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: ‘Monsters in the Cereal Bowl’ + An Interview with Alina R. Co

by Allana Luta THE STORY In this collection of short stories, Alina R. Co conjures the monsters and other worldly creatures we’ve seen as children. These are characters that have piqued our bottomless pits of imagination, both real and imagined, and friendly and frightening. Here are winged creatures in cereal bowls, a man who collectsContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Monsters in the Cereal Bowl’ + An Interview with Alina R. Co”

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”

12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘Delta of Venus’ by Anaïs Nin

by Allana Luta Aside from my graphic-novel rec here, there’s Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin, a collection of 15 erotic short stories. This is for when I want to read an actual book but only have the energy to do so in short periods of time. The topic isn’t exactly holiday-themed but the shortContinue reading “12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘Delta of Venus’ by Anaïs Nin”

12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘Saga’ written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples

by Allana Luta When you’ve been on an unintentional book-reading hiatus for as long as I have, getting back into the habit can be difficult. A novel that I could have finished in a single sitting now seems like an absolute chore. So for this holiday season, to get my groove back, I’m restarting outContinue reading “12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘Saga’ written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples”

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!)”

Backstage Pass, Too: Author Tara Frejas on Sequels and Growing as a Writer

by Allana Luta Tara Frejas is a name that’s familiar to Bookbed readers who have been here for a while. We’ve done a couple of reviews of her works, recommended her to our readers, and had her as a featured author as part of the #romanceclass column. So to say that we’re fans would beContinue reading “Backstage Pass, Too: Author Tara Frejas on Sequels and Growing as a Writer”

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!)”

Bookbed recommends: The ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy by Patrick Ness

by Allana Luta Imagine living in a world where every thought you have is broadcast into the world and can be heard and seen by everyone around you, and you theirs. There would be no such thing as secrets or surprises or privacy, only noise, constant and intruding. That is the premise of the ChaosContinue reading “Bookbed recommends: The ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy by Patrick Ness”

Continuing the Legacy: An Interview with #HeistClub Authors Part 3

by Allana Luta In the final part of our New Blood series, we talk with seasoned #HeistClub members who participated in the creation of The Secrets That We Keep and published the sequel to their first #HeistClub crime story. Yeyet Soriano was one of the editors of Secrets, while Mark Manalang contributed a short story to theContinue reading “Continuing the Legacy: An Interview with #HeistClub Authors Part 3”