Welcome, welcome to my
humble little blog. This is the second time I’m participating in Armchair BEA
since I’m halfway around the world. I am your host Ayanami Faerudo or Myrtle in
muggle life. Yes, yes, I do have the same name as that little ghost girl in a
bathroom somewhere in a castle somewhere in Scotland; but trust me I don’t go
peeking on any boy who’s taking a bath in the prefect’s bathroom no matter how
sparkly they are (Cedric Diggory --> Edward Cullen). I am 22 years old and I’m
finishing my master’s degree in Asian Studies. In between worrying about my
grades (I’m obsessed with grades) and what I’m going to do about graduation, I
use my time in reading books (of course), watching movies and TV series, Asian
and Western. I also read fanfiction especially about Kagome/Sesshoumaru
pairing, Edward/Not Bella pairing, and independent/raised by Sirius Harry
I have been blogging
for two years and of those two years, I’ve only formally recognized by blog as
an official book blog for the last year. Of course I occasionally write
something about films and TV series especially if I need to vent something
about a character, a scene or a song but that is infrequent. I do also want
talk about manga and anime and in so far I managed to write two posts about two
manga(s). I would like to rectify the situation and just write them posts. I
get so many ideas in my head that I don’t know what to do with them.
After all, I did start
blogging to share my thoughts, opinions, suggestions about books mainly but
also other topics that I feel passionate about. I have few to no one to fangirl
with about books. I mean, my friends do read books when they have the time but
they’re sort of limited to the popular ones or otherwise they have never heard
of a particular book before. So, I do want to reach out to all those
fantabulous book lovers, bloggers and authors out there for their love of books
and passion for reading.
Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want
everyone to read?
My (most) favorite
post is the review that I wrote of Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin which you
could read here. I requested Butterfly
Swords from NetGalley when I saw that it had an Asian girl who’s wearing a red, sort-of kimono and holding a swords.
How bad-ass is that? I thought. However, the reason that the review is my
favorite post is because it is the first post and review that I’m completely
satisfied with. And whenever I’m writing
a review, I always go back to that post and remember how it was – the feelings,
the thoughts – when I wrote it.
What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
Can it be a whole
country? Yeah? Okay. I want to visit the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland. Why? I think this one would be a cliché and a given: Harry
Potter. Plus, I’ve read a fair share of classics and romances and I’ve always
wanted to visit the Old Country – how the settings were always described so
magically and somewhere where time and man haven’t managed to corrupt yet. Meh,
don’t mind me. I’m a romantic and I tend to daydream everything.
Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?
Oh boy, did it change.
I used to limit myself to reading the popular ones and by popular ones I mean
Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings. I also read the classics mainly the
ones written by Louisa May Alcott, Frances Hodgson Burnett and Jean Webster.
Plus the Nancy Drew series which I started to read when I discovered them in my
high school’s meager library. Then, something that’s based on a TV series like
Charmed and Sweet Valley High. When I
discovered my mother’s stash of romances then I started reading that, too. And
that was the limitation that cocooned myself with in regards to reading.
Then, I discovered a
book blog and Twilight.
I know some if not
most of you out there do not like Twilight. I don’t really like it myself for
reasons that would be discussed in a future post that was supposed to be
written a long time ago. But reading Twilight helped me break my aversion of
anything to do with vampires and once I was into Twilight and started searching
in the internet and discovered that book blog (I forgot which, sorry), my
reading life would never be the same.
I discovered YA and a
whole lot of genres to choose from.
Before I was not into
faeries because for me, faeries was spelled as “fairies” and they are the stuff
of fairytales where they are tiny, sparkly little beings that grant your
wishes. Now, faeries are my favorite books and I discovered that they are a lot
more dangerous and a lot bigger than Tinker Bell. Then, came the fallen angels,
werewolves, vampires, mermaids, steampunk, a whole lot of magic and
extraordinary abilities, kingdoms and other worlds. *laughs* Oh, you get my
drift and you might notice that I’m into YA, paranormal romance and such. And
now, I’m easing myself into dystopia.
Ah, so many books! I’m driving my friends crazy because I’m
telling them about this book and that and wanting them to read those books.
They’re getting frustrated because they’re not even finished with a particular
that I pushed then to read that I’m sharing another book that I love. Hey, I
want someoneto fangirl with me. *laughs*
What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have
read so far in 2012?
I’m currently reading
Supernatural Devices by Kailin Gow. I’m not comfortable yet with steampunk but
I’m getting there.
My favorite book(s) so
far that I’ve read in 2012 are The Immortal Rules and Divergent. Reading those books was like watching action movies in my head. So electrifying.