There’s nothing like going to the beach or heading out to cooler climes and pulling out a good book as you take in your environment. Not that downloads on your phone aren’t great, but there’s just something nice about flipping pages while listening to the waves or the wind.
Here are a few light titles that you can stuff in your bag for those out-of-town escapes. Make sure to find a quiet nook for 100 percent enjoyment.
1. "The Mystery on 17th Street" by Annie Gorra
For those who appreciate young adult literature, this is a good pick. “The Mystery on 17th Street" is about Agustin and his friends, Rhuel and Noli, and their idyllic childhood along 17th Street. Things edge towards the mysterious when an old woman fascinated by the moon comes into their lives. Is she really a witch as the townsfolk say or just someone with a deep secret?
2. "Geeks VS Jocks" by Jessica Zafra
The sharp Jessica Zafra is back with a compilation of sports articles. You read that right – sports articles. Although she pretty much confesses that she can’t play any sport to save her life, she loves writing about tennis and football, and maybe a bit of the games people play in politics. You don’t need to be a sports fanatic to love her pieces – you just need to be someone who appreciates the view.
3. "The Stories So Far" by Jessica Zafra
Another title by the famed writer, “The Stories So Far” is a collection of tales about strangers and sociopaths, all coming together for curious exchanges that will keep you flipping pages.
4. "The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo", by Bujette Tan, Kajo Baldisimo, David Hontiveros, Boy Guerrerro, and Mervin Malonzo
"The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo" is your handy guide to local mythical creatures, from the ever-famous Kapre to the rare Sarangay. Complete with descriptions and illustrations, this book makes for a great campfire conversation, and will keep you in the know just in case you meet a curious-looking creature in your travels.