8 Books from My Childhood You’ve Also Probably Read and Loved

by KB Meniado This may be a little late for National Children’s Book Day, but since we’re still celebrating Bookbed’s eight year (join our giveaway here), here are eight books I loved as a kid. I can still remember the first time I picked up each one of these (and all those times I dog-eared them), and I am so thankful for having had the privilege to start the reading habit at an early age. Reading has helped shape me as a person—and I’d like to believe I turned out okay—so if you have the access or can provide opportunities to…

8 Nail Art Designs Based on YA Book Covers

by KB Meniado I wanted to do something to personally celebrate Bookbed’s eighth year, and my initial idea was to dress up like book covers or characters for eight days. (I watch too many Buzzfeed videos, I know.) I couldn’t afford to do so, lifestyle-wise, so I opted for something that was more practical but also more challenging. Therefore: nail art designs based on book covers. I never do anything to my nails except to occasionally cut or bite them and I’m not a nail technician by any means, but I assure you I tried my best. This project ran…

Depicting Unapologetic Realities: An Interview With Author Elaine Castillo

by Twila Bergania The first thing I told Elaine Castillo when I met her for an interview in a cozy corner of Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel was that I haven’t read her novel yet. As a journalist, it’s standard protocol to research and read before going out for an interview so I felt a little bad but she was very understanding, nodding with a smile that seemed to glow because of the tiny candlelight flickering in between us. Perhaps it wasn’t so surprising given that we were there to witness her book launch. The event was presented by…

Bookbed reviews: ‘America Is Not The Heart’ by Elaine Castillo

by Twila Bergania I have to admit that it took me a while to finish this book. I was convinced, after meeting Elaine at her book launch presented by National Bookstore, that I will be able to finish the book in two weeks, that I would not be able to put it down, and that I would be spending sleepless nights poring through the pages. But surprisingly, this book took longer for me to finish—not just because I’m a busy person (I write for a living too) but also because it was just so good. I would liken Elaine Castillo’s…

Storiesnap Time: Tales From Around the World

Welcome back to Storiesnap Time, in which we feature books with illustrations in snaps and clips. This time, we chose Tales From Around the World released by Nido in the ’90s. Nido is a milk brand here in the Philippines, and back then, these pocket storybooks were freebies for every box or can bought. Watch the video below to check them out (or if you were a ’90s baby/kid and want to reminisce), and if you enjoyed this (or used to/still have these!), let us know in the comments below. We also welcome requests so feel free to send titles our way! ☁ This post is…

Rewind Down: The ‘I Heart Iloilo’ series by Clarisse David

by KB Meniado Welcome back to Rewind Down, where we sit back, relax and revisit stories. This is inspired by The Rewatch Project of Forever Young Adult. (Read our previous sessions here.) For this session, we’re returning to the I Heart Iloilo series by Clarisse David, a YA+NA romance series set right here in the Philippines. The first book, Keeping the Distance, follows the high school romance between model student Melissa and trouble-making basketball player Lance, while the second one, Making It Complicated, is about a summer fling between photographer Cam and drummer Hunter that turned out to be more than just that. Here…

Bookbed reviews: ‘Soul City’ by Mon D Rea

by Ian Miraflores THE STORY IT’S NOT A JOURNEY. IT’S A DESTINATION. When Nate Cuervo dies in a diving accident, he realizes he isn’t ready to leave everything behind, including his girlfriend and soulmate Samantha. He falls into an underworld prison where the only way out is through an eccentric reaper named Sephtimus Rex. As head reaper, Septhimus leads an army of supernatural Crows tasked with the cold deportation of overstaying spirits from the human realm. But the fates smile on Nate because the head reaper has problems of his own. He has fallen in love with a mortal girl; an…

8 Readers Whose Travels Were Inspired by Books

by KB Meniado Travelling by page is always magical, but travelling to the actual place from that very page can be surreal! Eight readers from the community (including yours truly) share their travels to places inspired by the books they read. Make sure to get your to-go and to-read lists ready! 1. The Musee du Louvre in France, inspired by Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, and the movie set of The Hobbit based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien in New Zealand First thing that came to my mind when I was there was Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code! Good thing…

Fiction Nation: Life’s a Peach

by Allana Luta Nowadays, it takes a lot for me to get out of the house during weekends. There are very few things that will make me dress up and go to the crowded mall willingly instead of staying at home to rest. In the past two weekends, the sole reason I left my bed was the film Call Me by Your Name. Directed by Luca Guadagnino and based on the book by André Aciman, Call Me by Your Name is about Elio and Oliver’s love affair that one summer in Italy. Elio is the 17-year-old son of a professor…

#BookbedFictory 011: ‘I See What You See’

by Hannah Taotjo Prompt: You’re a person who can see all colors, living in a colorblind world. His room looked untidy, but nothing was out of place. The sheets of paper lying on the floor belonged on the floor, the ones crumpled into balls of frustration were in the wastebasket. The books that he took to bed with him deserved to be there. Those on the shelf were unneeded, though were dusted fastidiously every other Sunday. There were no pictures of his mother or father. He had no brothers and sisters to have pictures of. There were some Polaroids of his…