10 Books We're Loving Now

Pageturners we couldn't put down this month

 

(SPOT.ph) Ever find yourself stuck at home, bored, while all your friends are off exploring the world? Sometimes, all you need is a cup of coffee and a good book to go on a quick (or an extended) getaway! Whether you want to be whisked away in a romantic novel or immersed in a different universe, there's a book that will definitely take you to a different place even just for a while...like these titles that we can't seem to put down! 

 

 

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (P459)

All The Bright Places is a gripping young adult novel about Theodore Finch and Violet Markey who are ultimately brought together by the same desire to end their lives. This book tackles heavy issues such as suicide, depression, and anxiety through raw, relatable voices. There’s romance, deep conversations, intense acts of courage, and a lot of self-discovery. It’s brilliant, beautiful, emotionally gritty, and sad—all at the same time. — Kyla Paler, editorial assistant

 

Available at National Book Store

 

 

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney (P836)

The novel is set in New York City, and there's family drama at the Plumb household. Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb have to deal with their reckless older brother, Leo, who has just been released from rehab. An accident threatens the family's joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which the siblings have been counting on to solve all their problems. The story takes a look at what money does to people and how families ties are built and broken along the way. — Loren Evangelista-Agaloos, managing editor

 

Available at Fully Booked

 

 

Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon: Manga by Carljoe Javier (P250)

The Janus Silang craze continues in a manga adaptation of Edgar Calabia Samar's Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon, the first book in the series. Author and comic book-lover Carljoe Javier transformed the exciting and haunting young adult book into a graphic novel with illustrations by Natasha Ringor. The black-and-white perspective definitely gave a more gripping tone to the world of tiyanak, manananggal, and pusong. — Christa I. De La Cruz, staff writer

 

Available at Adarna House, National Book Store, and Fully Booked 

 

 

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (P792)

Imagine a sharply written, contemporary sci-fi thriller...with a bit of romance thrown in. Jason Dessen is mysteriously knocked unconscious and he awakens to a new and exciting life that isn't his own. It's a spellbinding tale of alternate realities, quantum physics, and the many choices we make in life. — Aimee Dacanay, staff writer

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Available at Fully Booked

 

 

Baby Doll by Hollie Overton (P699)

Picture this: You're in high school and have been abducted and held captive in a basement. Your captor sexually abuses you and you become pregnant and give birth while locked up. Eight years after your abduction, you manage to escape with your daughter. This is the gripping story of how Lily transitioned from a teenager to an adult. As Lily returns to her old life, what we discover is how the lives of those she left behind have been changed since her disappearance—in ways Lily could never have imagined. — Jamie Sanchez, editorial assistant

 

Available at Fully Booked

 

 

Wildflower by Drew Barrymore (U.S. $11.99)

Hers isn't the typical Hollywood glam-girl story, which is part of what makes Drew Barrymore so easy to like. But her candid confessions about her crazy antics as a teenager and behind-the-scenes stories about getting her career back on track add up to a compilation of essays that are an endearing peek into the private world of someone you're used to seeing only on the silver screen. — Joanna Manalastas, editor-in-chief

 

Available on iTunes

 

 

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (P880)

The immensely popular illustrations by Allie Brosh are now in a new, full-colored book alongside new essays and painfully honest cartoon drawings. It's a humorous yet thoughtfully honest look into the struggles of depression and mental illness. — Aimee Dacanay, staff writer

 

Available at Fully Booked

 

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling (P299)

This handy guide poses itself as a book owned by Harry Potter and oftentimes borrowed by his best friend Ron Weasley—at least that's what it said on the flyleaf. It gives the definition of the word "beast" and it's various kinds, along with physical characteristics, magical powers, weaknesses, and habitat. The best thing about it? Ron and Harry have scribbles on the margins, which makes me feel like I'm taking the Defense Against Dark Arts class with them. — Christa I. De La Cruz, staff writer

 

Available at National Book Store

 

 

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley (P792)

Dog lover? This book is something you wouldn't be able to resist. It tells the story of a writer named Ted, who has given up on the chance for love except for his 12-year-old dachshund Lily, who eventually develops an 'octopus' (read: a tumor) on her head. It's all about loving fiercely, learning how to let go, and discovering the things you can do for those you love. Yup, go ahead and reach for tissues because you will be crying buckets. — Jamie Sanchez, editorial assistant

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Available at Fully Booked

 

 

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson (P359)

What would you do if you woke up one day and your best friend was gone? Sloane leaves Emily right before summer begins with a lot of questions and a list of tasks. It’s pretty obvious where the story is headed, with Emily being on her own and stepping out of her comfort zone, but the book deals with friendship in a way readers can relate to. It takes a clever approach on unfolding the value of relationships, how easy it is to lose yourself to someone, and learning to live life as vibrant as you can—on your own. — Kyla Paler, editorial assistant

 

Available at National Bookstore and Fully Booked

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