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The winner of our Adapt this book contest is…

December 13, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Contest, Movies No Comments →


UVDust, who proposes that Wes Anderson make a movie of Helen Oyeyemi’s Mr. Fox. Live-action this time.

Congratulations! Please email to collect your prize.

This contest was brought to you by National Bookstore.

If you won one of our contests from January to November this year and have not collected your prize, please do so before 31 December 2014 at the Customer Service desk of National Bookstore at Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati. Call them to make sure it’s still there, 8974562.

For unclaimed prizes from our 8th anniversary Question at Midnight raffles, please email one week before you intend to claim your prize at the Fuentes Manila office, because the chocolate has to be ordered from Villa del Conte.

Which book should be made into a movie? Tell us and win the new Murakami novel

December 09, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Contest, Movies 27 Comments →


Post your answers in Comments. The winner will be announced on 12 December.

Books we’d like to see on the big screen
The Patrick Melrose novels by Edward St Aubyn
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
How To Be Both by Ali Smith

This contest is brought to you by National Bookstore.

The winner of the Favorite Book of 2014 contest is—

December 05, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Contest 1 Comment →


november26, who has convinced us to read the spy thriller I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes. Congratulations! Please email to claim your prize.

And congratulations to all our contestants for finding books that you love; we’re adding many of the titles to our own to-read list. Honorable mention goes to ruth, for finishing Swann’s Way. Read all the entries.

This contest was brought to you by National Bookstore. The next contest starts on Monday.

What is your book of the year? Convince us of its greatness, and win The Bone Clocks.

November 28, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Contest 16 Comments →


What was our favorite book of the year? The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, of course. No, wait, in How To Be Both, Ali Smith did things other writers don’t dare, while zeroing in on the very nature of art. And The Children Act may not be as filling as Atonement, but it is the best Ian McEwan we’ve read since On Chesil Beach. Aargh, was it just a few months ago that we read Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and felt like we’d died and been resurrected many times in the course of the novel? Then we had to read every Atkinson book we could get our hands on, and she writes detective novels that manage to be both grisly and warm-hearted. Not to mention HHhH, My Struggle volume 1, the stories of Mavis Gallant, discovering Penelope Fitzgerald and rediscovering Isak Dinesen. . .

2014 has been one of our best reading years, and there’s still a month to go. While we’re racking our overheated brain, tell us what your favorite book of the year is, and convince us to read it. (The book need not have been published in 2014, you just have to have read it in 2014.) Post your answers in Comments.

The winner will be announced on 5 December, and she or he will get this hardcover first edition of The Bone Clocks (or if they already have The Bone Clocks, Php1,000 in National Bookstore gift certificates).

This contest is brought to you by our friends at National Bookstore.

Get 4 tickets to CinemaJam in today’s raffle

November 25, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Contest, Movies, Music, Sponsored 8 Comments →

Last year’s CinemaJam. Photo from gmanetwork.

Do you want four tickets to see Bamboo, Franco, Pedicab, Itchyworms, Urbandub and other top bands at CinemaJam on Saturday, November 29 at the Greenfields District Central Park in Mandaluyong?

Post your name in Comments to join our raffle. The winner will be announced tomorrow.

The concert will cap a full day of activities, art installations, and open-air screenings of Now You See Me and Letters to Juliet. The gate opens at 10am.

Tickets to CinemaJam are now available at Ticketworld. Call 891 9999, or go to Part of the proceeds will go to World Vision.

CinemaJam is a project of Crizal Transitions, which has partnered with Essilor to develop Crizal Transitions Signature lenses, which provide more natural vision and true color perception in a variety of light conditions.

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The winner is Aida Cruz-Guinto. Congratulations! Please email to claim your four tickets.

“Just use a viler cheeriness.”

November 24, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Contest, Language No Comments →

medieval flying cat
Medieval rocket cat via io9.

The title of this post is not just an anagram of “Jessica Rules the Universe”, it also sums up our world-view. Anagrams, we love them, they point out hidden meanings. We thought of doing an anagram LitWit Challenge, then we remembered how many free anagram generators there are on the net. While wasting time on the Internet Anagram Server, we discovered these anagrams for the name of our site:

A recessive sleuth injures
Eviscerates slushier June
Injures shirtless evacuee
Ace heresies sliver unjust
Jet uses sushi irrelevance
Eeriest slur shuns jive ace
Ace juvenile hires trusses

You can come up with band names this way. We found over 50,000 anagrams for our cat’s name, Matthias Urban, including Maharani Butts and Trauma Absinth.

We’ll have to think of another LitWit Challenge so we can give away this fresh new hardcover of The Bone Clocks.

We’ve also updated our official bio.