Bookbed recommends: ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,’ ‘The Shining’

by Kachi Parado I needed to take out and look over all my books for this article because I didn’t want to be unfair to any of them. I’ve read tons of books but I also have a lot stacked and untouched, so I’m going to talk about book covers of titles that I have and haven’t read. For the book that I have read, I’m going with Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame Smith. This 336-paged paperback is the 2011 edition by Grand Central Publishing. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter is Seth Grahame Smith’s sixth novel. He has written for…

Bookbed’s 6 Foolproof Book-Shopping Tips

by Cake Evangelista The Manila International Book Fair has come and gone. And we’re sure you were one of hundreds of book geeks and lovers who trekked along with us to the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City for the annual book event. If you’re like me and have a tendency to become overwhelmed by mountains and mountains of glorious, glossy paperbacks, then you probably need a little guidance for your next foray into the book wonderland that is the book sale/fair. So before you let your inner rabid hoarder go wild, heed these few pieces of advice: 1. Arm yourself…

Heaven on Earth: The 35th Manila International Book Fair

by Kachi Parado For three years now, the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) has had a place in my planner every September. It’s even become a tradition between me and my two friends! This year though, it was just me and Michael since Aya’s in Dubai. The MIBF was held last September 17 to 21 at the SMX Convention Center. We usually go during weekdays but ended up going on the 20th this year, which was a Saturday. Despite opening just two hours earlier, the place was already packed! It’s not like I don’t like people but too many people in a…

Bookbed goes to: Kumazawa Bookstore

by KB Meniado I was in Tokyo last month and one of the places I loved visiting the most was this bookstore! I think you’ll know why. The Rurouni Kenshin films were in cinemas back then so it was imperative these existed: I am not the biggest Samurai X fan but I AM DEFINITELY A MOON CRYSTAL POWER MAKEUP GIRL. Why are these not available worldwide again? Speaking of global, I’m sure most of you can relate with the Naruto and Doraemon. The Detective Conan series was also on-hand. Local books were not to be missed, either. All the covers are beautiful, it’s a shame I’m…

Writing Romance with Mina V. Esguerra

by Hazel Ureta I’ve always been more of a reader than a writer. However, last month, I was given the opportunity to learn more about writing—specifically, romance writing. Last September, I got to join Ayala Museum’s “Romance Novel Writing Workshop for Adults!” Being it the first day, Mina V. Esguerra, who was the speaker a.k.a “romance writing master” (I made this up but it is a very apt title) started the workshop by showing us the ropes of romance writing. As expected, introductions led to the start of the workshop. (Read our feature on Mina V. Esguerra here!) Mina greeted the small group of…

Generation W: An Interview with Wattpad Author Leng de Chavez

by Charlie Diaz In the past, people would have to go to brick-and-mortar libraries or bookstores whenever they wanted to read a book. But in this age of Facebook and Twitter, the new breed of readers can, with just a few taps and swipes on their smartphones and tablets, immerse themselves in a new novel (or two) without even leaving the comfort of their seats. Welcome to the Wattpad era. Created by a Canada-based company, Wattpad is an online community that connects people around the world through the written word. Through the website, Wattpad users can create their own stories, get…