Crossed Wires: Some Pressing Concerns on the Writing of Historical Fiction

by Jose Carlo Flordeliza I was tasked to explore the literary genre of historical fiction and create insights that would perhaps provide some semblance of clarity to this tradition that has once again managed to gain significant traction in the publishing world. However, I realize that most of the rules are now rather vague. I foundContinue reading “Crossed Wires: Some Pressing Concerns on the Writing of Historical Fiction”

‘Paperback or Hardback?’: The Book Format Dilemma

by Ron Supan When I started collecting books years ago, I didn’t care which format they were in as long as I enjoyed the story. But after a while, I got irritated staring at my disorganized shelves, so I decided to buy only hardcovers or hardbacks. And, boy, did those sturdy, elegant spines look neatContinue reading “‘Paperback or Hardback?’: The Book Format Dilemma”

#BookbedBlindDates: Bookbed’s book exchange

The idea of hosting book exchanges came up during our very first meeting (!) in June 2014—way before this community even existed. This year, we finally decided to do it! Inspired by a photo we found years ago on Tumblr), we hosted our very first #BookbedBlindDates! The mechanics are pretty simple: Dress up a book and putContinue reading “#BookbedBlindDates: Bookbed’s book exchange”

Last Book Syndrome: ‘Something about Love’ by Elana Johnson

by Clarissa Chua The increased productivity of people tend to neglect the most essential and simple things in life—nature, reading books and the simple act of relaxing, spending quality time with their loved ones. Yet, ironically, they (we) still crave for the beauty in haste. Reading Elana Johnson reminds me it isn’t impossible to feel both. SomethingContinue reading “Last Book Syndrome: ‘Something about Love’ by Elana Johnson”

Fiction Nation: Lost (and Found!) In Translation

by Allana Luta This month’s Fiction Nation is not exactly an “adaptation” but a translated version. I decided to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in *drum roll* Filipino! (It’s not strictly Tagalog because English words are sprinkled here and there.) This edition was given to me a couple of Christmases ago and I onlyContinue reading “Fiction Nation: Lost (and Found!) In Translation”

Bookbed reviews: ‘The Multiverse of Max Tovey’ by Alastair Swinnerton

by Clarissa Chua THE STORY Fourteen-year-old Max Tovey’s world is blown apart when he discovers that his problems are nothing to do with him, and everything to do with being a Time Traveller. Following his mysterious grandfather’s funeral, Max finds himself on a wild journey through first century Celtic Britain, real and mythological, as his everyContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘The Multiverse of Max Tovey’ by Alastair Swinnerton”

Bookbed reviews: ‘For Love of Anna’ by James Lawless

by Racquel Sarah A. Castro THE STORY When university student Guido van Thool accidentally bumps into the beautiful ballerina Anna Zweig in Loti’s café, it sets them off on a whirlwind of romance of ballet concerts, anti-globalisation marches and love trysts in bluebell woods. Even when Guido is called away for military service, time can’t testContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘For Love of Anna’ by James Lawless”

Crossed Wires: Romance is the Real Deal

by Mina V. Esguerra Sad and tired truth: Romance is, despite its popularity worldwide, one of the genres that “serious readers” and “serious writers” find acceptable to diss. The put-down can be as innocent as “I prefer to read challenging books” or as alarming as “Teenage pregnancies are on the rise because of books with kissing!”Continue reading “Crossed Wires: Romance is the Real Deal”

Bookbed reviews: ‘Echo’ by Lorena Glass

by Mikki Shiu THE STORY Echo is the first book of a trilogy that is the epic love story of two cursed lovers that fate, time, and death are constantly conspiring to keep apart; while they are determined to defy all three to be together. Whenever one dies, the other time travels to the lost lover’sContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Echo’ by Lorena Glass”

Ink Blots: ‘Remember How We Forgot’, ‘Here I Am’

by Kariza Montealegre Today’s poems—yes, I am sharing two poems today—are about the revelation of the future to our childhood selves. As they say, we can never predict what life may bring. What we may have dreamed as a child may not be what or where we are now—and yes, that could be frustrating. I haveContinue reading “Ink Blots: ‘Remember How We Forgot’, ‘Here I Am’”