Bookbed reviews: ‘Jessica Darling’s It List’ by Megan McCafferty

by KB Meniado THE STORY I hadn’t even gotten to homeroom yet and I’d already discovered five hard truths about junior high: 1. My best friend had turned pretty. 2. She didn’t know it yet. 3. It wouldn’t be long before she did. 4. That knowledge would change everything between us. 5. And there wasn’t a…More

Bookbed reviews: ‘Interim Goddess of Love’ trilogy by Mina V. Esguerra

by Allana Luta You know how you first tasted actual grown-up responsibilities in college? Like doing your own laundry, feeding yourself or actually budgeting your allowance for the first time. Taking care of oneself is hard enough, but imagine having the responsibility of taking care of everyone else’s problems. And not just any little ol’ problem,…More

Bookbed reviews: ‘MONO’ by Erin Noir

by KB Meniado For someone who hasn’t met her face-to-face yet, I assume to know a LOT about Erin. I’ve known her since ’03 or ‘04, when we were still on Tabulas (remember that site??), and over the years, I’ve watched her grow—from Mindy to Barbara to Basterda to Erin Noir—and witnessed her artistic endeavors. Her…More

Bookbed goes to: Mt. Cloud Bookshop

by Alfonso Mangubat I remember watching You’ve Got Mail 10 years ago and the thing that really piqued my interest more than the romance of the film was Kathleen Kelly’s tiny “shop around the corner” bookshop. You see, when I started the habit of reading, bookstores became my favorite stop every time I went to the mall.…More

Tosses and Turns: My Top 5 Childhood Literary Superheroes

by KB Meniado Welcome to Tosses and Turns, where I rant-chant about whatever reading-related issue that has been keeping me up at night. Before you worry about my slumber schedule, let it be known that I’ve had a pretty easy time choosing this topic, thanks to the annual International Women’s Day celebration. Which, of course, led…More

Bookbed recommends: ‘Welcome to Envy Park’ by Mina V. Esguerra

by KB Meniado It sounds selfish and ungrateful, doesn’t it? Bemoaning life’s imperfections and focusing on the negatives instead of counting all the amazing things you actually have going on for you, I mean. (And by you, I mean all of us self-doubting youngins on the verge of adulthood.) But it’s normal, just the circle of…More

Fiction Nation: Dust to Dust

by Allana Luta When I think of transitions, I immediately thought of Bildungsroman, the literary world’s fancy term for a coming-of-age story. The Catcher in the Rye and the Harry Potter series are just two modern examples of this genre. But what I want to talk about is a series that’s critically acclaimed but I feel…More

Bookbed reviews: ‘The Boyfriend Backtrack’ by Dawn Lanuza

by Kachi Parado Ladies and gents, I think it’s safe to say we are familiar with how a girl reacts when she’s being proposed to. But this book, The Boyfriend Backtrack by Dawn Lanuza? Well, you might just want to know its different way of taking this topic on! THE STORY If they say that life…More