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…

Exploring the Secondhand Book Life

by Shing Liganor Let’s be perfectly honest with ourselves for a moment here and admit that, for the most part of our book shopping madness, we usually buy our books brand new. I guess it’s like an instinct of sorts, when you let your feet wander into the nearest Fully Booked or National Book Store after work or during the weekend, and you unconsciously pick up the nearest (and newest) book recommendation on the shelf. Not to mention the numerous sales that pop up like mushrooms in every corner, new-book shopping is like anyone’s go-to activity. Never mind that maybe most…

5 Books That Helped Deal With My Mental Health

by Ysabel Andrea Tayco As far as I can remember, I’ve always found myself reading books where there is sadness, regret or some form of gloom surrounding the main character. When I saw the post on the Buhay Movement group about writing about books that have helped me deal with mental health issues—mental health related or not, I jumped at the chance to do it. I’ve always wanted to share how books have helped me throughout my life but I’ve almost always felt that people might judge me because I might be crazy or sick in the head. But when one…

6 Discoveries About Inflight Reading

by Clarissa Chua I have never been a fan of airplanes. (Well, except for the time when they gave out free things like coloring books and crayons, but I was too young to actually remember that.) Imagine my dread when I was faced with a four-hour flight. Yes, it may not be that bad yet, but can you blame me? Clue: No. The answer is no. HAHA. Fortunately, I was able to keep myself occupied and here are the six little things I appreciated about my air journey with a book. 1. Pick the right book It is a long flight….

Bookbed turns 6: 6 Reasons To Enjoy Writing About Reading

We turn six this year, and to celebrate, we came up with six things on why we do what we do here on Bookbed. We hope these encourage you to write about books and reading as well. Enjoy! 1. We write about reading to understand. “Writing about reading helps generate discourse and facilitate understanding.” —WINA PUANGCO of Crossed Wires 2. We write about reading to share our passion. “Writing about reading allows you to share your passion, your reading experience or how a literary piece has affected you, among others. In the process of writing about reading, you gain a better understanding of your own reading…