5 Gifts for the Reader with Too Many Books (plus a giveaway!)

by Agnes Manalo, Allana Luta and Mikki Shiu Dark chocolate: not too sweet and not too melty, so you’re less likely to smear it all over your book or device A gift card for a coffee shop: for a bit of quiet time to make a dent in that book you’re having trouble getting into, or to finish that last chapter, or for you to live out your coffee shop AU dreams~ Coffee beans: for the more introverted reader, or for when you need a bit of ritual before diving into your book A tote bag: for keeping your books…

#Augvocacy2018: Creating Your Safe Space as A Reader (plus a giveaway!)

by KB Meniado If you’re a bookworm that keeps on falling into the FOMO trap whenever you open your social medias, worry not. A hundred thousand others from all over the world feel the way you do, all thanks to a simple scroll-down on a #bookstagram post or a #bookishwish tweet. Book communities online today are so exciting, it’s difficult to not want to be a part of it. It’s not always a bad thing. In fact, there are so. many. reasons why you as a reader should be social media active (see experiences of my fellow Augvocates here). Being visible…

8 Ways Bookstagram is Revolutionizing the Habit of Reading

by Bookstagramers Philippines Bookstagram, from the root word “books” and “Instagram,” isn’t just a place to share aesthetically pleasing bookish photos, but also a home to bibliophiles from all over the world, which include us Filipino readers. Here are eight ways we think bookstagram has contributed to how we read and buy books today: 1. Bookstagram makes books extra appealing Since bookstagram heavily relies on images, readers are often challenged to make their photos more eye-catching. The more attractive the visual is, the more attention is drawn to the book/s being featured on the post. And this is mostly why…

8 Things to Put in Your Reading Journal

by Agnes Manalo Reading is always An Experience, and sometimes you want to record (and maybe share) it. Some people blog, some people Booktube, some people Bookstagram, some people keep a book journal. Like me. So if you’re into that books-on-paper thing (and want to do something about all those wrapping papers, scrapbook papers, and a dragon’s hoard of notebooks of yours), then this might be for you. Here are some things to put in your reading diary: 1. Your year-end wrap up, or your TBR 2. Book-related ephemera This sketch was the cover of my book from a #BookbedBlindDates. The…

Shelfwalking: Minimalism On My Mind (or What To Do With My Books)

by Agnes Manalo There are books by favorite authors, books I’ve been meaning to read since their appearance on some list or another, irresistible bargain books, books with pretty covers, etc. They sit, unread, on my shelves for years. Once I’ve read them, I have to figure out what to do with them. A favorite book is an easy decision—back to the shelf, between spines of similar color and height. A terrible book bought cheaply is another easy decision—the Little Free Library. Less easy decisions: a book that appears masculine, literary—my uncle, to his towers of cobwebbed books beside his…

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…

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…

Tales of An Ebook Convert

by Lucille de Mesa Like most bookaholics, I started my encounter with these magical objects at a very young age. I blame my mother for my book obsession—she introduced me to storybooks mostly full of colorful animal drawings, which were of course attractive to children. In my early high school years, as I raved about the film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, my friend informed me about the book series and lent me the first book that started my burning passion for reading. In between the gap years of the Harry Potter series, I started to collect, discover and buy more…

On Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf: How It Shaped My Perspective on Feminism

by Mpur Chan Emma Watson graduated from Brown University with a major in English literature. Just like me. Well, I mean, I took English literature as my major, too, but in a different university. And Emma (yep, first name basis) likes reading books, just like me! We’re pretty much the same… Except she’s a UN Ambassador and uses her influence to create meaningful communities through books, like her book club. It’s been three months since Emma announced Our Shared Shelf, so maybe a lot of you already know about this Goodreads community. But I want to share with you my personal thoughts after…