Bookbed reviews: 'Tweet Cute' by Emma Lord (Blog Tour + Excerpt)

by KB Meniado

THE STORY

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected. Get a copy / Read reviews: Goodreads

WHAT I LIKED

Family business rivalry through Twitter wars with a teen romance on the side? Sign me up! Pepper and Jack are likable characters, and it was fun following their app chats (in the guise of Bluebird and Wolf) and real-life interaction (as ~frenemies). Very like You’ve Got Mail indeed, as tagged by the author herself. On top of the cute, so to speak, moments, online culture and business-versus-passion dilemmas are also efficiently depicted and utilized to reach a satisfying ending. After all, figuring out what to want in life and reaching for goals is always a five star-worthy theme. Overall, it’s snarky and funny, and cheesy and cute—quite the quintessential YA romcom. (All the food a mouth-watering bonus!)

“So you never told me what it is you want to do with your life.
I mean, no pressure or anything, it’s just the rest of forever.”

Pepper

HOWEVER

The story may be set in New York, one of the most diverse cities in the world, but the cast is largely white, and some strictly American pop culture references can be limiting for international readers. Plot could have also been done a little tighter as some parts felt a bit long-winded.

“I find out approximately two seconds later that it is very difficult to commit to a heated storm out of a bakery with a giant baguette in your hand.”

Jack

tl;dr

Adorably cheesy with a few burnt edges, Tweet Cute by Emma Lord is a YA romcom that’s a delight to sink your teeth into.


JACK

“Look.” I glance into the classroom, where Ethan is thoroughly distracted by Stephen and no longer keeping an eye on us. “I may have . . . overreacted.”

Pepper shakes her head. “I told you. I get it. It’s your family.”

“Yeah. But it’s also—well, to be honest, this has been kind of good for business.”

Pepper’s brow furrows, that one little crease returning. “What, the tweets?”

“Yeah.” I scratch the back of my neck, sheepish. “Actually, we had a line out the door yesterday. It was kind of intense.”

“That’s . . . that’s good, right?”

The tone of my voice is clearly not matching up with the words I’m saying, but if I’m being honest, I’m still wary of this whole overnight business boom. And if I’m being honest, I’m even more wary of Pepper. If this really is as much of a family business as she claims it is—to the point where she’s helping run the Twitter handle, when even I know enough about corporate Twitter accounts to know entire teams of experienced people get paid to do that—then she might have had more of a hand in this whole recipe theft thing than she’s letting on.

The fact of the matter is, I can’t trust her. To the point of not knowing whether I can even trust her knowing how our business is doing, or just how badly we need it.

“Yeah, um, I guess.” I try to make it sound noncommittal. My acting skills, much like my breakfast-packing skills, leave much to be desired.

“So . . .”

“So.”

Pepper presses her lips into a thin line, a question in her eyes.

“So, I guess—if your mom really wants you to keep tweeting . . .”

“Wait. Yesterday you were pissed. Two minutes ago you were pissed.”

“I am pissed. You stole from us,” I reiterate. “You stole from an eighty-five-year-old woman.”

“I didn’t—”

“Yeah, yeah, but still. You’re them, and I’m . . . her. It’s like a choose your fighter situation, and we just happen to be the ones up to bat.”

“So you’re saying—you don’t not want me to keep this up?”

“The way I see it, you don’t have to make your mom mad, and we get a few more customers in the door too.”

Pepper takes a breath like she’s going to say something, like she’s going to correct me, but after a moment, she lets it go. Her face can’t quite settle on an expression, toeing the line between dread and relief.

“You’re sure?”

I answer by opening the container she handed me. The smell that immediately wafts out of it should honestly be illegal; it stops kids I’ve never even spoken to in their tracks.

“Are you a witch?” I ask, reaching in and taking a bite of one. It’s like Monster Cake, the Sequel—freaking Christmas in my mouth. I already want more before I’ve even managed to chew. My eyes close as if I’m experiencing an actual drug high—and maybe I am, because I forget myself entirely and say, “This might even be better than our Kitchen Sink Macaroons.”

“Kitchen Sink Macaroons?”

Eyes open again. Yikes. Note to self: dessert is the greatest weapon in Pepper’s arsenal. I swallow my bite so I can answer her.

“It’s kind of well-known, at least in the East Village. It even got in some Hub Seed roundup once. I’d tell you to try some, but you might steal the recipe, so.”

Pepper smiles, then—actually smiles, instead of the little smirk she usually does. It’s not startling, but what it does to me in that moment kind of is.

Before I can examine the unfamiliar lurch in my stomach, the bell rings and knocks the smile right off her face. I follow just behind her, wondering why it suddenly seems too hot in here, like they cranked the air up for December instead of October. I dismiss it by the time I get to my desk—probably just all the Twitter drama and the glory of So Sorry Blondies getting to my head.

“One rule,” she says, as we sit in the last two desks in the back of the room.

I raise my eyebrows at her.

“We don’t take any of it personally.” She leans forward on her desk, leveling with me, her bangs falling into her face. “No more getting mad at each other. Cheese and state.”

“What happens on Twitter stays on Twitter,” I say with a nod of agreement. “Okay, then, second rule: no kid gloves.”

Mrs. Fairchild is giving that stern look over the room that never quite successfully quiets anyone down. Pepper frowns, waiting for me to elaborate.

“I mean—no going easy on each other. If we’re going to play at this, we’re both going to give it our A game, okay? No holding back because we’re . . .”

Friends, I almost say. No, I’m going to say. But then—

“I’d appreciate it if even one of you acknowledged the bell with your silence,” Mrs. Fairchild grumbles.

I turn to Pepper, expecting to find her snapping to attention the way she always does when an adult comes within a hundred feet of disciplining her. But her eyes are still intent on me, like she is sizing something up—like she’s looking forward to something I haven’t anticipated yet.

“All right. No taking it personally. And no holding back.”

She holds her hand out for me to shake again, under the desk so Mrs. Fairchild won’t see it. I smile and shake my head, wondering how someone can be so aggressively seventeen and seventy-five at the same time, and then I take it. Her hand is warm and small in mine, but her grip is surprisingly firm, with a pressure that almost feels like she’s still got her fingers wrapped around mine even after we let go.

I turn back to the whiteboard, a ghost of a smirk on my face. “Let the games begin.”

☁️

The reviewer received a copy through the blog tour by Wednesday Books in exchange for honest thoughts. Tweet Cute is now available. Read our Review Policy here.

Bookbed recommends: 'Ti Dakkel nga Armang'

by KB Meniado

Saanak launay makaawat ti Ilocano ngem nagpatulung ak ken ni tatang ko nga basaen diay Ti Dakkel nga Armang, ket narigatan met isuna nga maawatan dagidiay nauneg nga Ilocano. (Pangasinan-Ilocano ni tatang ko.) Mayat latta iti pinagbasa mi ti napintas nga istorya nga maipanggep ken ni armang community idiay Rimos, masursuroan ka nga agsakripisyo ken agpursige iti pinagbiag.

Kayat ko iti agpasalamat kadagiti maestra iti Luna, La Union (Michelle Corpuz, Rachel Espiritu, Suzy Corpuz, Rosita Aragon, Luz Miranda) ken The Storytelling Project nga nag-aramid diay libro. Nag-enjoy nak nga nagbasa gamin awan ti direct translation na iti English o Filipino. Napintas nga ti agbasa iti agsasabali nga Philippine languages, ken napipintas pay kuma no makaaramid tayo pay iti kastoy nga libro nga sitayo iti nagsurat.

(I’m not fluent in Ilocano so I had to ask my dad to help me read Ti Dakkel nga Armang. To our surprise, it had a lot of deep words (my dad is Pangasinan-Ilocano). But that didn’t stop us from enjoying this children’s story about the armang community in the town of Rimos. It carries the lessons of sacrifice, perseverance, and kindness.

Kudos and thank you to the teachers from Luna, La Union (Michelle Corpuz, Rachel Espiritu, Suzy Corpuz, Rosita Aragon, Luz Miranda), The Storytelling Project, and the whole production team for this story. I’m used to children’s books with English translation on the same page, so it was fun reading it in this language. I hope we can enjoy more local stories, written by us ourselves.)

☁️

The reviewer received a copy of the book from the publisher. Ti Dakkel nga Armang is available at Aklat Alamid and Pumplepie Books & Happiness.

We've loved books for years. Why haven't we been reading as much?

by Agnes Manalo, Allana Luta, and KB Meniado

Happy New Reading Year! We still love books, first of all. But we’ve also been wanting to talk about this, and so what better time than now, mid-January? Here, we spill our most candid reading (or non-reading) experiences. May you find refuge.

Why haven’t we been reading?

Agnes: First of all, omg, I *have* been reading. Decades’ worth of stationery blogs, hundreds of thousands of words of fanfiction, everyone’s year-end and decade-end essays on social media, all the while wondering why I’m not reading and why I’m not writing either.

Except I *have* been writing. Not in any literary sense, but last year I got really into calligraphy (italic hand and then my variation on it), and I’m still practicing. And I’m still keeping a journal. It’s somewhere between a daily log and morning pages, with occasional bullet journaling/planning ahead. So yeah, I’ve been reading and writing.

Allana: It’s not that I haven’t been reading as much, it’s just that I haven’t been reading books. Not published novels or nonfiction anyway, which is what I’m assuming we mean here when saying “books read.” But if we count fanfiction and manga? The amount I consumed just in the past year would be considered unhealthy.

KB: Excuse me, I too have journals and sincerely written IG captions keeping me busy?? Kidding aside, I spent the past year reflecting, that’s why. And touching books, asking “does this spark joy.” Apparently, it worked! It was more of a letting go-and-circulating year rather than accumulating.

So how many books did we read in 2019?

Agnes: I read 35 books! Set my goal at 24, and I’m pretty happy I exceeded it. Some poetry, some picture books, a lot of nonfiction, and only one book read out of obligation.

Allana: Get ready for it… 12! Which was my goal really of one book per month. In 2018, I read FIVE (5) so hah! Twelve is an improvement. Before my reading regression, I averaged around 24 books a year, so I’m halfway back.

KB: 65! I used to read close to 100 or more a year. Yes, quality over quantity, la la la. But there’s also value in reading a lot, and constantly, because you learn about what you enjoy and what you don’t. Finishing 65 is still a feat.

And how many books do we think we’ll read this 2020?

Agnes: I set my Goodreads reading challenge at 24. Gotta set realistic expectations. 

Allana: 15? 18? All I want to do is get through my poor, disregarded TBR pile.

KB: As advised by Agnes, set the bar lower so… 80, less 10 of last year’s. Because once a dreamer, always a dreamer~

Do we have any explanations or excuses about not having reviewed books as often as before?

Agnes: Not my thing. I love recommending books to people, but I don’t enjoy the pressure of knowing I’m reading a book in order to provide feedback for it. It’s like there’s a constant mental tally of pros and cons as I’m reading. 

Allana: If I am forced or pressured to read something, I will automatically have negative feelings for it no matter how good it is, and begrudge every compliment I will write. So maybe I’m not the best at giving reviews.

KB: ^ Welcome to Bookbed, guys, lol. I don’t disagree, though. For a time there, we fell into that trap. That makes it hard to enjoy reading, much more reviewing. But me, I still have fun talking about books, especially the ones I chose to read. Always a pleasure to celebrate bookish feelings, and supporting the people who made those happen. If not here, I do it on Twitter @heykebe 🙂

What do we think about DNF-ing books?

Agnes: Difficult for me because I want to get my money’s worth. But I have been abandoning books now and letting them go. Tiwala nalang na there are books more suited to me out there (or on my shelf) and that if I ever want to read the books I abandoned, they will find a way to come back to me.

Allana: Ugh. Hate doing this. I used to feel like I owe it to the author who worked hard on their book, and to myself for starting it. But honestly, I only have limited energy, why waste it on something that doesn’t interest me in the slightest?

KB: Amen. Let’s not hurt ourselves.

What has changed in terms of our book buying habits?

Agnes: I bought at least five books last year, maybe more. Trying to avoid hanging out in bookstores, or at least, I’d settle with taking photos instead of receipts. I don’t know if my book buying habits changed on purpose or just out of necessity—new hobbies, smaller income, less shelf space.

Allana: I used to only buy physical books because I like feeling the weight of a book in my hands and seeing just how many pages I’ve been through and how many pages I have left. But we only have so much space in our house and some books are just not available in any local bookstore, so I have made peace with the fact that sometimes, e-books are the best (or only) choice. 

KB: Seconding Agnes and Allana’s emotions. I can leave a book sale without purchasing anything, but buying digital is another story.

Has that affected our book collecting habits?

Agnes: When I read more books in a year, I let go of more books too. 

Allana: Nowadays, I only keep books I actually like and donate the rest.

KB: Because of my desire to go “less,” I’m okay not having a full physical bookshelf. I’ve let go of around 500 books in the last four years, maybe. Donations, gifts, giveaways, etc. It’s okay, I’m fine, guys, we’re fine. Our books have found new homes where they will be loved the same, if not more.

Are our favorite books from five or 10 years ago still our favorites?

Agnes: Recently I reread two middle grade books from 15+ years ago. Glad to report they held up to the test of time. One of them even moved me to tears. I’m hoping to reread more books this year, maybe starting with the easy stuff like Penguin Little Black Classics and my Roald Dahl collection. 

Allana: Hmm. Yes? Or at least the insight I gained from them has remained. Not sure if I can relate to them now that I’m older and (hopefully) wiser but they still have a spot on my shelf despite my constant purge of old books. Or maybe I’m just a sentimental fool.

KB: Many didn’t resonate with me anymore, so I moved on, they moved on, we all moved on. Friends say I’ll probably regret one day someday, but I don’t think so, because for one, e-books exist.

What is your new reading goal?

Agnes: I really want to focus on rereading. Expecting to see a lot of childhood favorites and secondhand bookstore finds I haven’t managed to let go of. After that, maybe I’ll tackle my e-book hoard of bestsellers and recommendations from friends.

Allana: More graphic novels!

KB: I tend to consume mostly fiction, so I want to challenge myself this year to read more nonfiction. So, alternating. Nonfic then fic then nonfic, and so on. Wish me—us luck. We wish the same for you, whatever your reading goals are. ☁️

Bookbed reviews: ‘Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

by Agnes Manalo

Note: This contains photos of a handwritten review. Click through image to enlarge and enjoy!

THE STORY

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response.

Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions–compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive–for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can “allow” women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today. Get a copy: National bookstores / Read reviews: Goodreads

WHAT I LIKED

“I matter equally. Full stop.”

HOWEVER

I didn’t like the suggestion written under assumption she is heterosexual followed by the explanation that it’s what the author felt best equipped to talk about.

tl;dr

A quick read on how to raise a feminist, or how you yourself can become more feminist. ☁️

Bookbed recommends: ‘Raya and Grayson’s Guide to Saving the World’ by Catherine Dellosa #romanceclassFlicker (plus an interview!)

by KB Meniado

If you’re looking to add to your list of YA Novels That Will Make You Cry, the latest #romanceclassFlicker release Raya and Grayson’s Guide to Saving the World might just be your missing candidate. This tearjerker will either make you shed out of joy (comic book love rep!) or out of heartbreak (grief!) or, let’s be honest, both. But the pain won’t be in vain because our two geeks Raya and Grayson take us on a heck of an adventure of fixing broken hearts, rebuilding dreams, accepting great losses, and choosing priorities. This is a story with the promises and perils of love, life and hope, and it shows how you can be a superhero to the world and to your self. Cry in celebration if you must, but do scroll down to check out an interview with this book’s creator!

Raya and Grayson's Guide to Saving the World by Catherine Dellosa - Bookbed

“If I don’t break your heart, the world is going to end.”

When Grayson posts about his girlfriend breaking up with him with that line in an anonymous “Breakup Confessions” thread, Raya recognizes the references and knows that it’s him.

Raya has been dealing with a deeply personal loss, with only her comic books to give her quiet comfort. But thanks to her forum-lurking, she now knows that the guy she’s been crushing on for years is single again. What’s that called, when she might actually have a chance with him but senior high school just ended and they’re heading off on separate paths forever and ever? It’s called a long shot. Right. Only heroes take a risk with those odds and still win.

But when Grayson walks into the hobby shop she works for and asks Raya for a comic book recommendation, Raya realizes that superheroes can come in all shapes and sizes. And as they bond over the summer on all things caped and geeky, Raya discovers that maybe—just maybe—she deserves a chance at a super-powered love story of her own.

*Content warnings for readers: grief, off-page death of a parent, accidental death of young person told in flashback, cancer, illness of elderly person, characters kissing and considering having sex. Read reviews: Goodreads / Get a copy: Amazon, #romanceclassbooks


Catherine Dellosa - Bookbed
Catherine Dellosa Lo is a freelance writer by day and a geek by night. She constantly struggles between sniffing the novels lined up in her bookshelf and trying to whip up something unusual in the kitchen, much to the dismay of her loving husband. To this day, she still has not cooked a decent meal. She one day hopes to soar the skies as a superhero, but for now, she strongly believes in saving lives through her works in fiction.

Visit her website / Follow her @thenoobwife on Twitter / Buy her books: via the Author (print), Amazon

Hi, Catherine! Congratulations on Raya and Grayson’s Guide to Saving the World! Thanks for taking the time for this. We must first talk about your love for comic books and superheroes, of course. What is it about them that you enjoy the most?

Ironically, the writing more than the art! I love them both but it’s the good writing that gets to me. What makes comic books appealing to me is that at the end of the day, the supposedly all-powerful superheroes are flawed and just very, very human. The psychology of the characters never ceases to amaze me. For instance, I could just go on and on about what makes Batman such an interesting persona, so please stop me!

Okay, okay. STOP. Haha! Aside from Batman, what other faves will we find in your bag if we looked right now?

Wow, there are too many to mention! Off the top of my head, they would be Identity Crisis by Brad Meltzer, Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader by Neil Gaiman and Watchmen by Alan Moore.

Comic book enthusiasts, take note! Your book is a heavier book compared to the earlier #romanceclassFlicker releases. In this story, both Raya and Grayson deal with grief and serious illness respectively. How difficult was it to write about these in a teen romance?

I mentioned this a bit in my Acknowledgments Page, but the parts about grief were indeed difficult to write. I had to take a breather every so often and stop writing so that I wouldn’t get overwhelmed.

Some people think that YA shouldn’t talk about the heavy stuff so much, but the youth—especially the youth—are already exposed to a lot of these issues, and are even going through these supposedly heavy things themselves. Despite the tough topics, I knew I wanted to write about grief and recovery because young people need to understand that it’s okay to feel these things and that they’re not alone. As authors, I think we shouldn’t shield them from the hardships of this life, and more importantly, we should make them believe that no matter how bleak things may seem, there is always hope. HEAs required, after all! 🙂

There are more geeky references in this book than I could keep up with, but the mention of the Bible in one of Raya’s blog posts stood out to me. What was its importance, and why did you use it instead of another comic book?

“Everything always ends. Was it Ecclesiastes? Even the Bible says that everything is meaningless, that we work and we toil and the sun comes up and goes down and nothing is ever fulfilled, everything is pointless, everything ends. I’ve always known that. And I’ve always been ready.”

I’m a bit surprised that that’s the quote that stood out to you most! You’re right that it might have been easier to use a comic book reference there, especially since Raya posted that in a comic book forum, but I figured that we’re in a Catholic country and the Bible is always around. Raya quoting that verse and seeing only the negative aspects of it (and, essentially, taking it out of context and misinterpreting the verse) is just a reflection of how negative she can be, how self-sabotaging her mindset is, at the time and during times when she feels like she doesn’t deserve happiness. She uses THE Book to drive the point home that “everything is meaningless,” almost as if daring anyone to protest.

It was never explicitly mentioned, but I’m pretty sure that by the end of the book, she and the readers [sic] are going to see that Ecclesiastes verse in a whole new light.

Indeed. I can attest to that! Speaking of light, the family aspect shines in this story. Both Raya and Grayson are surrounded by great emotional support from their guardians and other members. What inspired this?

This is actually a personal struggle! But as an author, I’ve been told—shout-out to my amazing editor, Chris Mariano—that all too often, I fall into the “Disney trap” of removing parents from the picture to allow the YA character to grow. So, I’ve been trying my best to change that in my current and upcoming WIPs. I want to create supportive family dynamics, especially in a very family-oriented country like the Philippines.

In my book, support from the family must be front and center in order for anyone to move on from grief, especially for teenagers. It shouldn’t be all about just having a boyfriend or a girlfriend. Emotional support should come from the teen’s whole social circle, and family—no matter how unconventional—is key.

Well put! Now, for a bit of fun and to stay in theme: Who are you as a superhero, and what is in your own Guide to Saving the World?

What kind of awesome question is this? It’s so darn good but it’s so darn difficult. Hahaha! Hmm, let’s see. I wouldn’t really have any special superpower as a superhero, but in the #romanceclass personal branding seminar, I was told one of my strengths is being a very positive person? So I’d probably go around spreading Rays of Positivity to random passers-by or something. LOL!

Here’s Cat’s Guide to Saving the World, for whatever good that’ll do (haha):

  1. Notice the little things, and look forward to them. That pretty desktop wallpaper you just set for your laptop as you begin work each day. The ripest banana you’ve been meaning to bite into during your break. The smell of hot coffee or tea in the afternoon. That hilarious GIF your BFF sent you just as you’re stressing about a deadline. Taking a long hot shower at the end of the day. These little things make each day bright and beautiful, and when each day is bright and beautiful, you make the world bright and beautiful too.
  2. That thing you love doing? Just do it. You don’t have to give up your whole career for it, because those bills won’t pay themselves. But set aside even just a little bit of time each day to do what you love to do. An hour of painting or singing or being able to flip bottles really, really well to make all the kids laugh is a definite save-the-world feat.
  3. Be thankful. Whatever your religion may be, just be thankful. ☁️
Raya and Grayson’s Guide to Saving the World is already available on Amazon and in print (via the Author). The reviewer received an ARC from the author in exchange for honest thoughts. Excerpts and quotes may not reflect final version. Read our Review Policy here.

Bookbed reviews: ‘My Fate According to the Butterfly’ by Gail D. Villanueva

by Agnes Manalo

Note: This contains photos of a handwritten review. Click through image to enlarge and enjoy!

THE STORY

When superstitious Sab sees a giant black butterfly, an omen of death, she knows that she’s doomed! According to legend, she has one week before her fate catches up with her — on her 11th birthday. With her time running out, all she wants is to celebrate her birthday with her entire family. But her sister, Ate Nadine, stopped speaking to their father one year ago, and Sab doesn’t even know why.

If Sab’s going to get Ate Nadine and their father to reconcile, she’ll have to overcome her fears — of her sister’s anger, of leaving the bubble of her sheltered community, of her upcoming doom — and figure out the cause of their rift.

So Sab and her best friend Pepper start spying on Nadine and digging into their family’s past to determine why, exactly, Nadine won’t speak to their father. But Sab’s adventures across Manila reveal truths about her family more difficult — and dangerous — than she ever anticipated.

Was the Butterfly right? Perhaps Sab is doomed after all! Get a copy: National bookstores / Read reviews: Goodreads

WHAT I LIKED

HOWEVER

tl;dr

My Fate According to the Butterfly by Gail D. Villanueva: A good read about forgiveness and becoming more aware of life outside your sheltered bubble. ☁️

Bookbed received a copy from the author in exchange for honest thoughts. Read our Review Policy here.

9 Ways To Enjoy MIBF 2019 With Little to No Book Budget

Being a reader isn’t just measured by the amount of books you read or buy (as long as you read, you’re a reader!), and so even without a budget, you can still enjoy events such as the Manila International Book Fair. Some of the things you can do? (1) Admire books, (2) attend events, (3) meet creators, (4) ask exhibitors, (5) try tools, (6) find friends, (7) take shelfies, (8) find freebies, and well, (9) shoot and share the experience to encourage those with the funds to go and attend! Have fun, and remember to support local. ☁️

Clockwise: Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (1F), Tahanan Books (1&2F), Adarna House (2F), UP Press (1F)
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#BookbedMeets: #AReaderEveryDay Sorsogon

Last August 17, we bonded over children’s books we loved, calligraphy, life lessons (!), and raised donations for ARED Sorsogon. Thanks to all who joined us!

We’re still accepting fiction for ages 4 to 12 until August 25. Here are ways to help:

To donate books and/or sponsor, contact us here.

To donate money, go here. Expenses reports will be sent upon request.

For photos and other updates, check out our Instagram:

Thanks for your support! ☁️

Special thanks to Quriocity, an indie book x art x tea shop along Mother Ignacia Avenue in Quezon City. Check them out here.

#AReaderEveryDay Sorsogon: Meet Project ARAL, Pilar Reading Center

We’re running ARED for the fourth year, and our beneficiaries are Project ARAL of Calongay Elementary School and the Pilar Reading Center in Pilar, Sorsogon. They are in need of books for their storytelling and reading programs for kids aged 4 to 12. Get to know a bit of them below!

Project ARAL (Adopt Reading Acquire Learning)

Mother and principal Jessica Ascano leads Project ARAL in Calongay Elementary School. Through her initiative, the school achieved its zero non-reader goal in 2016—a year after its first implementation. They use read aloud sessions and close monitoring to track the pupils’ progress.

“It was most fulfilling as the result was the impact of collaborative efforts. Teachers, parent volunteers, school pupil government, club leaders, and even my own family committed to turning 52 non-readers into readers,” she shared.

According to her, the pupils cannot resist reading.

“Before the flag ceremony in the morning and after lunch, the children immediately return to school to visit the Butirik Mobile Lib of Project ARAL. The challenge is that we have a limited collection of books.”

Aside from her literacy advocacy, Ma’am Jess is involved in other community efforts, such as programs in farming and food production, and values and community-building.

Pilar Reading Center

Teacher Lowel Solayao shares the same advocacy: to raise readers out of the kids of Pilar. Inspired by his benefactor in college to pay it forward, he built the Pilar Reading Center in 2010 to help spread the love for reading. (Fun fact: PRC and Bookbed share the same birth year!)

“Reading is very important. In an area of depressed communities, this is very much needed,” he said. “Underprivileged children can get proper education and proper guidance through reading, and their dreams and aspirations may be realized.”

Apart from reading and storytelling programs, activities at the PRC include life skills workshops, such as in culinary arts and entrepreneurship.

“My favorite is when my passion and the needs of the community meet!” he shared. “I can’t forget the time when a regular PRC learner (a Grade 3 pupil) replicated PRC at home. She built a reading corner in her house! After her, three more pupils followed.

Another favorite memory of mine was when one of our reviewers topped the Regional Licensure exam. This led to six more batches. These motivate us even more to share, serve and shine for others. “


We’re accepting book donations for ARED Sorsogon until August 25, 2019. Donors may send their packages to a Quezon City address (contact us here to do so), or swing by the #BookbedMeets on August 17. The event will be held at Quriocity in Quezon City between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thank you for your support! ☁️

Check out Project ARAL here, and visit Pilar Reading Center here.
Special thanks to Quriocity.

#AReaderEveryDay Sorsogon: Call for Book Donations

In celebration of our ninth year as a community and fourth year of doing ARED, we’re raising book donations for the Pilar Reading Center and Project ARAL (Adopt Reading Acquire Learning) of Calongay Elementary School in Pilar, Sorsogon.

Story and chapter books for children aged 4 to 12 are accepted. Donations can be sent to a Metro Manila address at the donor’s expense, or be dropped off at the #BookbedMeets to be organized for this cause (details after this paragraph!), which will also be held in Manila. Watch this page for more information, or bookmark the Facebook event page here.

To donate books and/or sponsor, contact us here.

To donate money, go here. Expenses reports will be sent upon request.

To volunteer for collection and sorting, sign up here.

We look forward to a successful run, and would appreciate your help in spreading the word. Thank you for your support! ☁️

Special thanks to Quriocity.