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Ask Candy: What are Your Favorite Books To Read Over and Over Again?

From new releases to well-loved classics, here are the titles we can't stop reading!
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There are books we read because they're bestsellers, there are books we read because they're classics. And then there are those that we keep reading over and over again because they're our favorites. Whether they're new releases or well-loved classics, we share some of our fave reads with you. Please share yours with us, too!

Steph Yapnayon, Art Director

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han, and the sequel P.S. I Still Love You. I can't wait for the next book! —Steph, Art Director

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Dyan Zarzuela, Entertainment and Features Editor

In Case You Come Back by Marla Miniano, Reese Lansangan, and Jamie Catt was on heavy rotation earlier this year. I've read it from cover to cover four times already!   —Dyan, Managing Editor

Bianca Mascenon, Fashion and Beauty Assistant

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins —Bianca, Fashion and Beauty Assistant

Mara Agner, Assistant Lifestyle and Features Editor My faves keep changing, but I'd say Holes by Louis Sachar and Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan are some of the few constants. —Mara, Assistant Lifestyle and Features Editor
Macy Alcaraz, Web Managing Editor

I've always loved The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. My college friends and I have each picked a character we identify with the most (I'm Lena!) but I feel like we have a little of each of them in us. —Macy, Web Editor in Chief

Ayessa De La Pena, Web Editorial Assistant

I will never get tired of reading Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl. Reading this when I was still a teen helped me deal with my insecurities better. :) —Ayessa, Web Assistant Section Editor

Janelle Yau, Fashion and Beauty Assistant

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom —Janelle, Fashion and Beauty Assistant

What's on your reading list? Leave a message below or tweet us @candymagdotcom

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When she's not busy online, she's in the kitchen on a mission to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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