April 2015Weaving Pages: April 2015

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Waking Up Bookish Style

Hello!

It's not a secret that I'm not a fan of waking up early in the mornings. Especially on Monday mornings because ugh. IT'S MONDAY. AND 6:30. How can that possibly be any good? Of course that means I have to use my alarm clock. Every single morning. So... I had to get a little creative.
If you have to wake up early... you might as well wake yourself up with a little laugh at all the pain you put yourself through as a reader. Also, anything that is awful to Joffrey makes me feel better. I could watch the scene where Tyrion slaps Joffrey on replay- is that bad?


Monday, 27 April 2015

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Hello Everyone!!

I don't know what I'm more excited for; the fact that this book is amazing or that I can finally do those Game of Thrones quizzes without having spoilers burn my eyes. WHOOO!

13496Title: A Game of Thrones
Author: George R. R. Martin
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #1
Source: Bought
Publisher: Bantam Spectra
Published: August 6th 1996
No. of Pages: 853


Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.
 -(Goodreads)

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



Thursday, 23 April 2015

Bring Out the Book Boyfriends: Frank Porter - Since You've Been Gone

HELLLOO!

Guess what?! I finally have created another book boyfriends post!! I haven't done one for so long, and frankly (excuse the pun) I'm ashamed of myself. I need to uphold the book boyfriend love on this blog, or so help me. Basically, if I start slacking off this feature again, shout at me. It's the one time I'll go and stand in a corner to reflect about what I've done ;)

But never mind all that. We need to get on with this! Today, I'm presenting to you the wonderful Frank Porter from Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson. It's a brilliant book (that made me cry au contraire to what the ice cream cones on the front suggested) and Frank is just as brilliant as a book boyfriend. Thank you to the lovely Hazel and Holly for helping me out here! :D


I really hope you have enjoyed meeting Frank! He's just as awesome as Holly and Hazel have said he is! You should really read the book to get the full context of how sweet he really is- you will LOVE it! My review can be found here if you still aren't convinced. :)
P.S: HERE'S A CAT GIF FOR YOU <3

This is my dream cat. COME TO ME. :D


Sunday, 19 April 2015

Living A Life of Books


I love living a book filled life. That's me. There are books everywhere in my house, and in my life. They sit above my bed, line the shelves, hide in cupboards, fill the garage. I even find books in the kitchen, and in my bag. 

Books have many faces, literally and metaphorically. They give unmissable opportunities for photos like these, and have so many stories packed into a few pages. Of course, they vary from person to person. Depending on your experiences, a book might strike your heart or insult your very being. Books can make you and they can rip you apart. A book is a place beyond your wildest dreams, just waiting for you to come and live it.

But then there are 'those' books. The ones that capture you for hours, crying out each time they have to be put down. It's often agony to sit in a room with your bag nearby, knowing that a whole universe sits just at the reach of your finger tips. A feathered touch would suffice for you to immerse yourself in the words, and feel them cascade across you skin as they fill you with magic. It is heart-wrenching and constricting to share the same air as a book you cannot read.

But there is a cure to that tight, rolling stomach of yours. Reading. Let yourself be free- surround yourself with characters, languages, cultures and countries. Hold the words in your heart and never ever give them up. Then smile, because you have a gift; thoughts, dreams and feelings brought to life by the very things you read.


Friday, 17 April 2015

I Love the Twitter Favourite Button WAY too much

And I just can't help it. My fingers itch to press that little star and I even do it subconsciously where before I know it a sea of little highlighted stars laughs before me. I bet the people on the other end of the notifications aren't laughing, which is why I have to reign myself in and take control. IT'S A REAL ISSUE.

I'm always being selective with what I favourite, so that not every single tweet ranging from a ':)' to 'ASDFGHJKL' is being marked as the best thing in the world. (Though they kind of are, ehehe) Still, no matter how much self-restraint I exercise I always, always end up with an infinitive amount of tweets favourited. Then I panic and go on a big 'unfavourite spree' to try and make myself feel better. 

I don't know...are you annoyed when people favourite your tweets too much? TELL MEE, PLEASE! If you aren't and ever find yourself in need of getting 9999 tweets favourited, just start a conversation with me! You'll feel better in no time ;) One thing though- I will not apology for exploding your notifications...!


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

All That Glitters by Holly Smale

Hi Lovelies!

I was given this book for review from the lovely people at HarperCollins, so thank you to them for letting me review this because it was so enjoyable!


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Title: All That Glitters
Author: Holly Smale
Series: Geek Girl #4
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)
Publisher:HarperCollins Children's Books
Published: February 26th 2015
No. of Pages: 400
"My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek." The fourth book in the award-winning GEEK GIRL series. Harriet Manners has high hopes for the new school year: she's a Sixth Former now, and things are going to be different. But with Nat busy falling in love at college and Toby preoccupied with a Top Secret project, Harriet soon discovers that's not necessarily a good thing...-(Goodreads)
4 stars: Page decides that this book was very enjoyable
however, it was not catapulted into amazing.


Monday, 13 April 2015

The Weaving Pages Survey Results - PART II



Hi Lovelies!

I begun a survey a while back to ask people what they thought of Weaving Pages. I got some great responses and I wanted to share them with you as I enter my third year of blogging. Today I'm going to share the rest of my responses!

If you were me, what would you change/improve?

This bit of the survey is so useful, so thank you for the wonderful responses!

Some were about the design..

"Honestly not sure! Ummm maybe add a drop down menu (if possible)? :)"

"My one criticism of your blog as a visual experience is your use of a formal script for tab headers (and elsewhere) together with the loose and informal scripts you use for main headers. The overall look of your blog is informal (as is the tone of your writing). The more formal script slightly clashes with this. My training is in typography and this sort of thing tends to jump out at me. The overall look of your blog is excellent, however!"

"It's all so fabulous, I don't even know! Um, tidy the formatting? Add more blogs to the blog list? I CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING I LOVE IT ALL"

"Honestly, I really do like the format of your blog, but maybe update the fonts? I really don't know 'cause I think it's fine, but if I really wanted it to appeal more to ME, I would probably update the graphics. ;)"

The posts needed a little improvement at times...

"I think I'd like it is features were a little longer. I look forward to them and then often they are very quick."

And some were way too fun to read!

"*speaks Portuguese bc i am you*"

Last but not least were the other comments!

Thank you so much for all the sweet things you said!! You're all sweet little munchkins ;)

"Just go with your gut - if you want to change something, change it. If not, don't! Write something because you want to and not because everyone else is doing it or someone has told you to."

"I LOVE YOUR BLOG! It's amazing. And it's, like, one of my absolute favourite blog names!!"

"I love your blog and I'm glad I've started communicating with you more."

So there you have it! I'll definitely be improving things based on people's answers- they were so useful, thank you!! If you missed Part 1 of this series, where you can hear about people's favourite posts and how this blog makes them feel, just click here to view it!


Saturday, 11 April 2015

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Hello Everyone!

Every time someone asks me for fantasy book recommendations my instant reply is Throne of Glass by the same lovely author. Now I have yet another amazing book to recommend- it is definitely a favourite! Thank you to the lovely people at Bloomsbury Children's for sending it to me for review!

16096824Title: Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's 
Release Date: May 5th 2015
No. of Pages: 416


When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
 -(Goodreads)

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


Thursday, 9 April 2015

When We Need to Let Girls Learn


According to Speaking Books, 1 in 5 in the world are illiterate with 2/3 being women. And here I sit, writing on a book blog because I have the sheer gift of being able to read or write. It's almost laughable isn't it? How ridiculous it is to think that had I been born into a different family, a different country, a different situation I might never have realised my love for words. Never have even discovered how much 26 characters mean to me. 
     It would never have even been my fault. It could have been because I never got to go to school, or because I was forced into marriage at an early age. Or just as simple as never having the chance to read or write. Never having the opportunity we all take for granted.

Being lucky enough to be able to read all the books I want and to write down all I think, it would be even more ridiculous not to use it. If I have been given this incredible opportunity, why shouldn't I use it to make sure others do to? It's not even a question for me, it's simply a duty. 

I'm a dreamer you see. I have a quote on my bedroom wall that reads "Tenho em mim todos os sonhos do mundo." In English, that's "I have in me all the dreams of the world" and never have truer words been spoken by the literary genius Fernando Pessoa. The quote sums me up. I have almost too many things I want to do, but I'll focus on the ones that require words.
     I want to write a book. I want to go to University. I want to become a Lawyer. I wish to travel and I wish to read and read and read. I want to make the most of what the world has to offer and fight for others to be able to do the same. Nevertheless, I'm lucky enough to know that I can make those dreams happen if I work hard enough and if I strive for it. They are possible for me, but for others they aren't.

I need to be able to read and write to be an author. I'll have to read a lot to go to University and be a Lawyer. For me to travel I'll need to be able to fill out forms, to read information and to work to earn money for flights and accommodation. If I couldn't read or write, how many of those dreams would I have left?

62 million. 62 million girls are not in school globally. That is 62 million girls who don't have the chance to dream for things like I do. But we can make it our dream to give them that chance. There is a whole world out there to hope for, bursting with imagination and ideas. No child can think to reach for it if they don't know it exists, and they can't do that if they don't have basic things like an education. Everyone has a right to dream, and we need to fight for that.

I'm hoping to do that by helping and bringing awareness to 'Let Girls Learn'. It's a US government initiative to help teenage girls get the education they have a right to. Whether that's helping them get the education they need, stopping child marriages or showing girls that their voice is important, they are giving girls the opportunities to finally reach what they want and break the cycle of poverty.

Let Girls Learn has come a long way and I'm determined to bring more awareness to it. Their website has a lot more information if you want to find out more about how you can help out. Hopefully this post has helped more people discover their amazing work and effort, so that we can watch that '62 million' shrink and shrink. Thank you for your work.


Tuesday, 7 April 2015

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

Hi Lovelies!

This book was given to me for review via Edelweiss, from the lovely Balzer + Bray. Thank you so much to them for allowing me to finish off such a fabulous series! Also: just note how GORGEOUS all the covers are... :D

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Title: A Cold Legacy
Author: Megan Shepherd
Series: The Madman's Daughter #3
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: January 27th 2015
No. of Pages: 390

After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.

With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.
 -(Goodreads)

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



Sunday, 5 April 2015

Plans for my Third Year of Blogging


I'm officially in my third year of blogging. To me, that seems huge, and I almost cannot believe it. However, that doesn't mean I don't have plans. I have a lot of plans AND IT'S TIME TO SHARE!

1. Put things together

I love a lot of things along with books, and as such I want to start putting things together. I'm going to put a bookish twist on whatever I can and if it works- WHOOP! If it doesn't? I don't mind! You've already seen a few examples of this, so watch out for some more different posts popping up along with the usual reviews. :)

2. Opinions, Opinions and MORE Opinions!

We had a few rants last year. But honestly? I haven't been showing enough of my very-eager-to-launch-into-a-debate-with-anyone side. I'm going to start writing some posts giving my thoughts on issues that come up, and maybe even start searching for YA books that also deal with them too. I've always been a little scared to say something and have the whole internet come at me but you know- things are pretty boring if you don't speak up!! :)

3. Get the hang of this thing..

Hopefully this is the year where all my blog skills grow in terms of graphics, photo editing and all that stuff. I'm going to be reading up and trying things out. Of course, there will be epic Pinterest fails, I'm sure, but YAY for experimenting!

4. Bookish Events

I'm going to be trying my hardest to get myself to some more bookish events!! What sucks is that I live far away from the south where a lot of stuff happens, so usually I save those precious train rides to London for big things like the Divergent premiere last year! I'll be on the look out though for things I can get too and hopefully there will be a lot of unexpected opportunities once more. :D

So yes- those are my hopes and ideas! Now, I've got a lot of blog tidying to do and things to sort out... It happens when all the blogging energy goes out of you for three weeks... ;P



Friday, 3 April 2015

The Weaving Pages Survey Results - PART I


Hi Lovelies!

I begun a survey a while back to ask people what they thought of Weaving Pages. I got some great responses and I wanted to share them with you as I enter my third year of blogging. Because I doubt you're interested on how people found my blog, etc. (That's more useful for me, aha!) I'm just going to get started with some of the more interesting questions and answers, so off we go!


How does my blog make you feel?

I absolutely loved reading these answers! Everyone was so nice and sweet, and a few of my favourites were:

"Your blog makes me feel happy. Every time its updated I feel really pleased. Everything is written with a visible passion and its a pleasure to read your posts."

"like a pringle."

"I love it! Its so pretty and all of your writing is amazing!"

"LIKE IM A HAPPY UNICORN FLOATING ON LITTLE RAINBOW CLOUDS."

"Like I'm not alone and like there are other book bloggers out there that are doing great and it makes me happy."

"I see books on your blog that I might not have read, but the way you write so passionately makes me want to go and pick them up."

AWWWW! HUGS FOR EVERYONE!!!



Wednesday, 1 April 2015

IT'S MY BLOGOVERSARY!! WHOOOO!

GUYYSSSS! TWO YEARS!? WHOAAAHHH. I mean, this blog is still a baby, but when I look back to where I started and what I was like two years ago... it's just weird. I don't even remember what it feels like not to have a blog. Who did I rant to about evil characters I needed to punch?! OR WORSE; WHO DID I TALK TO ABOUT MY BOOK BOYFRIENDS. Sure, I also don't remember what it's like to not have a review to write but what's that compared to the utter joys and fangirling of book blogging?

Stepping away from the party poppers for a second, I haven't prepared anything too big like I did last year. It was so much fun to organise but these last few weeks have been like: WHAT IS TIME? and I have put away my 'go big or go home' motto and love for dramatics to just give you all a thank you because you definitely deserve it. :)

TO THE READERS:

You awesome person. Yes, you. Because you're amazing enough to give up a few seconds or minutes or even hours to read the little sentences I utter on this blog. 2 years ago, I had no clue about blogging. Nothing. Nada. But I kept pounding at the keyboard, and it was you that took a chance. You started reading, left the sweetest comments and made me laugh. You made me smile to think that someone actually enjoyed to read what I write, and that's why I get such excitement from giving you new posts and just trying my best to make this the best blog I can give you. It makes all the time, the effort and the 'I CAN'T LOOK AT A SCREEN ANY LONGER' moments worth it.

Thank you.


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