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Debbie's Spurts

Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.


Currently reading

An American Werewolf In Hoboken (Wolf Mates Book 1)
Dakota Cassidy
Progress: 1 %
Grave Mercy
Robin LaFevers
Raven Cursed
Faith Hunter
Progress: 1 %




Favorite Book Quotes

"Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake"— Lois McMaster Bujold


Reading Habits

1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?  Couch.


2. Bookmark or random piece of paper? ereader bookmark usually.  Otherwise with print books if I have bookmark handy will use it and if not a random piece of paper (usually shake out magazines for those loose cards).


3. Can you  just stop reading or do you have to stop read after a chapter / certain number of pages?  Huh?  Stop reading before a book is finished without some real life interruption by outside influences?


4. Do you eat or drink while read?  Yes, except sometimes in the really engrossing parts I freeze and do nothing but read.


5. Multitasking: music or TV while reading?  Multi-task.  Music or tv; sometimes computer work ongoing and reading while waiting for some long process to finish.


6. One book at a time or several at once?  Several.  Plus there's always something new that seems interesting, library waitlist priorities, lovely friends loaning something, etc.  Sometimes current book stalls and I put aside to try again later or something gets too intense where I need a break.


7. Reading at home or everywhere?  Everywhere.  Particularly airports and planes during business travels.


8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?  Silently (unless to kids).


9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?  Never (unless checking to see if a familiar seeming book is one I already read).


10. Barking the spine or keeping it like new?  Mostly ebooks but on print books I try to keep like new.


11. Do you write in your books?  Nope, not even text/reference books.  I will use post-its and post-it flags to mark things.  If a tech/reference manual in a three ring binder printed only on one side of the page, I might use the blank backside for notes (more likely to open the rings and add notebook paper).  It's one reason I like ebooks -- the ability to highlight (particularly the B&N Nook Study features) and note without damaging.

Suggestion made ...

Over in the "official" group, http://booklikes.com/thread/9/feature-requests?p=34#thread-post-29846 I just added a tiny suggestion after posting reinforcing that a book/shelf export/backup is something I feel is high priority:

"I'd like to suggest a tweak to the wording on reading progress updates to get rid of the word "update" -- if it said "Reading Progress: I've read x percent" instead of "Reading Progress Update: I've read x percent" the blog heading would be a one-line title instead of a a 2-line title leaving more room for the post text to display.


It's pretty apparent it's an update on your reading progress without the actual word update.  Actually, not so sure you need "I read" either.


Not a priority of course -- certainly not over over shelf/book/review backup/export, bugs, performance issues, librarian needs, handling reblogs ... but possibly a very simple change.


Yes, when I remember I can manually delete 'update' but I forget frequently. "

Help my TBR


I was going to create a little feature where I'd have you vote on my next TBR book because I am still determined to read at least one of them this year but someone else beat me to it. This works perfectly for lazy me because now I can just sign up for Michelle @ Because Reading's meme instead! If you want to join all of the rules are here.

I grabbed three random books from the top of the most embarrassing pile. So, what do you think I should read (or attempt to read) next? Let me know in the little poll down below.

Also, please feel free to let me know if these are not worth reading! Remember this is the year of the DNF (at least for me!).

Night Shift (Jill Kismet, #1)Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow
3.76 Rating @ Goodreads
Jill Kismet. Dealer in Dark Things. Spiritual Exterminator. Demon Slayer.

Not everyone can take on the things that go bump in the night.

Not everyone tries.

But Jill Kismet is not just anyone.

She's a Hunter, trained by the best - and in over her head.

Welcome to the night shift...

*Been in the tbr for a few weeks.

1807983The Lady's Tutor by Robin Schone
3.92 Rating @ Goodreads

Married young to a man hand-picked by her father, Elizabeth Petre is an ideal Victorian lady. She has borne two sons and endured sixteen years of selfless duty in a passionless marriage. Craving a man's loving touch yet loyal to her wedding vows, Elizabeth is determined to seduce her coldly indifferent husband. She knows of only one man who can teach her the erotic secrets of love.

The bastard son of an English countess and an Arab sheik, Ramiel Devington was reared to embrace both Western culture and Eastern pleasure. Scorned by society and challenged by prim Elizabeth's request, he undertakes her instruction in the art of sensual delight. But when the lessons become a temptation neither can resist, Elizabeth is forced to choose between obligation and a bold, forbidden passion.

*Been in the tbr pile for over a decade.

SnowSnow by Ronald Malfi
3.69 Rating @ Goodreads

Todd Curry wants nothing more than to spend Christmas with his son. But when a brutal snowstorm cancels his flight from Chicago to Des Moines, Todd and a few other stranded passengers decide to rent a Jeep and make the trip on their own.

During the drive, they pick up a man wandering through the snow, who claims to be searching for his lost daughter. He is disoriented and his story seems peculiar. Strangest of all are the mysterious slashes cut into the back of the man’s coat, straight down to the flesh…

When they arrive at the nearest town, it appears deserted. Windows dark, car abandoned, fired burning unattended. But Todd and the rest of the travelers soon learn the town is far from deserted, and that they are being watched…

*Been in the tbr pile for about 3 months.

Voting Closes Friday, February 10, 2017 and I'll announce the winner soon after. Thanks for helping me out, everyone!


Ugh, sorry the survey won't work on Booklikes and I'm too inept to figure out the coding.


You can vote on blog page: HERE  Sorry about that. It's a jump-link so you won't be logged out of BL.

Reblogged from Bark's Book Nonsense

Reading progress: I've read 1%.

An American Werewolf In Hoboken (Wolf Mates Book 1) - Dakota Cassidy

Just starting.  It was a random freebie on amazon from an author I actually read.


Getting a kick out of hapless heroine adopting a werewolf from the animal shelter and naming him "Fluffy."


Kinda cute, moving fast, some funny bits but uneven. I know it's one of her older books that has since been worked into others but it seems to unexpectedly chop in some sex fantasies and actual sex scenes that are a completely different atmosphere and overlong. 


I don't care about the explicitness or whether sex is or isn't in a book (so long as works/flows with the story) -- but, I think I'll be skimming over quite a few pages where I may or may not feel I read enough to review it.


Fluffy.  Ha! Ha!

Samhain Closing

I got this email today:
"Greetings, Samhain Readers.

It's with a heavy heart that we announce Samhain Publishing will be closing at the end of February. Due to the declining sales we’ve been experiencing with this changing market we’ve come to the sad conclusion it’s time to call it a day.
The last of our new titles launch February 21st; I hope you will check them out and support them as you have so many other Samhain titles through the years."
Our site will go dark at the end of the day, February 28th. Please take a few moments and visit, buy what you might have been planning on getting someday in the future, but download and back up your bookshelf because you won’t have access to it after February 28th.
Thank you for all your support through the eleven years we’ve been open. It’s been a pleasure to bring to market new voices in publishing and new works from familiar authors. From start to finish, we’ve always kept what the reader wants in mind and hope you enjoyed what we had to offer.

Reblogged from Rachel's books

Bloggers write: BookLikes Librarian's tips & tricks on editing and adding books on BookLikes

We've decided to start up a brand new section on BookLikes blog where we invite our bloggers to write about important and interesting BookLikes initiatives and other bookish topics. We have a huge pleasure to welcome Jenn from Murder by Death, one of the BookLikes Librarian, who would like to share some tips and tricks concerning editing the book catalog on BookLikes. It's a must read, boys and girls :-)


P.S. If you haven't visited Murder by Death's How to BookLikes group yet, you need to catch up, just click here.



Guest post by Jenn from Murder by Death:



Help!  I can’t find my book on BookLikes!

Trying to add new books (or new-to-you) to your shelves but can’t find them in BookLikes?  Here’s what to do to find them, add them or edit them.


First try searching… again.


Like all databases of any size, BookLikes periodically indexes it’s book database.  To paraphrase Wikipedia, indexes are used to quickly locate data without having to search every row in a database every time a search is done.  An index is a copy of selected data from a database that can be searched very efficiently, but the actual process of creating that copy, or index, is no small thing; especially for large databases, so it’s only done periodically.  What does any of that mean to us?  It means that if a book you’re looking for has been added after the last indexing, it might not come up in a title search.


So, if your search yields “No books found!” when you search by title, try searching again using the ISBN.  8 out of 10 times, you’ll find the book you’re looking for. The bonus of using the ISBN (ASIN works too!) is that if it isn’t in the BookLikes database, BL will automatically query its affiliate partners, e.g. Amazon, and if they have it, BookLikes uses the information to add the book record to the database. Easy peasy, right?


Adding a new book


But what if you’ve tried searching by ISBN and you still have no book love from the database?  Then you can - and should! - add a new book.  Any BookLikes member can add a new book to the database by using either the “Add a new book” button in the search results, or by clicking “Add a new book” on any author’s page (“Add New Edition” is only used when you’re adding a new edition of an already existing work/title).



When you click the button to add a new book, you’ll go to the add new book page. Upload the book cover (or check the box for “There’s no cover yet”), and fill in the blanks: title, author, series, etc.  Please fill in as many of the fields as you can; everyone appreciates a complete book record. :)


Please note:  the Author field and the Series field are both search fields. When filling these in, wait a moment before hitting tab or return: you’ll see the spinning wheel and then a list of author or series names to choose from.  Select the correct name from that list.  If it’s a new series, hitting return will add it.


New books are sent to the librarian’s queue for checking, so remember these important tips - the librarians will thank you and think good thoughts about you!


1. Please include the ISBN/ASIN for all new books you add. These are almost always found on the publisher’s page, library page, Amazon’s page, and about half the time, the author’s website. You might have to search around a bit, but they’re there. Either ISBN 10 or 13 will do; both is great if your feeling completist.  For kindles and audible editions, the ASIN is both on the Amazon (or Audible) page and in the Amazon link to the book page.   Books without an ISBN or ASIN will either be merged with book records that do, or will be changed to match a new edition with an ISBN. That might mean a different format or cover than you wanted for that record.  


So now you’re asking “What if the book I’m adding doesn’t have an ISBN or and ASIN? What then?” Excellent question. If you’re adding a book older than the ISBN system (pre 1970’s, approximately), or if you’re adding a short story from an author’s website, or a self published piece that the author did not obtain an ISBN for, then check the box for “No ISBN/ASIN” and make sure you include a valid source link that librarians can use to verify the information. Valid sources include the publisher, the author’s website and worldcat.org.  


2. Please keep in mind that there are only two types of books that need an ASIN: kindles and audible audiobooks. If you are adding any other format (paperback, hardcover, ebook, etc.) please do not add an ASIN.  If you’re an author adding your books to BL, add a new edition for each format: one for ebook with an ISBN, one for kindle with an ASIN, etc.


There are a few more tips for adding books that make everyone happy, but these are the two biggies. For a more complete list, or to ask questions, see this thread: http://booklikes.com/thread/2822/dos-and-don-ts-for-adding-new-books



Handy tip for Amazon and BookDepository users - with a caveat:

You can add books to BL directly from the Amazon or BookDepository websites AND get them on the right shelf at the same time. BookLikes offers a handy little widget-thing called “Shelve It!” and you can find it on your BL bookshelves. In the upper(ish) right area of your book shelves you’ll see a small black book icon. Drag that to your browser’s bookmark bar, and the next time you’re on Amazon or BD and see a book you want to shelve, click that button and voila!



PLEASE NOTE:  The Shelve It function is currently part of the BookLikes coding review, so if you try to use it right now, your results may vary.  Amazon and BookDepository have changed their website functionality and this widget needs to be adjusted accordingly.  If the widget doesn’t work for you now, at least you know about for the future!  ;)


Editing book records


So what if you find your book, but it’s missing the cover, or series information or it’s marked as a Young Adult and it most certainly IS NOT YA?  Edit that record!  Fix it and help BookLikes towards perfection!  


Hyperbole aside, BookLikes allows anyone to edit a record to fix incorrect data for that edition. There are two ways to do this: either via the “edit” button, which allows you to make the edits yourself, or the “report” button which allows you to notify the librarians of the issues so they can fix it for you.  Both of these are on every book edition page.



Good things to know and remember:


1. If you do the edits yourself, you won’t see your changes instantly; your edits go into the librarian queue and can be rejected if they don’t meet the BL guidelines.  Currently there’s no communication method in place between librarians and users submitting edits, so if you don’t see your edits in, say, 48 hours, (it can be longer - they’re volunteers!) one or more of them likely got rejected.


2. If you’re changing the cover, either via edit or report, include a source link that verifies that edition has that cover.  Because cover wars are not an urban myth, and as a rule, librarians are picky.  Rejections happen without a valid source link.


3. DO NOT CHANGE or REMOVE AN ISBN.  Just don’t do it!  It almost never ends well; gnashing of teeth and rejection will almost surely be the result.  If you can’t find your edition, add it.  Don’t change someone else’s to suit yours.  There are RARE cases when an ISBN is invalid - it happens but not often.  When you know the ISBN is wrong, then do let BL know - use the report button and the comments box to explain why you think the ISBN is invalid.  Also: BookLikes does not remove out-of-print editions.  If it ever existed and had an ISBN, it stays and keeps the information that was valid for that edition at the time it was released (i.e. covers and titles and author pseudonyms).


4. If you see records that have both an ISBN and ASIN, and are listed as a “Kindle Edition” (note the uppercase K and the word “Edition”), this is a quirk of the imports and until it can be fixed, librarians need to split those records apart to form the correct ebook and kindle editions.  If you want to let the librarians know about the ones you come across, use the Report button and choose “other” from the pull down menu and include a request to split them in the comments field.


Those are the highlights, if you want more details about how to edit like a BL pro, you can find more, or ask questions on this thread:


Reblogged from BookLikes

I'm back ... What have I missed?

So, haven't been on since the holidays.


Now that I see booklikes (or someone) is at least posting to their blog again, I plan to get active again (at least once a week).


I'm still reading back through their blog posts then getting into my notifications.


What  have I missed since November?

Looking at dieting and diet cooking books? A roundup of 2015-2016 popular diets

Source: http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/loseweight/pages/top-10-most-popular-diets-review.aspx#alkaline-diet

Source: http://letsbreakourwallsdown.tumblr.com/post/13955153107

Still here

I'm still here.  But, I'll be mostly unplugged rest of year between holiday stuff, year end work stuff, and uncertainty about just how committed booklikes staff are.


I'll still be reading of course -- but, I'm taking a break from the online side of it and sticking to local bookstore purchases and just plain reading  til 2017.


Hope to still see all of you in 2017!

Randomly just found a free kindle edition from a familiar-to-me author

An American Werewolf In Hoboken (Wolf Mates Book 1) - Dakota Cassidy

From book description:

"…After being drugged and captured by Animal Control, Max Adams is on Hoboken's doggie death row when his life mate adopts him, takes him home, and promptly names him Fluffy. While JC, in all her new-pet-owner-ness, feeds "Fluffy" vile kibble, dresses him in mortifying dog couture, and schedules to have his manhood removed..."

Currently free in kindle edition (preorder)

Doctor Who: Whographica: An Infographic Guide to Space and Time - Steve O'Brien, Simon Guerrier, Ben Morris

Just preordered this one, publisher Harper Collins has the kindle edition currently free. 


Thanks to the links in a post about the HC freebies from Chris' Fish Place.

Harper Collins kindle freebies (thanks to Chris' Fish Place)

The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge - Matt Ridley Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop - Jenny Colgan Clean Eating Alice Spring Clean: Recipes and Workouts for a Healthier You - Alice Liveing Onward, Voyager: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Sampler - Chuck Wendig, Mitchell Hogan, A. G. Riddle, Ian Douglas, Jay Allan, Viola Carr, Liana Brooks, David Wellington, Henry  V. O'Neil, Michael R. Fletcher, Sarah Remy, Mel Odom, Richard Kadrey, Laura Bickle, Aer-ki Jyr, Kelley Grant, James Kendley, Nathan Garrison From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives - Jeffrey E. Garten Voyager: A Science Fiction and Fantasy eBook Sampler - Sheri S. Tepper, Richard Kadrey, Joseph Nassise, Nick Cole, Caitlin Kittredge, Jocelynn Drake, Erik Williams, Beth Cato, Tim Lees, Katherine Harbour, Bishop O'Connell, Kim Harrison, Lexie Dunne, Jack Heckel Sinatra's Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World - David Lehman Every Time We Say Goodbye: A Novel - Jennifer Robson First Women - Kate Andersen Brower

Just "bought" these Harper Collins published books for free -- thanks to this post from Chris' Fish Place.


Lots of good finds still browsing thru -- but you may want to read the descriptions as many are the perenielly free ebooks always available at Harper Collins website (the samplers, excerpts, previews, Short story from a larger anthology, part 1's, first chapters ...) while not always saying so in the title.

Source: http://ethiercn.booklikes.com/post/1487117/american-kindle-freebies-updated-with-link

Wrap-Up for October 2016's Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

I had a blast and found new folks to follow.


I don't really want to do the end survey because don't have new answers to the questions.


It was an unexpectedly beautiful day where I got fresh air and sunshine.  Made a huge difference; I'm surprised how much a difference.  (I wasn't fooled by sunspot-hogging kitties laying in front of open windows enjoying the fresh air -- they were not there just for me.)


I still have reviews to write but I did finish one review (unusual for me during the Readathon).


This time, I had a bit of trouble starting between my household and my work (still no idea why suddenly husband of 31 years who has known me for 33 years decided he now had to interrupt my reading to have an audience to mansplain things like the wifi I installed and how to use my sixth kindle ereader ...).


I did read more.  Finished three books, roughly 1,100 pages.  Didn't touch some planned filler material on standby in case my interest flagged or I needed to get rid of a book hangover.  Did not like my first book but really wanted to read my next selections so just went ahead and read.


Next time, I will relax my rule of having to read library books first during the Readathon.  If a library book isn't going fast or catching me up quickly, I can wait another 24 hours or so to read it outside of the Readathon.


Next time, I want to get drink/tea posts/threads going as well as the usual snacks ones.  


After last readathons and way too much time spent online and on Twitter -- this year, particularly with all the political tweets, I limited Twitter posts to just when I started a book (with a link to the book page on the publisher site rsther than a specific book or retail site). 


I also set a timer when going online to make Readathon posts so I didn't bury myself online for large periods of time versus reading.  Worked great plus I got up and moved around between timer going off and returning to reading.


I manually posted everywhere rather than spending time farting with all the editing aftermath of synchronizations/linking.  I particularly don't like how any of my devices or book sites tweet my posts and reading statuses.  Manually echoing worked much better for me and made for a less stressful Readathon. 


I didn't even pretend to keep up with goals, mini-challenges, sprints, and hourly discussions (other than the 4am and 5am ones I volunteered for).  I've had fun with them in past readathons, but they also lured me into spending too much time online.


If booklikes is still aorund April 2017, I'll participate again.  But, I plan to participate just from booklikes -- no Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or goodreads beyond a quickie "now starting this book for #readathon" tweet/post.  


Hey! I feel snubbed

Booklikes got snubbed?  Well, not mentioned in wrap ups.


I am prejudiced, of course, because booklikes is where I discovered the Dewey's Readathon.  I do realize Dewey's is predominantly a book bloggers event -- and that I'm cranky from staying awake 22 of the 24 hours of the Readathon,


For next April's Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon, I am considering using just booklikes.  No Twitter, no goodreads/goodreads-groups, no Facebook and no posts on main website beyond the signups and updating the database.


Despite years of participation on booklikes (plus booklikers actively volunteering and echoing postings elsewhere), Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon wrap up posts fail to mention booklikes as one of the social media or blog platforms  -- although quite glowing about the much newer don't-bully-books-keep-it-positive LItsy site (okay, yes, Litsy did donate/pay to be a sponsor).


Of course I didn't see booklikes dashboard more active than Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and goodreads.  Booklikes in no way has as many members, nevermind members participating in the readathons.


But booklikes could have gotten a mention even if booklikes didn't financially underwrite anything.  Twitter, goodreads and Facebook didn't underwrite anything either.


What about Reading Rainbow?  No mention this year?


What about the year-after-year devoted goodreads group that introduced so many of us to Dewey's and organized so much and so many participants (including many echoing on Litsy, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Booklikes) -- maybe could have gotten a mention rather than just Litsy.  Okay, so goodreads wasn't showing as a sponsor (I'm always surprised that neither Amazon nor goodreads seem to have contributed, seems like a logical bit of marketing).


And I'm really not sure how Dewey's can "use Litsy more in future" unless they mean to have more participants join Litsy.  (I'm not at all saying I think they should try to get more participants to join booklikes; as much as I like it here, there are too many issues like the uncertain future of a site where staff is so inactive that I'm afraid to recommend booklikes to anyone not already invested in using it).  I am saying I liked Dewey's a bit more when not making noises about in future utilizing certain sites more or remotely pushing which sites readers should use -- that's not a reflection on Litsy because I was leery of joining my first Dewey's because seemed so Twitter-centric and pushing Twitter until I realized how widespread participants were on multiple platforms. 

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: View the current tally of "Books Read Database for October 2016"