Filipino Fridays 2014 (1): Surprise, Reader!



It’s one month before the Filipino Reader Conference, and in celebration, Filipino Fridays makes a comeback, yay! I’ve been doing Filipino Fridays for three years now and for those who are new to this blog, or have forgotten what Filipino Fridays is all about, hop on to the Filipino Readercon blog.

For this year’s first Filipino Friday, here’s the prompt:

Surprise, Reader! Hello, it’s the first week of Filipino Fridays 2014! Whether it’s your first time to participate or not, tell us a bit about yourself. More specifically, tell us about your favorite book discoveries for this year. Any author you started reading this year that you can’t get enough of? A book you didn’t think you’d like, but you ended up liking/loving? Any book series that you just have to get your hands on? Have you discovered anything new from Filipino authors this year?

Hi, I am Lynai, a perennial reader and book hoarder. When I got pregnant two years ago, I read books too fast and devoured too many, afraid that my reading time would be affected severely after I gave birth. All my fears were for naught because, as I’ve discovered, a reader will always find ways (and excuses) to read. It’s all a matter of time management, really. 😀

This year, I have made so many wonderful discoveries, reading-wise. One of the best discoveries I’ve had this year aren’t exactly books but short stories. I am loving the beauty and and power of short stories and some of the short story writers I have read (and loved) this year are by Raymond Carver, Alice Munro, and George Saunders.  And then, of course, there are authors who have made me go fangirling and made me hoard their books: David Mitchell, after reading Cloud Atlas, China Mieville (eeeeeee!), and Melina Marchetta (because Jellicoe Road is just so beautiful.)

I thought I’d never stomach Fear of Flying, but it turned out to be an amusing read, although I don’t see myself reading another Erica Jong, if I can help it.

I have sworn to keep away from reading any series after The Hunger Games and Monsters of Men, but I found myself reading the Divergent series this year (which didn’t exactly wow me), and just today, I started reading The Thief by Megan Whaler Turner.

One of my reading goals this year is to read more local works, and I think I am faring well on this goal. Eliza Victoria has instantly become a favorite after I read her collection of stories in A Bottle of Storm Clouds. My favorite Mina V. Esguerra read this year is Welcome to Envy Park (which reminds me to write a post about this. Hmn.) And although I am not a big fan of comics, I have become interested with Trese after I read a story about this in Manila Noir.

Three Fridays more. See you next Friday! 🙂

9 thoughts on “Filipino Fridays 2014 (1): Surprise, Reader!

  1. Oh, last year was My Year of Reading Raymond Carver. I’ve read his major collections (no reviews though except for one) and he has a way with short stories. I’m glad that you are loving him as well. 🙂

  2. Glad to hear that you’ll be reading more George Saunders! Munro is on my radar. Soon, I hope. And more Marchetta too. I’ve only read Saving Francesa, so far.

    And yay! The Thief! But honestly, it was a bit of a sleeper for me. But, wait till you get to the second book! This reminds me, I haven’t read the last installment yet.

    And syempre si David Mitchell!<3

  3. I hope we could have a Mitchell and Miéville buddy reading next year. Haven’t read any Saunders and Munro yet, but I’ve been planning to, maybe next year.

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