As with every start of a weekly meme, we need to know a bit about you! Talk about your top 3-5 (or more!) favorite books of all time, the genres you read and would never read, the books that surprised you this year. You can also talk about how you became a reader and why you love it so much! And finally, if you were in the ReaderCon last year, talk about your experience too! If you weren’t there, but you’re planning to go this year, then what do you expect for the upcoming ReaderCon?
The second Filipino Reader Con is almost here! This is still one of my highly-anticipated events of the year so here I am, joining the pre-event fun.
I sort of introduced myself last year when I joined the weekly memes. Nothing much has changed in almost 12 months — I still hold a day job by the bay of Manila, I’m a newbie football fan, I collect bookmarks, and I am a big carbo-loader.
I am very easy to please and I liked most books I have read. If I have to name a few that stood out to me, they would be:
1. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov ~ Awesomeness all over the place…and it has a talking cat (you see why I can never bring myself to compose a book review :))
2. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
3. The Other Side of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon ~ The story is very compelling and it’s more memorable for me because it’s the first adult book I ever finished. I was nine. I didn’t understand everything then so I re-read it years later, and still felt the same. Now it’s that feeling plus a memory of a certain period in my life.
This year, The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey and Feed by Mira Grant surprised me. There are a lot of YA/dystopian/post-apocalyptic/horror books out there it’s hard to keep up. But these two books, the first ones in a trilogy, impressed me.
I believe I love any genre and would read anything depending on my mood. Admittedly, I am not a big fan of sci-fi but I’m slowly getting there thanks to my book club friends.
I attended last year’s Reader Con because our book club’s president, Tata Francisco, was part of the book club panel. It was a great experience putting a face to the blog names or Twitter handles. I was surprisingly painfully shy that day and literally had to take steps back even when a book blogger or author I wanted to know was right in front of me. However, it was an honor to be seated beside Sasha Martinez, one of my favorite book bloggers. This year I hope to have the courage to finally introduce myself. If not, maybe in another venue…like, for instance, I met my friend Celina at a football game and we were both at that small Reader Con venue last year!
For this year, yes, I am still going. I know it will be an engaging, fun-filled day, especially since it’s going to be a whole-day event. See you there!