We've loved books for years. Why haven't we been reading as much?

by Agnes Manalo, Allana Luta, and KB Meniado Happy New Reading Year! We still love books, first of all. But we’ve also been wanting to talk about this, and so what better time than now, mid-January? Here, we spill our most candid reading (or non-reading) experiences. May you find refuge. Why haven’t we been reading?Continue reading “We've loved books for years. Why haven't we been reading as much?”

Bookbed reviews: ‘Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

by Agnes Manalo Note: This contains photos of a handwritten review. Click through image to enlarge and enjoy! THE STORY A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response. Here are fifteenContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

Bookbed reviews: ‘My Fate According to the Butterfly’ by Gail D. Villanueva

by Agnes Manalo Note: This contains photos of a handwritten review. Click through image to enlarge and enjoy! THE STORY When superstitious Sab sees a giant black butterfly, an omen of death, she knows that she’s doomed! According to legend, she has one week before her fate catches up with her — on her 11thContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘My Fate According to the Butterfly’ by Gail D. Villanueva”

5 Readers Share Their Favorite Women Authors and Literary Characters

Happy International Women’s Day! In celebration, five readers talk about the women they read, and why that’s important. Enjoy the reminder! “I grew up reading two female authors: Francine Pascal and Anne Rice. One reflected my childhood, the other my visions of adulthood. Between Pascal’s famous Wakefield Twins, I identified with and wanted to becomeContinue reading “5 Readers Share Their Favorite Women Authors and Literary Characters”

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,Continue reading “5 Gifts for the Reader with Too Many Books (plus a giveaway!)”

12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’, ‘Outlander’

by Agnes Manalo At Christmas, I have time off from school, and enough time to immerse myself in a new fictional world. One year, I decided to binge-read the entire A Song of Fire and Ice series, after watching the first season. I also binge-read the entire Outlander series, after watching the TV pilot. SomethingContinue reading “12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’, ‘Outlander’”

Bookbed reviews: ‘To the Sun, Moon, and Stars’ by Cariza Opana

by Agnes Manalo THE STORY To the Sun, Moon, and Stars, written by Cariza Opana and illustrated by Ellé Om, is a collection of poetry and prose that reads as letters meant to be sent to the skies and diary entries stored and locked in cages we all keep in our hearts.  This book talks about holdingContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘To the Sun, Moon, and Stars’ by Cariza Opana”

12 Readers Share Their Favorite Books from Childhood

by KB Meniado We all remember our first loves. Here are 12 more readers and the books they adored as a kid! (Related: “8 Books from My Childhood You’ve Also Probably Read and Loved“) “Skinnybones by Barbara Park—witty, underdog story, hilarious; The Three Investigators by Robert Arthur—something like the Hardy Boys, but smarter; and Many Moons byContinue reading “12 Readers Share Their Favorite Books from Childhood”

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, andContinue reading “8 Things to Put in Your Reading Journal”

Bookbed turns 8: 8 Ways to Encourage More People to Read (plus 8 giveaways!)

by Agnes Manalo, Allana Luta and KB Meniado When it comes to reading, it’s never about less is more. The more people who read, the merrier! Here are eight ways to encourage non-readers to get into the habit: Suggest books related to their personalities and interests. Pretty self-explanatory. Find out what the person is into, andContinue reading “Bookbed turns 8: 8 Ways to Encourage More People to Read (plus 8 giveaways!)”