#RomanceClass Kilig-athon 2019 | Hosted by Avid Reader Diary & Bookish Wisps

I’ve partnered with Justine of Bookish Wisps to bring you something that will help you tick off some items on reading goals this year: read more diverse books, read books by Asian authors (*ehem* #YARC2019), read a diverse anthology, read a book outside of your comfort zone. Let’s do this altogether!

We are excitedly and nervously presenting you #RomanceClass Kilig-athon 2019! A readathon that I will be co-hosting with Justine of Bookish Wisps. We hope youโ€™ll be joining us. Joining for the whole month is highly encouraged! But if you want to join us with a specific trope you love to get into, by all means, you are all very welcome to join!

๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“šWhat You Need to Know๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š

What? Kilig? Kilig-athon? Why?


It is a Filipino word. It means being in a state of romantic giddiness: i.e. butterflies in the stomach, feelings of floating in cloud nine, face hurting from smiling.


A community of both Filipino authors, readers of those authored books, and artists who are involved in the making of the novels. What we love most about #romanceclass novels is that โ€œall sex must be consensual, responsible, and hot (ie not bad sex, not punishment)โ€. If you were skeptical, we hope that eased it all off. Another is that #romanceclass novels feature diversity and culture, and whatโ€™s the best way for us, readers, to be blown by the diversity and culture in these books, by non-other than an #ownvoices author. Right?

Other than the books weโ€™ll be having for the month, they have a ton more of novels to choose from, divided by demographics and heat level you may find out more of #romanceclass.

๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“šReading Prompts๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š

For the #RomanceClass: Kilig-athon, Justine and I have divided them into four weeks with four categories assigned throughout the month.

These books are new adult novels and may contain sex scenes and steam throughout the novel. Know that scenes are done tastefully, consensual, responsible, hot and aforementioned not bad sex, not punishment.


Week 1 [February 1st to 7th] โ€“ weโ€™ll have the friends to loversโ€ฆ

Fall Like Rain โ€“ Ana Tejano

Rain De Castro has been in love with her best friend, Mark Velasco, for almost the entire time she has known him, but sheโ€™s clearly in the friend zone because heโ€™s happily in a relationship. Or so she thought until the news of his break-up reaches her. Now that Markโ€™s single again, she decides that itโ€™s time to get out of the zone. But when her cousin Lissa comes into the picture and sets her eyes on Mark, Rain feels troubled when he gets a little too friendly with her. Rain is determined to fight for what she feels this time, but is it worth the effort if itโ€™s a losing battle from the start? Will she back off to give way for her best friendโ€™s happiness, even if it means losing him to someone else again?

Goodreads | Amazon


Week 2 [February 8th โ€“ 14th] โ€“ Forced proximity spotlight book isโ€ฆ

What Kind of Day (Six 32 # 1) โ€“ Mina V. Esguerra

Itโ€™s a bad day for Ben. After years of earnest work, heโ€™s been fired from his job as a speechwriter for a Philippine senator. Name tarnished and bridges burned, he steps into what he thinks is a shuttle ride home and accidentally joins a tour of his own city.

It was supposed to be a good day for Naya. Her passion is traveling, her hobby is discovering cool things to see and do, and taking people on tours of Metro Manila is her only job right now. An extra person at the last minute isnโ€™t ideal, especially if the person is a former colleague and the subject of the dayโ€™s hottest political trash fire. But work is work, and she decides to let him stay in the tour.

Sheโ€™s hoping she wonโ€™t regret it. Heโ€™s hoping his day turns around. What kind of day could it be? Maybe the best kind.

Goodreads | Amazon


Week 3 [February 15th to 21st] โ€“ Fake dating withโ€ฆ

Like Nobodyโ€™s Watching by Tara Frejas

Itโ€™s all fun and games until someone catches feelings.

If thereโ€™s something Pio Alvez is good at, itโ€™s pretending to be someone heโ€™s not. On stage and on-screen, the actor has mastered the art of becoming the characters he plays, and his new role should be no different. After all, how difficult would it be to pretend to be smitten with a beautiful, intelligent go-getter like Audrey Alonzo?

Perhaps itโ€™s more difficult pretending not to be.

Goodreads | Amazon


Week 4 [February 22nd to 28th]โ€“ last and definitely not the least; with the hope of prolonging the feels, weโ€™ll be reading an anthologyโ€ฆ

Start Here by Agay Llanera, H. Bentham, Ella Banta, Danice Sison, Yeyet Soriano, Barbie Barbieto, Katt Briones, Bobbi Moran, Motzie Dapul, and Brigitte Bautista

Thereโ€™s a first time for everything. Gatecrashing a KPop concert with an oppa in a business suit. Taking shelter from the storm with the girl youโ€™ve been meaning to shake off. That kiss that blurs the line between friendship and something more. A one-night stand (or, is it?) with your best friend from across the hallway.

Dive into these 10 stories of first encounters โ€“ unapologetically queer, happy endings required, with a smattering of that signature #romanceclass kilig. Whether youโ€™re recalling your own firsts or out there looking for one, thereโ€™s a story in here for you.

So, go on.

Turn the page.

Start here.

Goodreads | Amazon


Where can I get copies of the books?

  • #RomanceClass books are available on Amazon
  • through a direct link order: the direct link is for Philippine Residents only.
  • What Kind of Day is available on Scribd.

๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“šHow to Join๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š

Grab any of the books you wanna read with us and join us later for the discussion of each book; depending on which one youโ€™ll be reading with us, again you arenโ€™t required to join all but encouraged. A thread of discussion questions will be created on Twitter. (Participating in the chat will earn you more giveaway entry points!) There will also be a wrap-up Twitter chat on the first weekend after this month-long readathon and we will also announce the giveaway winners during this chat.

๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“šTwitter Chat๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“š

  • Every week there will be a discussion about the book we have finished that week.
  • The discussion threads will be tweeted on either AJโ€™s or Justineโ€™s Twitter accounts on these dates; February 8th, 15th, 22nd, &28th at 8PM following the Philippine Standard Time (GMT +8:00)
  • You may answer the discussion questions within 24 hours of posting.
  • How to answer the discussion questions? Just reply directly to the tweet of the question!
  • There will also be a Twitter chat on March 2nd at 9PM (GMT +8:00) where we will wrap-up everything that weโ€™ve read and where we will announce the two giveaway winners.
  • We are @avidreaderdiary & @bookishwisps on Twitter.
  • Donโ€™t forget to use #kiligathon2019 #romanceclass


Ms. Mina V. Esguerra has agreed to give away a paperback copy of her latest book, Kiss and Cry. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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