Friday Key Chain is a feature on our blog where we introduce you to some of our most active twitter followers. We love people who want to get involved and we figured that this would be a great way for everyone to get to know each other a bit better!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hello everyone! My name is Jesselle and I’m a book blogger from Manila, Philippines. I enjoy reading young adult fiction particularly fantasy, contemporary, science fiction, paranormal romance, dystopian, and mystery. Aside from reading and blogging, I love to daydream, listen to music, and write stories. Books keep me company everywhere I go and I also never leave home without a notebook and a pen for sudden bursts of inspiration.
What is your favourite book shop?
My favorite book shop is Fully Booked. I love going to their branch located in Alabang, which is south of Manila. It’s a huge book shop with a cozy atmosphere and a wide variety of great titles to choose from. I enjoy hanging out at the third level where the young adult books are. I usually pick a book and read on the floor or in a corner by the window.
Moreover, I love the people who work there because they are so friendly and accommodating. Not to mention their warm, sunny smiles that greet me every time I go there. Fully Booked is my happy place! I always leave the store with a smile on my face and a new book (or books) in hand.
What is your favourite book published by Hot Key books?
My favorite is TRANPARENT by Natalie Whipple. The book is a brilliant mix of contemporary and science fiction that was such a delight to read. Superhuman powers are so cool! I’ve never read anything like Transparent before so I’m definitely looking forward to its sequel!
What is your favourite childhood book?
I don’t have one favorite book but I have a favorite series. I was an avid reader of THE BABY SITTERS LITTLE SISTER series by Ann M. Martin. I would always drop by the bookstore and get a couple of titles. I usually read three to four books in one sitting. And because I was a huge fan of the series, I wrote a letter to Ann M. Martin and she replied! That was the best day of my childhood.
Tell us about your favourite bookmark.
I got my favorite bookmark as a prize from a giveaway. It’s a signed BLACK CITY bookmark from author Elizabeth Richards. The bookmark is special to me because it’s the first signed bookmark I ever got from one of my favorite authors!
What is one of your bad reading habits?
I read even when there’s very little light. I know it’s bad for the eyes but sometimes I can’t help it especially when I’m so into the book I’m reading. You know the feeling when the story is so intense and you just can’t stop reading? Like you can’t move a muscle and you should not be disturbed? Yeah, like that!
If you could swap lives with any book character, who would you choose and why?
I want to swap lives with Hermione Granger from the HARRY POTTER series because I want to experience studying at Hogwarts! Wouldn’t it be exciting to learn how to fly and make all kinds of awesome magic?
What type of book would you like to read more of in the future?
I want to read science fiction with a touch of paranormal to it. I’m always drawn to stories that have compelling plots and unique world building.
How do you organise your bookshelves?
I have two three-layered bookshelves in my bedroom. Actually, I have no definite system in arranging my books. I just keep them as neatly and properly aligned as possible, with books for review and recently bought books on the lowest shelf.
What is one book you would like to recommend to everyone you meet?
I would recommend THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING Robyn Schneider (SEVERED HEADS, BROKEN HEARTS in the UK). I was blown away by the beauty of this book. It’s one of the most heartfelt and realistic stories I have ever read that teaches a lot about the ups and downs of life.
Thanks to Jesselle for participating in the Friday Key Chain. You can follow her on Twitter @_jessellev and on her blog The Lifelong Bookworm.