FBB Invades FFP’s Best and Worst Meet Up

Thank you to the folks of Flips Flipping Pages for inviting the Filipino Book Bloggers to take part in their Best and Worst 2010 Reads event held at Libreria in Cubao X. I won’t be able to name all of the attendees because there were so many of us. The afternoon started off with food, of course, then we all trooped to the bookstore. I was actually surprised that we all fit inside Libreria and that we were able to discuss all of our best and worst reads in a reasonable amount of time. Each person had one minute to say something about the best and worst book that he or she read in 2010. Some of the choices were surprising, some were not but overall, it was interesting to see what appealed to other readers and why. After the sharing, there was a book swap, which was a lot of fun and something that I hope to recreate in the next Filipino Book Bloggers’ meet up. Overall, a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I think it’s always a good thing when I get to talk about books with other people. 🙂

Here’s a group pic that I grabbed from Rhett:

Libreria Bookstore in Cubao X

There’s a new bookstore in town and it’s called Libreria, located in the quirky and artsy Cubao X. This is where the second meet up of the Filipino Book Bloggers was held but more about that on another post. I wanted to highlight Libreria because it’s new and you can’t find a lot about it when you Google the name of the bookstore. To those who’ve never been to Cubao X, here’s the full address:

CUBAO EXPO
Gen. Romulo St.,
Araneta Center, Cubao QC, 1109

Libreria doesn’t have a sign to indicate its presence so when you enter Cubao X, just go straight until you find a vacant area then go inside and you’ll see a bright blue door. That’s the entrance to what Tarie has dubbed the Filipino Book Bloggers’ new headquarters.

Triccie, the owner of Libreria, is really nice and friendly. The place has a homey feel to it because some of the books are from Triccie’s own collection. She has a houseful of books and when she realized that she wouldn’t get to read a lot of the books that she owns anytime soon, she decided to put up Libreria. The books in the store aren’t covered in plastic like in other commercialized bookstores so customers can read samples while browsing. The books are very affordable especially since some of them are pre-loved. There’s even a bargain section where all of the books are just P50 each. I was glad to see that there are books in Libreria that aren’t available in other local bookstores. I bought a hardcover edition of The Spell Book of Listen Taylor by Jaclyn Moriarty for only P100 and a trade paperback of I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith for only P75. To the other Filipino Book Bloggers, please leave a comment listing the books that you bought to give people an idea of what’s available in Libreria. 🙂

I’ve always envied my American friends their indie bookstores and now I have my own favorite indie bookstore to patronize. Libreria is open everyday, 3pm to 8pm but on weekends, they can extend up to 11pm. Cubao X caters to a nocturnal crowd and I quote Honey in saying that Libreria is “a haven amidst teenage angst.” They also serve freshly brewed, refillable coffee for only P50.

Follow Libreria through its Facebook page.