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)


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.

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

  1. These are so many books to have read in the last 3 months! Congratulations for reading such varied titles. 🙂


  2. […] 2021. Below is the list of the titles I finished in the second quarter, and in case you missed it, here’s the one from the first quarter. I hope you find something here that you’ve also picked up or some that you’d like to […]


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