2017 in a nutshell! {Looking back and moving forward}

I’ve been home for the holidays since the 19th and I’ve been wanting to write this post for quite some time now, but god, I wake up every day feeling just as tired as I felt during the last stretch of my semester.

And it sucks. Is this what adulthood (i.e. reaching 21 years of age) is like? Never having enough energy to pursue what I want? Feeling tired after walking from my bed to the refrigerator? Sleeping for 10 hours and waking up absolutely restless and unmotivated? Perhaps adults should consider hibernating in December. But I digress.

With 2017 about to end, I figured it’d be a good idea to reflect on my year. Maybe it’ll give me a better grasp on how much I’ve changed and grown. Maybe writing about it will force me to acknowledge lessons I never really paid any attention to. Maybe it’ll encourage someone to reflect on their year, too — in which case, feel free to write your musings and to share your reflections in the comment box below. I’m genuinely curious.



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!).


Celebrating my 21st birthday with a giveaway!

Hello there, everyone! As expected, I haven’t been blogging for quite some time now. I’m not even going to pretend to be surprised. There have been a lot of changes in my life, which have consequently forced me to reevaluate my priorities and take a step back from some things I enjoy doing (e.g. blogging). Even as I type this now, there’s a mountain of deadlines I’ve yet to conquer, so I don’t have the luxury of time to enumerate every little thing that’s been going on with me lately. But I will share the biggest (and arguably the most significant) change I’m facing: starting over.

What do I mean?


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!


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.


1,000 followers!!! [Read: Shealea loses the ability to even.]

Had anyone told me when I first started blogging that I would eventually gain a thousand blog followers, I probably would have laughed until my stomach hurt, taken a screencap of the conversation and forwarded the photo to my closest friends with the accompanying caption, “Them bitches be cray.” And yet, funnily enough, here I am writing this blog post less than nine months later(!!!).

To say I never expected anything this wonderful and momentous to happen to me would be an extreme understatement. Having that this massive of a readership seemed so unattainable that I never really thought twice about ever reaching this milestone. Much less within my first year of blogging.


Celebrate my 20th birthday and blog relaunch with me! || GIVEAWAY

The title of this post is pretty self-explanatory, yes? Here in Philippines, it’s already the 14th of August, which means today is my 20th birthday!!! (Am I the only one who can’t believe I just typed that?)

I have always been the kind of person who likes to conduct birthday countdowns; however, this year, as I took note of the months, weeks and days left before the arrival of August 14, I found myself having a maelstrom of mixed feelings. I mean, god, I’m finally leaving that “-teen” suffix behind whenever I mention my age. I’m legitimately twenty years old now. Which is basically synonymous to delving deeper into the uncharted territorial waters of adulthood.