Hey there guys, gals, and non-binary pals! CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT 2018 IS OVER? Because I sure as hell can’t! Seems like just yesterday I was toying with the idea of starting a book blog. And here I am, a little over ten months later, now with an audience, now a part of a wonderful community. I can’t believe how far I’ve come along! I am so happy, y’all!
Book blogging has become such a huge and important part of my life. Not only have I met so many wonderful people and made so many new friends, I’ve also improved my reading habits (making efforts to read diversely, critiquing books in a more nuanced way, viewing literature through a more contextual lens) and actually met my Goodreads challenge!
So overall, 2018 was a good year to me and my blog, and here’s how it went:
Whaddup, guys, gals, and enby pals! How are your holidays going so far? Have you fallen into that post-Christmas, pre-New Year vortex of weirdness where you’re not sure if you’re still on holiday? Because I have. And I have fallen hard. It is literally a struggle to get up and take a shower, you know? I just want to spend the last week of the year cuddled up in bed with my cat, reading.
(Or maybe I’m just conserving energy needed for the New Year’s Eve festivities…?)
But! I made a commitment to Shealea’s #Project14Lists (read more about it here), and I stick to my commitments where Shealea’s concerned! And speaking of Shealea, today’s list is dedicated to her! It’s a part of my Christmas present (the rest will come when her, Cara, and I are all back in Manila, lol) as well as a blogging anniversary gift!
Read on to find out why you should be following Shealea and get her to 4K followers!
Season’s greetings guys, gals, and enby pals! Whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope you had a good one. And if you don’t celebrate any – well, I hope y’all had a wonderful, stress-free day.
As per yoosh, today’s post will be another entry in Shealea’s #Project14Lists. To know more about #Project14Lists, check out Shealea’s intro post here.
This one will be all about my favorite TV shows to binge-watch while writing. I play TV shows in the background while writing my blog posts, and while working, studying, or writing, instead of listening to music or a podcast. Just in case this method of stimulating your brain juices works for you as well, here’s what I like playing in the background when I’m at my laptop!
Hallelu, guys, gals, and nonbinary pals! I’m back with my second entry for #Project14Lists, a blogging collaborations started by Shealea of That Bookshelf Bitch to celebrate her third anniversary. To know more about Shealea and her journey in the book blogging world, as well as #Project14Lists, you can check out her introductory post here, or the rest of her blog here.
This list is a little bit late, because I promised this would go live yesterday (blame Gail Villanueva and her propensity for turning lunch dates into lunch-until-dinner dates, lol) but I hope you enjoy my list anyway, which today will be about my least liked reads of the year.
I will be doing a wrap-up post of my 5-star reads for the year soon (mostly towards the tail-end of December so I can close the year on a positive note) but I think it’s also important to talk about the books that I didn’t like. After all, as book bloggers, we have the responsibility and the right to talk about both books we immensely disliked (as long as we remain courteous and don’t tag the authors, of course!). That is, after all, why we have this platform.
Without further ado, here are my least liked books of 2018!
Hello guys, gals, and nonbinary pals! I come to you today from the celebration of That Bookshelf Bitch’s third anniversary. Can you believe? Let’s all give my girl Shealea some props and kudos for being such a mainstay in the world of book blogging!
As part of her celebration, she’s currently hosting #Project14Lists, a book blogging event from December 18 to 31 with the goal of posting at least one bookish lists per day – and she’s invited a ton of fellow book bloggers to join her.
Yours truly is part of this team of intrepid bloggers, but because I am a coward with a shit ton of deadlines, I committed to five lists by the end of 2019 – to be posted on the 21st (that’s today!), 22nd, 28th, 29th, and 31st of December!
In the spirit of the season, today’s list will be all about the bookish gifts you can get for your family and friends. All of these books are from my 2018 reading list, so you can bet your bottom dollar they’re 100% Kate-approved! Strap in kids, get your Amazon wish lists ready, and take note of what you can get for the various loved ones in your life! (Or, alternately, you could decide which books from this list you really, really want and start dropping hints!)
Hey guys, gals, and non-binary pals! After reading my and the blog tour participants’ reviews of this amazing debut novel, we’ve now come to the penultimate part of the #EverlastingNoraPH blog tour. I’m so excited to share this interview with you because not only is Marie a lovely person, she has a ton of beautiful insights about writing and getting published, especially as a Filipino author.
Ready to hear from the author of Everlasting Nora herself? Let’s get on to the much-awaited interview with Marie Cruz!
Have you been following the #EverlastingNoraPH blog tour on Twitter? I sure hope you have – the participants have been posting some pretty amazing reviews, quote graphics, playlists, aesthetics, and mood boards! And Marie Cruz’s debut, Everlasting Nora, more than deserves all the praise. It’s easily one of the best books I’ve read this year! Not to mention, the Filipino rep has got me hyped up like nothing else.
The #EverlastingNoraPH blog tour is about to end, but don’t fret. We’ve still got a few more things up our sleeves for you guys. First off is my own review for this wonderful book, followed by an interview with Marie Cruz herself, so stick around for that!
Without further ado, Everlasting Nora!
Now just because I was on a blogging hiatus didn’t mean my reading had come to a complete standstill! I read a ton of books over said hiatus that I can’t wait to review – including recent #romanceclass releases, How She Likes It by Carla de Guzman and Mango Summer by Agay Llanera, both of which were launched at the last #romanceclass event, Feels Fest 2018 (read my recap here!).
After hearing the summaries of both books, I just knew I had to have them. (Also, y’all know I am a certified first-class #romanceclass ho.) Female CEO and her single father assistant? Magic mangoes on a farm in Zambales? Um, yes? I was lucky enough to get an ARC of of How She Likes It, and managed to get Mango Summer at its intro price just shortly before it was released on Amazon.
Read on the find out what I thought of these two recent #romanceclass releases!
How She Likes It
You know I’m always ready to step up to the plate for Asian literature and Asian authors. So as soon as I heard that Girls of Paper and Fire was a thing, you can bet I wanted to get my hands on it. I actually mentioned this title in my list 2018 Releases I Want to Buy and when Shealea of That Bookshelf Bitch got an ARC that she very gamely agreed to lend to me, I was just over the moon!
Let me tell you, Girls of Paper and Fire did not disappoint.
I tried to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible, but tread cautiously!
My hiatus has ended, y’all! Are you excited to have me back? 😉
If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that I’m all about promoting Filipino authors and books. When I heard that there were a good chunk of 2018 and 2019 traditionally-published releases were by Filipino authors, I was so excited. And when I found out that one of those releases was set right here in Manila, I knew I had to have it.
I fell so much in love with this book that I just thought the world has to know about it! And so I decided to start my very first ever blog tour (ahhhhhh?!!) to help promote Everlasting Nora!