A new year signifies the start of something new. It may sound cliche, but it is. It is the time when people take oaths to do better with the months to come. To be productive. To be bolder. Better. Well, I would personally want to announce to everyone that I want to be a better JM this 2016. I want to be a better blogger. A better student. A better son. Because what’s the point of a new year if we don’t intend on improving and developing ourselves, right?
I’ve been meaning to post this for quite some time now but I’ve only found the inspiration to draft it this morning, so… Today, I’m bravely sharing my Top 15 Reads of 2015!
I know it goes against the idea of a “Bookish Thoughts” post, seeing that it’s a list, but, as the year draws to a close, I realized why not give this post some special treatment, seeing that it’ll be my last for 2015?
So my Preliminary Exams have already started last Friday, and as you may have already noticed, I’ve been a little inactive lately due to the immense number of duties I have on me for school. I have meetings to attend to, photo shoots to participate in, and tons of paperwork that needs my immediate attention. With that said, I have vowed to myself that I’ll be surrendering my accounts until I accomplish every little thing with regards to my academics. As much as I love reading books, taking bookish photos to share on Instagram, and writing book reviews for the world to see, my academics are still my top priority. Until then, I am officially signing off!
Spoilers come in different forms and intensities. Some readers get spoiled by reading statuses, tweets, blog posts, etc. Others experience spoilers through overhearing. And some others experience getting spoiled because there are a lot of inconsiderate creatures who force their spoilers on innocent people who, let’s say, haven’t read a specific book, or watched a specific movie/TV episode yet. Yep! The web is indeed dark and full of spoilers!
Faye, of The Social Potato, tweeted yesterday, ranting about a spoiler that she encountered in her e-mail. Being a friend, I knew I had to react and send her my regards.
This instance made my temper grow with a raging fire. Also, it gave me an idea as to what to post about next.
Spoilers are basically anything that ruins a reading (or watching) experience for a person. A person may be spoiled of a book/movie’s ending, plot twists, character deaths, etc. Believe me, there are millions of things you may be spoiled on. *Caution! Spoilers on Game of Thrones ahead!* Log on to Tumblr, search for Queen of Shadows, and watch as tons of spoilery posts await you. On a “Game of Thrones Season”, try logging on to Facebook and watch as your newsfeeds get flooded with numerous statuses stating the deaths of Jon Snow among many others. Whatever social media site you visit, there are spoilers bound to pop up.
And now, here’s what I have to say about it:
It all depends on the preference of a person if he/she wants to be spoiled or not. There are people who prefer getting spoiled so that they’re ready for what’s about to happen. So that when a certain “scene” plays, they know what to feel and how to react. But there are others who simply HATE getting spoiled. There are others who cry whenever they encounter spoilers, myself included. And no, I am not ashamed of that fact.
To those who like spoilers and is attracted to the sensation of getting spoiled, we, as people who dislike them, respect that. And we are happy that you find joy in that certain situation. But please know that we do not enjoy them the same way you do. We hate them and we are trying to alleviate these hellish statements from our reading experience. Please try to respect that.
All we ask is the same respect that we give to other people. I, personally, would never ruin a reading experience for another bibliophile for the sole reason that I don’t want it to ever happen to me. So, in return, I am expecting the same amount of respect from others. This is a no brainer and I hope everyone, especially my friends, could understand it.
I once had a friend who revelled in spreading spoilers. (Yeah, notice the “had” I have there?) He used to send messages to a group chat containing quotes from books I haven’t read yet but plan on reading, and I recently reached a breaking point, causing me to vent out my anger on him, and thus, ending our friendship. I don’t need that kind of friend. I’d rather have no friend at all.
Also, here are some tips on how to effectively avoid spoilers:
- When reading a newly-released book, stay off social media sites, especially if the book’s hype is extremely evident. Not only will this lessen the chances of you getting spoiled, but this will also help you avoid distractions.
- Stay away from people who are fond of spoilers. They will ruin your reading experience when they get the chance. They’re just waiting for the right opportunity and will strike with precision.
- Resist the urge to read book reviews of the book you’re reading. I know, it’s hard to resist this but, hey! Once you’re spoiled by a review, you can’t blame others for when you’re spoiled.
- Whenever faced with a “feels-filled” scene, keep calm and try your very best not to post a status or tweet that might ruin the reading experience for others. Remember. You don’t want to spoil anyone
What is YOUR take on spoilers? Do you like them or wish them gone as well? Tell me all about it on the comments below! But please, no spoilers, okay?
So last June 14, I was nominated by Vicki of Between Pages for the Liebster Award. To those of you who haven’t heard about this, it’s an award given over the internet, to bloggers by other bloggers, which happens to be a medium as to help them gain more friends, or possible followers. If an awardee chooses to accept the award he/she must comply with these rules:
- Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
- Answer eleven questions that the blogger gives you.
- Give eleven random facts about yourself.
- Nominate eleven blogs with less than 200 followers that you think are deserving of the award.
- Let the bloggers know you have nominated them.
- Give them eleven questions to answer.
Simple, right? Now, let me answer Vicki’s 11 questions.
JM’S ANSWERS TO VICKI’S 11 QUESTIONS:
- What are your top 5 favorite series of all time?
- The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
- The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan
- Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu
- The Lorien Legacies Series by Pittacus Lore
- What book do you love that most people seem to hate? Well isn’t this a timely question. How to Love by Katie Cotugno is one of my favorites that some of my friends seem to strongly dislike. I love the idea of falling in love with the same person twice and I strongly believe in second chances, and that made me fall deeply in love with Katie Cotugno’s debut novel. I don’t know why others seems to hate it.
- What genres of books do enjoy reading the most? Out of all the genres I have come to read about, my absolute favorites are CONTEMPORARIES and DYSTOPIAN novels. I love contemporaries because they don’t give me a hard time imagining the world or setting build-up. And who doesn’t love realistic fiction, right? And as for the latter, I love dystopian novels because it’s like an actual glimpse of the future.
- Whose story do you want to hear more of after a book/series finished? Uhm, I would still want to know what happens to the protagonists after a book/series is finished.
- If you could live in any fantasy world, which would you choose and why? I would really want to live in Camp Half Blood (or Camp Jupiter). How cool would it be to meet and bond with other demigods out there, right?
- Do you eat while reading or do you fear for your book? I don’t eat while I read, but I do drink coffee and/or hot drinks. Most of the time.
- What are your top 3 books you have read so far this year? My top 3 books so far this year is The Heir by Kiera Cass, All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, and Confess by Colleen Hoover. In no specific order.
- What is your favorite book to movie adaptation? So far, my favorite book to movie adaptation has got to be The Fault In Our Stars. I cried while reading the book. I cried while watching the movie. That’s good enough for me.
- What author would you most like to meet and why? I’ve been asked this question several times already and unfortunately, I really can’t choose one.
- Colleen Hoover – Meeting the queen of contemporary novels would be a treat! Being the author of some of my most favorite contemporaries, she certainly is one of my “to-meet” authors. And thank God, she’ll be here at this year’s MIBF!
- Jennifer Niven – She’s the author of All The Bright Places, my favorite novel so far this year! Her writing style is impeccable and she has a way with her fans. She, herself, is a lovely place! Hopefully she could visit the Philippines sometime soon.
- Kiera Cass – She’s the author of my all-time favorite, the Selection series. Not only is she great with her writing, but she’s also great with her fans! She visited the Philippines not so long ago, but I wasn’t such an active book lover back then. But she’ll be coming back this September!
- John Green – need I actually say more? John Green’s a literary legend. And his Looking for Alaska, just like many others, is my favorite.
- Pierce Brown – It’s because of his work, Red Rising, that I began loving Sci-fi novels. I grew fond of his classy (and sassy) writing style, and am extremely hoping that he visits the Philippines for a chance to not only thank him personally for hooking me up to his genre, but to have my books signed as well.
- If you could become a character in a book who would you choose and why? Hands down, I would really want to be Percy Jackson from the series of the same name. Who doesn’t want to live in a world where Greek Gods, and Demigods are real, right? And yes, I want to be a son of Poseidon.
- What book are you most looking forward to being released this year? Hm. This question’s a tough one. Out of all the 2015 releases, I’ve waited most in anticipation for P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han, The Rose Society by Marie Lu, More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy, What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler, The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gabaldi, Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca, and Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway. And yes, I’ve just listed 8 novels.
Oh god. Those are quite a lot of questions. Now, below are some random facts about me.
11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT JM:
- I don’t eat cheese flavored chips without mayonnaise.
- I prefer buying books in hardcover format rather than paperback for the sole reason that they look better in shelves.
- It took me a long time before finally deciding on what to blog about, thus the Book Freak Revelations.
- I prefer wearing shorts over pants because of the Philippines’ tropical weather. Well, except when it rains.
- I love the colors Pink & Green, Pink & Blue, Pink & Yellow. Well, basically, I love Pink.
- I absolutely love satchel and rucksack bags.
- I love cooking too. I firmly believe that the way through a person’s heart is through their stomach.
- Blogging is my passion, but I don’t know if people even appreciate what I do. 😦
- Photography is also one of my interests but I don’t the equipment to practice it.
- I feel most creative when I am outside. While riding public transportation, sipping coffee in cafes, etc.
- And I don’t like We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
MY 11 NOMINEES FOR THE LIEBSTER AWARD:
- Justine from Bookworm Maniac
- Kevin from Tomebound
- Josiah from The Bookish Fanboy
- Nicka from Read by Nicka
- Eunice from Nerdy Talks Book Blog
- Jasmine from Jasmine Pearl Reads
- Rexy from Reading Rexy
- Lawrence from Pages Unraveled
- Pearl from Biblio Pearl
- Luigi from Reading with Luigi
- Mara from Across the Books
11 QUESTIONS FOR THE NOMINEES:
- What book got you into reading?
- What’s your favorite contemporary novel?
- If you were to be invited by an author to a private meet & greet, who would it be and why?
- What book is it that you hate that a lot of people seem to love?
- If you’re stranded on a dessert island and can only bring 3 books, what books would it be and why?
- If you’re to give your non-bibliophile friend a book, what would it be and why?
- If you’re given the chance to resurrect one (dead) fictional character, who would it be and why?
- How do you usually handle spoilers?
- Do you prefer books in hardcover, paperback, or ebook format? Why?
- If you could recommend a fantasy book to a reader who’s not a big fan of fantasy, what book would it be and why?
- What are your most anticipated reads of 2015?
There you have it. I hope my nominees enjoy answering and making a post like this one as much as I did. Thank you again, Vicki, for nominating me. She’s such a sweetie! Y’all should go and check out her blog! 🙂