Why Filipinos Should Read: ‘Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success’ by Phil Jackson

by Bryan Meniado The Philippines is undeniably a basketball-crazy country, and the recently concluded NBA season, where Kevin Durant’s Golden State Warriors reigned anew over LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers, only proves how crazy we are for the sport. Even if you are not into basketball, you couldn’t completely evade or disregard some of your friends’…More

Bookbed recommends: The ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy by Patrick Ness

by Allana Luta Imagine living in a world where every thought you have is broadcast into the world and can be heard and seen by everyone around you, and you theirs. There would be no such thing as secrets or surprises or privacy, only noise, constant and intruding. That is the premise of the Chaos…More

Bookbed reviews: ‘Chroma Hearts’ by Mayumi Cruz

by KB Meniado THE STORY Can love triumph over all—even catatonic depression? Can love defeat everything—even a diabolical evil? A new bride suffering from catatonia. A determined husband trying to break through the black pit in which her brain escaped to. And a ruthless abomination who will stop at nothing to tear them apart. Melvin…More

Storiesnap Time: Tales From Around the World

Welcome back to Storiesnap Time, in which we feature books with illustrations in snaps and clips. This time, we chose Tales From Around the World released by Nido in the ’90s. Nido is a milk brand here in the Philippines, and back then, these pocket storybooks were freebies for every box or can bought. Watch the video below…More

Rewind Down: The ‘I Heart Iloilo’ series by Clarisse David

by KB Meniado Welcome back to Rewind Down, where we sit back, relax and revisit stories. This is inspired by The Rewatch Project of Forever Young Adult. (Read our previous sessions here.) For this session, we’re returning to the I Heart Iloilo series by Clarisse David, a YA+NA romance series set right here in the Philippines. The…More

Bookbed recommends: Filipino romance author Tara Frejas

by KB Meniado I’ve always been a reader of romance. Started when I was in high school, and I’ve never looked back. All those Precious Hearts Romance and historical fiction with covers that could make judgmental onlookers uncomfortable. Some people, even friends, have questioned why this is one of my favorite genre choices, and sometimes,…More

Shelfwalking: Minimalism On My Mind (or What To Do With My Books)

by Agnes Manalo There are books by favorite authors, books I’ve been meaning to read since their appearance on some list or another, irresistible bargain books, books with pretty covers, etc. They sit, unread, on my shelves for years. Once I’ve read them, I have to figure out what to do with them. A favorite…More

Bookbed reviews: ‘Gitarista’ by Reev Robledo

by KB Meniado THE STORY This historical novel takes place during the rise of cosmopolitan Manila in the 70s. Buildings towered over paved roads, vehicles caused traffic jams, business districts were expanding, and the music and arts scene was a burgeoning form of entertainment and a stark representation of the country’s national identity. Raised by a…More