Galit Na Naman Si Tita: SOBRANG KALAT

If you had told me that the month of May on bookish Twitter was going to end like this, I wouldn’t have believed you. I mean, sometimes I think the bar for authors to behave is literally on the fucking ground, but hoo boy, some of these people have got industrial shovels.

Let me preface this entry in the Galit Na Naman Si Tita series with the following premises:

  1. Unlike my previous entries where I was more disappointed or frustrated, this time, I actually am mad. I am steaming, boiling mad.
  2. ALL OF THIS COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED IF PEOPLE LEARNED HOW TO MAKE PRIVATE LOCKED ACCOUNTS, IT IS NOT THAT HARD.

All right, let’s get started.

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Galit Na Naman Si Tita: Reading in the Modern-Day School Curriculum

First off, I want to preface this month’s edition of Galit Na Naman Si Tita by saying I’m not actually angry. It’s more a matter of being frustrated, I think. And also a touch of not knowing what exactly to do?

Classic readers assigned for school are one of the surefire solid ways to get a kid to read. But it’s been said time and again that a ton of the classics assigned in English classes are no longer relevant to today’s youth – or worse, offensively out of touch by being racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist or otherwise prejudiced. These books cement the notion in the heads of impressionable youth that reading is either boring or unrelatable, and they carry that notion into adulthood. (Vicky has a really great post about classics, YA, and high school that I highly recommend everyone read.)

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Galit Na Naman Si Tita: On Being a Critical Reader and Book Blogger

Hello, guys, gals, and enby pals! Welcome to a new series hosted by Your Tita Kate! Ever since I started book blogging, I’ve toyed with the idea of having monthly discussion posts – mostly because there’s only so much I can say in a Twitter thread, and y’all know I have a ton to say in Twitter threads. 😅

Anyway, this series is called Galit Na Naman Si Tita, or “Auntie’s Angry Again” in English. It’s a bit of an in-joke with me and my IRL friends. If they want to get updated on Philippine current events, all they have to do is text me and ask, “Bakit ka galit na naman?” (“Why are you angry again?”) This will usually be followed by a lengthy, horrendously detailed rant on the current event topic du jour.

But worry not! Not all of these posts will be angry! The one below certainly isn’t, mostly since I don’t think it’s my place to get angry at all. Nevertheless, I think what I have to say is pretty important to bloggers, so onward we go!

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#Augvocacy2018: The Myopia of the Book Community

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As I’m sure you’ve been seeing all the #Augvocacy2018 posts from Filipino book bloggers so I won’t delve too much into that. For a quick summary, #Augvocacy2018 is a blog series started by Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch for her birthday. The theme of this year’s #Augvocacy2018 is fostering a culture of reading in the Philippines, so that’s what everyone’s been writing about. And today is my turn!

Ready to hear me rant and rage? Strap yourself in for the ride!

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In Defense of Battered Books

I’m sure nearly every book blogger out there has very firm opinions on the physical appearances of their books. You’ve heard them time and time again, I’m sure. Tons of book bloggers will talk about how they hate dog-eared pages, smears, thumbprints, cracked spines, peeling edges, underlines and highlights, and just anything that makes their books look like they weren’t just purchased from the bookstore.

And honestly, there’s nothing wrong with that! I’m not about to bash anybody’s bookish habits! (God knows we’re all broke-ass nerds anyway.) Instead, what I’m going to do today is simply talk about the alternative: battered books.

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The Privilege of Being a Bookworm

Before I begin this post, I want to make it clear that I’m not attacking anybody in particular. However, if you feel that I am attacking you with this post, maybe you need to take a step back and wonder why.

It started when I was just browsing through book Twitter (when really I should have been going through my TBR, so let’s be real Kate, this is partially your fault) and came across an author (I refuse to say who, but I bet if you looked hard enough you’d find them) bemoaning the lack of people who liked to read in this day and age (which in and of itself is a huge crock I think – reading is just as popular an activity as ever, if not more so). This author then proceeded to say that not having money to buy books shouldn’t be an issue because you could just go to the library.

*insert long-suffering sigh here*

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5 Reasons Why Every Modern Filipina Needs to Read #romanceclass

I’ve already written about #romanceclass back at my old blog, and again when I reviewed Like Nobody’s Watching. Today though, I wanna talk about why this community of Filipino romance readers and writers has utterly captivated my imagination – and why I think every modern-day Filipina needs to add a #romanceclass title (or two…or three…) to their TBR.

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1. Supporting Filipino authors is always a worthwhile cause.

It’s very important to support your own! Storytelling has always been a huge part of Filipino culture, and Filipinos in general are such talented writers. The authors of #romanceclass bring much-needed flavor and perspective to the romance genre. And don’t lie – I know you’ve imagined what it’d be like if all those rom-coms and chick flicks had characters that looked like you and came from your background.

2. It’s fun to piss off genre snobs.

I despise pretentious genre snobs. Like, dude, let a girl live, you know? I refuse to feel guilty for the things I enjoy. Romance is just a valid a genre as literary fiction or the classics. I absolutely hate that nonsense of how only vapid, shallow people enjoy romance – and I’m downright offended by it to be honest! I work with a government think tank, am a graduate student at arguably one of the best universities in the country, have written tons of papers and treatises and attended conferences, and damn right I enjoy reading romance!

And – let’s be real – even if you were the most vapid person on earth and enjoyed romance for shallow reasons, that’s perfectly valid too. You do you, friend. Let people enjoy things, damn!

3. The #romanceclass community is warm, welcoming, and downright funny.

They’re all so cool, you guys. Talk to them on Twitter. They’re the best.

4. It’s also woke as hell.

They go to bat for LGBTQIA representation (check out Start Here, the #romanceclass anthology of LGBTQIA meet-cutes) which, even in today’s more enlightened world, is still sorely needed. Also, one time, when I pointed out that the phrasing of certain sentiments in a book were ableist, one of the editors tweeted me back acknowledging that and Mina V. Esguerra herself, the founder of #romanceclass, DM-d me to say that they were thankful for readers who pointed out slip-ups like that so they could be better in the future. Love. It.

5. The female MCs are so relatable.

Filipinas in their twenties and thirties who juggle their jobs, friends, family, and love while navigating the concrete jungle that is Manila in pursuit of their dreams and passions? Sign me the hell up!

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All that said, I think readers of all genders would enjoy #romanceclass. The community is so wide, the list of books available so varied, that I’m positive there’s something for everyone. Not to mention, all the titles are hella cheap and easily available on Kindle (turn your phone into a Kindle with the app!) so honestly you have no excuse not to browse!

Love and light,

kate