2013 Filipino Friday (5): What Do Readers Want?


I meant to post on time but the last couple of days were a nightmare as Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the country especially Visayas and left behind such catastrophe beyond imagination. Iloilo City, the place where I am now, suffered minimum damage compared to nearby towns. My hometown, Roxas City, was greatly devastated but thankfully our house and my siblings there were spared. I can’t say the same for the losses in Leyte and I can’t help being teary-eyed whenever I watch the news on TV and see those horrible photos on Facebook. Indeed, it had been a traumatic experience, but the Filipino spirit has been known for being resilient and brave. It is at this time of need that we are being called to unite and to help in whatever way we can. I pray that we as a nation will have the strength to carry on and to have the heart to give.

It is also because of ST Yolanda that the Filipino ReaderCon supposedly scheduled yesterday was cancelled and postponed to December 7, 2013 at the same venue. Since the event will happen for a few weeks more, will we continue to have Filipino Fridays until then? (I am trying to divert my attention to pleasant things a.k.a. books and bookish talks if only for a moment.)

To divert my attention further, I am going to answer this week’s topic which is actually a set of questions:

Whatโ€™s your favorite genre/reading material?
Who is your favorite author (local or foreign)?
What kinds of books would you like to see more of from local authors or publishers?
What is your favorite book from a Filipino author?

Whatโ€™s your favorite genre/reading material?

  • I am a fiction reader. I used to gravitate towards the mystery/thriller/crime genre although lately I have found myself enjoying (and sometimes craving) contemporary chic-lit/YA. Honestly, I am bad with genres because I tend to mix them up but what I really want to say is that these days I enjoy reading light and romantic contemporary books. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have a constant favorite genre and that is Christian Fiction.

Who is your favorite author (local or foreign)?

  • Honestly, I have only started to regularly (and voluntarily) read local fiction this year and I haven’t read that much yet. Most of them were novellas of contemporary romance by Mina V. Esguerraย  who, I will not hesitate to say, have become an instant favorite. I have read almost all her books except for Icon of the Indecisive and Welcome to Envy Parkย which I will read next year. I am taking her books one at a time so that I will not easily lose interest. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Presently, I am reading Eliza Victoria’s short story collection, A Bottle of Storm Clouds, and I think this author is a potential favorite. Hee. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • As to favorite foreign authors, I used to love Dean Koontz, John Grisham, and John Sanford, but lately I have have grown accustomed to their writing, they have become formulaic and predictable, that reading their books is not as thrilling as before. Now, my new favorites are Patrick Ness, Rainbow Rowell, and Neil Gaiman. My constant favorites are Frank Peretti and Francine Rivers.

What kinds of books would you like to see more of from local authors or publishers?

  • As I’ve said, I have never read a lot of local books yet but I would love to read more along the general fiction line. Of course, I’d love to read more contemporary romance novellas because they’re fun and easy to read, and affirms my belief in happy endings and love everlasting. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What is your favorite book from a Filipino author?

  • Mina V. Esguerra’s Love Your Frenemies.
  • Runner-up: Mina V. Esguerra’s That Kind of Guy.

Please don’t forget: The 2013 Filipino ReaderCon is postponed to December 7, 2013. Yay, more Filipino Fridays, please? ๐Ÿ˜‰


2 thoughts on “2013 Filipino Friday (5): What Do Readers Want?

  1. I am glad your family is okay. I pray for the rest who aren’t as lucky though. Picking up the pieces, after a tragedy is perhaps one of the hardest things to do. ๐Ÿ™

    (segueing to FF5) A Neil Gaiman fan right here, too. Patrick Ness is pretty awesome as well. But I have yet to try his other books, besides Chaos Walking Trilogy. (Monsters of Men got me all messed up.) ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you, Tin!

      If you’re going to read another Patrick Ness, you might want to pick up A Monster Calls. It might mess you up too but it’s a heartwarming, beautiful kind of messing up. ๐Ÿ™‚

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