Hallelu guys, gals, and non-binary pals! Welcome to Your Tita Kate, your safe space on the Internet for recommended diverse reads, discussions on representation and advocacy, promotion of Filipino authors and books, and the occasional updates on the various living creatures I care for in my tiny inner city apartment (a.k.a. a bunch of plants and my cat).
Read on to find out more about who ya tita actually is and what you can expect from this blog!
So what is a tita anyway?
Tita is the Tagalog word for ‘auntie’! But as any POC can tell you, an auntie isn’t just someone who’s biologically related to you. Your auntie is any older woman with whom you have a connection, and I like to think I’m the tita of the Filipino book blogging community!
I know bloggers and authors in their thirties are laughing at me, a 25-year-old thinking that her age is a big deal, but the fact of the matter is that I am a bit older than most book bloggers, who mostly tend to be in their late teens or early twenties. So I am everyone’s auntie now y’all, ready to dispense the wisdom (????) that comes with age (??????), and also to tell everyone to DRINK WATER AND GET SOME SLEEP, DAMN.
I’m also obsessed with houseplants, essential oils, Tiger Balm/Vicks VapoRub, thirty-minute recipes, and coffee shops. So yes. Cementing my tita status.
All about the tita:
As you’ve probably gathered by now, my name is Kate, and I’m a book blogger from the Philippines!
Some quick facts about me:
- I live in Metro Manila and I have a day job as a corporate trainer.
- I have two cats: Espresso, a mixed Persian with a tortoiseshell coat; and Macchiato, a mixed Persian with a calico coat.
- I graduated with a degree in political science and am currently working on getting a master’s degree in organizational development. My ultimate goal is to one day teach at a university while conducting researches and writing papers focused on the Philippine government.
- I’m obsessed with skincare and makeup, and I like dressing well. (If I were any more extra than I already am, this would have ended up being a fashion blog instead of a book blog!)
- I love horror movies, sharks, dinosaurs, outer space, and islands.
- I travel a lot, both for work and for pleasure. In the Philippines, the best place I’ve ever been so far has to be Iloilo and Bolinao. In the rest of Southeast Asia, I’d have to say Kuala Lumpur. In Asia, it’s a toss-up between Kyoto and Taipei. And outside of Southeast Asia, it’d have to be San Francisco.
- My first ultimate life dream is to become a published SFF author!
- My second is to retire to the Philippine countryside in a big old rambly house with a solarium just brimming with plants, cats (all spayed or neutered, of course) everywhere, and a front lawn where I can sunbathe in peace.
What is this place?
Your Tita Kate is my little space here on the Internet. It’s primarily a book blog, and here I talk about all the books I enjoyed reading – and some that I didn’t, as well. All my reviews come from an honest standpoint, and I really do try my best to delve into the book as much as I can. Most of my reviews will be divided into the following discussion points: plot, writing, and characters. There will be an overall summation of how I felt about the book at the very end.
Aside from reviews, I also have various discussion posts that talk about things like current events and politics, representation and diversity in publishing, intersectionality, a deeper dive into the themes and issues of certain books that I feel warrant a closer look, and the general chicanery that happens sometimes on Twitter.
I also sometimes talk about the shenanigans that happen in my real life. So if you’d like to see a little bit of adulting and responsibility from your typical working-class millennial, maybe keep an eye out for those posts too? 😉
So what do you read, Tita?
My favorite genres are sci-fi, fantasy, and romance. I’ll read any mix and iteration of the three, honestly! Both historical and contemporary will do it for me, really. And I occasionally also delve into other genres like mysteries and thrillers. Regarding age group, I read adult, new adult, and young adult. I will occasionally also read middle-grade!
I make an effort to read and promote diverse books: that means POC, queer, disabled, or otherwise marginalized authors and characters. However, Asian literature – particularly Filipino literature – will always have a special place in my heart.
Here are some of my favorite books and authors so you can get a feel of what I like to read!
- The Bone Witch, The Heart Forger, The Shadow Glass and The Never-Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
- My Fate According to the Butterfly by Gail D. Villanueva
- Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
- The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso
- Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
- A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, and A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
- City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
- Jade City and Jade War by Fonda Lee
- Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
- What Kind of Day by Mina V. Esguerra
- How She Likes It by Carla de Guzman
- Like Nobody’s Watching by Tara Frejas
- The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
- American Gods, The Ocean at the End of this Lane and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
- Everlasting Nora by Marie Cruz
- A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole
Where can I read your stuff, Tita?
My reviews will all be posted on this blog (obviously) but also on my Goodreads and my Booktube. You can also check me out on my Twitter account or my Instagram – I’m relatively friendly and I do my best to follow back!
You can get in touch with me through those accounts, or check out my Contact page!