[Topic Post] How Book Blogging Changed My Life

I have a personal blog where I post random stuff and talk about anything that comes to mind. It used to be active during its first two years, but it’s been inactive for months now because life happens and I can’t find the time to update it anymore.

Yesterday, I was reading threads on Twitter from Mary H (@knoxdiver) and gee @lovedmetoruins and those threads inspired me to write this post.

I used to write posts about the books I’ve read on my personal blog. And they aren’t the “book reviews” we know today – they’re more of reactions, because they’re very spoilery. I wrote about how I felt while reading certain scenes, and there were times when the posts were too detailed because I couldn’t contain the feels.

These were the “book reviews” on my personal blog:

I couldn’t forget that one time when my classmate in high school told me that he started reading Matched because he saw it on my blog. We ended up talking about the entire series after Reached was released and I guess the reason why I still remember that memory is because I felt something really strong at that moment: my blog matters.

If my posts on my personal blog led someone to discovering a book they ended up liking, what could possibly happen if I dedicate a blog entirely for books?

That’s when Bibliophile Soprano happened.

Back in 2014, when I was thinking of a blog name, I wanted something unique in it. Inspired by the book playlist posts I see, I thought of actually singing the songs that I believe would be fit for the books I read.

Two years later, here I am, writing this post – because I myself needed a reminder of why I blog.

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#BookMadness17: Tris Prior

When Maggie Ann Martin told me about #BookMadness17, I thought of a character immediately and crossed my fingers she wasn’t chosen yet.

Because this character is not just a character. She’s my hero.

She’s the girl whose name is as powerful as her spirit to fight for what she believes in.

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What About Today by Dawn Lanuza

what-about-todayWhat About Today by Dawn Lanuza

Publication Date: April 24, 2015

Genre: Young Adult Romance

Note: This is a review of the edition from BuqoYA 4: Heart Choices

Goodreads Summary:

Aiden’s stuck working for his family’s amusement park, Funtastic World, for the whole summer. Nothing amuses him, until he met this terrified girl.

Gemma’s stuck in Funtastic World thinking she could handle the park’s rides. She couldn’t. Good thing she met someone to guide her.

As the day comes to a close, Aiden and Gemma ask themselves if one day is ever enough to decide if they were better off as friends or strangers.

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Break-Up Anniversary by Dawn Lanuza

break-up-anniversaryBreak-Up Anniversary by Dawn Lanuza

Publication Date: April 8, 2016

Genre: Romance

[Special thanks to Ate Dawn for the review copy!]

Goodreads Summary:

It’s Beck’s break-up anniversary! Not that she’s been counting the days but there’s a possibility of a relapse. So what’s a girl to do? Call her best friend and tag her cubicle-mate turned drinking buddy, Jamie, along for the ride.

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Someday With You by Ines Bautista-Yao

someday-with-youSomeday With You and other stories by Ines Bautista-Yao

Publication Date: February 1, 2017

Genre: Romance

[Special thanks to Ms.Ines for the review copy!]

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Goodreads Summary:

A broken heart doesn’t mean the end of the world. In this short story compilation, Patrick, Toby and Andrew still continue to hope for and dream of their own happy ever after,

Someday With You

Five years ago, when they were teenagers in college, they’d made a pact to come back to this same spot, no matter where they were in the world, no matter who they had become. But five years wasn’t enough to erase the heartache Patrick felt when Andrea disappeared from his life, when he thought he’d lost her for good. And now that the time has come, he can’t keep the feelings from rushing back to the surface, possibly messing up his life once more.

One Last Thing

All Toby wants is to keep Angela from falling in love with someone else. That isn’t too much to ask considering he’s already won her over and she’s finally convinced he isn’t just another spoiled, rich boy. But when his buddy Jake enters the picture, Angela seems to be slipping away. Toby has to make the hardest decision of his life and that might even mean letting go.

Things I’ll Never Say

Andrew, Penny and Raffy aren’t what you call regular teenagers. They’re hugely popular models of hot, teen clothing brand Pineapple Slice. Though all three have become celebrities in their own right. Fans passionately ship Penny and Raffy (with a hashtag to match). What nobody knows is that Andrew has been in love with Penny ever since he heard her laugh at one of his lame jokes. So when she tells him she wants out of their charmed existence, he starts to panic. But he also wonders if this is his chance to claim the happy ending he’a always hoped for.

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

caravalCaraval by Stephanie Garber

Publication Date: January 31, 2017 by Flatiron Books

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

[Special thanks to the publisher for the review copy!]

Goodreads Summary:

Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.

Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.

When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.

A mesmerising, magical and stunningly imaginative debut novel for anyone who loved The Night Circus and Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

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Infinite Risk by Ann Aguirre

infinite-riskInfinite Risk by Ann Aguirre

Publication Date: August 2, 2016 by Feiwel and Friends

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

[Special thanks to the publisher for the review copy!]

Goodreads Summary:

In a world of infinite risk, the stakes have never been so high.

Beyond the pull of life and death lies the immortal game. Edie Kramer has leaped back to put things right and save the boy she loves. Alone in the wrong timestream, she must reinvent herself and square off against dangerous creatures determined to win this mortal match once and for all.

But righting past wrongs carries fresh dangers. As she navigates a new school and tries to put Kian on a different path, she also battles powerful enemies who will stop at nothing to keep her from derailing their deadly schemes. With few allies and her first love treating her like a stranger, Edie faces the most dangerous enemy of all―time itself. Yet she’s come a long way from that dark night on the bridge, and when her back’s to the wall, she’ll go down fighting…

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Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett

everyone-weve-beenEveryone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett

Publication Date: October 4, 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

[Special thanks to the publisher for the review copy!]

Goodreads Summary:

Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy that no one else can see. It gets so bad that she’s worried she’s going crazy.

Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits a shadowy medical facility that promises to “help with your memory.” But at the clinic, Addie unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. She had a boy erased.

But why? Who was that boy, and what happened that was too devastating to live with? And even if she gets the answers she’s looking for, will she ever be able to feel like a whole person again?

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The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee

the-secret-of-a-heart-noteThe Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee

Publication Date: December 27, 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

[Special thanks to the publisher for the review copy!]

Goodreads Summary:

An evocative novel about a teen aroma expert who uses her extrasensitive sense of smell to mix perfumes that help others fall in love while protecting her own heart at all costs

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.

At once hopeful, funny, and romantic, Stacey Lee’s The Secret of a Heart Note is a richly evocative coming-of-age story that gives a fresh perspective on falling in love and finding one’s place in the world.

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