Filipino Friday: ReaderCon Intro

Filipino Friday

It’s not Friday here anymore, but you know that thing where the day is not over until you’ve slept? Yeah, I’m doing that here.

It’s been a crazy couple of days that’s why it’s kind of quiet in the blog, and it will be quiet again soon because I’ll be off to a trip for the next two weeks! I’m breaking the blog silence to join the first Filipino Friday meme in preparation for the first Filipino Reader’s Conference that will be happening next month (more to that in a future post, hopefully this weekend :D).

So, hi! I’m Tina. I’ve been reading since I was a kid and I’d like to believe that my dad’s reading time with me was what made me a reader. I remember the times he’d read this Pepito the Catfish to me when I was younger, and there was this other book that he used to read to me in the province when we were staying there. Anyway, the first time I truly wanted to start collecting and reading books was when a classmate in Grade 3 brought some Sweet Valley Kids books in school. Ever since then, the bookstore has always been my favorite place to go to when I go out.

I wish I could say I read any genre, but I’m really very biased towards YA, especially contemporary. I’ve learned to love fantasy last year, and right now I’m working on getting to know more sci-fi and classics. My favorite a.k.a auto-buy authors are Sarah Dessen, John Green, Frank E. Peretti, Ilona Andrews, Melina Marchetta, Mira Grant, Camy Tang, Patrick Ness, Stephen Emond, and Mina V. Esguerra to name a few. :) I’m pretty sure I missed someone there — there’s just too many good books by good authors out there.

Comfort reads include anything swoony or funny, preferably both — best examples are The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen and Fairy Tale Fail by Mina V. Esguerra. I like my books with enough swoon. ;) I also tend to like books with zombies and just recently, superheroes.

Two of the best books I’ve read this year: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. And just because it’s unusual, I think it’s worth a mention that I thought Unearthly by Cynthia Hand is one of those paranormal books that went against the norm. And because they’re from favorite authors, I also thought Jasper Fforde’s The Last Dragonslayer and Mira Grant’s Deadline are full of awesome. :)

If this post sounds just a teensy bit loopy, I apologize. I’m actually really sleepy right now. :P So, hi! :)

8 Thoughts on “Filipino Friday: ReaderCon Intro

  1. Yay Tina, thanks for coming up with a post for this week’s Filipino Friday even though I know you’re really busy with preparations for your trip. :) It’s funny that we started out from different directions – I read more fantasy than contemporary before – but now we’ve met somewhere in the middle and we share so many favorite authors. I remember you were the one who introduced me to Mina’s books! Yay for swoon-worthy characters, can’t get enough of them. I really should read a Dessen book soon, I know that you’re a big fan of her books.

  2. Hey, I read Pepito the Catfish too!

  3. Thank you, Tina! :)

  4. I’ve been hearing so much about this Jellicoe Road. Must take a closer look. :D Great post, Tina! :)

  5. I’m expecting Saving Francesca and Paper Towns! Pretty excited! I’m curious about Ilona Andrews, her books look like something I might enjoy. I love me some urban fantasy. :P

  6. #weloveWES!!!

  7. Good luck on your trip, Tina! And I will forever remember you as the person who introduced me to Mira Grant.:)

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