Kester.jpgKester Nucum is a Filipino teen book blogger and reviewer at LILbooKlovers who primarily reads YA and MG novels. He is a high school junior planning to pursue computer engineering in college. His life can be summed up in three words: “God, books, and music.” Kester is also a practicing Catholic who strives to get closer to God everyday. He also sings and plays the violin and piano, and he has participated in various regional and state honor choirs and orchestras. If he is not reading, blogging, or surfing social media and interacting with fellow book lovers, he is either playing the violin or piano, singing out loud to his favorite music, praying or studying Catholic apologetics, or learning how to code. You can always find him with a book or Kindle, managing the blog’s Twitter or Facebook accounts (@LILbooKlovers), or listening to his favorite songs loud and proud. He is happy to talk with fellow bloggers, readers, and authors about books and other book-related things..

Favorite Genres

  • Young Adult (I know it’s not a genre, but I read mostly YA)
  • Historical Fiction (especially World War II)
  • Contemporary
  • Science Fiction
  • Humor
  • Catholic spiritual and apologetic books
  • Anything that basically interests me!

Favorite Books/Series (Top 11)img_6455-1

  • The Bible
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Continuum Trilogy by Jennifer Brody
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Out of Time trilogy by Nadine Brandes
  • Strong Inside (Young Readers Edition) by Andrew Maraniss
  • These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
  • Starswept by Mary Fan
  • The Islands at the End of the World duology by Austin Aslan

Top 10 Favorite Authors

  • Ruta Sepetys
  • Jennifer Brody
  • Stephanie Garber
  • Nadine Brandes
  • K. M. Robinson
  • Shaila Patel
  • Austin Aslan
  • Jennifer Niven
  • Mindy McGinnis
  • Jennifer DiGiovanni


  • Music: Violin, Singing, and Piano; listening to winning Eurovision music
  • Videography and Video Editing
  • Reading, of course! And reviewing books and meeting with authors!
  • Member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), and Leo Club
  • Praying and Studying Some Catholic Apologetics
  • Watching YouTube videos or episodes of Fresh off the Boat, Designated Survivor, or Shark Tank

Street Teams / Review Teams

  • Snowy Wings Publishing Elite Snow Angels
  • Clean Reads Publishing Rep
  • Blogging for Books Reviewer
  • First to Read Reviewer
  • Edelweiss Reviewer
  • Brooding YA Hero’s #BroodyBFF’s
  • The YA Girl’s Review Team
  • Nadine Brandes’s Ninjas
  • Kerri Maniscalco’s Knights of Whitechapel
  • Jenetta Penner’s Rebels
  • Melanie McFarlane’s Muses
  • K. M. Robinson’s The Robin’s Nest
  • Elise Kova’s Street Team
  • Shaila Patel’s Soulmated Squad
  • Kara Thomas’s Little Monsters Sleuthers