Whether you’re happily attached or awesome being single, we here at Flipside know that sometimes—all the time?—nothing compares to being with a good book.
So to celebrate this season of love, we would like to recommend these books.
You know, from our hearts to yours.
1. Sagada: Nayakap Ko ang mga Ulap
by Martha Cecilia
Here’s a story from one of the bestselling authors of the Precious Hearts Romances, Martha Cecilia.
Brianna was a victim of a failed kidnapping and attack. Iniligtas siya ng isang estrangherong may maiitim na mata na kung tumingin ay halos manuot sa kabuto-butuhan niya. Hindi na niya muling nakita pa ito. Brianna’s fiancé left her when she needed him most. Ang trauma sa muntik na niyang pagkapahamak at ang sakit ng sugatang puso ay pareho niyang ininda.
Isang assignment sa Sagada ang hindi niya matanggihan. That was to interview the recluse Shaun Morgan Llantero—a famous Fil-Am pianist. Mula nang mawala ang asawa nito sa isang trahedya ay hindi na ito muli pang nagpakita. When they met, attraction sparked, enough to light the whole of Sagada.
Subalit walang balak magpa-interview si Shaun. “You are willing to offer your body for an interview?” His animosity was apparent. She hated him for his accusation. But she would not be deterred. She was as tenacious as a bull. Subalit may isang taong ganoon din kasidhi ang pagnanais na mawala siya sa landas nito. Kaya ba siyang ipagtanggol ni Shaun upang bigyan ng ikalawang pagkakataon ang pag-ibig?
2. A French FairyFail
by Jessica Larsen
From up-and-coming romance writer Jessica Larsen, a story of how fairy tales do not always come true—and how, sometimes, what happens in real life is even better.
Matagal nang pangarap ni Liberty ang isang mala-fairy tale na happily-ever-after. Kaya ganun na lang ang excitement niya nang yayain siya ng Auntie nyang magbakasyon sa France. Dito niya na kaya matatagpuan ang kanyang Prince Charming? Ang problema lang, pinalaki siyang napaka-sheltered ng Daddy niya, kaya’t wala pa siyang nagiging nobyo sa buong buhay niya. Paano niya malalaman kung sino ang Prince Charming niya? At paano niya malalaman kung sino ang manloloko lang?
3. Corpse in the Mirror
by A.S. Santos
This is how the paranormal can lead us towards the right people—knowing which one he could be, though, won’t be so easy for Samantha. (Finalist in the 2013 Readers’ Choice Award for Novel in English.)
Samantha Davidson’s powers have been growing. Now, not only can she hear other people’s thoughts, but she can also sometimes see things through others’ eyes. They aren’t much—momentary glimpses, really—but these are dark things. Twisted things. Things she can’t bear to watch. But since she is the only one who can see them as they happen, she may be the only one who can prevent them from happening again.
Corpse in the Mirror is the second installment of A.S. Santos’ three-book Young Adult Paranormal Romance. Follow Sam and her friends in the Student Paranormal Research Group as they encounter bizarre and often dangerous supernatural occurrences, battle demons both spiritual and psychological, and navigate adolescence and young love.
Know how it all started for Samantha with Voices in the Theater, book one of the SPRG Series. See how else the paranormal can come into play in finding true love through author A.S. Santos’ real life experiences.
4. Trese: Case 1 At the Intersection of Balete and 13th Street
by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo
Looking for an edgier heroine? Then Trese might be the one for you.
When night falls, drivers try to avoid Balete Drive in fear of seeing the lady in white. For decades, she has haunted that street shaded by those ancient trees. So, when a lady dressed in white is found dead on that very street, it becomes more than just another car accident. It becomes a case of Alexandra Trese. Indeed, how does one kill a ghost? Join Trese as she unravels the secrets found around at the corner of Balete Drive and 13th Street.
5. One Hundred Love Poems
by Gémino H. Abad and Alfred A. Yuson (Editors)
Impress your loved ones with these favorite Filipino poems.
Collecting some of the greatest poems of Philippine literature, One Hundred Love Poems gives us love in its various glorious, beautiful, saddening, and maddening forms. A must have for the romantic and for the literature lover, as well as those interested in Philippine poetry in English.
6. Fourteen Love Stories
by Jose Y. Dalisay Jr. and Angelo R. Lacuesta (Editors)
Get lost in the romance of some of the best love stories of Philippine fiction.
Love—in all its evil and glory—is perfectly demonstrated in University of the Philippines Press’ Fourteen Love Stories, edited by Jose Dalisay and Angelo Lacuesta. A follow-up to the successful One Hundred Love Poems, this collection assembles some of Philippine fiction’s most memorable love stories.
7. Florante at Laura: Edisyong Tapat kay Balagtas
by Paolo Ven B. Paculan (Editor)
Know and fall in love along with one of Philippine literature’s most well-known and well-loved couples. (Finalist in the 2013 Readers’ Choice Award for Poetry.)
Base sa ilang piling bersiyon at importanteng kon/teksto at pagbasa ng awit na Florante at Laura, sinikap ni Paculan na hanapin at buuin ang kanyang tinatawag na “orihinal na akda” na isinulat ni Balagtas, magdadalawandaang taon nang nakalipas. Napagdesisyunang panatilihin ang orihinal na pamagat, talababa, pati ang mga pagkakamali sa pagsulat ni Balagtas ng akda, sa layunin na maging mas malapit ang mambabasa sa tunay na intensiyon at nais sabihin ng may-akda gamit mismo ang kanyang mga salita (o gamit ang mga salitang pinakamalapit sa salitang ginamit). Ito rin ay pagtupad ni Paculan sa utos ni Balagtas, umaalingawngaw sa kasaysayan ng Panulaang Pilipino nitong dalawandaang taon: “huwag … baguhin ang verso.” Paolo Ven B. Paculan, ed
by Kat Santos
Find true love, no matter how far away, and you’ll find home.
When 23-year-old Maya got herself a one-way ticket to Japan, she had only one thought in mind: Gemini. Never mind her family’s disapproval, the low-paying job she had just accepted, the cramped apartment she was going to live in, all the bowls of instant ramen she would subsist on; she had to meet her favorite band, see them play live. Most of all, she wanted to see him. The lead guitarist, Shin.
Three months later, she is penniless, still friendless, and haunted by the comforts of home. Then she meets him, swathed in the smoke of his menthol Luckies, strumming an imaginary guitar. In the empty parking lot of a little club in Shibuya—this is where the aftermath of a dream begins.
9. Love, Desire, Children, Etc.: Reflections of a Young Wife
by Rica Bolipata Santos
This is what happens during “happily ever after”—where the real love story begins.
The short essays in this book are about a young wife’s coming to terms with love, marriage, sexual desire, childbirth, her relationships with her three children, her husband, and her own parents and siblings. The author is most touching when she writes about the trials and fulfillments of bringing up her special child, a first-born with an undefined disability; she is most funny when she recounts the unrequited love of her student days and her juggling of roles as mother, wife, teacher, and graduate student.
10. Eat Rich Quick: The Smart Cheater’s Guide to Cooking Well
by Norma O. Chikiamco
Show them how much you love them preparing them something good to eat. Too busy? Don’t worry, Norma O. Chikiamco shows us how we can still do that.
A fast-paced lifestyle is the norm nowadays, and carefully thought-out and meticulously prepared meals are but a luxurious, almost unreachable dream. However, Norma Chikiamco proudly asserts that being restricted to quick-and-easy meals doesn’t mean that one can’t eat well. In this book, Chikiamco lists twenty-one dishes—twenty-one ways to whip up a delicious, satisfying meal even when you’re pressed for time. But don’t just take her word for it—find out for yourself why this book is indeed the Smart Cheater’s Guide to Cooking Well.
However you want to spend it, we wish you all have a happy Valentine’s Day, everybody. Love and be loved!