I’m a week late to this, because I was out of town last weekend. Apologies. But anyway, it’s less than a month before the 2nd ReaderCon and knowing what’s happening behind the scenes of such a big event can be very, very exciting. It also means that I’m not blogging as much, too! Eep. But let’s remedy that now — here’s my first
two three Filipino Fridays in one post! (Yes, you can do that :D)
So, Introductions. Hello blog visitors old and new! I’m Tina, and I’m a book-a-holic! :P I own this blog and several others, and I also write about books occasionally for an online magazine too. I’m a content manager by day, and a reader for the rest of the time, and I’d like to call myself a writer too, who’s just digging for enough courage to set some of my written children free in the world. :) I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember, but I’ll reserve stories for that later on. :P
I never really know what to answer about my favorite books of all time, but if there was a flood (God forbid) and I can only save 1, I’ll probably grab This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti because it was the book that got me reading again. The rest I shall acquire again on my Kindle (of course I’ll save that too).
A book that surprised me this year? The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. I knew it was good fantasy, but I didn’t really expect to love it, or even that I’d read it this year. But thanks to my book club, I actually finished it! I don’t know when I’ll read the next books, but I definitely will read them sometime.
I’m going to skip some of the questions so I can head for the second Filipino Friday question: Who got you into reading? I was thinking of how I’d write this part, because according to my mom, I had a very interesting reading history! Let’s do it in bullets then.
- Before I started going to school, my mom thought I had a reading disability. Apparently, they were trying to teach me how to read, but I couldn’t learn.
- There were several times when I would pretend to read something even if I really don’t. I still remember this — I have my parent’s Bible and I was lying down on their bed, “reading”, but nothing was getting through.
- My dad, however, would read stories to me — I blogged about it in last year’s Filipino Fridays — my dad used to read Pepito the Catfish to me in English and Filipino.
- And then…I guess I just learned how to read. My mom often said that this was an answered prayer because it took me a bit longer than normal. She thinks it’s the Bible that really got me. :P
I don’t remember acquiring books when I was young, but I remember being surrounded by them. I didn’t really get to pick my own books until I got exposed to Sweet Valley Kids thanks to a classmate in Grade 3, but I remember the times when I’d flip through old World Book Encyclopedias, reading random articles. I think I learned to like Roman Mythology because of that. I also remember the times when one of my “favorite” books was a grammar book, and I’d spend hours poring over it even if I couldn’t understand it. I also remember going through a business letters book — of all things, right?
I didn’t really have teachers who gave me books to read, and our library didn’t really have much. But I was lucky to have a best friend that also loves to read who shared some of his books with me. In high school, my favorite class was my senior year English class because we finally wrote a book review for class. It was the perfect excuse to buy a new book that I have never read yet.
There was a time in college when I stopped reading, but I guess it just happens. I’m glad that right now, I have friends who support my reading addiction (love your book club!), and that I actually have enough money to buy books for myself.
So the third Filipino Friday is all about Reading Habits and Book Formats. Where do I read? I try to read as much as I can everywhere — before I sleep, while I eat, while in transit. Lately I’ve been a bit busy (hence the slowness of the reading), but I still try. I don’t really pick a time of day when I’d read, and I don’t really need to be in a specific mood to read. I don’t pick book formats, really, so I would go or ebook or print anytime, although there are books that I need to have in print (I’m looking at you, Lord of the Rings!) because I can’t read them in ebook. I have tried audiobooks twice, but I have yet to really like them. I get distracted too easily. ;)
But you know what I
want need want?
1. A book holder. Because it’s hard to read while eating when you don’t have something like this.
2. Something like this. Just because it’s pretty. And cozy. And…isn’t it perfect?
Okay, I think I’m done! Time to hop around to the other Filipino Fridays! :) Happy Friday everyone!