Category Archives: Some words

POPtastik Pinoy: The 4th Philippine International Literary Festival

Standard

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) , Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) and Ayala Museum have cooked up something really good this month!

As part of the 4th Philippine International Literary Festival celebration, the NBDB, FHL and Ayala Museum presents POPtastik Pinoy. POPtasktik Pinoy is a whole day affair and will feature a series of talks covering pinoy komiks to novels to short stories and TV. Among the panel of discussants and moderators are comic artists Manix Abrera, Noel Pascua, AJ Bernardo,Karen Francisco and Budjette Tan; novelists Eros Atalia, Luna Sicat Cleto and Edgar Samar; scriptwriter Suzette Doctolero; fictionists Sarge Lacuesta and Yvette Tan; journalists Ruel de Vera and Kristine Fonacier; and Prof. Patrick Campos.

POPtastik Poster
POPtastik Pinoy will be held at the Ayala Museum on November 15 from 8:30 am to 8:00pm.

5 Things You Can Do After Reading Allegiant: A GIF Reaction

Standard

SO, I’ve read Allegiant a week ago and I’ve already posted my review but I am pretty sure there are still many out there who have not read the book yet. Considering that it’s 500+ pages, you wouldn’t really know what to expect (yes, even if the ending has been spoiled for you, you still wouldn’t know how things came to that so better read). Anyway, spoilers aside, here are some things you can do after reading Tris and Tobias’ and dystopian Chicago’s last hurrah.

1. BRING OUT THE ICE CREAM AND CHOCOLATES! COMFORT FOOD IT IS!

After reading the whole book, this is what I told myself:

tina-fey-1

And so, I ran to the nearest 7/11 store to get chocolates and ice cream.

benandjerryscadbury

Well, I didn’t get Ben and Jerry’s because it’s not available but I got a tub of ice cream nonetheless. Yeah, because food is always, ALWAYS better than Xanax.

2. CRY.

IT ISNT FAIR

Yes, yes…life really isn’t fair and you can’t always tell yourself to

stop crying

So, just bring out your stored boxes of Kleenex and let it all out.

let it out

3. LET MUSIC HEAL YOUR SOUL.

Yes, I totally pirated ‘NSYNC and Gloria Stefan there in that line but really, music helps. I already have a mixtape for Allegiant.

music heals

4. TALK IT OUT WITH FRIENDS.

Because you can never contain so much feels to yourself.

friends

Or not. Whatever suits you, just be with friends.

drink

5. OPEN A NEW BOOK. 

And accompany new characters through their adventures.

bellbooks

Pretty Pictures: Favorite Book Covers

Standard

The weekly link-up is hosted by The Book Chewers.

So, MV of The Book Chewers posted this linkup, and I just have to put myself out there about the topic. What is it? Book covers of course! Pretty, mysterious, lovely book covers.

We all have times when we don’t know what to read but the itch to get a brand new sparkly book from the bookstore just won’t go away. So you wander around thinking which one to pick up and take home. Sometimes I ask the bookstore people for recommendations but more often I go with my gut instinct. I pick up books by the blurb and, which brings me to the topic finally, book covers.

For me, book covers are more than just lovely pictures fronting books. They mean something, or at least they intended to. The five that I’ve picked mostly lean on to the former but one was just too fun not to include. Here they are:

Reached - Ally Condie

Reached (Matched Trilogy #3) by Ally Condie

I love all of the covers of theI trilogy but somehow this is my favorite among the  three. It’s a picture of a girl breaking out of the glass which encased her which pretty much tells you the gist Reach‘s plot.

Insurgent

Insurgent (Divergent Trilogy #2) by Veronica Roth

Another dystopian read, Insurgent‘s cover features a tree, also the symbol of one of the five factions in the series – Amity. Amity, as described in the book, is one of the essential factions because they sustain the city with food and produce, and that’s exactly what a tree does. It’s a beautiful correlation.

P.S. Plus points if you have the hard cover.

book cover

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Another cover with a tree on it. If you’ve read this novel, then you know that the whole tree allegory – that we can all grow even with all the scars and trauma. If you haven’t read Speak yet, then you better go get it now. It’s not heart-warming or anything but it will make you think.

Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Another cover I like because of the allegory behind it but also because, just like I am partial to covers with trees, I am also partial to covers featuring bodies of water.

Where'd You go, Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

This one I picked because it’s fun. And look at all those different versions!

So, there are my five favorites. How about you? Sound off at The Book Chewers linkup and let the world know.

Book Banning, Shackling Ideas and Mugshots

Standard

I’ve always believed in exercising our freedom of expression. It is one of the most basic of rights and while not absolute, it’s one of the things that make us all human. Our ideas are meant to be expressed; our ideas could inspire one person, create a domino effect towards a better world. Imagine a world full of shackled thoughts and repressed speech? It’s a bleak one, I’ll give you that and this leads me to the whole point of me writing this post – banning books.

Censorship is the enemy of our right to free expression and banning books is one of its forms. When a book is banned, access to it becomes limited. What otherwise is a great vehicle for information dissemination becomes impeded. While most appeals against books are rooted on good intentions, personally, I don’t believe it does anyone a favor. Let people read whatever they want to read, let them form their own opinions about the books they open.

Tumblr user Jubilant Antics a.k.a. Kate couldn’t have illustrated the whole thought better. Her series of banned books mugshots says it all – when you ban a book, you’re shackling them.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I am all for standing up against censorship, if you feel the same get yourself informed and check out the American Library Association’s website.

Reading preferences

Standard

It’s time for another link-up courtesy of The Book chewers. This week we’re all about our bookish preferences.

Prompt: How do you like your eggs . . . er, books? Make a list of your usual reading locations, a list of favorite genres (substitute authors if you wish), and a list of reading snacks. When you’re done, try combining items from each list. Which combo sounds best to you, right at this moment? You can take this as far as you like and make multiple combinations for all occasions.

Locations

1. My bed surrounded by pillows and blankets

2. Sitting slumped on my room’s floor

3. Coffee shop near my office

 

Genres

1. Dystopian

2. Historical fiction

3. Fantasy

4. Poetry

5. Memoirs

6. Nonfiction

 

Snacks (this is where I really get picky)

1. almond M&M’s

2. dried mangoes

3. Pringles (the plain one)

4. chocolate chip cookies

 

Right now, some dystopian reading sounds really good to me. I want to be curled up in my blanket while a bowl of dried mangoes wait to be munched on my desk.

34th Manila International Book Fair

Standard

It is that time of year again when book lovers of all ages from all over the country unite. It is the Manila International Book Fair,

The 34th MIBF will be held at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City from September 11 to 15.

Check out MIBF‘s site for more information. See you there!

Image

ABC Book Challenge

Standard

THIS POST IS INSPIRED BY THE BOOK CHEWERS’S WEEKLY BLOG LINK-UP 

For someone who’s a self-diagnosed OC sufferer, I am not that neat. I am, after all, leaning more towards the compulsive side of OCD (that’s Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, for those of you who don’t know, but I doubt it!)

Going back, I’m not that neat so when I line up my books on my shelf I usually arrange them by the name of their authors. But making an ABC made up of book titles is interesting so I’ll give it a shot. I’ll list down the first title that comes to mind.

Here goes:

A – A Long Way Down (Nick Hornby)

B – Beauty Queens (Libba Bray)

C – Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)

D – Divergent (Veronica Roth)

E – Every Day (David Levithan)

F – The Fault in our Stars (John Green)

G – Good Omens (Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett)

H – The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

I – The Iliad (Homer)

J – Just Listen (Sarah Dessen)

K – The Knife of Never Letting Go (Patrick Ness)

L –  The Light Between Oceans (M.L. Stedman)

M – Matched (Ally Condie)

N – Number the Stars (Lois Lowry)

O – On The Jellicoe Road (Melina Marchetta)

P – Prodigy (Marie Lu)

Q – ?!

R – The Realm of Possibility (David Levithan)

S – Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson)

T – The Titan’s Curse (Rick Riordan)

U – Unbelievable (Sara Shepard)

V – Veronika Decides to Die (Paulo Coelho)

W – Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (Maria Semple)

X – ?!

Y – ?!

Z – The Zahir (Paulo Coelho)

Phew! That was kind of hard. I had to go through the list of books I borrowed from the library to complete this. Three letters missing, I think that’s good enough.