Filipino Friday is the first ever weekly meme that I’ll be joining eventhough I have been a member of the Filipino Book Bloggers (the group that hosts this meme) for quite sometime now.

Why did I decide to finally join this weekly meme? First, because I want to become more “social” in the blogging world, especially with groups that promote the love of reading. And second, because of this event that I so wanted badly to join but cannot due to distance (and budget) constrains:

But since this is the age of technology, even if I cannot be personally present in this wonderful event, I can still get involved by spreading the word around, and one way is by joining this weekly meme that aims to do just that: spread the word around. 😉

For this week, the topic is about introductions. Here is the topic guideline I lifted out from the Filipino Reader Con website:

August 12 – Introduction. Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a Filipino reader. You can talk about the genres that you read, your favorite authors, your comfort reads and your best books of 2011. You can also include links of where other readers can find you online: blog, Twitter, Goodreads, Shelfari, etc.

I know that this post is quite a bit late, but then, cliche as it may sound, it’s better late than later never, right? 😛

So here goes. I’m Lynai and my love for reading probably started when I first learned how to, well, read. Haha. I remember finishing my Reading subject textbook before classes even started in elementary and reading my Nanay’s literature books (Nanay was a college English professor). When I entered high school I “discovered” Sweet Valley but it was the Nancy Drew series that really got me hooked in reading. I would skip dinner and read way past bedtime just to finish one Nancy Drew book. I would sneak a Nancy Drew book inside my textbook and pretend to listen to my teacher when in truth my chest was already thumping with suspense. Ahh, those were the days. 🙂

Fiction is probably my most favorite read of all time, though some real life stories also catch my attention such as those stories in Reader’s Digest. Because of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys, my love for the thriller/suspense genre extended well into my college days and more so when I entered law school. My staple reads then were John Grisham, John Sandford and Dean Koontz. It was not until the time when I joined Goodreads that I discovered and enjoyed other genre as well such as dystopian, young adult, and yes, children’s books! But of course, I still go back to my favorite thrillers and crime novels from time to time.

So far, my favorite reads this year are as follows, in no particular order:

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Piercing the Darkness by Frank E. Peretti

The year has not yet ended so I am looking forward to more wonderful reads before the year ends.

This blog has been and will continue to be a witness of my bookish rants and raves. I also update my Facebook, but only occasionally. I spend more time in Goodreads and on Twitter. 🙂

WOW. I’m done with my first post for the first weekly meme I am joining. That feels good. Till next week, then! 🙂


  1. Hi Lynai! I hope you enjoy participating in the Filipino Friday memes even if you can’t make it to the actual ReaderCon event. 🙂 Don’t worry, there will be live tweets and blog posts so those who aren’t there won’t feel left out.

    I mostly read fiction novels too. I can’t remember the last time I read non-fiction (maybe when I was still in school?) Talking to other book lovers really lets you expand your reading choices, right? I’m thankful for Goodreads and book blogs because I’ve gotten so many excellent recommendations from other people. 🙂

    1. Hi Chachic! I’ll definitely be present (online) during the ReaderCon. 🙂 Joining Goodreads has really been one of the best things I did because I discovered that there is a wonderful world of books out there aside from crime novels. Looking forward to writing the next Filipino Friday topic. 🙂

  2. Hi, Lynai! Sorry you won’t be able to come, but yes, you can still participate through the memes, through spreading the word, and through Twitter. In fact, you can still “attend” the ReaderCon through our planned live tweets.:)

    I’m a big fan of Ness myself, so I’m glad it’s one of your favorite reads this year.

    1. Hi Honey! I have yet to finish the rest of the Chaos Walking books but The Knife so far has been one of the best dystopian novels I’ve read (of course, I’ve only read two, the other one was The Hunger Games, haha).

      I’m looking forward to reading the live tweets during the ReaderCon. Who knows, I might be able to chance upon a promo fare and fly to Manila for the event! *hoping* 🙂

  3. Yay, the blog is alive! Haha.

    Nice to see you blogging again, Lynai. Even if it’s just a meme. I’m sure you’ll find the inspiration to write more stuff again. 😀

  4. I haven’t tried reading Ness’ books and most of you love it! Hope I can find a cheap copy soon!

    I hope a miracle will happen so you can come to the ReaderCon! I always wanted to meet you 🙂

    1. Hi Tricia! Yes, you should read Chaos Walking. I haven’t read the next two books yet but I absolutely loved the first book! Maybe you can ask your friend who sells pre-loved books to reserve copies for us? 😉

      If I can’t make it to the ReaderCon, I’ll try to see you on the next GR meetups. 🙂

    1. I think you can assume that. Monique likes Grisham, too (I think) and most of my lawyer friends have read at least one Grisham book. You can start with A Time To Kill or The Street Lawyer if you want to take a glimpse of his works. So far, these two books are my favorites among his works. 🙂

  5. i think the meme is a really cool idea to get the word out!

    how did you find peretti – i read him once. i never have again. i don’t know why 🙂

    anyway, til next friday 🙂

    1. I loved Peretti’s Darkness Set (This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness). I have The Oath in my TBR. Though I must say that I have read his other books and didn’t find them as interesting, i.e. The Prophet. 🙂

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