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.
For this week: How did you become a reader? What factors influenced you to take up reading as a hobby and why do you enjoy it so much?
No one in our family is a big reader and sometimes, my dad is asking me where the heck did I got this reading skills and love for books! But I remember as a kid that my mom used to read me story books—you know, those big Disney picture books that are so beautiful but my neighbor stole it—I learn to love Bambi and Dumbo, Snow White, Cinderella and Alice. Then my Aunt from the USA sent us a copy of Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat that I read a million times—because it’s the only book in the house—even my brother, who doesn’t like to read books, read it, too. She sent books occasionally and she sent my first book—a book with many words book that I think as a kid—it’s Lauren Day’s Rockett’s World: Are We There Yet? which I really enjoyed! I am disheartened with the fact that I can’t buy the rest of the series because it’s not available here in the Philippines. After that, I started to borrow my cousin’s Sweet Valley Kids and Twins, and bought BabySitters Club, Boxcar Children, Girls Generation, Adventures of Alex Mack series from Book Sale. This insatiable hunger for books when I was a kid is endless! I’m always looking, asking for more.
Growing up, I manage myself to read fiction books. Some are just random picks from the children’s section of BookSale, some are just bought randomly because of the cute cover. There’s one time during high school, my science teacher learned that I love to read, she lent me her Love Stories books, which are a fine, kilig-to-the-bones stories for a high school girl. I even find myself squealing while reading it at school (haha! I feel embarassed typing that sentence). Anyway, when I finished all her books, I go to our library and find books there but funny because most of the books there came from me. I donated most of my books there because I wanted to share what I read to other students.
I thought I can read whatever I want until one time, I bought home a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone from the library after magically enjoyed the first few chapter and man, you’ll never know how much I cried when mom said I can’t read the damn book because it’s evil, bad and full of sorcery, yadda, yadda. So I resorted in reading other fiction books instead like Paulo Coelho and Dan Brown (you know, joining the bandwagon) and I enjoyed it.
I love reading because it makes me feel good and forget about the bad things in life. It’s one thing that made me move on from that traumatic moment and I learned how to be strong with different characters. I also love the idea of me transforming to be one of the characters. Sometimes, I act like I have a twin, a spy, a pilgrim or a nun, some angst-y teenager, a rich kid, formed my own club/clique (inspired by the Unicorn Club!), I even became a Sunday School teacher because Babysitters Club influenced me to love kids! I have a bad case of FICTION LAG. I really enjoyed this different worlds I made through these books and I never regret meeting these different characters that help me build who I am today.
Also, with reading, I learn how to write good!
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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.