You don’t have a date on Valentine’s Day.
You start thinking whether the “The One” will come. You start having existential crisis at the earliest of the month. You think that no one loves you. You start spending your weekends sleeping. You ruminate. You cry . . . .
These might be the case for singles out there since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. But whether someone’s taking you out on a date or not on the 14th, these Anvil books about contemporary love and romances can be your companions for when you want to sit curled up on the sofa, eat chocolates, and feel the romantic love—or lack thereof—this month.
Ahhh… young love. It’s always fun to think of escaping from the dire reality that we’re facing. For Lux Castelo, spending the entire weekend with Micah Jacinto, a boy she’s been trying to stay away from, leads her to rediscover the lost pieces of herself.
But all weekends come to an end and Lux needs to return to the dreaded reality she’s running away from. But does being brave enough to leave summer behind mean being brave enough to ask Micah to stay?
Sounds Like Summer is available for only P199 at National Book Store, Powerbooks Store, and online at anvilpublishing.com.
Retold in English by Ms. Soledad S. Reyes, Macario Pineda’s Love in the Rice Fields and Other Short Stories offer readers a series of scenes in which various characters come alive in their respective journeys through life’s various stages—the idyllic innocence of youth, the pleasure and agony of young love, the disillusionment of old age, and the experience of death. Each story slowly leads its characters to an epiphany, for example, of the unconditional nature of a mother’s love, of war and its evils, of death and what possibly transpires after.
Love in the Rice Fields is available for only P295 at National Book Store, Powerbooks Store, and online at anvilpublishing.com.
Much has been said and done about LGBT awareness—fostering pride and respect for all LGBT communities—in the Philippines. Despite all these, gay and lesbian sex issues still remain taboo.
In Don’t Tell Anyone: Literary Smut, Ian Rosales Casocot and Shakira Andrea Sison counter the veto with their shameless yet eloquent accounts of Filipino gay and lesbian loving.
Don’t Tell Anyone: Literary Smut is available for only P395 at National Book Store, Powerbooks Store, and online at anvilpublishing.com.
Perfect for hopeless romantic travelers, Midnights in Bali is about Ava Bonifacio, a girl who’s got everything planned out until, one day, her boyfriend broke up with her. Desperate, she buys a ticket to Bali, where she meets Scott McLeod, a rude and grumpy Scottish traveler who thinks there’s a lot more to Ava than meets the eye.
Midnights in Bali is available for only P199 at National Book Store, Powerbooks Store, and online at anvilpublishing.com.
Reportage on Lovers by Nick Joaquin (AKA Quijano de Manila)
Classic Oriental love, modern cosmopolitan love, tragic cold-war love: these are among the portraits of lovers collected in this album of true love stories written by National Artist Nick Joaquin, based on popular news reports in the 1960s.
Reportage on Lovers by Nick Joaquin is available for only P250 at National Book Store, Powerbooks Store, and anvilpublishing.com
Serenade by Claire Du
For those who thought that they have found the “one,” but turned out to be the one that got away. Like our protagonist Elise Rodriguez, who found out that his perfect boyfriend isn’t so perfect after all, the breakup eventually led her into finding the one who will stay.
Serenade is available for only P199 at National Book Store, Powerbooks Store, and anvilpublishing.com
Bucket List to Love by C.P. Santi
Falling in love in Tokyo—that idea seems dreamy enough to read this book. The protagonist, Aya Contreras is thrilled to be studying in the land of sakura and sushi. Tokyo is a fascinating city to live in—vending machines,cosplayers, karaoke boxes, and bright, colorful conbinis on every corner. And the architectural design program she’s in is everything she dreamed it to be. The only problem? Her tutor, the talented and hot, Ryohei Mori doesn’t seem to like her.
Bucket List to Love is available for only P225 at National Book Store, Powerbooks Store, and anvilpublishing.com
Arvyn Cerezo is a Manila-based freelance writer/journalist specializing in arts, culture, and technology. Having worked as a book editor at a major publishing house in the Philippines, he is well-versed on the different segments of trade book publishing—print, e-book, and audiobook.
A certified bookworm, he writes book reviews for Publishers Weekly and AudioFile Magazine. Arvyn also loves learning languages. He has an English degree, and he’s currently working on his Spanish level C1.
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