5 Awesome Website Cliques To Join

Sharing Saturday: website cliques

Fandom Friday is on a break for May so no Fandom 5 this week, however, I will be choosing some old topics to complete for the next couple of Fridays.

This week sharing Saturday is focusing on website cliques – the word clique has a lot of bad connotations, however, in this case, it is a positive one. According to dictionary.com a clique can be defined as “Informal. to form, or associate in a clique“. A website is literally that; a group formed due to an association with something. In this case, website cliques come in all different colours and flavours. You would apply to join one, be listed as a member and link back to the clique on your site to show your membership. Cliques were mainly popular about 10 + years ago but they’ve been making a comeback, and they’re a great way to meet new people and get some more visitors to your site. They can be for anything, from a love of a certain thing, to claim sites such as my Bookworms Clique (claim your favourite book and show your love for reading) and Level Up! (show your inner gamer and claim anything from a video game), or for a particular cause to show awareness, like Fighting Everyday a clique for invisible illnesses.

So today I want to introduce you to 5 website cliques that I think are awesome. You can view more cliques and other ‘joinables’ over at Webmaster Links. Joinables are basically anything a webmaster/blogger can join in return for popping up a code/button/link back on their site.

 

Just can't get enough clique

Just Can’t get Enough

Food Clique

Food is one of those universal things that everyone has in common, whether you’re a chocolate lover or have a thing for apples, it unites us all.

 

dearestDearest

One True Pairing (OTP)

Not everyone has an OTP, but it is a common idea in most fandoms and that is why I love this clique. Again it brings people together and it’s a great way of celebrating your fandom.

 

Dimension cliqueDimension

Nintendo DS

While I’m not a DS player, I know that it is very popular and this clique has such cute little pixels for you to use to link back with!

 

Patron - Mythology CliquePatron

Folklore/Mythology

Patron is one of the oldest cliques still active and is for anyone who has an interest in mythology or folklore. You join and list a guardian of your website.

 

Soul Sisters cliqueSolstice

Princess Claim

This is a claim clique in which you choose a princess to protect. It isn’t limited to only disney princeses, so any princess from any fandom can be chosen!

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little peak into the world of website cliques and hope you’ll enjoy exploring the world of cliques as much as I do! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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My top 10 beauty products

Sharing Saturday: my top 10 beauty products

Pretend that says Saturday and I’m not a day late, ok? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here are my top 10 beauty products.

 

  1. Barry M Nail Polish, Aquarium Collection.
  2. Boots Coconut and Almond Intensive Hair Mask.
  3. Collection 2000 eye shadow palettes.
  4. Garnier Pure Active Toner.
  5. Nivea Milk and Honey lip balm.
  6. Lush Lip Scrub.
  7. The Body Shop Honey and Oat 3-in-1 Scrub Mask.
  8. The Body Shop Peppermint Intensive Foot Rescue.
  9. Radox Shower Smoothies.
  10. Herbal Essence Tousle me Softly hair conditioner.

 

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How to Easily Find Free & Cheap Books

Sharing Saturday: How to find free books

As a companion to my Finding Free Ebooks SS a few weeks ago I was asked to list a version for paperback books. As I’m from the UK I primarily only have experience with sites and places that UK friendly, but some of these do cross over for international readers as well ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Finding Books Online

Bookmooch

One of my favourite places to get books, Bookmooch works on a points system. Every time you add a book to your trading list or trade a book, you earn points. You then use these points to ‘buy’ books from others. This is an international site so you can choose to send books outside your home country, but what I love is that if you’re unable to do that due to postage costs it doesn’t in anyway hamper your ability to get books from international users. It just costs more points; something like 3 points instead of 1. You do have to pay postage for any books you send, however, it doesn’t cost you anything to trade books. The trader pays the postage. I’m not currently trading at the moment but you’re welcome to add me as a friend for when I’m back in the game. I can only send to the UK though.

 

Read it Swap It

I’m not a massive fan of Read it Swap it because it requires an actual swap, like for like. That means that you need to have something on your trade list that the other user wants and 98% of the time that doesn’t happen. There are also a lot of users who are AWOL, but, it isn’t entirely useless and there’s a lot of variety, including a lot of children and family books. I usually run it alongside Bookmooch when I’m trading, so my account is here.

 

Paperback Swap

I’ll start off by saying that I have never used Paperback Swap simply because it seems to be more US based and I could never work out whether it could be used by other countries. In a similar fashion to Bookmooch you get book credits when you swap a book and use them to trade for new books. It has a paid version, however, there is a free version although I have no experience with this site so I don’t know what the difference is between them.

 

 

Finding Books Offline

 

Libraries

Yes it is an obvious one. Libraries have books, duh! However, not everyone uses their local library for various reasons. In the UK most libraries have a way for you to reserve books from any library in the area/county and get it transferred to your local library, so you literally just need to walk in and pick them up. You can spend time browsing the shelves if you want, but if you don’t have the time it doesn’t mean you can’t utilise your library! Also e-books are becoming a regularly occurrence at libraries and even the ones that don’t have a massive selection will still have some of interest. Libraries are also great for comics/graphic novels and Manga, especially if you’re just starting out and want to have a nosey.

 

Charity Shops

Charity Shops are a goldmine for cheap books, dvds, games (video and board) and cds. They can range from 20p – ยฃ1 and have a surprisingly good range. I read primary fantasy and urban fantasy and didn’t expect to find many at all, and I’ve found some in every shop I’ve visited. You can also find some great deals on comics/graphic novels because most charity shops have no idea what they’re doing with them so they try to sell them off in bulk as quick as possible. And of course you’re helping a good cause at the same time ๐Ÿ™‚

Car Boot Sales / Fairs

Most local schools, churches and community centres run regular boot sales, markets and fairs and like Charity shop they are a great way to find stuff like cheap books. Any local markets or second hand events will have something of interest. You can usually find your local ones by googling or checking facebook for a local group.

 

 

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How to Easily Find Free Ebooks Online

Sharing Saturday: How to find free ebooks online

I am a massive bookworm and as I’ve just started a book challenge on instagram I figured it was a good time to pass on my knowledge of free ebooks. My fiancรฉ was extremely happy when I got a kindle because it meant that he didn’t have to fit a bunch of books into our luggage every time we travelled. I read a lot when I’m on holiday. Anyway, I can’t spend as much as I’d like on books so I am always looking for free books whether they’re from my local libraries (yes I’m a library student, but I’m not paid to say that :P), traded online or from free ebook sites. A lot of ebooks are self-published and/or indie authors, however, I also use various sites that alert me of free ebooks of my favoured genres and authors.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg offers various versions of old texts/literature that have passed the x amount of years copyright. If you’re a Literature student this site will save you a fortune ๐Ÿ˜› You can pretty much find almost any old text you need here, with the exception of ones that have been reproduced recently due to new films. For example, for C.S Lewis you can find all of his Alice and Wonderland and other works, but not his Narnia series because due to the films it is still under copyright.

 

BookBub

Bookbub is one of several sites I’ll be listed here that you can sign up for email notifications and based on your selection of genres and authors they will send you out an email of free and bargain (usually under ยฃ2.00) ebooks. I’ve gotten quite a few on my wish list from this one in particular. If you don’t want to receive emails you can also view your choices on their website instead. I just find email easier as I can quickly browse it and then delete it; I never remember to check these sites.

 

Freebooksy

Freebooksy is very similar to Bookbub apart from it doesn’t have tailored results on its webpage for you, so if you want them you do need to sign up for an email. Like Bookbub I’ve fulfilled a lot of my to read list with this handy site.

 

BookHippo

I’ve not been using BookHippo as long as the other two and I don’t like how they format their emails; it really isn’t easy to have a quick glance for the freebies and it isn’t tailored as well. However, it isn’t entirely useless and has gotten me some good stuff for free.

 

eReader IQ

I saved the best for last. I am completely in love with eReader IQ and have gotten a fabulous amount of free kindle books from authors I enjoy/want to read thanks to this nifty site. In short this site does two things; tells you when an ebook version has become available and tells you when an ebook reaches your price limit. Not only is this brilliant for getting free books, it also means you can get much cheaper copies of your favourite reads. The site currently works with amazon US, CA and UK (and thus is only for kindle I’m afraid) and checks your list of books and authors regularly against amazon. It then sends you an email to let you know. The beauty of it is you can import any amazon wish list rather than add every single book by hand. I didn’t have them on an amazon wish list as I primarily use goodreads for my book lists, but it was worth the trouble of setting one up – and when I did so I actually found a tonne of books already going for free on amazon! By setting up a wish list you can also set the list by low price and have a quick check to see if you can spot any bargains.

 

A few tips

I also wanted to share a few tips for ebook hunting.

If you find an ebook free on an amazon .co.uk/.com i.e. not your country, just change the extension to the correct one. Most of amazon’s cataloguing system works across countries so by changing a .com to .co.uk you can check if the book is free for you too. Quite often it is!

Also be careful with sites that make you sign up and pay to access ebooks and this includes Amazon Unlimited. Quite often they only have indie or self-published authors rather than popular/well established authors. There are also some sites out there that have advertising set up for when you search a book and it claims to have your book in ebook format – a lot of the time they’re completely false. It’s just a gimmick.

 

Ordinary books?

I know not everyone likes ebooks or has an ebook reader, and I do have a bunch of useful places to trade books online. If anyone’s interested in a Sharing Saturday version about normal paperback books please let me know in the comments check it out here! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Geek on the High Street

Sharing Saturday: Geek on the High Street

Ok, so technically it’s Sunday (and quite late on a Sunday at that). This week has been tough, and I had to skip last weeks SS so I refused to skip a second one.

Geek on the High Street is an idea I had last year and considered creating a blog around, instead it will make a regular appearance as a Sharing Saturday. I had hoped to go out and actually browse shops, but sadly health hasn’t allowed for that so I’ve had to look online. The aim of Geek on the High Street is to find and highlight geeky products that can be found in normal high street stores. I’ll be mainly focusing on women’s fashion since mostly women read my blog, but if anyone is interested in a male version please let me know in the comments!

New Look

New look had a few things, but primarily there were lots and lots of unicorns. Either unicorns are ‘in’ at the moment or someone at New Look reaaallly likes them. Here’s a few of my faves along with some Minnie and Snoopy tops I found. All of these can be found on the New Look website.

 

H & M

H & M had a few band t-shirts as well as these cute batman PJs, Minion socks, Micky PJ bottoms and Micky top.

 

Top Shop

I’m not a massive Top Shop fan, I honestly avoid it like the plague because I’ve always found its products are the total opposite of geekyness. However, it turned out to be a virtual gold mine of geeky stuff. There’s a tonne more Micky and Minnie stuff on there (the mouses are very in right now it seems) but I absolutely love the troll top ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Uniqlo

As you can see the Disney Mouses trend continues in Uniqlo, although they did have several other Disney t-shirts such as the Alice and Wonderland and Snow White tops featured here. There were also a couple of Hello Kitty ones as well, so this is definitely one to watch to see what else they come up with

 

And the rest…

.Then there were a few notable items from these shops. Blondie T-shirt from Miss Selfridge, Minnie socks from Next (they had a few other cute Disney and animation pairs too!) and David Bowie jumper from River Island.

 

I hope you enjoyed this first edition of Geek on the High Street ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know what you think of these products in the comments!