Awards || The Liebster Award (Pt. 2)

This morning I told myself I’d write at least two book reviews – and I totally will! You know, eventually. But with all the hype and excitement I’ve been feeling about my sixth month of blogging and my first ever international giveaway, I figured that doing an awards post would be a nice change of pace to ease my feels.

I’ve already done the Liebster Award once, but that was several months ago. This time, I was nominated by the wonderful Lily @ The Lily Notepad! I genuinely adore her blog, so for her to mention me made me feel really fluttery on the inside. Thank you, Lily!



6 Months of Blogging || MILESTONE GIVEAWAY

Before anything else, can we take a brief moment to (once again) acknowledge how insanely surreal this feels? I mean, when I reached my first two weeks of blogging, I was nearly sobbing over 763 views, 253 visitors, 66 likes and 42 comments — as if those numbers were a legitimate achievement. I can still vividly recall how ridiculously thrilled and overwhelmed I was when authors, publishers and agents began noticing my book reviews and commending me for them.

Honestly, my entire blogging experience has been surprisingly eventful and equally memorable so far. In just six months, I’ve received 44 review requests via email and a total of 146 Advance Reading Copies (ARCs) from authors and publishers. In just six months, my ARC requests have been declined 100 times (which effectively kept me on my toes, always striving to improve myself and my output). In just six months, I’ve finally found the courage to really put myself, my thoughts and my writing out there (e.g. my first and favorite “Shealea writes” post). In just six months, I’ve accepted and received my first physical ARC, Death House by the generous Carole Avila. In just six months, That Bookshelf Bitch has been viewed more than 10,000 times by 81 lovely countries all over the world. In just six months, I’ve garnered so much support from over 700 people (read: my followers!). Most importantly, in just six months, I’ve never felt so liberated in my entire life.


Quick update! – 06/12/16 (Life and oh, a giveaway announcement!)

Okay, so I told myself I’d finish up at least two book reviews yesterday. But then I woke up way past 2 in the afternoon, heard the news that one of my favorite restaurants burned down, also heard the news that Christina Grimmie died moments after her own concert (Rest in peace, you angel), ate lunch late, watched four episodes of Pokemon and well, I think you get where this is going. Additionally, I’m still pretty exhausted from all the recent traveling with my family – we stayed in Boracay for a few days and right after our flight back (which was delayed for three hours!), we spent a couple of days in Manila. (Segue: You can actually read more about my little adventures on my personal Twitter account: @shealeairal.) While my family members basically lounged around the condominium unit we rented, I repeatedly had to commute to and from UP Diliman because I had to deal with multiple errands. It’s a miracle that my legs haven’t completely given up on me yet. I guess what I’m saying is that all these things have hindered me from fully developing any desire to write. Honestly, even right now, I kind of want to take another nap.


Tour stop || The Lunam Ceremony by Nicole Loufas


Nicole was born and raised in California. She claims to be a San Francisco native; however, she’s lived in both Northern and Southern California. She credits her creativity to the fact that she attended 12 schools between kindergarten and her senior year in high school. Her nomadic childhood allowed her to reinvent herself often. Some might say she was a liar. While others see the stories she told as a coping mechanism. Twelve schools, in six cities, in twelve years – give her a break. Today she channels her storytelling ability into writing novels. Long story short – kids that lie become writers.


The Lunam Ceremony blog tour started last May 23rd and will finish its run on the 27th. This is being hosted by the lovely Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours. For more information regarding the other tour stops, visit the website!


Blog update! – 05/22/16

Hello, everyone!

Really, really quick post.

I’m still technically going through a hiatus on book reviews and most blogging stuff. Currently, my semester’s about to end and most of my time is spent studying for final exams and finishing up academic requirements (hi ChE 131 critique paper) (what’s good EEE 1) (you will be missed, sleep). Anyway. In an attempt to make this post look a lot more organized and coherent than it actually is, let’s use a list-like format for the rest of the content!


This is the lowest point in my life

This is the lowest point in my life.

The earliest I said that exact sentence (or at least, from what I can remember) was way back in my sophomore year of high school. I won’t even bother to provide any slight context regarding that yea​r and I won’t even try to write anything eloquent or fucking poetic – I can’t. For a fourteen-year-old, it was the end of the world.


Blog update! – 03/22/16 (500 FOLLOWERS!!!)

That Bookshelf Bitch has reached 500 followers!!!

Did I really just type that? Oh my god. O H M Y G O D . You (yes, all of you) guys continue to surprise me! To think that just five days ago, I was celebrating my 3rd blog monthsary and now, here I am, over the moon about another milestone! This is unbelievable. Thank you very much!