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Friday, January 27, 2023

How I Made Money Because of My Love for Books

"Make Your Passion Your Profession" is one of the most popular quotes we hear today. It inspires us to pursue our passion as a career because of the notion that if we are already doing the things we love, then it should be easy, effortless, and fulfilling.

Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. Many still struggle to find this sweet spot for a number of reasons. Some do not know the "how" while others are even uncertain about what they are passionate about. 'Making your Passion your Profession' won't come easy but it is very much POSSIBLE AND ATTAINABLE. 

With our current economy where inflation rates continue to go up, everyone could make use of some extra money. So, this made me think - what I am passionate about and how can I get paid because of it? 

Here's what I realized:

  • I am a certified bibliophile.
  • I collect and love books.
  • I fell in love with reading when I was 13 and more than 20 years after, I still find joy in reading. 
So, maybe it is just right that I find a way to start earning doing something that I love. 

And GUESS WHAT? The past 2 years during the pandemic allowed me to find ways to make money because of my love for books. 

Here are four (4) Ways How I Made Money Because of My Love for Books

1. Be a Book Reviewer -  One of the most common jobs in the publishing industry is a book reviewer. Though it is ideal to have a degree in literature, people who don't have one but enjoy reading and have strong writing skills can still become book reviewers. 

There are many sites that offer jobs/ gigs for book reviewers. Some examples are Kirkus Media, Upwork, OnlineBookClub, and Reedsy Discovery. You can also reach out to publishers directly and apply to be one. 

2. Book Blogger/ Vlogger - If you don't want to work for an agency or publisher, you can also start working on your own by starting your blog or social media channel to share your book reviews. Many bloggers/ vloggers earn through ads or sponsored content. 

3. Be an Affiliate MarketerGet paid by recommending other books to fellow bookworms. Affiliate marketing involves referring a product or service by sharing it on a blog, social media, or website where the affiliate earns a commission when someone makes a purchase through a unique link. 

Amazon and Kobo have affiliate programs and if you are in the Philippines, popular e-commerce sites such as Lazada and Shopee have affiliate programs too that you can join. 

4. Be an Online Seller - One of the advantages of being a reader when selling books is that you understand the market. You personally know what books appeal to you and your peers. You are updated with the latest releases and other things that only true bookworms know. 

There are many platforms available online where you can sell. You don't even need to have a big investment to start. You can initially purchase just a few titles and just manage your earnings properly.

Based on my personal experience, we opened our little bookstore in October 2021 with less than 15 titles. I sold them online through my FB groups and we just saved whatever profit we made so, we can buy more stocks. Then, when it got sold out again, we bought a new batch of books and just had to repeat the cycle over and over again. 

This experience thought us the power of compounding savings in growing a business. If you want to estimate savings or get a better picture of your savings goal, you can check out, which allows you to create a growth table of savings over time.

Fast forward to today - our bookstore grew and now we have over 500 titles on hand. We have sold thousands of books in 2022. This is all because we knew how to save and ofcourse because we love books. 

So, if you are a bookworm like me and currently looking for ways how to earn extra money, then we hope you find this post helpful. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Is there a Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book 6 coming?

The good news is --- YES, there is one in the works and we heard it from no other than Uncle Rick himself. So, after more than a decade -- it's finally happening. :) 

Here's what we know so far:

1. This will be released more or less at the same time Disney's Percy Jackson TV series launches.

2. The book's title is "The Chalice of the Gods."

3. The timeline of the book is after the HOO series but before the Trials of Apollo.

4. The story will still revolve around our favorite trio. No deaths of major characters (Percy, Annabeth, and Grover) are about to happen since they are all alive in the Trials of Apollo series. 

5. Tentative launch date is on September 26, 2023. 


More about the plot

Percy is now in his senior year and is now on a more challenging quest -- getting into college.

Unfortunately, New Rome University requires recommendation letters from three gods for you to get in. So, now, Percy has to complete quests to get these letters... 

Now, for the first quest... 

Yes, you guess it right! It is for the cupbearer of the gods, Ganymede who is missing his chalice and this is not just any chalice because anyone who drinks from this cup gains immortality. 


Are you excited too? Let us know in the comments section below.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

The Official 'It Ends with Us' Coloring Book Available Soon

Tiktok sensation and bestselling author, Colleen Hoover just announced the release of the official "It Ends with Us" coloring book. "I'm one of the adult coloring book industry's biggest consumers, so to have one of my books turned into a coloring book is a dream come true!" says Hoover.

What can we expect from this official coloring book?

According to the website, you can immerse yourself in the world of Lily Bloom where you will experience this phenomenal novel’s most iconic scenes and settings through the book. Favorite quotes also come alive with charming illustrations that will make you want to frame them on your wall

The 64-page coloring book is Illustrated by Emma Taylor and published by Atria Books. It is scheduled to be released on April 4, 2023 and now on preorder via Amazon. 

I haven't read the book. Can you tell me more about it? 

'It Ends with Us' is a 2016 romance novel. It features a heart-wrenching story combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters. The book tells us an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price. 

Trigger Warning: Domestic Violence. 

This book has sold over 20 million copies worldwide and has a 4.32 rating on Goodreads.

UPDATE on 01/12/22: Colleen Hoover posted on her IG stories canceling the release of the coloring after receiving criticisms about the said plans.  

Monday, January 9, 2023

Chinese New Year Food Ideas and Symbolisms

Chinese New Year is just around the corner. Have you started with the preparations already? 

To be honest, my family and I prepare more during the Chinese (Lunar) New Year compared to the traditional/ western calendar new year every January 1st. This is because feng shui, a traditional practice that uses energy forces to arrange the pieces in the living space to create balance and harmony between individuals with the natural world and their surroundings, follows the lunar calendar. Thus, the forecasts by feng shui masters actually start during CNY and are applicable during this time as well. 

Filipinos, even those who are not Chinese, have been celebrating the Chinese New Year for a long time. In fact, it has already been declared as a special non-working holiday every year here in the Philippines. 

A lot of beliefs and rituals believed to bring luck and good fortune every New Year is followed by many such as house cleaning, wearing red clothes, giving out red envelopes/ Hong Bao, etc. with the hopes of gaining good fortune and having an auspicious year.  

One of the important things that we prepare during the Chinese New Year's celebration is food. The Chinese New Year Eve's dinner is actually considered the most important meal of the year. In China, family members would see to it that they get to go home and be with their families during the celebration.

Here are some food ideas that you can prepare for the upcoming Chinese New Year:

  • Noodles for good health and longevity
  • Round cake or round sweets for continuous prosperity and promotions.
  • Whole pork dish (e.g. Patatim, Ham, Lechon Belly) for bountiful blessings (Make sure that ham is not sliced)
  • Sweet Sticky Rice (e.g. biko, palitaw, bochi, tikoy) for abundance and good luck
  • Seafood (except lobster or crabs) for happiness.
  • Dumplings (siomai, lumpia shanghai) for wealth
  • Fish (must be served whole and with scales, e.g. bangus or lapu-lapu) for prosperity
  • Green salad/ vegetables for money
  • Good fortune fruits (e.g. oranges, pomelos, tangerines) for fullness and wealth
Now the big question is - when do you prepare and eat this? As mentioned earlier, Chinese New Year's Eve dinner is the most important meal of the year. Thus, you prepare and enjoy this feast the day before the Chinese New Year. Thus, for 2023, it will be on January 21. 

Each family member is expected to have some of every dish EXCEPT the fish to signify that they will have a remainder, savings, or surplus for the year.  

Anyway, that's it for now. We hope that we are able to help you with your CNY preparations. Whether this is true or not, I guess it wouldn't hurt to try as we have nothing to lose in enjoying a bountiful meal with our families.