From the Bookbed Room: ‘What to Say Next’ by Julie Buxbaum

by Shealea Iral Let me quickly throw this out there: What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum is a wonderfully written, heartwarmingly captivating novel that I will actively recommend other people to read! It is meant to be read and passed on to another pair of hands. By that, I don’t mean that it’s a story you should only read once; rather, it is one that leaves such a monumental impact that you feel compelled to share it with someone else. ☁ Continue reading on That Bookshelf Bitch ☁ Advertisements

From the Bookbed Room: Run, Dad, Run!

by Jackie Park Of all the children’s books I’ve purchased, this was one of the few that made me pause, smile and then reminisce even before I read the contents of Run, Dad, Run!. One glimpse and I was instantly transported back to a time when running was one of my sports of choice in spite of its challenges. I remember waking up much, much earlier than I was used to and then commuting to pre-assigned meet up places from which my friends and I would walk to the starting line. I remember the slight chills the mornings brought, muscles stretched…

From the Bookbed Room: ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas

by Kevin Dones “We’re the ones who get the short end of the stick, but we’re the ones they fear the most.” The Hate U Give is certainly a novel that should be included in every country’s required reading list for schools because of its authentic approach to the topics of unnecessary police violence, dark implications of the illegal drug industry and the enigmatic contemporary lives of African-Americans. It has been a long time since I read a book that sparked this kind of reaction in me and I am not ashamed to say that I am a THUG trash! In…

#BookbedReadsPHLit Report for May

Welcome to the fifth book report for #BookbedReadsPHLit this 2017! In this challenge, readers must choose one book by a Filipino every month throughout the year. Check out our picks for May below! 1. Strange Natives: The Forgotten Memories of a Forgetful Old Woman by Paolo Herras and Jerico Marte What I liked: The reason I bought Strange Natives back in April was that the artist behind the booth selling local comic books recommended it, saying it would make me feel empowered as a woman. And that’s what you get even in the first few pages of the story, which centers on Grasya, an ageing…

From the Bookbed Room: ‘Flame in the Mist’ by Renee Ahdieh

by Miguel Galang Set in feudal Japan, Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh follows Hattori Mariko, the daughter of a prominent samurai, who is promised to the emperor’s son, Minamoto Raiden. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, she narrowly escapes an ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace. Devising a plan to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, she disguises herself as a peasant boy and earns the trust of the clan’s leader, rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his best…

10 Filipino Children’s Books Celebrating Moms

by Jackie Park I’m going to be frank with you: I underestimated my mom until it was my turn to reach that milestone. I barely gave a second thought to those days she woke up before everyone at home, preparing breakfast and our packed lunches until we all finally woke up and got ready. (I’ve woken up to pillow attacks many times during my more stubborn, don’t-wanna-wake-up days.) And I can still remember quite vividly my mother’s rising fury at discovering how we (usually just me) were still not ready even after everything she had already finished doing. Then she would drive…

From the Bookbed Room: ‘Windfall’ by Jennifer E. Smith

by Jem Manalaysay Jennifer E. Smith and Stephanie Perkins were one of the first YA contemporary authors I’ve read, and I enjoyed each one of their books immensely. In many ways, they are why I fell in love with reading YA lit. Because of that, I was super pleased to see that Jennifer E. Smith is releasing a new book. The title sounds good, the cover looks gorgeous, the plot seems exciting! It also features the best friends-to-lovers trope, which I am an absolute sucker for. However, let me be honest and say that I have mixed feelings with this one……