Shelfwalking: Minimalism On My Mind (or What To Do With My Books)

by Agnes Manalo There are books by favorite authors, books I’ve been meaning to read since their appearance on some list or another, irresistible bargain books, books with pretty covers, etc. They sit, unread, on my shelves for years. Once I’ve read them, I have to figure out what to do with them. A favorite book is an easy decision—back to the shelf, between spines of similar color and height. A terrible book bought cheaply is another easy decision—the Little Free Library. Less easy decisions: a book that appears masculine, literary—my uncle, to his towers of cobwebbed books beside his…

Shelfwalking: Books I Brought With Me to Another Country

by Georgette S. Gonzales Here’s a shot of my bookshelf at my residence in California. That is just about 20% of all the print books I own. It will take a few more trips home to the Philippines before I can haul everything to the States. How did I choose which ones to bring first? I chose those I have not read and will likely read soon in addition to the stash in my Kindle reader. Now, what’s in my bookshelf? Complete print copies of my published Tagalog novellas. For posterity. 😉 Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. Mine isn’t complete yet. I…

Shelfwalking: 4 Romance Series I Love The Most

by Mikki Shiu I actually have an ordinary looking bookshelf, a five-layer one made of plain regular plywood, and it is not even painted, finished or covered yet. I requested it from my dad a few years ago when I noticed my growing number of books. The top shelf is where I place all book series and other novels penned by the same author. On the second shelf, I put my academic and reference books relating to my profession, which is interior designing. The third shelf belongs to “others,” such as stand-alones and other items like journals and sketch books….

Shelfwalking: The Beast’s Library in the Making (I Wish)

by Cake Evangelista Call me weird, but what I’m most excited to see in the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” (starring St. Hermione Granger Emma Watson) is the Beast’s bookgasmic bibliophile paradise. Four stories of shelves, spiral staircases, overstuffed couches, giant globes, a grand fireplace, and GAZILLIONS AND GAZILLIONS OF BOOKS(!). I mean, just LOOK AT IT. Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. My collection of books, unfortunately, is so tiny, so minute, so insignificant compared to even 0.1 % of the Beast’s monstrous library. I remember replaying that library reveal scene repeatedly, going greener and greener with envy after each replay. (How to…

Shelfwalking: Books By Life Stages

by Celestine Trinidad This is quite possibly the hardest list I’ve ever had to make, because I like reading a little bit too much. I read everything, even the nutritional information off food packages, and when I’m sad, book shopping is the equivalent of retail therapy for me. So I decided that, for Shelfwalking, I will choose one book each from a genre I like for this list, books that not only do I highly recommend, but also meant a lot to me at different stages of my life.  1. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood Genre: Realistic Fiction Margaret Atwood is…

Shelfwalking: My 5 Books for Life

by Lucille de Mesa Every single book I own has a unique memory to me: They are like friends who will never leave me—or can never leave me. But when I was asked to do Shelfwalking, I admit I had no idea what to share at first. But I remembered the photo I took for #ThrowbackThursday: Here are some of the books from my shelf that have stayed with me through my darkest days, lifting me up when I felt worthless. 1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling Everybody I know has a Harry Potter inspirational story, and I am proudly part…

Shelfwalking: 6 Books That Helped Shaped My Advoca-Sea

by Anna Oposa When I was asked to write about six books that helped shaped my advocacy as a marine conservationist, I was thrilled. I have so many books related to it! My shelves are home to titles like Conservation Science, The Optimistic Environmentalist, The Sixth Extinction and Marine Conservation Biology. I then realized I have never finished any of the books I just mentioned. I have a (bad) habit of buying environment-related books and reading the first few chapters, then losing interest. I only pick them up again when I need a reference. This is not because the writing or content…

Shelfwalking: The path towards being OC

by Karl Mabutas Nothing beats the refreshing look of piles of books lying around in your wonderful space. It is greener than nature, whiter than crystals, and shinier than the most expensive gadget you currently have. Why, you ask? Because those are the visual representations of your page-by-page success. The look and feel of recollecting your fun plot times with John Green, J.K. Rowling and the likes are too good and must be kept in the best condition possible. And today, I am about to unleash my beasts out into the virtual wilderness. I am to give a tour of all…

Shelfwalking: To read is to travel

by Alfonso Mangubat I realized when I started out my blog that it was going to be about books and travels, hence the full name, The Manila Traveler AND Bookworm. Unfortunately (or is it fortunately?), I got caught up in the traveling part, and now I’m making up for it by creating this list of my top 10 books. There are actually a lot of books on my shelf—about 120 or so—but there are a few that have withstood the test of time and favoritism. So here goes and I hope you’ll enjoy! (Just a note: Titles from 10 to six aren’t…

Shelfwalking: Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself

by Jess Dimayuga I’ve been reading about travelling lately. The last two books I read were Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M.Pirsig and Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac. The main characters of these books went on cross country road trips while I was at the comfort of my office desk. There’s a Roald Dahl quote: “The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives.” If books could transport us to new places, our book shelves or the way we arrange our books are the borderlands to…