Readercon Filipino Friday: Week 1

Yes, yes, I know I’m late. But as the cliche goes, better that than never! This meme is from the organizers behind the First Filipino Reader Conference that is going to be held during the Manila International Book Fair, which is so close (September 14 to 18) you can practically taste it.

The first week of the meme goes like this:

INTRODUCE YOURSELF

This being the first topic, let’s all get to know each other better. Tell us what kind of reader you are. What are your favorite genres and books? Do you have a comfort read? And what’s the best book you’ve read so far this year? You can also include links of where other readers can find you online, such as your book social networking sites, etc.”

I started out reading at a young age, and through the years I’ve had many favorite genres and books. When I was a seven year old spending my summers in Marinduque, Sweet Valley High and Greek myths were the order of the day. Looking back on it now, the most unusual thing about me reading these particular genres was the fact that I stopped reading Sweet Valley after Regina Morrow died of a drug overdose, and yet wasn’t deterred by the cannibalism, incest, and parricide in Greek myth. Go figure.

By the time I was in high school I had already moved on to Anne Rice and fantasy novels like Terry Brooks’ “Shannara” series and Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series. It was also around this time that I started shoplifting, but that’s another story for another time.

From college up to now, I’ve developed a hankering for authors who write either about women or gay men, maybe to compensate for all the heterosexual men I read about growing up. My current favorites are novels by Colette, Virginia Woolf, and James Baldwin.

I don’t know if it can be considered a comfort read, since things don’t end well, but I really love reading over and over again Zack Rogow’s translation of Colette’s “Green Wheat”. It’s a really sensuous translation. He makes fishing for shrimp sound like such a sexy activity that I might just look into it in case this whole writing and blogging thing doesn’t work out for me in the end.

As for the best book I’ve read this year, it has to be Brian Katcher’s “Almost Perfect“. Any book that has me bawling for nine whole chapters certainly gets a recommendation from me.

As for social networking sites, I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, and Plurk. Please don’t judge me.

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4 thoughts on “Readercon Filipino Friday: Week 1”

  1. Hi Ron! Filipino Friday posts don’t need to be posted on Friday. 🙂 You can write your post whenever you want, it’s just the main post on the ReaderCon site that has to go up every Friday.

    I can’t remember when I stopped reading Sweet Valley novels. I know I shared a collection with my cousin and we bought all kinds – Kids, Twins, Unicorn Club, SVU. Those were the staple reads for teenagers back in the day. I think teens are lucky now that YA is so big because they have more choices.

    Love Greek mythology too! 🙂 I’ve been meaning to read more Greek myth retellings since it seems like there are a lot of them out there. My favorite Greek myth is probably Cupid and Psyche probably because it’s similar to my favorite fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast.

    1. I was mostly a SVH guy when I was into it, although I did read a few volumes of “The Unicorn Club”. I don’t really know why Regina Morrow’s death was such a big deal for me. Maybe because it was because it was such a big departure from the comfortable repetitiveness of the Sweet Valley books?

      I LOVE GREEK MYTHS. And just mythology from around the world as well. I’m thankful that the first book about mythology I encountered was really wonderfully illustrated, because I don’t think I wouldn’t have been as interested as a kid if it wasn’t.

  2. Ron, you’re hilarious. There’s nothing stopping you from fishing for shrimp AND reading and blogging at the same time. Very intrigued by Almost Perfect now, since it left you bawling.

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