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The Purple Book Monster

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.

Currently reading

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex
Mary Roach
Les Misérables
Victor Hugo, Norman MacAfee, Lee Fahnestock
Adulthood Rites
Octavia E. Butler
The Hangman's Daughter
Lee Chadeayne, Oliver Pötzsch
Clockwork Princess
Cassandra Clare
Falling Kingdoms
Morgan Rhodes, Michelle Rowen
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)
George R.R. Martin
Fearscape (Horrorscape, #1)
Nenia Campbell
Progress: 26 %
Fool Moon (Dresden Files Series #2)
Fight Club: A Novel

Lean In by Sheryl Sanberg

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead - Sheryl Sandberg

I don't really read these, but these do help with motivation and inspiring one. 

Booklikes Tutorials

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:



Using 'shelve-it':



Reactive links - customizing page counter links on your shelf page:



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:


Source: http://mandym.booklikes.com/post/470414/booklikes-tutorials

Cameron and the Girls by Edward Averett

Cameron and the Girls - Edward Averett

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.

Indie Authors Need to Develop a Thick Skin for Bad eBook Reviews

Reblogged from Dawid Piaskowski:

Reference: # of Pages Before I Will DNF A Book

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.


  • Under 200 Pages: Varies (Divide # of pages by 2 for minimum)
  • 200-225 pages: 100 pages minimum
  • 226-250 pages: 125 pages minimum
  • 251-299 pages: 140 pages minimum
  • 300+ pages: 150 minimum

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.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah Maas

Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas

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 Am Pusheen the Cat

I Am Pusheen the Cat - Claire Belton

This book is really cute and adorable. Also, I am Pusheen the Cat.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant  - Veronica Roth

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.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell

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, 

Park's father wanted him to be more sports-like and do "masculine" activities. Overall, pretty much act like a "man". Then there was Eleanor, she didn't dress like what society assumed "girly" and "feminine" Her stepfather gave her some money to buy clothes because she wasn't dressing like the other girls. Also, other characters made fun of her appearance. There were a few other moments, but I can't really remember them.

(show spoiler)

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.

The perfect picture to sum up banned books week!
The perfect picture to sum up banned books week!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

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.

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Goodreads Mocks Users During Banned Book Week

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 4) - Rick Riordan I don't remember very well the first half of the book due to a hiatus from reading. So, I won't give this book much a review. But, I will say that it is pretty good and I can't wait to read the next novel.
The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan You think one thing is going to happen, but then it doesn't. Well then, this changes everything. Really interested how the next few books plays this out.