12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘The Baby-sitters Club’ series by Ann M. Martin

by KB Meniado The Baby-sitters Club was the first book series I collected growing up, and so every reread takes me back to childhood. I rediscover Kristy Thomas’s can-do attitude and her single mom-led household; Claudia Kishi’s passion for art and her addiction to sweets; Stacey McGill’s city-girl sophistication and her daily life with diabetes; Mary Anne Spier’s thoughtfulness and stellar organizational skills; Dawn Schafer’s individualism and her healthier options to life; Mallory Pike’s writer dream and big family dynamics; Jessi Ramsey’s love for ballet and her strong determination in life. I loved them so much to the point I actually…

12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘Make My Wish Come True’ by #romanceclass

by KB Meniado A good read anytime of the year, this anthology is 💯 made for and therefore perfect this season of love and giving. There’s a feast in every story, and not just for gastronomical purposes but, of course I dare say, romantic needs as well. Familiar tropes are aplenty, and they’re sweeter and more fun because re-imagined in Filipino Christmas style. If you ever need a solid holiday go-to, I suggest gifting a copy of this to yourself. Enjoy! ☁️ We’re recommending books for 12 days this holiday season! Share your fave holiday reads with #12DaysofBookbedRecs 🎁

Creating A Metropolis of Art and Memories: An Interview with Jay Pillerva

by KB Meniado She makes art, she writes stories, she puts them together, she self-publishes her first book. Meet 21-year-old Jay Pillerva, or better known as @jaaychaan online, and learn about how she began creating and how she made her first illustrated novel Quinn and the Metropolis happen. Jay Pillerva is an independent illustrator, novelist and animator from the Philippines who has been writing and drawing her whole life. She aspires to contribute professionally to the creative industry with her stories and illustrations. The Metropolis Series has been her passion project for years. It is a loose account of her teenage years and her overall…

Big Bad Wolf Books Davao: Reasons to Go and Things to Expect

by KB Meniado The Big Bad Wolf has arrived in Davao, and if you’re a reader that lives in the city or someplace close by, what are you still doing here?? Seriously though, how exciting is it to have a book sale this large-scale finally here in Mindanao! Surely, as a book lover, you don’t need further convincing to go, but nothing wrong with getting you more hyped, right? Plus, you can always share about all this with your friends and family—you know, get them all converted to being readers because the more readers we have, the more thinkers and…

Exploring through Confessional Writing: An Interview with Richsean Jeff Dy

by KB Meniado I met Richsean Jeff Dy at the Booklatan session led by the National Book Development Board last November 9 in Toril, Davao City. His table displayed a copy of his zine, sa ikapito, ako dapat ang maglaho, a collection of poems about how it means to love and to hurt, to let go and to grow. “It’s my first time to take part in something like this” was what Sean told me as I leafed through the pages. He said he’d always been hesitant to sell his zines—self-doubt, fear of rejection, lack of overall support, financial constraints……

Bookbed reviews: ‘Beyond Light and Darkness: A Kathbute Anthology’

by KB Meniado THE STORY The 11 stories in this anthology showcase the interpretations of the Kathbute writers to the theme of light and darkness in the genres of Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Mystery. The Watch Repairman’s Son – H. Bentham Can I Stay? – Nigel Libranages Potion Lunacy – Irina Jean Etienne and Amelie – Johanna Lee The Man in Between – Trix Luna The Time Banker – Raine Rillera The Trial of the Tainted – Trix Luna Word Wisp – AlaraChan IDA Allegro – RK Sanchez Thirty-Seven – Yelle Felicenny Darker Than Night – AlaraChan IDA Read…

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….