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Book lovers can also be spotted in the wild in parks, art galleries and on public transit.

6 places to meet book lovers

Reblogged from BookLikes:

 

If you'd ask us to name 6 offline places to meet book lovers we would say:

1. A bookstore. Obviously

2. A library. Obviously

3. A cozy cafe. A cup of coffee and a book is a perfect duet

4. All public means of transport. Everybody knows that a lot of reading is done when commuting

5. The longest lines and the smallest waiting rooms. The process of waiting is bearable only with a book

6. A bedroom. We know you love reading in bed! Oops, no entry here?! That's why we have BookLikes!

 

What's your favorite offline spot to meet other book lovers?

 

BookLikes is a literary hub for all kind of book lovers. No matter whether you're a long time blogger, a newbie to the blogosphere, bestselling author or an aspiring writer, BookLikes is the place for You. The thing that brings us together is a true book love and the need to spread it among people alike, right? Let's do this!

 

Here are six BookLikes places where you can meet fellow readers and bloggers who may be a true inspiration for your TBR shelf and may become your new bookish BFF. 

 

1. Dashboard

 

When you log into your BookLikes Dashboard is the first place you discover. It's a place where you read your friends' book reviews and view their bookshelf updates. Remember that you need to Follow the blog to see the blogger's updates and reviews on your Dashboard. 

 

 

To meet other bloggers have a look at the activity log and comment section. By clicking the Blog name you can go directly to the blog's page and start following the book blog and the blogger's reading experiences. 

 

 

 

 

2. Explore

 

The Explore page is a BookLikes community in a nutshell. Take a peek at the hottest reviews, top bloggers and recently published reviews. To view the book blog, please click the blogger's avatar/photo. To follow the blog, click Follow in the upper right corner of the blog page. 

 

 

Have in mind that the Explore page is available for BookLikes members and non-BookLikes members. If you'd like to share the webpage with your fellow friends who haven't visited BookLikes yet, please do! 

 

 

3. Book Catalog & book pages

 

A book catalog page is an instant sneak peek into the book bloggers bookshelves. You can spot what books have been recently reviewed or added to the wish lists.

 

To discover who reviewed the book, click the book cover and you'll be moved to the book page with the community reviews. 

 

 

To read a full review and view the blog page click "see review" or the review's title. If you've enjoyed the review, follow the blogger and view the blog's reading news on your Dashboard. 

 

 

 

4. Timelines 

 

Each BookLikes blogger receives a webpage with a blog, bookshelf and a reading timeline. Your Timeline is a graphic representation of your BookLikes activity.

 

When you're visiting BookLikes bloggers have a moment and visit the blogger's Timeline. Maybe you'll spot a new book blog or an interesting review that your friend liked?

 

Make sure to click the text's title next to the avatar/photo to visit the blog page and to read the review, and to follow the blogger (if you've enjoyed the read). 

 

 

BrokenTune's Timeline

 

 

5. Discussions groups

 

If you're looking for new blogging friends or would like to say hello to the BookLikes community, visit BookLikes discussion groups. You can say Hi in the official BL group and introduce your blog in the Find new blogs to Follow. 

 

 

 

6. Friends tab

 

In the Friends tab you can view the list of bloggers who are following your BookLikes blog, it's a perfect spot to follow the blogger back and view new bookshelf news on your Dashboard. 

 

To build up your social circle invite your bookish friends to BookLikes. Add the e-mail address and press Invite, and your friend will receive an invitation to view your blog and to become your BookLikes blog friend. 

 

 

More tutorials can be found here, or click

the following link: http://booklikes.com/tag/tutorials

 

 

See you next Thursday!

Happy reading!

Satire Wars

 

Episode IV: A New Joke

Source: http://twitter.com/tomgauld

Do crisp pages do it for you? The musky scent of an older tome? Or are you into leather (covers.)

Fortunately, younger me read more books than I do. That nerd was constantly reading.

 

Of course, I understand more of what I do read these days.

Source: http://twitter.com/tomgauld/status/940144374410874881

Giveaway for my new book, The Fatness

The Fatness - Mark A. Rayner

There's three copies up for grabs -- enter to win a paperback version of The Fatness, a satire about concentration camps for fat people and bureaucracy gone mad. (A love story.)

 

 

My new book is live! It's a satire about concentration camps for fat people and bureaucracy gone mad. (Don't worry, it's a love story.)

 

You can find it on Amazon and other bookstores now!

 

If you're interested in hearing me read from it, here I am reading the first and fourth chapters now.

 

I did chapter two here.

Source: http://markarayner.com/the-fatness

Plus, fiction makes more sense!

The writing process, in one gif.

I feel like this needs a third component -- maybe a personality quirk column, for example: Evil Butler, Addicted to Pokemon.

Source: http://www.tomgauld.com

As much as I love the convenience and ease of e-readers, there is something special about the way things used to be.

 

I remember wondering what all the other people who had borrowed the book before me thought of the work. (Sometimes I would get to see, because the buggers left annotations in the text.) 

 

And then there was those super-cool times when I was the FIRST person to borrow a book.

Terrible reasons for becoming a writer #1. 

Source: http://www.instagram.com/p/BJGiOuigXa5

This is missing the scotch-drinking-crying-softly-underneath-the-desk phase, but otherwise, pretty accurate.

Sharing this here for all the "dead tree" bookworms :) 

Source: http://electricliterature.com/infographic-why-readers-still-prefer-paper-f228ee8be51d#.cxectv7rw

Readers rejoice -- a new study in the journal Social Science and Medicine suggests that you'll live almost two years longer than non-readers. And books are even better!


Find the story here on the Smithsonian website.