Bookbed reviews: ‘The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories’ by Marina Keegan

by Kenna Marcelo THE STORY An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world’s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation. Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in MayContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories’ by Marina Keegan”

Bookbed reviews: ‘The Strange Library’ by Haruki Murakami

by KB Meniado The last time I picked up a Murakami book was when I won 1Q84 from Mensis Liber in 2013. It was a challenging read, to say the least, and after that, I kind of crossed him out for a while from my reading pile. This book, with its beautiful packaging and all, got me toContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘The Strange Library’ by Haruki Murakami”

Bookbed reviews: ‘Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea’ by Guy Delisle

by Alfonso Mangubat I’ve always been a fan of North Korean documentaries, having watched many on the Discovery channel and the National Geographic channel. So to finding this graphic novel on one of the top 50 graphic comics to buy and seeing it on sale on Amazon, I just couldn’t pass up the chance to buy it. WhenContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea’ by Guy Delisle”

Bookbed reviews: ‘Outlander’ by Diana Gabaldon

by Mikki Shiu THE STORY The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a ScotlandContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Outlander’ by Diana Gabaldon”

Bookbed reviews: ‘Si’ by Bob Ong

by Mitch Tizon Love. A four-letter word that inspires so many stories and raises just as many questions. Have you ever been in love, so much so that you are willing to spend the rest of your life with one person? Or have you had your heartbroken, devastated by the very same emotion? Is there aContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Si’ by Bob Ong”

Bookbed reviews: ‘Displaced’ by Aneka Rodriguez

by KB Meniado THE STORY SPACE. When Elay’s Nanay decided to pack her bags, board the airplane and fly back to Manila, TIME. Elay’s glorious hours of guitar-playing, exam-flunking, Facebook viewing, Justin-drearming slowly decreased to zero. FORCE The harder she struggled to return to how things were, DISPLACEMENT. the greater the forces that took her farther.Continue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Displaced’ by Aneka Rodriguez”

Bookbed reviews: ‘Jessica Darling’s It List’ by Megan McCafferty

by KB Meniado THE STORY I hadn’t even gotten to homeroom yet and I’d already discovered five hard truths about junior high: 1. My best friend had turned pretty. 2. She didn’t know it yet. 3. It wouldn’t be long before she did. 4. That knowledge would change everything between us. 5. And there wasn’t aContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Jessica Darling’s It List’ by Megan McCafferty”

Bookbed reviews: ‘Interim Goddess of Love’ trilogy by Mina V. Esguerra

by Allana Luta You know how you first tasted actual grown-up responsibilities in college? Like doing your own laundry, feeding yourself or actually budgeting your allowance for the first time. Taking care of oneself is hard enough, but imagine having the responsibility of taking care of everyone else’s problems. And not just any little ol’ problem,Continue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Interim Goddess of Love’ trilogy by Mina V. Esguerra”

Bookbed reviews: ‘MONO’ by Erin Noir

by KB Meniado For someone who hasn’t met her face-to-face yet, I assume to know a LOT about Erin. I’ve known her since ’03 or ‘04, when we were still on Tabulas (remember that site??), and over the years, I’ve watched her grow—from Mindy to Barbara to Basterda to Erin Noir—and witnessed her artistic endeavors. HerContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘MONO’ by Erin Noir”

Bookbed reviews: ‘The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden’ by Jonas Jonasson

by Mikki Shiu THE STORY From the author of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared comes a picaresque tale of how one person’s actions can have far-reaching-even global-consequences On June 14, 2007, the king and the prime minister of Sweden went missing from a gala banquet at the royal castle. Later itContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden’ by Jonas Jonasson”