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Hi, I’m Aimee! Let Me Re-introduce Myself to the Bookish Community!

Hi, loves! ๐Ÿ’– I just came to the realization that I’ve re-started blogging for a bit over a month at this point, and I haven’t really re-introduced myself as a (kind-of) new blogger!

So to those who didn’t know me back when I was a book blogger in 2013 – 2018(?)โ€”hi, I’m Aimee! If you want to know a little bit more about my reading/blogging journey, I have a post where I talked about how I’ve changed as a reader/blogger over the years.

In this post, however, I’ll talk more about me as a person, my reading and blogging preferences, and a few other things you might want to know about me! Please do the same and introduce yourself in the comments (or link me to an introduction post you have so I can check it out)! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Let’s get all of the basics out of the way!

I’m a 24-year-old (turning 25 on August 20th), Filipino-Chinese reader from the Philippines. My personality type is ISFJ-T. I’d say I’m more of an ambivert, though. And I’m the most T (Turbulent) person to ever exist. ๐Ÿ˜‚

I took Accounting in senior high school and was bored out of my mind, so I took Computer Science in university, and I currently work in the tech/engineering industry as a software developer. Let’s go, women in STEM. ๐Ÿ’ž

I’m socially anxious (I’d probably be a full-on extrovert otherwise), but I’m also pretty talkative and can be an over-sharer once I get comfortable with someone. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to things I’m passionate about; generally, though, I’m very much a go-with-the-flow type of person!

And this is how I became a reader…

I keep telling people that I didn’t grow up reading as a child, but I guess I kind of did, even though being a reader at the time just meant re-reading Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham over and over. ๐Ÿ˜‚ But here’s how I became a book addict.

Does anyone know the Red Riding Hood movie (yes, the one starring Amanda Seyfried) that came out in 2011? Yeah, I really wanted to see that movie in theaters (I totally loved fairytale retellings even way back then!), but no one wanted to see it with me. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

red riding hood movie 2011

We were at a local bookstore one day, picking out some school supplies, when I came across a book based on the screenplay. Anyway, I was pretty sure no one was going to watch the movie with me, so I, despite being a self-proclaimed non-reader and kind-of book hater at the time, decided that maybe I’ll read the book.

And lo and behold, when I finished the book, I kept going back to the bookstore for more! I believe I read I Am Number Four next, and that’s when I discovered the young adult genre and fell in love. I’m not sure how I discovered the book community after that, so I’ll just say the rest is history. ๐Ÿ˜‚

What can you expect from this blog?

Work-life balance is pretty good at my job, which is why I randomly decided that I wanted to get back into blogging. Of course, that doesn’t mean I can be as active in the community as I used to be! I’m going to try to only blog about things I want to, rather than relying on a fixed schedule of posts like I used to back in the day. For this blog, that probably means:

  • I’ll be posting more bookish discussions and book lists rather than book reviews. My book reviews are all on my Goodreads anyway!
  • I probably won’t post book reviews for individual books, unless I have a lot to say (I’m looking at you, Fourth Wing that I need to do a looong rant on). I’d rather post series reviews, or mini reviews of similar books / books from the same genre on the blog. Again, I just feel like Goodreads is a better place to post single reviews.
  • I’m hoping to do more graphic design! I used to make wallpapers and bookmarks for books I loved back in my old blog, and I hope I can find the time to start that up again. Maybe I can throw in some cover redesigns or similar ideas. I do still have a Redbubble store up with some old designs too. ๐Ÿ˜…
  • I’m going to suck at responding to comments on here, because I prefer to use my spare time to comment on your blogs, but I’m currently thinking of a system where I can do both effectively. Maybe I’ll respond to comments here at the end of every month or something? Let me know how to manage your time, please! ๐Ÿ˜ญ

What kind of books do I like to read now?

Since coming out of The Great Reading Slump, I’ve become way more of a mood reader than ever. I think that’s an effect of coming out of a huge reading slump, though. Maybe it’s my brain’s way of trying to avoid another one!

As of now, I’ve really been reading mostly fantasy, romance, and science fiction. I read across age groups from YA to adult. If we’re talking time periods, I love both historical fiction and futuristic fiction… so I don’t really have a preference when it comes to that, either. ๐Ÿ˜‚

I used to be able to read thrillers in between my usual genres, but I haven’t felt like it lately. Shoot me some recommendations in the comments if you have any!

Oh! And I also read manga/manhwa occasionally in between novels as a quick palette cleanser. I’ve only recently (this year) discovered manhwa, so that’s what I’ve been reading more. Historical fantasies seem to be popular for manhwa, which is, luckily, my favorite subgenre right now. ๐Ÿ’– (Again, shoot me some completed manhwa recs in the comments please!)

What else do I enjoy aside from reading?

K-pop has taken over my brain since my The Great Reading Slump! Monsta X, SHINee, Day6, EXO, Twice, and Itzy are some faves. I also enjoy watching Asian dramas (C-dramas or K-dramas), though I haven’t really been in the mood for that these past few months.

I absolutely adore graphic design, though I’m so out of practice! I think this interest started in my Wattpad era, which was when I discovered Photoshop and learned how to use it. I vaguely remember making book covers for other people. I Googled my old Wattpad username and remembered that I made this cover for a popular story with over 2.8M views. Please excuse how ugly it is. I was probably 11 or 12 when I made that. ๐Ÿ˜‚ But yeah, I’ve loved graphic design ever since. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I love fashion and bought a sewing machine last year but still haven’t gotten around to actually using it. ๐Ÿ˜ญ It’s always so intimidating to start a new hobby, especially one that does have a pretty steep learning curve (at least I think so)!

What else… oh, I actually do enjoy photography despite not having any equipment or decent backgrounds to work with at home. I’m trying to work on building my bookstagram back up, so let me know your accounts in the comments and let’s be bookstagram buddies!

That’s underwhelmingly it. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I wish I could list down some adventurous, high-energy hobbies on here, but I’m pretty much a socially anxious hermit IRL!

Let’s chat!

Tell me all about YOU! Do we have any hobbies or preferences in common? How long have you been around the bookish community? Were you already active in the community when I was around 2014?

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8 responses to “Hi, I’m Aimee! Let Me Re-introduce Myself to the Bookish Community!”

  1. Tasya @ The Literary Huntress Avatar

    Oh my god… Is it bad I didn’t make the connection between your present and past blog??? I thought you are two different Aimees ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ I looooove your graphics, really excited if you start making them again (no pressure though!) <3 It’s nice to see some familiar voices coming back to blogging! <3

  2. Kyles - Bookish Me Avatar

    Welcome back from one socially anxious hermit to another. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Teri Polen Avatar

    Welcome back, Aimee!

  4. themoonphoenix Avatar

    Hi Aimee, how good to know more things about you. I am a graphic designer and in my free time, I sell bookish designs on redubbles too, it is a way to make money to buy more books ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Jodie | That Happy Reader Avatar

    Itโ€™s so nice to get to know more about you! Thank you for your support on my blog. I look forward to interacting more with you in the future!

  6. Rebecca Avatar

    This was such a fun re-intro! As someone who also had a โ€œregularโ€ book blog many moons ago, when I transitioned back into blogging last year I decided to mix it up. Now Iโ€™ve got bookish stuff and life stuff mixed together – between learning how to be a beekeeper and gardening (and reading books about homesteading) thereโ€™s a lot of life to cover! ๐Ÿ™ƒ Hereโ€™s to figuring out our new blog routines and personas! And all the books ๐Ÿ’•

  7. Tammy Avatar

    It’s great to get to know you better๐Ÿ˜ And yay for being in STEM! (I’m not, but I love women who are) I recently moved to the mountains and my company is allowing me to work from home. I am a project manager working for an office design/furniture dealership. We sell furniture to literally everyone, mostly the studios like Disney and Warner Bros. And I honestly don’t mind if you don’t reply to my comments, I know it’s a lot of work๐Ÿ˜

  8. Ani Avatar

    Hi Aimee, welcome back ๐Ÿ˜€

Let's chat! ๐Ÿ™‚

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