Let’s get to know each other!

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Hello guys! I hope you’re all having a great weekend. We’ve decided to stay at home today because it’s cloudy and cold outside and we’re lazy to go out. Last night (around 2am) I posted a Q&A topic on my bookstagram account and I’d like to thank those who took their time to leave some questions for me. ♄ I’ll be answering the questions here so, happy reading.

vicy_on : Where do u get ur money because i can’t even buy myself 3 books per month??

I save my money for books and I don’t always buy a lot every month. Normally, I buy books if they’re on sale. Also, my husband knows me very well that if he wants to buy me gifts, he’ll just ask me “books or food?” 😀

basketofbooks : What do you think your favorite sub genre of fiction is? I think mine probably is either contemporary or fantasy.

I think realistic fiction is my most favorite. I also enjoy reading mystery and fantasy books.

miriamtelli : Double question! What do you think makes a bookstagram successful and old books or new?

I think it’s how you interact with other bookstagramers (both the people you are following and who are following your account). One of the purpose of having a bookstagram account (in my opinion) is to meet other people who have the same interest like you. To find people who you can fangirling with. You also have to remember that your account somehow reflects who you are so you may want to keep it real and always be yourself. Don’t try to please other people because you want to have more likes and followers. Do what you want and what makes you happy as long as you’re not hurting others. Always keep an open mind. 🙂 Hmm. I’m okay with old books as long as I can still read the pages. I have some books I bought from secondhand bookstores and library booksale.

insidethebookpages : What camera and filters do you use?

I’m using my cellphone’s (iphone 5c) camera and VSCO app for editing my pictures. I use different filters depending on the outcome of the original photo and my mood. 😀 You can see on my previous photos that I always change theme. Sometimes it depends with season. If it’s Spring/Summer time, my photos are brighter compared to posts during Fall/Winter time. 😀

thebookmaidenWhich do you prefer Hardbacks or Paperbacks? I prefer hardbacks but since its so expensive here in our country, most of my books are in paperbacks. ?
fushiee_ : Do u like hardcovers or soft? and does having different covers in a series upset u? -i like soft ones and REALY prefer to have a series in one set of cover design

I’m okay with both. Most of my books are paperbacks because they’re cheaper than hardcovers and easy to carry. I like hardcovers because they look pretty on the shelves. 🙂 And sometimes if I really want the hardcover edition (like with TFIOS), I save my money for it.
I hate it if they changed it half way through the series. If they want to change or to have a different cover, they should wait for the whole series to be over.

thepetitebookblogger : What are your 5 favorite book covers? (You can only choose books on your shelves ?) My favorites are The Unexpected Everything, Illuminea, Wanderlost, The Book Thief (10th anniversary edition) and Ruby Redfort.

Just five? 😀 Some of my favorites are The Book Thief, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Univers (it’s more pretty without the award logos), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Even The Moon Has Scars.

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Bookstagrammers Rock!

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I’m not really sure where to start, but whatever.

Yesterday, I noticed that the number  of my followers (on my bookstagram – @kath_reads) were getting higher that the usual. I thought maybe it’s because of my giveaway post but I checked it and not even 30 people joined. Then Berkley (@biblioberk) tagged me on her post. She said that “Instagram is featuring Bookstagrammers today!”. Then I noticed that someone send me a direct message. She said that her name is Berna (@heyberna) and she’s working on the Community Team at Instagram and they included maccount on the Bookstagrammers’ List which is now live for everyone in the US. She also send some screenshots of how it looks like. I was speechless about it! I was thinking – “WOW! Is this really happening?”. It’s so overwhelming and it feels unreal!

I wasn’t expecting anything when I decided to create my account. Not even having 500 followers. I just simply share some photos of my books and thoughts about the ones I read. Well okay, I was expecting to meet other book lovers around the world especially those who are from the Philippines. But having more than 10k followers and being featured on Instagram? Definitely not! Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining about it. I just can’t believe it.

I started my account around July last year and it feels so great that this community accepted me and made me feel that I belong. I’m so thankful to all of my fellow book lovers and I love each and every one of you!

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10/28/2015 : Stubentiger Cafe, Hannover

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I went gaga right after hearing about the opening of a cat cafe near our place. I immediately asked my husband to go there but for some reasons, we weren’t able to go there right away. And finally, we’ve made it there last Thursday.

There are cat cafes around Germany (in Berlin, Cologne and the very first is in Munich) but they’re far from our place. Stubentiger Cafe is the first cat cafe in Hannover. It’s only around 15 minutes by car from our apartment. The ambience is so good and they have plenty of rooms available. They have reading corner and a room for smoking customers. They also have a “Stammtisch” where you can chat with other fellow cat-lovers. They also sell books (like from James Bowen) and other cat-related stuff.

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Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetAside from coffee and cakes, they also have breakfast and lunch on their menu. I personally love their cream puff. It was so delicious. They also served food and beverages with glass cover.dffThey have four lovely cats namely: Hiro, Havanna, Holly and Chica. I’ve only met three of them because I wasn’t able to find Holly. She’s everywhere. (I’m not sure if it’s a he or a she).

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09/18/2015 : Bike Tour to Marienburg Castle

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Few weeks ago, me and my husband went biking and it’s not our usual “biking day”. We started around 12 noon and reached the castle around 2:30 in the afternoon. It’s not easy especially for me because I am not used to bike a lot and I hate it if the road is going up. I know my husband was annoyed of me because I was complaining a lot. (Sorry B!) It’s just really really tiring and I even said that I don’t want to do it again. But I know I will still do.

The castle (which reminds me of Hogwarts) is magnificent and the view from the top is stunning. We weren’t able to get a castle tour because we didn’t make an appointment for it but it’s okay because we enjoyed the view. I also enjoyed biking our way home. It was more easy and fast.

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Marienburg Castle, embedded into the hills of the Calenburger Land, rises up on the south-western slope of the “Marienberg” Hill, some 20 km south of Hanover and 15 km north-west of Hildesheim. The original 19th-century summer residence of the Guelph family, one of Europe’s oldest royal houses, is one of Germany’s most significant monuments built in  neogothic style. x

It was a fun experience and even though it was tiring, I would still do it. Especially if it’s with the person I love. ♄

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On Music : Top Five Favorite Albums of All-Time – Punk / Rock Edition

Aside from reading, I also love listening to music (even while reading). I grew up listening to different kind of music my parents love. My mom listens to Air Supply, The Carpenters, ABBA, and Bee Gees while my father loves The Ramones, The Beatles, and Queen. Of course they also love listening to the songs of Filipino artists (Original Philippine Music) like VST and Company, Juan dela Cruz Band, Asin, Boyfriends, and a lot more. Me? I also listen to what my parents love and through out the years, I’ve discovered new awesome artists and music genres.

I would like to share my Top 5 Favorite (Rock / Punk) Albums of all-time (in no particular order). I will never get tired of listening to these songs.


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In 2007 , a friend of mine introduced me to Paramore’s All We Know is Falling album. I instantly fell inlove with their songs and found out that they also released a new album that year. I got my copy and listen to them almost everyday. Two years ago , I watched Paramore live in Hamburg and it was so awesome. I love this band so much. (Some favorite songs from this album : That’s What You Get, When It rains, Hallelujah, Miracle.)

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My Christmas Book Tree

A short random post before Christmas because I want to share my Christmas Book Tree. It’s my first time to build a book tree and I’m happy with the result.

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This is my second attempt. The first one didn’t came out that good.
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With pink dino on top, crochet balls, and red (LED) lights.

What do you think guys? 😀

Also tonight, I’ve reached 1k followers/friends on my Instagram account .
I love you all guys! You’ve been so nice to me.

tumblr_inline_mtsh5fFdpb1qeqh3qI’m not sure if I’ll be able to update for the next few days but I’ll try. I’m expecting to see a lot of posts about your new books that you’ve received as christmas gifts.

I’m wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

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Find a guy who will buy you books.

Am i the only one who prefer books over flowers? I mean when it comes to gifts on Valentine’s Days, Anniversaries and other occasions or just a normal day. I’ll be honest. I somehow don’t feel like receiving flowers though I appreciate their beauty and smell plus it’s a romantic thing to do, I’d still choose books.

I remember when Bennito (my fiance) gave me a bouquet of red roses on my birthday last year even he knows that it’s not my thing. I admit that it felt so good and romantic but at the end of the day, I still asked him: “Why you gave me flowers?” Kill me now. Haha!

I consider myself lucky because I’ve found the guy who understands my addiction for books. He gave me a Kindle so it’s easy for me to read the books that i want (english books that are not available here in our place). He go with me to the library and even got me a library card. I also like when he suggests a book and share his thoughts about it.  He don’t want to disturb me when I’m reading. He asks me if i want to look for a new book if we pass by a bookstore even he knows that it will take long. When we start living together, he bought me a bookshelf and helped me build it. He never get tired of buying me books.

I’m so lucky and blessed to have him, not only because of those reasons, but because he loves me and accepted me for who I am including all my flaws. I didn’t write this because he bought me new books which came today. I just feel so happy and I want to thank him. 🙂

I love you Benjamin! ♄

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