Friday, July 20, 2012

Filipino Friday (1): Introductions

Hello, dear reader! In line with the 2012 ReaderCon happening this 18 August, I'm taking part in this meme called Filipino Friday. To kick things off, this first post is naturally all about introductions. 

My favorite books of all time 
Robert Graves's I, Claudius is my all-time favorite book. Philip Gourevitch's account of the conflict between Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda entitled We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families is a close second. Halldor Laxness's Independent People is also a favorite.

Genres I read and would never read
I read anything and everything. If it's on paper, I'll read it. But I reiterate: it must be on paper.

Books that surprised me this year
A lot of books surprised me this year, especially debut fiction. I enjoyed Madeline Miller's The Song of Achilles, Karen Thompson Walker's The Age of Miracles, and Daniel O'Malley's The Rook.

Why I became a reader
I'd like to think that I was born to be a reader! Hehehehe. I can't recall an age when I haven't been reading.

My experience in last year's ReaderCon
Last year's ReaderCon, the first ever actually, was fun! I facilitated the session on some of the book clubs in Manila and it was wonderful that the attendees were eager to learn more about these clubs.

What I expect in this year's ReaderCon
Last year was only a half day event. This year would definitely be bigger, with sessions starting early in the morning and culminating in the first ever Readers' Choice Awards in the late afternoon. I'm also heading the Registration Committee this year, by the way, which would make things more interesting. And the book club would also hold this month's discussion in the ReaderCon.

Here are some pics from last year's ReaderCon, which are courtesy of my good friend R.

Me, during the panel for book clubs
Why on earth do I have that expression?

Gege, during her awesome presentation on the book club

Gege's slides had pictures!
And that's me, with my Saramago collection.

With the founders of the active book clubs in Manila:
Jzhun of Goodreads, Tata of Ex Libris, and Gege of Flips Flipping Pages


Jinky said...

I'll have to check out those all time favs of yours some time. --Nothing lilke printed books but I finally tried e-reading and it's not too bad. --Awesome pictures!

Peter S. said...

Hello, Jinky! Thanks!

Carrie D said...

Hello, I'm a bereft Australian book lover, living in QC, feeling a little lost without my fellow bibliophiles from back home. I am very excited about the forthcoming ReaderCon. Is there any possibility you may accept a couple of foreign attendees in the book club discussion section of the forum? If so, what book will be discussed on the day?

Peter S. said...

Hi, Carrie! You're more than welcome to join! In fact, we had a visitor during one of our discussions, a Londoner who was in Metro Manila because of her job.

We'll be discussing the book Pacific Rims during ReaderCon. It's a book widely available in bookstores. I hope you can join us!

angus25 said...

Eek! Saramago! I'm trying to read the spines of your Saramago books, but I could only make out a few (not because I could read them but because I could identify their designs and colors).

Peter S. said...

Hello, Angus! For my Saramago, I have a preference for the US covers. The UK covers don't do anything to me. Saramago is one of my favorite novelists!