I love to read books on the side as a hobby. I don't really review much, but I want to try. I'm a bit scared of it, but hopefully I will improve as I go.
Links to various Booklikes tutorials around the site. Thanks to all the hardworking BL members and team who contributed. This is a work in progress. More links will be added as I find them.
Official Booklikes stuff:
http://blog.booklikes.com/post/551754/post (exclusive status for your books)
http://blog.booklikes.com/post/653731/post (shelf, writing reviews, and reblog updates)
http://blog.booklikes.com/post/671987/post (Discussion Room formatting tips for your posts)
http://blog.booklikes.com/post/697236/post (Keep your notes organised - New options for notifications)
http://blog.booklikes.com/post/705308/post (sending private messages)
The Booklikes blog (new features added every week):
The Goodreads Booklikes group:
Tutorials created by Booklike members:
Easy tips for customising your Booklikes blog:
How to customise your BL blog:
Customising Booklikes Tutorials - parts 1 - 6:
Excellent blogpost about resources on the net for customizing your blog. Includes great links for wallpapers, fonts, colours, add-ons, special effects and other great info:
More graphic resources for customizing your blog:
Searching for books on your own shelves:
How to add a new line/paragraph in your comments box:
Tips for posting reviews:
Exporting your goodreads quotes and adding a GR quotes widget to your BL blog page:
'Reactive' links (round links on a 'shelf' page)
Adding the Booklikes Reading Challenge to your blog:
How to change colour of text on your banner :
Added pages - I can't read it! My background is dark and font is black! And I want to have a comment section!
How to make your comments icons a link:
Customising shelf sort order:
Changing appearance of followers/following counters and repositioning them:
Where are my Draft blog entries after I hit Save As Draft?:
Finding the book page with info, reviews and ratings by other BL readers:
Can I just read everyone's book reviews and skip the rest?
Setting up Google Analytics:
Adding blockquotes to your posts:
How to update your reading progress (percentage - no text)
Making a see-through background for comments section:
Adding a scrolling quotes marquee to your blog:
How to block followers on Booklikes:
Setting up google analytics on your BL blog:
Changing font colour (text, links, comment section):
Reformatting your old GR reviews:
How to easily embed a font:
A simple tip - everything is too big - zoom out:
Background for a search bar (what to do when it's invisible on a dark background):
Let's clean our designated comments pages regularly - no more notification floods:
Reading Challenge - how to post it on your site and a few simple customization options:
Your book counter - make it fun and pretty:
How to avoid losing the original source of a post:
How to click on a review and make it open in another tab so you don't lose your place in your dashboard feed:
"Go To Page" in Shelf Table View:
I'm still unsure what I had read, but I absolutely enjoyed it. Its about a boy who has a type of schizophrenia. It was interesting, especially since it was written in the first person point of view. Then again, I highly doubt it would've done well because this is a disease in the mind. I can't remember specifics, since I am more a generalist type of person than detailed when it comes to reading. Overall though, it was great.
I do remember though how he only wanted to be normal, and because he had been labeled by his disease he always is treated special. If I remember correctly, he mentioned he wanted to be off the meds to be considered normal, to know what its like to feel. Apparently according to him, he doesn't feel at all.
This post is mainly for helping me to decide whether a DNF (did not finish) book will count toward my yearly books read or not. If I do not hit the minimum, then it can't be added to any reading challenges I undertake currently or in the future.
Reminder: You do not have to finish a book if you can't get into it. No reason to waste time on a book you don't want to read.
I got slightly bored of the book after a while. I'm still considering if I want to read the next one or not.
I felt the main character was Mary Sue in a way. I didn't feel like there was too much development. I don't know, it could be something else. A good chunk of the story became extremely boring after a while because everything blended into each other.
I was originally expecting to give a 3 to 4 star rating before I picked this final installment up. I was expecting the complete usual that most of YA dystopian follows.
Boy was I wrong. Completely wrong. I am at a loss for words right now. I don't like to give out 5 stars easily (especially to most YA novels), but I can't help with this one. UGH.
I've distanced myself from books that revolve around mostly romance, which is mainly personal issues along. I found them to a bit unrealistic.
Fortunately, I actually consider this particular book to actually almost represent what its like to develop a crush and eventually fall in love. I don't really have much besides past crushes to relate this to, but its still really cute.
Anyway, this story revolves around two characters. One is Eleanor, who comes to back to a new school, and she lives in a abusive home. Basically, her stepfather is the big threat in her life. The other character is Park. I have a hard time describing him.
What was interesting, though, at points in the novel how the characters dealt with not conforming to society's gender expectations. For example,
That doesn't mean though that was amazing executed or anything (I'm not sure anyway). It doesn't mean its above every other novel. It was just an interesting add in and maybe makes one think.
Overall, this book was pretty good. Though, this story has a lot of pop culture references, some of which I picked up on and others was almost clueless. So if you don't understand something, Google may be your best buddy.
Most books I have been reading lately usually have characters that I can't fully relate to in the story. Fortunately, I was pleased to read a novel with a character closer to my age and also a college student. What made it great for me was that even though I was in no way a fiction/fanfiction writer, I could still relate to the characters very easily. It reminded me of how I get excited about a certain book series, tv show, or any other type of media that was popular.
Though, I'm not really attached to the romance in the novel. I thought Levi and Cath were cute together, but otherwise I just glanced over it.
This is what you'll get: