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!

Book Bloggers Novel of the Year Award

Dear readers, I am proud to announce that I was chosen to be one of the Panelists for the Book Bloggers Novel of the Year Award!

There were’t actually any cuts this year, so whoever applied to be a panelist was chosen, but I am excited for the opportunity!

But, what I came here to tell you is that the author entries are finally open! Yep, authors are now able to submit their books to the BBNYA!

Entries are open until May 10, 2020 at 23:59GMT, so make sure you spread the word. If you know any authors, tell them to submit their work.

If you want any more information, you can check out the BBNYA website.

I will be posting updates whenever I have more information for you, but for now, here’s a rough timeline for anyone interested.

May 10: The author entries close at 23:59GMT
May 13: Deadline for authors to send the excerpts and pay entry fee at 23:59GMT.
May 19: Start of round one. We will supply you with all files and links needed by then.
June: We aim to have the judging of round 1 done during this month.
July: Depending on how quick we have the results of round 1 ready, we will start round 2.
July 20: Deadline for the announcement of the results of round 1.
July/September: Depending on how quick we have the results of round 2 ready, we will start round 3.
September 30: Deadline for the announcement of the results of round 2.
Late November: Around this time we aim to have all judging of the books of round 3 done.

December 21: Deadline for the announcement of round 3.


If you want to enter for the Book Blogger Novel of the Year Award, let me know! I’d love to know if one of my fellow readers submitted their book!
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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!

WWW Wednesday

Hello dear readers, I welcome you to another WWW Wednesday, which is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and just involves answering the 3 Ws!

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

  • Winter’s Heart (Wheel of Time #9)

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

  • The Unholy

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

  • I have left this decision in the hands of my Twitter followers, but it’s a close race between 2001 A Space Odyssey and The Well of Ascension.

Have you read any of these books? What have you finished recently. or plan on reading next? Let’s talk in the comments or on social media.
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The Liebster’s Award

Hello dear readers, I have a little bit of a treat for you today. I was tagged for the Liebster’s Award by the awesome Lauren at Lala’s Book Reviews. If you’re in need of more bookish content in your life, especially YA Books, her blog is the place to go.

There are a few rules that come with this award:

  • Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  • Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself
  • Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  • Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

Questions I need to Answer:

Which author(s) continue to surprise you with their work?
Honestly I’d have to say Brandon Sanderson. He has yet to disappoint me, and the worlds that he builds are truly awe inspiring.

What is a book that you know like the back of your hand?
I don’t really know. I don’t often re-read books, but if I had to choose, it would be certain books in the Redwall series (Martin the Warrior, Mattimeo, etc.)

What bookish world captivated you to the point you wish you could live there?
Steelheart World (Brandon Sanderson). I think it would be cool to see some “superheroes” living an everyday life, but I think I’d have a superpower too which would be cool.

What is something that always brighten day?
My dog. Even on my worst days he always greets me with a happy smile.

What is go to drink at a coffee shop?
Hot Chocolate. Coffee is yucky.

Do you buy books for looks alone?
Usually not, but I have. I usually buy them based off their back-cover synopsis.

Are you a mood reader or do you plan out a monthly TBR?
I sort of just read whatever series I am in the mood for. I don’t read based off of how I feel, just what type of story I am looking for.

What are your top 3 upcoming releases?
Game of Thrones 6, Kingkiller 3 and Stormlight Archive 4. I can’t wait for my favourite fantasy series to come out. I need them NOW!

Are you up to date with the Shadowhunter world?
I am not up-to-date in the current Shadowhunter world. I was until the 6th book of the original series, but I haven’t kept up-to-date with it since then. I’ve also read the Clockwork trilogy as well!

What book do you own the most copies of?
The Illiad and the Odyssey. At one point I owned three different copies of each, but I have now dwindled it down to one of each.

What is your favorite bookish item to collect?
POP figures. I don’t have that many, but I have POP figures of my favourite Game of Thrones characters and I am slowly collecting all of the Straw Hat Pirates.


Nominating:

I am not nominating anyone, because a lot of the people that I would tag probably did this on their own.

If you see this post and you think to yourself “I wish people tagged me in one of these awards” then I am nominating you!

Answer the same questions I answered, I look forward to seeing your answers.

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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.