Ink Blots: ‘Girlfriends’ by Charles Bukowski

by Kariza Montealegre Memories are stories we’ve kept in the tiny compartments of our heads. If we look into our minds, they’re probably libraries housing books about our past. One part of that library could be named Past Lovers (which could be in the Restricted Section for some *wink*). If given a chance, would you pick up a book from this section? Or, would you just leave it until it gathers dust? If you’re torn, you could probably get some advice from Charles Bukowski’s poem Girlfriends. (It happens to be the 95th birth anniversary of Charles Bukowski, so allow me to…

Last Book Syndrome: ‘P.S. I Still Love You’ by Jenny Han

by Clarissa Chua Relationship Hungover. Those were the words that came to mind when I heard of the title of the sequel to To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han (which I unexpectedly loved, by the way). To a certain degree I was right, but after I read it, the title struck me more. Let’s take this a few months back to when I finished TATBILB. I was overwhelmed with emotions because I was initially rooting for Josh. You should know that when I ship, I ship hard, to the point that I won’t finish a book if I know…

#UmulanNgLibro at the Philippine Children’s Book Summit

by Bryan Meniado A funny memory came to me as I stepped into the Philippine Children’s Book Summit last July 21: Remember those people from publishing houses that visit schools and give out checklists? When I was in Grade 1, still learning to read-slash-still learning my ABCs (haha), I bought my first book through them: Mga Kuwentong Kagiliw-giliw, a collection of Filipino short stories. But growing up, buying books wasn’t really a priority. So arriving at the Book Summit, I was a little hesitant – and also, maybe a little intimidated. There were lots of people – authors, educators, librarians, students –…

Bookbed reviews: ‘The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories’ by Marina Keegan

by Kenna Marcelo THE STORY An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world’s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation. Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash. As her family, friends, and classmates, deep…

Bookbed recommends: ‘Una & Miguel’ by Lilledeshan Bose

by KB Meniado Una & Miguel was my first Filipino YA book, so when I saw a copy of its new edition at the National Children’s Book Fair at the Ateneo Rizal Library last July 25, I almost scared those who were (wo)manning the Adarna House booth (Hi!). I was so excited I was just nonstop gushing over the book displays. Told in alternating POVs, the story is about an outcast girl and a popular guy ending up together and their bantering and chase in between. Nothing groundbreaking, especially with the impossibly high standards of kilig in KathNiel, JaDine and even AlDub love teams…

Last Book Syndrome: ‘Lover’s Dictionary’ by David Levithan

by Clarissa Chua When it came to romance, I used to believe that if it’s meant to be, it will be. But sometimes, it’s a constant choice whether or not both parties want to continue. It’s a decision to keep moving, and to continue giving and forgiving. “Obstinate, adj. Sometimes it becomes a contest: Which is more stubborn, the love or the two arguing people caught within it?” Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan isn’t my favorite love story but it gave me new lenses through which to see the world. It is a book that showed, in an unconventional style, the different…