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Whenever I’m bored, or whenever there’s a long waiting time, I read. I like browsing in bookstores.

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Books that celebrities are reading

Yasmien Kurdi

I’m reading “The Sky is Everywhere,” by Jandy Nelson. It’s a beautiful story about a girl who falls in love with her dead sister’s boyfriend. But my favorite is the inspirational book, “The Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren. It teaches you about God and life, asks questions and urges you to reflect. It taught me that a successful person does not take credit for his achievements; he attributes them to God.” Marinel R. Cruz

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Not just for the books

VIEW from the top: The Library brand of humor is playful, says De Real.

It’s hard to ignore the role that The Library has played in Philippine entertainment. A list of its alumni reads like a who’s who in local comedy. One only has to consider the lead actors in three of the top five grossing Philippine films of all time.

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What your favorite celebrities are reading


My favorites book is titled “What Matters Most for the Heart.” It’s an inspirational book that my mentor in “Protege,” Tatay Phillip Salvador, gave me as a gift.

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Curious quartet behind the counter


Rabid or nothing: Fans of History Channel’s hit reality series “Pawn Stars” cannot be passive watchers. Who knew that this core cast of four, guiltless of matinee-idol aspirations, could spawn such an army?

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Traditional bookworm


Lovi Poe, star of the Cinemalaya entry “Sana Dati,” says she’s traditional when it comes to reading fare: “I still enjoy reading paperbacks as compared to eBooks, which sometimes hurt the eyes.”

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What does Tom Rodriguez like to read?


I’m now reading the comic book “Superman: Action Comics.”

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Books: Tom Rodriguez

Tom Rodriguez

I’m into adventure and fantasy books like Frank Herbert’s “Dune” and George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. Even as a kid, I’ve always had an overactive imagination. After reading, I would try to draw the characters. These books are like portals to another world. I have over 50 novels and comic books on my iPad. Martin’s “A Game of Thrones” is well-written. You really get invested in the characters, but they can be expendable. So when they die, you really feel the pain. I’m currently reading “A Feast for Crows,” the fourth book in Martin’s seven-part series. Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Books: Carla Abellana

Carla Abellana

My latest purchases are “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green and “Inside of a Dog” by Alexandra Horowitz. I bought the first because it’s on the New York Times bestseller list and a lot of people have been talking about it; the second, because I’m a dog lover and I enjoy reading materials about dogs, whether factual or fiction.

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Barrio Readers donate books


On June 14, nine alumni of the Batanes Photo Safari organized the turnover of 33 boxes of books for the 70 students of Bagong Silang Elementary School in Bagong Silang, Los Baños, Laguna.

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Books: Neil Ryan Sese


I find the book “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki to be very interesting. It’s the story of a boy with two fathers, one rich and one poor. His dads have opposing theories about money and this confuses him. Both dads try to teach him what they think is the right way to live one’s life. I have yet to finish reading it. I’m a father myself so I’m hoping that from it, I will be able to get pieces of advice that will help me raise my own kid. Marinel R. Cruz

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Books: Dingdong Dantes


I’m currently reading a book by Ferdinand Llanes on the stories contributed by young activists during the martial law era. It’s called “Tibak Rising” with the word tibak being the slang for activist. This was a gift from my friend Joel Saracho, whom I’ve worked with in “I Heart You, Pare,” and now in “Pahiram ng Sandali.” I appreciated this because I wasn’t really into books and have always wanted to make reading and finishing a book my New Year’s resolution for so many years now. I find this book interesting because I want to learn about the views of the people who participated in the movement. I want to know their objectives, to compare them to the youth of today. I’m interested in knowing how (martial law) affected their lives, what changes were effected and what today’s youth can contribute to the community to make sure (human rights abuse) never happens again. Marinel R. Cruz

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