Fall 2018: Asian sci-fi & fantasy releases to fall in love with

I’ll be honest with you, guys. I was born, raised, and still currently reside in the Philippines, which only has two seasons: really wet and really dry (Speaking of, another huge typhoon just hit the country – what else is new, really – and I’m hoping everyone was safe and unharmed). Having never experienced fall, winter, or even spring, I had to ✨ Google search ✨ my way into figuring out what months of the year comprise the fall season.

According to Google, falls begins on the first day of September and lasts until the last day of November – so that’s the timeframe I’m working with. If I’m wrong and Google has betrayed me without my knowledge, feel free to correct me!

Anyway, for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, the prompt is ‘Books on My Fall 2018 TBR’. I recently discussed why I’m not the type to make TBR posts, and if you read that post, you would understand why I’ve decided to share science fiction and fantasy releases from Asian authors that will be (or have already been) released in Fall 2018.

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Hidden gems in the romance genre? Let’s talk about #romanceclass! (& a giveaway)

Hidden gems – when I read these two simple words as this week’s prompt for Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl), the type of post I wanted to write became immediately, instantaneously clear to me.

The #romanceclass community is a bookish community that’s close to my heart partly because it is primarily made up of authors, writers, and readers who are Filipino like me, and largely because, through #romanceclass, I was introduced to both incredible books and incredible people.

Of course, if this is your first time encountering #romanceclass, I think it’s best for me to define what #romanceclass books are. Basically, they’re contemporary romance stories written primarily in the English language, have romance as their main plot, provide happy endings that’ll fill our souls up with kilig, and have had the #romanceclass community involved in its publishing process. Most of these books feature Filipino main characters (YAS QUEEN!!!). For more specifics, check out their website.

With that said, for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I will be sharing a number of #romanceclass books that you should probably maybe most definitely add to your TBRs and wish lists! (Personally, one of the things I love the most about these books is that they’re fantastic, swoon-filled reads at a shockingly affordable price! So I’ll be dropping price tags here and there.)

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10 feel-good TV series to binge watch (while rewriting notes – WHAT?)

As much as I enjoy reading, this Southeast Asian bookworm is also hugely into television series – which is another interest of mine that I don’t get to talk about very often on my blog. Thankfully, this week’s prompt for Top Ten Tuesday (TTT) is bingeworthy TV series and movies. In case you didn’t know, this is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

I consider myself to be a pretty busy person (what with college and extracurricular stuff and all) so I haven’t watched all the TV series that I’ve taken an interest in. In fact, I’m still two seasons behind on Game of Thrones – and yes, I feel pretty ashamed of myself for missing out on all its awesomeness and Jon Snow-related content. Nevertheless, I have managed to squeeze in a number of great TV series in my lifetime that I would love to talk about!

As a massive Marvel stan, it’s unsurprising that some of the series I loved are Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and other superhero-related series like The Flash (up until that God awful season 2 finale that pissed me off, that is). But today, I’ve decided to take a little unique twist and share some lighter, more comedic TV series. Specifically, here are 10 feel-good TV series to binge-watch while rewriting notes!

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Quick Kindle steals (Vol 2): Books you can buy for $2.99 or less!

Hey there! The essence of Quick Kindle steals is pretty simple and straightforward: hunt down any number of discounted (preferably $2.99 or less) or free e-books (either permanently or time-limited prices) and share these finds on my blog. Hopefully, doing this will help introduce struggling readers, such as myself, to more titles that they can afford! (If you’re interested in learning more about what inspired this idea, then you can read about it here.)

This isn’t a weekly feature, but I lurk around Amazon so frequently that I’ll definitely be doing more volumes of this! I also make Twitter threads about limited-time Kindle deals so be sure to follow me on Twitter and check out the #QuickKindleSteals hashtag. Also, make sure that you have the free Kindle app installed in your device before purchasing any of these books.

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10 spreadsheet hacks to step up your blogging game (ft. free spreadsheet templates!)

As of last week, I have decided to occasionally participate in a weekly meme called Top Ten Tuesday, which was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is “back to school/learning freebie” – which got me thinking: What wisdom can other bloggers learn from me? And more importantly, what nugget of wisdom do I even have to offer in the first place?

Answer: spreadsheets. More specifically, spreadsheet hacks that you can use to become a more organized and more efficient blogger with, you know, nicer-looking spreadsheets.

If you’re the sort to follow me on Twitter (which I personally recommend you to do), then you’d know that I sort of, kind of, really like spreadsheets (both the Excel and Google kind) and talking about, ahem, spreadsheets.

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Book Bloggers I Love Just As Much As I Adore Chris Hemsworth (Um, sort of)

Even in my first few months as a blogger (which is, astonishingly, quite a long while ago), I habitually encountered popular memes like Top Ten Tuesday (TTT). However, out of laziness, I never sat down and worked on a prompt – but that all changes today!

In the past, I’ve tried one other weekly meme (i.e. The Friday 56 + Book Beginnings hosted by Freda and Gilon, respectively) only to eventually realize that it was not really working for me. With that said, I am hoping that TTT will be a more suitable fit.

Okay, that’s enough babbling on my part – Top Ten Tuesday was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. The prompt for this Tuesday is actually “books to pull you out of a reading slump” but I’ve decided to do the TTT prompt from a week prior, which was “favorite bookish blogs/websites”. Since my 22nd birthday was last Tuesday, I didn’t have the time to whip up a blog post.

Quick disclaimer: I’ll be (sort of) breaking the rules of the meme by expanding the list from ten to twenty. I will be enumerating 10 Filipino book bloggers and 10 US/international book bloggers in this post because, well, it’s really tough for me, okay! While there are a lot of book bloggers whom I am genuinely, totally heart-eyes emoji (😍) for, my fellow PH book bloggers occupy a special place in my heart that I cannot just ignore (I swear I’m not trying to be biased, but ya girl has to love her own!).

Honestly, I’m just trying to spread as much love and warm virtual hugs as I can! Without further ado, here are the twenty book bloggers who I love almost as much as I adore my god of thunder, Chris Hemsworth (in case you didn’t know, that’s like shit tons of love!!!).

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#Augvocacy2018: Ask the Augvocates (Day 8) + book giveaway!

In case this is the first time you’ve heard of the (admittedly made-up) term ‘Augvocacy’, let me provide some quick context before we continue with the rest of this post.

If it isn’t obvious enough, ‘Augvocacy’ is a silly play on the words ‘August’ and ‘advocacy’, which can already give you a somewhat clear idea of what this event aspires to do: to bring together like-minded individuals in actively forwarding a particular advocacy throughout the month of August, which will hopefully carry over in small, indirect ways for the rest of the year. Participants of said event are referred to as Augvocates (💖). You can learn more about the origin of Augvocacy 2018 (or #Augvocacy2018) by reading my event launch post.

For 2018, twenty-four* (24) Filipino readers, bloggers (like me!), and authors are dedicating this month towards emphasizing a single message, that is, the importance of fostering a culture of reading in the Philippines.

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