February 2015Weaving Pages: February 2015

Friday, 27 February 2015

Escaping the Grip of the Empty Blog Schedule

1. Guest Posts!!

A lot of people will be willing to do guest posts for you! I like to make an announcement on Twitter, asking if anyone would like to. This is really good for when you see that you won't have time to blog, as people love guest posts too! Usually, I let the guest post on whatever they like, but I have had people ask if I want anything specific. I love doing this, because not only does it help me out, it can also help others who are trying to get their blog out there with exposure to different readers. Remember- guest posters are doing you a huge favour, so don't abuse that! 

2. Write it out

What works for me, sometimes, is just to sit down and write. I usually write about what I'm feeling- like my current post on how I've realised I just have to do things. This was one of those post where I just talked about what I felt, and in about 10 minutes I had a post. For me, it also helps to make my blog a little more personal too. For me, this works because I don't have an off button. I just talk, a lot. It might not be the best method for you, but have a go!

3. Your Blog Feed is your best friend

When you need inspiration look at your blog feed. What posts there catch your eye? What posts would you like to have written? Have a little read through and see if any posts inspire you to write your own. Sometimes, you might even find tags or features that you can participate in. There is so much to be found!

4. Pinterest it

Not only does Pinterest have gorgeous photos that might get you writing, it also has link to loads of posts. There are many posts titled 150 ideas for posts when you have none so make use of those resources! Skim through the list and see if there is anything you'd like to write about- I'm sure there is. Even if you feel you have no time to write, you might find something that gets you itching to type out all your thoughts- find 5 minutes and SPRINT!

5. Grab the Camera

People like photos. That's a known fact. They are a lot more welcoming than huge blocks of black and white text. Sometimes, just getting out your phone and taking a few creative snaps in your everyday life can make a post. You can share them on Instagram, and then make a post on how your life's been lately using those pictures. If you're feeling creative or you love photography, this is a really fun idea. :)

6. Shut down that laptop

When all else fails, leave it. Yes, that might sound like weird advice, but just leave it. You might be tired and busy, so just leave your blog alone for a week. Go to the park, read a book, binge watch a TV show. Just leave it and relax. Everyone will understand, and a blogging break does a world of good! By the time its over, you'll be teeming with ideas. You'll see. 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Letter From A Reader: We Were Liars by E Lockhart

Hello Everyone!

This was sent to me by the lovely people over at Hot Key Books! Thank you!! Wow, I did not expect that... It's traumatising, let me warn you. I hope you like the letter I wrote to it though. :)

16143347Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Series: N/A
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Published: May 13th 2014
No. of Pages: 227

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

 5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
 flying with joy.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Ally Carter giveaway time!

Hello Marvelous Friends!

To celebrate the release of All Fall Down (My review will be up next week!) I have a giveaway for you all! 3 of you can win a Miss Sporty nail polish, and a copy of one of the Gallagher Girls novels- with the new jackets. :) Just fill out the rafflecopter form below, and you're on your way! So if you take a peek above, you can see the fabulous new covers and the gorgeous nail polish covers- I'm excited for you! :D

Good Luck! Terms and Conditions are in the form above. :) 

Saturday, 21 February 2015

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Hello Everyone!

I picked up this book a few weeks ago since I'm on my journey to read more classics, and it was much lovelier than I thought!

Title: The Old Man and the Sea
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Series: N/A 
Source: Bought
Publisher: Arrow Books
Published: 1952
No. of Pages: 99 

Here, for a change, is a fish tale that actually does honor to the author. The Old Man & the Sea revived Hemingway's career, which was foundering under the weight of such postwar stinkers as Across the River & into the Trees. It also led directly to his receipt of the 1954 Nobel Prize--an award he gladly accepted, despite his earlier observation that "no son of a bitch that ever won the Nobel Prize ever wrote anything worth reading afterwards". A half century later, it's still easy to see why. This tale of an aged Cuban fisherman going head-to-head with a magnificent marlin encapsulates Hemingway's favorite motifs of physical & moral challenge.  -(Goodreads)

4 stars: Page decides that this book was very enjoyable
however, it was not catapulted into amazing.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

A Life Story - Just Do It


I thought I'd do a post on how my life is right now- just for some fun, and so that you can get to know me a bit more. I think I might turn this into a feature, we'll see how it goes. ;)

Half-term just started, and this week off also means I had a lot of tests leading up to it. Who knows- I'll probably have lots when I get back to. Still, that means I've been tired. I've been revising Physics and how waves work in an attempt to get it all in my brain, and also memorising the difference between Abiotic and Biotic factors for Biology. 
      Along with that, I had to write a 600 word story for English, which is possibly the most enjoyable piece of coursework I've ever done. I'm quite proud of what I wrote, but let me tell you: 600 words is HARD. Editing became my best friend as I tried to cut down by about 100 words. It was a good experience despite that. I learned to get to the point and stop taking the long path around the village instead of just crossing the bridge. I'm still thinking of going back to the draft I have on my computer and writing some more, since I won't have a word limit. 
     That being said, I have another story I need to focus on. That one definitely doesn't have a word limit, and I've reached 17,000 words which I'm even happier about. With all the revision, its been neglected for the past week, and I'm going to make an effort to get back into the swing of it.
A Trip to the Beach

The funny thing is, last year, I had such a problem juggling blogging and school and life. It was hard, I got busy, school had to come first and that would mean a week with no posts. I had to have a full month of a blogging break. This year hasn't been as bad as I thought. I used to wonder how on earth I would get by with the amount of homework and exams without taking a million breaks. It's guaranteed I'll be taking one near summer- I'll have mock exams and then I go without internet in the summer- but so far, it's been okay. Yes, it isn't easy, but I've done it. 

         It's made me realise a lot. I've had homework every week this year, and the tests are constantly coming at me. I did three controlled assessments in a term last year. It wasn't fun- it was draining and I would be a walking zombie by the end of the week (getting up at 6:30 is the worst!) but I did it. I'm not as scared or stressed about exams anymore because of that; I know I'll just do it. I'll revise, I'll find the time and I will do it. Because there isn't another choice, and I know that I can do it, so I will. I don't let myself worry- it's not going to help me pass. I just sit down, work, and do it.
         So far, it's gone well. I've had a few moments of collapse where I swear that I'm going to fail at life and start making back-up plans to marry a rich guy, but it's been good. Things have worked out, and I've just kept going at it. I want to succeed, and I'm going for it- I'm not one who likes to be held back. 
         To steal Nike's ever know phrase, what I've learnt is: 'just do it.' Because you can, because you have to, because you will. There are times when all the inspirational Pinterest posts in the world aren't going to help in the slightest, even if they're in the most gorgeous font you've even seen. But just realise what I have; you will do it. No matter how difficult it can seem, you will do it. That's the final word.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Bookish Valentine's Help with Man Crates


This is a lovely Valentine's post for you all, which I hope is just as good as all the chocolate you're hopefully getting! Then again- what can beat chocolate?

Man Crates is a company that ships gifts for men in custom wooden crates that have to be opened with a crow bar. Yes- a crow bar. I don't know about you, but I want to push the men aside- I want one of these! Since February 14th is today, I've selected 5 items I would put in a Man Crate to help someone on a date. Of course, it is bookish themed, so enjoy and Happy Valentine's Day!

1. Books are a must. They will help you ALWAYS. Whether you're in need of date ideas (Archery anyone?) or just some idea of every fangirl's perfect guys (*cough* The Herondales *cough*) books are the way to go. Not to mention, people who read ARE AWESOME and it will earn anyone some serious brownie points- at least in my books!

2. Chocolate is an essential, along with all the books. Everyone loves chocolate, unless they are allergic to it, so it works as a gift or if you're in need of treating yourself: CHOCOLATE! It is the key to anyone's heart. ;)

3. I love the smell of books. They smell GORGGEOOUUSSS. Which is why I tracked down this Paperback scented cologne spray. YOU CAN SMELL LIKE BOOKS. WHAT MORE COULD ANYONE WANT. This would be like having a paperback with you at all times.... Perfect!

4. I have yet to get a Harry Potter wand, and I would possibly marry someone on the spot if they bought me one. Then I could finally convince myself that the owl meant to deliver my Hogwarts letter got stuck in a tree on the way. I'm sure many others feel the same way, ahaha!

5. Last but not least, in case everythhinngggg goes wrong on Valentine's Day, you can always use a time turner. Just make sure to not let past you see you... ;)

That's all for today! Have a lovely Valentine's Day- have fun and be respectful and kind to others- and make sure to have a look at Man Crates! Their products look like a lot of fun, so go have a peek. :)

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Hello Everyone!

I received this book for review via Edelweiss from the lovely HarperTeen, so thank you to them for allowing me to review this! Eeeeeee - I loved it!

Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #1
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: February 10th 2015
No. of Pages: 383
This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The poverty-stricken Reds are commoners, living in the shadow of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from the Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Then Mare finds herself working at the Silver palace, in the midst of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
4 stars: Page decides that this book was very enjoyable
however, it was not catapulted into amazing.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Twitter: The Tips and Tricks Part 2

Hello Lovelies!

Despite the common knowledge that quite a lot of us LOVE the little bird known as Twitter, I have decided to give people a few tips. When asked about how to get started in the blogging world I always, always, always say Twitter. And I will continue doing so. Not including other bits and pieces, twitter was how I really got into the blogging community. I joined in with one twitter chat once I made an account, and I just remember meeting SO MANY new people! I think most of my bloggy friends were made on Twitter, if I'm honest- and they're all brilliant!!

You may remember my first post about Twitter from last week, where I just included some tips on getting started. However, today, I have the contributions of some lovely twitter people to help me give you some tips on Twitter etiquette! 

One of the general pieces of advice for any kind of social media is that, just because you're sitting behind a screen, it doesn't give you an excuse to suddenly be mean. Words can hurt, whether they're spoken or written. Just ask anyone. Orli puts it extremely well:
You're on Twitter to share your thoughts and to have fun! Being the person who is always putting other down won't make your experience fun, so make sure you try to be nice. That doesn't mean you constantly have to be so kind it gets to the point it's fake, just be conscious of other's feelings and you'll get along great!

Fi's piece of advice kind of goes hand in hand with what I said too:
Everyone wants to know you, not whatever image you're trying to get across. Be yourself! If others don't like that, it's their loss. The people that matter are those who love you enough to tolerate your slight craziness. (THANKS GUYS! *HUGS*)

Of course, if everyone's acting like they do in real life, things aren't always going to be rainbows and unicorns. And that's okay. People get frustrated, things happen, and it's not always intentional. So take Elicia's advice:
Just move on. Sometimes it's for the best. I personally tend to not wade into conflicts, although sometimes I do have things to say on a issue (ones that aren't between people!!) and I'll speak out. But you have to learn to judge situations. Subtweeting happens sometimes and, even if it's about you, a lot of us just choose to leave it alone. Nothing good comes out of conflict- trust me. What Valery tweets applies to the situation very well, I think!
So you know: think before you tweet! Arianne also had a lovely piece of advice:
Basically, be nice, kind, be crazy, have fun, be you. And yes, I'm completely aware this sounds like one of those adverts with 20 year olds pretending to be 13. But we won't mention that.
Hope you enjoyed this little piece of advice- but remember, these are just tips! They are completely susceptible to a lot of things!

Friday, 6 February 2015

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Hello Everyone!

You know how I completely failed last year's resolution to read at least one classic. WELL I DID IT! It may be 2015, but I DID IT! And not only did I read it, but I loved it and have caught the bug- anyone have any classics they recommend?? Tell me and I'll read them all!!
4671Title: The Great Gatbsy
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Series: N/A
Source: Bought
Publisher: Scribner
Published: 1925
No. of Pages: 180

A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, The Great Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's--and his country's--most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning--"Gatsby's rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream.

It's also a love story, of sorts, the narrative of Gatsby's quixotic passion for Daisy Buchanan. The pair meet five years before the novel begins, when Daisy is a legendary young Louisville beauty and Gatsby an impoverished officer. They fall in love, but while Gatsby serves overseas, Daisy marries the brutal, bullying, but extremely rich Tom Buchanan. After the war, Gatsby devotes himself blindly to the pursuit of wealth by whatever means--and to the pursuit of Daisy, which amounts to the same thing. "Her voice is full of money," Gatsby says admiringly. His millions made, Gatsby buys a mansion across Long Island Sound from Daisy's patrician East Egg address, throws lavish parties, and waits for her to appear. When she does, events unfold with detached, cynical neighbor Nick Carraway acting as chorus throughout.

 5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
 flying with joy.

Monday, 2 February 2015

A Monthly Recap: January

Hello Everyone!!

JANUARY IS OVER. WHAT. Excuse me while I weep over the fact that 2015 is one month in and I still haven't stopped writing '2014'. In fact, I'm pretty sure the other day I wrote '2012'. Lets not mention that, hmm? Anywho, January has been a month of ice, cold, ideas, cold and a few more deranged ideas caused by the lack of heat. Don't we just love it when I'm dramatic? ;D HAPPY ONE MONTH IN 2015 and on with the recap!


That was a pretty good month for books, don't you think? Look out for a review of The Great Gatsby!

Awesome/Important Stuff:
Around the Blogosphere:
Favourite Book:

 I'm Reading...

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Top 5 Songs:
Take Away the Books:
  • It's been snowing and it's beauuuttttiifull. It's also cold, windy, and becomes a death trap once it turns to ice. But still. Sledging = YAY!
  • The 100 came back and I am a bigger fangirl than ever before, hence all the posts on the subject. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, just go take a peek at my twitter. You're bound to understand why I love it. ALSO: GO WATCH.
  • Since I'm on the topic of TV shows, I'm also waiting patiently for Agents of SHIELD to come back from the midseason break. I NEED MY FITZSIMMONS! I'm thinking of starting Agent Carter too- anyone seen that?
  • Been busy watching The Hobbit films, and I am in LOVE with that world! I officially need to read the book, and I'm definitely going to start watching The Lord of The Rings. The battle scenes in The Hobbit were EPIC. It's an amazing film.
Lets hope that February is slightly warmer, don't you think? 

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