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Danger of Islam
E. Gene Thompson
Ani's Raw Food Essentials: Recipes and Techniques for Mastering the Art of Live Food
Ani Phyo
Improving Sports Performance in Middle and Long-Distance Running: A Scientific Approach to Race Preparation
Fallowfiel, Joanne L. Fallowfield
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David Sunderland, Frank W. Dick

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BookLikes tags, a bonus way to use them

I deleted all my books and shelves the other day. The whole system was too slow, too complicated, too frustrating. I thought I would start again from 2014. I also thought that all the reviews I had written would disappear along with the books (a la GR), but they didn't, they remained. Very pleasantly surprised.

 

Yesterday the Thursday Candy was book tags. I set up a shelf called 2013-reviews and then went through all the reviews I had but were not attached to books and added 2013-reviews as a tag and all the books magically appeared on my shelves.  I still had to add them to the 2013-reviews shelf as they only came up on Read, and then the date. The whole process was so simple and efficient, just brilliant. 

 

This means that any reviews I copy over to BookLikes and post as a review are just going to need a tag that is the same as the shelf name to appear on my book list and I won't need to search endless vendors and add the book first.

 

This feature is really great, really smooths the shelving process. Thank you so much BookLikes, I'm a really happy camper :-)

Leafmarks

A new booksite, new new new, Leafmarks. It looks a lot like Goodreads in its clean presentation. As it was started by two GR people, I have high hopes for it.  I've just uploaded my csv from GR to contribute some data.

 

I like BookLikes, I love being able to blog, but there really isn't any useful book data here for me. I don't even bother to look for books and reviews here because it is so hard to find anything and then you never find much. Until there are book pages that collect all reviews of a book together, rather than book pages categorised by seller, the book side of BookLikes isn't going to work for me and I will have to continue using Goodreads.

 

So I'm looking forward to this new site a lot. Monogamy of booksites is not required so it may end up that I use one, two or even three sites, probably with an overlap of friends on each site, which will make it more seamless than if it was always a set of new and different people, to fulfil my book reviewing, cataloging and blogging needs.

 

Anyway, Good Luck to Leafmarks and thanks to Jacqui and Emily May for founding it.

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen - Harold McGee Brilliant. On my second rereading.

The Secret

The Secret - Rhonda Byrne Crap. The Secret to making money and getting what you want is writing books like this.

Old Man And The Sea (Scribner Classics)

The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway Very boring book. Its saving grace is it's very short.

Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned

Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned - Kenneth C. Davis More than I wanted to know.

Interpreter of Maladies

Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri I keep trying to read and like Lahiri's books but I never even get to finish them. They just don't hold my attention.

America by Heart : Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag

America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag - Sarah Palin Ridiculous woman. Sets herself up to represent Christians. She should have stuck to pageants.

Kevin My Military Man

Kevin My Military Man - Shane Kaelle I got this because I read the author's note on http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/7370-kevin-my-military-man I was kind of put off by the note but mystified as well.

Abandoned.

Invictus: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation

Invictus - John Carlin How a leader does it. Politics at its best.

The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs - Thomas Harris The film was better but this was also a really fantastic read.

The Tehran Conviction (Jack Teller Series)

The Tehran Conviction - Tom Gabbay I bought all the Tom Gabbay books and looked forward to reading a Goodreads author, but none of them held my attention. The best thing I can say is good to read just a few pages late at night to put you to sleep.

The Berlin Conspiracy: A Novel

The Berlin Conspiracy: A Novel - Tom Gabbay I got it and a couple of other Gabbay's books from a rack of marked-down thrillers to read on a long trip. Thrilling it ain't. None of them were.

The White Tiger: A Novel

The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga Unusual to feel sympathy for a really disgusting and unethical hero, but that's what made the book great.

Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales

Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales - Jon Jefferson, Bill Bass Better than the Forensic Files on tv. Very detailed and interesting but a bit gruesome, unless you like reading about decomposition.

Remember the old school song, 'the worms crawled in and the worms crawled out'? That about sums it up.

The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath Probably I would have given this five stars if I'd read it as an angst-ridden teenager. But I didn't and its awful self-obsession just depressed me. Flashes of brilliance, yes, but just flashes, not enough to redeem a boring read.