If there’s one bookish event that I would gladly make time for out of my intense schedule, that would be this year’s “Love-A-Thon”. Hosted by 4 lovely women, it aims to spread the love for books all over the world.
Now, to show just how excited I am to be a participant for this lovely activity, I’m sharing with everyone some of my answers to the questionnaire that the hosts sent me. This is to not only share whatever I can to this activity, but also to help my readers and other participants to get to know me more. Most of you guys know me because of the way I write my posts and reviews. Tonight, I’m proud to share some facts that only a few people know about. Let’s get this party started!
What’s your name?
I’m John Michael Capinpin Cabral. 20 years of age, born on the 1st of November, year 1995. Yep, that’s me! Most people call me JM, and I suggest you call me that too! And yes, that photo right there is my shameless attempt in trying to look fierce. Please forgive me!
Where in the world are you blogging from?
I blog from Manila, Philippines. In Marikina City, to be exact. Where good quality, handmade shoes are produced. And yes, I am shamelessly plugging my hometown’s main source of income. Haha!
How did you get into blogging in the first place?
I’ve been blogging for more than 8 years now. I started on Tumblr, sharing my personal thoughts about anything under the sun. After a year or two, I then created a new account, made solely to express my thoughts on food, and just last year, my heart finally decided that my love for the printed word is strong enough to make me create another new account, this time on WordPress, so I can tell the world of all the adventures that literature has taken me to, one book at a time.
How did you come up with your blog name?
Before I decided to create a book blog, I joined a bookish group on Facebook named “Pinoy Book Freaks United”. It’s where I met most of my wonderful bookish friends, and we first met during Marie Lu’s book signing event last 2014. After a few more events, I finally decided on making a book blog, incorporating the name of the group I joined as well as my goal for the blog: to reveal my bookish thoughts which may or may not be similar to others readers like me.
What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?
I mostly read and review contemporary and/or fantasy books. These are my main interests, but I am hoping to be a little more diverse this year, and try to be as open to reading more books from other genres as possible. My favorite romantic contemporary book so far is Nicola Yoon’s debut novel, Everything, Everything, while my favorite fantasy read/s so far are the books in The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer!
What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews?
I also post recaps of any bookish event I attended in the past. Some of the recaps I really enjoyed drafting were the #CTCinPH Signing Event, as well as the #BookwormsUnite Gathering, both held last 2015. Go check them out! I also enjoy drafting book tag posts that other bloggers tag me to do. One I recently drafted was the R.I.P. It or Ship It Book Tag. Make sure to check out the links I left for you!
Best blogging experience so far?
Meeting new bookish friends and co-bloggers anywhere would have to be the best experience for this community. The feeling you get whenever you meet someone with whom you share the same passion and interest with, is priceless. Also, imagine the intense levels of combined fangirling. Right?
Favorite thing about the blogging community?
What I love about the book blogging community is how much support one could get from people you don’t even know personally. I mean, your friends are always a given. They’ll always be supportive. But whenever someone you haven’t even met yet takes the time to read, like, or comment on your posts, it gives you a great deal of approval, knowing that someone could actually relate to you and your thoughts.
Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016!
I’m actually most excited for Truthwitch, and Passenger, which were both out since the first week of February, as well as The Crown, A Court of Mist and Fury, and Illuminae #2. I actually have a lot more of books I’m waiting to see on the shelves, but those are the titles that I really am excited to get to read!
Name the 5 books (or series) you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years!
I have to get into detail with this one! Please, forgive me!
- The Harry Potter Series – Okay, so most of my readers know that I, shamelessly, haven’t read this series yet. I actually just finished watching all the movies in the franchise and they exceeded expectations. I’m actually wanting to buy the boxed set of this and hopefully get to read them before the year ends! Please wish me luck on this!
- The Heroes of Olympus Series – You probably know by now that the Percy Jackson series got me into reading for leisure, and I am, again, ashamed to admit that I haven’t read the next books in the series. Yes, I will get to it this year!
- Six of Crows – Last 2015, this book got all the positive attention it deserved! As much as I want to get in on the bandwagon, there’s just so little time! I really hope I can read this soon!
- Heir of Fire – I started reading this mid 2015, and for some reason, I had to put it down. Somehow, it feels like the pacing of the story seemed to get slower as I turned it’s pages, and I had to leave it alone before I get tired of it. But I will read it again!
- The Shadowhunters Series – I’ve read the first book in the series, but I’m still not feeling the urge to actually binge read every book, but based on the tv series, it really does look interesting. (And, oh my god, MALEC!!)
What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?
In This Life by Christine Brae was such a fantastic read. To quote my review, “In This Life is a great New Adult novel from Christine Brae, and it’s a great read to start your 2016, that is if you’re into tear-jerking and heart-shattering stories.” I hope everyone could read it, and grow an attachment towards the story and the characters the same way I did.
Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF?
Percy Jackson, hands down! He’s an amazing half-blood, and he would make such a good friend, not only to me, but also to the other kids as well. Oh, and from what I recall he’s got a fantastic sense of humor!
Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend?
I refuse to answer this with only one name, but for good measure, check out my top 10 book boyfriends here. (P.S. I love all of them, so please, don’t make me choose!)
Who would you recruit for your apocalypse squad?
The characters from Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass Series would have to be my top pick for this! As much as I can tell, they’re all wonderful and utterly dauntless characters who wouldn’t back down from a fight. They make a great team.
Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests?
Seeing that I am also a Hotel and Restaurant Management student, one of my hobbies include cooking for my friends and family. As well as eating. I think that comes as a 2 in 1 package, right?
Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for?
Lately, I have developed an unusual fondness for Funkos. When I first saw them, I was like “Why should I pay P600.00++ for a mere plastic toy?” and now, I’m here, starting my collection with three figurines. What is wrong with me? Lol!
At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing?
I love this song, Style, from Taylor Swift’s album, 1989!
Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.
I really, really, really want to see The Lunar Chronicles get turned into a TV show! And, I actually have a post about my fancast of the characters drafted! (Stay tuned!) I want to see who they’ll cast, and how they’ll perform to bring the wonderful series to life!
What would your dream library look like?
Plain. Simple. Modern. That’s how I want my bookshelves to be.
Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with?
Pierce Brown. Because why the heck not?
That concludes this long post! I actually hope people could get to know me more through this post, since that is the main idea of me drafting it. Thanks to everyone who had the time to read it all the way down. And huge thanks to Alexa, Cee, Hazel, and Mel, for hosting this wonderful activity! You are such amazing women and I hope I could get to know you more as well!
See you on Twitter for the next chat, folks!