This is a post two days delayed but I just had to put it up here so I can join the rest of the Filipino Friday memes. This is the first in a series of memes leading up to the 1st Filipino Reader Conference on September 14, 2011, during the 32nd Manila International Book Fair.
I knew there’s going to be a first meme to be done by August 12 but silly me, I forgot about it. So here I am. Better late than never! I promise it won’t happen again! 😉
Anyway, this meme is an introduction of yourself to the rest of the Filipino book blogging community. One may or may not attend the conference on the 19th (lucky me, I will be there!) but accomplishing this meme will help others get to know each and everyone before the event. So here’s my introductory post:
Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a Filipino reader. You can talk about the genres that you read, your favorite authors, your comfort reads and your best books of 2011. You can also include links of where other readers can find you online: blog, Twitter, Goodreads, Shelfari, etc.
I started to love reading when I was in fourth grade. However, I was exposed to different genres early on that I missed most of the “young” stuff that booklovers usually start with. I had my fair share of the Sweet Valley universe, Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys, and Choose Your Own Adventure but other genres took me away fairly early as well. I grew up loving the crime/suspense and horror genres via Stephen King and Sidney Sheldon. I re-read them five years ago and discovered that some plot points were unclear to me back then but most of them got their points across. Highschool came so Judith McNaught and Danielle Steel figured out in my reading list although Robin Cook, Dean Koontz (and more Stephen King) popped up, too. Fast forward to my employment years and that’s when I expanded my choices to memoirs, more young adult fiction, literary classics, multicultural themes, humor, and practically all forms of contemporary fiction.
I consider romance novels (a term my friends and I call “trashies” with pride) as my comfort read. Recently, I have been reading Regency romance fictions and even though the basic premise stays the same regardless of author, they never fail to amuse me (well, most of them). I take leisure reading children’s books, too (Judy Blume, Louis Sachar) because they’re easy to finish.
I am thankful that I found my book club, Ex Libris Philippines, because I became exposed to other genres I normally wouldn’t go to…specifically sci-fi/fantasy. I still haven’t sold myself completely into it – I’ve only gone to urban fantasy/paranormal/a bit of steampunk – but I’m working on it.
I have read 36 books this year and I consider the following as the best ones I finished, so far:
Level 26: Dark Origins by Anthony E. Zuiker – i just had to say that as a (former) CSI fan, this appealed to me the moment I saw it in Fully Booked. Gripping, fast-paced, and one of those rare stories where the antagonist was ahead of the protagonist 98% of the time, in a believable fashion.
Boomsday by Christopher Buckley
Bossypants by Tina Fey
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster – One of those books that I “missed”. I feel it’s going to be in my “Best Books of All Time”list.
I have a completist tendency, tolerated by my book-hoarding hobby. 🙂 I collect bookmarks, too, and it makes me happy when my friends travel to different places and bring back souvenir bookmarks for me. I also collect journals and pens! Lately, I found myself scribbling notes about books I recently finished so I hope it’s a good start to translating them into book reviews in my blog.