Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies’ by Jared Diamond

by Bryan Meniado This August, we celebrate Buwan ng Mga Wika. This is the time when students showcase their talents in Balagtasan and writing competitions for the promotion and appreciation of our national language. It is also the best time for every Filipino to be proud, not only of our language and literature, but also ofContinue reading “Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies’ by Jared Diamond”

From the Bookbed Room: Reviewing 52 Children’s Books by Asian Authors

by Jackie Park I was determined to read to my daughter as early as possible, starting from before she was born. I first began reading to her while she was still in my tummy at five months. Her first book was a collection of Korean folktales. After she was born, I read her baby book afterContinue reading “From the Bookbed Room: Reviewing 52 Children’s Books by Asian Authors”

Bookbed reviews ‘The Gangster and the Socialite’ by Mayumi Cruz

by Sheree Tagle THE STORY Marie Megan Montecillo’s glamorous, sheltered, peaceful life was shattered and turned upside down by a series of staggering events which took her in a dizzying, whirling, roller coaster ride of unbelievable proportions. Will she survive with her life and wealth… and heart intact? In this romantic comedy story with a crime/suspenseContinue reading “Bookbed reviews ‘The Gangster and the Socialite’ by Mayumi Cruz”

Bookbed reviews ‘The Bookshop Back Home’ by Catherine Dellosa

by KB Meniado I signed up for the blog tour because I’ve read an older work by this author (and beta-read an upcoming one) that I enjoyed. Naturally, I had expectations. Expectations that were only made bigger because of three things: ‘bookstore’, older guy, a dreaded homecoming. These were things familiar to me, and so IContinue reading “Bookbed reviews ‘The Bookshop Back Home’ by Catherine Dellosa”

Poetry Submission: ‘My Red Cap and Me’

by Jela Olaso Once upon a time, when I was a little girl, I found a red cap.   And so, I wore it!   I loved my red cap, my first love ever. We stayed together. We walked together. We sang and danced together. Always, forever.   Until one day—   My mom, li’l brotherContinue reading “Poetry Submission: ‘My Red Cap and Me’”

From the Bookbed Room: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ by Andre Aciman

by Miguel Galang Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman follows Elio as he reminisces the time when he was 17 years old and living in Italy with his parents. Every summer, Elio’s parents would take in an academic guest who would live in their villa for six weeks and help with his father’s academic paperwork. They alsoContinue reading “From the Bookbed Room: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ by Andre Aciman”

Call For Submissions: Fictory: A Bookbed Fic Fest

Welcome to Fictory, Bookbed‘s first fic fest! Fictory was first born out of Bookbed‘s Storyteller in Chief’s fanfic-riddled brain and the Head Cheer Reader’s boundless enthusiasm for anything new and exciting. Eventually, Fictory was transformed into a project that encourages the members of our community to challenge themselves and write original short stories based onContinue reading “Call For Submissions: Fictory: A Bookbed Fic Fest”

Bookbed reviews ‘The Mythology Class’ by Arnold Arre

by Cake Evangelista While reading Arnold Arre’s 1999 debut graphic novel The Mythology Class (2000 National Book Award Winner), I couldn’t help but reminisce about the fantastical and magical stories my mom, aunts, uncles and late grandmother used to tell me, my siblings and cousins when we were growing up. Those bedtime and naptime storiesContinue reading “Bookbed reviews ‘The Mythology Class’ by Arnold Arre”

Bookbed reviews ‘The Queen’s Game’ by Carla de Guzman

by KB Meniado THE STORY There are only two reasons why Nina would come back home to Cincamarre–one, if Auntie Delia promises to stop butting into her business, two, if her father died and she was made to ascend the throne to be queen.  Unfortunately for her, it was the second thing that brought her home. Continue reading “Bookbed reviews ‘The Queen’s Game’ by Carla de Guzman”