On taking a HIATUS

Lovely people!

Sooooo, I HAVE been gone for a looooong time. And normally, I would have an alibi for not being able to post for a while. But honestly, I do not have one. So instead, I just would like to share what happened to me for the past few months that led to this moment of writing a sort-of-explanation-sort-of-not about why I suddenly went quiet.

GOT A NEW JOB

Let’s go 9 months back. I was offered a teaching job at a nursing school here at my province. It is in the city which i a 45-hour bus ride from where I actually live but I figured I should really give it a shot. After all, it has been my dream to become a professor. So I started with 3 courses every week, which is not a lot by the way, but I enjoyed it a lot. I saw myself looking back and seeing how things all worked out to bring me to the four-walls of a classroom full of college students waiting for me to say something interesting they could use to prevent people from dying. By the way, if you lovely people do not know, I am a registered nurse, and now, a clinical instructor thank you very much!

WHERE TO GO NEXT

After that first semester, I knew I wasn’t guaranteed anything for the next one. I worked on a part-time basis and if the college did not need me, they just don’t hire my services. Simple, but painful too. I enjoyed teaching, and sharing what little I know of the world to bright young  minds. I enjoyed seeing them progress from a bunch of scared students to confident trainees ready to become professionals. I’ve always believed in the nobility and competence of the nursing profession. I love sharing that pride with them. But then as the weeks rolled by, I knew I needed a contingency so I sent out a bunch of my CVs and prayed for the best. Opportunities knocked, but then something just kept telling me to wait it out and see what is on the other side. So I did.

HOPES UP

I was re-hired as a part-time faculty, though I was still keeping back-up options just in case. I was already teaching, at peace with the current situation I am in, when I got a text message at 9 o’clock in the morning telling me I have an interview for a permanent teaching position in our university. I could not believe my eyes! I debated whether I should just take my chances, or wait it out like the last time. But I knew that if I didn’t go, I would forever regret it. Turns out, I was right. I did go, and things turned out better than what I had hoped they would.

GOT IT

I got the job! I would not have imagined being a permanent, tenured employee at this age, considering I am in the academe. I was so happy-for my family, and for myself as well. All I could think of was how my life is starting to make sense, and gain direction because of this. And of course, all the books I can buy! But then again, all the books I cannot read too!

THE DOWNSIDE

I did not have enough time, ever, to read. I was so occupied with preparing lectures, and exams, and evaluations, and researches, and adulting stuff that I did not realize how long it has been since I sat down and reviewed a book, or read one for that matter. I had to weigh things really well to understand that this, THIS LIFE, is what I need to focus on right now. I know I said before that this place is my safe place. It is my haven, and it still is. I missed this place, that is why now I am here, bearing my feelings once more.

But life has overtaken all of those days of vigorous reading and passionate writing. It has replaced those days of intellectual conversations with book lovers like I am. Now I clash minds with brilliant professionals as to how researches in the health care field may be improved. I hope you don’t misunderstand. It is not that I haven’t read anything at all. During the past few months I have been inactive on this blog, I have been reading, though considerably slower that my usual pace, because of the other things I have to do. I love reading, and I would never ever stop doing it. I just didn’t know it would take so much out of me that I can’t read or write as freely as I could back then.

In all honesty, I miss the community I got to meet because of my love for books. I miss talking with them, and sharing thoughts and feelings with these people who truly understand what it is to fall in love with a villain, or hate the guts of an angel. I miss interacting with you. But I guess in life, you have to make choices in order to grow, and realize that you are an adult.

I will not completely abandon this blog. I may just be lie-lowing for a bit. I know for sure that I cannot be as active as I was before but I sure will try to visit more often than I did the past few months. I have read a few books I want to get reviews up for. So maybe I can start with that again? Or maybe something original? I guess we’ll see!

Before I go, I just want to thank you dear reader for making it through the end of this potentially boring post. Thank you for following, and spending time reading the thoughts of a book lover. That one view that you contributed to my stats is very much appreciated, and I could not thank you enough for.

See you in my next post!

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Why I’ve Been M.I.A.

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Hello everyone!

I missed doing this sooooo much! Today I have a rather chill post for y’all.

Let’s chat.

                If you have been reading my blog prior to my major hiatus, then you would know that my posting schedule became rather erratic before completely stopping. Previously, I have tried to schedule my posts every Tuesday and Saturday, and for quite some time, it really worked for me. I’m not gonna lie, I started this blog before I had a regular, everyday kind of job. In a way, reading and blogging about it became an escape route from my boredom and sadness (this is a whole different issue *wink*). Of course, it was also a way for me to reach out to others who, like me, are obsessed with books and talking about them. Months after my posts became regular, I received a call from a friend saying that I am being hired to become an instructor at a nursing school. Of course I became ecstatic. It was something I have been waiting for. It was something I really wanted to do and I know I would enjoy doing.

                For a while I thought that I could handle reading, blogging, and teaching like a boss. Well, I realized I cannot do it rather quickly haha! At first, I thought that I wasn’t writing or reading for that matter because I was busy with work and other stuff. BUT, thinking about it now, I had time. I knew I had time in my hands, and I could have managed my time more efficiently so I could squeeze everything I wanted to do in my 24 hours. I didn’t. That was when I realized I hit a major slump. I didn’t really want to read anything or write about anything for a long time, hence the hiatus from the blog. I felt like my reviews weren’t relevant enough, and there was a time it felt pointless doing it. I’ve always said that me reviewing books I have read was never about gaining a gazillion views or a hoard of followers. And it never really is. However, let’s be honest for a second and admit that seeing the views counter go up really does make us smile and giddy. It is some form of validation. Something every human being will want at some point in their life.

                And it’s not like no one ever reads my posts. No. I had readers and followers as well. Comments were few, but consistent. Do I seem too ungrateful? I was thankful, but not content. I always am I guess. At that point, I had no interest in reading, and I had the hardest time, finishing this one book that was ah-mazing. If I wasn’t in that stupid slump, I would have devoured that. Until a few weeks ago, all my books remained unloved. Shame on me, I know.  I just was disinterested and uninspired.

What changed?

                I suddenly missed reading one day. I missed being transported to different worlds. I longed to be in the shoes of different people, meeting characters, experiencing new emotions and embarking on journeys I would have never imagined. I missed the magic books had.  So I picked up my phone and chose one book in my Kindle app that intrigued me the most and started reading. The first few pages felt weird. It was like doing something for the first time. I hated the feeling honestly. I hated having lost that familiar feeling reading gave me every time. As I read on, as all of you might know, magic happened and the next thing I know I am in the forest with a dragon-boy-hybrid with blood dripping from his chest. How is that for a welcome right? This is what I missed. This is home to me.

What’s next then?

                As I am typing this, I have plans on the next few posts coming up on this wee little blog of mine. I have reviews loooong overdue that I want to do. And I have a multitude of books I want to read. I haven’t typed the first one though. Haha! Because I haven’t done it in months, I feel like a beginner and I am off to a rough re-start. I want to collect my thoughts first and wrap my head around how I want to be doing my reviews. Do I want to continue with my previous ways or should I try something new? Stuff like that. One thing is for sure though, and this is a promise I am making myself and my readers (if I have any). I will be posting a review on Tuesday, and will start with my regular posting schedule again this week.

A favour I want to ask

                This is where I need your help guys. I really want to succeed and push myself to managing my time better and overcome this dark shadow of procrastination surrounding me.  If for some reason, I wasn’t able to post twice in a week, call me out on it. I promise I don’t mind. We are all bookish friends here right?

That’s it. I really, really missed all of you and I hope we can talk about fun stuff like we used to. Also, can I just say I am sooooooo excited for Christmas? Because I am soooooo excited and I am not ashamed busting out my phone and playing Michael Buble’s Christmas album every single day.

Talk to you soon.. Love yah!

Reading slump + Planning + Wellness Shenanigans

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So… I’ve been such a lazy blogger these past few days. Oh my goodness I was procrastinating like nobody’s business. And I know some of us get those weeks too, but boy am I glad that I am slowly rising from my slumber. Then I open my  notifications and well, I am missing out is an understatement. In my previous post  I promised to post a catch up and here I am, being a good blogger and fulfilling that promise.

So what shall I say first. I have been busy with my DIY planner these past few weeks and I think my blog is unhappy with that. They are probably at war with each other right now. BUT. Peace will soon reign over both because my planner is actually the reason why I am typing today. My bossy planner just told me to post this update because it said so. I am using my planner to manage and schedule my blog better so hopefully I will be better at this. 

I have been recently obsessed with making my own stickers and weekly kits and monthly kits and functional stickers and journal cards and oooookay… breathe…. I have been thinking if I should include this planner “journey” to this blog or if I should just stick to my Instagram account for it. What do you think? Comment down below!

I am on a huge reading slump. Like really huge! I try looking at my kindle library and my stack of books which is probably yelling at me but nuh-uh. My brain just decided to betray me. I will be re-reading a book that I will be doing a review for and hopefully it will get me out of this recent slump. 

I am on a wellness journey! Are you happy for me? Yeah? In the recent letter I wrote to myself (which is attached to my planner) I told myself I am willing to do this now, and do it properly, and succeed at doing it. I hope you all pray for me and hope that I get through this smiling so if you have tips and advice for me, I welcome ALL of them.

Lastly, I want to share this phrase from my letter which is more like a pep talk to myself.

I am ready to run again. Once again, I will chase my dreams and stop at nothing. Lord guide me. I will rise out of this slump and hustle towards goals. I do this for my family – my life and soul. I do this for myself.

Am I making sense to you right now? I feel like my mind is so jumbled I am making zero sense to you who should receive an award for patiently enduring this post up to this point. I am thinking of doing a more personal blogpost talking about where I am in my life right now but I am on the fence about it so I am not too sure. But anyway, I have missed the book community soooo much I am more than ready to jump back in!

I missed interacting with you guys!

Do you use a planner?

What do you do when you are on a reading/blogging slump? 

Liebster Award #2

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Hello everyone! A few days ago I found out that I have been nominated, again, for the Liebster Award… and oh how this made me sooo happy! As some of you might know, I have already made a post about this so if you want to check that out, together with the rules, click here. So before I start answering the questions, I just would like to say that I would not be nominating specific people in this post. I would, however, tag all of you who will be reading this and may answer the questions you wish to answer in the comments below! I think it will be super fun!

I also want to thank May from Sunsets and Bookfests for nominating me and appreciating my blog. Check out her cute blog and say hi for me! Here are the questions she has given:

What book are you reading right now?

I just finished Double Life by S. Usher Evans (which I LOVED) and am currently, and have for a while now, re-reading (slowly) Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez.

Hardback, Paperback or Ebook?

Ugh this is a tough one. First, Ebooks are out of the competition right off the bat. Hardbacks are really lovely (especially on your shelves) but they can be quite hard to read/position when you read and you obviously cannot just carry them around especially when you travel. So I would have to go with paperbacks. Most of my books are paperbacks and tend to choose them over hardback editions. I love to travel and I love bringing at least one physical book when I leave.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Just one? That I can’t do. I could do three though. Mystery/Thriller, Historical fiction, Fantasy.

Which author, dead or alive, would you like to go on a date with?

I wold love to sit and have coffee with Anne Rice and Dr. Maya Angelou.. I think the conversations with those ladies would be EPIC.

Do you prefer to read stand-alones or series?

In general, I prefer stand-alones. But, there are really great series out there that I love…

What book/series would you love to be adapted as a tv show?

The books by Philippa Gregory.. Kind of Reign meets The Burgois meets Game of Thrones.

If your life was a book what would be it’s title?

The Girl Who Wrote to Live

What draws you to a book, the cover or the description?

The description definitely. I can be critical towards book covers, but the synopsis ultimately does it for me.

Favorite book villain?

Oh, I absolutely hate the guts of Lord Voldemort but let’s admit it. Half the human population hating this guy means he is a great villain.

Favorite book you’ve read this year?

This year… Air Awakens by Elise Kova! Wait did I finish that last year? Whatever, it is so good it may break the rule, it’s just February of this year after all.

Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog?

Not much really. Although the variety of books I read increased. I also have been introduced to indie authors who are, if I may say so, just as talented as the more ‘popular’ ones.

So! now here are my questions for you guys:

  1. Where do you usually write?
  2. What is your favorite dessert?
  3. If you only choose one book as your favorite, what would it be?
  4. What’s the most inspiring book you have ever read?
  5. Do you listen to music when you read? If so, what kind of music do you listen to?
  6. What do you look forward most about the Christmas season?
  7. Name the best place you have visited.
  8. Who is your favorite author?
  9. What time of the day do you usually read?
  10. What are your favorite and least favorite genres to read and why?
  11. My blog is about books, reading, and writing. How has reading shaped who you are as a person today?

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I (and my owl) would love to read your answers to these questions! How did you find out about my blog? What do you think about it?

Have a nice day!

-Meyan Rose-

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag

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It has been a while. But then I try to remember where all the days have gone and I have no idea whatsoever. Before anything else, how are you lovely people of the book community? I missed yah! Really! So when I was able to (finally) get hold of my laptop and check my notifications, I saw that I was tagged by @alwaysopinionatedgirl so thank you girl! Oh and go and click that link to check out her blog as well for her answers to these questions! And now on to the tag:

How long have you been a blogger?

Before this one, I have had a blog years ago which was pretty much neglected a lot. Then December of 2014 I decided to be more committed in blogging so technically, I have been “really blogging” for a little more than a year now.

At what point do you think you will stop?

Not anytime soon I can tell you that. So far, this book blogging journey has been sooo positive and SOOOOO much fun and I don’t see myself stopping for quite some time.

What is the best thing?

I wish I could say all the books I read, but then that is always a given. In reality, I honestly think that the best thing on this whole journey was all the people I have met, book bloggers, readers, and authors as well. I went into blogging and writing as an outlet for me to express things I would not have normally expressed in person. Also, I knew, and I have said it from the very beginning, that I wanted to meet new people, and make new friends because I decided that I should make an effort to reach out and explore the world.

What is the worst thing? What do you do to make it okay?

I had to think on this for a good while. Worst thing? There is nothing terribly bad about all this really, but, I guess the pressure that comes with the huge book blogging community. From hyped books to unpopular bookish opinions, I think there are certain pressure points that we have to go through as bloggers. Especially if you tend to feel insecure from “bigger” blogs you follow. But then, I always remind myself WHY I STARTED BLOGGING and it always makes me focus on blogging for me and just staying true to myself (cliches anyone?).

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

Usually, before I start typing, I already have an idea of what the main image/title image my post will have, so looking for backgrounds and patterns for those isn’t really difficult. Also, and this is a tip I can share, I always download or save all the images, GIFs, etc. that I will use for that post because I find that it saves me a lot of time and provides for a smoother construction of a blog post. This is especially because I handwrite my reviews before I type them.

Who’s your book crush?

I have had A LOT. If we are to talk about all of them, we would be here for a long, long time. How is anyone supposed to have only one? Like really. But, if you ask me for the ones at this very moment, I have two I can think off the top of my head. Lestat (my love forever) from The Vampire Chronicles, Prince Aldrik from the Air Awakens Series (swooning big time) and Vel from the Razia Series (the feels from this boy..just…).

Which author would you like to have on your blog?

Of course, J.K. Rowling is an obvious choice, like duh?!?! Anne Rice (THE queen), Elise Kova, S. Usher Evans, Philippa Gregory. Oh! Did it just ask for one? These tags always ask for the impossible!

What do you wear when you write your blog?

For some reason I found this question really weird, not to mention awkward haha! For me, it would be house clothes. I usually write at home on my desk so I am usually on my chill clothes.

How long does it take you to prepare?

It depends on the post I am making. If it requires more research and links and images, then it would probably take me more than one sitting (a.k.a. day) but usually it does not take me long. However, I tend to be one who writes last minute which I SERIOUSLY want to change will I will make sure especially now that I am into planning a lot!

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

Like I said, it has been such a positive experience. I find that this community is so open and welcoming to everyone even those who have differing opinions. I think this is a healthy community where people with a common passion discuss opinions and beliefs in a non-judgmental manner, respecting each other’s differences. The fellow readers, book bloggers, and even authors (who I previously thought were kind of snobs) have been nothing but kind to me and I love being a part of this community. Of course no system/ community is perfect and there are things we are sad about and we wish would change. But overall, it is one place I will not tire of being a part of.

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?

I don’t think there is an exact recipe to blogging success. However, I believe that staying true to yourself is the best way. I love to read blogs where the bloggers seem like they are talking to you and telling you a story about something. For one, my blog is not big at all, but I am very happy, and very proud as to where I am right now. What I can only do is to work harder on it.

Who do you tag?

Go and check (follow) their blogs. They are amazing bloggers!

Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

Aimee @ Redheaded Book Lover

Ava @ Bookishness and Tea

Sarah@ The YA Book Traveler

Vane, Evelyn, and Tash @ Books With Chemistry

Paul @ The Galaxial Word

Nori @ ReadWriteLove28

 

P.S. I know that the image up top has nothing to do with book blogging but I’ve told you right? Owl-kick/ obsession. It’s a thing.

-Meyan Rose-

Let’s Catch Up!

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I have been MIA lately, and I do not feel great about it at all. I missed typing away my thoughts on one of my favorite things to do and interacting with wonderful people, so I thought, before I plunge into all the blogging and reading bonanza, let us catch up on what is going on with my life lately.

  • Still waiting for the confirmation of my career move. If you have read this blog post, then you will know that I have been taking steps towards furthering my profession. I am very pleased as to how this is going, and though it’s taking some time, I am resolved in waiting, and being positive, and and pursuing it.
  • I have been a member of street teams (yes, TEAMSSSS). I am so happy that I was accepted into these groups to help authors get word about their works out there. Also, I have met awesome people (like you) through these street teams and other blogging and reading activities  and for that I am SOOOO thankful!
  • I am contemplating on a BIG change that I want to achieve this year. It requires a lot of personal will and determination so I am taking my time in deciding whether I would do it soon. As of now I am preparing myself and plans to start this ‘project’ in February.
  • Planning!!! Now, I have always been a planner. I have used planners since I was in high school I’d say but now I am really into decorative planning. It is sooo fun and helps me keep track of everything! I just DIY-ed my own decorative planner. Would you like to see it?

Speaking of street teams:

  • The cover reveal for The Island by S. Usher Evans is on January 26th! I will be posting in on my social media (click the links on the upper left side *wink*) and here in my blog as well!
  • Incidentally, lucky me, I won the giveaway for a swag package of The Island from the author’s blog site! And I am extremely excited for that package to reach my doorstep! I also have one of her published books and I will get to it soon, promise! And I will definitely make a review about that.
  • Elise Kova’s Earth’s End, the third installment in the Air Awakens series, will be released on February and I am sooo excited! Granted I haven’t gotten around reading Fire Falling (shame on me) but I don’t care! I will be making a separate blogpost for this to be up on Wednesday.

Also…

  • I am SOOOOO behind on stuff regarding my blog and reading. I have been so busy I barely had time for anything else but work and running errands here and there. This week’s days on my planner will be stuffed for sure! I will be filling those boxes up tomorrow when I get home after running around town.
  • I am still on an owl kick….

 

What have you been up to lately? Do you plan and make lists ahead of time? Do you drink coffee?

-Meyan Rose-

Welcome 2016!

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Hello everyone! I know this is a tiny bit late but Happy New Year to all of you! First off can we just look at how adorable that white owl is? Channeling Hedwig somewhere there… I have been in an owl kick lately (it’s a thing, trust me) and I can’t seem to get over owls for some reason hence the one welcoming you to 2016 for my blog.

If I am being completely honest, I absolutely have no idea what to expect this year. I am obviously hoping that good things will come and that this year will teach me more life lessons and of course, more bookish adventures to come! I am so thankful for the last part of 2015 for introducing me to the wonderful book community both in blogs and in other social media platforms. I am soooooo happy for having met so many people sharing the same love that I have for books and reading. The online book community is really home to some of the nicest people. And you know what they say right? Don’t trust a person who doesn’t read. That may be a bit too intense but you get what I mean. And the authors, oh man… they are the best…

Despite coming into this year with no real expectations, I still do have things that I look forward to. One of them would be career opportunities and growth. I don’t know if I have said it before here in my blog but I love being a nurse, and I will always be one. I’ve always felt blessed being given the chance to be such.

Another would be growing in the book community. I have always had this passion for reading. And like most of you who read my blog, I spend hours on end reading and arguing with characters. Uh-huh. I do that too. I look forward to more books and I mean MORE BOOKS! Give them to me!! I also just set my Goodreads Reading Challenge and some of you might think it is a very small number but because I am such a bad blogger in updating my account on the books I have read, I thought this number would be a good start. Plus if I read more than that would be better right? Check out my Reading Challenge and the books I have read so far here and let us be Goodreads buddies!!!

Alright! I am really psyched about reading and writing and blogging and meeting and talking to more people (and authors) in the book community this year! If you are new to my blog, Welcome! I hope you enjoy! If you have been one of the 88 WordPress followers or the 182 amazing people who follow via email, thank you very much and I pray for more wonderful years for us with books, tea, blogposts, coffee, and fairy dust.

Again, thank you everyone for welcoming me into this community with such warmth and support. I look forward to a year of fun and flailing.

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What are you looking forward to this year? How did you find my blog? What do you think about it?

 

– Meyan Rose –

Top 5 Bookish Christmas Wishlist (Sort of)

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Alright! I am SOOOO EXCITED for Christmas this year! Well who am I kidding I am excited for it every single year! I just love the Christmas season and I look forward to it every year. But, I’m just going to put it out there, I am not looking forward to gifts. Hold your shock or judgments or violent reactions… I love gifts, I do, I just feel like gifts or not, I love Christmas all the same. Just sayin’

So to go with this Christmas train, I have listed some of the things I would love to receive or have or things that I am thinking of getting or obsessing over or just stuff I love. Buuuut… I’ll just call this a wishlist okay? Let’s get into it!

Shelves!!!

Literally, this was how it was written on my notepad, yup, with all the exclamation marks! I SERIOUSLY need to look around and just get one! (or two) If only my books could talk or run away… I used to have one but it was so old it gave up on dear life and I just let it go.

Harry Potter Boxed Set

You may (or may not) know this but I haven’t read the HP series except for the first one and I figured what best way to get on it than to get the whole thing and put it where I could always see it so that I’ll have no choice but to read and be done with it! No but seriously, I think this is such a great gift idea to anyone really. My sister would love you for the rest of your life if you gave this to her. Like I said before, Harry Potter and Christmas: perfect match.

Cappuccino + Hazelnut Syrup = LOVE.

Oh my goodness guys. This… Give me this! I know this time of the year EVERYBODY loves the pumpkin spiced or panettone or any other Chrismas-y flavored drinks from your favorite coffee places but hot or iced, the cappuccino plus hazelnut from Starbucks has been my go-to. I don’t know what it is! Perfect. I’m telling you. Perfect. The hazelnut just adds the perfect sweetness and slight warmth to the cappuccino’s straight up coffee. Try it.

Kindle?

See that question mark? YUP, you guessed it, I’m still thinking about it and honestly, still not sure. But, for readers (aka people who devour books) like me, any kind of reading device is a thing to consider. NOW. Under no circumstances would ever say that I like e-books better than the actual print books. However, e-books have their advantages too especially for people on-the-go or those who wish to read at various times of the day away from home. People who review books (like myself) can also benefit from these. For those venturing into e-books or are fans of digital copies, I think a Kindle device is a good gift option.

Book Shopping Spree!

Who doesn’t need one?

Bonus:

Alright, I cheated. I have six but it’s Christmas and we are generous people right? Okay.

Fire Falling, Earth’s End, and any other book by Elise Kova. Seriously everyone, this lady is talented and such a sweetheart. Go find her books and read them and tell her I sent you okay? Go.

What are you currently loving this season? DO you have a wishlist as well? Let us talk about them!

 

Liebster Award: I’ve been nominated!

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I was checking through my emails and notifications about 2 days ago when I came across a comment from the lovely writer behind the blog The Blogger on the Mount that I have been nominated for this award. I’m not gonna lie, I had absolutely no idea what the Liebster Award meant or was. So I had to consult my wise friend Google to try and understand and as usual he was of some help.

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The Liebster Award is “given” by a blogger to a fellow blogger who he/she thinks deserves to be recognized more by the reading public. According to the explanations in my search, it used to be given to those who had less than 3,000 followers but now the number has been changed to less than 200 followers. A blogger may choose to accept or ignore the nomination, but if accepted, the rules of the award will be followed. I will be including the rules at the end of this post. The rules however, include that the blogger must answer 11 questions given by the one who nominated you so why don’t I answer them first and get to know me better!

How and where do you write?

Okay, if it’s like a place where I usually write for my blog I’d say my desk. My mom and I divided my room into two so that the inner half would be my ‘private’ space which is just technically where I sleep and the outer half would be my sort of an office where I have my desk and all my office stuff. Sometimes, though it’s a bit rare, I’d transfer to my sleeping area where I have a folding table and write there (which is what I am doing right now). In terms of like where I actually place the ink from my pen, well, it could be anywhere. Literally, I write anywhere I can (I don’t vandal), tissue paper, pamphlets, small notebooks, blank sheets of copy paper, labels, you name it. Then I keep them as much as possible.

I usually hand-write everything first before typing them. I’m old school like that and it’s what works best for me. Right now I have 2 notebooks and a notepad beside me. Just gotta have them. And believe me they all get used. I like collecting my thoughts first, and writing them down helps me. It also helps me edit and check.

What is your favorite color and why?

Ah, I’d have to say green and beige. I just think they are so pleasant to look at and are very much rooted to nature. I live near the mountains so..

Do you have a favorite qoute? If so, what is it?

The first thing that came to my mind is something I read from The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank because after all, being thankful is all we can be.

I thank God for all that is good, and dear, and beautiful!

-Anne Frank

What’s the most inspiring book you have ever read?

I’m gonna have to cheat a bit and give two just because both of these stories gave me life lessons I will take to my grave. If you haven’t read them (WHY?) go and do so. They will change your life.

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

What music do you listen to if you need cheering?

I don’t give bias to a particular music genre and so I listen to a couple of different songs to boost my mood if need be. I just made a playlist on Spotify called ‘Boosters’ and if you want to check the songs out the do it here. I’d listen to it every morning (like now), kind of like a pick-me-up to start my day right!

What time of the year is your favorite and why?

Oh, Christmas season! I just looooooove this time of the year. Just feels like everybody is festive and happy and cheery. Plus all the food my family and I make is just the best.

Name the best place you have visited.

Outside of my country I’d have to say Macau. I just love the architecture in that area. The Portuguese influence and the modern Macau just blends beautifully. I hope to travel more soon so this may change. Here in the Philippines I’d have to say Intramuros (Walled City) in Manila especially the San Agustin Church. Gosh I just fell in love with that church. Love.

Has a particular experience shaped the way you think?

Just happened to me this week so yeah…All I can say is that sometimes we have to learn things the hard way so that they stick and you never forget.

How do you like to spend your free time?

Well for starters I read (obviously) hence my blog. I write, hence my blog again. I listen to music and I chat with either my mom or my grandma, two of the most brilliant women I have ever known.

In what way is this Christmas going to be special for you?

This is the year that I actually focused and gave proper time to writing and blogging which was how I have met some amazing people. I still have a long way to go, but I am sooo happy where everything in my bookish world is coming to place. Also, I have gained friends who I know I will have forever so it will be super meaningful to spend the holidays being loved.

My blog is about faith and learning more about God. What does faith mean to you?

I had to think really hard on this and I  don’t know if I can describe it. But, it is something I hold dearly. My faith has kept me strong, through unbelievable times, up until now. It has kept me together. I think faith is believing without actually seeing. Faith is not physical, but it is all the more valid and strong.

11 Random Facts

I became a registered nurse at 19 y/o

I am obsessed with notebooks and pens and paper and stationery stuff

I looooove Hello Kitty. Like really.

I haven’t read Harry Potter *sobs* *sobs some more*

I am a coffee addict who loves her coffee black (and strong)

I am a huge fan of Anne Rice and the Vampire Chronicles. She is the Queen.

I am a fast reader

I can cook pretty well

I love baking

I’m terrified of frogs

Can’t swim or ride a bicycle. Just can’t and totally gave up.

My nominees are:

  1. She Latitude
  2. katereadslit
  3. A Novel Haul
  4. Books With Chemistry
  5. Bookish Night

And here are my questions:

  1. Where do you usually write?
  2. What is your favorite dessert?
  3. If you only choose one book as your favorite, what would it be?
  4. What’s the most inspiring book you have ever read?
  5. Do you listen to music when you read? If so, what kind of music do you listen to?
  6. What do you look forward most about the Christmas season?
  7. Name the best place you have visited.
  8. Who is your favorite author?
  9. What time of the day do you usually read?
  10. What are your favorite and least favorite genres to read and why?
  11. My blog is about books, reading, and writing. How has reading shaped who you are as a person today?
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Credits to The Galaxial Word for this photo.

*** I would like to thank The Blogger on the Mount again for nominating me. She has been super wonderful and extremely supportive of my blog and my writing. Her posts have been sources of inspiration for me.***

Also, thank you for stopping by and reading my wee little book and life blog. You have no idea how much you make me happy and feel loved by just lending me you time. When I started out, I thought even just one person will be a huge thing to be thankful for. Now I have more than that and I enjoy writing more than ever. Thank you!

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To Paris With Love

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            I am supposed to finish reading Eight Letters to a Young Writer by Teju Cole this afternoon but I just can’t seem to concentrate on it. I was watching the news 2 days ago and was absolutely heartbroken by what I saw. It has been on my mind constantly and now as I type I feel like I’m about to cry. Just a few weeks ago I was crying watching the news and reading articles about the Syrian refugees just dying from escaping their own country. Being chased out of their homes from fear of death, I felt really sorry for them. I was both sad and angry when I saw the children freezing, starving, walking for miles, dying because of people who claim to do stupid things for a higher purpose. I mean come on, murdering? Higher purpose? Haven’t we learned anything from our past mistakes as humans and believers of varying faiths? Haven’t we killed enough good lives to say we are done? Has history not taught us anything? These kids are forced to grow up and protect themselves beyond their physical and mental capacities. They should be playing, not running for their lives for crying out loud. At that time I thought “Wow, what have we come to?”

          Then came the attack on you and for a while I. AM. SPEECHLESS. Just why? WHY? What on earth could they have been thinking? I believe that nothing, NOTHING, gives anybody the right to do such barbaric and senseless act. Nothing, in the same way, can justify what they did to you. I can’t understand. It’s that time for me when I suddenly check my morals and beliefs. Tell me, have I been living and believing in a perfect world? Let’s see, I live in a country miles away from where you are where the people are mostly poor, crime is everywhere, and politics is crap just like the rest of the world. So no, I am not disillusioned by a perfect world. In my line of work I’ve seen births and deaths, both peaceful and traumatic. I’ve seen harsh realities with my eyes open, but I can’t say I am unfazed. But this is just… I could only imagine what the survivors feel, or their families, or the families of the victims. The questions, the anger, the sorrow they feel may just be inconsolable. All for what?

       I guess I understand a bit, of how people defend their faith with their lives. But being a person who would rather respect differences than argue, I disagree (with every inch of my being) with what is happening to you and to the rest of the world right now. It’s astounding as to how proud these people are claiming what they have done.

        I don’t believe in that one true higher religion. No. I’m sorry if some do and don’t like what they see here. I am as you might know, was raised, and happy to be a member of the Roman Catholic church. It’s not perfect, but I am happy to believe in it. Having said that, I believe that every other belief/religion/faith on this planet believes in equality of every human being, in mutual respect, and upholding the sanctity of human life none of which I have seen in these terror attacks.

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             It’s a sad reality, that we can do this to our own. It’s a disgusting reality to be honest. BUT, the way people everywhere responded was amazing. I think I’ve said it before, but I believe love is enough to restore everything we hold dear as people. It’s sad that we are the ones who caused them to disappear. I saw how you gave the world a show of strength, and courage, and love, despite these tragic attacks. We said “Pray for Paris” or “Pray for the World” without the stereotype of how or where or who, just pray. See? We can do it right? Ridding ourselves of the stereotype? But do we have to wait for terrifying things like this to happen?

           I believe in love and peace and the kindness of human hearts. Just like how countries and their people welcomed the Syrian refugees in their homes, I know we could all hold you and the rest of the world in our hearts and lend you our strengths. Love and Compassion. Yes? After all, we are all neighbors aren’t we?

        Despite every bit of terror, I think we must be thankful, for the lives spared and for the love that has overflowed. People will never forget what has happened, and neither should we. But we must be thankful, of our lives, each other, and how we all stand together.

*My prayers (and apparently tears) go out to the people of Paris. Oh Paris, I shall visit you one day and weep for those you lost, and marvel at your beauty and strength.

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