Writing Romance with Mina V. Esguerra

by Hazel Ureta I’ve always been more of a reader than a writer. However, last month, I was given the opportunity to learn more about writing—specifically, romance writing. Last September, I got to join Ayala Museum’s “Romance Novel Writing Workshop for Adults!” Being it the first day, Mina V. Esguerra, who was the speaker a.k.a “romanceContinue reading “Writing Romance with Mina V. Esguerra”

Generation W: An Interview with Wattpad Author Leng de Chavez

by Charlie Diaz In the past, people would have to go to brick-and-mortar libraries or bookstores whenever they wanted to read a book. But in this age of Facebook and Twitter, the new breed of readers can, with just a few taps and swipes on their smartphones and tablets, immerse themselves in a new novel (orContinue reading “Generation W: An Interview with Wattpad Author Leng de Chavez”

Spreading Love One Book at A Time: An Interview with Mensis Liber

by KB Meniado The idea behind Mensis Liber is simple: promote reading by giving away a free book every month. (In fact, I won one of the first giveaways—1Q84 by Haruki Murakami!) Since 2011, founder Kenna Marcelo has given away over 40 books to winners from all over the world. Enter the inside pages and discover howContinue reading “Spreading Love One Book at A Time: An Interview with Mensis Liber”

Bookbed recommends: ‘A Lover’s Discourse’ by Roland Barthes

by Cake Evangelista ­ “I knew no end to desiring you.” That is the one quote in Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse that has been imprinted in my mind ever since I came across this brilliant and thought-provoking—yet admittedly difficult to read—masterpiece of a book. The thing is, I first read that line not in Barthes’Continue reading “Bookbed recommends: ‘A Lover’s Discourse’ by Roland Barthes”

Meet the Goddess of Love Stories: An Interview with Romance Author Mina V. Esguerra

by Allana Luta and Cake Evangelista; art by Hazel Ureta Here at Bookbed, almost everyone is gaga over young adult and romance novels. (If it weren’t obvious yet.) So when we were talking about who we could feature as our first Filipino author, Mina V. Esguerra, one of today’s most popular Filipino authors of romance lit, definitely came on topContinue reading “Meet the Goddess of Love Stories: An Interview with Romance Author Mina V. Esguerra”

Bookbed recommends: ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ by Richard Bach

by Allana Luta Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a story about following your dreams, told through the eyes of an extraordinary seagull. Jonathan wants nothing more than to perfect the art of flying, something that goes against the norm of his flock, which is simply to eat. Jonathan’s stubbornness results in his expulsion from his community.Continue reading “Bookbed recommends: ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ by Richard Bach”

Bookbed reviews: ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’ by Sherman Alexie

by L Meniado The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie contains pages that will give you metaphorical boners and emotional erections. As Gordy, one of the characters in the book, funnily explained: “Well, I don’t mean boner in a sexual sense. When I say boner, I really mean joy. Boner is funnier. AndContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’ by Sherman Alexie”

Bookbed recommends: ‘On the Jellicoe Road’ by Melina Marchetta

by Elaine Zapanta I see poorly written smut on display and I get a tiny bit sad on the inside and think that maybe I’ve outgrown YA. That I should be moving on to thicker books filled with characters with more difficult, real-life problems. And then I’ll come across books like Melina Marchetta’s On the JellicoeContinue reading “Bookbed recommends: ‘On the Jellicoe Road’ by Melina Marchetta”

From Bestsellers to Blockbusters: 5 Adaptations of Books to Enjoy

by Allana Luta Gone Girl. Mockingjay. The Maze Runner. If I Stay. The Hobbit. What do these books have in common? They have all been adapted into films and will most likely be the next Hollywood blockbusters in the coming months. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited to watch ALL the films! AndContinue reading “From Bestsellers to Blockbusters: 5 Adaptations of Books to Enjoy”

Bookbed recommends: ‘How To Kill A Rockstar’ by Tiffanie DeBartolo

by Charlie Diaz Tiffanie DeBartolo’s How to Kill a Rock Star is about Eliza, a music journalist, whose passion in music matches Paul, the front man of Bananafish. Together, sparks fly and everything seems right. However, every love story has bumps on the road and here it is Paul’s stand against commercializing music. He loves beingContinue reading “Bookbed recommends: ‘How To Kill A Rockstar’ by Tiffanie DeBartolo”