Leafing Through Pages for Mental Wellness

by Joy Celine Asto Reading Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho was my first brush with literature that tackles the intricacies of mental health. I found its premise interesting. Despite having virtually everything a woman her age could ask for, the titular character decided to end her life in a rented room in a convent.…More

Bookbed reviews ‘Almost There’ by Tara Frejas (#summercrush Anthology)

by Shing Liganor THE STORY Beach. Love. Rock and roll. When life, love, and rock and roll come together on the sandy beaches of La Union for music festival Summer Crush, expect nothing less than the crashing of lips, bodies, and waves against the shore, against each other, and against your soul. Allow these three tales…More

Bookbed reviews ‘On the Spectrum’ by Jennifer Gold

by KB Meniado THE STORY Growing up in the shadow of a famous mother, Clara has never felt good about her body. Now, at sixteen, she has an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. After a social media disaster, she decides to escape for the summer to Paris to stay with her estranged dad and her six-year-old…More

10 Filipino Children’s Books Celebrating Moms

by Jackie Park I’m going to be frank with you: I underestimated my mom until it was my turn to reach that milestone. I barely gave a second thought to those days she woke up before everyone at home, preparing breakfast and our packed lunches until we all finally woke up and got ready. (I’ve woken up…More

From the Bookbed Room: ‘Windfall’ by Jennifer E. Smith

by Jem Manalaysay Jennifer E. Smith and Stephanie Perkins were one of the first YA contemporary authors I’ve read, and I enjoyed each one of their books immensely. In many ways, they are why I fell in love with reading YA lit. Because of that, I was super pleased to see that Jennifer E. Smith is…More