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!



Vinyl Me, Please: 100 Albums You Need on Vinyl and Why by Please Vinyl Me (P1,750)

Whether you're a budding vinyl collector or you just really love music, Vinyl Me, Please is a must-have on your coffee table. This aesthetically gorgeous guide even offers "like this, then listen to this" suggestions, as well as cocktail recipes to pair with your listening experience. — Aimee Dacanay, senior staff writer


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Alternatibo sa Alternatibong Mundo: 13 Metakuwento/Malakuwento by Edgar Calabia Samar (P300)

Samar is known for his fictional novels that dabble in Philippine mythology—from the enchanted beings in Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog, to the adventures of Janus Silang in the young adult series. His 101 Kagilagilalas na Nilang, a rundown of mythical creatures, proves his know-how in this league, and Alternatibo sa Alternatibong Mundo doesn’t disappoint. In 13 short narratives, he finds the in-betweens in all of his novels and the inserts meta-stories in the universe he has created. Samar definitely has a lot more stories to tell. — Christa I. De La Cruz, staff writer



Available at National Book Store, Powerbooks, and Fully Booked



What's It Like In Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who've Been There by Ariel Waldman (P733)

With everything that has happened all over the world this year, I can't help but think about jetting off into outer space and staying there for a while. This book gives a sneak peak of what it's like to live in zero gravity from people who have actually been there! Each story is accompanied by playful and captivating artwork. So long, Earth! — Jamie Sanchez, editorial assistant


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To Be Or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North (P880)

If you had a bad experience with reading Shakespeare in high school, why not give it another chance with this interactive and hilarious take on Hamlet by Ryan North. You play either Ophelia, King Hamlet, or Hamlet, and you can choose to follow the original plot, go wild and send your character to an early death or maybe give them that happy ending. The fourth wall does not exist in this book with Ryan more-than-occasionally giving comments on the characters' flaws and motivations or the history behind how certain scenes are written. Each possible ending has colorful illustrations too! This is perfect both for fans of the original play or someone who wants a breezy, enjoyable read.  — Henna Yu, editorial assistant


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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain (P616)

I've probably watched Susan Cain's TED Talk about introverts more than once, and every time I still end up saying to myself, "Hey, that's me!" It was a relief to find out that being introverted isn't actually as bad as I always thought it was. In her book, Cain talks about other introverts who have actually done exceptionally well in their respective fields, and explores psychological research on the "rise of the extrovert ideal." — Loren Evangelista-Agaloos, managing editor



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The Slow Waltz of Turtles by Katherine Pancol (P748)

Joséphine Cortès is having a not-so-great year. Her husband left her to move to Kenya, her sister, Iris, hates her because the world found out that Joséphine was the ghost writer for her book, and now people are somehow getting murdered in her posh Paris neighborhood. This engaging novel, originally published in French, follows the life of this 40-something single mom who’s still struggling to find her place in the world—and maybe get to the bottom of a mystery, too. — Joanna Manalastas, editor-in-chief


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The Language of Food by Dan Jurafsky (P877)

Take a new and fascinating culinary journey with Stanford University professor and linguist Dan Jurafsky. With his help, even simple words like macaron, salad, and ketchup can take a whole new meaning. It'll give you a renewed appreciation for everything you eat! — Aimee Dacanay, senior staff writer


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The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (P649)

The Paris Wife picks up after Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, which was published posthumously in 1964. If Hemingway’s memoir focused on his years of struggle as a writer in 1929s Paris, Paula McLain's novel puts the spotlight on his wife Hadley Richardson and her own struggles in dealing with the alcohol-induced and socialite lifestyle of the fabled "Lost Generation." She also highlights the heartbreaking truth of love and betrayal. — Christa I. De La Cruz, staff writer


Available at National Book Store, Powerbooks, and Fully Booked




Pushing Perfect by Michelle Falkoff (P528)

This book isn't your typical YA novel. Pushing Perfect tackles mental issues and obsession with perfection. Kara lives a perfect life—she gets outstanding grades and it seems she has everything in her life together...until she doesn't and she resorts to illegal substances that promise to help get herself together during a very important test. Little does she know that someone is able to document her transaction and is using it to blackmail her. Things spiral downward from there, but they get even more interesting as the blackmailer's identity is revealed. — Jamie Sanchez, editorial assistant


Available at Fully Booked



What If? by Randall Munroe (P792)

"What would happen if the moon went away?" "If your cells suddenly lost the power to divide, how long would you survive?" These are just some of the questions Randall Munroe, physicist from NASA and creator of webcomic XKCD answers in his book. Randall takes out-of-this-world, absurb questions and treats them seriously, answering them using equations, graphs, and the laws of science. The result is a book that will make you laugh while also giving you a new perspective on the world you live in. — Henna Yu, editorial assistant


Available at Fully Booked

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