Reading in style: An Interview with Booktique

by Allana Luta and KB Meniado If there’s one thing book lovers love just as much as books, it’s book accessories. (Maybe not AS MUCH, but close.) Who hasn’t furrowed their brows over which bookmark to buy or squeal in delight when a friend gives them the perfect night light for reading? Or maybe you’ve worn a shirt or carried a tote bag with your favorite Hunger Games quote written on it for everyone to see? (WE VOLUNTEER!) Booktique is that and more. They not only sell the usual accessories or shirts, they also have book straps, mugs, book lights that double as bookmarks and…

Love in the Time of Secondhand Bookstores

by Kimberly dela Cruz  There is a force that sets my feet walking toward secondhand bookstores, especially Booksale and other independent shops where the owners somehow became my friends. I love the feel of preloved books—their cracked spines, the yellowed pages and that wonderful old-book smell that sets my imagination running wild, thinking about where the books have been before I’ve found them, forlorn on the shelf, offering the world’s next great adventure. I started buying books—book hoarding, as some may put it—two years ago, a year after I graduated college. I’ve always liked hanging out inside bookstores, but before, I…

Bookbed recommends: ‘This Song Will Save Your Life’ by Leila Sales

by Elaine Zapanta It’s hard not to judge a book by its cover, especially with the likes of This Song Will Save Your Life. It feels so contemporary art~ and my obsessive-compulsive self is pleased with the even spacing between letters. Seriously, guys, who here isn’t affected by well-executed typography? It does things to my brain! Anyway, I had no idea which song in particular the author was talking about here and seeing that cover made the book so much more mysterious to me that I had to give it a listen. Speaking of, this book also appealed to me because…

Bookbed recommends: ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,’ ‘The Shining’

by Kachi Parado I needed to take out and look over all my books for this article because I didn’t want to be unfair to any of them. I’ve read tons of books but I also have a lot stacked and untouched, so I’m going to talk about book covers of titles that I have and haven’t read. For the book that I have read, I’m going with Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame Smith. This 336-paged paperback is the 2011 edition by Grand Central Publishing. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter is Seth Grahame Smith’s sixth novel. He has written for…

Bookbed’s 6 Foolproof Book-Shopping Tips

by Cake Evangelista The Manila International Book Fair has come and gone. And we’re sure you were one of hundreds of book geeks and lovers who trekked along with us to the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City for the annual book event. If you’re like me and have a tendency to become overwhelmed by mountains and mountains of glorious, glossy paperbacks, then you probably need a little guidance for your next foray into the book wonderland that is the book sale/fair. So before you let your inner rabid hoarder go wild, heed these few pieces of advice: 1. Arm yourself…

Heaven on Earth: The 35th Manila International Book Fair

by Kachi Parado For three years now, the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) has had a place in my planner every September. It’s even become a tradition between me and my two friends! This year though, it was just me and Michael since Aya’s in Dubai. The MIBF was held last September 17 to 21 at the SMX Convention Center. We usually go during weekdays but ended up going on the 20th this year, which was a Saturday. Despite opening just two hours earlier, the place was already packed! It’s not like I don’t like people but too many people in a…

Bookbed goes to: Kumazawa Bookstore

by KB Meniado I was in Tokyo last month and one of the places I loved visiting the most was this bookstore! I think you’ll know why. The Rurouni Kenshin films were in cinemas back then so it was imperative these existed: I am not the biggest Samurai X fan but I AM DEFINITELY A MOON CRYSTAL POWER MAKEUP GIRL. Why are these not available worldwide again? Speaking of global, I’m sure most of you can relate with the Naruto and Doraemon. The Detective Conan series was also on-hand. Local books were not to be missed, either. All the covers are beautiful, it’s a shame I’m…

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 “romance writing master” (I made this up but it is a very apt title) started the workshop by showing us the ropes of romance writing. As expected, introductions led to the start of the workshop. (Read our feature on Mina V. Esguerra here!) Mina greeted the small group of…

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 (or two) without even leaving the comfort of their seats. Welcome to the Wattpad era. Created by a Canada-based company, Wattpad is an online community that connects people around the world through the written word. Through the website, Wattpad users can create their own stories, get…

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 how she got this idea and how it has changed her life so far!   Kenna Marcelo gives away free books. Visit her on Kenna Marcelo and Mensis Liber.   Hi, Kenna! This project was inspired by a book—Brian Krans’s A Constant Suicide, to be exact. How and when did the idea…