Big Bad Wolf Books Davao: Reasons to Go and Things to Expect

by KB Meniado The Big Bad Wolf has arrived in Davao, and if you’re a reader that lives in the city or someplace close by, what are you still doing here?? Seriously though, how exciting is it to have a book sale this large-scale finally here in Mindanao! Surely, as a book lover, you don’t need further convincing to go, but nothing wrong with getting you more hyped, right? Plus, you can always share about all this with your friends and family—you know, get them all converted to being readers because the more readers we have, the more thinkers and…

Meeting Different Kinds of Readers at the NBS #BookBingeBazaar in Davao

by Nove Patangan Yesterday was the second day of National Book Store’s Book Binge Bazaar, and it is also Davao’s first time to host this event. Since it’s the first in the Durian capital, it is expected that Dabawenyo avid readers will flock just to score titles at a low price. Apart from stumbling upon interesting books, we get to meet various kinds of readers. Now, it’s a known fact that no two readers are like. We have our own literary preferences, habits and quirks, and how we buy books are influenced by these. Check out some of the readers*…

8 Exciting Things to Check Out at #MIBF2018

by KB Meniado It’s Day 3 of the Manila International Book Fair 2018, which means you still have today + the weekend to enjoy one of, if not the, biggest book sales in the country. While there are a lot of familiar elements about the fair this year, there are also quite refreshing additions to what readers can look forward to when they go. Here, we list only eight of the many things—aside from the varied and discounted book selections—we think are worth the journey to the MIBF: 1. Freedom Walls Now, this isn’t an entirely new concept but with more…

8 Tips on Making the Best out of the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale #bigbadwolfbooksph

by KB Meniado Seasoned book hoarders—nay, book lovers—know how to prepare for sales and fairs. But since this is the first time the Big Bad Wolf is here in the Philippines, I thought it would be helpful to share some of the things I’ve seen (learned) from the preview. These may help you navigate the sale better, and come out a successful and happy bookworm! 1. No maps are available but it is fairly easy to notice that the sale is divided into three major sections: Fiction, Non-Fiction and Children’s Books. Once you’re in a particular section, you’ll see table displays…

#BookbedMeets: Book Party, People

Our first time in the South (of Manila) last December 9 was memorable—and by far, the most intimate one! We talked about books, played a modified book bingo game, discussed the 2017 that was, planned for the 2018 to come (watch out for the new reading challenge!), exchanged books, met new friends. Thanks to those who dropped by and stayed, and see you in the next one… next year! ☁ #BookbedMeets is Bookbed’s Community Day. Everyone is welcome! To receive invites to future meetups and other updates, subscribe to #BookbedMail and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Experiencing the Romantic Times Book Convention 2017

by Maita Rue Last May 2 to 7, I attended the Romantic Times (RT) Booklover’s Convention for the first time. The said event is the largest single-genre book convention in the United States, focusing on romance and all the other sub-genres that fall under it. It took me a year of savings, but it every penny was worth it. I got to Atlanta without much fuss and quickly got registered as an author, to whom they issue green badges to. The specific events I signed up for were packed with other participants. I stepped into the venue, my breath shortened. This…

Catching up with Komiks at Komiket 2017

by Allana Luta To say that I am ignorant of the local comic scene is a gross understatement. My exposure to local comics when I was a kid was limited to the newspaper’s entertainment section, with Pugad Baboy, Love Knots, and later on, Kikomachine, as well as Culture Crash Comics, a bi-monthly comic magazine that featured five original titles from local artists. When Culture Crash ceased publication in 2004, I stopped reading local comics as well. So when we went to the third Filipino Komiks Arts Market, or Komiket, on October 14, I honestly had no idea what to expect. According…

#BookbedMeets: Pandayan Bookshop

by Agnes Manalo, Lucille de Mesa, Magsi Rover and Marj Cabatay We went to visit a Pandayan Bookshop for #BookbedMeets last October 7. Here are our experiences touring the branch in Malolos, Bulacan (plus Malolos itself!) with Pandayan’s Jacob Cabochan. Enjoy! AGNES Bookstores have always been special to me, from the small stationery shops in my hometown that also carried a few books, to the big chain bookstores in every mall, to the secondhand bookshops scattered in or around my university campus. So I was excited to join Pandayan Bookshop’s Malolos branch tour. One of my favorite parts during the bookshop tour…

#BookbedMeets: Books We Love to Reread

At the #BookbedMeets earlier today, we talked about books we love to reread, or simply, our favorite books. So in case you’re looking for recommendations, below is the list of titles that were shared and discussed. Enjoy! FICTION CLASSICS The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger COMIC BOOK SERIES/GRAPHIC NOVELS Saga by Brian K. Vaughan MYSTERY, HORROR, THRILLER Ring by Koji Suzuki The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada SCIENCE FICTION Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE Forever by Judy Blume Ready Player One…

Leafing Through Pages for Mental Wellness

by Joy Celine Asto Reading Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho was my first brush with literature that tackles the intricacies of mental health. I found its premise interesting. Despite having virtually everything a woman her age could ask for, the titular character decided to end her life in a rented room in a convent. But why? By leafing through the book to look for answers to this question, I unknowingly plunged into the complexities of situations that people with mental health battles are often subjected to. What Coelho felt compelled to put in writing was likely his own experience…