Sunglasses, Suitcases and School: Your Summer 2015 Reading List (Part 2)

by Salve Villarosa May is coming to an end yet it’s still sweltering hot! Good thing we got books that bring can bring us to other places. Let’s continue our Summer 2015 Reading List! (Read Part 1 here.) 6. Ice by Sarah Beth Durst For those of you who are melting in this Philippine weather, Ice will take you on a blissfully cold journey to Alaska and Canada. It’s a retelling of the Norse fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon, which is quite a similar story to Beauty and the Beast, except instead of a beast, it’s a…

Sunglasses, Suitcases and School: Your Summer 2015 Reading List (Part 1)

by Salve Villarosa It’s always hot somewhere in the world… but in case you’ve been living under a rock and thus blissfully unaware of the gruesome heat attacking our country, summer is in full swing here in the Philippines. (Yes, even though it’s already end of May!) Whether you’re whiling away your hot days at the beach, or seeing the world, or even if you’re back home working, or in summer classes, there’s a perfect book (or two) out there for you to bring along on all your adventures. One of the perks of living in a tropical country is that, despite the…

Fiction Nation: Spellbound

by Allana Luta One of my favorite fictional adventures involve a hatter, a wizard and a moving castle. Any guesses? For those unfamiliar with this movie (I doubt there are many of you), Howl’s Moving Castle is a Japanese animated film released in 2004 by Studio Ghibli. The story revolves around Sophie, a young girl who, in the beginning, works as a hatter in her mother’s shop. By an (un)fortunate circumstance, Sophie is transformed into a 90-year-old woman by a witch. As she searches for a cure to break the spell, Sophie finds herself working as a cleaning lady for the…

Bookmarked: Marking the Beginning

by Lindy Gamolo “You collect what? Bookmarks?!” Yep, that thing you use to mark the page you left at before you called it a day and dozed off. Just like every collection that has ever existed, it started with one piece, though mine wasn’t necessarily the first piece I owned. Instead, it was this simple Hallmark bookmark given by someone I wasn’t that close to that prompted the idea of collecting it. I had about two or three bookmarks already before getting this one as a birthday present. I thought, “Hey, what a nice little sweet thing for a friendly gesture.”…

Art Submission: Books and Adventures

by Clarissa Chua We all want to get out of our mundane lives sometimes and that’s why many dream of travelling and going on adventures. But as much as we want to drop everything and explore the world, it isn’t that easy. There are steps to take, people to leave, permissions to gain… and the list goes on and on. But we are not alone. Author Cheryl Strayed shared her hiking experience in the Pacific Crest Trail, the people she met and the process that led her to that adventure in her book, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest…

Welcome Aboard MV Logos Hope, the World’s Largest Floating Book Paradise

by Rea Alducente I was on a high, like a book addict who couldn’t wait to get their fix. The moment I heard MV Logos Hope, the world’s largest traveling bookshop, was coming to Cebu, I knew right away that I shouldn’t and couldn’t miss it. I dragged two of my friends with me to what I call a book paradise. Some people consider Logos Hope as the biggest floating library in the world, even though it isn’t exactly a library. The books are for sale and the price ranges from P100 to P200 for the cheaper books, while the more…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Outlander’ by Diana Gabaldon

by Mikki Shiu THE STORY The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser,…

FaceBookIt: Makeup Inspired by ‘American Gods’ by Neil Gaiman

by Elaine Zapanta It’s summer, so I’m thinking of creating a makeup look based on a book with adventures. Most YA books I’ve read are somehow adventure-y but I finally settled on something that’s not only considered a summer read (probably because it’ll take you all summer to finish it) but also, in my opinion, one of scariest/strangest road-trip stories I’ve ever read. It will give you the creeps, and I mean it in the most intriguing way. So. American Gods by Neil Gaiman, to summarize, is what happens when a person believes in something, truly puts belief and faith into something,…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Si’ by Bob Ong

by Mitch Tizon Love. A four-letter word that inspires so many stories and raises just as many questions. Have you ever been in love, so much so that you are willing to spend the rest of your life with one person? Or have you had your heartbroken, devastated by the very same emotion? Is there a point to life without it? In Si, Bob Ong answers these questions and more. THE STORY “Maari bang malaman ang iyong pangalan?” “Victoria” “Kailan kita masisilayan, Victoria?” “Sa iyong pagsilang” Read reviews: Goodreads WHAT I LIKED There were multiple things I liked about this book….

Tosses and Turns: Why Guidebooks Are Lost on Me

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. This time, I want to talk about travel guidebooks, as I’ve just returned from a trip abroad, where I noticed other travelers leafing through their guidebooks. Let me tell you upfront that I don’t use guidebooks. I owned one about Taiwan and a couple of tiny Lonely Planet books on Hongkong, China and Japan. I bought the first one after my trip (don’t know why I did that; probably just the book hoarder in me) and I got…