Bookbed reviews: ‘Landline’ by Rainbow Rowell

by Kenna Marcelo THE STORY Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always…

The Art of Rereading

by Cake Evangelista I was rummaging through the shelves of National Book Store Cubao—a book Mecca, and arguably the best branch of the Philippines’ leading bookstore chain—when I chanced upon a book with a pretty cover. It was a sepia-toned photo of a glamorous woman lying on a fainting couch, smiling at a man wearing a suit and with a cocktail in his hand. I don’t know about you, but I have judged a lot of books by their covers (call me shallow), and this one was really pretty. Then I realized that I have read this novel—twice! It was The…

Of Love and Loss: Pablo Neruda at 110

by Karz Montealegre Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, who always knew what to say about love, celebrates his 110th birth anniversary this year. In celebration, let me look back on one of his best publications (and a favorite of mine), Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair. First published in 1924 when Neruda was 19, the book was controversial for its erotic imagery. (Read: “I will bring you happy flowers from the mountains, bluebells, dark hazels, and rustic baskets of kisses. I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.”), but together with it is the exploration of love…

Dumbledore’s Army Reunites in the Wizarding World

by Charlie Diaz For pureblooded Harry Potter fans like me, the year the final movie came out felt like a huge loss. I was resolved to read anything—I mean, anything—that would still make the—any!—connection to the Wizarding World. I felt like I deserved to know more beyond that moment Harry’s kids boarded the Hogwarts Express. This is why when I found out Queen Rowling wrote an article about our beloved Dumbledore’s Army (and reports say she will be publishing another one about the Quidditch World Cup on Friday!), it was like winning the Triwizard Tournament! (Okay, that might seem a little…

Bookbed reviews: ‘What Kids Should Know About Andres and the Katipunan’ (plus a giveaway!)

by KB Meniado Andres Bonifacio has never been my top answer for whenever somebody asks me who my favorite Filipino hero is. (Don’t worry; it’s not Manny Pacquiao, either.) Frankly, there was just too much Jose Rizal in the environment I grew up in, ending up with me having only a shallow grasp of what Bonifacio’s story was. Of course, I knew he was the Supremo, the father of the Philippine revolution, but when I picked up What Kids Should Know About Andres and the Katipunan (written by Weng Cahiles, illustrated by Isa Natividad), I found out, well, how cool he…

Meeting Stephanie Perkins in Manila

by Elaine Zapanta I remember hearing about The National playing a one-night show in Manila for the first time. I was out of town and couldn’t get proper network signal. When I finally caught up on it on Twitter, my feed was flooded with ALL-CAPS tweets of excitement, wailing emojis and feelings. Mostly, feelings. February 20 came. The day I got to hug Matt Berninger, sang along to “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks,” ugly crying and feeling all feelings. It was a warm hug just being there. And then it was over, but the memory and the feeling, those stay with you for a long time. Why…

Art Submission: My Superhero

by Sarah Grutas When I was a kid, my mum who was a professional SCUBA diver would always be away on diving trips. I wouldn’t see her for months on end; when she would finally come home, she’d bring me paperback novels. The earliest memory I have of her giving me a book was when I was six—maybe seven—years old. She brought home Carol Burnett’s A Little Princess. It was a small book, one that could easily fit in my pocket. But it was a hundred pages long, a bit hard for a little kid to read. I do not remember my mum ever reading…

Bookbed turns 4

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