2012 READERCON FILIPINO FRIDAY (5): Celebrating the Best


So, it seems that this will be the last Filipino Friday for this year, because tomorrow is the 2nd Filipino Reader Conference at Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati.

To cap this year’s Readercon Filipino Friday, the topic is about best books:

August 17 – Celebrating the Best. In honor of the first Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards, let’s talk about our favorites for this year. What are your favorite books in 2012 so far? Have you read any awesome Filipino books in the year? If yes, make sure to include them in your list!

What are your favorite books in 2012 so far?

At the start of this year, I resolved to read at least 50 books, and judging by my reading progress over inGoodreads, I think I am keeping up, plus the books I’ve been reading are all awesome reads! I have already read 31 books out of my 50-books goal and most got 5-star ratings.

My top 5 favorite reads (in no particular order) so far for this year are:

  • Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness. The most powerful ending to a trilogy I have ever read so far.
  • The Oath by Frank Peretti. Christian literature at its finest.
  • Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Again, this is Christian fiction about selfless love.
  • Something Blue by Emily Griffin. I loved this sequel more than the first book.
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. My first Ishiguro book, and until now I am still on a Hailsham hangover.

Have you read any awesome Filipino books in the year?

This is such a big embarrassment for me to admit that I’ve only read one local book(!!!) so far. It’s Jayson Benedicto’s Ito Na Siguro Ang Pinakamahabang Title Ng Isang Libro Na Ginawa Sa Pilipinas At Nagmula Sa Munting Facebook Page Ni AkOPOSIJAYSON Na Walang Maisip Na Pamagat which I actually enjoyed (5 stars).  I am halfway through my second Filipino book (Bob Ong’s Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin, which I am also enjoying) and I resolve to read more local books before the year ends. I have been eye-ing Mina Esguerra’s books for quite sometime now and for the following months before the year ends, I aim to include at least one local book in my required reading lists.


So, there. I am a tad bit sad that Filipino Friday is ending; this has been an activity I’ve enjoyed doing for the last few weeks. It was fun answering the weekly questions and talking about books and other bookish quirks with other book bloggers. I hope to do this again next year, and I hope too that by that time I’ll be able to really bepresent for the Reader Conference. For now, I’ll content myself to getting updates online and get involved even if it’s only via Twitter.

P.S. Can we at least just get on with Filipino Friday even if the ReaderCon has already ended?

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