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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September 2018 TBR

This month’s TBR is brought to you by this tweet:

Me and my boyfriend will be celebrating our seventh (WOAHHH) anniversary next Sunday. So I thought of letting him pick my TBR for the month as a little way to bring him into my book blog (although I know he doesn’t read this, lmao).

So here’s what Derick picked out for me – seven books for seven years together!

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Pagpuri sa Mga Akdang Pinoy: Fave Filipino Book Bloggers!

Welcome to my last post for the series Pagpuri sa Mga Akdang Pinoy!

I started this series to celebrate Buwan ng Wika by shining a spotlight on Filipino writers. Here I wrote about #romanceclass, I listed down 2018 and 2019’s Filipino authors who were traditionally published , and I reviewed The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco.

But today, I’m going to talk up some Filipino creatives that deserve just as much attention as our favorite authors. These creatives are super integral to an author’s success, not to mention the publishing industry as a whole. Guys, gals, and nonbinary pals – today I give you my favorite Filipino book bloggers!

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[Book Review] Pagpuri sa Mga Akdang Pinoy: The Heart Forger – Rin Chupeco // the female anti-hero we all need

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Title: The Heart Forger

Author: Rin Chupeco

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Rating:

RATING - Five Stars

Summary:

No one knows death like Tea. A bone witch who can resurrect the dead, she has the power to take life…and return it. And she is done with her self-imposed exile. Her heart is set on vengeance, and she now possesses all she needs to command the mighty daeva. With the help of these terrifying beasts, she can finally enact revenge against the royals who wronged her―and took the life of her one true love.

But there are those who plot against her, those who would use Tea’s dark power for their own nefarious ends. Because you can’t kill someone who can never die…

War is brewing among the kingdoms, and when dark magic is at play, no one is safe.

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