Bookbed turns 6: 6 Reasons To Enjoy Writing About Reading

We turn six this year, and to celebrate, we came up with six things on why we do what we do here on Bookbed. We hope these encourage you to write about books and reading as well. Enjoy! 1. We write about reading to understand. “Writing about reading helps generate discourse and facilitate understanding.” —WINA PUANGCO of Crossed Wires 2. We write about reading to share our passion. “Writing about reading allows you to share your passion, your reading experience or how a literary piece has affected you, among others. In the process of writing about reading, you gain a better understanding of your own reading…

The Matter of “The Great TBR”

by Wina Puangco I’m not writing for Crossed Wires today but something—among other things—has been bothering me lately. As someone who participates in Booktube and other reading communities (Goodreads, etc.), I’ve noticed that when talking about their To-Be-Read piles or TBRs, a lot of people are fond of acting guilty for not getting through said pile of books fast enough and/or talking about their TBRs like they are burdens to bear—“I’m soooo behind” or “Ugh, I guess this goes to my super big TBR.” Now, while I understand the feeling of too many books, not enough time, and am by no…

Crossed Wires: Readership

by Wina Puangco Okay, okay, so I know I said we would be talking about comics this week, but it will have to wait. I have a special post in store for you all, with a special guest, so stay tuned for that. For now, I thought we would discuss something a little more general—and also quite specific. Recently, the idea of readership has been on my mind. The 2015 Bloggys are on the horizon, and somehow, it has got me thinking about the who/what/when/where/how/why of reading, especially locally. I’ve been thinking about the advent of memes and quotes and how that…

Crossed Wires: The Necessity of Translation

by Wina Puangco A few weeks ago, I was listening to (read: eavesdropping on) some strangers in Fully Booked complain about the Filipino translation of John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars. Not the actual translation, mind you (they would never read that), but just the existence of it. Somehow, these people were offended by the fact that someone had taken care to translate a book they liked (I’m assuming) so that more people (Filipino people, in particular) could experience what they had experienced while reading it. This reaction isn’t something new. (Case in point, right here on Bookbed: Allana’s thoughts…

Crossed Wires: Well, That Can’t Happen Here

by Wina Puangco It’s with immense pleasure (and lots of caffeine) that I say “yes” to Bookbed’s suggestion that we resume this convo on common misunderstandings in literature. Thus far, we’ve tackled specific genres, and while that is something I’d like to look into further throughout the duration of this series, I thought it would be good to start off with a bang and talk about something more general, and something that affects all of us—the mentality that “Well, that can’t happen here.” I feel like I’m constantly being bombarded by statements that echo this sentiment: at a cafe catch-up, a…

Crossed Wires: Short, Short Fiction

by Wina Puangco Hi, everyone! This is Wina Puangco. I write stories and put together zines (and run MoarBooks). Today, I’m taking over a little corner of your cyber reading space with Crossed Wires: a tiny segment for Pillow Talk this month on (the most commonly) misunderstood genres of literature, and the things we mistake them for which hamper how well we’re able to read and write them. In the next two weeks, you can expect to see a little something on sci-fi and fantasy. For now, here is a little something on short, short fiction.   Short, short fiction, or…