Agosto na naman and dahil buwan ng wika ito, what better time to promote and encourage Pinoy readers to engage in a readathon of Pinoy-authored books! (Ironic ba, ang lakas maka-Taglish?)

Ginawa ko na ito three years ago. Matapos ito, local books have peppered my reading progress. All-year round naman dapat ang appreciation na ito although aminin din natin, with the barrage of reading materials from abroad, minsan nababackseat mo sila.

Feeling ko I did pretty well sa unang Pinoy readathon ko. Siguro mas magandang approach ang looking from the inside, palabas. Kumbaga, priority talaga dapat ang mula dito, ang nalikha at naisulat dito, bago tumalon sa iba.

Mula sa isa sa hinahangaan kong Pinoy na manunulat na si Edgar Samar, narito ang mga exciting na pwedeng gawin upang umahok sa kampanyang ito sa #BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy:


Halina at makilahok! Kung hindi mo bet sa ngayon ang akdang Pinoy, ito ang magandang panahon para lawakan ang iyong horizon at i-explore ang Pinoy literature. Magugulat ka sa makikita mo. Isang buwan ito, so kitakits sa kanya-kanyang cyberspace updates!

Filipino Lit Readathon Finish Line Post


I wrapped up my personal Filipino Literature Readathon on August 31. It was a great run. Eleven novels and collection of short stories are not too shabby considering my reading batting average lately!

I started off my month-long adventure with Pinoy books with It’s A Mens World by funny woman Bebang Siy. I bookended the run with the second book in Tony Perez’s Sitio Catacutan series (Mr. Perez and I happen to work for the same organization but in different agencies; I used to see him in the hallway and I was a bit scared because I know he could read my pathetic aura, hahaha). It helped a lot that I was able to participate in Bout of Books 8.0 despite the weather disturbances which took a lot of my time off reading.

In total, the first two are laugh trips, the next two, serious plotlines, then comes the romance novellas, and the last three are horror stories (my favorite kind).

Here’s the list of what I read in August. I am sure my Filipino lit reading spree will continue all throughout the year because I still have a lot in my TBR pile, not to mention my loot from the recently concluded Aklatan 2013:

  1. It’s A Mens World – Bebang Siy
  2. Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata – Ricky Lee
  3. Monstress – Lysley Tenorio
  4. The Mango Bride – Marivi Soliven
  5. All’s Fair in Blog and War – Chrissie Peria
  6. Love Your Frenemies – Mina V. Esguerra
  7. Fairy Tail Fail – Mina V. Esguerra
  8. The Interim Goddess of Love – Mina V. Esguerra
  9. Unseen Moon – Eliza Victoria
  10. Maligayang Pagdating sa Sitio Catacutan – Tony Perez
  11. Malagim ang Gabi sa Sitio Catacutan – Tony Perez

Overall, I consider it an achievement. Until the next personal readathon. Looks like I’m slowly getting the hang of it.

Bout of Books 8.0: Progress/Finish Line Post

BoB8.0It’s a rainy kickoff of Bout of Books 8.0 for me here in the Philippines.  At any rate, I am making this post to track down my progress for this readathon.  The weather is predicted to be bumpy and wet at best until Thursday, so in the interest of safety, I will try to stay in, which hopefully translates to more reading time!

As I mentioned, I am still in the middle of my Filipino Lit Readathon so all the books I will read this week will be by Filipino authors, but not all of them are in Filipino.

Ladies and gents, here’s how I fared in Bout of Books 8.0:


I also joined the bookish bucket list challenge over at Sarah Says Read.  Head over to her mini-challenge post if you want to join to win Amazon or BD GCs!


It was a very busy day even if I only stayed at home.  It’s the second day of Typhoon Maring which brought floods all over Metro Manila and nearby provinces.  On the homefront, I had to be in touch with my boss and other colleagues for coordination and work-from-home updates.  In between, I was grateful to have spent some reading time with a compelling book. Loved The Mango Bride!  Unfortunately, I was unable to join any challenge for the day.


Yet another busy day, courtesy of the events yesterday! No challenge participated in but I blog-hopped a few times, and finished a book by one of my favorite local authors. Not bad, right?


  • Books Read: none; halfway through Fairy Tale Fail by Mina V. Esguerra
  • Total Number of Books Read: 3.5

It’s back to work for me, meaning I had to take back my approved leave.  It’s such a busy time at work but I squeezed some reading time in.  A hopeful part about today is that I can almost smell the weekend, and I can feel I could catch up bigtime.


  • Books Read: last half of Fairy Tale Fail, two chapters of Unseen Moon (e-book)
  • Total Number of Books Read: 4


  • Books Read: none (ugh)
  • Total Number of Books Read: 4

It was a busy day with domestic errands in the morning, book club session after lunch, then a football charity match in the evening. Fun day though.


  • Books Read: The Interim Goddess of Love by Mina V. Esguerra
  • Total Number of Books Read: 5

Yay, cannot believe it’s been a week already!  Glad to have pulled off 5 books from my pile, and consistently so with my Filipino Lit theme.  it’s almost funny how many setbacks in real life come along whenever I participate in BoB: for this week, it’s typhoon/flooding and a huge rally near my place of work! Looking at the teeny tiny silver lining, I am satisfied with 5 books read this week.

Thanks again to everyone who put this together and congratulations to all the participants!  We made it.  See you in 9.0!

Bout of Books 8.0: Goals

BoB8.0Five days to go and it’s Bout of Books 8.0!  I’m in the middle of my personal Filipino Lit readathon (a little lagging behind, but anyway…) and next week I will make up big time, reading-wise.

Wednesday, the 21st, is a Philippine non-working holiday, and my vacation leave for the next two days after that was approved by my boss!  So yay, it’s five days of no work for me!  If that doesn’t give me more time to read, I don’t even know what to do anymore, haha.

As for my goals for the readathon, here are my simple ones:

wlEmoticon-star.png finish The Mango Bride by Marivi Soliven
wlEmoticon-star.png read Mina V. Esguerra‘s Interim Goddess of Love (IGoL) trilogy: IGol, The Queen of the Clueless, and The Icon of the Indecisive
wlEmoticon-star.png read and review The Untold Story of Imelda Marcos
wlEmoticon-star.png read Eliza Victoria‘s A Bottle of Storm Clouds (physical book) and Unseen Moon (ebook)
wlEmoticon-star.png participate in one Twitter chat (probably the one on Wednesday, it’s gonna be at 9 am here in Manila, so it’s perfect for me. Just right after my breakfast!)
wlEmoticon-star.png participate in at least one challenge
wlEmoticon-star.png visit as many blogs of fellow participants as I can and leave comments to cheer them on

I guess that should be doable and realistic. 🙂 If you are joining Bout of Books, I hope to read about your goals, too.

Bout of Books 8.0!

Bout of Books
It’s time for Bout of Books again!  I was unable to participate in 7.0 because it was the first week of my being back to the planet (kidding) after going down with something (not kidding).  I love the timing of 8.0 because it will help me with my current personal readathon.  If you are new to Bout of Books, here’s all you need to know, for starters:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.

I will make this a sticky post beginning on the 19th to track my reading and participation progress.  Best of luck to the new and returning participants!  And most of all, kudos as always to the tireless organizers. 🙂

My Filipino Lit Readathon is On!

Filipino Lit Readathon

Tomorrow, August 1, my personal Filipino literature readathon kicks off!  From August 1 to 31, I plan to read books by Filipino authors.  There are plenty of them piling up, and August being our Buwan ng Wika (National Language Month), I felt it’s appropriate to devote time to these precious books.

Majority of the book in my TBR pile for this readathon are published by Summit, patiently collected since last year.   Some of them are in Filipino too, so feeling ko mas madali ko sila matatapos, at masaya basahin (Bebang Siy‘s book is on top of the pile, so you can just imagine ang dami ng tawa ko, for sure).

Apart from physical books, I will also dabble into ebooks I bought from Flipreads.  One of them was sent to me for free to review. Within the month, my Smashwords purchases will also come in, and I will enjoy more e-books through my reliable Sadie, my 5-inch tablet.  Audiobook na lang yata ang kulang, total bibliophile experience na!

At any rate, I am so excited for this readathon to begin.  I will try to post reviews whenever I can.  If not a full one, expect me to at least say something about the works of Ricky Lee, Eliza Victoria, Dean Alfar, Mina Esguerra, Chrissie Peria, Marla Miniano, Tony Perez, Butch Dalisay, Cathy Babao, Bebang Siy, Claire Betita, Carmen Navarro Pedrosa, Carl Joe Javier, Paolo Chikiamco, Ambeth Ocampo, Jessica Hagedorn, David Hontiveros, and Lysley Tenorio.  I don’t know if I could read all of them in a month, but I’ll do my best!

Here’s to a successful and surely an enjoyable reading month!

Readathoning, yeah!

The 2nd Dewey’s 24-hour readathon for 2012 has commenced! I am four hours behind but I have more time to catch up. The official readathon time started in my part of the world at 8 pm. I guess I could kick it off well as I am armed from my cup of strong Cafe Amadeo and a large cup of genmaicha tea earlier. 😉

If this anticipated bookish event is new to you, visit Dewey’s 24 hour readathon:

Official WebsiteFacebook Page Twitter Page

I am going local tonight (or this Sunday morning) by reading books published by Summit Media. I will try to post my updates and join online mim-challenges as well.

Goodluck to all the participants!


It’s 8:30 pm in Manila (GMT+8), and the 24-hour readathon ended 30 minutes ago!

I’m happy to have made it although I regret I was unable to participate much, nor cheered others on.  These are my lessons learned for this event.

To recap how I fared:

Hour 4: I officially started reading because I just came home from my friend’s dinner party (well it was just the two of us, LOL).  I picked up No Strings Attached by local romance author, Mina V. Esguerra.  Finished it before I slept.

Hour 17: I picked up my second book.  I know, the time difference is horrible!  But here’s what happened in between: I slept for 5 hours, got ready for family day, attended mass, had lunch.  I should have planned this better, I know.  Next time! 🙂

Hour 20: Browsed participant posts and commented on a few of them.

Hour 21: I started my third book, and finished it just before the clock struck 8 pm — or the end of the readathon in my time zone!

In total, here’s what I finished:  NO STRINGS ATTACHED by Mina V. Esguerra, TABLE FOR TWO by Marla Miniano, and ALMOST MARRIED by Tara FT Sering.  I’m happy to have supported budding local authors.  Their stories are all so entertaining. 🙂


Manfiction September

I finally decided to make my very first month-long personal readathon (PRAT).  I would like to kick it off by Manfiction September!

I came across the term manfiction from a 2008 online article of one of my favorite authors of all time, Stephen King.  It actually was a term coined by his son, author Joe Hill, who is also a favorite horror novel writer!  Simply put, it’s fiction of men for men by men (thanks, Urban Dictionary!).  Their themes usually revolve around crime, suspense, mystery, and espionage with male protagonists.

I noticed that I have many books in my TBR pile that can be categorized as manfiction, so here I am, slashing them from the pile!

I chose books penned by Daniel Silva and Martin Cruz Smith.  Frankly, I chose them mainly because of their location in one of my book closets — they’re the ones easily seen, ergo, easily pulled out.  I will dabble into other manfiction titles soon.  That would enable me to spin more Manfiction PRATs.  On top of my head, I have my extensive Ken Follett collection, and some of Lee Child, Jonathan Kellerman, Vince Flynn, and David Baldacci.  I’m so excited!  But for now I need to pull this one through well.

Here are the titles for my Manfiction September PRAT:

By Daniel Silva

1. An Unlikely Spy
2. The Mark of the Assassin (Michael Osbourne #1)
3. The Confessor (Gabriel Allon #3)
4. Prince of Fire (Gabriel Allon #5) [re-read]
5. Moscow Rules (Gabriel Allon #8)

Arkady Renko Series by Martin Cruz Smith

6. Gorky Park
7. Polar Star
8. Red Square
9. Havana Bay
10. Wolves Eat Dogs
11. Stalin’s Ghost
12. Three Stations

Now, I know I wouldn’t be able to finish all of them this month, but I will certainly take everything I can. Football season is almost in full swing so my reading times at night and weekends may be lessened. I’m also taking Coursera courses. So realistically, 4 to 5 books are good enough for me.  By the end of the month, I might cross it with a Banned Books readathon in celebration of Banned Books Week.

At any rate, here’s to Manfiction September! Wish me luck! I will keep you posted. 😉