[Mini Review] #Romanceclass Recent Releases: How She Likes It and Mango Summer

Now just because I was on a blogging hiatus didn’t mean my reading had come to a complete standstill! I read a ton of books over said hiatus that I can’t wait to review – including recent #romanceclass releases, How She Likes It by Carla de Guzman and Mango Summer by Agay Llanera, both of which were launched at the last #romanceclass event, Feels Fest 2018 (read my recap here!).

After hearing the summaries of both books, I just knew I had to have them. (Also, y’all know I am a certified first-class #romanceclass ho.) Female CEO and her single father assistant? Magic mangoes on a farm in Zambales? Um, yes? I was lucky enough to get an ARC of of How She Likes It, and managed to get Mango Summer at its intro price just shortly before it was released on Amazon.

Read on the find out what I thought of these two recent #romanceclass releases!

Purchase Links:
Mango Summer
How She Likes It

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[Book Review] Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan // the sapphic Asian fantasy of your DREAMS

You know I’m always ready to step up to the plate for Asian literature and Asian authors. So as soon as I heard that Girls of Paper and Fire was a thing, you can bet I wanted to get my hands on it. I actually mentioned this title in my list 2018 Releases I Want to Buy and when Shealea of That Bookshelf Bitch got an ARC that she very gamely agreed to lend to me, I was just over the moon!

Let me tell you, Girls of Paper and Fire did not disappoint.

I tried to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible, but tread cautiously!

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Purchase Links:
Amazon
Book Depository

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#EverlastingNoraPH: The launch of the Everlasting Nora blog tour!

My hiatus has ended, y’all! Are you excited to have me back? 😉

If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that I’m all about promoting Filipino authors and books. When I heard that there were a good chunk of 2018 and 2019 traditionally-published releases were by Filipino authors, I was so excited. And when I found out that one of those releases was set right here in Manila, I knew I had to have it.

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Guess Who’s Back, Back Again

Guess who’s back, bitches!

Kaugnay na larawan

Back in October, I said I’d be going on hiatus – and I’m happy to report that I’m back and raring to go! I have a more organized system in place now (thank you to Kaleena, Marie, and Shealea for their super informative blog posts and sample spreadsheets!) which will help me keep on top of blogging despite my full-time job and school load. I have a ton of new stuff lined up to make up for two months, so basicallt  I’m so excited to get started with this new endeavor: The Backwards Bookshelf 2.0!

To new followers, welcome. To old followers, welcome back. Let’s get on with the show!

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Feels Fest 2018 Recap!

Hey guys, gals, and non-binary pals! I know I literally just said that I was on hiatus – and I still am! – but it’s been exactly one week since I went to my second #romanceclass event, Feels Fest 2018. It was such a blast, and so I wanted to write my first ever recap post!

With a theme of #MCYourself2018, Feels Fest 2018 goers were invited to come dressed as their favorite main characters, or even as their best versions of themselves. There were also several book launches and new releases of old titles, and previews of upcoming releases! I’m particularly looking forward to Chi Yu Rodriguez’s new book which features a bisexual main character! Ya girl is stoked as fuuuuuck.

This is what the lovely #romanceclass people had planned for us that day. There were book launchers and live readings:

And, of course, contests:

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The Backwards Bookshelf Goes on Hiatus!

Hi y’all. A few weeks ago, I tweeted this:

That tweet came on the heels of a very disappointing month for my blog. I had such a successful comeback for August after two months of sporadically blogging (due to a family vacation in the US, starting a new job, and moving to a new apartment), I was expecting more of the same for September. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. I got saddled with several projects at work that require travel all over the Philippines, I have quite a number of papers to do for school, and – worst of all – I got dengue fever. (Ughhhhhh. Use insect repellant, people!)

Quite a number of friends quickly replied to my tweet, telling me that I needed to look after myself before anything else, and that the book blogging community would still be there and waiting when I got back. I’ll admit, one thing that helped me decide that a hiatus would be good for me was Shealea’s response, and her own post about going on a hiatus. I quote:

“…it is never a bad idea to take a step back whenever you feel like you need a breather. Incessantly, continuously pushing yourself and refusing to give yourself a much-needed break can lead to your own downfall – be it getting too caught up in what you’re trying to do (and failing to see the grander scheme of things) or down-spiraling into a total mental breakdown.”

That’s Shealea for you, always managing to put my thoughts out in such eloquent words.

I decided to ‘make it official’, so to speak, by posting this notice on my blog. I don’t want any old readers or future readers to come onto The Backwards Bookshelf and think I’ve totally abandoned it – which I haven’t, mind you! I absolutely will be coming back! No worries about that.

So, why am I going on my first official lengthy hiatus?

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[Book Review + Giveaway!] Reign of Mist – Helen Scheurer // a fantastic sequel that left me hungry for more

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Title: Reign of Mist

Author: Helen Scheurer

Genre: Fantasy, New Adult

Rating:

RATING - Five Stars

Summary:

The realm’s darkest secret is out.

The cruelty of the capital and the power-hungry King Arden have scattered Bleak and her companions across the continents.

On the run in a foreign land, Bleak finds herself tied to some unexpected strangers. When the answers she yearns for are finally within reach, she must face the hard truths of her past, and take her fate into her own hands before it’s too late.

Meanwhile, secrets and magic unravel as a dark power corrupts the realm. Bleak’s friends are forced to decide where their loyalties lie, and who, if anyone, they can trust. But one thing is certain: war is coming, and they must all be ready when it does.

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