That Bookshelf Bitch turns two??? Um. [+ an anniversary giveaway!]

The title sort of gives the content of this post away, doesn’t it? But I’ll state the obvious anyway: I’ve been blogging for two — yes, fam, two — whole years!

Well, if we’re going to be really technical about it, my blogging anniversary really falls on the 17th of December. However, despite my first semester officially ending on the 15th, I still didn’t have the time nor the energy to get back to blogging right away. My first semester as a BA Communication Research major had been (I’m using ‘had’ because it’s over) a lot tougher than I anticipated. I think I may have mentioned this in an earlier post. But hey, again, my semester is over and right now, I’m just waiting for my grades to be released (spoiler: so far so good!).

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{a cup of coffee for Christmas 2017}

Good day, readers!

As a lot of you know — or perhaps you might be new followers/readers of the blog (in which case, hold on, things are about to get clearer soon), my blog was established nearly two years ago. On the 17th of December 2015, to be exact. With my 2nd blog anniversary drawing nearer and nearer each day, I’d really like to conduct a major giveaway that all of you can participate in!

Unfortunately, due to recent and unforeseen events, I don’t have the finances to hold a giveaway. With that said, I am looking for willing sponsors for my anniversary + Christmas giveaway! There are two ways to sponsor:

(1) Buy me a cup of coffee via ko-fi! A cup of coffee is worth around $3.

(2) Sponsor a book or bookish goodies to give away! Just send an email and let me know what you’re willing to contribute. For authors who want to give copies of their own books away, I’m sure we can also find additional avenues to promote those books aside from the giveaway. Again, just send me an email at shealeairal@gmail.com

So yeah, I’m hoping there’s enough Yuletide spirit for any of you to be willing to help me out!

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Technically NOT a monthly synopsis. Quick and messy life update! (+ a giveaway!)

Hey all! With the sudden 10-day vacation courtesy of the ASEAN Summit being held here in the Philippines (note: this supposed vacation is a complete scam — but more on that later), together with the equally sudden realization that I haven’t really updated you guys on what’s going on with me outside of my blog, I decided to write up a quick post before continuing to battle against the mountain of academic requirements (I’d like to say that I’m currently winning, but that’s really just my wishful thinking).

In an attempt to put a little orderliness in this post, I’m going to break things down into three sections: PAST, CURRENTLY, and FUTURE. I know, I know. I’m not very creative. But bear with me!

Here we go.

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Wrapping up May 2017 (and a half-hearted promise that I’ll be blogging more frequently)

As I mentioned in my monthly synopsis for April 2017, blogging inactivity is to be expected because of college finals, among other academic requirements for the semester. I’d elaborate on the kind of month-long hell I had to go through, but at this point, I just want to put all of that behind me so let’s not even go there. What matters is that I survived, and I’m still here, writing to all of you.

But I digress. Here’s another really pitiful monthly synopsis of my blogging!

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Wrapping up April 2017 (and why you should expect more blog inactivity)

And just like that, April is already drawing to a bittersweet close. I describe it as bittersweet because April has been an unbelievably hectic month for me, and I cannot be happier to rid myself of it. However, the incoming month promises to be a lot busier and perhaps even crazier. What with it being the last leg of my college semester and all. But I’ll elaborate on this later on.

My wrap-up post for April 2017 will most likely be shorter and less substantial than my previous monthly synopsis for March 2017 because — cue dramatic pause — I’ve blogged even less frequently this time around. Yep, given my prolonged inactivity, I didn’t think this was possible either.

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Wrapping up March 2017 (and re: Shealea joined a poetry-writing competition)

Hello there! It’s nearly two weeks into the month of April, and I’ve only had the time to wrap up last month now (what with this week being Holy Week and all). Things have been incredibly exhausting and insanely hectic lately, and as such, I’ve been left with little to no room to write for the sake of writing (as opposed to writing for the completion of academic requirements).

I think it’s pretty obvious that I failed to anticipate the sudden increase in deadlines and college work, which would explain the gradual decline of my online presence and activity here in my blog. It’s sad, really, because I was very motivated to publish a lot of fresh content and to write unapologetically. But life doesn’t make adjustments for anyone. I’m the one who’s tasked with the obligation to learn how to adapt.

I’m incoherently babbling, sorry. Let’s proceed with the wrapping up part of this post!

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Wrapping up February 2017

Hello! Unfortunately, I was unable to do a wrap-up before February ended because lately, my weeks have been crammed with tons of events, college requirements and org responsibilities. I’d go into detail, but I know doing so will only bore you. Yep. But I’m here now, and I’m excited to go through a quick recap of my blog posts for the second month of 2017!

For the month of February, I read a total of seven books – including both novels and poetry collections. This is a remarkable increase compared to the two books I read back in January. I’m pretty happy about that. In terms of quality, however, I was largely disappointed and/or underwhelmed by most of these books. I’ll explain this further once I finish my reviews!

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