[Blogger Interview] Raf from The Royal Polar Bear Reads

The Royal Polar Bear likes to read on his free time. He fantastically dislikes classics. Aside from reading, traveling and sleeping are his best friends. He tends to hibernate most of the time.

The Interview II


What is your full name?

Rafael Ray Borja

When is your birthday?

22nd of February

Favorite food?

A lot. But I couldn’t give up the taste of Mac n Cheese, Chicken Pastel, Oyster Rockefeller, Mussels with Cheese, Fried Mussels on Butter and Garlic, Lemon Chicken, of course – any kind of chocolate!

Favorite color?

I prefer Navy Blue, Black, Grey, and Silver.

Favorite flower?

I don’t think I have one but if I have to choose…that would be orchids.

Favorite song?

I can’t choose but I’m currently listening to Di Na Muli by Itchyworms because of Sid & Aya movie and Imagine Dragons because of Me Before You. Both are fantastic films and painful but they portray the possible and reality on a different level. Go watch it.

Favorite TV show?

I think Korean Drama should be labeled as a TV Show. Well, I enjoyed watching Secret Forest, Black, Hello Monster, K2, Goblin, Two Cops and a lot more. Perhaps, they could be my favorites since they are the ones that came to my mind.

Favorite place to read and/or blog?

I do a lot of my blogging in bed. I read in our living room because that’s the best and most comfortable place to read. I enjoy reading in our garden and sometimes, in my room.

Favorite book?

WHY DO YOU HAVE TO ASK THIS QUESTION? For now, I could say Nyxia Triad by Scott Reintgen, Lisa Maxwell’s The Last Magician, Every Day by David Levithan, Colleen Hoover’s books because they are my guilty pleasure in romance aside from Mia Asher’s Arsen and Lisa de Jong’s When It Rains.

I think I would love to go back to Brandon Sanderson’s Reckoner’s Trilogy and Mistborn Trilogy. Those books are solid.


Who are you when you’re blogging?

I’m not THE Rafael Ray Borja, I am the Royal Polar Bear who reads. That’s how I see it and that’s what I want people to perceive me as when I’m blogging. The Rafael is someone who travels a lot an introvert who goes out not to socialize but to see the world. And yet, here is The Royal Polar Bear who just wanted to sleep and read and read then sleep. Pretty much like that.

You could see me as an ambivert but more of an introvert since I’m more active in reading than going out.

Who are you when you’re not blogging?

A pharmacist, perhaps? I don’t know. Maybe a food junkie and a basher. HAHAHA!

Which do you prefer more?

I prefer…blogging and sometimes I don’t. Blogging actually is one of the things that I couldn’t put down. It was the thing that helps me when I’m feeling down or I’m actually depressed. It helps me. You could say that book blogging is one of my outlet – a therapeutic approach in coping up? Do you see where I am coming from? It helps me more than I expected and I’m thankful that I started blogging just because I need someone to talk to about books. If you read my captions on my bookstagram account, never in my entire life a family member grabbed a fiction book and tried to read it. With a little push from my professor and a Nocturnal friend, I decided to give it a go. And now, I’m proud of how things are in my blog.

Also, sometimes, I don’t feel like blogging. I think, my approach in blogging whenever I was supposed to post a blog post. I drafted them on my phone. Like, I collect the drafts until I have 5 or more drafts then I’ll schedule one day to write everything, to fix everything, just to do everything. That way, blogging won’t stress me and I will be healing on that one day. Hence, blogging as therapeutic for me.

What drives you to blog more?

I’m not gonna lie. I like receiving book mails and ARCs but that is not my main drive to blog more. I think, my first drive was when my parents talked to me about my book buying – they don’t want me to use their money as my allowance to buy books. In other words, they’re not fans of books nor reading. That’s when the drive comes in. I decided to make a book blog because:

  1. As stated from above, my professor saw the potential in me and push me to make my own blogosphere.
  2. I wouldn’t be able to make The Royal Polar Bear Reads if not for those people who believe in me.
  3. Books. That’s enough reason to have that motivation.
  4. And lastly, to prove to my parents that I can receive books without their money. I know it’s kind of an arse move but I don’t care. I’m going to tell you this. NOT ALL PARENTS ARE RIGHT ALL THE TIME. They are human beings too who make mistakes and I couldn’t give up my books because they were there for me when I was growing up. Imagine a household with a kid without his parents because of work. Books were my only companions back then. It may be a sad story but let this be an inspiration. Show them your success.

How do you see yourself in the blogosphere?

I don’t even see myself. Hahaha! Maybe you could ask my followers about this? I just see a Royal Polar Bear who shows his passion for books.

Are you a perfectionist when it comes to your blog?

Nope. But I’m trying to fix every blog post nowadays. Now, where is motivation?

Do you like making outlines when you blog, or do you prefer to start from scratch and work your way from there?

I don’t make outlines. Hahahaha! Just start with scratch and do your own magic. That way it would feel more personal.

How much do your followers mean to you?

I love them. But just a little bit since love is a strong word. I am thankful for them because without them, I wouldn’t get the statistics I need for a publisher to consider me as an influencer. So, thanks to everyone who’ve been following me since day one. On a side note, I’m going to host two giveaways soon. One for the WILDCARD Blog tour and the other one is for my 3rd blogging anniversary. You guys might want to check it out soon!

What is the best blogging advice that you could share with us?

Make content. Make and make and make. Don’t stop making them. Read a book. Read and read and read. Don’t stop reading a book. Those books? There are life experiences from the author. May it be portrayed as a fictitious novel or an autobiography – there are a lot of lessons in one book and you could adapt those lessons and be a better person to everyone or at least to those who are in need. See the bigger picture in each book and try to evaluate a character, what are their struggles, how they overcome it. This may not be a blogging advice but this could help you in life. Be observant and who knows, you are going to be someone’s light.


How would you define book discrimination?

Well, in my experience, I think I discriminate a book when I read a certain book and I don’t find it compelling nor good even if you consider the plot. This feeling or circumstances come when an over hyped book was promoted and I bought that book and then ended up not liking it or worse – hating it.

How do you feel about it?

Not really good since I tend to promote a book. I love promoting a book that I love but I’m stuck if I didn’t end up loving a certain title.

What do you think is the cause of book discrimination?

OVER HYPE. Too good covers.

What would you do against it?

I don’t do anything but I share my feelings to my selected friends who can understand me. I don’t like justifying my hate for a certain book because I just didn’t like it. Instead, don’t promote it. You may end up not liking a certain novel but it doesn’t mean all of the readers won’t like the book, right? You may love a book but I might find it not thrilling enough or not exciting. There’s a lot of variables that need to be considered. But regardless of the book, of the author’s origin, or the triggers in a book, or maybe it was a diverse book, or a cultural representation, may it be an LGBT, or an #ownvoices title. Any book doesn’t deserve to be hated against. You may not enjoy the book but it still a book. It was written by an author who put so much effort. Imagine the feelings of that author and those readers that can relate to the story. Be empathic. Remember, choose to be kind.

Fill in the blanks with a book recommendation. More people should read ________ by ________ because ________.

More people should read Colleen Hoover’s Books, The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell, Zodiac Quartet by Romina Russel, Cora Carmack’s Roar and Pierce Brown’s Saga because they have each and their own beliefs that will provoke your morality and understanding to a new level of introspection. They provide a diverse, united and strong foundation to their books that can be learned from. Compelling novels that you will not just enjoy but would love to go back into their world despite the pain.


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