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. 😛
I want to thank Myta so much for such an awesome interview! I loved reading about the duende!
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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.
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.
She’s heavily pregnant. She’s handcuffed to a pipe. The clock is ticking.Belle, the heavily pregnant wife of an important man, is bundled into the back of a car, held against her will, and cuffed to a pipe in an abandoned apartment … and her waters are about to break.Belle is desperate for her baby girl to survive and live a better life than she ever had. All she has to do is get one of her kidnappers onside. All her husband has to do is pay the ransom.Will he?The latest in the Bullets series is here – 20 exciting, violent, and sometimes heartbreaking short stories of noir and pulp fiction. Put your gloves on, it’s bloody round here.
I’ve never read a book with a title quite like this one before, but I got basically what I expected out of it. When you find a book called Bullets, Teeth & Fists, you expect a character struggling and fighting to their absolute last breath…and I wasn’t disappointed.
I was sent this book as a part of a blog tour by Blackthorn Book Tours, and it was my first blog tour with them. I think this is actually the first “horror” book I’ve read through and reviewed, and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.
Bullets, Teeth, & Fists is a collection of short stories, and they aren’t what you expect from your normal horror stories. Some make the hairs on the back of your neck crawl straight up in an instant, while others keep you up at night with a sense of dread hanging over you.
I’m not sure if one story stood out on its own as something amazing, or as one I will remember for a long time, but instead the entire books makes your skin crawl from start to finish, and I mean it in a good way.
There was one aspect of this book that really made me enjoy it though, and that was the lack of answers.
Some stories in the book tell you what you want to hear. You get the ending, whether you want it or not.
Some stories you don’t. You don’t get the ending you wanted, or didn’t want. You get nothing, except you imagination wondering how it all ended.
Each story is very well written. Sometimes there is more detail than you wanted, but you’re never wanting for more.
Each of the characters are well written, even if it is hard to follow them at times.
Some of the stories have characters with the same name, and at first I was confused because I thought it was the same person.
I’m not sure why that decision was made, but in my opinion it wasn’t a good one. It just seemed sort of odd that you would include the same names for characters in the book.
The book itself could have used another round of proofreading. as there were several typos. This took away from the story a bit, but it was still enjoyable as a whole.
I definitely recommend Bullets, Teeth, & Fists 3 to anyone who likes the dark and gritty stories. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart.
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.
It was born of a love of lists, a love of books and the desire to bring bookish friends together.
I am thankful for a lot of things in my life. I am truly blessed to be where I am in my life and have the opportunities that I have.
There is a long list of things I could be thankful for when it comes to books, but there isn’t enough to make an entire list of it, so I thought I would put them all in one list and give you the Top 10 Bookish Things I am Thankful for.
Brandon Sanderson My favourite author right now. Honestly, my fantasy collection would be pathetic without Sanderson on my shelves.
Robert Jordan He wrote my favourite book series as of now, and I can’t be more thankful for all the ideas he has given me in addition to his wonderful story.
Brian Jacques The author that made me fall in love with the Fantasy genre. His Redwall series still holds stories I cherish to this day.
Audiobooks An easy and convenient way to consume a book. I haven’t gone too deep down the audiobook rabbit hole, but they have been amazing so far.
Physical Books If you’re like me, you’ll know that there is nothing quite like owning a physical copy of a book, flipping through it page by page.
Book Blogging Community It has been amazing learning about books and eveyone’s thoughts and opinions in the Book Blogging Community. I had no idea there were so many books out there, and I thoroughly enjoy reading everyone’s posts.
Followers Without my followers, I don’t think I would still be blogging. I am thankful for all the feedback and support they give me.
Indigo/Chapters It’s almost shameful to admit how much money I have spent in Chapters buying books I don’t need, but there is nowhere quite like it when I need to pick up a new book to read. There’s a sense of being home when I am in there.
Inspiration Whether its from other bloggers, different books, or even just natural inspiration, the Book community has given me the inspiration to write a book of my own.
This Blog I am more than thankful for this blog, and all the opportunities it has granted me. I have enjoyed it way more than I thought I would, and I am looking forward to everything that will come of this blog in the future.
What are some things you are thankful for, whether book related or not? Let me know in the comments.