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. But why? By leafing through the book to look for answers to this question, I unknowingly plunged into the complexities of situations that people with mental health battles are often subjected to. What Coelho felt compelled to put in writing was likely his own experience…

Bookbed reviews ‘You Only Need Reminding’ by Jay E. Tria (#summercrush Anthology)

by Twila Bergania 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 of love to take you away for an unforgettable weekend. Ana’s life as a corporate warrior, graduate student, and girlfriend to indie rock band boy Miki starts to spin out of control, and she wonders if it is love that has to give. (You Only…

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 of love to take you away for an unforgettable weekend. Ana’s life as a corporate warrior, graduate student, and girlfriend to indie rock band boy Miki starts to spin out of control, and she wonders if it is love that has to give. (You Only…

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 brother, Alastair, who is on the autism spectrum. Charged with his care, Clara and Alastair set out to explore the city. Paris teaches Clara about first love and gives her a new love of food. And Alastair teaches Clara about patience, trust and the beauty…

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 to pillow attacks many times during my more stubborn, don’t-wanna-wake-up days.) And I can still remember quite vividly my mother’s rising fury at discovering how we (usually just me) were still not ready even after everything she had already finished doing. Then she would drive…

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 releasing a new book. The title sounds good, the cover looks gorgeous, the plot seems exciting! It also features the best friends-to-lovers trope, which I am an absolute sucker for. However, let me be honest and say that I have mixed feelings with this one……