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Local Books To Read This September [Phili’s Book Club]

The Philippine publishing scene is thriving. With the success of events such as the Philippine Readers and Writers Festival, coupled with a growing interest in books dealing with various topics, there is a book out there for everyone. In this month’s roundup of Phili’s Book Club, let us interest you in some local books to read this September. We have picks ranging from fiction to how-tos, all written and produced by Pinoys!


Dear Distance by Luis Katigbak

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The follow-up to Luis Katigbak’s short story collection Happy Endings, Dear Distance contains 20 short stories that comprise of different genres such as speculative fiction, fantasy, and science fiction. These stories will take you to different worlds, even just for a short while.

Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan

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As the first Filipino crime novel, Smaller and Smaller Circles is centered on two Jesuit priests, Gus Saenz and Jerome Lucero. The two characters try to resolve the murders of young boys in Payatas. With the book receiving acclaim upon its release, a movie adaptation of the novel is now in the works! If you’re interested in crime novels, then you should add this one to your list of local books to read this September.

The Stories So Far by Jessica Zafra

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How would you react if your high IQ is not a weapon in surviving a zombie apocalypse? What if you were thrown into a dinner with hostile guests? Jessica Zafra’s second short story collection introduces readers to strangers from different lifestyles, and how they react to their various predicaments.

Beauty, Wellness, and Fashion

Stylized: Liz Uy’s Ten Style Essentials by Liz Uy

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Fashion editor, stylist, and street style star Liz Uy introduces us to building a sophisticated yet functional wardrobe through her book, Stylized. Liz gives ten wardrobe essentials and features her friends from the industry! Each piece is modeled by some of her most famous clients/muses, such as Kris Aquino, Marian Rivera, Georgina Wilson, Anne Curtis, Bea Alonzo, among many others. If you’re looking to be a fashion savant, Stylized should be one of your local books to read this September!

Hot Sos by Solenn Heussaff

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Solenn Heussaff is frequently tagged by women (and men) alike as a “fitspiration” due to her commitment towards wellness and health. In this book, Solenn shares her recipes and workouts to help others get a kickstart in their fitness journey. She also gives tips on how to love the body you’re born with.

This Is Me, Love Marie by Heart Evangelista

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In this book, Heart Evangelista provides helpful advice on makeup and skincare that is friendly and engaging to readers. This Is Me, Love Marie also highlights Heart’s beauty journey over the years, as well as her favorite products and go-to looks for various occasions! Make this one of your books to read this September and take some tips from one of the prettiest girls in local showbiz!

READ: 5 New Books To Read This August [Phili’s Book Club]


The ABCs of Journaling by Abbey Sy

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After the success of her book The ABCs of Hand Lettering, Abbey Sy returns with this guidebook on journaling. In this book, Abbey shares tips on discovering one’s own journaling style as well as other ways to document your life. The ABCs of Journaling also gives a sneak peek of some of the journals of several young creatives in Manila.

Everyone Can Be Creative: Inspiring Habits from an Ex-Nun by Merlee Cruz-Jayme

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Before Merlee Jayme became one of the most influential and inspiring forces in the Philippine advertising industry, she once entered the convent to become a nun. In Everyone Can Be Creative, she shares the life lessons that she picked up from the convent, and how it prepared her to live a creative life. Furthermore, she explains how to run one of the most successful advertising agencies in the country. This book includes creative prompts to help anyone bring out their creativity!

Get those juices flowing and let us know what other local books to read in September there are! Share with us your favorites by tagging @Philihappy on Twitter and Instagram. If you liked this list, also check out our recommended books to read in August. We’ll catch up with you again in a few weeks for a new edition of Phili’s Book Club!

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Lea Bolante is a writer based in Manila. She is a copywriter by day, and a writer in her spare time. She loves bacon, fried chicken, pop culture, and makeup.
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