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! 




Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer (P1,715)

Don't write this off as just another travel guide. Instead, think of it as a fascinating glimpse of the world's strangest and most awe-inspiring places. It's a detailed collection of the weird, the unexpected, the hidden, and the marvelous. If you've ever needed a push to get up and travel, this is it! — Aimee Dacanay, staff writer


Available at Fully Booked




The Stories So Far by Jessica Zafra (P160)

How many times have you wondered about that person standing next to you in line at the bank, or the old woman trying to cross the street? Its these kinds of everyday, seemingly disconnected moments that author Jessica Zafra weaves into a whole in her latest collection of short stories. These 10 stories—from a girl named Jude practicing for a spelling bee, to the sad life of a talentless actress—will draw you in as if you're right there with them. — Loren Evangelista-Agaloos, managing editor



Available at National Book Store




Keep Me Posted by Lisa Beazley (P799)

Cassie and her sister Sid decide to write each other letters to bridge the distance between New York and Singapore. The letters are entertaining, insightful, no-filter thoughts on expat life and ex-boyfriends, which is great until they somehow end up all over the Internet. Amusing and engaging, Keep Me Posted is a nice reminder that, however mortifying you feel your life has become, those who really love you will help you keep your sights on what really matters. — Joanna Manalastas, editor-in-chief


Available at Fully Booked




Mr. Porter Paperback: The Manual For A Stylish Life (P1,445)

Apart from being a flatlay essential (it's minimalist design is so #aesthetic), its pages explore everything from fashion to how to carry yourself in different social situations (read: how to dance at a wedding). It also talks about interiors, cars, design, and music, plus it profiles style icons from across the globe. It might flaunt a minimal design, but inside is a whole different story. — Jamie Sanchez, editorial assistant


Available at National Book Store




Circling the Sun by Paula McLain (P675)

If you're itching to get on a plane, then maybe the first few pages of Paula McLain's latest novel would take you some place far away. Beryl Markham's adventures in Kenya, including a failed marriage and a string of affairs, are the kind you'd probably not wish on anyone, but it's her solo flight across the Atlantic where you'll find that much-needed escape. You'd probably want to read up on the real story behind the aviator's vibrant life, who's been likened to Amelia Earhart. Loren Evangelista-Agaloos, managing editor



Available at National Book Store




What Light Can Do by Robert Hass (P699)

Robert Hass's poetry is a perfect example of imagery and brevity established in profundity, and his essays reflect the same discipline. Reading What Light Can Do is almost like talking to your best friend about your favorite writers and photographers, while enjoying a cup of coffee (or a bottle of beer). He explores the power of a woman in Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior, Czeslaw Milosz's verses on the grime of World War II, and even the Epistles of John. That must be some interesting small talk. — Christa I. De La Cruz, staff writer


Available at National Book Store




Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen (P839)

Like most of Sarah Dessen’s novels, Saint Anything is a pleasant, calm read with striking moments that keep you glued to its pages. Sydney Stanford is a 17-year old girl who’s searching for a place in her wealthy family. When her favored brother, Peyton, gets into an accident that forces him to serve time in jail, Sydney finds herself cast adrift. It’s only until she meets Mac Chathams when she starts to feel seen again...something she hasn’t felt in a long time. The novel is filled with lessons on family, love, inevitable changes, and self-discovery. — Kyla Paler, editorial assistant


Available at National Book Store




Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple (P699)

Eleanor, a mother to Timby and wife to Joe, realizes that she is a mess and tries to fix herself but things aren't going her way. She tries to better herself and get fit but Timby needs her care and full attention. She tries to romance her husband only to find out he could be cheating on her. To make matters worse, a certain encounter threatens to uncover a buried family secret. The whole story about Eleanor's reinvention unfolds in a single day and it teaches us that sometimes, you have to face your own shadows in order to move on. — Jamie Sanchez, editorial assistant



Available at Fully Booked




The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (U.S. $8.89)

When Mia Dennett disappears after leaving a bar with a man she’d just met, Detective Gabe Hoffman is sure it has something to do with Mia’s father—a prominent Chicago judge. They find her months later with no recollection of what has happened to her; the only thing she knows is that her name is Chloe. The mystery of what exactly happened in those months that she was kidnapped will keep you turning the pages of this suspenseful, engrossing novel. — Joanna Manalastas, editor-in-chief


Available at Amazon.com




November 9 by Colleen Hoover (P559)

No Colleen Hoover book is complete without a play on your emotions. One moment you’re smiling, the next you’re teary-eyed. November 9 is one day out of 365, but to Fallon O’ Neil and Ben Kessler, it’s the one day they look forward to every year; it’s the one day they’re able to see each other. With a plot full of twists, angst, and some endearing poems, it’s a book that will leave your heart breaking long after you’re done reading it. — Kyla Paler, editorial assistant


Available at National Book Store

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