Filipino Friday is a weekly meme used by Filipino Book Bloggers to discuss more about book they read, the events and happenings that affect the world of literature. For now, as a part of an upcoming event, we are using this meme to promote the upcoming The Filipino Reader Convention on September 14 and to promote the Filipino Readers.
This week, we are talking about who are we as a reader?
When I was a kid, I am really fond of reader Sweet Valley and Baby-sitters Club series. I grew up with Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, taken care by Kristy, Mary, Claudia, and Stacey McGill. With those series, I started looking for more in BookSale—Boxcar Children, Girls Generation, Goosebumps, etc. These books opened my eyes on adventures, how bold kids in America are and I am wanting more. Sooner, I picked up general fiction authors such as Paulo Coelho, Dan Brown, etc. I became a ‘literary snob’ then. I only read general fiction with ‘mature‘ stuff when that time I am supposed to be enjoying YA fiction. (The regrets of hurrying of grow up. Meh)
I am easing my way to different genre, especially YA novels. I missed a lot of it when I was a teenager so I think I can make it up while I am still young. Oh why, yes, I am still young! Nothing is even wrong with reading YA novels even if you’re old old. Since we are talking about YA, I recently finished a lot of them and it’s hard to choose favorites but I really liked Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, Stephanie Perkin’s Anna and the French Kiss, Wendelin Van Draanen’s Flipped, John Green’s Paper Towns and the heartbreaking Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli. In addition to that, that makes them my favorite authors! Also, YA novels can be such a comfort to me, especially when I am feeling alone and down. Remember the twitter trend about #YAsaves? It’s true to every reader.
Maybe you’re asking what happened to the ‘mature‘ fiction books I read. I still read literary fictions as well as other book genre like Sci-Fi and fantasy, Mysteries and graphic novels. If you’re curious of what book they are, you can see them by year here: 2011 • 2010 • 2009 or add me on Goodreads. I also blog my thoughts about the books I read her in my book blog, I Write, Therefore I am Alive, and also in my Tumblr, Craptastic!
How about you? What are you as a reader? What genre do you read? Your comfort books? Favorite authors? Join our Filipino Friday Meme!
To readers, book lovers, writers, authors and publishers, don’t forget to join our First EVER FILIPINO READER CONFERENCE on September 14, 2011! For more details, please visit the Filipino Reader Con website and follow @PinoyReaderCon on Twitter.