For starters, I opted against mentioning what I’ve reviewed and what I’ve posted within the month of June. Had I done otherwise, my already lengthy midyear breakdown would have been a lot more tedious to read. I was also unable to really discuss my plans for the next couple of months. But fear not, loyal readers I am endlessly thankful for! This monthly synopsis should tackle all those bits and blahs.
So let’s get started, yes?
While May ended on a relatively positive note, June was an incredibly frustrating month for a number of reasons. One of them being the fact that my laptop broke (and is still currently broken), and I still don’t have the finances to pay for its repairs (note: the world is cruel and unjust). I had hoped to remedy this by taking on freelance writing jobs, and although I was able to secure a supposedly stable writing gig a week ago, I was unceremoniously kicked out of the job just yesterday due to inarguably questionable reasons. I’m not one to state the obvious but: it sucks. Having said that, however, you can easily help me raise my laptop repair funds by donating to my ko-fi account. That’s $3 per cup of coffee for you, and a huge saving grace for me! And if you do decide to buy me a coffee, my heart thanks you!
Despite this tragic incident, I was surprisingly able to post new blog content more frequently than usual, which is a huge, HUGE win on my part (because god knows how long I’ve been in-and-out of the blogging game). Moreover, I put myself on a slight reading ban in order to focus on reducing my review backlog into a more manageable (and less shameful!) number.
Naturally, my self-imposed reading ban failed spectacularly because I ended up reading eight (8) books anyway. Nevertheless, I did successfully make a dent on my huge review backlog by drafting a total of thirteen (13) book reviews within a month. I have yet to post all of them on my blog, BUT YAS QUEEN YA GIRL DID IT!!! Additionally, I also ended up watching more than usual. I finished all five seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and I am currently on the second season of Jane the Virgin. Both really entertaining TV series so I highly recommend that you check them out!
What I’ve read and reviewed!
Read before June 2018:
- An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson [2.5 star review]
- Blue Bird by Magda Ayuk [3 star review]
- The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine [2.5 star review]
- milk and honey by Rupi Kaur [3.5 star review]
- Society of Wishes by Elise Kova [2 star review]
Read in June 2018:
- Glimmerglass Girl by Holly Walrath [4 star review]
- Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi [3.5 star review]
- Second Wave Summer by Six de los Reyes, Tara Frejas, and Jay E. Tria [3.5 star review]
- Sisters’ Entrance by Emtithal Mahmoud [5 star review]
- Your Destination Is on the Left by Lauren Spieller [5 star review]
What I’ve read but have yet to review!
- Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking [tentative rating: 2 stars]
- Reign of Mist by Helen Scheuerer [tentative rating: 5 stars]
- soft in the middle by Shelby Eileen [tentative rating: 2.5 stars]
* Star ratings are subject to changes when I finally get to write my book reviews down.
What I’ve written!
Under blog tours:
- The Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer
- The Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: Ghost of a Feeling by Celestine Trinidad
- The Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
What I’ve seen around!
As all of you know, I am somewhat of a blog lurker, and I like sharing fantastic posts that I think deserve to be read by more people! With that said, here are some posts that are definitely worth checking out:
- Cha’s review of Fling Club by Tara Brown: I received a NetGalley ARC of this title, too, and Cha’s critique has really helped set my expectations once I get to actually reading the book.
- Cassie’s review of Uprooted by Naomi Novik: Prior to reading this review, I didn’t even know about the book at all! It sounds really promising.
- Isabel’s review of Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li: A book that tackles the inner struggles of a family-owned Chinese restaurant? I’M SO THERE.
- Joshua’s review of Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young: Honestly, I enjoy reading 1-star reviews of this title (largely because I am dumbfounded by its undeserved hype), but Joshua’s take on this Viking-inspired YA debut is absolute gold.
- Toria’s review of When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: I picked this up last June but quickly put it in the backburner (for the time being!) because gah, I’ve read too many contemporary romances. Still, it’s always nice to see other reviewers enjoying this one.
- Tasya’s review of A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman: Tasya’s review has succeeded in making me put this Asian anthology at the top of my TBR!
- Carol’s review of The Captive Prince series by C.S. Pacat
- Hollie’s review of Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
- Justine’s review of A Thousand Beginnings and Endings edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman: Another beautifully written review about this anthology! I am so jealous of everyone who’s already read it.
- Bea’s review of Just Listen by Sarah Dessen: I read this novel when I was still in high school (read: ages ago!), and I really enjoyed reading Bea’s take on it.
- Ari’s review of Getting Schooled by Emma Chase: This seems like a fun, swoon-worthy title I cannot wait to pick up!
- Nadia’s review of I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman: Yep, Nadia did it. I am totally salivating over this book. Added to my TBR!
- Kate’s review of The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang: Honestly, I was a wee bit wary about this novel, but when I saw that Kate really liked it, all my reservations were tossed out of the window! From hesitating to “YAS GIMME GIMME!” real quick, yo.
Write-ups and discussions:
- Vicky discusses the privileges in the publishing, blogging, and book communities with bravery and sparkling honesty. Definitely a post you shouldn’t skip!
- Lia shares a rather personal (and seriously important!) take on romance in media, aphobia, and happy endings.
- One of my favorite bloggers is back from a hiatus! Puput talks about what she missed the most about blogging.
- Camillea tackles whether fitting your blogging voice to your audience is good or bad.
- Here are 15 amazing YA contemporary novels recommended by the ever reliable Marie.
- Are you looking for free or ridiculously cheap Kindle reads? Auburn Reads has got your back!
- Kyra and Nikki explain why ARCs matter to international bloggers.
- LaRonda shares lessons she’s learned from 9 months of blogging. Congratulations, by the way!
- Let Anushka teach you how to run a book blog even if you’re not reading much.
- Julianna writes about settings in books that just butter her eggroll, which makes a rather entertaining read.
- Find the best first lines in YA from Shellfish for Books.
- Tiffany asks “Are book reviews underappreciated in the blogging community?”
- Meanwhile, Kay asks “Should YA and NA be shelved together?”
- Annie debunks a number of common writing advice.
- Rebeccah enumerates some fairytales that are in need of their own retellings.
- Mandy expresses her opinion on DNF reviews and what makes characters too unlikable.
- Brooke provides insight on songs that perpetuate stereotypes which harm queer women.
- Andy starts a discussion on dysphoria and trans characters.
- Ryan enumerates 4 of his unpopular opinions about book tropes.
- Krysta offers a ton of insightful discussions on how stressing about stats can hold your blog back, how book reviews could boost your blog traffic, and most importantly, why books shouldn’t be bought via Amazon.
- Lara is in search of bloggers to guest on her new weekly feature, Meet the Blogger. Check it out!
- Fellow Filipino blogger Fay just recently graduated from our university! She wrote a thesis about #romanceclass, which you can learn more about here. Congratulations, iska! Padayon!
- Karlita has rounded up all the pre-order + swag giveaway incentives for the rest of the year and compiled them in this incredibly helpful post. Make sure to read it!
Plans for July?
First things first: finally get my laptop repaired! Seriously, I cannot stress how much of a priority this is to me – not just because of blogging, but also because I have to face another college semester starting on August. Here’s to hoping that a pot of leprechaun gold magically falls unto my lap one of these days!
On a more sober note, July will most likely be a month of preparation for me. Preparing for what, you may ask?
August will most definitely be an extremely hectic month for me (cue multiple “no doubt” delivered in Jake Peralta’s voice). For one thing, my birthday falls in the second week of August(!!!), that is, the 14th of the month. In celebrating my birth month, I have decided to organize the first ever #AUGVOCACY: August with an Advocacy, which will champion for a culture of reading in the Philippines. Sign-ups were closed just recently, and more than 20 Filipino readers, bloggers, and authors signed up!
To Erica @ Living a Hundred Lives, Shannel @ Rambles of a Reader, Mae @ Wanders Between Pages, Justine @ Bookish Wisps, Kate @ The Backwards Bookshelf, Karlita @ Tale Out Loud, Alexia @ The Bookworm Daydreamer, Shaine @ Wanderer in Neverland, Erika @ The Nocturnal Fey, KB @ Bookbed, Nicay @ The Nerdy Side of a Queen, Aimee @ Aimee, Always, Tyv @ The Youngvamp’s Haven, Inah @ The Bibliophile Confessions, Pau @ Perks Be With You, Patricia @ Book Geek Musings, Cha @ The Literary Siren, Mari @ Andico Mari, Bianca @ The Ultimate Fangirl, Kess Costales, Danielle, Shaira, Gail D. Villanueva: Thank you for joining my humble advocacy-centered project! Your support means the world to me, and I am extremely excited to see how this all comes together.
While #Augvocacy2018 will keep me busy for the first two weeks of August, the last week of August will be dedicated to the second ever #MistPH blog tour, which I am organizing as well. The blog tour will feature the highly anticipated sequel of Helen Scheuerer’s debut novel, Reign of Mist.
I was genuinely stunned by the sheer number of responses during sign-up period. Nearly 50 people were interested in participating! And I had to make the tough call of selecting just 35 blog tour participants, whom will be the largest group I’ll be handling for a blog tour (thus far).
To Shannel @ Rambles of a Reader, Sarah @ Book Hooked Nook, Tanya @ Motif by Tanya, Crimson @ Crimson Talks Books, Mostly, Shaine @ Wanderer in Neverland, Cam @ Camillea Reads, Cara @ The Little Miss Bookworm, Megan @ Under the Book Cover, Jen @ A Bookish Peach, Sakhile @ Sakhile Whispers, Morgan @ Mashleas Reads, Liz @ Throneofshatteredbooks, Alysia @ Enchantment of Books, Jamie @ The Last Page, Sarah @ The Clever Reader, Sofia @ The Literary Casanova, Kate @ The Backwards Bookshelf, Karlita @ Tale Out Loud, Faguni @ F A N N A, Imo @ Amidst the Pages, Lili @ Utopia State of Mind, Susy @ Susy’s Cozy World, Lara @ Bellibone, Amy @ Tomes with Tea, Magdalyn @ Booked All Night, Jessica @ Rambling of a Book Nerd, Kryzia @ accioblog, Mae @ Wanders Between Pages, Erica @ Living a Hundred Lives, Asha @ A Cat, A Book, and A Cup of Tea, Susanne @ floralcars, Jacquie @ Rattle the Stars, Mahayla @ The Nerdy Elite, Amy @ Zany Bibliophile, Justine @ Bookish Wisps: Thank you so much for being an important part of this blog tour! I really, really hope that this would be a fun and memorable experience for all of us. Happy reading!
The screening process was a lot more difficult than I anticipated. I eventually had to construct a standardized set of criteria. It should be noted that I make it a point to never ask for blog statistics. While that approach would certainly make sense from a marketing and promotional perspective, I think it is highly unfair to exclude smaller bloggers from fantastic opportunities. Smaller bloggers should be supported so that they could grow and further hone their craft. But I digress.
All these blogging plans, together with the start of my next semester, will require me to really focus on much-needed preparations. It’s a bit daunting, considering that I have very limited resources (and a broken laptop!) at the moment. But that little fear is greatly outweighed by the excitement I feel! Here’s to a productive July!
How about you? Is there anything you’re looking forward to this month? Let me know!
Like this post? Then share it on social media platforms (see buttons at the bottom of this post!) or maybe consider sending a cup of coffee my way?