OCTOBER 14, 2019

Shelf space

BY FIEL ESTRELLA
PHOTO FROM THE FULLY BOOKED INSTAGRAM PAGE

Creep yourself out in time for spooky season or settle down with something more romantic — these five titles from Fully Booked are all you need.

I still remember how life-changing it was when Fully Booked first opened, like seeing color for the first time. I was 10 years old and slowly beginning to understand that the world of books extended far beyond the library at my elementary school or the other bookstores I frequented and already knew inside-out.

There were suddenly more options, and more reasons to love reading. This only grew when, in my teens, the Fully Booked flagship store along Bonifacio High Street opened. When I got to university, my friends and I would take the Mondays we had off to ride the train and take the bus to Taguig so we could look at all the books they had. I called it “shelf shopping,” like window shopping: walking around the store for hours just browsing the spines until I found something new to add to my own shelf back home.

Even now, Fully Booked still makes me want to pick a book, take a seat, and read awhile, safe and content among people who just get it. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that they’ve always got the best buzzy and brand-new releases — here are five titles that definitely won’t disappoint.

Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory by Raphael Bob-Waksberg

This collection of short stories from the creator and executive producer of BoJack Horseman will feel like a warm, if a little scratchy, blanket that will reach out to readers whether they’re fans of the show or not. A young couple planning a wedding are forced to deal with nosy relatives and goat sacrifice; two people take missed connections to newer heights (or lows); a rock band gets superpowers, but only when drunk — filled with fresh and offbeat humor, with bursts of romance and the absurd, each story holds quiet and sometimes uncomfortable truths.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Handsome and magnetic, Alex Claremont-Diaz makes the perfect First Son for America, a shining beacon practically akin to royalty. So when a photo of him having an altercation with England’s Prince Henry (actual royalty) goes viral, it threatens to ruin relations between their countries. As damage control, Alex and Henry are forced to stage a truce, but it’s not long before their friendship becomes the real thing and evolves into what may very well be a secret romance. 

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Tiffy and Leon live in the same apartment and sleep in the same bed — but they’ve never met. Tiffy’s life is in disarray and she needs a cheap place to stay, while Leon works the night shift and needs cash. It’s the perfect setup: the place is his during the day, it’s hers the rest of the time, and they mostly get to know each other through Post-It notes they leave around the apartment. But between messy relationships, family trouble, and bouts of loneliness, they learn that the solutions to their individual problems just might be leaning on each other. 

If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura, translated by Eric Selland

A lonely postman with a few months left to live and only a cat named Cabbage for company makes a deal with the Devil: he would get an extra day of life in exchange for making one thing in the world disappear. Through the course of a week, as each object disappears, he’s able to look back on his life, through the love and loss, and discovers what truly matters most. 

Little by Edward Carey

Born in Switzerland, a young orphan becomes an apprentice to an eccentric wax sculptor and is whisked away to 18th Century Paris, where they turn an abandoned monkey house into an exhibition hall for wax heads. As Paris is thrown into Revolution, her artistic talent brings her to the company of royals and radicals, leading to her becoming known as the great Madame Tussaud.

Fully Booked is located at B6 Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.