6 Books You Need To Get Your Hands On At MIBF
Time to head to the Manila International Book Fair
Movies and music are great, but there is nothing like coming home to your bed and curling up with a good book at the end of the day. Whether you play the role of the protagonist or that of an all-knowing stranger, nothing can replace reading genius words formed into a worthwhile story.
And it’s for this exact reason that we were counting down the days to the Manila International Book Fair and it did not disappoint. Our favorite picks? We thought you’d never ask.
A Little Life
Malcolm is a struggling architect, JB is a painter, Willem is an aspiring actor and Jude works as a lawyer. But despite the years that these boys have spent together, the group knows very little about Jude and his past. He wears long-sleeved shirts in the summer, never lets anyone touch him and has a limp when he walks.
After some more time passes, Jude’s past – plagued with abuse, heartbreak and utter loneliness – is discovered and it puts everyone around him into a tailspin.
Note: You’ll have to carve out some real time to read this. It’s painful.
Ash falls from the sky and mist dominates the night in this world where evil is felt everywhere and life is basically stifled. To make matters worse, the future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. The story includes a heist story of political conspiracy, revelations and magical martial-arts action.
But the series does ask a simple question that has the potential to turn its genre on its heels: What happens when the hero fails?
Note: With a few books to get through, it will take you time to get the whole picture – but it will be so worth it.
Jack thinks Room is the entire world. It’s where he grew up, learned to read and plays with his Ma. At night, Ma tucks him safely in the wardrobe, where he sleeps as Old Nick visits. But while Room is home to Jack, Ma sees it as nothing but a prison that Old Nick has held her captive in for seven years.
Ma created a life for Jack in Room, but she knows it isn’t enough. She devises an escape plan that relies on a lot of luck and Jack’s bravery.
Note: Be prepared to see the world through the eyes of a 5-year-old.
The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach To Living A Good Life
Earlier generations told us to make the best out of situations. But The Subtle Art of not Giving A F*ck tries to prove that the best form of action is to build a stronger outer shell. Blogger Mark Manson advises us to learn about our limitations and our weaknesses. He argues that confronting these sometimes painful truths is how to find courage, responsibility and forgiveness.
In a world that has been trying to shove positivity down your throat, we’re grateful that there are honest souls like Manson who tell you that this is not the (only) way to happiness.
Note: Your world will change with this read.
Something In Between
Melissa Dela Cruz
Jasmine de los Santos has made the American dream come true for her Filipino immigrant parents. She studied hard and is about to reap the rewards via a full college scholarship. But then she finds out the truth: Her entire family's visas expired years ago and is illegally living in the United States. That means no scholarships and the impending threat of deportation.
For the first time in her life, Jasmine acts like a rebellious teenager. And things are really put into a spin when she meets Royce Blakely, the son of a high-ranking congressman.
Note: This might hit a little too close to home.
Strange the Dreamer
Lazlo Strange, a war orphan and junior librarian, has been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep since he was 5 years old. He has, however, always been too afraid to travel across the world in search of it. But then the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors present him with an opportunity that he just cannot turn down.
All the questions he’s been asking himself will be answered in Weep. What happened to the city that cut it off from the world? What did the Godslayer slay? And if all the gods are dead, why does the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams seem so real?
Note: You’ll be experiencing a whirlwind of emotions with this one.
The 38th Manila International Book Fair is being held at the SMX Convention Center in Mall Of Asia Complex from September 13 – 17. There’s still time, but none of it should be wasted. Time to clear your weekend!