From the Bookbed Room: ‘Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet’

by Bea Masaluñga Meet Cute: Some People are Destined to Meet is a collection of contemporary stories about cute first encounters turned into romance. Not all people enjoy instalove but once in a while, you’ll want it if you’re looking for something fluffy. The stories are a hit-or-miss but my favorites were by Katharine McGee and Sara Shepard (both are new authors to me). ☁ Continue reading on Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic ☁ Advertisements

From the Bookbed Room: Southeast Asian Books about Children with Disabilities

by Jackie Park People with disabilities are not as uncommon as one might think, and yet sadly there are not enough books to educate our young children on how to communicate with them. I find myself blessed to have met people who have corrected me on some of my misconceptions. I’m glad to see Southeast Asian authors are now also writing stories about and for PWDs. ☁ Continue reading on Bringing Up The Parks ☁

From the Bookbed Room: ‘The Temptation of Adam’ by Dave Connis

by Miguel Galang When I first found out about The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis and its wonderful premise, I was like, “omg, I need this book asap.” Because where have I seen a YA novel that talks about porn addiction? I have never encountered one prior to this , but let’s face it: talking about what gets you off is totally awkward, and I love the risk the author took in writing and delivering this book to the world. “We’re all variables of broken and holy light, and that’s the only thing about the world that doesn’t change.” ☁ Continue reading on The Quirky Reader ☁…

From the Bookbed Room: ‘Because You Love to Hate Me’ edited by Ameriie

by Bea Masaluñga Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Ameriie is a collection of short villain stories where authors are paired up with Booktubers for prompts. Most of the authors here are new to me except Nicola Yoon, author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star, which gives me an idea which writing style I prefer. Ameriie wrote a solid introduction, and as for the stories, most of them were a miss and okay-ish for me. ☁ Continue reading on Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic ☁

From the Bookbed Room: Reviewing 52 Children’s Books by Asian Authors

by Jackie Park I was determined to read to my daughter as early as possible, starting from before she was born. I first began reading to her while she was still in my tummy at five months. Her first book was a collection of Korean folktales. After she was born, I read her baby book after baby book to help grow her love for reading. It wasn’t until our visit to the Philippines almost a year later when I started buying more Filipino books for my daughter. There aren’t many baby books for toddlers back home, and so I ended up…

From the Bookbed Room: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ by Andre Aciman

by Miguel Galang Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman follows Elio as he reminisces the time when he was 17 years old and living in Italy with his parents. Every summer, Elio’s parents would take in an academic guest who would live in their villa for six weeks and help with his father’s academic paperwork. They also get to take Elio’s bedroom, much to his annoyance. The guest, 24-year-old academic Oliver, immediately intrigues Elio with his carefree disposition. Sparks fly and unsure feelings rise up in this sweeping and fleeting summer love affair… For the most part, I had trouble connecting with…

From the Bookbed Room: ‘What to Say Next’ by Julie Buxbaum

by Shealea Iral Let me quickly throw this out there: What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum is a wonderfully written, heartwarmingly captivating novel that I will actively recommend other people to read! It is meant to be read and passed on to another pair of hands. By that, I don’t mean that it’s a story you should only read once; rather, it is one that leaves such a monumental impact that you feel compelled to share it with someone else. ☁ Continue reading on That Bookshelf Bitch ☁

From the Bookbed Room: Run, Dad, Run!

by Jackie Park Of all the children’s books I’ve purchased, this was one of the few that made me pause, smile and then reminisce even before I read the contents of Run, Dad, Run!. One glimpse and I was instantly transported back to a time when running was one of my sports of choice in spite of its challenges. I remember waking up much, much earlier than I was used to and then commuting to pre-assigned meet up places from which my friends and I would walk to the starting line. I remember the slight chills the mornings brought, muscles stretched…

From the Bookbed Room: ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas

by Kevin Dones “We’re the ones who get the short end of the stick, but we’re the ones they fear the most.” The Hate U Give is certainly a novel that should be included in every country’s required reading list for schools because of its authentic approach to the topics of unnecessary police violence, dark implications of the illegal drug industry and the enigmatic contemporary lives of African-Americans. It has been a long time since I read a book that sparked this kind of reaction in me and I am not ashamed to say that I am a THUG trash! In…

From the Bookbed Room: ‘Flame in the Mist’ by Renee Ahdieh

by Miguel Galang Set in feudal Japan, Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh follows Hattori Mariko, the daughter of a prominent samurai, who is promised to the emperor’s son, Minamoto Raiden. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, she narrowly escapes an ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace. Devising a plan to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, she disguises herself as a peasant boy and earns the trust of the clan’s leader, rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his best…