Bookbed reviews: ‘Chasing Mr. Prefect’ by Katt Briones

by Inah Peralta THE STORY For the first time in her life, Vinnie finds herself on the brink of academic suspension. While standing up to a bully is something she’ll never regret, she has to take on additional responsibilities in lieu of punishment for the offense. This unfortunately involves working with Cholo, the head disciplinary prefect, who seems to take delight in other people’s blunders. Her determination to match his expectations eventually leads her into a crazy chase to keep up. Will Vinnie be able to carry on and eventually catch up? Or will the chase be too much for her…

#BookbedReadsPHLit Report for January

Welcome to the first book report for #BookbedReadsPHLit! In this reading challenge, readers must choose one book by a Filipino every month throughout the year. Of course, we encouraged our Roomies (blogger partners) to participate. Check out their picks for January below! 1. Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan What I liked: Aside from good character development, I also enjoyed how detailed this book is—from the description of weapons to the specifics of psychological trauma. However…: (Spoiler alert! Highlight succeeding text to read.) As I am a dentist by profession, I did not enjoy seeing one put in a bad light. It might…

Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘The Design of Everyday Things’ by Don Norman

by Bryan Meniado Have you ever encountered doors you don’t know whether to push or pull and ending up doing the wrong action? I’m fairly sure that many of us have, and in such occurrences, we normally blame ourselves, or somebody else, for the blunder. But is it really our fault… or is it the door’s fault? It may sound absurd for some to blame the door. But with the countless bloopers committed by many, it’s safe to say that bad doors, or the so-called Norman doors, are everywhere. So yes, we can free ourselves from guilt because that annoying door is…

From the Bookbed Room: ‘By Your Side’ by Kasie West

by Inah Peralta Kasie West writes the best fluffy romances, and I dove into this book expecting to get The Distance Between Us and On The Fence feels. But By Your Side had something more to offer. Aside from the signature swoons, this book offered me important and relevant issues to explore—and I loved it. ☁  Continue reading on The Bibliophile Confessions ☁

Bookbed reviews: ‘What About Today’ by Dawn Lanuza

by Lucille de Mesa THE STORY Aiden’s stuck working for his family’s amusement park, Funtastic World, for the whole summer. Nothing amuses him, until he met this terrified girl.  Gemma’s stuck in Funtastic World thinking she could handle the park’s rides. She couldn’t. Good thing she met someone to guide her. As the day comes to a close, Aiden and Gemma ask themselves if one day is ever enough to decide if they were better off as friends or strangers. Read reviews: Goodreads WHAT I LIKED I expected What About Today to be a ‘light weekend read’ but then it had other…

Celebrating Stories of Love and Everything In Between at the ‘Before I Do Anthology’ Launch

by Kat Petines, photos by Kelly Mahipus Stories about love are not new. Society’s obsession with the subject has spawned a truckload of materials that focus on the search for it, the triumph of finding it, the tragedy of losing it and everything in between. In fact, love has turned into such a central theme in our lives that it is not surprising to see your fourteen-year-old cousin sharing a sad love song on Facebook, captioning it with “Someday, I will be alright again. 💔” Of course it’s fricking weird, but it happens. And you know what? It’s okay. Because in…

Storiesnap Time: ‘stories from year twenty-nine’ by Joy Celine Asto

Welcome to Storiesnap Time, in which we feature books with illustrations in snaps and clips. This time, we chose stories from year twenty-nine by Joy Celine Asto. A visual diary, this self-published book features 47 photos in full color, patterned in intertwining stories. Watch the video below to check out a few pages, and if you enjoyed this, let us know in the comments below. We also welcome requests so feel free to send titles our way! ☁ This book is available here. This post is not sponsored.