10 Books We're Loving Now

Page-turners 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!



Time Travel: A History by James Gleick (P792)

If you've always been fascinated by the concept of time travel, this book is for you. It's a mind-bending exploration of time travel, covering everything from the early days of H.G. Wells to modern-day pop culture. — Aimee Dacanay, staff writer


Available at Fully Booked



Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter (P1,980)

When Hamilton genius Lin-Manuel Miranda punctuated his Tony acceptance speech in June with "Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love, cannot be killed or swept aside," you knew that you just had to get your hands on his works in one way or another. Unfortunately, it looks like we're not seeing the Broadway hit in the Philippines anytime soon. Enter Hamilton: The Revolution, a hardbound book that traces how the groundbreaking musical came together. The volume, written by Miranda and cultural critic Jeremy McCarter, details the journey from just a germ of an idea to the Broadway run six years later as well as the whole script with footnotes. Still dreaming of that Hamilton run here. — Christa I. De La Cruz, staff writer



Available at Fully Booked



Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain (P1,650)

Anthony Bourdain’s introduction for his Macaroni and Cheese recipe starts with this sentence: “Get that damn lobster out of my mac and cheese!” And then he goes on to say, “If you add truffle oil, which is made from a petroleum-based chemical additive and the crushed dreams of nineties culinary mediocrity, you should be punched in the kidneys.” So yeah, this isn’t your typical cookbook. Then again, why would you expect it to be? — Joanna Manalastas, editor-in-chief


Available at National Book Store



Warp by Lev Grossman (P755)

Author Lev Grossman calls Warp his "zeroeth novel," first published in 1997. This re-issued edition puts back the spotlight on Hollis, a 20-something Harvard graduate who, as most people are at that age, lost and unsure of his place in the world. Star Trek, B movies, and noble knights fill his overactive imagination, as he tries to figure out the real world. Whether or not you can identify with his wit and rebellion, it's the kind of tale that might just bring you back to those days when you were young, reckless, and free. — Loren Evangelista-Agaloos, managing editor


Available at Powerbooks



A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin (P637)

In this collection of 43 stories, master fictionist Lucia Berlin tells the story of the ordinary woman: the cleaning lady, the teacher, the switchboard operator, and many others. But while they may seem like normal people, the stories Berlin weaves are nothing short of special. They are all at once witty, tragic, humorous, and unpredictable. Touching on themes like alcohol dependence, unrequited love, and grief, this book is no light read. But it is a beautiful one. — Henna Yu, editorial assistant



Available at Fully Booked



Drawn Together: Uplifting Comics on the Curious Journey Through Life and Love by Leah Pearlman (P699)

A lot will agree with me when I say that the year 2016 isn't actually sunshines and rainbows...but that doesn't mean we have to just keep letting it punch us in the face because no matter how f*cked up a situation is, as cheesy as it sounds, there will always be something that will make you feel better—like this book filled with encouraging comics that are both entertaining and uplifting! Reach for this book when you need an instant pick-me-up. — Jamie Sanchez, editorial assistant


Available at Fully Booked



Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by Jason Porath (P1,188)

Be warned: These aren't your usual Disney princesses. This book pays homage to the fierce, flawed, and fascinating heroines of our history, literature, and folklore. Each story is beautifully illustrated, meticulously researched, and engagingly written. —Aimee Dacanay, staff writer


Available at Fully Booked



My Neighbor Totoro by Tsugiko Kubo (P828)

A Studio Ghibli favorite, My Neighbor Totoro, is retold in novel form through a story by children's book author Tsugiko Kubo with original illustrations by legendary director Hayao Miyazaki himself. Totoro, a magical forest spirit that looks like a huge and round cat or rabbit, befriends young Satsuki and her little sister Mei and takes the two on amazing adventures. It was a sad day when Miyazaki confirmed his retirement in 2013, but this book makes everything a bit better. — Christa I. De La Cruz, staff writer



Available at National Book Store



Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi (P499)

It’s always fun to break your usual book selection with a YA novel every now and then, and Furthermore is a great bet for when you’re in the mood for something colorful and adventurous. It’s the story of 12-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow, who goes on a quest to find her missing father in a magical land called Furthermore. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver, whose magical abilities are not quite what they seem. — Joanna Manalastas, editor-in-chief


Available at Fully Booked



The Wonder by Emma Donoghue (P699)

From the author of the 2010 bestseller Room comes another gripping novel that takes inspiration from the historical account of “fasting girls,” who from the 16th to the 20th Centuries were reported to have lived without food for months or years. An English nurse named Lib Wright goes to the middle of nowhere in Ireland to watch over 11-year-old Anna O'Donnell who hasn't eaten for months. Is she the miracle child her family says she is? It's an intriguing page-turner that will keep you up for hours. — Loren Evangelista-Agaloos, managing editor


Available at Fully Booked

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