#DianneTurns20: 20 Random Facts About Me + Giveaway

Sunday, November 3, 2013



HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY TO ME!


HUZZAH!

YEEHAW!

YIPPEE!


In the spirit of getting to know me (I'm sorry but it's my day and it's all about me today HAHAHA), I'm sharing 20 random facts about myself! Ten of those would be bookish and ten of those would be totally random. So here goes...

Ten Bookish Confessions

1. I don't use bookmarks. Gasp! How do you mark where you've paused while reading? That's it! I just take note of the page number. I know, I sometimes forget but I have this notion that I'll break the spine of the book or damage it (those icky lines!) if I use a bookmark. That I'll somehow loosen up its binding because of the bookmark. Don't ask me why I think this way. Who's the same as me? Anyone? Anyone? What do you do with all the swag you get then? Yes, about that...

2. I have a swag box. Everything, from bookmarks, stickers and every swag I get, goes into the swag box that I lovingly stare at at least once a week. Am I a total weirdo?

3. I don't have a shelf. HUWAAAAAAAATTTT??? Yes, I don't have a shelf. I do have one but it houses my textbooks and the totally boring books I own (Nope, Calculus, I never said you're boring! Oh, in my blog? That was just a joke.) so my fictionzz are everywhere. In carton boxes, in plastic boxes, in my bed, in my "study table", in the sofa of our house, my books are everywhere! I'm working on buying one soon so wish me luck!

4. I don't care about my books not being matchy-matchy. I know, how non-OCD of me. I cringe at spines broken but I couldn't care less about covers not matching? Blame it to my love for secondhand books and buying at book sales and being a cheapskate but as long as I own the book, I don't care if the covers/sizes/versions don't match. I do appreciate it when they match though. (I have a signed hardcover of  the US version of THE FORSAKEN by Lisa Stasse and I have a paperback of the UK version of the sequel, THE UPRISING. Yes, smack me hard in the head.]

5. With that out of the way, I love shopping at secondhand bookstores. Cheap! And the sheer joy of finding books you've been pining for for so long right there. It is a gold mine. Just check out my StS posts. Hee!

6. I prefer paperbacks over everything. Not much a fan of hardcover. Yes, I know, they are PRETTY but my misplaced OCD hates when the cover gets rumpled/folded and when the plain hard cover gets dirty. Plus, paperbacks are waaay lighter than hardcovers and I commute.

7. I named my Kindle ADRIEN after T-H-I-S G-U-Y. He's French and he's the boyfriend of one of my girl crushes so yeah. The time I got my Kindle was my Adrien phase so at the time, I couldn't think of any other name. And yes, I do name things dear to me!

8. I'm a Sarah Dessen virgin. *hides my blogger card and cred* I own two of her books and I promise I will read it soon! Someone please force me to read them soon!

9. David Levithan is my favorite author. EVER.

10. I would have never blogged if I didn't get "Oops! I Read A Book Again". Seriously. I was thinking of a URL for days when it hit me. I was so nervous typing it in because I wouldn't know what to do if it was already taken. And then it was free for use and the rest was history.

And now...

Ten Random Facts About Me

1. I'm 5'1 3/4" tall. Or should I call that short. Either way, I'm short.

2. I am deathly scared of frogs. Well, maybe not deathly scared but I am really really afraid of them.

3. I love strawberries but I HATE/DESPISE/ABHOR with every bit of my being strawberry-flavored products. They're just so fake-tasting to me, you know?

4. I skipped a grade in preschool so I'm relatively young for my batch. And with the Philippines having just recently changed its education system to K12, I graduated young. I got my degree at 19.

5. I'll say it once but I'm a certified nerd because I studied... Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Yeap, science nerd right here! And I'm starting my Master's degree in four days. Haha!

6. I am nocturnal. In fact, I can't start a book when there's still sunlight. So I start a book at night then end up sleeping for a few hours only because I keep on reading. Same goes for studying. I can't study if the sun is still in the sky. #excuses

7. I don't drink tea. I don't drink milk. But I LOVE milk tea. It is the essence of my being. Haha!

8. I'm from the Philippines! Which is +8 GMT. I will forever cry at how I can't participate in chats and whatnots. It's my dream to got to BEA! Someday soon!

9. I'm an expert at scaling gates, breaking and entering locked doors and I even faked an ID before! I made an ID as if I'm my aunt because she's not available for her flight and I swooped in to have a wonderful vacation. Yeap, I can be a petty criminal. But shush, that's just between us!

10. I immediately buy a dress/skirt if it has pockets on it. Immediately. [Granted, it's in my size.]

So that's it! Hope you kinda know me now. :)

You can also post the button for #DianneTurns20 made by the AMAZING Sab of Sab The Book Eater on your blog to support my event and it will also give you more points for the giveaways! Yeehaw!

#DianneTurns20



Now for the giveaways which are all OPEN INTERNATIONALLY because it's my birthday and everyone deserves to win a prize!

There will be twenty winners in this giveaway! Each winner will take home one prize. Thank you to the following authors and publicists who have made this rockin' giveaway possible! Anna Banks, Elizabeth Richards, Jody Casella, Robin Constantine, Elizabeth Fama, Justina Ireland, Ingrid Jonach (who incidentally just released the trailer for her book WHEN THE WORLD WAS FLAT), Lauren Miller, Margaux Froley, Stacey Kade, Rysa Walker, Cheyanne Young, Amy Sparling, Cheree Smith, Jeffrey Salane, Dianna of William Morrow, Kristen Simmons, Bryony Pearce, Clare C. Marshall, Emi Gayle, Aviva Orr, Ruth Silver, Tamera Wissinger, Marissa Meyer and Carly Anne West!


Yesterday, I mentioned how awesome Caroline of Strange Chemistry is. Another proof of how amazing she is: she donated 5 Strange Chemistry books to my giveaway! So one winner will get five (!!!) print (!!!!) books from Strange Chemistry. So lucky! Thank you so much, Caroline!


And I'm having a cool giveaway for aspiring authors thanks to Lisa Amowitz! One winner will have a 10-page writing or query critique!


Tomorrow is dedicated to my Filipino readers and blogger friends. Come back to see which bloggers I love and to greet my friend and mentor, Precious of Fragments of Life, a happy birthday!

57 comments:

  1. You're not alone with the "not being matchy-matchy" thing. As much as possible I also want them the same, but, well, whatever version/size I could conveniently get first, I'd settle for that! :)

    And that ID-faking experience. Wow. Just WOW.

    I enjoyed reading this post and these giveaways are amazing! I hope you have fun on your birthday, Dianne! Weeee! *confetti* *birthday music*

    Kyle @ The Selkie Reads Stories

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    1. Me too! And I'm such a cheapskate so I always buy the trade paperbacks even though they almost always match. Hee. *wink wink* Thank you so so much, Kyle! I hope you're having fun joining the giveaways I prepared as well. :P

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  2. Woot! Happy birthday, Diane!!! :) It's awesome to have you as one of my friends! And yeah, "I'm feeling close." lol. I'd gift you World After by Susan Ee because that series is just so AWESOME like you. :)

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    1. OH EM GEE I OWN THE FIRST BOOK AND I STILL HAVEN'T READ IT! I really have to soon! Thank you so much, Lexie! <3

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  3. Before I Fall, I love that book and have read it more than once. Maybe it's the whole idea of doing a day over and over again until you get it right. As far as Strange Chemistry books, they've published some great ones. I'll have to get back to you on that.

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    1. I still have to read that book! Thanks for the recommendation, Tammy! And yes, Strange Chemistry is AWESOME. <3

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  4. We might be the same person! I'm the same height, I love milk tea, I skipped two grades and went to college at 16, I majored in Biology, I haven't read a Sarah Dessen novel yet, this week I bought a dress on the spot for the Nobel festivities BECAUSE IT HAS POCKETS. Deep ones. Pockets you can bury your forearms in. (Okay, we're not exactly the same person: I go to bed early and get up with the birds.) HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DIANNE!

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    1. Just a whole lot more reasons to bond over, Beth! <3 Eeeeekkk! Thank you so so much!

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  5. DIANNE! Oh my gosh, I missed your birthday! :| Oh well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY DEAR LAUREN BLAKELY FANGIRL. OH MY HEART. <3 My dear friend who graduated at 19 (like me). YAY! :"> Don't worry about bookmarks, I don't use it too. I'd rather remember the page or finish a chapter before doing something else :)
    Thanks for sharing your awesome self :) Stay brilliant as you are. Don't forget that we can't talk without SHOUTY CAPITALS. So, HAPPY HAPPY 20-teenth birthday to you! <3

    Oh yeah, I was supposed to send you a pic with your AA-fetish ;) *coughs "apple" coughs*

    Happy Birthday, darling and I hope you have fun at your MA. Go for PhD! 5 years. I'm counting...

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    1. Yes! Just finish the chapter than use a bookmark! JASSIE THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH! <3 I remember all our *ehem* emails. HIHIHIHI

      Please send some pictures Adam's apple-gifted guys!!! Thank you and yes, put pressure on me so I can go get my MS and PhD soon! :P

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  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIANNE! You're awesome and I hope you have a truly wonderful day...and get lots of amazing presents...and eat lots of delicious cake ;)

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    1. Eeeekkk, cakes! Thank you so much, Desnica! :DD

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  7. Happy bday Dianne! Love this post! You are not weird, my iPad has a name too *blushing*, but I named "her" after my sister Lol (Yes, my iPad is a girl).
    & Just like you, I don't care is the covers don't match, I appreciate if they do...but I won't have heart attack if they don't!

    Oh yeah, almost forgot...I'd give you my favorite series, Revenants by Amy Plum (yes! 3, not 1! Die for Me, Until I Die & If I Should Die). I really loved these books, I don't know if you read them, but if not...you should do it NOW! *O*

    Anyway, thanks for making me laugh for a while, and for the chance to win :)

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    1. I made you laugh? *blushes* Thank you! Oh yes, that series! I still have to read that but I've heard so many many good things about it. My laptop's name is Wolverine. Hee. That would be a story for next time. Thanks for dropping by, Rosario!

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  8. Awesome, Dianne! I'm short, too--same exact height as you--you may even have a quarter inch on me. :)

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    1. I measured again and they told me I'm only 5'1 1/2" tall! Gah, nooooo! Hee. Thank you for donating a critique, Lisa! <3

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  9. You have the most nerdy course I ever heard! Grabe, and you survived it. Huzzah!

    (Belated) Happy birthday! Sorry, I missed the big day! I can't believe I'm older than you. You feel mature whenever I talk to you. Haha! Enjoy another year of adventures through pages! I'm glad we knew each other! :)

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    1. Is sounding mature a good thing or a bad thing? Hahaha! And yes, I know it sounds so nerdy. Thank you so much Charlie and talk soon!

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  10. Happy 20th Birthday! I loved reading the facts and confessions! I just love random facts about people and I don't know why, combine that with the fact that you're one of my favourite bloggers... (which is really saying something because I'm a bit obsessed with book blogs, yet too shy to comment most of the time.) The fact that you don't use bookmarks just killed me. I would be so lost without them! Also, I name all of my stuff too! I had a dirtbike named Percy after Percy Jackson.

    I would recommend that you start all of Sarah Dessen's books RIGHT NOW! Also, Meg Cabot is an amazing author! I would especially recommend her series, The Princess Diaries if you haven't read it yet.

    I also entered the other giveaway... (is that okay?! I couldn't resist!) As for Strange Chemistry books I would LOVE: When the World Was Flat, Poltergeeks, Blackwood, and... I can't decide between the rest!

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    1. Feel free to join the giveaways you're eligible for! That's why they're there. And aaaaww, that made me smile! You saying I'm one of your favorite bloggers. Thank you so much! Yes, another pusher for me to read Sarah Dessen's books! When the World Was Flat is great!!

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  11. Oh my gosh, I don't use bookmarks too, I have never received any swags yet, and I'm a Sarah Dessen virgin too! I can't believe you have books in boxes lang :)) I prefer paperbacks too because they're easier to carry around, and I just simply prefer it :D

    WAIT! THE STRAWBERRY THING! I thought I was the only one! All my friends laugh at me for being like that :)) I don't drink tea, but I'm okay with milk. I love milk tea too!

    Belated happy birthday ulit! Hope you had a great one! And thanks for all the giveaways! :D

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    1. Okay! It's like you're a mini me! I can give you some bookmarks and swag the next time we meet! :D How about we read some Sarah Dessen novels together? All hail paperbacks!!! Strawberry-flavored food = YUCK. Hahaha! Thank you, Kim! :DD

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    2. HAHAHAAHA :))) Hmm, kailan pa kaya yang "the next time we meet" na yan? :)) YES, we should! We're so so so late already! :D

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    3. Go to the Christmas party!!!

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  12. Thank you so much for the giveaway! I want to win Of Poseidon and Of Triton cause my niece borrowed mine and fell in love and this would be a great suprise for her.

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    1. ANNA BANKS <3 <3 <3 Toraf HIHIHI Great choice!

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  13. I love Anna Banks and would love to win the copies Of Poseidon and Of Triton, I love anything to do with mermaids and this was such a well written series!!! I can't wait for Of Neptune!!! Thank you so much for giving us the chance to win such awesome prizes! I also love anything by Marissa Meyer!

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    1. ME TOO! I can't wait for OF NEPTUNE! And mermaids! Yes! <3

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  14. Happy Birthday! Thank you so much for these amazing giveaways, and for making them international! I would give you any book by Australian author Melina Marchetta, probably starting with Finnikin of the Rock. It is one of my all time favorite books.

    As for which strange chemistry books I would chose: Skulk by Rosie Best, Broken by A.E.Rought, The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke, The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard and Zenn Scarlett by Christian schoon. I didn't realize how many strange chemistry books I wanted unitl I looked on their website :)

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    1. Strange Chemistry books are so goooood. <3 I haven't read anything by Melina Marchetta so I would need to check out her books! Thank you and happy to host international giveaways! :D

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  15. Girrrl, mas pogi (and hot) yung BF ni Anne Curtis, Erwan Heusaff! Change your Kindle name with Erwan na. LOL! XD
    I'm scared of frogs too! Well...I'm not sure if I'm really scared or just grossed-out with the way they look. Maybe both. O__O
    I love strawberries too! But I'm okay with strawberry flavored stuff. Ooohh you have to try the strawberry ice cream they sell in strawberry farm in Baguio City! It was AMAZING. That is, if you drop by Baguio one day. :D
    Oh our +8 GMT problem. I will cry with you forever because I cannot join chats (especially if there's a live chat with my fave boyband or artist!!!) and whatnots!


    Now that I have laptop again, I can read your birthday posts, join your giveaways and comment! :D Haha

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    1. I know about Erwan but I like Adrien more. <3 Hee. Thanks, Michelle!

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  16. Happy Birthday!!! I'm a paperback girl too.
    I'd give you the Poison Study series!

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    1. That series is still another series I have to start reading soon. Go paperbacks! Thank you, Ashfa!

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  17. Hmm. I think I'd give TIGER LILY because that was my favorite book of 2012! Happy Birthday and thanks for the epic giveaway!

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    1. I still haven't read that! And it's your favorite of 2012? Now I gotta read it. Thanks Rachel!

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  18. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who loves to give names on non living things. Hee~ And I'm not that much of a fan of Dessen's books so I wouldn't force you on reading it.

    If I'll gift you a book, I'll give you a Gallagher Girls series set by Ally Carter. I'm sure you'll love this series because it is about spies--secret spies. Cool, right? ;)

    Hmm .. I'd really like Broken by A. E. Rought.

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    1. Still have to finish BROKEN. /fail

      And yes to christening non-living things with names! Hee. Oh? Why aren't you fan? Thanks, Alyssa! I've read the first book in the Gallagher Girls series already so I hope to read them all soon!

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  19. Happy birthday! Love, love tea. Have to check out David Levithan right now.

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    1. Thank you! And yes, check out and read David Levithan's books NOW. Hee, I know I sound pushy but you must!

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  20. Super-happy birthday lovely Dianne!
    I'd love The Assassin's Curse , The Pirate's Wish , When the World Was Flat (and we were in love) ,Pantomime and Broken by Strange Chemistry Books, please!
    thanks

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    1. Great choice and thank you so much!

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  21. Rick Riordan books are great!
    Happy birthday! :D

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    1. Ugh, another author I need to be a fan of! Thank you, Mikee!

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  23. The Fault in our Stars by John Green because it's my favorite book. Ever. I learned a lot from it, vocab words, inspirational quotations and maaaaany mooooore! Happy Birthday! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :D

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  24. I'd love to win When the World was Flat (And We Were in Love) by Ingrid Jonach from Strange Chemistry Books. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :D

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  25. Something like normal by tish doller, because it shows post dramatic stress dissorder could damage a person so severely but it can be diagnosed. Such ppl need comfort

    Also the romance swoon

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  26. If I had the money I would give you the Cartamandua Legacy books by Carol Berg because it is just fantastic!

    Happy birthday Dianne!!

    Cherry Mischievous

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  27. I would give you looking for alaska by john green , happy birthday xx

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  28. Ha! I too don't use a bookmark and I also have a box full of swag! If I had all the monies I would gift you all of Melina Marchetta's contemporary novels - they are all so amazing!

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  29. The Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan. I LOVE the series!

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  30. LOL you're funny! I LOVE milk tea too! I swear I don't have blood. If you cut me, you'll only see milk tea flowing from my veins. Great to know another Filipina blogger! Happy birthday, Dianne! :)

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  31. Diaaaaanne! I'll gift you Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. Just a little MG break from all the NA. Mehehehe. Belated happy birthday! :P

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  32. If I had the means and the moneys...some random books that I would gift you are:
    - Amber House by Kelly Moore because its kinda creepy but also absolutely awesome with all its mysteriousness!! and Sammy is just the cutest! Also not many people seem to have read this so its really a shame...
    - Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews because the cover is so pretty!!!! but seriously it's so funny and strange and I don't even know but its great!!!
    - The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner because GEN! haha Gen is such a great character and The Thief is just such a fun fantasy adventurey book....idk I loved it!
    Alrighty I'm just going to stop there because if I don't stop now I'm just going to keep listing books until I've listed all the books that I've read and enjoyed so bye ;)

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  33. STRANGE CHEMISTRY! OMG There are so many good looking Strange Chemistry books that I just want them all! So many are on my TBR list! Like I would LOVE...
    The Assassin's Curse & The Pirates Wish - by Cassandra Rose Clarke
    Pantomime and Shadowplay - by Laura Lam
    Zenn Scarlett and Under Nameless Stars - by Christian Schoon
    Emilie and the Hollow World by Martha Wells - by Martha Wells
    ....okay I just realised that I kinda want almost all Strange Chem books.....heheh I'm greedy....

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