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…

#Augvocacy2018: Creating Your Safe Space as A Reader (plus a giveaway!)

by KB Meniado If you’re a bookworm that keeps on falling into the FOMO trap whenever you open your social medias, worry not. A hundred thousand others from all over the world feel the way you do, all thanks to a simple scroll-down on a #bookstagram post or a #bookishwish tweet. Book communities online today are so exciting, it’s difficult to not want to be a part of it. It’s not always a bad thing. In fact, there are so. many. reasons why you as a reader should be social media active (see experiences of my fellow Augvocates here). Being visible…

8 Ways Bookstagram is Revolutionizing the Habit of Reading

by Bookstagramers Philippines Bookstagram, from the root word “books” and “Instagram,” isn’t just a place to share aesthetically pleasing bookish photos, but also a home to bibliophiles from all over the world, which include us Filipino readers. Here are eight ways we think bookstagram has contributed to how we read and buy books today: 1. Bookstagram makes books extra appealing Since bookstagram heavily relies on images, readers are often challenged to make their photos more eye-catching. The more attractive the visual is, the more attention is drawn to the book/s being featured on the post. And this is mostly why…

12 Readers Share Their Favorite Books from Childhood

by KB Meniado We all remember our first loves. Here are 12 more readers and the books they adored as a kid! (Related: “8 Books from My Childhood You’ve Also Probably Read and Loved“) “Skinnybones by Barbara Park—witty, underdog story, hilarious; The Three Investigators by Robert Arthur—something like the Hardy Boys, but smarter; and Many Moons by James Thurber—whimsical children’s fantasy. Funny too.” —Reev Robledo “Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie and Superfudge by Judy Blume!” —Glorypearl Dy “The Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine and the Sweet Valley series by Francine Pascal when I was in grade school. Soon after, I…

8 Books from My Childhood You’ve Also Probably Read and Loved

by KB Meniado This may be a little late for National Children’s Book Day, but since we’re still celebrating Bookbed’s eight year (join our giveaway here), here are eight books I loved as a kid. I can still remember the first time I picked up each one of these (and all those times I dog-eared them), and I am so thankful for having had the privilege to start the reading habit at an early age. Reading has helped shape me as a person—and I’d like to believe I turned out okay—so if you have the access or can provide opportunities to…

8 Nail Art Designs Based on YA Book Covers

by KB Meniado I wanted to do something to personally celebrate Bookbed’s eighth year, and my initial idea was to dress up like book covers or characters for eight days. (I watch too many Buzzfeed videos, I know.) I couldn’t afford to do so, lifestyle-wise, so I opted for something that was more practical but also more challenging. Therefore: nail art designs based on book covers. I never do anything to my nails except to occasionally cut or bite them and I’m not a nail technician by any means, but I assure you I tried my best. This project ran…

8 Things to Put in Your Reading Journal

by Agnes Manalo Reading is always An Experience, and sometimes you want to record (and maybe share) it. Some people blog, some people Booktube, some people Bookstagram, some people keep a book journal. Like me. So if you’re into that books-on-paper thing (and want to do something about all those wrapping papers, scrapbook papers, and a dragon’s hoard of notebooks of yours), then this might be for you. Here are some things to put in your reading diary: 1. Your year-end wrap up, or your TBR 2. Book-related ephemera This sketch was the cover of my book from a #BookbedBlindDates. The…

Bookbed turns 8: 8 Ways to Encourage More People to Read (plus 8 giveaways!)

by Agnes Manalo, Allana Luta and KB Meniado When it comes to reading, it’s never about less is more. The more people who read, the merrier! Here are eight ways to encourage non-readers to get into the habit: Suggest books related to their personalities and interests. Pretty self-explanatory. Find out what the person is into, and try to link them a few titles you think they would enjoy. If that doesn’t work, Put a bookish twist into their hobbies. Your gym friends want to get into reading? Use books as weights! Your cool down activity can be a book discussion *wink* Never…

10 Lines to Love from the #StartHere Anthology, No Matter Your Gender Identity

by KB Meniado Been wanting some Filipino LGBTQIA+ romance? Celebrate! The book you’ve been looking for is here. Featuring M/M, F/F, F/NB romance stories with happy endings (and heat levels), the Start Here anthology is ready to serve you—yes, you, whatever pronoun you use—some real feels and maybe, also a few happy tears~ Check out this list of some of the most memorable lines from each of the story in the collection! 1.“To loving ourselves,” Ezra repeated with a smile, holding up his glass of water that by now, Caleb knew was all he ever drank. “I hear it’s the greatest love story ever.”—In…

People in Print: Alexandra Trese

by Ian Miraflores Alexandra Trese is the main character of the komiks series Trese, created by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo. She’s a detective that specializes in crimes with supernatural origin. The setting is in modern day Metro Manila. Creatures from Filipino folklore—the white lady, nuno sa punso, tikbalang and kapre, among other—are brought to life and reintegrated in the modern setting, still around but still inconspicuously hidden. The sixth child of Anton and Miranda, she was born with contradicting prophecies hanging over her head. Different psychics, including her mother, have predicted she would bring great change to the underworld, the place…