ReaderCon 2013: Filipino Friday (1): Reader Species

It’s that time of the year again, and I predict I’m going to be really, really busy for the next few weeks because of this:


The 3rd Filipino ReaderCon will be on November 9, 2013 at the Rizal Library in ADMU. I’ve always been excited for ReaderCons, but I’m especially excited for this one because we’ve got a great program, and this is definitely a bigger event than last year‘s. :)

As with last year’s events, we have the Filipino Fridays again, and look, I am actually on time for this time around. :D Here’s the first week topic:

Hello, Reader! Let’s get to know you, and more importantly, what kind of reader are you? Laura E. Kelly released an infographic about Reader species — under what Domain/Class/Family/Genus/Species do you fall under? Give examples, and feel free to talk about why you belong to that species. Who knows, you may find readers in your own genus. ;)


Okay first off, a quick introduction to the new visitors on the blog. Hi, I’m Tina, and I am a book addict. Or, okay, that’s a little old. I’m Tina, 27, and I am a Filipino Book Blogger. I work as a content manager in the morning (or afternoon, depending on the shift), and I read as much as I can every chance I get. I’m one of the administrators of a local book club based in Goodreads, The Filipino Group. :)

So what’s my species? I’m pretty sure I’m a “cross-bred reader mutt”, as mentioned in the infographic. :D

Book Lover > Compulsive > Book Abuser:

  • The Book BusterYou dog-ear book pages and take books out into the sun. Eat over them, too. The more beaten up the book, the more beloved.
    – Well what’s my new blog name again? :D I eat while I read, I read while I eat, and I read outside. I don’t even mind cracked spines. I don’t abuse it on purpose — I don’t even think of it as “abuse”. I think of it as a book having more personality. :)
  • The Book RescuerHave 24 boxes in the garage filled with wonderful books rescued from other garages and used book stores.
    – Well, I do not have 24 boxes, but I do have a habit of saving books from stores and giving them good homes. My friends call it “doing a Tina”. :D

Book Lover > Situational:

  • App Happy Whenever there’s crumb of time, or just if you’re bored, will download or read whatever’s next up in your ebook queue.
    – This is why I always bring my Kindle, and I have a Kindle app on my phone. Never go out without a book! :D

Book Lover > Social:

  • The Book ClubberFavorite social event is the monthly book club get together. Look forward to more than just discussions of books.
    – Oh, if it isn’t obvious yet. :) My book club is fantastic, yo.

Book Lover > Free Range:

  • The Cross-UnderA grown-up who reads YA or kids books, or a kid who reads adult books.
    – I don’t read a lot of YA nowadays, but I still like reading it. :)

Other Readers > Conflicted:

  • Delayed Onset ReaderBuy one or many books but months may go by before starting them. When you do you are amazed that you waited so long.
    – My TBR pile at home is a proof of this.

There you go. I used to be The Chronological Reader and Compulsive Book Buyer, but I guess I evolved? How about you — what kind of reader are you? :)

One Book, Two Book, Three Book, Four…and Five

I still have about four books left on my backlog of reviews (more to add soon, I think), but because I do not want to bore you all with just those posts, let’s do a combo breaker and answer this meme I got from Chachic, Janice, Angie and Nomes. :)

I should be writing my novel but you know how I love procrastinating sometimes? Maybe next year I should be a NaNoRebel and write a year’s worth of blog posts (or something like that) for NaNoWriMo. Hm.

The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey     Hallowed by Cynthia Hand     The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

1. Book I am currently reading:
The Curse of the Wendigo
by Rick Yancey. I was semi-bullied into reading this (haha, hi, Aaron and Tricia!), but if they did not do that, I probably would not have started reading this anytime soon. I really liked The Monstrumologist so jumping in to this one soon enough after reading that was actually a good idea because the characters were still fresh to me. So far this has been creepier than the first book, but also quite funny and sometimes heartwarming.

Also, Hallowed by Cynthia Hand (!!!). :) Got this from Netgalley and I’m reading it slow so I would get all the Tucker goodness. Seriously, if you ever read a paranormal romance novel ever again, pick Unearthly. It’s very, very good.

2. Last book I finished:
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. Thanks to Pinoy Book Tours for having this on hand and squeezing me in the tour. :D

Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos     Fury by Shirley Marr    Protection for Hire by Camy Tang

3. Next book I want to read:
Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos. I just got this my TBR, and it’s been calling out to me for a while. Hmm. Although I think I may have to read a classic novel to finish some challenges, but I really want something comforting amidst the novel writing stress. So let’s see. :)

4. Last book I bought:
Fury by Shirley Marr. My friend Katia went to Sydney last October and because we know Australian books are just awesome, I asked if she could get me a copy of this. And she found me one. :) Yay. As expected, it was expensive, but it’s not everyday I get to buy a book from Australia. :)

5. Last book I was given:
Protection for Hire by Camy Tang. Okay this one I got from Netgalley too, but since I am on the author’s street team (you should join it, too), I knew about this way back and was expecting to receive an ebook review for this. :) Plus, I got an email that Zondervan has auto-approved me as a reviewer in Netgalley. I’m not sure if everyone gets that, but it’s nice to get that email. :) I cannot wait to read Camy’s newest book.