Last Book Syndrome: ‘If I Stay’ by Gayle Forman

by Clarissa Chua The book we’re featuring today is from one of my favorite authors, and also the first book I read electronically. Honestly, I’ve never been a huge fan of ebooks because I feel that the essence of a book gets lost—the flipping of the pages, the smell of it, putting a bookmark in place—the little things. In fact, the number of e-books I’ve read can be counted on one hand. And believe me when I say that it takes a really, really good e-book for me to be able to overcome my finickiness. This is also the first duology…

Supporting Local: An Interview with Flipreads

by KB Meniado Not many years ago, the main competition in book selling was only the now defunct Multiply (at least, locally) and when readers weren’t that Book Depository-savvy. Those times were relatively difficult for book-hunting because these sites weren’t specially tailored for book selling. However, recent times have seen easier ways to get those once-unreachable titles, especially those whose physical copies have already run out, leaving behind only digital copies. For the readers prowling the web for sites that offer limited editions or hard-to-find Filipino ebooks, Flipreads may just be the answer. Charles Tan, retail head of Flipreads, takes us…

FaceBookIt: Makeup Inspired by the ‘Maze Runner’ series by James Dashner

by Elaine Zapanta , Juvy Ann Lazo and Rae This month, we are celebrating Bookbed’s fifth birthday so we thought of doing something special for FaceBookIt. We collaborated with two esteemed beauty bloggers, Rae of Scatterbraintures and Juvy of Plump Cheeks, to create makeup looks inspired by James Dashner’s The Maze Runner series. I read The Maze Runner just before the movie adaptation came out. I wasn’t even aware of the series until I saw the magical/probably-made-of-unicorn-and-fairy-dust Dylan O’Brien as Thomas. When I started reading, I couldn’t put the book down. There were so many things (the mysteries of the maze, is there really a…

Bookbed turns 5!

We turn five today! In celebration, let’s walk down memory lane. 2010 – Bookbed ‘launches’ on Sulit.com (now OXL). 2011 – Bookbed moves to Facebook and Tumblr, gaining friends and starting collaborations. 2012 – Bookbed collaborates with other brands, such as Dream A Little More by Aia Arkoncel.   2013 – Bookbed ventures into more giveaways, promos and consignment. 2014~present – Here we are! Thank you to those who continue believing in what we do. To more years ahead! ☁

Rocking Paper More Than Scissors: An Interview with Paper Artist Mary Imbong

by Allana Luta Paper can be a lot of things, depending on who is handling it. To a reader, it is where the words to a journey are kept safe and permanent. To a writer, it is the canvas of their imagination or an intimidating wall to climb over if it’s blank. To Mary Imbong, a paper quilling artist, it becomes art. But what is paper quilling? It is coiling strips of paper to form shapes and designs. All you need are strips of paper, glue and something to roll the strips with. Sounds simple enough, right? But once you see the end…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea’ by Guy Delisle

by Alfonso Mangubat I’ve always been a fan of North Korean documentaries, having watched many on the Discovery channel and the National Geographic channel. So to finding this graphic novel on one of the top 50 graphic comics to buy and seeing it on sale on Amazon, I just couldn’t pass up the chance to buy it. When my copy arrived, I quickly devoured the comic with enthusiasm and interest. After months of waiting, my copy of Pyongyang: A Jouney in North Korea had arrived! THE STORY Famously referred to as one of the “Axis of Evil” countries, North Korea remains one of the most…

Bookbed recommends: ‘Beautiful Ruins’ by Jess Walter

by Paige Hermreck Sometimes (actually, really often) I dive into books because I see them repeatedly on “OMG, read this NOW!” or “The next book you won’t be able to put down!” lists and often, they are generally quick and cute and I like spending time with them. I found Beautiful Ruins on the clearance section at my local bookstore here in the Bay Area of California, loved its cover, which was stamped with “Top 100 New Times Book Review,” and it was on many of those charming little Pinterest lists. If you are familiar with those, you’ve probably come across…

Last Book Syndrome: ‘Paper Towns’ by John Green

by Clarissa Chua Hello, Cheer Readers and welcome to the first ever Last Book Syndrome! I’m so excited to launch this here since this is the perfect avenue for it and it’s been my blog baby idea for years now. *ehem* So what is Last Book Syndrome? It’s kind of like Last Song Syndrome, wherein the last song you hear gets stuck in your head, except with quotes from books. I mean, you know that lingering feeling after reading a fantastic book? That overwhelming mix of emotions as your brain, for the nth time, repeats your favourite scenes over and over? Well,…

Demanding Moar: An Interview with MoarBooks Founder Wina Puangco

by KB Meniado MoarBooks, a Manila-based indie press that advocates independent publishing, provides a venue for talents to be recognized and shared, is the brainchild of all-around Superwoman Wina Puangco. Here she talks about how it started, her favorite books and her thoughts on reading in the Philippines. Wina Puangco is a writing wonder. Visit her at Wonder Stories and MoarBooks. PREFACE Hi, Wina! Congratulations on MoarBooks. Can you talk a little about how it came to be? After I launched my self-published book Paperweight in 2012, a compilation of tiny fictions following a narrator who lived in the city, a lot of people were…