On a spur of the moment, I found myself participating in Filipino Friday meme. This would be a weekly thing leading to the Filipino Reader Conference that would also happen at the SMX Convention Center where the 32nd Manila International Book Fair would be held. I’m not that good with introductions so thank goodness for this.
Tell us what kind of reader you are.
I read while in transit, especially when taking the train. If you’re someone who lives in Manila and rides the LRT or the MRT, you have a pretty good idea how difficult it is to just bring a book out of the bag. Sometimes, you can’t. But for those times that I am able to get it out, despite the hostile environment and unfavorable condition, I read.
One thing I am not sure of is how fast I read. I really have no idea if I’m a fast or slow reader. (Or what my actual reading speed is.) Compared to my reader friends, I could be one or the other.
What are your favorite genres and books?
What I have here is quite a mish-mash. Well I started off with mythology and folklore, be it local or foreign. I even read the entries in encyclopedias, despite having a good idea of what’s written or even if I’ve read it before. My copy of Edith Hamilton’s Mythology is quite dog-eared; it looks older than it actually is.
Young adult and teen books abound in my collection. I believe I began with Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s The Egypt Game and I have graduated to the works of Rick Riordan.
I also have a number of inspirational-religious books and a slew of quote collections. Never could get enough of them. I also have horror books but most seem to fail me. And, oh yes, etymology books are a real pleasure.
Who are your favorite authors?
In no particular order
- Markus Zusak for his writing style and refreshing wit
- Bruce Lansky for his humor and juvenile tone
- Max Lucado for his wonderful insight
- Alfred Lord Tennyson for indulging in Arthurian pieces
- Rick Riordan for reintroducing the current generation to the classic myths
Do you have a comfort read?
I believe so. That would be I Hope You Dance by Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers. If the title sounds familiar to you, that’s because it’s a song originally recorded by Lee Ann Womack. It’s quite a short book but I take a long time reading it every time. I relish the message in every page. They sound like things my parents would tell me themselves.
And what’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?
Toughest question yet. That’s because I cannot pick out the best one. But I have narrowed it down to three.
- Wonderlust by Vicki Kuyper: travelogue with a lot of spiritual and personal insights. And this reawakened my yearning to see the wonderful world we live in.
- Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible by David Plotz: the most harrowing piece—and that’s in a good sense! As you benefit from faith, you could also benefit from doubt.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: I loved him the moment I read I Am the Messenger. And he does not disappoint with this one. Plus he employs Death as his narrator. If it’s any possible, he just got cooler.