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!).



Review || It Only Happens in the Movies (+ giveaway!)

Title: It Only Happens in the Movies
Author: Holly Bourne
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Paperback

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* Purchase via Amazon or Book Depository.


Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe filmmaker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies…

The greatest love story ever told doesn’t feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clichĂ©s. Oh, and zombies… YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.


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.


Recap: Heart of Mist blog tour (+ teasers and giveaway winner!)

Hello, mist dwellers! I was supposed to publish this recap post yesterday (as per the original blog tour schedule), but due to unforeseen circumstances, I was unable to find the time to draft any posts. With that said, I apologize for the delay!

Anyway, last October 27th, I hosted the #MistPH Twitter chat, which served as the culminating activity of the Heart of Mist blog tour. A number of people joined in on the fun! We even had Helen Scheuerer, author of Heart of Mist, with us throughout the chat. If you missed out on the actual event, fear not! Here’s a quick recap of everything that happened in the #MistPH Twitter chat as well as the blog tour itself! You can also opt to still answer the chat questions because why the hell not? Don’t forget to include #MistPH in your tweets, so that everyone can see them.


10 reasons to pick up Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer (and a giveaway!)

Hello! Today marks the start of the first ever blog tour for Helen Scheuerer’s YA fantasy debut novel, Heart of Mist, which was just recently published last August. To kick things off, I’ve decided to prepare a quick feature enumerating ten reasons why I think Heart of Mist is the next book you should definitely pick up and read!

If I’m being honest, if I were asked to list all the things I adore about this book, I doubt I’d ever run out of things to say. Heart of Mist is one of my favorite reads of 2017! With that said, having to narrow everything wonderful and spectacular about it to just ten points was quite the challenge for me. Still, I’m hoping that by the end of this post, I’ve successfully convinced you to, at the very least, look into what Heart of Mist has to offer.


#MistPH Twitter chat — and you’re invited!

Hello there, you! You are cordially invited to the first ever Twitter chat for Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer, where you can win finished copies of this phenomenal YA fantasy debut novel, bonus prequels and many more equally incredible prizes!

Sounds great? That’s just the tip of the iceberg!


Sign up for the Heart of Mist (by Helen Scheuerer) blog tour!

Title: Heart of Mist
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: 31 August 2017
Publisher: Talem Press

* More about the book.
* More about the author.
* Purchase via Amazon.

* Read my book review for Heart of Mist.


In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.

Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital.

But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers. The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.