RECAP: Celebrating Gail D. Villanueva

Hallelu, comrades! If you’ve been following me on Twitter, then you already know that I decided to devote August to reading at least 26 books to celebrate my 26th birthday! (Here’s my Amazon wishlist if you’re feeling generous!) Honestly, this little break has been absolutely great for me. It’s now August 17 as I write this and I have read eight entire ass books! That’s a book every two days. I haven’t read this much since…well, ever, to be honest.

However! I just had to take the effort this month to celebrate one of my most favourite people ever – Gail D. Villanueva, the author of My Fate According to the Butterfly, one of my most anticipated 2019 releases! (Check out my review here, and to see the reviews of other participants, peep the #ButterflyTour hashtag on Twitter or Instagram or scroll to the end of my review for links to blog tour stops!)

So here’s an entire blog post dedicated to this amazing, talented, hard-working woman!

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A #KateLeaLumpur Recap, Or Kate Tries to Travel Blog

Halleluuuu guys, gals, and non-binary pals! Whoo boy, have I got a post for you today.

If you’ve been following us on Twitter, then you probably know that Shealea @ Shut Up Shealea and I went to Kuala Lumpur, because Shealea is a kickass WOC academic who does both her school and her country proud. Her paper on the Philippine media’s role in vaccine reluctance was accepted for presentation at an international conference on communication, and I couldn’t be any more prouder.

While she was giving Cara and I the good news over lunch one afternoon, Shealea also confessed that she had reservations about going to the conference because the registration fee was hella expensive, and also she wasn’t comfortable flying to another country by herself. Enter me, impulsive tita extraordinaire. I’ve been wanting a vacation out of the country for the longest time, and I looooooove Kuala Lumpur (it’s honestly one of my favorite Southeast Asian cities!), so I said to Shealea: “If you decide to go to that conference, I’ll go with you.”

Thus began this crazy-ass, fun-as-hell trip.

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Guess Who’s Back? (Tell Your Friends)

Guess who’s back, bitches!

Kaugnay na larawan

Back in October, I said I’d be going on hiatus – and I’m happy to report that I’m back and raring to go! I have a more organized system in place now (thank you to Kaleena, Marie, and Shealea for their super informative blog posts and sample spreadsheets!) which will help me keep on top of blogging despite my full-time job and school load. I have a ton of new stuff lined up to make up for two months, so basicallt  I’m so excited to get started with this new endeavor: The Backwards Bookshelf 2.0!

To new followers, welcome. To old followers, welcome back. Let’s get on with the show!

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Feels Fest 2018 Recap!

Hey guys, gals, and non-binary pals! I know I literally just said that I was on hiatus – and I still am! – but it’s been exactly one week since I went to my second #romanceclass event, Feels Fest 2018. It was such a blast, and so I wanted to write my first ever recap post!

With a theme of #MCYourself2018, Feels Fest 2018 goers were invited to come dressed as their favorite main characters, or even as their best versions of themselves. There were also several book launches and new releases of old titles, and previews of upcoming releases! I’m particularly looking forward to Chi Yu Rodriguez’s new book which features a bisexual main character! Ya girl is stoked as fuuuuuck.

This is what the lovely #romanceclass people had planned for us that day. There were book launchers and live readings:

And, of course, contests:

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The Backwards Bookshelf Goes on Hiatus

Hi y’all. A few weeks ago, I tweeted this:

That tweet came on the heels of a very disappointing month for my blog. I had such a successful comeback for August after two months of sporadically blogging (due to a family vacation in the US, starting a new job, and moving to a new apartment), I was expecting more of the same for September. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. I got saddled with several projects at work that require travel all over the Philippines, I have quite a number of papers to do for school, and – worst of all – I got dengue fever. (Ughhhhhh. Use insect repellant, people!)

Quite a number of friends quickly replied to my tweet, telling me that I needed to look after myself before anything else, and that the book blogging community would still be there and waiting when I got back. I’ll admit, one thing that helped me decide that a hiatus would be good for me was Shealea’s response, and her own post about going on a hiatus. I quote:

“…it is never a bad idea to take a step back whenever you feel like you need a breather. Incessantly, continuously pushing yourself and refusing to give yourself a much-needed break can lead to your own downfall – be it getting too caught up in what you’re trying to do (and failing to see the grander scheme of things) or down-spiraling into a total mental breakdown.”

That’s Shealea for you, always managing to put my thoughts out in such eloquent words.

I decided to ‘make it official’, so to speak, by posting this notice on my blog. I don’t want any old readers or future readers to come onto The Backwards Bookshelf and think I’ve totally abandoned it – which I haven’t, mind you! I absolutely will be coming back! No worries about that.

So, why am I going on my first official lengthy hiatus?

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