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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1,500 followers and 25,000 visits!!! [And a giveaway]

Hello there, everyone! I don’t know what to say, truth be told. The post title pretty much sums everything up. Having said that, I think it would be best to keep this short, simple and straightforward.

A couple of weeks ago, That Bookshelf Bitch hit 25,000 site visits — an incredibly large numerical figure I once thought to be impossible to reach. Additionally, within the same week, my blog surpassed the 1,500-followers mark — another tremendous feat that I didn’t think would ever happen to me. Can I just say, it is absolutely heartwarming to know that there is a large audience of people interested in what I write and in what I post! To reach two huge milestones in seven days is incredibly surreal and wonderfully overwhelming! None of this would have happened without all of you!

To celebrate these little achievements, I’m conducting a couple of international giveaways! Many thanks to the authors for making this possible!

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Wrapping up November 2016, December 2016 and January 2017 [and why I’ve only read one book this month]

Can you believe that the last wrap-up post I wrote was August 2016? What even. But anyway, I’d like to keep this recap short, simple and sweet. Let’s do it!

Since my posts for January 2017 are (sadly) pretty few and far in between, I decided to include my posts from last November and December as well! Don’t worry, though. What I lack in original content, I make up for with a ridiculous number of recommendations! Be it a discussion post, a blog or a book. I may have only read one book in January, but hey, I’ve been exploring the cyber realm frequently and reading a lot of other people’s posts!

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Best Looking Blog??? [Re: 2016 Blogger Awards]

Hey, everyone! I just had to write up a separate post about the 2016 Blogger Awards!

Quick tidbits of info: The Blogger Awards started, if I’m not mistaken, in 2015 and was initially hosted by a girl who went by the alias ‘Ambi’. For 2016, the blogging event was organized by Elm! To learn more about the awards, you can simply read this post.

To cut the long story short, That Bookshelf Bitch was deemed as the Best Looking Blog along with Elly’s blog, A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts (Congratulations, girl!!! Your header is adorable.). And hey, hey, hey, that happens to be my blog! Can’t believe it? Same here! I received a tiny notification legitimately just minutes away from New Year. To say I was surprised is a total understatement. What an incredible way to end my 2016!

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Shealea revives her Tumblr + overdue Q&A

Yep, yep. Hi, guys! Here’s a quick post slash update.

So last night, I decided to reopen my Tumblr account and to clean up my existing blog there. I have never been a Tumblr kind of girl, and to be honest, I find WordPress to be much, much more user-friendly. I still don’t quite know how to navigate my way through the site, but I recently acquired a strange interest in Tumblr-published poetry.

To make the long story short, I’ll be using my Tumblr blog as a small online portfolio for my poetic attempts and short excerpts. Maybe even a few drabbles here and there. This does not, however, mean that I will stop sharing my original literary pieces here. I still will. It’s just that I feel compelled to create a separate, independent platform for my written works so that people can read them easily, without having disruptions from book reviews, lengthy posts and discussions. I hope that makes sense.

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One year of blogging? Um.

As promised on Twitter, here is the “official” blog post acknowledging the momentous occasion that is my blog hitting its first year(!!!). Basically, this is where I’ll be going through the typical teary-eyed outbursts of sentimentality and whirlwind of intense emotions, i.e. “My god, has it really been a year?”, “I didn’t think I’d make it this far!”, and ultimately, the very Shealea-like, “What even. I can’t even!!!”

Not going to lie, I don’t even know where to begin. The gravity of this personal milestone has yet to completely sink in. With everything going on outside the virtual world — last sets of academic requirements, final exams, political issues (re: Ferdinand Marcos is still not a hero), globally impactful events and loads of personal stuff, my blogging anniversary was at the farthest corner of my mind. I almost forgot about it, really. Nonetheless, here I am, finally writing this and finding myself absolutely overwhelmed and inexplicably pleased.

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