14 book covers in 2018 that should be framed in museums

In my last Top Ten Tuesday post, I shared a dozen of my favorite book covers from Asian authors. This time around, I’ve decided to deviate again from the prompt given by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl to talk about more of my favorite book covers!

There are so many exceptionally stunning book covers in 2018, as well as revealed covers for upcoming releases in 2019. In fact, a lot of them are so gorgeous I think we should really consider starting a museum for book covers. Picking out my favorites was a seriously daunting and incredibly difficult endeavor, if I’m being honest.

Here are 14 of my favorite cover reveals in 2018 (from non-Asian authors) that deserve to be displayed in a museum for book covers! A lot, if not most, of them are covers for diverse books – so yay, this is truly a fantastic year for diversity!



12 Asian book cover reveals in 2018 that had me bawling my eyes out

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I’ve decided to deviate from the prompt given by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl and, instead, dedicate this post to something I’ve been wanting to talk about for what feels like forever.

The title of this post is a dead giveaway: 2018 cover reveals of books written by Asian authors that had me bawling my eyes out from the intensity of my feels(!!!).

This is a momentous occasion for me personally because I usually dislike sharing cover reveals on my blog. This largely stems from the fact that one of my book blogging pet peeves are generic, manufactured posts about cover reveals – you know the type: posts that show off the book cover, synopsis, author bio, and purchase links without adding anything else (I mean, how long did it take you to copy and paste all of that, huh?)


Top 10 longest books I’ve read in 2018 (at least so far!)

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday*, the prompt is to share the longest books I’ve read. I’m assuming this pertains to length in terms of page number, not length in terms of oh-my-god-when-will-this-book-end units of measurement (but let’s be honest, we’ve all experienced the latter, I’m sure).

According to Goodreads, a number of the longest books I’ve read in my entire life are from – excuse my shudder – the notorious Twilight saga.

Really fun story there: I read all the books simply because this girl in my class was badmouthing The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (which was my favorite trilogy at the time) even though she never even bothered to read any of the books, and in retaliation, I decided to read her favorite series (i.e. the Twilight saga) so that I can point out every flaw in every damn book. Lo and behold, Lady Luck was on my side and it turned out that the entire saga was all kinds of awful and cringe and oh-god-I-can’t-believe-trees-died-in-order-to-produce-copies-of-this-trash.


10 authors I’d love to have a cup of coffee with ft. awkward fangirl flailing

I think I speak for all readers when I say that authors are basically our pantheon of literary gods and goddesses. They’re our superheroes who constantly save us from the mundaneness and dreary monotony of everyday life. They’re architects who create larger-than-life worlds and realms that we can easily hide in when the universe we’re living in gets a little bit too overwhelming and tough to handle.

Most of all, authors are people – people we look up to and whom we draw inspiration from. Authors are unbelievably amazing and talented, that’s for sure. Personally, I think that above everything else, what makes authors so awe-inspiring and godlike (or goddess-like) is knowing that they’re not actually gods and goddesses – they’re people. People who aren’t very different from myself but have the capacity to create extraordinarily magnificent things and to do accomplish something 10-year-old me could only dream of: finishing a book and getting it published.


To all the authors I follow on Twitter & the books I haven’t read yet

Sometimes I don’t know how my thought process works, and unsurprisingly, this is one of those times.

Tell me, while you’re scrolling through your Twitter feed (instead of working on the blog post you swore you’d finish today), do you ever come across a tweet from an author promoting their book and internally question why it is that you haven’t read it yet? And then minutes later, the same thing happens again: an author talking about their book, you wondering why it’s still in your TBR? And then this eventually turns into a vicious cycle of interest, confusion, guilt, and finally, shame?* Because why haven’t you read it, Shealea, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?

* If you can relate to this emotional rollercoaster, then let me send a ton of virtual hugs in your way! There is nothing to be ashamed of, lovely! If, on the other hand, you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about, I suspect you’re still living in denial – and that’s okay, too.

I think you get what I’m saying. I follow a lot of incredibly kind, undeniably awesome authors, but for some of them, I haven’t read any of their books (which is a huge, gaping loss on my part, really). This is due to numerous factors: unavailability of books in my local bookstores (aka the struggles of every third-world country), time constraints because of college, prior commitments, and more often than not, my being a financially strapped college student (I am ridiculously broke, and if you could leave a little something in my tip jar before you close this tab, I will love you).

Regardless of the reason, I can’t help but feel more than a tad guilty about it. It’s not that I think these authors are upset with me for following them on Twitter despite having not read any of their books. But!!! It’s really just me wanting to befriend these authors. Me wanting to start tweeting them praises about their books! Me wanting to flood their Twitter notifications with colorful heart emojis! Me wanting to yell into the Twitter void about how much I love their books! ME WANTING TO GIVE THESE WONDERFUL AUTHORS ALL THE LOVE AND PRAISE AND SUPPORT THEY DESERVE!!!


Fall 2018: Asian sci-fi & fantasy releases to fall in love with

I’ll be honest with you, guys. I was born, raised, and still currently reside in the Philippines, which only has two seasons: really wet and really dry (Speaking of, another huge typhoon just hit the country – what else is new, really – and I’m hoping everyone was safe and unharmed). Having never experienced fall, winter, or even spring, I had to ✨ Google search ✨ my way into figuring out what months of the year comprise the fall season.

According to Google, falls begins on the first day of September and lasts until the last day of November – so that’s the timeframe I’m working with. If I’m wrong and Google has betrayed me without my knowledge, feel free to correct me!

Anyway, for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, the prompt is ‘Books on My Fall 2018 TBR’. I recently discussed why I’m not the type to make TBR posts, and if you read that post, you would understand why I’ve decided to share science fiction and fantasy releases from Asian authors that will be (or have already been) released in Fall 2018.


Hidden gems in the romance genre? Let’s talk about #romanceclass! (& a giveaway)

Hidden gems – when I read these two simple words as this week’s prompt for Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl), the type of post I wanted to write became immediately, instantaneously clear to me.

The #romanceclass community is a bookish community that’s close to my heart partly because it is primarily made up of authors, writers, and readers who are Filipino like me, and largely because, through #romanceclass, I was introduced to both incredible books and incredible people.

Of course, if this is your first time encountering #romanceclass, I think it’s best for me to define what #romanceclass books are. Basically, they’re contemporary romance stories written primarily in the English language, have romance as their main plot, provide happy endings that’ll fill our souls up with kilig, and have had the #romanceclass community involved in its publishing process. Most of these books feature Filipino main characters (YAS QUEEN!!!). For more specifics, check out their website.

With that said, for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I will be sharing a number of #romanceclass books that you should probably maybe most definitely add to your TBRs and wish lists! (Personally, one of the things I love the most about these books is that they’re fantastic, swoon-filled reads at a shockingly affordable price! So I’ll be dropping price tags here and there.)