Blogger Spotlight: To Be Reviewed Books

Today, I would like to present you Sherna from To Be Reviewed Books! Oh, I love her answers! She’s nailing my interview questions and we both love Colleen Hoover!


PERSONAL LIFE

What book introduces you to fiction novels? Can you name 5 of your favorite books or series?
TWILIGHT! I was twelve, summer before starting as a high school freshman. I’ve seen the first two movies the year before (and loved them), so when my cousin just happened to have her friend’s Twilight books with her, I borrowed it and oh, what a glorious summer that was. I could recite my favorite parts in Eclipse by heart.

Five favorite books (in no particular order) – Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, Art & Soul by Brittainy C. Cherry, The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell and…ohmygosh this is hard, um…OH WAIT! A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas!

How did you start to like reading as a habit? Do you have any other habits aside from reading novels?
Like I said, it started summer of 2010 when I was twelve because of Twilight. Years before that, I found an old book in the house of the same cousin I earlier mentioned. It was The Excorcist. I didn’t finish it because I was maybe, eight? Anyway, when I read Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, I just…I don’t know. It feels different in such an amazing way to be able to read Bella’s thoughts since that’s what we can’t see in the movies. Then, I just felt like it’s awesome to be in another person’s head even though he/she’s fictional. So, I bought my own books and I never looked back to the times when I didn’t know how beautiful reading is.

As for hobbies, it’s also related to reading which is writing. I’ve been a campus journalist since I was a high school freshie, then I became a literary editor my senior year and now that I’m in college, I’m editor-in-chief of our department’s publication. I’ve also got about a thousand short stories, poems and unfinished manuscripts for novels that will never see the light of day saved in my laptop.

Wait, does listening to Hamilton soundtrack twelve times a day count as a hobby?

If you are going to date someone, fictional or not, dead or alive, who would it be and why? What are the things that you are going to do on your date?
I’m feeling so giddy while answering this question! If I were to date someone, it would be Sebastian Stan. Why? BECAUSE HE’S SEBASTIAN STAN YOUR RESIDENT SEXY SEA BASS, OKAY? #nuffsaid

When I look at Sebastian Stan, I sing a slightly different version of “Helpless” from Hamilton: An American Musical. “You looked back at me and suddenly I’m helpless. Oh, look at those thighs, oh…”

Anyway, he’d take me shopping for Winter Soldier Funkos, then we’d go to a book store and he’d buy me books then I’ll take him home so I could cook our food because I love cooking and am really good at it. I’ll hope to impress him with my Creamy Chicken Pesto. You know what they say, “The way to a man’s heart…”

Name some of your favorite authors and give them a brief description of why are they your favorites.

  • Colleen Hoover a.k.a. Giveaway Goddess; always has something special with her books (poems, actual album, art prints…)
  • Tahereh Mafi a.k.a. Prettier and Wittier Than U; mom of my book boyfriend Aaron Warner Anderson
  • Sarah J. Maas a.k.a. Ship Breaker; forever thankful to her for writing about kickass heroines. And Illyrian males with wiiiiide wingspans.
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout a.k.a. Track 23 – Non Stop; coz she writes like she’s running out of time. She publishes like seven books a year.

If you are going to give advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?
Save your Christmas aginaldo from your ninongs and ninangs so you can buy more books two years later! Don’t spend it on kiddie play make-up, ffs!

BLOGGING LIFE

What made you start to do book blogging?
When I entered college as someone who majors in Journalism, I thought it would be pretty wise to establish a blog so that I’d have samples for when I’m asked in job or internship interviews, applications and whatnot. So, I thought, “why not a book blog?” That way, I was able to combine two things that I love – reading and writing. Oh, and being online and including funny gifs with my reviews.

What was the most difficult part of book blogging?
There are times when I just can’t grasp the right words for my emotion towards certain parts of a book, so that’s pretty hard. Sometimes, I have ARCs that need to be reviewed on a month or week that’s just particularly busy, so it’s either I don’t have time to read or draft my review and end up missing my target date to post.

Interacting with people from different places, virtually, how did you gather followers? If you have one thing to thanks to your followers, what would it be?
Well, I don’t really have a lot of followers on my blog (hopefully that’ll change after this post, thanks to this awesome Polar Bear), but I guess a blogger gains followers for posting constantly and having those posts be informative and entertaining at the same time. I mean, of course your blog followers would want to know what your opinion is about a certain book that they might have been anticipating for a long time to know if it is indeed worth their wait, so they turn to you. Now, it doesn’t really translate well if your reviews are too generic. You have to put your own flare to your reviews and not just copy the style of other bloggers. Even putting a title to your blog posts, making them witty and creative or relevant to your personality, will stand out to followers and might make them follow you.

What do you think is the disadvantage of bloggers?
I couldn’t, for the life of me, think of a single disadvantage. I mean, you get to read books before anyone else—FOR. FREE. You gain lots of friends from all over the globe who share the same love for books that you have. You get to converse with authors you love. You get book swags. What sane person would dare complain about that?

Mention some Book Blogging Friends that you would love to see in person!
I’d love to meet Hazel of staybookish.com. She’s seriously my #bloggergoals. Her blog is amazing-looking, her blog contents are awesome and she always has book giveaways!

BOOKISH LIFE

Name some favorite book of yours according to your genre preferences.
I mainly read two genres—YA Fantasy and NA Contemporary.

So, for YA Fantasy, I love Throne of Glass and A Court if Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, The Wrath & the Dawn and The Rose & the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh (you guys, if you love these, too I run the @TWATD_PH twitter account, so…), Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson, Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Blood of Eden and Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, The Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, The Starbound trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor, The Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski and The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson. I’m sure there are others that I am forgetting, but these books here are super awesome.

For NA Contemporary, everything Colleen Hoover, Emma Chase, K.A. Tucker and Christina Lauren writes, Wait for You by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Maybe in Another Life and One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Deal by Elle Kennedy, Dearest Clementine by Lex Martin and Bright Side by Kim Holden. There are sooo many more in this genre that I love, so we better be Goodreads friends (http://www.goodreads.com/bookwormswiftie) so you can go through my shelved books.

How do you pick the books that you are going to read next?
I honestly don’t have any pattern or checklist or some kind of plan to decide what book I’m going to read next. Whatever floats my boat is the way I read. Sometimes I’ll go on a New Adult books binge, sometimes I alternate it with YA. Sometimes I buy or read books that aren’t even on my TBR list.

SHOW US YOUR BOOKSHELF! Describe it.

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Well…I made a promise to myshelf (ha!) that I wouldn’t post a full pic of my bookshelf ANYWHERE until I have completely bought Harry Potter, Twilight, Cassandra Clare and Sarah J. Maas books. Sadly, I still don’t have my own Twilight books, I still lack HP1 and I sold my Clare books because they’re the old covers and I wanted the one that forms a picture in their spines and Sarah J. Maas series will not be complete until September this year after the final Throne of Glass book gets released. But…here’s a sneak peek:

Description: It’s three layers, arranged in an order only I could understand. Kidding. So the hardbounds are on the top layer with the large paperbacks and international editions or what I call “normal-sized paperbacks”. Second layer has the UK eds and trade paperbacks and the third layer is constantly changing because it isn’t full yet so, whatever new paperback I buy goes there until I get the urge to rearrange my shelf again (which happens, like, every month). Also each layer’s arranged with the books in the same series and/or same author together.

What are the books and authors that influence you as a reader?
Colleen Hoover and Sarah J. Maas influence me the most. Colleen writes love stories I wish would happen to me and Sarah writes heroines I wish I could be.

What is your one ultimate favorite quote from a book and why?
“You can’t get mad at a real ending. Some of them are ugly. It’s the fake happily-ever-afters that should piss you off.”

—Hopeless by Colleen Hoover


TO BE REVIEWED BOOKS


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I grabbed it from her Twitter account! Shh!

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