I was on vacation from Thursday until Sunday, the reason why this Friday meme is only being posted today, Monday.
In my previous post, I explained what Filipino Friday is and in keeping with my promise to help spread the word around about the Filipino Reader’s Conference, I am catching up with week 2 of this weekly meme the topic of which is as follows:
Your Reader’s Story: How did you become a reader? What factors influenced you to take it up as a hobby? For instance, was it your mom who read to you every night? Or was it a high school friend who started lending you books? Or maybe it was a really inspiring teacher whom you wanted to emulate. Whatever it was, we hope you tell us all the story of how you became a leisure reader and what it is about reading that you enjoy so much.
To be honest, I really don’t know when I started to develop my love for reading. I remember loving books ever since I started to learn how to read. I would read everything I could get my hands on, from Tagalog komiks my nanny would bring with her to my mother’s literature books and bible story books my parents would buy for me and my siblings. I remember getting into worst fights (with matching hair-pulling and kicking) with my sister wrestling over those free story booklets that came with our Nido milk boxes. I would finish my textbook for my Reading subject way before classes even started.
During my elementary and high school days, I was a constant visitor of our school library and it even came to a point when I already borrowed all the fiction books in our small elementary school library, so our librarian referred me to the college library. Haha.
I guess it was my Nanay who greatly encouraged my love for reading. During summer breaks while I was in Grade 6, she would bring home stacks of books she rented from a nearby bookstore. Most of them were Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys and reading these books probably developed my taste for thrillers and suspense. This was also the time I was diagnosed with myopia and had to wear eyeglasses up to this day! 😀
High school was the time I discovered Sweet Valley and developed a taste for teen romance stories. Because of these books I was able to write short stories for our school paper, which, when I think about it now, were so corny. I don’t know why they even got published in the first place. 😀
College and law school were the days I learned to tolerate reading much thicker books. I discovered and fell in love with Dean Koontz, John Grisham, and Nicholas Sparks in college. During this time, I thought the only good books were crime novels and thrillers. I loved the fast pace and the who-done-it suspense that would keep me up until wee hours in the morning just to finish reading a book. Oh, and yes. Tagalog novellas (Helen Meriz, Gilda Olvidado, etc.) were also “in” during college days especially in the dormitory where book swapping was a common activity among lady dormers. Haha.
It was when I joined and signed up in Goodreads in 2008 when my reading preferences expanded. How I ended up in Goodreads is an entirely separate post, but I want to say that the discovery of other wonderful books through Goodreads have cultivated all the more my love for reading and the appreciation for books as a whole. Because of Goodreads, I knew about dystopian novels such as The Hunger Games, The Chaos Walking Trilogy, some wonderful classics Wuthering Heights (which I have yet to finish!) and children’s books like Peter Pan and The Velveteen Rabbit.
Because of my love for reading I can say that my vocabulary has grown. Aside from this, I get transported to places and worlds created by the words I read. If only I could write as well as the authors of the wonderful books I read. Sigh.
Reading has been and will always be my favorite activity, ( I can’t say “favorite past-time” because I read even if I have other pending things to do, haha) and I wish to pass on this love for books to my children someday. I’ll just make sure they have sufficient Vit. A intake so that they will not get to wear eyeglasses like me, haha. In the meantime, I still have a mounting to-be-read pile to tackle! 🙂
Before I end this post, I would like to invite everyone to this wonderful event:
See you here on Friday! 🙂