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, and try to link them a few titles you think they would enjoy. If that doesn’t work, Put a bookish twist into their hobbies. Your gym friends want to get into reading? Use books as weights! Your cool down activity can be a book discussion *wink* Never…

Bookbed turns 7! (plus 7 giveaways!)

Seven years of Bookbed today, and we’re celebrating it by giving away gifts to seven of our readers and followers! The gifts are: One (1) Bookbed tote A copy of Regret No More by Nelson T. Dy, courtesy of OMF Literature A copy of The Goldilocks Enigma by Paul Davies A journal + 3 pens Three books for children Two (2) Bookbed fans + seven (7) postcards by Abbey Sy and Ginger de Guia A set of Bookbed bookmarks by Sashi’s Squad Enter below!  a Rafflecopter giveaway https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js Giveaway runs until the 20th of July and is open only to Philippine residents. ☁

Bookbed reviews: ‘The Practicing Misis’ by Rosan Katlea Reodica (plus a giveaway!)

by Sarah Grutas If there’s anything I hate about cookbooks is that they all tend to be too formal, or that each recipe is accompanied by a mouthwatering photo of the finished product, as if telling me that whatever I cook, it will only be a success if the result looks exactly like the one in the picture. Fortunately, Rosan Katlea Reodica’s The Practicing Misis is none of that. THE STORY It is a collection of 50 or so recipes that will delight not just the palate but also the heart. Each recipe is not just a step-by-step instruction on how…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Sula’s Voyage’ by Catherine Torres (plus a giveaway!)

by Allana Luta The book I finished before Sula’s Voyage was Eugene Y. Evasco’s Anina ng mga Alon, which I had bought at the 2015 Manila International Book Fair but decided to read only now. It was about Anina, a young Badjao, growing up in a society that does not completely understand or accept her people’s culture. I had no idea what Catherine Torres’ story was about so you can imagine my surprise when another book with a similar theme was delivered to my hands just a couple of weeks after I read Anina. The universe is confusing but sometimes it…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Paano Ba ‘To?!’ by Bianca Gonzalez (plus a giveaway!)

by L Meniado “Paano ba ‘to?!” (“How do I do this?!”) seems to be the most essential question we have tried—and are still trying—to answer since we became acutely aware we have grown old. We have succumbed to Googling the answers and consuming every article about being in our 20s posted on Thought Catalog or Huffington Post to make ourselves believe we are prepared to face adulthood. As we take uncertain steps forward, we desperately search for validation that we are doing just fine. I, for one, have realized by now that knowing what I’m supposed to do in life or how to deal with adult stuff is…