Blog Count: (3) Meet Chachic's Book Nook |Pinay.com
- Tish Leizens
She is a bookworm, our young Pinay blogger. Originally from Manila, she moved to Singapore in July 2012.
“I feel like my life in Singapore is not very exciting. I moved here for a job opportunity that isn’t related to the book industry and in my spare time, I like to read and blog,” said our Pinay. You know she loves books if she goes to a bookstore on her birthday.
What’s with your name? Do people not pronounce it right?
Chachic is my nickname. When I was a baby, my parents called me Jiang Quing after Mao’s wife but my brother couldn’t pronounce the name properly so it was converted to Chachic. Yes, people who have known me online are usually not sure how to pronounce my name. So to make it simple, I just included the pronunciation in the “About Me” section of my blog.
What started you to blog and why books?
During my college years, I maintained a personal blog on LiveJournal. A few years later, I discovered that there were LiveJournal communities that basically functioned as fan sites for some authors. Two of the ones that I loved were Athanarel and Sounis, the former is for Sherwood Smith fans while the latter is for Megan Whalen Turner fans. I lurked for a bit in those sites and then realized that it would be fun to participate because the members are so nice and friendly. That eventually led me to discover book blogs and I decided to start my own. I’ve always enjoyed reading but it’s such a solitary hobby. It’s much more fun when you get to share your thoughts and have discussions with friends, both online and in real life. Being able to interact with fellow readers (and sometimes authors) is the highlight of book blogging for me.
What type of books do you read and review?
I read all sorts of genre fiction such as fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary, historical, romance in both adult and young adult categories. Sometimes, I venture into middle grade fiction too.
Name me three of your favorite books? Tell me why.
Oh boy! I don’t think I can narrow down my favorites to just three books. I have a page in my blog dedicated to a list of my favorite books which I update on a regular basis. Some of my all-time favorite authors are Megan Whalen Turner, Melina Marchetta, Elizabeth Wein, Robin McKinley, Ilona Andrews and Laura Florand.
Do you review Pinay authors’ books? Which one do you like best?
Yes, I do read books written by Filipinos and I would love to read more of them. It’s just that not a lot of books written by Filipino authors fall under the genres that I’m interested in. I enjoy reading Summit’s contemporary romance novellas with Filipino heroines and I’ve given them as gifts to friends. Mina V. Esguerra is an auto-read contemporary romance author for me and my favorite of hers is “Fairy Tale Fail.” I also liked Candy Gourlay’s middle grade contemporary book “Tall Story,” and I’m looking forward to her most recent one, “Shine.”
Is there anything that surprised you about blogging?
I am constantly amazed at how warm and friendly the book blogging community is. Sure, not every single person is nice but the majority is very welcoming. I’m thankful for the friendships that I’ve formed over the years with fellow readers and book bloggers because as much as I love my family and real life friends, I don’t think they fully understand what it’s like to obsess about books. I was also surprised at how responsive and generous some authors are. Authors are rock stars in my opinion and it never fails to make me happy when one of them replies to my tweet, comments on my blog or sends me review copies of their books.
What other interests do you have other than books?
I’m a foodie as well so I enjoy eating good food and trying out new-to-me restaurants. I enjoy traveling and would love to do more if money and time—well, more like vacation leaves—weren’t issues.
You can read more about Chachic in her Book Nook. All photos were provided by Chachic.
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Tish Leizens is a great believer in asking lots of questions. That was how she was trained as a business journalist for newspapers and magazines. That was how she survived trying moments in her personal life and how she navigated a successful career and business in media. In 1997, she asked, “Why not?” And so, she moved from Manila to New York City. It was and continues to be a great adventure. After stints as a reporter for Manila Chronicle and Manila Times; correspondent for The Straits Times and Gulf News; Tish worked as editor for Conde Nast, and later edited and published her own regional magazines, OurHouse and Excursions. OurHouse, sold in bookstores chains in the East Coast, was nationally recognized for its innovative approach to magazine publishing. Tish has lectured at the New York Public Library on how to launch a magazine and other topics related to publishing. She was featured in CNN Money in 2010.
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