Bookish Birthday Bash: Birthday Post + PH Giveaway!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! Wow, can’t believe I’m another year older today. It seems like it was only yesterday that I celebrated my 24th birthday. Aside from my family, friends, and my new job, my Chapter 24 was memorable because of all you amazing book loving people. You guys never fail to make me feel that I am part of something extraordinary. I knew I made a good decision in becoming a book blogger. Had I not, I wouldn’t have known all of you. I wouldn’t have discovered the books that changed my life. I wouldn’t have realized that writing is what I want to do for the rest of my life. And most of all, I wouldn’t be as happy as I am right now. In book blogging, I saw how powerful books are in connecting people to each other. I’m still amazed every time I think about that! Books helped me find you—my wonderful friends from all over the world who have the same passion as mine. 🙂


Tamara Ireland Stone—If I could time travel, I’d go back to the year 2006 when I visited San Francisco and would look for you. I know, it sounds kind of strange. Haha! 🙂 When I find you, I would give you a big hug as I say that you’re a brilliant author in the future. I’d tell you that I love every last word of your stories and that we became friends through a social media site called Twitter! I’d also mention that we talk about books, writing, and music a lot. Thank you for giving this girl the opportunity to be friends with you. *hugs* Most especially, thank you for being an inspiration to me. ❤

A.G. Howard—You remain the most magical author I’ve met online. Up to this day, the spell that your stories cast on me has not yet been broken. Thanks for making me see that I’ve got magic in me, too. 🙂

Elizabeth Richards—Liz, my very first author friend. I miss you and our conversations about Harry Potter and cute owls on Twitter! You are a remarkable writer whose books continue to be favorites of mine. Can’t wait to read your next masterpiece.

Jennifer Niven—I am forever thankful to have you as a friend. Your words of encouragement give me hope that I’d get to share my stories to the world one day. I have a long way to go in achieving that dream, but I believe that I’ll get there. Thanks for being my cheerleader! By the way, I have a feeling that I’m going to meet you sometime in the future. I don’t know why I felt that but I just did. If my hunch were true, then I’d definitely be the happiest girl in the world. 🙂

Kristin Rae—To one of my sweetest author friends ever, thank you for sharing your sunshine and for always putting a smile on my face! You are lovely! Wish You Were Italian charmed its way to my heart and I know for sure that What You Always Wanted will do the same. I can feel it!

Amy Finnegan—Thanks for showing me that the best kind of friendship does not need a script. You’ve been a really good friend to me and I’m very grateful! Your friendship is truly a gift.

Becky Albertalli—My super awesome author friend! No words can express how happy I am that you’re my friend. Our conversations about Oreos, swoon-worthy, happy books, and all things fun will always be special to me!

Lauren Gibaldi—I will never get tired of thanking you for writing The Night We Said Yes and saying that I loved it so much. I believed in myself more after reading your book. Thank you for inspiring me to go after my dreams! You are sincerely one of the best authors I’ve met on Twitter.

To all the other authors I’ve interacted with on Twitter—You are all rock stars! Your books are prized possessions in this world. May you continue to move people through your stories!

PH book bloggers—Kate, Kai, Louisse, Lyra, Sab, Dianne, Precious, Leslie, Kazhy, Maricar, Kayla, Dani, Hazel, Geraldine, Algel, Nicole, Michelle, Chyna, and Nina! You ladies rock my bookish world! I wish we’d have more bonding moments in the years to come! Love you! ❤ To the other PH book bloggers I’ve spoken to on Twitter and have met in real life, my book blogging experience is more enjoyable because of you. Many thanks!

International bloggers—Thank you for the fab book recommendations and all the delightful bookish convos on Twitter! It’s really cool to be friends with bookworms from other parts of the world. 🙂

Publishers and publicists:

To Sarah and Megan from HarperCollins, Cassie (formerly from Disney-Hyperion), Bloomsbury Children’s Books USA, St. Martin’s Press, Random House Kids, Macmillan Children’s Books, Tor Teen, and Scholastic Philippines—my sincerest gratitude for the privilege to review fantastic books! It means a lot for a blogger like me.

National Book Store—To Chad, JB, and the rest of the fantabulous NBS team, massive thanks for the recognition and the opportunities to work with you. Because of that, I became a better blogger than I was two years ago. Big hugs to every single one of you!

Lucy of Fully Booked and the friendly staff at Fully Booked Alabang—Thank you for the excellent assistance you provide every time. Shout out to Jane and Kuya Joeven because they’re both superb!




In celebration of my birthday, I’m giving away a gorgeous finished hardcover copy of The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi!


The giveaway is open to Philippine residents only. Sorry international followers! 😦

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*Thank you to the spectacular and generous HarperCollins Publishers for the giveaway copy!


16 thoughts on “Bookish Birthday Bash: Birthday Post + PH Giveaway!

  1. Happy Birthday Jeselle! Your blog is an inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway. ☺

    Btw, I choose LOVE. Will I reach my dream without love? Maybe. But how long will happiness last without love?

  2. Happiest Birthday to a blogger that I merely look up to! thanks for this giveaway! more power to your blog! wish you good health and all the best! More books to read & more candles to blow! 🙂

    • oh, And I would choose Love! Love cannot be taught to somebody or someone. you need to Love in order to survive, literally. Unlike to Dream, We can specialize or train to make us more efficient. Love all the way!

  3. Woohoo! Again, happy birthday, Jeselle! You’re so right, we definitely have a wonderful community of passionate, fun and lovely people. 🙂 As for your question, I’d choose my dream. Just because I’m at the stage in my life where there’s so much I still want to know about myself and I think it’ll be unfair to my would-be partner if I commit into a relationship while still looking for myself. Okay, I’m incoherent.

  4. Why did I discover your blog JUST NOW? I dunno but I’m glad I finally did! It’s always nice to see fellow Filipina Book Bloggers out there 🙂 Anyway, Happiest birthdays to you! Cheers to more bookish years to come, Jesselle!

    On another note, I’ll always always choose LOVE. Why? Because the real reason why I want to achieve my dreams is because of the people I love 🙂 Besides, I believe love will take you to places you couldn’t even dream of *kiligs* haha kidding 😉 But really, love all the way ❤

  5. I would choose my dream. If there is an instance that I have to choose. I will always choose my dream. Because it is my goal in life to always chase your dreams. Let them be bigger than you. And love will always be there. My family, friends and things that I love doing. Thank you for this giveaway I’ve been dying to have this book.
    A very Happy Birthday to you, Jesselle! Always be you!

  6. Happiest birthday and thanks for this! 🙂
    Between dream and love? I choose dream. I am a girl with lots of dreams. Actually, I am in the midst of achieving my dreams so it’s hard to stop me. Love? I can wait.

  7. Hey. I just discovered this blog at this very moment. Why? Hahahaha. Happy birthday, anyway. Your blog is indeed awesome. I followed you.
    Dream or love? I think loving while dreaming or vice versa is inevitable. You can love the dream that you have and you can dream for the love that you want.

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