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.…More

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 Jellicoe…More

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! And…More

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 being…More

Bookbed recommends: ‘Invisible Monsters’ by Chuck Palahniuk

by Kachi Parado Give me a shotgun. Give me new names. Give me a new me. There’s this theory that the first Chuck Palahniuk book you read will be your favorite. In my case, it’s Invisible Monsters. Like with most of the books I’ve read, I had no idea what this book was about. I just…More

Bookbed reviews: ‘Landline’ by Rainbow Rowell

by Kenna Marcelo THE STORY Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point. Two days before they’re supposed to…More

The Art of Rereading

by Cake Evangelista I was rummaging through the shelves of National Book Store Cubao—a book Mecca, and arguably the best branch of the Philippines’ leading bookstore chain—when I chanced upon a book with a pretty cover. It was a sepia-toned photo of a glamorous woman lying on a fainting couch, smiling at a man wearing a…More

Of Love and Loss: Pablo Neruda at 110

by Karz Montealegre Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, who always knew what to say about love, celebrates his 110th birth anniversary this year. In celebration, let me look back on one of his best publications (and a favorite of mine), Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair. First published in 1924 when Neruda was 19, the book…More