Celebrating a book blogging anniversary is pretty much the same as celebrating a birthday. It marks another year into one’s life, and I’m so glad to have been able to stay and grow alongside everyone that I’ve met for the past 3 years. The bookish YA / book blogging community has been my safe haven for the longest time, and so I want to reflect on the great parts of my journey, and share them all with you, as I always do. I also have giveaways planned for everyone to join so be sure to check out this anniversary post to know how to get your hands on some exciting books!
- With just the right amount of luck and effort, anyone could make their dreams of being a book blogger come true. (Just don’t forget the basics, okay?)
- Meeting all kinds of bookish people from all over the globe will always be my most favorite aspect of being an extroverted book blogger.
- It will always be fun meeting authors, whether they be ones from other countries, or local ones, because we all have to admit it: one way or another, we’ve all been touched and moved by at least one book in this lifetime.
- All kinds of representation matter. Reading #ownvoices books will allow you to feel that an author is doing his or her part to make you, and the rest of your kind feel seen and recognized for the wonders that you truly are.
- It’s important to remember to give diversity a chance and read books by diverse authors. As Simon Spier (from Becky Albertalli’s book Simon V.S. The Homo Sapiens Agenda) once said, “White and straight should not be the default.”
- It’s nice to work with publishers in promoting upcoming books and authors that are on the rise, but it does not and will never define your worth or status as a reviewer. And;
- The best way to feel successful in being a book blogger, is to remember that you will only feel satisfaction if you truly enjoy what you’re doing. Don’t force yourself to read books that you’re not interested in reading just because of pressure. It won’t be worth the effort.
- The publishers, publicists, book stores, and authors who entrust me with promoting their authors and books:
– Penguin Random House International
– HarperCollins International
– Macmillan USA, International, and Fierce Reads
– HMH Books / HMH Teen
– Kaye Publicity
– National Book Store
– #romanceclass authors
- The site traffic and follower count I’ve gained ever since I started this humbled website (I know that these sets of numbers can and will never define me, but I still wanted to share them with everyone to show how proud I am to be given everyone’s support), mainly:
– 600 WordPress Followers
– 37,737 Unique Page Views
– 23,970 Page Visitors
– 1,775 Twitter Followers
– 2,970 Instagram Followers
- The authors whose works have touched, and moved, and changed me throughout the years:
– Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also A Star)
– Jennifer Niven (All The Bright Places and Holding Up The Universe)
– Becky Albertalli (Simon V.S. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and The Upside of Unrequited)
– Adam Silvera (More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me, They Both Die At The End)
– Marissa Meyer (Heartless, The Lunar Chronicles Series, Renegades)
– Jeff Zentner (The Serpent King, Goodbye Days)
– Akemi Dawn Bowman (Starfish)
– Marie Lu (The Legend and The Young Elites Trilogy, Warcross)
– Sabaa Tahir (An Ember In The Ashes Series)
– Julie Murphy (Dumplin’, Ramona Blue)
– Christine Brae (The Light In The Wound, His Wounded Light, Insipid, In This Life)
- The #romanceclass community, mainly made up by some of my favorite Filipino authors, Ana Tejano, Ines Bautista-Yao, Tara Frejas, Mina V. Esguerra, Six De Los Reyes, Jay E. Tria, Carla De Guzman, Clare E. Marquez, Caryn P. Santi, Dawn Lanuza, Kate Evangelista, etc. for being so inclusive and welcoming. I love talking about your books and characters with you!
- The friends I’ve met and have grown quite fond of: Hazel (Stay Bookish), Jasmine (Jasmine Pearl Reads), Inah and Jem (The Bibliophile Confessions), Miel (Bookish and Awesome), Kate (The Bookaholic Blurbs), Kai (Amaterasu Reads), Lyra (Defiantly Deviant), Eunice (Nerdy Talks Book Blog), Bianca (The Ultimate Fangirl), Nicka (Read by Nicka), Bea (Beatrice Learns to Read), Beatrice (Confessions of A Pinay Bookaholic), Rafael (The Royal Polar Bear Reads), Louisse (Throne of Glass PH), Jayvee (Writer for Misfits), Joshua (Highlit Books), Camelle (Home of A Book Lover), Jhed (When Books Defy Gravity), Jesselle (The Lifelong Bookworm), Kat (Kat Reads), Allie (A Literary Wanderer), Kim (Divergent Gryffindor), Karina (Afire Pages), Imo (Muggle Books), Kevin (Bookevin), Joey (Thoughts and Afterthoughts), Jeann, Jenna, and Aila, (Happy Indulgence), Mish (Chasing Faerytale), CW (Read, Think, Ponder), Sarah (The YA Book Traveler), Kyra and Nikki (Book Allure), Alice (Arctic Books), Jesse (Books At Dawn), Liv (The Curly Hair Bibliophile), Tin (@thebookmaiden), Marshal (@thebookishhowler), Jude (@amongthetomes), Ms. Tarie Sabido, Ms. Honey de Peralta, Ms. Jennifer Javier, Ms. Christine Swedowsky, Ms. Julia Huschke, Ms. Kara Warschausky, and basically every person that I’ve met along the way. I am so grateful to have met you and I can’t wait for our paths to cross once again!
- Reading more books! (This one’s pretty obvious, though.) I’m also looking forward to checking out more diverse and #ownvoices books so I can further promote authors with marginalized backgrounds.
- Sharing more content with you: reviews, discussion posts, event recaps, book hauls… Every time I brainstorm for a post, I have tons of fun, and I hope you guys appreciate and enjoy them just as much as I did while drafting them.
- Creating a bookish group that will be as inclusive as can be. I want to create an online space where readers can feel peaceful while being able to talk to people about their favorite reads and I want to give everyone that same platform that I was given years ago.
- Working with more people. I hope no one will see this as being too acquisitive and greedy, but I’m always looking to meet and work with more people, whether they be publicists that would support my platform, or bloggers that I can collaborate with.
— Karina Schuyler 🔥 (@AfirePages) September 7, 2017
Answer: Some of my favorites are: The Sun Is Also A Star and Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, Caraval by Stephanie Garber, They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera. Some of my least favorites, on the other hand are A Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison, Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, and The Rose Society by Marie Lu.
— Shelumiel Gueco DS (@mielsnickety) September 6, 2017
Answer: Whenever I attend bookish events, I try to draft my recap as soon as the events end, while on my way home. Based on my previous experiences, I’m a lot more able to put my thoughts into words while the giddiness from attending events are still fresh. And as much as possible, I try to prioritize and publish recaps within 3 days after the event, so I won’t procrastinate. *laughs*
— Nicka 🌿 (@readbynicka) September 6, 2017
Answer: Probably the way I write reviews? Back when I was on my first and second year of blogging, my reviews were so vague and my points on reviewing, I’d like to say, isn’t as strong as they are now. Also, way back then, I had spoilers in my reviews! (Eeeeep!) And lastly, I feel like my review blurbs are a lot more effective now. (Hopefully!)
— Eunice M (@nerdytalks_04) September 6, 2017
Answer: The first book that I actually fell in love with is Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. There’s honestly nothing to dislike about that book. COME ON, FIGHT ME.
— Danica⚡THR (@hogsmeadereader) September 6, 2017
Answer: I don’t know if you’ll believe me, but I don’t have a system in posting my content. *laughs* I mostly check on my feeds and see when people are most active. Also, considering different time zones to make sure that more people will see my posts help me out with site traffic as well.
— Kate au Barca (@BookishBlurber) September 6, 2017
Answer: I honestly have no idea. *laughs hysterically* But Book Freak Revelations, ever since I launched it, has always been a place for all kinds of readers: teens, young adults, adults, and even those who call themselves professionals (?). I try to post several types of content from different parts of the spectrum, but yeah, I’ve only posted reviews of YA titles nowadays, so… I’m sorry. *does the peace sign*
Do you have a fear of outgrowing YA books?
— Beatrice Masaluñga (@beamasalunga) September 6, 2017
Answer: Yes, I actually have a fear of outgrowing YA books. See, for a time, these books served as an escape for me whenever the pressures of living in reality proved to be a little too much. I turned to books by Jennifer Niven and Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and so many more authors for stories that could hopefully bring me back to life. This sounds cheesy, but it’s the truth. And so to lose that kind of enthusiasm about YA books scares the avid reader in me.
How did books and reading change you as a person? 😊
— Mish 🌻 (@bibliophilemish) September 6, 2017
Answer: Looking back on what my life was like sans books, I can say, without a doubt, that it was certainly bland, and absolutely tasteless. Books and reading literally gave color, variety, and a little spice to my everyday life. Through stories, I get to go on marvelous adventures with all kinds of characters, I get to meet people, whether they be in print or in real life, that help remind me what my most favorite aspect is of being in this community, and most importantly, I help bring books to all kinds of bibliophiles all over the world. I’m forever changed, honestly, because of literature.
How did reading affect your life as a Filipino citizen?
— Danica⚡THR (@hogsmeadereader) September 6, 2017
Answer: Filipinos, based on my continuous observation, are naturally born readers. And as a reader who tries his best to bring books to the lives of all kinds of readers from all over the nation, I’d like to believe that with the help of my partners such as Penguin Random House, Harper Collins, Macmillan, and even our leading local bringer of books, National Bookstore, I’ve become a lot more passionate and I’m so thankful that they allow me every so often to host giveaways for fellow Filipinos. Here’s to hoping that they’ll allow me to host more.
Do you regret anything ever since you became a book blogger? Top 3 of your best reactions to books/scenes in a book? 💞
— Eriele the Mermaid ❤ (@Sinworth) September 6, 2017
Answer: The only probable thing that I regret, as of drafting this post, is not being able to read diversely as early as I started reading for leisure. I’ve only come to love diverse and #ownvoices stories this year, and I absolutely cannot wait to read more. It’s important for readers to read and be educated by stories written by marginalized authors so they know that diversity is a real thing that’s being enjoyed by millions of bibliophiles around the world.
As for the second question, my favorite reactions would have to be, in no specific order:
- Ugly crying (While reading an excruciatingly heartbreaking scene.)
- Ear-to-ear smiling (While reading an extremely swoon-worthy scene.)
- Jaw dropping (While reading a plot twist that I didn’t see coming.)
Hi JM, what are some of your most memorable blogging milestones: reached x no of followers, invited 4 something, organized an event, etc.? 😊
— Jennilyn V. (@RurouniJenni) September 7, 2017
Answer: I consider all of my followers and site traffic as milestones. As for other aspects that’s memorable to me, getting to co-host Bookworms Unite with some of my blogging friends is definitely one big milestone for me. As well as getting to meet and interview authors such as Pierce Brown!
Who are your top 3 favorite authors? 😊
— Ë M M Á N (@emmantotes) September 6, 2017
Answer: It’s so hard to narrow them all down into 3, but on the top of my head right now are Nicola Yoon, Becky Albertalli, and Adam Silvera!
Hi! U’ve read & reviewed tons of books, across all genres & surely there r some that rub u the wrong way. How do u deal w problematic books?
— H. Bentham (@bentchbites) September 6, 2017
Answer: Oh, I’ve had my fair share of problematic books, no doubt. And whenever I read them, though, I try my best to keep an objective review of the book. I focus on the work of an author, not the author themselves. I’m not as vocal about them online, but whenever my friends express their interest in reading them, I try to inform them that these books have problematic themes in my opinion. If they end up reading it, I always discuss with them and make sure that we understand each other’s views, as I initially planned from the beginning. My platform originated from that reason alone, and so it’s just fitting for it to come into play.
And what better way is there to say thank you and celebrate this iconic milestone than with giveaways, right? I’m linking them down below so be sure to join both giveaways, and let me know what you want to win!
— Michael… Myers 👻 (@JMCabraal) October 4, 2017
Get the chance to win one of my favorite 2017 reads via my Twitter giveaway! Here are the full mechanics:
- Retweet the giveaway tweet that I embedded above and follow my Twitter account as well as my blog. Afterwards, let me know via tweet or DM what username / email you used to follow my accounts. Also, be sure that your account isn’t set to private so I can verify that you followed and retweeted.
- Giveaway is open internationally as long as Book Depository ships to your country.
- This giveaway ends on November 5, 2017, 11:59PM, PH time, and winners will be announced the following day.
- My comments section / DMs are open for whatever questions you might have about this giveaway, so ask away!
Get the chance to win this exciting ARC Prize Pack that’s entirely generously donated by my friends from Penguin Random House! In it are the following:
- A PRH tote bag
- A Nyxia wrist band
- ARC copy of Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
- ARC copy of Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi
- ARC copy of Satellite by Nick Lake
- ARC copy of There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
- Finished copy of Nyxia by Scott Reintgen
Full details about this giveaway is already posted on my Instagram post. (Click on the photo to be redirected.) But I’m listing it here as well:
- Follow my bookstagram account, @bookfreakrevelations AND my book blog at thebookfreakrevelations.com.
- Leave a comment on this anniversary post!
- Like the Instagram post and in one single comment let me know that you did all the steps AND tag 3 of your friends who might want to join this giveaway as well.
- This giveaway, just like the first one, is open Internationally and it will end on November 5, 2017, 11:59PM, PH time. Winners will be announced the day after.