Book Freak Revelations Turns 3! Anniversary Post, Q&A, & International Giveaways

BFR (4)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!

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  • 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.2

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  • 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.

What I've Learned

Question #1

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.

Question #2

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*

Question #3

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!)

Question #4

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.

Question #5

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.

Question #6

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*

Question #7

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.

Question #8

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.

Question #8

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.

Question #9

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:

  1. Ugly crying (While reading an excruciatingly heartbreaking scene.)
  2. Ear-to-ear smiling (While reading an extremely swoon-worthy scene.)
  3. Jaw dropping (While reading a plot twist that I didn’t see coming.)

Question #10

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!

Question #11

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!

Question #12

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.

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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!

Twitter Giveaway

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!

Instagram Giveaway

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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.

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I don’t want to go fish for any comments or messages, but what can you say about my 3rd year blogging anniversary? Is there anything that you want to say or ask me? Let me know via the comments section below!

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