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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


Filipino Fridays: Reader Species


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:

YARC Poster

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!


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.


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! :)


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! :)


Being a Reader in the Philippines

Filipino Friday is a weekly meme that aims to promote the upcoming Filipino Reader Conference on September 14 and will be held during the Manila International Book Fair, SMX Mall of Asia, Meeting Room 2. Today’s topic is how hard or easy is it to be a book lover in the Philippines.

Oh yay, a post where I get to rant about my book-related frustrations. *rolls up sleeves* Sorry if this post will seem too whiny, I don’t usually focus on the negative aspects of being a Filipino reader because I want my blog to be a happy place. But here we go… If you’ve been reading my blog for a while then you know that I’ve mentioned that we don’t have good public libraries over here. I’ve heard that we actually do have libraries but I’ve never been inside one. The only libraries that I’ve experienced were my school libraries. So that’s one big frustration but I’ve gotten used to that because in a country where most people struggle to put food on the table, books can be considered luxury items. Like I always say, I’m just thankful that I have a job that allows me to purchase the books that I want to read.

Another frustration is the availability of books. We have several major bookstores in the country – National Bookstore, Powerbooks and Fully Booked but their stocks aren’t that great. Fully Booked is my favorite local bookstore because they have the best selection but I’ve still encountered problems with reservations and orders. There have been times when I’ve reserved a book and I see it on their shelves before I get a notification from customer service about my reservation. When there’s something that I really want, I bug the hell out of their sales people, call every branch to inquire and sometimes it works.

The situation has gotten better though now that online bookstores like the Book Depository and Better World Books have free worldwide shipping. I can just order the books that aren’t available here and wait a couple of weeks for them to arrive. I also have a Kindle so I can order ebook editions of the books that I want if I can’t wait for an actual copy to be delivered or if it’s cheaper than the paperback/hardcover. I also get to read review copies on my Kindle when authors send ebooks or through NetGalley or GalleyGrab. I wouldn’t be able to read review books if not for my Kindle because US and UK publishers aren’t willing to send actual copies all the way over to the Philippines.

Other advantages include cheaper book prices if they’re available here. The books are priced lower than the price printed on the books. We also don’t have to wait for books to be translated here because most people read English books. English is the medium of instruction in schools so I guess that’s one of the main reasons why we don’t need translations. I consider that a good thing because I can read US, UK, Canadian and Australian books in their original form.

Oh wait, bringing up Aussie books reminded me of another frustration – I don’t read that many books by Filipino authors. Why? Because the kind of books that I read don’t get written by Filipino writers. I read a lot of young adult (YA) books and I’m jealous at how vibrant the Aussie YA community is. There are so many awesome Aussie YA books out right now (my favorite Aussie author is Melina Marchetta) and I keep wondering why we don’t have something similar here in the Philippines. So many authors write in English too and I think we’re all aware of how big YA is right now. I really don’t know why there aren’t more excellent Filipino YA books. If I was any good at writing, I’d come up with one. LOL.

Another thing that I love about the local scene is how active Filipino readers are both online and offline. I feel lucky that I’ve met blog and reader friends through Filipino Book Bloggers, the Filipino Goodreads group and even Flips Flipping Pages (when I drop by during some of their discussions). And I’m also getting to know more Filipino readers through the Filipino Friday memes. So while it isn’t easy to be a book lover in the Philippines, I still think it’s a lot of fun. :) What about the rest of you, what do you think are the perks or difficulties of being a reader in the Philippines?


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