Bookbed recommends: ‘My Life Next Door’ by Huntley Fitzpatrick

by Allana Luta The only thing I could say after I finished reading Huntley Fitzpatrick’s My Life Next Door was “God” with the ‘o’ elongated more and more over the next times I said it repeatedly. I don’t exactly know what it was about My Life Next Door that made me fall in love with it. Maybe it was the writing, the ease with which the words rolled around in my head. Or maybe it was the characters that were damn near perfect or at least as perfect as any flawed human being can be. (Well, except maybe Jase Garrett. I…

Fiction Nation: Where Allegiances Lie

by Allana Luta Movies have been a part of my life ever since I was little. I’m pretty sure I watched films before I could read which is why films have a special place in my heart. But when books I love get adapted into films, I get a little defensive as if the film industry is out to personally ruin my experience of something wonderful. And it’s not exactly unfounded. Remember The Golden Compass? As a reader, I’ve come to accept that film adaptations will never be as good as the books. Until they are. That’s when my loyalties falter….

Bookmark the Vote

by Lindy Gamolo June is quite an important month for the Philippines. We celebrated our Independence Day on June 12 and today marks the 154th birthday of our national hero, Jose Rizal. And you know how Rizal said that the youth is the future of our nation? We believe that, too! The youth will play an important role in the crossroads that the country will face next year so we want to do our part to help. Rizal would be proud! (Or at the very least, not turning in his grave.) But how is this related to books in any way??…

FaceBookIt: Makeup Inspired by ‘They Call Her Dana’ by Jennifer Wilde

by Elaine Zapanta and Juvy Ann Lazo This time, we’re teaming up with Juvy from Plump Cheeks, who’s sharing a makeup look based on the cover of They Call Her Dana by Jennifer Wilde. Let’s get the ball rollin’! I chose this book because the main character, Dana O’Malley, had to overcome several different crossroads on her way out of poverty before discovering the secret of her birth. I read the book years ago but it remains to be one of my favorites (and probably the thickest book I’ve read, too!). I never imagined myself reading a romance novel set in the 19th…

10 Things To Love About Tweedle Book Café

by KB Meniado I’ve been on the lookout for book cafés since I went to Café Talk last year so when an office mate (a shout-out to Ms. Reggie!) told me about Tweedle Book Café, I got excited. Got even more so when I found out it was only around Quezon City, and so I finally got around to visiting the café last week and found 10 things I adored about it! 1. Location This might be biased because it’s in my favor but I like that Tweedle is tucked inside a residential area like a secret garden. If not for…

Tosses and Turns: Letting Go of Books—Yay or Nay?

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. I’m at a crossroad in terms of my ways in this book buying life: Do I stop buying books and just let them all go? Or do I keep them and bury myself in a… Intense, right? You see, I have little issue with letting some of my books go. I sell or give my books away every now and then, for reasons even I sometimes don’t understand. I just have this urge to purge. But after I’ve…

Bookbed goes to: Bookish Destinations in Hong Kong

by Clarissa Chua Hong Kong has always been one of the top Asian destinations for amusement parks and shopping centers. This time, though, I’ll be talking about bookstores! Let’s explore these two bookstores I came across in the city. The first one I want to talk about is Basheer Design Books. It is one of the small bookstores in the island of Hong Kong, which houses almost 350 books on architecture, drawing, graphic design and photography. Most of the titles here are in English, which makes book hunting easier. Some popular ones include Hegarty on Creativity: There are No Rules by John Hegarty, Show Your…

Bookmarked: The Bookmark Collector ~ Willy Nieuwveld

by Lindy Gamolo If you’re still surprised or puzzled that there are people who actually collect bookmarks (yes, as serious and “technical” as stamp and coin collectors, if you know what I mean), then it’s time to let it sink in because I’ll be proving you wrong in many Bookmarked posts to come. I’m not alone in this, I promise! When I was most active in collecting bookmarks, I was in contact with a lot of collectors from different parts of the world to exchange/trade pieces from our collection, so I thought I might introduce those amazing people to you guys!…