12 Days of Bookbed Recs: ‘Kitchen Confidential’ by Anthony Bourdain

by Mark Manalang My reading habits primarily consist of reading off a portion or two of Anthony Bourdain’s books, particularly Kitchen Confidential. The way he writes about food and cooking makes my mouth water and my mind wander. Foodies will love Bourdain’s personal history as a chef, as well as his travels and life advice. His storytelling is also for the widely imaginative. Recommended for such a festive time like this holiday season! ☁️ We’re recommending books for 12 days this holiday season! Share your fave holiday reads with #12DaysofBookbedRecs 🎁 Advertisements

Continuing the Legacy: An Interview with #HeistClub Authors Part 3

by Allana Luta In the final part of our New Blood series, we talk with seasoned #HeistClub members who participated in the creation of The Secrets That We Keep and published the sequel to their first #HeistClub crime story. Yeyet Soriano was one of the editors of Secrets, while Mark Manalang contributed a short story to the anthology. They, along with Arlene Manocot and Jessica E. Larsen, have all released the second book to their original crime story from the first #HeistClub bundle, specifically: Shadow Prince (sequel to Flame Squad: Sly Prince) by Jessica E. Larsen Sampaguita: Stray Lamb (sequel to Sampaguita)…

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…

#HeistClub: Manila in the Eyes of an Outsider

by Mark Manalang The signboards light up one by one as the sun sets on Manila Bay. The bars along Remedios and Adriatico fill up with patrons. Cosplaying girls assemble at the doorsteps of karaoke clubs in Mabini. Traffic along Padre Faura and Taft builds up. Tourists roam the streets aimlessly, while beggars selling flowers and asking for loose change tail them. In the streets of Manila, the curtain rises on Sampaguita: This City is Crying, the beginning of the tale of a man’s quest for revenge, redemption, love and justice. The most difficult part of writing Sampaguita was conceptualizing protagonist…

#BookbedReadsPHLit Report for April

Welcome to the fourth book report for #BookbedReadsPHLit this 2017! In this challenge, readers must choose one book by a Filipino every month throughout the year. However, this report is a little different from our previous ones. Here, we recommend some books from the Bookbed Store for you to add to your TBR pile this coming long weekend—or whenever! (Reading is eternal!) Feel free to pick up one (or some/or all) for the challenge, too! *** 1. Bayawak’s Trail by Justin Camacho-Tajonera What you’ll like: Getting in the middle of a murder mystery in the hinterlands of Surigao del Sur, soaking up Manobo folklore and…

Uncovering Crime Fiction (Part 3 of 3): An Interview with #HeistClub Authors

by Allana Luta and KB Meniado You’ve probably seen the teasers for the upcoming film adaptation of F.H. Batacan’s Smaller and Smaller Circles, the award-winning book, also tagged as the first Filipino crime novel. You’ve probably already bought a copy, to have and to read, right before the movie comes out. And now you’re probably also wondering where you can get more of that hair-raising thrill.  Well, #HeistClub’s got your back! More crime fiction is coming your way tonight as sixteen (!) crime stories will be launched tonight at The Study by Enderun at the Podium in Mandaluyong. We featured the authors of the Why We Run and What We…