Tosses and Turns: The Importance of Bookstores

by KB Meniado Welcome to Tosses and Turns, where I rant-chant about whatever reading-related issue that has been keeping me up at night. This time, I want to talk about the downsizing and shutting down (blasphemy!) of bookstores. I’m sure you’ve heard about this issue—all those news on big bookstore chains abroad closing down from last year—and have sympathized with how sad and disappointing this is for readers, authors, publishers and those involved in the production and consumption of books. It is sad and disappointing, especially now that the fact that the downsizing of my favorite Fully Booked branch has finally…

Tosses and Turns: Letting Go of Books—Yay or Nay?

by KB Meniado Welcome to Tosses and Turns, where I rant-chant about whatever reading-related issue that has been keeping me up at night. I’m at a crossroad in terms of my ways in this book buying life: Do I stop buying books and just let them all go? Or do I keep them and bury myself in a… Intense, right? You see, I have little issue with letting some of my books go. I sell or give my books away every now and then, for reasons even I sometimes don’t understand. I just have this urge to purge. But after I’ve…

Tosses and Turns: Why Guidebooks Are Lost on Me

by KB Meniado Welcome to Tosses and Turns, where I rant-chant about whatever reading-related issue that has been keeping me up at night. This time, I want to talk about travel guidebooks, as I’ve just returned from a trip abroad, where I noticed other travelers leafing through their guidebooks. Let me tell you upfront that I don’t use guidebooks. I owned one about Taiwan and a couple of tiny Lonely Planet books on Hongkong, China and Japan. I bought the first one after my trip (don’t know why I did that; probably just the book hoarder in me) and I got…

Tosses and Turns: My Top 5 Childhood Literary Superheroes

by KB Meniado Welcome to Tosses and Turns, where I rant-chant about whatever reading-related issue that has been keeping me up at night. Before you worry about my slumber schedule, let it be known that I’ve had a pretty easy time choosing this topic, thanks to the annual International Women’s Day celebration. Which, of course, led me to this idea of sharing my childhood literary superheroes! 5. JUDY ABBOTT of Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster This is a case of I-watched-it-before-I-read-it but Judy’s too superb not to be in this list. In spite of her circumstances, she achieved her dreams of an education…