We all want some quiet time by ourselves. And one way to spend some me time is by immersing into another world through reading books. Of course, curling up in your bed with a mug of your favorite hot chocolate is a common way, but wouldn't it be exciting to get a change of surroundings when you visit Hogwarts or Westeros, or when you try to play extra to John Green's or Jennifer Niven's protagonists?
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If you're tired of seeing the four walls of your room as you flip every page of your latest read, here are places where you can hang out with your paperback buddies:
1. Book & Borders Cafe. With big shelves filled with books free for every customer to read, add to it a vibrant atmosphere and cozy ambiance, Book & Borders Cafe is a hangout you'll surely go back to often. Although you'll get to borrow one book at a time only (sorry, no hoarding!), feel free to approach their staff if you wish to change the title you're currently holding with another one. Get some coffee with their signature ice milk, too, while you're there! With branches at 281 Tomas Morato Street, Diliman, Quezon City and Unit RC-RCM, RD-RDM Bldg. 5, Tuscany, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
2. Fullybooked BGC. Every book lover has at least taken a shot of the magnificent book stack with the painting of the famous cat lady at this Fullybooked branch. With four storeys full of books, comics, magazines, and other reading paraphernalia, you'll never run out of choices. The best part? The sign that says not to let the plastic wrap of the book to hinder you from opening and start reading it (even without purchase). Aside from that? Comfy sofa chairs so you can rest your back while you read. Located at B6 902 Bonifacio High Street Global City, Taguig City.
3. Filipinas Heritage Library. If you're the library-loving type, the Filipinas Heritage Library is your match. Aside from reference materials, they also house books authored by Filipinos, so you'll discover new reads aside from your usual YAs! 6/F Ayala Museum, Dela Rosa Street, Makati City.
4. Tweedle Book Cafe. Another cozy book cafe, which, by stepping inside their establishment, is like opening a new untouched book—the vibe is rustic yet modern. The feel will make you instantly think of your own home, filled with over a thousand books ranging from fiction to self-help to, of course, the classics, and so much more. And oh, if you decide to donate some of your beloved titles to this cafe, you're going to bring home a 'new' old one from them, too! Located at 106B Scout Gandia, Quezon City.
5. The Book Stop Project. Get one, leave one. That's the basic rule of The Book Stop project, and probably why this concept of mobile library is awesome. If you don't have a spare book, you're still free to get one book, granted that you'll put it back. Presently, they're still in Manila, but this August, you might find them at BGC, so follow the chase!
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6. Local Edition Coffee and Tea. With their #BookProjectManila, guests are encouraged to bring a book in exchange for another one. The good news? Most of them are fiction novels, so you'll surely find one that you'll like! Also, they have great local beverages and food there, too. So, how about a good story over a cup of coffee, yes? Located at 116 Perea Street Legaspi Village, Makati City.
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