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…

Bookbed in 2017

Here’s a recap of the awesome year we had: In January, we… redesigned our website. reopened the Bookbed Store. built the Bookbed Room. launched another Bookbed Shirt through Tee Talk PH. The next month, February, we participated in the International Book Giving Day event by Adarna House. We were also part of the Book Fiesta organized by the National Book Development Board in celebration of World Book and Copyright Day, and part of Clover Hartly‘s Project RE-STORE in April. In June, we… finished MV Redemption, the first Booktungan story. launched #MagbasaMonday by Bibi Mangki, the reading monkey. started #BookbedMeets. were…

Bookbed turns 7! (plus 7 giveaways!)

Seven years of Bookbed today, and we’re celebrating it by giving away gifts to seven of our readers and followers! The gifts are: One (1) Bookbed tote A copy of Regret No More by Nelson T. Dy, courtesy of OMF Literature A copy of The Goldilocks Enigma by Paul Davies A journal + 3 pens Three books for children Two (2) Bookbed fans + seven (7) postcards by Abbey Sy and Ginger de Guia A set of Bookbed bookmarks by Sashi’s Squad Enter below!  a Rafflecopter giveaway https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js Giveaway runs until the 20th of July and is open only to Philippine residents. ☁

Maraming salamat sa mga naging parte ng #AReaderEveryDay sa Maynila

It is never too late to offer anything good. This is why we are happy to share with you that we have initially handed over the books from the #AReaderEveryDay in Manila drive to our beneficiary, The Storytelling Project. Thank you to everybody who supported this leg! Because of you, the students of Suit Elementary School will get to enjoy over 400 children’s and young adult lit. We plan to visit Suit for book sharing and storytelling sessions in the future, sans harsh weather conditions. Keep your eyes peeled for announcements! ☁ Special thanks to our partner, When In Manila; our drop-off points, Tweedle Book Cafe, The Learning…

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…

#AReaderEveryDay goes to Manila

… and we’re partnering with When In Manila! For this leg, we’re excited to raise book donations to benefit the Suit Elementary School in Dagupan City through The Storytelling Project! If you’ve been living with your nose forever perched in a book, TSP is a non-government organization that shares the same advocacy of spreading the habit of reading. They implement a three-phase program: 1) month-long storytelling sessions, 2) library project and 3) reading club formation. The school, which is now on Phase II, accepts children’s books, young adult books, reference books for kids and teens and activity books, provided they are in good condition….

Daghang salamat for the successful ‘A Reader Every Day’ in Davao!

As we settle into this promising new year, we would like to share with all of you our incredible experience at the launch of ‘A Reader Every Day’ last Saturday, January 2, 2016, in Davao City. We were able to collect over 450 books and other reading materials for the drive, all of which we turned over to our chosen beneficiary, Gawad Kalinga San Nicolas in Punta Dumalag, Matina Aplaya. All the books are now housed at the GK Sibol Building, formerly a preschool that has now been reactivated as the community’s very first library. The kids—and even the adults!—were excited about the books,…

‘A Reader Every Day’ For A #ReadingNation

Our first book drive is here! In partnership with the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Duwaling, Task Force Davao, Switotwins, Inc., Manga Toshokan and Alleycat Tea House, we are going to Davao City (!) to give books and other reading materials to a community in need. Below are the drop-off points where you can send or leave your donations to. TASK FORCE DAVAO Location: Santa Ana Ave, Poblacion District Hours for drop-off: 8AM-5PM (Weekdays) Visit Task Force Davao here. SWITOTWINS, INC. Location: 27C Galaxy, GSIS Heights, Matina Hours for drop-off: 8AM-5PM (Weekdays) Visit Switotwins, Inc. here. MANGA TOSHOKAN CAFE Location: Doors 4 & 5 of Belfran Building, right…

#BookbedBlindDates: Bookbed’s book exchange

The idea of hosting book exchanges came up during our very first meeting (!) in June 2014—way before this community even existed. This year, we finally decided to do it! Inspired by a photo we found years ago on Tumblr), we hosted our very first #BookbedBlindDates! The mechanics are pretty simple: Dress up a book and put it up for a date. (For this round, we didn’t do it face-to-face and mailed it to one another instead.) Here are a couple of links to the #BookbedBlindDates experience: on Photo.sh on Hodgepodge Corner @ Blogspot on Reading Chair @ Blogspot on So-Stellar.com [Search for…