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Make Your Bookworm Friends Happy This Christmas

Find a book that will make them extra giddy this season

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Whether it’s a rare hardbound copy or a paperback you can read in less than a day, a book is a gift anyone can enjoy. If you have a few bookworm friends with varied interests, we found reads that will surely make them feel extra special this Christmas. Drop by your favorite bookstore and be on the lookout for these books:


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From conquering social media to how to pull off a daster in style, this book is the ultimate guide for the soshal—take note, not social—climber in all of us. Written by the three lovely ladies behind the hit blog, this book outlines the no-fail rules, must-learn terms, and helpful tips for class-A soshalizing.

Etiquette for Soshal Climbers by The Soshal Network, P250


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Got a friend who's a fan of the voluptuous beauty? This book features a  collection of intimate photos of the sultry star that will make them fall even deeper under the spell of today’s ultimate pantasya ng bayan. Divided into three chapters that represent Kim’s past, present, and future, the country’s top photographers conjure up an even more alluring vision of Kim.

Kim Domingo: State of Undress | Photos by Shaira Luna, Ejay Leung, and Paolo Pineda, P250


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If your friend can't get enough of catchy hugot lines, this one is for hime. The creator behind the country’s pioneering hugot Facebook page is back with another collection of post-heartbreak poetry and essays. From the fateful first meeting to inevitable separation, Wa(Lang) Love examines what it means (and what it takes) to heal from a heartbreak...no matter how painful the process.

(Wa)Lang Love: Love Stories Na Walang Love Kaya Stories Na Lang by Rod Marmol, P250


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One of the longest-running episodic plays in the country, Ampalaya Monologues has long kept viewers captive with straight-through-the-heart feels delivered with honesty and humor. Now in book form, this book by Mark Ghosn will tug at the heartstrings of your friend who loves words.

Ampalaya Monologues by Mark Ghosn, P250


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In The Maps That Contain Us, novelist Marla Miniano and singer-songwriter Reese Lansangan tenderly explore musings about love, life, loss, and loneliness through the prism of their travels around the world. It is gorgeously illustrated all throughout by San Francisco-based artist Jamie Catt. For a loved one who loves traveling and reading, this is a must-have.

The Maps That Contain Us by Marla Miniano and Reese Lansangan, P250


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The hit web comic series is now a book! This jam-packed volume gathers the series’ funniest comic strips, all-new material, and other hilarious content featuring Hunghang Flashback’s riotous barkada. From unrequited crushes to the hilarious ordeals of riding a jeep, this is the comic book for everyone!

Hunghang Flashbacks: Hala Shet, Libro Na! by D. Borja, P295


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It’s time to hear the #unfiltered story from the actress herself. From her family life to her showbiz journey to her life’s hopes and dreams, Maine dishes heartfelt truths about herself in this book, written in a conversational style and the distinctive sense of humor you expect from the lovably kengkoy star.

Yup, I Am That Girl by Maine Mendoza,  P295


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Take your K-love to a whole new level with this all-in-one guide to Korean-inspired skincare, makeup, and fashion basics. Filled with helpful information, handy tutorials, and product suggestions, this is perfect for every Pinay who wants to achieve the freshness, cuteness, and charm of a true unnie.

Unnie, You’re So Pretty: Korean-Inspired Skincare, Makeup, and Fashion Basics For Every Pinay, P295

All books are published by Summit Books and available in National Bookstore. For more details, follow Summit Books on Facebook and Instagram.

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