It’s that time of the year again – ArmchairBEA! I’ve participated in ArmchairBEA before so I know that it’s a fun event to celebrate blogging and to get to know fellow bloggers. Today, we get to introduce ourselves through a self-interview post. If this is the first time you’re visiting my blog, thanks for dropping by and I hope you like what you see. 🙂
Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
Hello everyone! My name is Chachic and I’m a Filipino book blogger, currently based in Singapore. I started my blog a little over three years ago – I was living and working in Manila then. I moved for a job opportunity in Singapore last year. I started my blog because I wanted to get in touch with fellow book lovers and to get recommendation similar to the books I read. I’ve been able to do that and so much more.
Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.
As previously mentioned, I’m blogging from Singapore. I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and this is the first time I’ve lived outside of my home country. For such a small country, Singapore packs quite a punch – it’s one of the wealthiest countries around the world. It’s a very modern place and I feel like it’s a melting pot of various cultures because different types of people have settled down here. Because I enjoy eating good food, I love that there are so many restaurants and cuisines that are present in Singapore. It’s also pretty convenient to go around because there’s a good public transportation system. One of the advantages of moving here for me is that I now have access to a good public library, which we don’t have in the Philippines.
What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?
Oh wow, we’re almost halfway through the year. This question made me go back through the list of books that I’ve read to see which are the ones in the running for my best of 2013. I really enjoyed reading A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge, The Chocolate Thief and The Chocolate Kiss by Laura Florand and Tiger Lily by Jody Lynn Anderson. Let’s see if all titles will make it to my list at the end of the year.
Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
Instead of pointing out a single post, I’d like to highlight two week-long blog events that I had so much fun organizing last year: Queen’s Thief Week and Marchetta Madness. The former celebrates the novels of Megan Whalen Turner while the latter was all about Melina Marchetta’s books. Both Megan Whalen Turner and Melina Marchetta are two of my favorite authors. If I manage to find time this year, I would love to do something similar!
What is your favorite part about the book blogging community?
I love the networking aspect of the book blogging community in the sense that I get to reach out to other people who get what it’s like to be into reading. I have friends and relatives who enjoy reading but none of them are as enthusiastic about it as I am. So it’s good to have a set of friends who understand what it’s like to geek out over books, to be ridiculously excited to finally have access to certain titles, to stay up late just to finish a good book and to fall in love with a story to the point where you can’t stop thinking about it. I have met so many amazing people through my blog and I hope that’s something that will continue in the years to come. 🙂
What about you, what are your answers to the questions listed above? Are you participating in ArmchairBEA this year or are you lucky enough to attend BEA in New York?