[Event Recap] #FeelsFest2018 Part Two


You have reached the second part of my #FeelsFest2018 recap. If you missed the first one, click here. ❤

In the first part of my recap, you can read about the pre-event and join my giveaway for the upcoming titles of #romanceclass by posting a comment mentioning the titles you’re excited for. It’s like placing a pre-order for a giveaway prize. ❤

Event Proper

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After eating lunch, Eliana and I went back to the event venue to prepare for the contests I want to participate in.

I took pictures of my book haul for the #BonggangBookstagram contest. Click the photos below to see them up close!

I really had fun at the #besfluencers table because there were so many bookstagram props to choose from! To Ate April, Kuya Bentch, and Ms. Chachic, thank you so much for sharing your props with us! ❤

Shortly after I’ve finished taking pictures for the #BonggangBookstagram contest, the live readers arrived.

Which meant it was time to have the photoshoot for the #romanceclassCoverGirl contest.

I was determined to win this one, so I literally made myself an MC and posted a cover for my “hypothetical” #romanceclass novel – Call It What You Want.

Prior to the event, I already talked to one of the live readers to ask permission for this photoshoot to happen. (Thank you for granting my request, Kuya JP!)

I would also like to thank my sister Eliana for taking the photos! (There are more on my Twitter account, I just can’t post all of them here. 😂)

Meet the live readers for this year’s Feels Fest! ❤

I was really excited to watch the live readings because I’ve read most of the titles included in the program.

Heartstruck, What Kind of Day, and Ghost of a Feeling received the infinity symbol rating (∞), while Love at First Run and You Out of Nowhere received 5 stars from me.

Below are some photos:

The live readings have always left me so happy and full of energy, but for the first time, a live reading made me cry.

Ghost of a Feeling is one of the most special #romanceclass books to me. I love it so much that (aside from giving it my ∞ rating) I sang a bookish song for it and I even wrote a Filipino version of my book review.

Quoting from the English version of my book review:

Ghost of a Feeling is a powerful story of moving forward by remembering what makes you feel alive. It’s a story that will stay in my heart, and it deserves all the love it can get.

Watch the live reading below:

Halfway through the program, Kuya Jef and Ate Vanya sang for us.

Ate Vanya sang first. I have always loved her voice and she easily became one of my favorite singers. (Watch more of her covers here!)

Then she called Kuya Jef to join her and they sang “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” – OHMYGOSH THIS SONG – and my heart just felt all the butterflies come together because I never knew I needed this duet in my life.

Watch the full video below:

I hope the song numbers become a permanent thing at #romanceclass events because I’d really love to hear more live readers sing. ❤


Feels Fest 2018 will forever be in my heart because this is the event that reminded me why I keep doing my best to attend all the #romanceclass events I can go to.

One word: HOPE.

I think that’s why I cried during the live reading for Ghost of a Feeling. I felt the scene too much – I got reminded of the things I had to go through and how I survived them. I got reminded of the people who were there for me.

I’ve always thought of #romanceclass as a nurturing family and I’ll always be thankful for the friends I already have in the community and the friends I haven’t met yet.

Thank you for being cheerleaders, supporters, and people who truly care.

#romanceclass is home to my heart, and I hope I never have to be away from you for too long. ❤

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[Event Recap] #FeelsFest2018 Part One


It’s been a long time since I last posted a #romanceclass event recap on this blog because the last recap I wrote was posted on my personal blog. Mostly because that event (Feels Fest 2017) was very special to me, and it was impossible to write a recap with minimal fangirling.

I haven’t been able to write a recap for April Feels Day 2018 because of my hiatus (hello, thesis!) so I really wanted to write a recap for this year’s Feels Fest.

If you’ve been following me for some time now, my love for #romanceclass is no secret to you. But if it’s the first time you’ve heard of #romanceclass, let me share some screenshots from the media kit that you can download here.

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Two major public events have become annual traditions for #romanceclass – the Feels Day every April and Feels Fest every October.

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My Bookish Adventures: August + September Wrap-up


My Bookish Adventures is a monthly recap of the things that happened to me and this blog. It includes the books that I have read, the reviews that I have posted, my TBR for the next month, life updates, announcements, and many more.

Because I’ve been very busy with #Adulting, this post features a two-month recap.

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What if The Kiss Quotient was set in the Philippines?


The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Publication Date: June 5, 2018 by Berkley

Genre: Romance

 Amazon │ Barnes & Noble │NookBooks-A -MillionIndieboundiBooks│ KoboGoogle Play

Readers from the Philippines can get copies of the book from Fully Booked.

Blurb:

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…


Because I’ve already posted my review of The Kiss Quotient and I’ve also posted my interview with Helen Hoang, I thought it would be fun to write a What If post for The Kiss Quotient.

What would change if the book was set in the Philippines?

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Talk Like a Pirate Day Giveaway


All o’ these could be yers!

Ahoy, me hearties! In celebration o’ th’ International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Swoon Reads author L.E. DeLano has a message fer ye:

Hello, my lovelies! It be time for a thrilling adventure on this Talk Like A Pirate Day! Step through the mirror with Jessa and Finn into realms unknown with signed copies of TRAVELER and DREAMER! But don’t forget the rest of the booty! Stuff yer hold with:


A pair of Pirate socks
A crystal nautical keychain
A pirate map “Wanderlust” bracelet
A nautical-themed journal


Grab yer chance at the treasure and then go find that horizon!

L.E. DeLano

Ye read it right! One lucky winner will receive all th’ items mentioned above, thanks t’ L.E. DeLano!

Everyone be welcome t’ join this giveaway! Ye ‘ave ’til September 30, 2018 t’ get yer entries in, so don’t wench yer chance!

Heartstruck by Angeli E. Dumatol


Heartstruck by Angeli E. Dumatol

Publication Date: September 15, 2018

Genre: Young Adult Romance

[I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much, Flicker team!]

Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Alexa Zamora looks as if she’s always been the beautiful and graceful center of attention. If you knew her in grade school though, you’d remember a sad little girl, who had lost her parents, and spent most of her time on the martial art arnis—a rough sport, not something girls were supposed to like. If you knew her then, you might have ostracized her for it.

She learned from this mistake, and has done her best to hide all traces of her sport and skill in a new school, and now she’s New Hope Academy’s It Girl. But transfer student Theo Guevarra, who happens to be her old arnis buddy and first love, arrives and makes her question the life she’s been living. How long can she keep up appearances, before it all falls apart?

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The Kiss Quotient PH Blog Tour


First of all, my deepest thanks to Helen Hoang for giving me the opportunity to host the PH blog tour for her book. ❤

The Kiss Quotient is definitely one of my favorite reads this year. Curious about what I think? Read my review here. ❤

Below is the tour schedule:

September 16
Eira @ Eirareads

September 17
Ynnah @ The Youngvamp’s Haven

September 18
Bea @ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic

September 19
Mervilyn @ Merv Reads
Jessa @ Supercalireader

September 20
Mae @ Wanders Between Pages
Raf @ The Royal Polar Bear Reads

September 21
Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

September 22
Kate @ The Backwards Bookshelf

September 23
Shaine @ Wanderer in Neverland

Bonus post from Bibliophile Soprano:

What if The Kiss Quotient was set in the Philippines?

Links to the blog posts will be updated, so check back on this page for more book reviews!

Thank you so much for supporting this blog tour and for spreading the love for The Kiss Quotient! Readers from the Philippines can get copies of the book from Fully Booked.

Join the giveaway below for a chance to win a SIGNED copy of the book! ❤

Giveaway! ❤

[Blog Tour] Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne


Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne

Publication Date: August 9, 2018 by Usborne Publishing

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

[Special thanks to the publisher for the review copy! I joined the blog tour hosted by Ate Erika from The Nocturnal Fey to help promote the book!]

Bookish friends from the Philippines can buy a copy of this book at National Book Store! ❤

Usborne │ Amazon │ Kobo │ iBooks │ Book Depository │ Waterstones

Blurb:

Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to solve all their problems. But how do you fix the world when you can’t fix yourself?

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[Blog Tour] A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole


A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole

Publication Date: July 31, 2018 by Avon Books

Genre: Romance

[I received an e-ARC for the blog tour. Special thanks to Pure Textuality PR and the publisher for the review copy!]

Amazon │Avon Romance│ Barnes & Noble │ Google Play iBooks

Blurb:

Award-winning author Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series continues with a woman on a quest to be the heroine of her own story and the duke in shining armor she rescues along the way…

New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and—most importantly—herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she’s capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox boss…when she’s not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr.

Tavish McKenzie doesn’t need a rich, spoiled American telling him how to run his armory…even if she is infuriatingly good at it. Tav tries to rebuff his apprentice—and his attraction to her—but when Portia accidentally discovers that he’s the secret son of a duke, rough-around-the-edges Tav becomes her newest makeover project.

Forging metal into weapons and armor is one thing, but when desire burns out of control and the media spotlight gets too hot to bear, can a commoner turned duke and his posh apprentice find lasting love?

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