12 Days of Bookbed Recs: F. Sionil Jose, Alexander Dumas and Oscar Wilde

by Glory Moralidad I love these books because they’re a compilation of awesome Filipino stories and essays. My annual holiday reads (December 20 to January 7) consist primarily of Filipino literature from well-known authors like F. Sionil Jose (Feet of Juan Bacnang), Dean Francis Alfar and more. After each day, I end up my reading with that of Jose Rizal’s toast to Luna and Hidalgo. Always. If I get to rest and read foreign books, I always read Alexander Dumas’s Count of Monte Cristo, Oscar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray and anything by Neil Gaiman. And I end every foreign reads with…

12 Days of Bookbed Recs: Children’s Books #12daysofBookbedRecs

by Nove Patangan Plenty of my nephews and nieces are drowning in toys they no longer use, and buying them more stuff can feel like a gratuitous waste of precious house space (and money). Books then is a great alternative. I’m one of the typical titas who would rather spend a penny for a book that I feel my pamangkins would love to read. So when the Big Bad Wolf arrived in Davao, I thought this was the perfect time to stock up for the kid’s library. Since I can’t bring all of them here in the city since they live…

Bookbed recommends: ‘Seedlings: A Short Story Collection’ by Maria Carlizza C. Pagaduan

by KB Meniado To read the contents of somebody else’s journal is almost unforgivable but with Seedlings, a collection of tiny stories from the life of an author and artist better known to me as Arli Pagaduan, I didn’t feel any guilt at all. On the contrary, it was inviting and familiar—the pages like old friends waving at me, the stories sounding as if I had written them myself—and I sincerely enjoyed how each one brought me back to my past experiences and feelings. While a lot of themes are universally relatable, such as friendships, family, faith, frustrations and fears, each story…

Bookbed recommends: ‘Heartstruck’ by Angeli E. Dumatol #romanceclassFlicker (plus an interview!)

by KB Meniado In November 2017, #romanceclass launched Flair, an imprint dedicated to bringing 🔥 steamy 🔥 contemporary romance written in English by Filipino authors. The first release was You Out of Nowhere by Jay E. Tria, about a younger man and older woman (noona, if we may) falling in lust—then in love, with beautiful Seoul in autumn as its backdrop. September this year sees the beginning of #romanceclassFlicker—a fresher, younger imprint aimed at readers and lovers of young adult literature. The first release is Heartstruck by Angeli E. Dumatol, a story about learning how to grow comfortable in one own’s skin and cultivating good relationships….

Bookbed recommends: Island-based Filipino Children’s Books

by KB Meniado My beautiful country, the Philippines, is made up of about eight thousand islands. To portray, let alone discuss, the abundance and diversity of our people’s experiences is a challenge so great it might just take another hundred of lifetimes before we get to the bottom of it. But there’s always trying, and so witnessing how our creators and the local publishing industry as a whole continue to make a dent on that, be that individually or as a collective, is always inspiring. Whenever I see the range of locally authored and published books available for sale not…

Bookbed recommends: 8 Japanese Novels To Read

by Erica In celebration of Bookbed’s eighth year, let me share to you my Top 8  Japanese Books Recommendations as of July 2018. (Note: I’ve already read these babies a couple of times!) 1. The Tale of Genji (源氏物語, Genji Monogatari) by Murasaki Shikibu Considered as the first novel to be written in history by Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji is a Japanese classic. This is the abridged edition that I read in 2014. I also have the longer edition (more than 1000 pages. ) which I haven’t read yet (one of these days, for sure). 2. The Setting Sun (斜陽, Shayō) by Osamu Dazai This novel…

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 Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. Set in a world where all living creatures can “hear” each other’s thoughts, the protagonist Todd Hewitt discovers a spot without noise and his life is changed forever. The trilogy consists of The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask…

Bookbed recommends: Filipino romance author Tara Frejas

by KB Meniado I’ve always been a reader of romance. Started when I was in high school, and I’ve never looked back. All those Precious Hearts Romance and historical fiction with covers that could make judgmental onlookers uncomfortable. Some people, even friends, have questioned why this is one of my favorite genre choices, and sometimes, I actually consider explaining myself. But must not help contribute to the shame game. The better thing to do instead is to, of course, recommend romance other people can read. Tara Frejas is a Filipino romance author I’ve been following since 2015. She writes in…

Bookbed recommends: ‘Summer Feels’

by Maria Criselda Santos I was not at all prepared for the heartbreak, the yearning and the heat levels that Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology threw my way. From the onset, I knew this was going to be a huge treat. I have read most of the authors, which made it easy for me to set my expectation. Yes, it was high, and yes, it has been met. While the anthology contains tropes that we may be familiar with—friends-to-lovers, one-night stands, summer flings, each story brings something new. What’s more is that it’s also part travel journal, featuring noteworthy destinations across…

Bookbed recommends: ‘Wonder’ by RJ Palacio

by Mayumi Cruz Wonder by RJ Palacio follows the story of Auggie, a 10-year-old boy with a severely deformed face, as he comes out of home schooling and steps straight into a proper middle school for the first time. Having been sheltered since birth, he now has to learn to interact with people who are either scared or turned off by his so-called ugliness. In this book, his adventures—wins and losses abound—are told in a mix of humorous and touching manner. Easy to read, the story is narrated not just by Auggie but also by his sister and his friends, which I loved….