The Awesome Blogger Award

I was lucky to be nominated by the awesome and talented Kat over at KBookreviews. Please check out her blog for some awesome book reviews! She’s been an inspiration for my blog for a little whole now.
(The award was created by Maggie @Dreaming of Guatemala.)

The Rules?

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you
  • Credit the creator
  • Tag this post with #AwesomeBloggerAward
  • Answer all the questions given to you
  • Nominate some people
  • Write 10 questions for them to answer

Do you prefer Bookstagram or Book Twitter? Share your social links

Though I enjoy my Bookstagram, I will admit I am not very good at keeping up with it…so I have to saw Book Twitter is my way to go. It’s a lot more fun and it feels a lot less “fake” than Bookstagram can.

Do you listen to music while reading? Or have you a favourite song that you associate with a particular book?

I do not. Though I could have music playing quietly in the background while I read, I generally prefer just quiet background noise.

What would you like to be remembered for?

A small part of me wants to be remembered by everyone. Have my name engraved in history, because I believe you only truly die when someone mutters your name for the last time. If I had to be remembered for something, I honestly don’t know what it would be for, because there isn’t much in my life that would make me memorable.

Who is your favourite musician/band/singer?

Tough question to answer, because I don’t really listen to one more than anyone else, but I would probably say Zach Brown Band

Who or what are you most grateful for in life?

The cheesy answers of course, my friends, family, and my girlfriend (who might read this post because she only reads the ones that mention her)

What is your favourite book to film adaptation?

I’d say Lord of the Rings…because DUH, but assuming that didn’t count I would go with Life of Pi. I haven’t finished the book yet, but I know the movie was absolutely stunning to look at.

What are your hopes for your blog in the next year?

I have a few goals for my blog this year. My biggest one is to keep growing and trying to reach more audiences, but a close second one is to collaborate with some awesome bloggers…maybe Kat???

You are going away on a relaxing holiday for a week. Where would you go and what five books would you bring with you to reread?

If I am picking a relaxing holiday, I’m choosing somewhere tropical and warm..ideally with a few ruins nearby for me to explore.

I think I would just bring whatever books I was reading at the time. I’ve never actually re-read a book before (though I will be re-reading HP this year I think). I’d probably bring a backup or two, but I read LONG fantasy books so I doubt I’d get through more than one or two.

It’s nice to be important but it’s important to be nice. What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?

Oh I can’t even begin to imagine. Off the top of my head probably everything my parents have done for me. Kinda cheesy and it’s sort of their job, but they’ve done a lot for me over the years.

How many books have you read so far this year?

Four books so far this year: A Winter’s Heart, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Unholy, and Bullets, Teeth and Fists 3.


Here are the questions I came up with…but please feel free to answer as you see fit.

Since these questions are originally from Emer, I was asked to tag her. Another wonderful blog you need to check out.

  1. What is a random fun fact about you?
  2. What’s a skill you want to learn, or get better at?
  3. If you could have any fellow blogger take over your blog for a week, who would it be and why?
  4. What is your favourite alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink?
  5. If there was an Olympics for everyday activities, what activity would you have a good chance at winning a medal in?
  6. What is your favourite board/tabletop game…and if you don’t play any then what was your favourite game as a kid?
  7. What is one conspiracy theory you just KNOW is true?
  8. What color is the money where you are from?
  9. Who is one blogger that has inspired you in some way?
  10. What is your favourite quote or saying?

Like I said…answer any or all of the above. If I am tagging you in this post, its because you have helped me in some way as a blogger, whether you know it or not, you or your blog have inspired my blog in some way.

Book Blogger Interview With Myta, from Myta is WRITING

Hello ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the first of hopefully many blogger interviews that will happen on this blog.

I have had a guest blog post, and an author interview, so I am excited to have my first blogger interview, with the amazing Myta, from over on Oro Plata Myta.

I asked Myta eight questions, some silly, some serious.

If you don’t already, please go follow Myta’s blog, and follow them on twitter too!

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Who are you, what do you do, and where can people find you?

Hi, I’m Myta and I’m a book blogger. I go by @oroplatamyta on Twitter and Instagram.

I’m nonbinary-pansexual, using they/them pronouns. By trade I’m a digital marketing professional, specializing in search engine optimization and content marketing. On the side, I do editing gigs – proofreading, sensitivity reading, and beta reading. You can get to know me more on my blog: oroplatamyta.wordpress.com


Tell us a bit about yourself outside of your blogging life.

When I’m not blogging or reading, I’m a certified digital marketing professional. I work for a digital agency based in Australia but has a team here in Manila.

I’m also a mental health advocate and an active member of a cat care group in my area. Along with my husband, I own a gym in my husband’s hometown down south of the Philippines, which I visit once or twice a year. I also help my mom out with her own editing work (she’s more into non-fiction whereas I’m into fiction).


Why do you like reading?

I started reading when I was 2 or 3 years old, and from simple picture books, it grew from there. I was more interested in a fantasy world than the real world because anything’s possible.

But for a long time, when I graduated from college and tried to see where I fit in this world, I hardly read. If I did, I’d have long reading slumps that would last six months to a year and a half. But then in 2018 my love for reading came back, and I remembered what I loved about reading: It takes me somewhere and helps me face my problems when I’m back in the real world. It’s like a medicine that has really great benefits (and the only side effects are a couple of sleepless nights).


What are your thoughts on garden gnomes?

Well, there aren’t garden gnomes in the Philippines, but we have a type of creature we share with Mexico: the duende. I revere their existence.

When I used to live in a house with a garden, I sometimes offered fruits to them or to whoever just wanted something to eat. We’d have a small fountain in one area of the house so that they have some place to drink. We hardly got sick, and when we did, it would last for only a day or two. When we forget to place food, someone gets into a household accident. Very minor, but it’s a warning. Never forget to feed a duende.


What is your favourite genre(s)?

I like reading fantasy: epic, military, heist, paranormal, dark, etc. especially stories with mythological creatures from other cultures. I also like contemporary romance. I put high priority on QPOC/POC stories.


If you had to only read one book for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Honestly, it would be Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger. I really hate how I was able to finish it in one weekend, but also loved that it was extremely engaging.

I couldn’t put it down. When it was over, I actually cried a bit. Like, literal tears. And the fact that Paul has Filipino heritage and added it in his novel was an added bonus. It’s not every day you find a book like Steel Crow Saga.


If you had to recommend a book to someone you didn’t know anything about, which book would you recommend?

Aside from Steel Crow Saga, I’d recommend everything by Rin Chupeco. We need more Filipino authors in the mainstream.


If you could be any famous author for a day (dead or alive) who would you be?

Definitely Fyodor Dostoevsky. I spent an entire month reading his more popular novels/novellas: Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, and The Brothers Karamazov.

Skill Testing Question: What Colour is Money?

Depending on where you live, it’s rainbow colored. 😛


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I want to thank Myta so much for such an awesome interview! I loved reading about the duende!

If you want more blogger interviews, make sure to follow the blog, or on social media, and if you have any questions for Myta, ask them in the comments!

Reviewing My Own Blog

Hello dear readers, sorry for the almost week break from giving you the content you crave every day. I figured with the holidays I would take a break from writing on my blog, give you all a break from reading whatever I wrote, and plan out what I want to do for the next little while.

The idea to review my own blog came to me just last night, and I really liked it. I think it’s a good chance for me to do a bit of soul searching and give you my honest opinions on what I think of On My Bookshelf.


If I had to be blunt about my opinions on my blog, I’d say I am not totally happy. I love writing the content, and interacting with people on my posts, but I am not happy with my level of commitment.

I want my life to focus a little more on my reading and writing. I want to pour more of my soul and myself into my writing for On My Bookshelf.

I too often find myself writing posts the day they go up, most times moments before they do.

I want to finish them early, giving myself plenty of time to make them better, instead of rushing just to get them out.

This is probably the biggest issue I have with myself/my blog. I know the writing could be more insightful, which I also plan on working towards, but I think giving myself more time to write will give me the chance to be more insightful.


I am extremely happy I started this blog, and I want it to grow, so 2020 is going to be the year I stick to my goals. I plan on doing everything in my power to reach those goals (which I will write about on Thursday) and make On My Bookshelf more succesful than it already is.

It won’t be easy, that I am sure about, but I want to test my commitment and see what I can do.


I’m also not impressed with how On My Bookshelf looks. I went through a re-design a few months ago, and initially I loved the new look, but the more and more I look at it, the more I realize it just doesn’t feel right.

It doesn’t give of the same feeling that I want it to, and it just doesn’t quite seem to fit.

I’ve only had my logo since late 2018, so I am not sure I will change it up just yet, but I definitely want a new look to the blog, and possibly a little “mascot” to go along with it.


I don’t want to get too deep into what I want to achieve for the blog in 2020, because that is more of my goals which will come on Thursday.

I don’t totally love On My Bookshelf, but I am getting there. I think little by little, if I keep changing things to see what works, I will eventually find the On My Bookshelf that I am happy with.

What Growing Your Blog Might Mean to You

Hello there fellow readers! Hope everything is going well for you. Today I am going to talk a bit about growing as a blogger.

This isn’t going to be specifically about book blogging, but a blog in general. I’ll talk a bit about what “growing” a blog might mean to you.

This post isn’t going to unlock any secrets of the universe for you, and you’ve likely heard at least some of it before, but sometimes a reminder is always nice.


Growing your blog can mean a few different things for you.

First off, you might not care how big your blog is, or how many people read it. You could just be using it as a journal or diary to get your thoughts written down.

If that is the case, then I commend your commitment. Sometimes all you need is to get your thoughts down and out of your head. I know that has been helpful for me in the past, and if that is your goal with your blog, I hope it helps you too.


In terms of actually growing your blog’s reach and impact, I find there is generally two different paths to take.

1. You want the blog to grow, but remain small.
2. You want the blog to grow, and keep growing.


You might just want your blog to grow bigger, but you’re not really looking to have anything that makes money or reach thousands of people.

You probably enjoy blogging because you get to talk about your passion, whether its travel, books, make-up, or dozens of other things people have blogs about.

That’s the way I look at my blog…it’s something I enjoy doing and it’s something that lets me pursue the things I am interested in…books, writing and reading. Without my blog I would probably be reading and writing a whole lot less than I am now.

Because of my blog, I get to keep my writing skills fresh and explore different books and creative ideas.

With this type of blogging, you probably won’t be making a lot of money, if any…but that’s not what you care about. Sure, there might be some opportunities to make money, whether it’s doing a brand deal or through advertisements, but you’re not doing it to put food on the table.

The biggest reason you’d want to grow your blog in this case is just for fun. You want to explore other people’s content, read what they wrote, and engage with people.

You want to talk about the things you are interested in with other people who are interested in them. It makes sense, and so growing your blog helps you reach more people.


On the other side of that coin, there is the desire to grow your blog to make money and become well-known.

You’re probably a lot more limited in what topics you cover. Book blogging, for example, probably won’t be paying your bills, but you might be able to mix book blogging in with other passions you have too.

I personally don’t know of any bloggers that make enough money that all they need to do is blog, but my circle is fairly limited.

There is an opportunity to make good money through blogging though. Working with certain brands of companies can pay off very well if you are able to review some of their products, restaurants are always looking for positive reviews of their establishments, and I know video game reviews are fairly popular too.

In this case, you are probably a little less interested in establishing relationships and talking to people about your topic, but you don’t want to exclude that entirely. It is important to engage with audiences and people in the same field as you, but you’re more focused on the opportunities you can take advantage of.

The main goal is the numbers. You want to see the money you’re making, and you want the numbers to grow.


There is no right or wrong answer of how you want to grow your blog. There’s no scientific method on how to make your blog grow faster than others.

Next week I will go over some of the tools you can utilize when it comes to growing your blog.

They’re easy to use and access, and you probably already have experience with them in your regular routine.

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Books on My TBR

The usual Top 10 list that I get ideas from didn’t have a topic I was interested in writing this week, so I found a Top 5 idea from Yolanda at Past Midnight, who got the idea from Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, so thank both of you for the idea.

This weeks list is all about the books on my TBR that I am most excited to read. The TBR list on my blog isn’t the complete list, so expect a few that you wont find on there.

#1 The Road by Cormac McCarthy

I vaguely remember seeing the movie years ago, and I thought it was pretty good, so I thought maybe I would read the book. There’s no real reason this is on my TBR list other than I am excited to get away from the fantasy genre for a little bit.

#2 American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is a great author from my experience, and I have heard that American Gods is a terrific read. Plus, as a Supernatural fan, I am a big lover of the “gods walking among us” idea.

#3 IT by Stephen King

Though technically this is the book I am currently reading, I haven’t gotten too far into it yet, so I am counting it on my TBR list. So far it’s been a great read, and I can’t wait to dive into it further.

#4 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Of course one of the classics is on my list, especially Frankenstein. A few first hand accounts I have heard make me want to read this one as soon as possible.

#5 Top 10 Games You Can Play In Your Head by Yourself by D. F. Lovett, J. Theophrastus Bartholomew, and Sam Gorski

I actually found out about this book through a YouTube channel that I follow, and the idea sounds really interesting. It’s supposed to help your brain function, and I often find myself passing the time with meaningless tasks because I am bored.


Are any of these books on your TBR? If not, what books are you most excited to read? Let me know in the comment section.

100 WordPress Followers!!!

It’s been just over a year since I started this blog, but I have finally hit 100 WordPress followers.

I actually hit the milestone a few weeks ago, but I never had the time on Thursdays to write about it.

Finally I have found the time.

I am very proud of myself for keeping up with my blog for an entire year. There were a few times where I thought about quitting, but ultimately I enjoy it too much to give it up.

I like making the time to write posts for you guys. I am far from the biggest blog out there. One of the blogs I follow just hit the 11,000 milestone, but ultimately I am on my way to get there.

I have seen plenty of other blogs start after me, and reach the 100 followers much quicker, but there are many reasons for that I will not get into. Ultimately I am happy I have finally reached that mark, which was one of the goals I had set for myself in 2019.

I am genuinely surprised that I have 100 people that follow my blog. I am terribly sorry for all of those who get the notifications or read through my content, but thank you at the same time.

Honestly, without all of you guys I probably wouldn’t still be doing this. Being busy with life means I can’t dedicate my life to this blog, but seeing the slow and steady climb in followers has been a real boost when making my posts.

I’m not sure I will ever make the 11,000 follower milestone like other blogs I have seen, but I have accepted that reality.

I also took a look at making some money from runnign this blog, and I’ve seen a few opportunities to be able to do that, but I don’t expect this to pay the bills any time soon.

For now, it’s something that I enjoy doing, and it’s something that helps keep me sane through the day.

Words cannot express how thankful I am for all of you that read my posts. You must be crazy if you keep coming back, but I am thankful nonetheless.

So, from the bottom of my book filled heart, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

Top 10 Book Bloggers I Follow

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday was supposed to be the Top 10 Things that I eat/drink while reading.

This kind of confused me because I’ve never met anyone who has foods/drinks while reading consistently enough to be considered reading snacks or drinks, but maybe that’s just me.

I might have a cup of hot chocolate, or maybe a bowl of pretzels nearby, but even that’s maybe once a month.

Since this week’s topic doesn’t apply to me, and I wanted to give you something interesting, I figured I’d give you a different Top 10 that might interest you.

This week I am going to give you 10 different bloggers that I read and follow that consider themselves in the “book blogger” category.

They aren’t in order of least to most favourite, or vice versa. I’m just putting them in the list in the order I find them in my notifications.


Past Midnight

Yolanda, creator of Past Midnight  is writing with a long-lasting love of books and reading. She’s a mother of two, and has worked many jobs, until she finally found herself as a stay at home mom and a great book blogger to boot.

If you like romance or YA books I definitely recommend checking her blog out, but don’t be surprised with a review of a different genre now and then.


The Geekish Brunette

Joanna is a fantastic book blogger who originally had her content just on Goodreads and Instagram. Lucky for us she decided to make The Geekish Brunette where we get both book reviews and other great book-related content.


Belle of the Library

Holly, the creator of Belle of the Library has never quite grown out of her love for YA books. If you’re a YA lover her blog is the place to go, and keep an eye out for the book that she is working on!


The Bibliophagist

Book reviews, book tags, and plenty of other book related posts. Sarah (the first of many Sarahs on this list) somehow has time for all this awesome content. She’s been around on one platform or another since 2013 and has covered over 700 books. If romance is your go-to genre, The Bibliophagist is the place to end up.


Hamlets and Hyperspace

Sarah #2 of my list loves books, but if you get in between her and a book about Vikings just watch out. She’s mainly a Kindle reader, but will buy the books that she loves in a hard copy. Fantasy and Sci-Fi are her two most reviewed genres, with a few graphic novels mixed in now and then.

She does like Sharknado movies though…so if you can forgive her for that Hamlets and Hyperspace is definitely worth the time to read through. She’s been an awesome friend in the book blogging world and she was my first ever guest poster!


Ashes Books and Bobs

Ashley, the mind and words behind Ashes, Books, and Bobs has been a book blogger for about three years. She prides herself on giving her honest opinion at all times.

Of all the bloggers I follow she has definitely reviewed the most books that I have never heard of, which is so refreshing to see new books out there I haven’t heard of.


The Library at Woodring Estate

Sarah #3 on my list is a special collections librarian in the Midwest. I am a lifelong reader, occasional blogger, full time dog mom, and lover of all baked goods.

Honestly I don’t even know how to describe her blog other than the word warm. Might sound weird but whenever I read her posts I just sort of feel content and happy, like it’s the right place to be. I’m comfortable.


Chocolate’n’Waffles

Meggy thought it would be a good idea to write her About Page in third person, but we still like her blog anyways.

She calls herself a ” Grammar Terror” and I’m a little scared to put that to the test. She loves tea, chocolate and waffles, as well as making great blog posts about some great books.


Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub

Romance, Erotica, Westerns, and plenty of other genres. The Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub covers a lot of the lesser read genres, and it’s hard to stop reading her posts.

She won’t shy away from negative reviews if they are needed, but she stays respectful the whole time.


Welcome to MarieMcWilliams.com

Marie is an aspiring writer, and wants to share that love with others. She is a self confessed book worm and nerd and would probably prefer to spend her days reading and writing.

With some book reviews, and some original pieces written by Marie herself, there’s always something interesting to read on Marie’s blog.


What other book bloggers do you guys read? I love discovering new bloggers to get an idea of what people are reading and reviewing. Let me know in the comments.