Bookbed reviews ‘The Mythology Class’ by Arnold Arre

by Cake Evangelista While reading Arnold Arre’s 1999 debut graphic novel The Mythology Class (2000 National Book Award Winner), I couldn’t help but reminisce about the fantastical and magical stories my mom, aunts, uncles and late grandmother used to tell me, my siblings and cousins when we were growing up. Those bedtime and naptime storiesContinue reading “Bookbed reviews ‘The Mythology Class’ by Arnold Arre”

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 ATContinue reading “Shelfwalking: The Beast’s Library in the Making (I Wish)”

Happy Birthday, Harry! Love, From A Certified Potter Nerd

by Cake Evangelista If this were some kind of “Bookaholics Anonymous,” where we would take turns in standing up, introducing ourselves and admitting our book addiction, I’m pretty sure my intro would be something like this: “Hello, my name is Cake. And I’m a Harry Potter addict.” It feels like it was only yesterday when myContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Harry! Love, From A Certified Potter Nerd”

Bookbed’s 6 Foolproof Book-Shopping Tips

by Cake Evangelista The Manila International Book Fair has come and gone. And we’re sure you were one of hundreds of book geeks and lovers who trekked along with us to the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City for the annual book event. If you’re like me and have a tendency to become overwhelmed by mountainsContinue reading “Bookbed’s 6 Foolproof Book-Shopping Tips”

Bookbed recommends: ‘A Lover’s Discourse’ by Roland Barthes

by Cake Evangelista ­ “I knew no end to desiring you.” That is the one quote in Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse that has been imprinted in my mind ever since I came across this brilliant and thought-provoking—yet admittedly difficult to read—masterpiece of a book. The thing is, I first read that line not in Barthes’Continue reading “Bookbed recommends: ‘A Lover’s Discourse’ by Roland Barthes”

Meet the Goddess of Love Stories: An Interview with Romance Author Mina V. Esguerra

by Allana Luta and Cake Evangelista; art by Hazel Ureta Here at Bookbed, almost everyone is gaga over young adult and romance novels. (If it weren’t obvious yet.) So when we were talking about who we could feature as our first Filipino author, Mina V. Esguerra, one of today’s most popular Filipino authors of romance lit, definitely came on topContinue reading “Meet the Goddess of Love Stories: An Interview with Romance Author Mina V. Esguerra”

The Art of Rereading

by Cake Evangelista I was rummaging through the shelves of National Book Store Cubao—a book Mecca, and arguably the best branch of the Philippines’ leading bookstore chain—when I chanced upon a book with a pretty cover. It was a sepia-toned photo of a glamorous woman lying on a fainting couch, smiling at a man wearing aContinue reading “The Art of Rereading”