Book of Fire Tag: Avatar Blogger Award

Water. Earth. Fire. Air. I’ve heard stories about the old days, a time of peace when the Avatar Blogger kept balance between the Water Critics, Earth Reviewers, Fire Writers, and Air Readers. But that all changed when the Fire Writers attacked. 

Only the Avatar Blogger, master of all four blogging elements could stop the ruthless Fire Writers. But when the world needed them the most, they vanished. A hundred years have passed and the Fire Writers are nearing victory in the war. 

Some people believe that the Avatar Blogger was never reborn into the Air Readers, and that the cycle is broken. But I haven’t lost hope. I still believe that somehow, the Avatar Blogger will return to save the book world!

How to become the Avatar Blogger:

  • To become the Avatar Blogger and save the book world from the Fire Writer Lord, the Avatar Blogger must master all four elements.
  • To master an element, a blogger must be tagged in one of the four following tags: Book of Water Tag, Book of Earth Tag, Book of Fire Tag, Book of Air Tag.
  • Once a blogger has posted all four tags to their page, they can message the Order of the White Lotus (@onmybookshelff) on twitter to receive the Avatar Blogger Award. (Not first come first serve. Everyone can get the award!)

Rules of this Tag: 

  • Thank whomever tagged you
  • Answer the 7 questions below
  • Help other potential Avatar Bloggers by tagging 3 other bloggers.
  • Spread the love and read other’s posts

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Stepping into the Fire Nation might overwhelm you with all the red everywhere; clothes, buildings, banners.
Let’s see those pretty red book covers!


The Fire Kingdom is warm, with plenty of places for a tropical vacation., possibly even close to a volcano.
You won a prize for a trip to a tropical location. Where are you going and what books are you bringing with you?

Well I don’t really have a choice on this one, because my girlfriend would make me pick Hawaii, but I would be okay with a view like this:

Bamboo temple - Picture of Maui Eco Retreat, Haiku - Tripadvisor

I would probably bring a Wheel of Time book and my iPad since I have four books I need to read on there for different tours/personal interests.


The Agni-Kai. A high-stakes duel between two Fire Writers to defend their honour. 
What book would you defend till the end, even though others may hate it?

I don’t think a lot of people will ever hate this series, but I would defend the Redwall series till my dying breath. It got me into reading fantasy and it has always been dear to my heart.


Fire is a dangerous element and even the most skilled writers are at risk for getting burned. The Fire Writer Lord Zuko is a perfect example.
What is one book that has touched who you are, and will stay with you forever?

I think the Starlight Archive will stick with me forever. There are so many meanings that come from events and quotes in that book, that I know I will remember it forever. My future tattoo will actually be something that came from the books.


The origin of fire writing was to use the fire as an extension of the body, like it was a part of you. 
What is one bookish accessory or piece of memorabilia you can’t live without?

I don’t really have one specific one, but I’m really liking my Straw Hat Crew Funko Pops. I plan on getting the entire crew one day, but I like having their big heads popping up on my shelves.


A skilled fire writer can use fire to propel themselves through the air, almost as if they were flying.
Are there any books you are looking forward to reading?

Oh I could probably list a few dozen in this case, but that wouldn’t be interesting. I am really looking forward to reading the Witcher series as well as the Legacy of Ash series.


Fire bending is the only form of bending where you create the element out of nothing.
If you could make the perfect book, what would be included; 10 words or less?

Magic, trilogy, world building, monsters, romance, death, betrayal, books.


I am tagging:
I’m All Booked Up
Erin – Lavish Literature
Ash – For the Love of Books
Debbie – Debbie’s Library

If you have made it this far, you have mastered the element of Water, bringing you one step closer to becoming the Avatar Blogger. Good luck to you in your training.

5 Bloggers You’ll Want to Follow

Hello dear readers, I hope all things are going well for you in these troubling times. The world is a scary place, and some days it only gets scarier.

I thought about providing you with links and resources for you to support BlackLivesMatter, but I am not an expert on this subject at all.

If you are interested in supporting, please check out this page. It has some great resources that help out some good causes.

I decided to share some bloggers that I have enjoyed reading lately. Whether they’ve inspired me, or have some great content that has helped me, these 10 Bloggers are a great addition to the blogging world!

And please dear readers, stay safe and stay connected with your loved ones.

If you have any other great bloggers, please share them in the comments, or send me their social medias.
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Ren – A Bookish Balance

Not only is Ren a Canadian blogger, which makes her that much cooler, but she also has a gorgeous blog layout, some amazing pictures throughout her site, and writing skills any blogger should strive for.

She manages to sum up a book’s review in just a few short sentences, and she covers such unique books, I am sure she has something that everyone will love.

Looking at Ren’s blog is so peaceful. The colors flow nicely, her design skills are second to none, and I’m not even sure how to compliment her Instagram feed.

Some of my favourite posts on A Bookish Balance:
Mini Reviews: The Adventures of Pinocchio, The Picture of Dorian Gray, & Heidi
Mini Reviews: Miss Understanding, Whistleblower, & Stardust
Mini Reviews: Marriage of Convenience, The Love Prison Made and Unmade, & The Wallflower Wager


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New Lune

New Lune is a great resource for any blogger, especially if you are just starting out. She offers great resources, insights coming from personal experience, as well as some great resources and articles from a variety of different genres.

Her resources have been helpful to me and many other bloggers, and her website design is clean and effective.

Some of my favourite posts on New Lune:
How To Establish A Strong Social Media Presence
7 Apps To Download When You Are Bored
5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging


Joanna – The Geekish Brunette

Back to the book world, Joanna seems to live and breathe books. She is constantly coming out with insightful book reviews, unboxings, and other bookish content.

I have been following her blog since I started blogging, and it has been worth every second of it. If there is one book blogger out there that you need to follow, its Joanna.

She has all the content a book blogger could think of and more. Her posts have constantly given me ideas and inspiration, and I’m sure others can say the same.

Some of my favourite posts on The Geekish Brunette:
Book Review: Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson
Manga Review: Yona of the Dawn Vol. 24 by Mizuho Kusanagi
Book Review: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia #5) by C.S. Lewis


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Kat – Kbookreviews

Kat is the nicest blogger I have ever met. She is always willing to help another blogger out, and does it with a smile on her face.

She posts great book reviews and book tags, and never shies away from participating in a blog tour.

Kat has been an amazing help to me and my blog in the last few months, and I can always trust her to recommend a great read. She always knows just what book you’ll enjoy reading. Your wallet won’t thank you though, but your reading habits will.

Some of my favourite posts on Kbookreviews:
Book Review: The Fallen Angel (The Great Devil War #5), by Kenneth B Andersen
Book Review: The Lies Of Locke Lamora (The Gentleman Bastards #1), by Scott Lynch
Book Review: Legacy Of Ash (Legacy Trilogy #1), by Matthew Ward.


Sophia Ismaa

Sophia is absolutely brilliant, one of the most in-depth reviewers I have seen, and one of the best people.

She doesn’t always post book reviews though. She has such an amazing perspective on all things bookish and constantly comes up with eye opening articles on current events and their representation in literature, and her blog is a MUST to follow if you consider yourself a good and intelligent person.

Some of my favourite posts on Sophia Ismaa:
Why the Sansa vs Daenerys Feud is not Anti-Feminist
Milestone – My Writing is being Performed on Stage by Young Muslim Voices
Thoughts on the Various Reactions to Daenerys Burning Down King’s Landing


These bloggers are absolutely amazing, and deserve more love than I can give them.

If you have other great bloggers that people need to follow, or you also follow these bloggers and want to spread some love, please do so in the comments, or send them a message on social media!
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My Very Own Blogging Award

Hello dear readers, I have a bit of news for you today that I hope you’ll enjoy.

One of my goals this year was to come up with a blogging award. Originally it was supposed to be an award to showcase a selfless blogger who is always there to share a nice word and who is always willing to help others.

I had ideas to get that idea rolling, but nothing solid yet, so I might just hold that in my back pocket till I can work out the kinks.

BUT in the process, I did come up with what I think will be a really fun award that will get people wanting to do book tags.

I won’t give away too much just yet, but the name of the award is the Avatar Blogger award.

If you know anything about the show Avatar, you might be able to figure out that you might need to master four different elements or something??? I guess you’ll just have to wait and see.

What I can tell you is that the first part of that Award will be coming out tomorrow…so stay tuned!

200 WordPress Followers!: My thanks to all of you!

So apparently I just hit 200 blog followers!!!

It seems like it happened a few days ago already, but I just noticed.

This is a minor achievement compared to a lot of blogs I see out there, but I am thrilled to be here.

I can’t thank everyone enough for getting me here. It’s been a lot of fun so far, and I can’t wait to keep it going in the future!

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.