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. ❤
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.
Two major public events have become annual traditions for #romanceclass – the Feels Day every April and Feels Fest every October.
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.
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!]
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?
Angel C. Aquino has been crafting stories in her head and on paper ever since she was a little girl. After she graduated from college, she pursued her passion for words by working in the publishing industry, and later became the managing editor of several magazines such as Candy, Runner’s World Philippines, and Good Housekeeping Philippines. Her short story, “The Bucket List” was published in the Summit Books anthology, Coming of Age.
Love At First Run is her first novel. Though this story is not based on her life, it’s inspired by some events that transpired in 2005, when she joined AMCI Mountaineering Club. She just wanted to climb mountains, but she didn’t know she had to run as part of the training! Since then, she has grown to love running, which relieves her stress and inspires her to come up with new story ideas. So far, she has finished one full marathon and several half marathons in the Philippines and abroad.
Today, she is a freelance writer, editor, and content creator based in Manila. She believes she can make her tiny corner of the world just a little bit brighter by writing stories filled with positivity, hope, and love.
Love at First Run by Angel C. Aquino
Publication Date: April 30, 2018
[I received a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!]
After getting her heart broken, 23-year-old Diana Gomez is afraid to fall in love again. But when her office crush Paul invites her to join a running club with him, she goes for it.
What she doesn’t know is that to be a part of the club, she actually has to train for a half marathon—and that she’ll meet Joshua, the handsome club veteran who becomes her unofficial running buddy.
As if it isn’t hard enough to do speed work, interval training, and long runs after work and on weekends, she has to deal with her feelings for both boys and face her fears of falling in love.
Will she reach the finish line without getting herself (or her heart) injured? Journey with Diana as she reaches running milestones, overcomes obstacles, pushes herself to the limit, and discovers the strength within her…one kilometer at a time.
Everything seemed to be a baby step. So many people working so hard to take a freaking baby step. So many things were so difficult, and she wasn’t sure if it was the world changing, or just that she got older and saw it for what it was. The idea that you could do that thing you love and change the world…did that really happen? Because if no one ever found out about it, what world did it change?
-What Kind of Day, Mina V. Esguerra
I’m listening to A Million Dreams (from The Greatest Showman) as I type this post because that song is one of the many things that helped me get through my last semester at my university.
One of the major requirements for graduation is the
dreaded undergraduate thesis, and I know that I wanted to work on something that really matters to me.
My initial topic (way back in 2015, when we were just sophomores) was about the influence of suicide-themed contemporary young adult books on the self-esteem of Filipino college students and their social interaction within a specific community.
I liked this topic a lot, but it was pointed out that the books I used were all written by foreign authors. Furthermore, suicide was still considered taboo (to some extent) at that time, and it was suggested that I study a concept with a more localized setting.
Women representation was given as an example, and I had a lightbulb moment upon hearing those words.
Women representation in romance novels.
Women representation in romance novels by Filipino authors.
R O M A N C E C L A S S (!!!)
Three years later, I stood in front of a panel to defend the undergraduate thesis that I’ve put so much heart into.
Second Wave Summer by Six de los Reyes, Tara Frejas, and Jay E. Tria
Publication Date: May 19, 2018
[I received a review copy from the authors (thank you, Ate Six, Ms. Tara, and Ms. Jay!) and I also purchased the book on release day. This is a review of the finished Kindle edition.]
All roads lead back to beachside music festival Summer Crush for another weekend of high waves, rock & roll, and the promise of summer romance.
On any given day, Michael Brian doesn’t need to do much to hit the right notes with a girl, but there’s something about this day—and something about this girl—that’s got him out of tune. (A Taste of Summer, Six de los Reyes)
Indie filmmaker Datu puts on his dusty event videographer hat for Summer Crush. But memories of a love he let slip away resurface from every corner of this surf town. Now what he thought would be an easy job just isn’t so easy anymore. (Rushes, Tara Frejas)
Corporate-highflyer-on-vacation Ringo has a question to which cookie bar boss woman Kris has the answer, if only they’d stop getting in each other’s way. (Ask Me Nicely, Jay E. Tria)
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What Kind of Day by Mina V. Esguerra
Publication Date: May 31, 2018
[I received an e-ARC from the author (thank you, Ms. Mina!) and I also preordered the book on Amazon. This is a review of the finished Kindle edition.]
It’s a bad day for Ben. After years of earnest work, he’s been fired from his job as a speechwriter for a Philippine senator. Name tarnished and bridges burned, he steps into what he thinks is a shuttle ride home, and accidentally joins a tour of his own city.
It was supposed to be a good day for Naya. Her passion is traveling, her hobby is discovering cool things to see and do, and taking people on tours of Metro Manila is her only job right now. An extra person at the last minute isn’t ideal, especially if the person is a former colleague and the subject of the day’s hottest political trash fire. But work is work, and she decides to let him stay in the tour.
She’s hoping she won’t regret it. He’s hoping his day turns around. What kind of day could it be? Maybe the best kind.
Chasing Mindy by Carla de Guzman
Publication Date: April 1, 2018
[I received an e-ARC from the author (thank you, Ms. Carla!) and I also purchased the e-book on release day. This is a review of the finished Kindle edition.]
Mindy and Javier are not friends, okay.
Despite their mothers’ matchmaking, they’ve managed to stay out of each other’s way. Until Mindy goes to Paris for a week, and her mother insists she meet up with Javier. He’s in Paris to study, really looking forward to see you, she says. Watch over each other.
No thanks. Javier is taciturn and boring, Mindy is dramatic and has a tendency to yell at things when her eight siblings are brought up. It’s not a great combination.
But things start to look a little different under the Paris lights, and what felt like hate feels a lot closer to love.