Monday, October 26, 2020

Paghilom at Pag-asa sa Panahon ng Pandemya: My 3x3 Best Reads of 2019

For our second priming activity, think of three books you consider as your best reads for the past two years. Write a simple review of the book in three sentences. When you make a list of your three best reads, be sure to include the complete bibliographic data of each book. 

Below is an example.

Sirena Ba Yan? by Candy Gourlay, illustrations by Francesca Chessa, published by Adarna House, 2019

Sirena Ba Yan is a playful rendition of self and identity. It opens up discussions and inquiry on the names and labels we use to define who are. Strange and unacceptable these words and terms may be, a listening ear, or ears for this matter, makes all the difference as it leads to understanding, kindness and the building of empathy.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik, published by Del Rey 2015

I love this book since it brought me out of my reading slump last year. Thanks to reading buddies who answered my plea for help. The fantasy-romance tropes are all too familiar, but the the storytelling is brilliant.  

How To Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath, Crown Business 2010

The case studies and social experiments in the book fascinated me. Dan and Chip Heath, the authors of the book recognized how tough change can be since the heart and the mind will always disagree. Change is indeed very personal. 

You can write using the language you are most comfortable in expressing your self. Your choice of books are yours to make. Sharing them with others expands the reading experience. There is no right or wrong answer. 

Post your 3x3 Best Reads on your socmed account using the hashtags #bibliotheraphy2020 #paghilomatpagasa #storytellingforhopeandhealing #regalotouchinglives.

You can also send me your book reviews via Messenger or email ( For more examples, see the 3x3 Best Reads of the following Filipino Librarians who took part in this reading campaign.

 Johann Frederick Cabbab 

Ann Grace Bansig 

Kevin Conrad Tarrobal Tansiongco

Joseph Marmol Yap

Zarah Gagatiga

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