12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘The Baby-sitters Club’ series by Ann M. Martin

by KB Meniado

The Baby-sitters Club was the first book series I collected growing up, and so every reread takes me back to childhood. I rediscover Kristy Thomas’s can-do attitude and her single mom-led household; Claudia Kishi’s passion for art and her addiction to sweets; Stacey McGill’s city-girl sophistication and her daily life with diabetes; Mary Anne Spier’s thoughtfulness and stellar organizational skills; Dawn Schafer’s individualism and her healthier options to life; Mallory Pike’s writer dream and big family dynamics; Jessi Ramsey’s love for ballet and her strong determination in life. I loved them so much to the point I actually set up a BSC with my grade school barkada (which failed, lol, but it’s the thought that counts). Now there are several elements in the series I don’t subscribe to anymore, but these books are like family to me, and that in it essence is something we seek and treasure, especially during this holiday season. If you’ve read these, have fun coming home! If you haven’t, welcome to the Club!

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Which BSC member were/are you? Let me know in the comments section below 🙂 ☁️

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12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘Delta of Venus’ by Anaïs Nin

by Allana Luta

Aside from my graphic-novel rec here, there’s Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin, a collection of 15 erotic short stories. This is for when I want to read an actual book but only have the energy to do so in short periods of time. The topic isn’t exactly holiday-themed but the short story format helps when you’re exhausted from interacting with nosy relatives (or the whole stuffing-one’s-self bit) and just want to take a break—or break a sweat. Just kidding. Happy holidays, everyone! ☁️

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12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘Saga’ written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples

by Allana Luta

When you’ve been on an unintentional book-reading hiatus for as long as I have, getting back into the habit can be difficult. A novel that I could have finished in a single sitting now seems like an absolute chore.

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples - BookbedSo for this holiday season, to get my groove back, I’m restarting out easy. Saga, written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, is a comic book series about star-crossed lovers struggling to keep their family together in the midst of an ongoing war between their races. Each chapter ends in a cliffhanger that forces you to continue reading and it’s funny despite the heavy themes the story dances around. What’s more Christmas-y than a family trying to keep it together in space?

P.S. Shout out to Cheer Reader Cake for recommending Saga in one of our #BoookbedMeets☁️

#BookbedMeets June 24 ~ Cake

Cake with her copy of Saga

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

by KB Meniado

Make My Wish Come True by #romanceclass - BookbedA 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! ☁️

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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 near and dear, for book swaps, and for the inevitable book shopping Eye drops for tired eyes: in case of reading binges, non-leisure marathons, or if you just want to reread a favorite with fresh eyes (chos)

Our Bookbed pillows: compact and soft, perfect for supporting a heavy hardcover, for propping up a floppy graphic novel, or for squeezing and burying your face in when your book gets to be too much for your feelings

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By the way, we have an ongoing giveaway for one of these pillows on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Open to PH only, until Christmas Day.

Hope this list helps 😉 Happy holidays! ☁️

 

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! ☁

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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. ☁️

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

by Mark Manalang

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain - BookbedMy 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! ☁️

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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 for more info.

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

by Maita Rue
Dark Celebration by Christine Feehan - Bookbed

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 🙂

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