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:
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.