Coming over from Goodreads, dipping a toe in the waters over here.
15 October 2013 I just noticed that my review of this was missing from Goodreads, so of course it didn't get imported here. Here's what it said:
Original review in 2011 Like with A to Z, I couldn't imagine how I'd find this book or these characters appealing. Also like A to Z, I fell completely in love with them and can't wait to see more of them.
25Feb2012 I swear I love this book and these characters more each time I reread it!
10Dec2012 This remains one of my top comfort reads. I always feel better after I finish it than I did when I started. I think I end up loving it more every time I read it. I love Cole and Jonathan, and love the way we get dollops of Cole's POV scattered throughout Jon's narrative. It never ceases to amaze me how reluctant I was to read this the first time. A good reminder that joy may be found in unexpected places.
Anonymouse.org, despite its claims, doesn't work. I have been playing with an IP tracker tool on my new blog, and I experimented this morning by hitting my site using a few popular web proxies to see how well they hid my information.
I was shocked to find out that Anonymouse.org doesn't even work! However, Zfreez.com and iphider.org worked as advertised.
did not hide my information at all. In fact, it announced that I was using 'anonymouse.org' as a web proxy. A complete fail.
*Previous post had a little problem. This one will work (I'm talking about method 2)
If you're a goodreads transplant, and, like me, depended heavily on those handy little spoilertags, then don't worry. Booklikes is flexible enough that you can make your own!
Currently it is a bit hard to figure out who posted something originally (unless you click on 'reblogged from' often enough to get there and then reblog it from there which can get a bit tiresome if the post has been reblogged very often).
There is a way to include the original source in your post so that everybody can see that this is your post. It's a bit fiddly (and you still won't get any notifications if somebody reblogs your post from somebody else obviously) but if you like to know people that this is your post it's the only way (at least currently) and it takes only a few more clicks.
You can't discuss books and NOT have spoilers. It's almost impossible. Booklikes is new enough not to have an automated way to hide specific text yet, but there are ways to code that in. This method makes your spoilered text invisible. So that you have to highlight the blank area to see the post.
< span style="color:transparent"> lots of spoilery stuff here that won't be visible until you highlight it < /span>
And the trick is to remove those spaces added after the <.
Here's another key thing in getting this to work. To add the code you have to go into your review and choose the HTML option. It's on the toolbar above the space you type your reviews/posts. HTML is on the far right of the toolbar, in blue text.
So first scope out the area of your review you want hidden. Copy the span code above, then click that html option on the toolbar. Add your code in the window that will pop up. (Depending on how new you are to messing with code this may take some getting used to. Remember you can always hit the cancel button.)
So here, I'll give it a try - EXAMPLE:
One of the primary plot points any reviewer knows to avoid in a review is any discussion about (spoiler:)a major character dying. Seriously, you never should give that part away.
So if I've managed that correctly all the reader has to do is to highlight the area after the word (spoiler) and there you have it, your hidden spoiler.
There are quite a few tutorials on how to change the layout of your BookLikes blog. I figured it's good to have them all in one post, and I'd like to thank all who put a lot of work into making them so others can enjoy BookLikes.
Let's start with the customization blogs posted by BookLikes:
Tutorials made by BookLikers for BookLikers:
Note: All links open in a new window and take you to the original posts and their creators. Leave comments, likes and reblog the hell out of them so others can see it too :)
Like many others, I find the latest changes at Goodreads disturbing. I'm not closing my account there, but I am actively exploring other options.
I saw someone raise the question of a Kickstarter campaign to start an alternate site, one that would incorporate what we all love(d) about Goodreads. I don't have money to donate, but I do have time and a graduate degree that presumably qualifies me for UX-HCI design, and I'd love to help make a site like that happen.