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Filipino Friday 2014: Have you ever wanted to write a book?

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I thought it would be fun to participate in this week’s Filipino Friday. For those who don’t know, Filipino Friday is a weekly meme that started with the Filipino Book Bloggers, and has evolved into a yearly pre-Filipino ReaderCon tradition. Every Friday, a topic will be posted and all Filipino readers are encouraged to make their own post about it. I can’t attend the ReaderCon in Manila but I can join in this virtual meme. Here’s this week’s topic:

As a reader, have you ever thought about writing a book? What kind of books/stories do you want to write? Or are you now a published author, and what compelled you to go fulfil this dream? How was your journey from reader to writer? How did you go about getting your book out there?

No, I haven’t really considered writing a novel or a novella. I have some friends who have asked me the same question because they know that I have a book blog and I’m passionate about reading. But I just never felt driven to become an author. I mean, it’s hard enough to keep up with blog posts nowadays. I remember there was a time when writing reviews was easy but now that’s just a distant memory and I keep struggling with blogging. I think writing fiction would be even more difficult. I did write short stories and poems back in high school and college for my literary classes but that was extent of my journey into fiction writing.

I also feel like I would have high standards if I ever decide to write something. If I want to publish something, I would want it to be as well-written as some of my favorite novels. Otherwise, I don’t think it would be worth publishing. If I ever decide to write fiction, it would either be set in the Philippines or have Filipino characters if it’s contemporary. If it’s fantasy, I would want the mythology to be reminiscent of Filipino folklore or history. I know some authors were inspired to write books because what they wanted to read wasn’t available in the market and I think it would be great to have more Filipino fiction in the genres I read. Also, I’ve heard authors say that some of them write because there are plots/characters/stories in their minds that are just begging to be written. That’s not something that I’ve ever encountered, personally. I’m not saying it’s not going to happen because who knows what the future will bring but as of this moment, I’m not planning to become an author.

What about the rest of you, any plans of writing fiction? Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you all have some fun weekend plans.


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The 3rd Filipino ReaderCon: What Do Readers Want?

The 3rd Filipino Readers’ Conference called What Do Readers Want will be held next Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 8am to 6pm at the Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University. Registration fee is P150. Sadly I won’t be able to attend this event but if you’re a reader and you’re in Manila next weekend, you should definitely check it out!

Filipino ReaderCon 2013

And here’s the program:

Filipino ReaderCon 2013 program


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Filipino Fridays: Reader Species

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Filipino Friday, is a weekly meme leading to the Filipino ReaderCon that encourages participation of the Filipino readers everywhere.

While it makes me sad that I can’t attend this year’s Filipino ReaderCon (and the venue will be in my alma mater), I thought it would be still be fun to participate in Filipino Fridays. This week’s topic is related to an infographic by Laura E. Kelly listing down the different types of reader species. I’m a cross-species mutt! Which means I couldn’t choose just one classification because I feel like I fall under several:

The Hoarder – This is so me! I keep collecting books even though I don’t have enough time to read them. Yes, it’s gotten worse ever since I got a Kindle because now I have a ton of physical books and ebooks in my TBR pile. And yet I keep buying more of them, which also makes me a…

Compulsive Book Buyer – There are times when I feel like I’m “book-hungry” and I just HAVE to buy a book even though I already have so many unread ones in my pile.

The Comfort Reader – While I don’t get to reread old favorites as often as I’d like (I get distracted by all the other books in my shelf), I do find it comforting to return to the ones that I really love.

The Kindle Convert – There are several things that I love about reading physical books: the smell, turning the pages and seeing how far along you’ve gone. But nothing beats the convenience of having a Kindle, especially when I do a lot of my reading on the train, which also makes me a…

The Traveling Reader – Train time is prime reading time! Trains are always packed so I like reading on my Kindle because it’s easier to hold it while standing up. I also read a lot in airports whenever I travel because there’s a lot of waiting time before boarding.

The Sharer Screamer – While I don’t leave books in random places, I feel like I am pretty vocal about my reading experience (as evidenced by this blog and how I constantly update my Goodreads status while reading).

Whew, I didn’t mean to classify myself into so many species! What about you, what can kind of reader species are you?


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Bookish Event: The 1st Kwentillion Young Adult Reader Carnival

Remember Kwentillion? There’s going to be a bookish event this weekend in relation to the magazine:

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Kwentillion Magazine, in cooperation with National Book Store, would like to invite fans and readers of Young Adult books to the 1st Kwentillion Young Adult Readers Conference, to be held on July 21 (Saturday), from 1-5PM, at the National Book Store Bestsellers branch at Robinson’s Galleria.

Learn more about the event over at Rocket Kapre. I would love to attend but sadly, I’ll be pretty busy in the next couple of days. I bet it’s going to be a really fun event. Hope you can drop by to check it out!


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Filipino ReaderCon Audio and Video Coverage

The first ever Filipino ReaderCon was held last September 14 during the Manila International Book Fair. If you were able to attend, please drop by the ReaderCon website to give feedback. For those who weren’t able to go, there are audio and video files that you can check out to find out what happened during the event. Again, feel free to drop by the Filipino ReaderCon website for the video links.

Audio files were uploaded by Charles Tan in his blog:

Please listen to the audio files or watch the videos if you want to learn more about book clubs and book blogging here in the Philippines. I’m embedding the first video for the book blogger panel here:

I initially didn’t want to post this, I don’t know why but watching myself on video makes me cringe (ever wonder why I’ve never posted vlogs here?). However, promoting the ReaderCon and Filipino readers in general is always a good thing. :) So enjoy and please leave a comment to let me know what you guys think.


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The Manila International Book Fair

The Manila International Book Fair is a yearly event for Filipino readers. Click on the link to find out the details of this year’s event. If you’re in Manila during the dates below, please consider stopping by. Bring a couple of bookish friends with you and I’m sure you’ll have a great time going around the fair.

September 14 to 18, 2011
10am to 8pm
Halls 1 – 4 , SMX Convention Center
Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

The last time I attended the book fair was in 2007 but I have a special reason for posting about it this year. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook then you already know that the Filipino Reader Conference will be held during the first day of the MIBF. See you guys there! :)


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Recommended Filipino Books

Like I said in my previous post, I don’t get to read as many novels by Filipino authors as I’d like. But there are several Filipino books that I’ve enjoyed reading in the past year or so that I highly recommend to anyone who’s curious. All of these except for My Imaginary Ex are internationally available so you can read them even if you’re not based in the Philippines.

For middle grade or younger YA, I recommend Tall Story by Candy Gourlay (click on the image for my review):

For chick lit, I recommend Mina V. Esguerra’s books (again, click on the images for reviews):

I’m hoping that I’d have more recommended titles next year. I’m actually looking forward to browsing through the rest of this week’s Filipino Friday posts to see what the others recommended. Filipino Friday is the weekly meme tied to the promotion of the first Filipino Reader Conference on September 14. Just a few days away! :)

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