Wrapping up April 2018 {where I ramble about #romanceclass & Infinity War}

With April being the second to the last month of my semester, things were a little crazy for the most part – but also tons of fun! As per usual, it was a month of academic requirements and deadlines, which, for the sake of not boring any of you, I won’t delve into in detail. Let’s just proceed to some of the highlights, yes? Yes!

Nothing made my day quite like returning to my dorm and discovering book mail, which, to my utmost pleasant surprise, happened a lot last April. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to take decent photos of all of them, so for now, let’s settle for a handful of half-assed shots, yes? (But I swear to all of you, I will make time to do a bookish photoshoot for all the books I’ve acquired so far this 2018!)


I received a gorgeous UK paperback of The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan from the lovely Val @ The Innocent Smiley because I won her giveaway on Twitter. I was overjoyed when she contacted me because this has been one of my most anticipated 2018 releases, and I can’t wait to finally read it!

I also received an incredibly beautiful hardcover of The Calculus of Change by Jessie Hilb from the publishers in Houghton Mifflin. The premise of this title is really interesting to me, and I think I’m going to appreciate all the geeky math and calculus references in its story. Speaking of, I ended up having two copies of The Calculus of Change, so I’ve decided to give one copy, together with a couple of skin care items, away! If you’re interested, the giveaway is open internationally and will run until May 18th.


I’m still freaking out about this, but I was fortunate enough to receive other great titles via book mail! Again, I don’t have decent photos of all of them, but here’s a really brief rundown:

From Vienna @ vienna noreen;’s giveaway, I won paperback copies of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer both by Morgan Matson. I have yet to fully read any of her books, so I am thankful that I now have the opportunity. So many bloggers have hyped up Morgan Matson and her writing that I can’t wait to experience the magic myself!

From author Danielle Rogland’s Twitter giveaway, I won four epic space titles! As a huge science fiction nerd, I am very, very thankful and happy. The books are as follows: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley, Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski, and Ardulum First Don by J.S. Fields.

Last but certainly not least, a paperback copy of Trashy Romance Novel was sent to me by the author herself, Jacqueline E. Smith. I’ve actually already finished it as my first read in May, and I ended up enjoying the book more than I anticipated. I cannot wait to write my review and to share my thoughts with all of you!

Of course, I also bought a couple of books, too. Both written by Filipino authors and both from #romanceclass!


I’ve already read and reviewed the recently released Start Here anthology, but after I decided to present this book in a report for my Media and SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression) class, I just knew that I had to have a physical copy for my own. You can actually check out this thread if you’re interested in seeing how my presentation worked out. Spoiler alert: Here’s my favorite slide from my report!


Moving on, the second book is actually the complete trilogy of Mina V. Esguerra’s Interim Goddess of Love, which I’ve been eyeing for what feels like forever! The story, from what I’ve gathered, makes use of Filipino mythology and applies it to a more contemporary setting. I ended up purchasing this book because of Cara @ The Little Miss Bookworm and Kate @ The Backwards Bookshelf, with whom I attended #AprilFeelsDay2018 before the month ended. Talk about being enablers. (By the way, can all of you give me a moment to freak out over the fact that my copy of Interim Goddess of Love was signed by the author herself? Huge, huge thanks to Mina V. Esguerra, who is probably one of the most approachable authors I’ve ever met! Seriously, I was really trying to keep my fangirl-ing to a minimum.)

Speaking of #AprilFeelsDay2018, I had such an amazing time! With Cara and Kate by my side, I felt a whole lot more comfortable (and a whole lot less anxious!). Plus, all the #romanceclass authors were extremely welcoming and friendly and accommodating! In fact, the registration booth was handled by Ana Tejano, author of Keep the Faith (which is the first ever #romanceclass book I fell head over heels in love with), and the moment she recognized me, Ana gave me the cutest French fries eraser ever 🍟🍟🍟 (refer to above photo). I immediately felt the love. I was also recognized by other authors – none of whom could say “You’re That Bookshelf Bitch, right?” with a straight face or pronounce my name correctly on their first try (read: my everyday struggle as a Shealea). Nonetheless, while I was surrounded by a sea of smiling faces, I couldn’t help but think to myself, “Wow, I found myself the right community.”

During the event, I was also able to exchange snippets of conversations with other Filipino book bloggers such as JM @ Book Freak Revelations, Inah @ The Bibliophile Confessions, and Fay @ Bibliophile Soprano — all of whom were very delightful, and I hope to see them more often in bookish events. (Quick segue: JM was actually pretty surprised to see me because I am, and if I may quote him non-verbatim, “usually busy with studies”. I wish I could deny it, but ya girl is doing what she can to finally graduate, tbh.)

Okay, I’ve rambled too much. Let’s just go through some photos from the event, yes? By the way, I don’t have many photos of my own so most, if not all, of these photos were grabbed from other book bloggers! Sources will be mentioned (or you can simply click on the photo itself to be redirected to its owner).


[Photo from Inah @ The Bibliophile Confessions. From left to right: Shealea (me!), Cara, Kate, Inah, JM.]


[Photo from Cara @ The Little Miss Bookworm. From left to right: Cara, Kate, Shealea (me!).]


[Photo from JM @ Book Freak Revelations. From left to right: Shealea (me!), Cara, Kate, Inah, JM.]

After #AprilFeelsDay2018, I also had a formal dinner event in my college dorm. #AprilFeelsDay2018 was held on the 28th, and on the 29th, I WATCHED INFINITY WAR(!!!) with my closest college friends. Can I just say: my self-imposed social media ban to avoid any and all Infinity War spoilers was probably the most brilliant idea I’ve ever had! I came to the cinema totally unprepared and left my seat totally destroyed and overwhelmed and speechless. I STILL HAVE NOT RECOVERED!

I hate spoilers as much as the next person (or arguably a lot more, if I’m being honest), but here are a few (and hopefully vague) post-Infinity War thoughts from ya girl:

READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!
(1) I stan the right Chris!!!
(2) Some character deaths low-key deserved better.
(3) I am convinced that someday, Chris Hemsworth’s biceps will bring forth world (or perhaps even universal) peace. Fight me.
(4) Bubbles and rabbits!
(5) Valkyrie???
END OF POST-INFINITY WAR THOUGHTS.

Back to what I was trying to say before I was sidetracked by the sheer awesomeness that is Infinity War: After a really hectic and exhausting April 28th and 29th, I spent the last day of April rushing to meet a mountain of deadlines. Totally worth it, though.

Okay, that’s enough about my personal life. Blogging-wise, a lot of interesting things happened as well! For one thing, I was able to pull off organizing two blog tours in April! If that’s not a feather under my cap, then I don’t know what is.

Also, and perhaps on a much more positive note, I was nominated for the 2018 Book Blogger Awards: Marta @ The Cursed Books nominated me for Social Media Influencer, while Nandini @ Unputdownable Books nominated me for Best Personality/Friendliest Member of the Community. I can’t adequately express how flattered, overwhelmed, and humbled I feel. Thank you very, very much, you two!

Finally, in spite of my self-imposed book blogging ban (which was explained in my last monthly synopsis), I still ended up reading four (4) books.

What I’ve read and reviewed!

Read in March 2018:

Read in April 2018:

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36 thoughts on “Wrapping up April 2018 {where I ramble about #romanceclass & Infinity War}”

  1. Sounds like you had an exciting April. I hope May goes well for you too. Thanks for sharing all the links, I got some blog hopping to do. I hope you enjoy The Astonishing Color of After. I rather enjoyed it myself.

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  3. OMG you guys are so lucky! Sama ako next time hehe Aaah

    Astonishing Color of After sounds amazing! I look forward to your thoughts on it. Aaaah Infinity War, amiright??? Chat tayo! I have no one to freak out with about it hahaha *sob sob*

    I love the different discussions you tagged! So interesting; so I’m saving it for my evening read. Thank you for linking my post as well!

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    1. Yes, oh my god! The more, the merrier. ❤️ Just let me know if you’re planning to attend one of their events, tapos let’s make arrangements! It’s a lot more fun that way.

      The Astonishing Color of After is one of my most anticipated titles, so I am hoping my expectations don’t ruin the experience for me. But hopefully, I’ll get to reading it soon. I have other titles in my immediate TBR eh. 😅

      And I know it’s been a month, but I watched Infinity War twice, and if you still need to talk to someone, I’m game!!!

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  4. What a lovely month you’ve had with that bookmail and meting fellow book bloggers, that’s amazing! I can’t wait to read The Astonishing Color, even if I have to say that the US cover is my favorite, I can’t really deny that the UK edition is stunning as well, haha. I really hope you will end up loving the book! ❤
    Thank you so, so much for sharing my post! ❤
    I wish you a wonderful month, take things slow and take care of yourself too! ❤ < 3

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    1. Aww, thanks, Marie! As always, you’re the sweetest. ❤️ I haven’t picked up The Astonishing Color of After yet, but I’m very, very excited. Hopefully, we both enjoy reading it!

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  5. Thank you for the shout out!

    But holy moly your book mail is pretty and fantastic. I’m picking up The Astonishing Colour of After this month and Start Here is going straight to my TBR!

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    1. No worries! I always enjoy reading your blog. ❤️

      And I have yet to pick up The Astonishing Color of After, unfortunately. I know my reply is a month late, but if you haven’t read it yet and would like to try buddy reading, I’m your girl! ☺️ Also, Start Here is fantastic and it’s the perfect read for pride month, imo. Let me know once you’ve read the anthology, and we can exchange thoughts!

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    1. I hope to see you in the next #romanceclass events, tbh! We still haven’t met yet, and I feel that it’s /way/ overdue. 😂

      And yes! Infinity War left me devastated and overwhelmed by everything. But like you, I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

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  6. I might’ve laughed a little too hard at the “low-key” part (and then I nearly cried because omg no WHYYYY?!) Infinity War was just SO good! But yep, he deserved better! 😭

    I really love how extensive your wrap up is. I always love reading about people’s lives because usually all we see is this blogger person but I often forget they/we have lives outside of blogging too… haha!😉

    I’m not currently in college (I graduated last year and plan on starting again in September!) but I can totally relate to enjoying whatever life has to offer! I spend so much time in college being stressed and unhappy in one of my favourite cities in my country. My grades were great, but I wish I experienced more fun things outside of college, if you know what I mean! And it’s totally okay to do that and not focus on your education for a little while! 💕

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    1. I watched Infinity War in the cinemas twice, and I am still pissed off with the injustice his character fell victim to! A part of me really, really hopes that it isn’t the end for him. ☹️

      And I’m glad someone can relate! I wholeheartedly agree with you. There’s more to college than the classes. 😊 Having been raised by Asian parents who believed in the necessity of academic excellence, I’m still struggling to find that sweet spot between making the most out of my classes and making the most out of my experiences. I’d like to think that I’m getting better at it, though! And I’m pleased to say that my grades were just released recently, and they’re a lot better than I expected. ❤️

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    1. Yes, I wholeheartedly agree! I’m always excited to open up bookmail, regardless of whether I know what book/s I’m getting or nah.

      I used to think meeting online friends in person would be this really awkward experience, but it isn’t! It’s been great so far. I hope you’ll be able to meet some bloggers irl soon. 😊

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  7. Thank you for the shoutout, deary. I’m glad you enjoyed reading that post!

    Ugh, I need to watch Infinity War again, but I don’t want to ugly cry…again. Even though I knew what was coming, I loved the movie but was so mad at the end of it.

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    1. Sure thing! I am a huge fan of your content. Keep doing you. ❤️

      And I watched Infinity War in the cinemas twice! Totally worth it, even though the ending was still as devastating to watch the second time. Can’t wait for Ant-Man and the Wasp though!

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    1. Aww, thank you!

      Trashy Romance Novel was gr8/8! You’d love it, I think. 😂 Just let me know in advance when you want to get them because I’ve already brought both books home to Pampanga.

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  8. Aww, thanks for the shoutout! I’m glad you liked my post! (I think I devised another math lesson post but i gotta think over the mathematical specifics about it before it comes to light lolol)

    and OMG SO MANY AWESOME BOOKS?! Dare Mighty Things was one I LOVED so I definitely suggest you start with that one. I might be a tad biased.

    And all these blog posts look so interesting, I’m going to have to check them all out after my finals end! (we can suffer together in finals and scrounging up grades T.T)

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    1. My finals just ended! Which explains this long overdue response to your comment. 😂 Hope your semester finished quite nicely and that your grades are great!

      And anyway. Duly noted on that recommendation! I will definitely hit you up once I’ve finished reading. 😊💕

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