Bookbed recommends: ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ by Richard Bach

by Allana Luta Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a story about following your dreams, told through the eyes of an extraordinary seagull. Jonathan wants nothing more than to perfect the art of flying, something that goes against the norm of his flock, which is simply to eat. Jonathan’s stubbornness results in his expulsion from his community. This does not faze him; instead it propels him to further his quest in soaring as high as his feathered body will allow. It is then that Jonathan meets others seagulls like him who will guide him toward what it means to be truly free….

Bookbed reviews: ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’ by Sherman Alexie

by L Meniado The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie contains pages that will give you metaphorical boners and emotional erections. As Gordy, one of the characters in the book, funnily explained: “Well, I don’t mean boner in a sexual sense. When I say boner, I really mean joy. Boner is funnier. And more joyful.” Gordy was right—the book is worthy of all the comparative forms of (positive) adjectives, if not superlative. THE STORY Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future…

Bookbed recommends: ‘On the Jellicoe Road’ by Melina Marchetta

by Elaine Zapanta I see poorly written smut on display and I get a tiny bit sad on the inside and think that maybe I’ve outgrown YA. That I should be moving on to thicker books filled with characters with more difficult, real-life problems. And then I’ll come across books like Melina Marchetta’s On the Jellicoe Road and everything is right in the world again. So whenever people ask me what I like best about my favorite book, I tell them this: It’s the kind of book that should be experienced firsthand. The first few chapters of On the Jellicoe Road could…

From Bestsellers to Blockbusters: 5 Adaptations of Books to Enjoy

by Allana Luta Gone Girl. Mockingjay. The Maze Runner. If I Stay. The Hobbit. What do these books have in common? They have all been adapted into films and will most likely be the next Hollywood blockbusters in the coming months. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited to watch ALL the films! And I don’t think I’m the only one. Book adaptations have been around for as long as I can remember. And with the success of the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies, among others, and recently with The Fault in Our Stars, I doubt they…

Bookbed recommends: ‘How To Kill A Rockstar’ by Tiffanie DeBartolo

by Charlie Diaz Tiffanie DeBartolo’s How to Kill a Rock Star is about Eliza, a music journalist, whose passion in music matches Paul, the front man of Bananafish. Together, sparks fly and everything seems right. However, every love story has bumps on the road and here it is Paul’s stand against commercializing music. He loves being able to write songs he loves and doesn’t want any big label to dictate his passion. Although Eliza knows and understands this, she has a sacrifice to make for the sake of the band and for them to reach their dreams. This is the only…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Isla and the Happily Ever After’ by Stephanie Perkins [ARC]

by Hazel Ureta THE STORY Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart. / Read reviews: Goodreads WHAT I LIKED   OMYGOODNESS, THIS BOOK! Stephanie Perkins does it again, making me…

Bookbed recommends: ‘Invisible Monsters’ by Chuck Palahniuk

by Kachi Parado Give me a shotgun. Give me new names. Give me a new me. There’s this theory that the first Chuck Palahniuk book you read will be your favorite. In my case, it’s Invisible Monsters. Like with most of the books I’ve read, I had no idea what this book was about. I just saw quotes from it on Tumblr and was like, “Hmm, this is interesting,” then hit reblog. Chuck Palahniuk is an American novelist known for Fight Club (read the book, watch the film!) and it’s been said that he wrote Fight Club to annoy his publishers more for…