Shelfwalking: To read is to travel

by Alfonso Mangubat I realized when I started out my blog that it was going to be about books and travels, hence the full name, The Manila Traveler AND Bookworm. Unfortunately (or is it fortunately?), I got caught up in the traveling part, and now I’m making up for it by creating this list of my top 10 books. There are actually a lot of books on my shelf—about 120 or so—but there are a few that have withstood the test of time and favoritism. So here goes and I hope you’ll enjoy! (Just a note: Titles from 10 to six aren’t…

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. When my copy arrived, I quickly devoured the comic with enthusiasm and interest. After months of waiting, my copy of Pyongyang: A Jouney in North Korea had arrived! THE STORY Famously referred to as one of the “Axis of Evil” countries, North Korea remains one of the most…

Bookbed goes to: Mt. Cloud Bookshop

by Alfonso Mangubat I remember watching You’ve Got Mail 10 years ago and the thing that really piqued my interest more than the romance of the film was Kathleen Kelly’s tiny “shop around the corner” bookshop. You see, when I started the habit of reading, bookstores became my favorite stop every time I went to the mall. I remember when SM Megamall had this really huge Powerbooks branch with all of its hidden nooks and crannies for bookworms to read. I remember seeing the five-floor behemoth of Fully Booked in Bonifacio Global City for the first time. These were all lively places…