#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…

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…

Burning the Passion for Reading

by Lucille de Mesa A few days ago, my friend and I were reminiscing about our high school memories which led to talking about books. We were avid readers back in the day. I told her about my current Goodreads challenge and the review on my blog about a book I just finished reading. We were asking questions left and right about the books we read and if they were good or if they were something we wouldn’t read again. Then a thought came to me. Why do I read? Do other bookworms have the same reasons as me when it comes to…

5 Ways on How Reading Makes A Difference

by Liezel Salera Before I set sail to the real world, books were my first adventure. I was a kid who never ventured to play in the streets and slept with her books as pillows. Now, as a 26-year-old, I never imagined I would be someone who might live a day eating three meals in three different places of distinctly different dialects. I owe this to my dream of being able to say one day that I am living life to the fullest. The Mad Hatter had one word to perfectly describe this: “muchness.” And in chasing this muchness, I find myself aboard…

Crossed Wires: Readership

by Wina Puangco Okay, okay, so I know I said we would be talking about comics this week, but it will have to wait. I have a special post in store for you all, with a special guest, so stay tuned for that. For now, I thought we would discuss something a little more general—and also quite specific. Recently, the idea of readership has been on my mind. The 2015 Bloggys are on the horizon, and somehow, it has got me thinking about the who/what/when/where/how/why of reading, especially locally. I’ve been thinking about the advent of memes and quotes and how that…

‘Paperback or Hardback?’: The Book Format Dilemma

by Ron Supan When I started collecting books years ago, I didn’t care which format they were in as long as I enjoyed the story. But after a while, I got irritated staring at my disorganized shelves, so I decided to buy only hardcovers or hardbacks. And, boy, did those sturdy, elegant spines look neat on my bookshelf. I could have gone on with collecting hardbacks forever, if not for a couple of issues I had with them. 1. Price First of all, they are pricey, especially those in the high/epic fantasy genre, which is where I find my usual reads. Most…

Crossed Wires: Well, That Can’t Happen Here

by Wina Puangco It’s with immense pleasure (and lots of caffeine) that I say “yes” to Bookbed’s suggestion that we resume this convo on common misunderstandings in literature. Thus far, we’ve tackled specific genres, and while that is something I’d like to look into further throughout the duration of this series, I thought it would be good to start off with a bang and talk about something more general, and something that affects all of us—the mentality that “Well, that can’t happen here.” I feel like I’m constantly being bombarded by statements that echo this sentiment: at a cafe catch-up, a…