Introductions and Diversity: #ArmchairBEA 2016 Day 1

Image courtesy of Amber of Shelf Notes

What is the name you prefer to use?

I usually go by "Jhed" because that's what my family and friends call me. I got used to it so that's what other bloggers I get to know and friend call me. "Jeddidiah" (pronounced je-di-duh-yah) is such a long and  complicated name though I use it as the signature on my blog.

How long have you been a book blogger?

I've been blogging for almost two years now, though my love for reading started back when I was in High School (2009). At first, I never thought of blogging about books. Goodreads was the only thing I know so reviews I've posted before were on there. Then I got introduced to blogging in the year 2012 but I didn't plan on making one. Then 2014 kicked off and that's where I took another step and joined the blogging industry.

Have you participated in BEA before?

This is actually the first time I have ever joined Armchair BEA. I am from the Philippines and BEA has been my dream since I've first ever heard about it. Hopefully, sooner, I could remedy that. 

Do you have a favorite book?

For the sake of answering this question, I do. I just finished it a few days ago. It's called Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes. It will be released this coming May 16th. I am still hung over because this book talks about a girl with mental illness and I think topics like these shouldn't be underestimated because a lot of teenagers suffer these kinds of illness. Having this book shared to the world gives so much hope and empowerment for our fellow teenagers. I salute you for being strong. 

What is your favorite genre and why?

Normally, I would choose Contemporary novels because it gives you the feeling of reality and expectations. With stories like these, you can adapt and apply and learn so much from the author's writings and the MC's characteristics. I would also like to include High Fantasy as my favorite genre because sometimes, a little fantasy reading is a good escape to this massive and complicated world. Imagine living in a world where things are different. I thjnk that would be cool. 

If you could create a playlist that reflects your bookshelf, what would be the first song you choose?

I would definitely choose "Not A Bad Thing" by Justin Timberlake first because I feel like each time I look at my shelf it keeps on telling me that "don't act like it's a bad thing to fall in love with me/ cause you might look around and find your dreams come true with me/ spend all your time and your money just to find out that my love is real". Right? Right?

How do tou arrange your bookshelves? Is there a rhyme or reason? Or nothing at all?

Before, when I first got my shelf, I used to separate hardbacks from paperbacks first, then according to the book publisher. The toppest shelf and the one below it would be the hardbacks and on follows the paperbacks. I used to arrange it that way because book sizes differ from every publishing houses, then there are the UK editions that are extremely cute cut editions. I like to see them arranged according to sizes. But then I got my work 24/7 so my shelf just happened to be like a town visited by a tornado. Books were scattered everywhere. Damn. :))

If you could choose three characters to have lunch with, who would they be and why?

If I'd be having lunch with characters, they'd all be women. Mercedes from Firsts written by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, Maguire from Girl Against the Universe written by Paula Stokes and Jessie from Tell Me Three Things written by Julie Buxbaum. All three characters mentioned has shaken my world because I was deeply moved by their imperfections and how they strive to be that perfect character, how they discover their own weaknesses and self-awareness and grown into this strong and independent woman. They're just characters but they seem so real to me.

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