From the Bookbed Room: ‘The Temptation of Adam’ by Dave Connis

by Miguel Galang When I first found out about The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis and its wonderful premise, I was like, “omg, I need this book asap.” Because where have I seen a YA novel that talks about porn addiction? I have never encountered one prior to this , but let’s face it: talking about what gets you off is totally awkward, and I love the risk the author took in writing and delivering this book to the world. “We’re all variables of broken and holy light, and that’s the only thing about the world that doesn’t change.” ☁ Continue reading on The Quirky Reader ☁…

From the Bookbed Room: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ by Andre Aciman

by Miguel Galang Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman follows Elio as he reminisces the time when he was 17 years old and living in Italy with his parents. Every summer, Elio’s parents would take in an academic guest who would live in their villa for six weeks and help with his father’s academic paperwork. They also get to take Elio’s bedroom, much to his annoyance. The guest, 24-year-old academic Oliver, immediately intrigues Elio with his carefree disposition. Sparks fly and unsure feelings rise up in this sweeping and fleeting summer love affair… For the most part, I had trouble connecting with…

From the Bookbed Room: ‘Flame in the Mist’ by Renee Ahdieh

by Miguel Galang Set in feudal Japan, Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh follows Hattori Mariko, the daughter of a prominent samurai, who is promised to the emperor’s son, Minamoto Raiden. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, she narrowly escapes an ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace. Devising a plan to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, she disguises herself as a peasant boy and earns the trust of the clan’s leader, rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his best…

From the Bookbed Room: ‘Magonia’ by Maria Dahvana Headley

by Miguel Galang “If you look at the sky that way, it’s this massive shifting poem, or maybe a letter, first written by one author, and then, when the earth moves, annotated by another. So I stare and stare until, one day, I can read it.” Reading Magonia takes me back to those nights where I would stay up late and watch those old Disney movies from the 2000s. It always felt like magic to me because I was staying up way past my bedtime. And this series brought me back to that feeling of being a child again, where I would…