Fanmanning Over Heroes: An Interview with Author Matthew Quick

by KB Meniado Matthew Quick is most known for Silver Linings Playbook but it was Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock that was the game changer for me. I loved it so much that it ended up in my Best Reads of 2013 All Time. It was the kind of book that I wanted to write, that I turned and returned to, that I always wanted to share about. So when I had the opportunity to meet Matthew Quick at the Philippine Literary Festival 2015 last August 29, it was—as he would always describe his success—”surreal.” Here is a part of the conversation I thought would be…

Last Book Syndrome: ‘Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe’ by Benjamin Alire Saez

by Clarissa Chua I got Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saez in exchange for Anna Karenina that my friend gave me. (Thank you, Lord, for gift receipts!) It was a spontaneous choice because I originally wanted Lang Leav’s books but when my mom saw it, her eyes grew wide at the thinness of the books. But thinking back (three months ago, by the way), what compelled me to pick the book was its cover. Who ever said anything about not judging a book by its cover? Also, the choice of philosopher names for a…

Bookbed recommends: Filipiniana

ni Nicai de Guzman; mga litrato ni Kat Candelaria Noong ako’y nasa elementarya at hayskul, palagi akong nasa silid-aklatan. Nakakahiyang aminin pero hindi ko talaga pinapansin noon ang Filipiniana section. Nang maging miyembro ako ng Heritage Conservation Society-Youth ay saka ko lamang binigyang pansin ang mga akda ng sarili nating kababayan, partikular ang mga tungkol sa kasaysayan. Ang mga librong nakalista dito ay ilan lamang sa mai-rerekumenda ko at ng mga kasamahan ko sa HCS-Youth para patuloy nating pahalagahan ang mga alala ng nakaraan. 1. Women of Malolos ni Nicanor G. Tiongson   Maraming pamilyar sa mga kababaihan ng Malolos dahil…

Last Book Syndrome: ‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth

by Clarissa Chua Divergent by Veronica Roth is definitely not the last book I’ve read. In all honesty, if I get the book nearest to me and turn it to page 70, it’ll say that my life’s assets is tantamount to my liabilities and equity. *gasp* And you wouldn’t want a quote on that, trust me. This quote is in celebration of the birthday of one of my favorite contemporary dystopian authors, Veronica Roth! (Yes, I love classic dystopian novels like 1984 by George Orwell and The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry. But I didn’t even realize that they were under the…

Photobooks: A Trip Down Memory Lane

by Lindy Gamolo Like most things, memories do not last forever. They fade over time, no matter how hard we try to keep them safe in our minds. To make it worse, we could completely lose them when we’re older and maybe have more time to look back on our lives. Sometimes, what’s left are vague ideas or uncertain feelings they evoke when recalled. That is one reason why I take photos. Not of myself, but of what I see and feel at that fleeting moment. Photos are printed memories. They’re captured emotions. You can argue that photos are not forever…

FaceBookIt: Makeup Inspired by ‘The Return of the King’ by J.R.R. Tolkien

by Elaine Zapanta and Tellie This time, we teamed up with one of my favorite bloggers to read because her reviews on beauty and skin care products—especially her Monthly Skin Care Snippets—are always honest, funny and on point. It’s no other than the Subscription Boxes Queen herself, Tellie of Beauty By Tellie! I really like the makeup look Tellie came up with. It’s bold and daring. Read on to check out the look Tellie created! *** Hello, I’m Tellie and I blog at Beauty By Tellie. A few weeks ago, Elaine invited me to collaborate for FaceBookIt. I’m not a huge reader but there are a…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Newsflesh’ series by Mira Grant

by Ron Supan The Newsflesh series by Mira Grant is not your usual zombie read. When was the last time you read about a journalist who, at one moment, was uncovering truths, then poking zombies with sticks and shooting their brains out the next? 1. Countdown (#0.5) (e-book only) THE STORY The year is 2014, the year everything changed. We cured cancer. We cured the common cold. We died. This is the story of how we rose. When will you rise? Read reviews: Goodreads WHAT I LIKED I read this prequel before starting the series proper because I believe being aware of…