Book Journaling: ‘Filipino Prehistory,’ ‘Girlhood,’ ‘I Can Say No,’ and everything else I read in the past three months

by KB Meniado

Reading, like everything else in this pandemic, has become such a challenge, so if you read 17, 39, 86, or even just one book in the past three months, I would like to congratulate you. Us. Here are the 14 books that have helped me keep afloat.

They’re BoJo-worthy but are they also Bookshelf-worthy?

I try my best to diversify my reading choices so this list carries a variety of genre, making them Bookshelf-worthy for a certain kind of reader. Reviews published here on Bookbed are linked. I hope you find something you like! Feel free to recommend titles as well, or share your own list.

Filipino Prehistory by F. Landa Jocano

  • tries to answer “Who is the Filipino?”
  • challenges the reader to unlearn a lot of incorrect beliefs
  • highlights strengths of our pre-colonized ways

Stand Up, Yumi Chung by Jessica Kim

  • full of heart and laughter
  • shows immigrant family dynamics
  • features facets of South Korean culture
  • follows a young girl’s growth in terms of “how to chase after a dream”

I Wrote This To Remind You That… by Arli Pagaduan

I Must Belong Somewhere by Dawn Lanuza

tw // death, suicide, ideation, violence, bullying, injury, self-harm, body image, sexism, & mental health

Rebel Girls Lead: 25 Tales of Powerful Women

  • colorful, inspiring, and empowering
  • reminds readers, especially girls, to believe in their strengths and their power to achieve

I Met You for a Reason by Layla S. Tanjutco, illustrated by Carla de Guzman

Girlhood: Teens Around the World in Their Own Voices by Masuma Ahuja*

  • showcases patterns, similarities, and differences in the lives of young girls all over the world
  • doesn’t cover all nationalities or countries but quite a well-rounded representation

The Sprite and the Gardener by Joe Whitt and Rii Abrego*

  • whimsical graphic novel in pastel art
  • follows the story of an unlikely friendship in the name of nurturing nature
  • similar to the Tea Dragon Society series by Katie O’Neill

I Can Say No by Jenny Simmons*

  • teaches readers, especially the young ones, the value of saying no

The Girl from Jakarta by Hester Keegan*

  • stars a teen female rising in football stardom
  • tries to balance representation of the main character’s roots (Indonesian, English)

The Philippines Is Not A Small Country by Gideon Lasco

  • encapsulates the experiences of the average Filipino
  • stirs a lot of discussion-worthy questions in terms of national identity and culture
  • offers global perspective about history and development

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman

  • follows a grandfather’s journey in saying goodbye to his grandson
  • has strong emotional impact
  • shows how families deal with each other
  • treads on themes of love, loss, and grief

What Is Your Cat Really Thinking? by Sophie Johnson

  • (if you have a cat or have ever encountered a cat before, this book will leave you ameowsed)

The Tropetastic Kindness Bundle by #romanceclass (not anymore available to purchase; proceeds already forwarded to beneficiaries)

  • features different tropes in 15 romance stories (see my thread of excerpts here)

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ARCs of the titles with asterisk were either from the publisher or via Net Galley. Excerpts and quotes may not reflect final version. Read our Review Policy here.

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