Pagpuri sa Mga Akdang Pinoy: Traditionally Published Filipino Authors [2018 and 2019 Edition]

I’m sure by now you all know how much I adore #romanceclass,  but they’re not the only Filipino authors out there! For this week’s Pagpuri sa Mga Akdang Pinoy post, I’m going to shine a spotlight on some Filipino traditionally published authors to watch out for!

As mentioned in the title, works included are 2018 to 2019 releases, so I’ve included links to Amazon or Goodreads for your convenience.

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#Augvocacy2018: The Myopia of the Book Community

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As I’m sure you’ve been seeing all the #Augvocacy2018 posts from Filipino book bloggers so I won’t delve too much into that. For a quick summary, #Augvocacy2018 is a blog series started by Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch for her birthday. The theme of this year’s #Augvocacy2018 is fostering a culture of reading in the Philippines, so that’s what everyone’s been writing about. And today is my turn!

Ready to hear me rant and rage? Strap yourself in for the ride!

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The Queer Eye Tag [featuring Queer Eye GIFs!]

So if you follow my personal Twitter (it’s @kateastrophic for the curious – but fair warning, I get super political on there) you’ll know that I am pretty much obsessed with the show Queer Eye. I love all of the boys so much, and I especially love my lord, savior, and queen: Tan France.

You can imagine my excitement when I saw that the long-awaited Queer Eye Book Tag was finally here! CAN YOU BELIEVE? Mucho thanks to Ayla @ Books and Babbles for creating this masterpiece!

How It Works:

The Queer Eye Book Tag consists of five categories (one for each of the Fab Five – Food & Wine, Fashion, Grooming, Design & Culture). For each category, just pick a book that comes to mind (or two, or more…) Have you recently read a contemporary that was full of delicious foods? Use it in the “Food & Wine” category! Know of a super fashionable character? Maybe you can talk about that book/character for Tan’s “Fashion” category. And there’s a “bonus” category inspired by the QE Hip Tips at the end of each episode: #QEBOOKTIP. This is where you can talk about your favourite queer book(s). When you’re done, tag your bookish friends to do this as well!

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Pagpuri sa Mga Akdang Pinoy: #romanceclass books pt. 2

Happy August, people!

Over here in the Republika ng Pilipinas, August is Buwan ng Wika, which means Month of Language. It’s a month-long celebration of all Filipino languages and written works that nearly every Filipino, no matter where they are in the world, celebrates. If you follow Filipino bloggers, chances are you’ve seen them post about this.  

(FYI, Tagalog isn’t the only language spoken in the Philippines! There are languages like Kapampangan [Shealea represent!], Ilokano, Hiligaynon, Bisaya, Pangasinan, and lots more. It’s theorized that there are 170 languages spoken in the Philippines. Shookt? Girl, I grew up here and so am I.)

I wanted to do something for Buwan ng Wika on my blog, especially considering how my niche is promoting diverse authors, and especially Filipino authors. So I’ve decided to commit to posting at least once a week about a Filipino author or authors. I’m calling this series Pagpuri sa Mga Akdang Pinoy.

For my first Pagpuri sa Mga Akdang Pinoy post, I chose to focus on some of my absolute favorite Filipino authors: the lovely ladies over at #romanceclass!

I’ve written about #romanceclass so many times before (check out the #romanceclass tag to see all these posts!), but I will never get tired of hyping up these fab, wonderful people. So here are three of my more recent #romanceclass reads for you to check out!

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July 2018 Wrap-Up…of sorts

Okay, so here’s the thing.

July did not turn out to be the blogging extravaganza I thought it would be. I planned out so many posts. I thought I’d be reading and commenting on so many other blogs. But, sadly, all of that did not happen. (I did engage a lot on Twitter though. Does that count?)

To be honest, seeing the number of posts for June and July in comparison to when I first started this blog is making me sad, and I’m honestly just terrified of losing my passion for book blogging.

I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m really just trying to forgive myself for not fully getting back on the blogging horse. After all, I’m currently undergoing some hella stressful transitions and changes in life that would put the damper on any kind of creative endeavor, not just blogging. But I’m having a bit of a difficult time not being hard on myself. You know how it goes. We’re our own worst critics.

So, with hopes of forgiveness for myself, this was my July.

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The NetGalley Tag [featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race GIFs!]

Before I start on this book tag: real quick update! I’ve been super swamped at work and I just moved into a new apartment, so I haven’t been as able to update frequently this July as I’d hoped. This will probably continue until the middle of August, considering I’m right smack in the middle of the busy season at work, plus my roommate and I have yet to set up Wi-Fi (SkyCable, come through already!). I’m sorry that updates will be sporadic, but I’m still, as always, on Twitter. Lol.

Anyway, just so this blog doesn’t stagnate, here’s a book tag from Avery @ Red Rocket Panda! (Which also gives me all kinds of guilty feels because it’s been ages since I last opened up any of my NetGalley ARCs, but that’s neither here nor there.)

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[Book Review] Forest of a Thousand Lanterns – Julie C. Dao // the evil queen origin story you need

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Title: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

Author: Julie C. Dao

Genre: Fantasy, New Adult


RATING - Five Stars


Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins – sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

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