2018 Book Blogger Awards Nominees [where Shealea can’t seem to shut up about how amazing book bloggers are]

The nominations for the 2018 Book Blogger Awards are open until the last day of April(!!!) – which means that I am right on time in releasing my set of nominations for the awards. However, before I pay tribute to a bunch of incredibly talented, remarkably dedicated, and just out-of-this-world awesome bloggers, let me provide a bit more context regarding the 2018 Book Blogger Awards.

First of all, the Book Blogger Awards was first organized by Joce @ Write Through the Night back in 2017, making this just its second year (although, of course, we’re all hoping that there’ll be more to come). Just as the name suggests, the Book Blogger Awards consists of numerous awards that are exclusively for book bloggers. If you’d like to learn the specific mechanics on how to nominate and vote for book bloggers, then let me refer you to this post where Joce explains everything you need to know.

I actually first encountered this through the nominations posted by Malanie @ Malanie Loves Fiction, and I immediately fell in love with the idea of providing a platform to recognize the hard work and dedication of book bloggers! I always, always, always make it a point to give recognition to other book bloggers whenever I can – be it on my monthly synopses or even on some book reviews. Having another avenue to express my love and appreciation is very much welcome here in That Bookshelf Bitch!



The Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: The Calculus of Change, by Jessie Hilb

Title: The Calculus of Change
Author: Jessie Hilb
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

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Aden isn’t looking for love her senior year. She’s much more interested in landing a solo gig playing guitar at Ike’s, keeping her younger brother out of trouble, and preventing her best friend from pursuing a risky affair. But when Tate walks into calculus class wearing a yarmulke and a grin, and Aden’s heart is gone in an instant.

The two are swept up in a tantalizingly warm friendship complete with long drives with epic soundtracks and deep talks about life, love, and spirituality. With Tate, Aden feels closer to her mom—and her mom’s faith—than she has since her mother died years ago. Everyone else—even Aden’s brother and her best friend—can see Aden and Tate’s connection, but does he?

Navigating uncertain romance and the crises of those she loves, Aden must decide how she chooses to see herself and how to honor her mom’s memory.


{book tag} | My Name in TBR Books

It’s been more than a year since I last did a book tag, as far as I know, so I’ve been meaning to do one for quite some time now. I mean, it’s a pretty mindless but still fun activity. Having said that, I was pleasantly surprised and thrilled when Carrie @ Cat on the Bookshelf (thanks so much, lovely!) tagged me to do the “My Name in TBR Books” book tag, which, as the name not-so-subtly implies, instructs the tagged blogger to spell out their name with the titles of books from their TBR pile.

Because I’m really an ✨ extra ✨ kind of girl who likes a challenge, I decided to use only books in my Kindle app as well as books that are currently with me in my dorm. That means none of my many titles back at home were included in this list. Additionally, I also decided to complete my entire blog handle: Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch.

So here we go!


Wrapping up March 2018 {a month of midterms & deadlines!}

Hello there! We are halfway through Holy Week — which also means that I am halfway through with my mini-vacation. But then again, it isn’t much of a vacation since all I’ve been doing is working (be it for my college requirements or for beta reading). Still, a week back in my hometown, homecooked meals, hot showers, and my wonderful bed? I call that a win.

In my monthly synopsis for February 2018, I mentioned that I’d make March a month for Marvel films, but like all revolutionary plans, the universe decided to take a giant dump on my hopes and dreams. Although I immediately recognized that March was going to be a busy month for me, I was still embarrassingly unprepared for the onslaught of deadlines. In other words, I was unable to succeed in my Marvel movie marathon. But I did get the chance to watch a Filipino film!

In celebration of Women’s March, UP Diliman’s Cine Adarna held a month-long screening of various feminist films and films centered on women. I was able to watch Lorna, a 2014 Cinema One Originals film. It’s a midlife comedy-drama about a 60-year-old woman rebounds from one love interest to another. Needless to say, I totally loved it! If the official movie trailer isn’t enough to pique your interest, I don’t know what will.


Wrapping up February 2018 {and making March a month of Marvel films!}

Hello! Let me briefly chatter about my personal life, yes? My monthly synopsis for January 2018 ended with anticipation towards the blog tours I’ve been organizing (one down, one more to go!) and plans on squeezing in more blogging time in February. The latter did not quite pan out well because I failed to foresee just how busy February would be for me. What with the increase in academic workload and my grandmother coming to visit from Texas (her most recent visit aside, it’s been nearly a decade since she last came home to the Philippines!).

If I’m being honest, I’ve been struggling with finding (and sustaining) motivation with college again – a nightmare of a feeling that I had hoped to never reencounter after my years in Chemical Engineering. But I guess sometimes, even when you really love what you’re doing, it’s still unavoidable. And I do, by the way. Really love what I’m doing, that is. Communication Research has filled me with a sense of renewed purpose and a more active drive to improve myself; however, the thing about Communication Research is that my three researches are done in groups, and quite frankly, I really dislike some of the people I’m working with. I don’t want to turn this blog post into a rant, but to cut the long story short, these people deliberately refuse to carry their weight in the workload, which prompts me to work harder in order to compensate and eventually results in more frequent burnouts on my part. Or put more simply: it just sucks.


Wrapping up January 2018 {and what to expect this coming month}

Hello there! First wrap-up post of 2018 — so there’s this little self-created pressure in the back of my skull screaming at me to ensure that this post is decently written. Let’s see how that’ll work out because really, I’m just typing sentences as they come to my mind.

My January has been a pretty eventful one. Or at least, eventful enough that I’m far too lazy to actually narrate what went on with my life. But despite this, a part of me still clings on to this mindset that I could have done more, or perhaps, better. Come to think of it, I think it’s really just inherently human to crave for a bit more of everything, including one’s sense of productivity and accomplishment. But I’m babbling.


Dr. Reinabelle Reyes: Filipina astrophysicist who proved Einstein’s theory

Who would think a petite 33-year-old Filipina with a timid smile could hold the answers to the universe? Dr. Reinabelle Reyes is the brilliant scientist who, at the ripe age of 26, was able to confirm Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity on a cosmic scale by showing how galaxies up to roughly 3.5 billion light-years away clustered together.

One idea that can be learned from science is how even the smallest of stars have the capacity to burn brightly. Similarly, last January, Dr. Reyes could have easily been mistaken as one of the 250 high school students attending Research Fair 2017’s Youth Science Convention instead of the event’s speaker; however, once she started talking, it cannot be denied that she is a force to be reckoned with. Make no mistake – Dr. Reyes is a star in her own right, and it is when she speaks passionately that her light disperses, consequently electrifying those in her presence.