli Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Grahame-Smith The Last Apprentice: Rage of the Fallen (Book 8) - Joseph Delaney Fifty Shades of Grey  - E.L. James Paper Towns - John Green Mockingjay  - Suzanne  Collins Brooklyn - Colm Tóibín Insurgent  - Veronica Roth

I am a huge fan of book adaptations because I'm a book & movie addict. These 8 adaptations will hit the theaters next year and I'm already excited! 


Do you read books before watching them in the cinema? 



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Jacket + Bookmark Project Makes Books Look So Special

The idea is splendid and I love how it's executed. I assume it can be used mainly for some book ads and promotions but this can be a great inspiration for a home library or child's books.


No much effort is needed to print or even draw a custom made jackets and make a matching bookmark. Not to mention how fun, creative and thought provoking it can be. It's a great way (and nonconventional, read less boring!) to engage children into discussion about literature, books, the plot, book characters an so on... and at the same time improves their cognitive and manual skills. I'll definitely give it a try :)

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