12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘Make My Wish Come True’ by #romanceclass

by KB Meniado A good read anytime of the year, this anthology is 💯 made for and therefore perfect this season of love and giving. There’s a feast in every story, and not just for gastronomical purposes but, of course I dare say, romantic needs as well. Familiar tropes are aplenty, and they’re sweeter and more fun because re-imagined in Filipino Christmas style. If you ever need a solid holiday go-to, I suggest gifting a copy of this to yourself. Enjoy! ☁️ We’re recommending books for 12 days this holiday season! Share your fave holiday reads with #12DaysofBookbedRecs 🎁 Advertisements

5 Gifts for the Reader with Too Many Books (plus a giveaway!)

by Agnes Manalo, Allana Luta and Mikki Shiu Dark chocolate: not too sweet and not too melty, so you’re less likely to smear it all over your book or device A gift card for a coffee shop: for a bit of quiet time to make a dent in that book you’re having trouble getting into, or to finish that last chapter, or for you to live out your coffee shop AU dreams~ Coffee beans: for the more introverted reader, or for when you need a bit of ritual before diving into your book A tote bag: for keeping your books…

All Reading Aloud: ‘You Are Here’ by Dawn Lanuza

Welcome to All Reading Aloud, in which we read excerpts out loud. For our first book, we feature You Are Here by Dawn Lanuza, to be released February 2019. Similar to the author’s earlier work The Last Time I’ll Write About You, this one is also a collection of poetry and prose.  Watch the video below to listen to a few poems from the ARC, which you can request for and read on Net Galley. If you enjoyed this, let us know. We also welcome requests so feel free to send titles our way! ☁ This post is not sponsored.

12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’, ‘Outlander’

by Agnes Manalo At Christmas, I have time off from school, and enough time to immerse myself in a new fictional world. One year, I decided to binge-read the entire A Song of Fire and Ice series, after watching the first season. I also binge-read the entire Outlander series, after watching the TV pilot. Something about the period setting seems to fit with Christmas season and all the traditions we’ve kept alive or invented. This year, I might go on a nonfiction binge with No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin and The Givenness of Things by Marilynne Robinson. ☁️…

12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘Kitchen Confidential’ by Anthony Bourdain

by Mark Manalang My reading habits primarily consist of reading off a portion or two of Anthony Bourdain’s books, particularly Kitchen Confidential. The way he writes about food and cooking makes my mouth water and my mind wander. Foodies will love Bourdain’s personal history as a chef, as well as his travels and life advice. His storytelling is also for the widely imaginative. Recommended for such a festive time like this holiday season! ☁️ We’re recommending books for 12 days this holiday season! Share your fave holiday reads with #12DaysofBookbedRecs 🎁

Poetry Submission: ‘Pagtanggap’

by Michelle Tatoy Sila’y mga tao din, dumarami’t kumakalat. Inaakala ng nakararami ito’y karamdaman— pinangdirian at kinamuhian, pinagkaitan ng kalayaan, pinagtulakan at tinapakan, luha’y naging basehan ng katapangan. Pinairal ng lipunan: Makikitid na pag unawa’y naging boses ng mamamayan Basehan na ba ng katapangan ang panlalamang? Sila’y bahagi rin nitong perlas ng silanganan Buksan ang pinto ng pagunawa’t awa ‘Wag pagkaitan ng pagtanggap. Tuparin ang kahilingan, makabagwis ang isipan ituring na bahagi nitong ating lipunan. ☁ Some parts have been revised in this version with permission from the writer. Want to submit your poetry, fiction, comics or art? Click here…

12 Days of Bookbed Recs: The ‘Dark’ series by Christine Feehan

by Maita Rue While I found Christine Feehan’s Leopard and Torpedo Ink series too rough for my sensibilities, I love her other ones: the Dark series, the Drake Sisters, the Shadow Riders and the Ghostwalkers Series. I like Dark Celebration in particular because it light and dark at the same time, featuring several characters from different books in the series. What happens when you ask non-eating immortal Carpathians to cook food for humans?? A true-blue disaster waiting to happen! I recommend this only if you are above 18, and if you are looking for vampire romances. Enjoy 🙂 ☁️ We’re recommending…

12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky

by Paula Alagao If you haven’t yet, I recommend for you to pick up The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky this holiday season. This YA novel tackles family, love, sex, and friendship—all that makes for a perfect holiday read. No matter what you’re going through or where you are at, you will be able relate to the main character Charlie and maybe somehow you’ll realize along the way that once in your life you’d been a Wallflower (and that’s okay, OR you can do something about it, if you want to). ☁️ We’re recommending books for 12 days this holiday…

12 Days of Bookbed Recs: F. Sionil Jose, Alexander Dumas and Oscar Wilde

by Glory Moralidad I love these books because they’re a compilation of awesome Filipino stories and essays. My annual holiday reads (December 20 to January 7) consist primarily of Filipino literature from well-known authors like F. Sionil Jose (Feet of Juan Bacnang), Dean Francis Alfar and more. After each day, I end up my reading with that of Jose Rizal’s toast to Luna and Hidalgo. Always. If I get to rest and read foreign books, I always read Alexander Dumas’s Count of Monte Cristo, Oscar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray and anything by Neil Gaiman. And I end every foreign reads with…

12 Days of Bookbed Recs: Children’s Books #12daysofBookbedRecs

by Nove Patangan Plenty of my nephews and nieces are drowning in toys they no longer use, and buying them more stuff can feel like a gratuitous waste of precious house space (and money). Books then is a great alternative. I’m one of the typical titas who would rather spend a penny for a book that I feel my pamangkins would love to read. So when the Big Bad Wolf arrived in Davao, I thought this was the perfect time to stock up for the kid’s library. Since I can’t bring all of them here in the city since they live…