Book Journaling: ‘Filipino Prehistory,’ ‘Girlhood,’ ‘I Can Say No,’ and everything else I read in the past three months

by KB Meniado Reading, like everything else in this pandemic, has become such a challenge, so if you read 17, 39, 86, or even just one book in the past three months, I would like to congratulate you. Us. Here are the 14 books that have helped me keep afloat. They’re BoJo-worthy but are theyContinue reading “Book Journaling: ‘Filipino Prehistory,’ ‘Girlhood,’ ‘I Can Say No,’ and everything else I read in the past three months”

Making Time for Creative Pursuits: How Writer Janelle Almosara Balances Reading, Writing, and Podcasting

by KB Meniado Happy Women’s Month! In celebration, we are featuring some of the women readers in our community. In this interview, get to know Janelle Almosara, a hobby hoarder, a serial procrastinator, and also our awesome virtual #BookbedMeets host. Here, she talks about following her curiosities and how she’s easing back into writing andContinue reading “Making Time for Creative Pursuits: How Writer Janelle Almosara Balances Reading, Writing, and Podcasting”

Building Life Skills and Finding Comfort: Teacher Mavic Basilia-Yee Shares Tips on Quarantine Reading and Child Rearing

by KB Meniado Happy Women’s Month! In celebration, we are featuring some of the women readers in our community. In this interview, get to know Mavic Basilia-Yee, a full-time mom to twin toddlers, Kalaio and Rojo, based in Leyte with her husband and in-laws. Also a part-time Special Education Teacher and a freelance module editor,Continue reading “Building Life Skills and Finding Comfort: Teacher Mavic Basilia-Yee Shares Tips on Quarantine Reading and Child Rearing”

Bookbed reviews: ‘Girlhood: Teens around the World in Their Own Voices’ by Masuma Ahuja

by KB Meniado At 15, I moved to another city to go to college. I don’t remember it being such a difficult of an adjustment for me, as I was then coming from a melting pot. But I do recall how apparent the differences in experiences and perspectives was among the students, especially those aroundContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Girlhood: Teens around the World in Their Own Voices’ by Masuma Ahuja”

Bookbed reviews: ‘Rebel Girls Lead: 25 Tales of Powerful Women’ by @rebelgirlsbook

by KB Meniado THE STORY Rebel Girls Lead: 25 Tales of Powerful Women celebrates the incredible and inspiring stories of 25 women leaders in politics, business, sports, activism, and more, all written in fairy tale form. It is part of the award-winning Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series. Reach for new heights with Vice PresidentContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Rebel Girls Lead: 25 Tales of Powerful Women’ by @rebelgirlsbook”

Book Journaling: ‘I Must Belong Somewhere: Poetry and Prose’ by Dawn Lanuza

by KB Meniado THE STORY A daring but necessary insight into themes of longing, home, bullying, loneliness, and mental health, I Must Belong Somewhere is a silver lining for anyone struggling. With her third poetry collection, I Must Belong Somewhere, acclaimed writer Dawn Lanuza is returning to her most popular literary platform. Written during her year of rest andContinue reading “Book Journaling: ‘I Must Belong Somewhere: Poetry and Prose’ by Dawn Lanuza”

Bookbed reviews: ‘Stand Up, Yumi Chung!’ by Jessica Kim

by KB Meniado THE STORY One lie snowballs into a full-blown double life in this irresistible story about an aspiring stand-up comedian. On the outside, Yumi Chung suffers from #shygirlproblems, a perm-gone-wrong, and kids calling her “Yu-MEAT” because she smells like her family’s Korean barbecue restaurant. On the inside, Yumi is ready for her NetflixContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Stand Up, Yumi Chung!’ by Jessica Kim”

Bookbed recommends: ‘Filipino Prehistory: Rediscovering Precolonial Heritage’ by F. Landa Jocano

by KB Meniado Taking a cue from the latest Why Filipinos Should Read on why we should pick up more Filipiniana and readings on Anthropology, I decided to start this year’s reading list with a book about Filipino prehistory. Reading Wing of the Locust last year also stirred this interest, and I wanted to continueContinue reading “Bookbed recommends: ‘Filipino Prehistory: Rediscovering Precolonial Heritage’ by F. Landa Jocano”

Bookbed reviews: ‘Wing of the Locust’ by Joel Donato Ching Jacob #WingoftheLocust

by KB Meniado Filipino mythology was something I hadn’t been reading plenty of, and not because of a lack of offering but energy (for shame), but this year has allowed me to explore a few facets of our prehistoric origins and found the experience both fascinating and well, guilt-ridden. So when I was offered theContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Wing of the Locust’ by Joel Donato Ching Jacob #WingoftheLocust”

Bookbed reviews: ‘Meet Me By the Sea’ by Taltal Levi

by KB Meniado THE STORY When a spunky little girl finds that her parents are too busy to play, she decides to visit her favorite place on her own. The familiar path lightens her step and her heart. And along the way she discovers a wonderful surprise. Taltal Levi’s spare text and delicate pastel-hued illustrationsContinue reading “Bookbed reviews: ‘Meet Me By the Sea’ by Taltal Levi”