Mark the date, everyone!
I’m going to write more about the 1st Filipino ReaderCon at this year’s Manila International Book Fair in the upcoming days but today is the kick-off of the Filipino Fridays Meme running up to the event. If you can attend the event, PLEASE DO SO. It’ll be good thing to show the publishing and bookselling industry how much of a formidable force Pinoy readers have become.
August 12 – Introduction. 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’ve only set up this specific blog late last year but I’ve been around, so to speak. Writing about books is something I’ve done for more than half of my life–sometimes professionally, but for the most part, it’s simply a passion. When I’m not working of playing Go, I obsess about my reading progress at Goodreads, where a delightful group of Filipino readers have become a new and exciting aspect of my reading life.
As for favorite books, I love among other titles:
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
All the King’s Men
The Prince (yes, Machiavelli’s The Prince)
I seldom reread books–it’s a flaw in my personality, being perpetually anxious about the infinite number of books I’ve yet to read. However, I do have comforting, go-to authors. They are Ray Bradbury, Michael Chabon, Dorothy L. Sayers, Dashiell Hammett and Umberto Eco. I obviously have a penchant mysteries and SFF but I’ll read anything, even the back of cereal boxes.
Recently my stamina for reading have dwindled, and it’s amazing how anxious that made me feel. Being a reader is as much part of my self-identity as family and friends and that kind of relationship with the written word is something I’m not giving up without a fight. Whatever the drudgeries of life, however many distractions and easy entertainments there are in the world today, there’s nothing quite like the simple pleasure of a book, an author’s mind and your own meeting across time and space.