Book Hunting Tips

The romance with books is not just about the actual reading experience. It also involves other things, including hunting and buying. Walking into a store and sniffing the pungent scent of books, for instance, is a unique experience lots of book lovers really cherish and treasure. There is also the thrill of looking for a book you want so badly or simply falling in love … Continue reading Book Hunting Tips

My History as a Reader

Whenever someone asks me things about films, I usually say that I don’t know much about them. Why? Because I’d rather read. That has always been true to me. However, it was just in college that I started widening my horizons when it comes to reading. I did not grow up in a home with so many books, so I relied on textbooks, old magazines, newspapers, … Continue reading My History as a Reader

Bird Box (Josh Malerman)

I first learned about this book when listening to an episode of the podcast All the Books! It was a scary book, according to the hosts, so it immediately piqued my curiosity. After that, I read about it a couple of times more on different websites. I also thought its premise was so clever, something I’d really enjoy reading and thinking about. The book is about Malorie and … Continue reading Bird Box (Josh Malerman)

Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Baguio City

One of my favorite bookstores is Mt. Cloud Bookshop. Whenever I visit Baguio City, I always make sure to drop by this establishment. Here are some of the many things I love about it: Charming Interior Mt. Cloud Bookshop has always been known for being Instagram-worthy. I personally love its wooden floors and shelves that give it a very laid-back vibe. There are also a … Continue reading Mt. Cloud Bookshop, Baguio City

My 2017 in Books and Zines

Better late than never! The year 2018 has begun and I don’t think it’s already too late for 2017 year-end posts, so let me share with you how my 2017 went, in connection to books and zines. Reading Challenge For the first time ever, I was able to complete the Reading Challenge on Goodreads. I pledged to read 40 books and was able to do … Continue reading My 2017 in Books and Zines

Ang Ikatlong Anti-Kristo (Eros Atalia)

Matapos mabalitaang nagkamit ang librong ito ng parangal sa Palanca Awards nitong Setyembre lang, agad-agad akong naintriga rito. Kaya naman, nang makakita ako ng kopya ng nobelang ito sa Fully Booked UP Town Center noong nakaraang buwan, sinunggaban ko na ito’t di na pinakawalan. At noong nakaraang linggo nga lang, natapos ko na itong basahin. Sa una pa lang, nakita ko nang sadyang malaki ang … Continue reading Ang Ikatlong Anti-Kristo (Eros Atalia)

UP Press December Sale: Get Up to 80% Discount

The University of the Philippines (UP) Press has been my go-to place whenever I want to discover new books from some of the country’s finest writers and scholars. It offers a wide array of titles under different genres and fields of study. These past few years, I have been a huge follower of its Facebook page, always eager to learn about the latest titles to … Continue reading UP Press December Sale: Get Up to 80% Discount

kindle paperwhite

In Defense Of eBook Readers

Nothing beats the real thing. Anyone who has ever loved a book is pretty much aware of how sensory the reading experience can be. As you try to make sense of the printed word, you also feel the texture of the paper and smell the pages. All this, as your ears pay attention to the sound of each page turn, the crispiness of the high-quality … Continue reading In Defense Of eBook Readers

the vegetarian han kang

The Vegetarian (Han Kang)

“I had a dream.” This seemingly plain and simple sentence hadn’t meant that much to me until I read this book. This novella has three parts: The Vegetarian, Mongolian Mark, and Flaming Trees. The Vegetarian focuses on  Yong-hye, who decides to stop eating meat after having a nightmare. Her husband finds this sudden dietary change weird and even gets mad at her for her seemingly useless decision. He tries … Continue reading The Vegetarian (Han Kang)

wonder boys michael chabon

Wonder Boys (Michael Chabon)

This novel is so close to my heart. Besides the fact that it was written by Michael Chabon, an author I’ve been obsessed with for the past two years, its story also focuses on a writer who, for seven years, has been trying to finish his latest novel. I have to admit, though, that this protagonist can be really annoying at times. Known as Grady … Continue reading Wonder Boys (Michael Chabon)

rich people problems kevin kwan

Rich People Problems (Kevin Kwan)

I was so excited to read this book, since I really enjoyed Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend. And while I can say that this one’s still a fun read, I have to be honest that I also have some issues with it. I think these issues begin with my observation that the plot seems hurried. It feels like the author had a lot in mind while writing … Continue reading Rich People Problems (Kevin Kwan)

the subtle art of not giving a f-ck mark manson

The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck (Mark Manson)

I am not a fan of self-help books, because most of them are full of shit. Same goes for many of the self-help articles flooding our social media feeds on a regular basis. They try to tell us how they live our lives, usually by dictating what’s great and what’s not, and later on, make us realize that our lives suck and so we have … Continue reading The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck (Mark Manson)