5 Gifts for the Reader with Too Many Books (plus a giveaway!)

by Agnes Manalo, Allana Luta and Mikki Shiu Dark chocolate: not too sweet and not too melty, so you’re less likely to smear it all over your book or device A gift card for a coffee shop: for a bit of quiet time to make a dent in that book you’re having trouble getting into, or to finish that last chapter, or for you to live out your coffee shop AU dreams~ Coffee beans: for the more introverted reader, or for when you need a bit of ritual before diving into your book A tote bag: for keeping your books…

Booktungan: MV Redemption Finale Part 2

by Lucille de Mesa, Celestine Trinidad, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. Girlie held his gaze. Every fiber of her being screamed for her to avert her eyes, keep them on the ground or the ceiling or the wall, anywhere other than on his own—like she always did ever since their breakup. This time, she did not look away. “Drew,” she said, forcing herself to sound calm, even though her heart beat so fast and loudly and in her chest, she could have sworn he could actually hear it. “How are you feeling?” “Well, I’ve been…

Booktungan: MV Redemption Finale Part 1

by Lucille de Mesa, Celestine Trinidad, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. “That was some stunt you pulled,” Phil said as he sat by Drew’s bedside. They both laughed. The others had already gone back to the resort to fetch their things. Phil volunteered to stay with Drew at the hospital as there were still a few tests that he needed to go through. “I’m sorry, Phil, I didn’t know how to tell you guys about my condition,” Drew said, sitting upright. His face was still ashen. “It scared me the first time I learned…

Booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 14

by Lucille de Mesa, Celestine Trinidad, Ibyang Riot, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. Brenda and Girlie strolled along the seashore, feeling the waves touch their feet. “I feel like a kid again,” Brenda said excitedly. “It has been such a long time since I felt this relaxed and carefree.” Girlie smiled at her. “In spite of?” “In spite of.” Brenda nodded her head. “We have been planning this outing for so long, and I’m just happy to be here in spite of everything.” She took Girlie’s hand in hers. “From here on, let’s enjoy it…

Shelfwalking: 4 Romance Series I Love The Most

by Mikki Shiu I actually have an ordinary looking bookshelf, a five-layer one made of plain regular plywood, and it is not even painted, finished or covered yet. I requested it from my dad a few years ago when I noticed my growing number of books. The top shelf is where I place all book series and other novels penned by the same author. On the second shelf, I put my academic and reference books relating to my profession, which is interior designing. The third shelf belongs to “others,” such as stand-alones and other items like journals and sketch books….

Booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 13

by Lucille de Mesa, Celestine Trinidad, Ibyang Riot, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. Phil was surprised by how Dimitri appeared to be, restless and intense. It looked like his friend had something big to tell him. “So,” Dimitri began, sitting up to face him. “Do you think you can talk to Brenda and Girlie?” Phil swallowed a sigh, relieved it seemed to have nothing to do with him. He pushed his sunglasses back to his head. “Why, what’s up?” “Just…” Dimitri paused to lick his lips, a sign Phil knew his friend was about to ask a favor….

Booktungan: MV Redemption Episode 12

by Lucille de Mesa, Celestine Trinidad, Ibyang Riot, Sarah Bulalacao, Mikki Shiu and BJ Medina Click here to read the previous episode. “You’re the real fucking monster!” Brenda’s voice kept ringing in Girlie’s head as she traversed the boulders by the edge of the falls, as fast as her legs could go. The water gushing down the rocks was a reflection of the turmoil in her heart. She stopped, her heart beating out of her chest. She was half-hidden in a natural crevice, her feet submerged in the cool water. And then she saw that Drew had followed her. “Girlie…” said Drew, panting. He waded…