ReaderCon Report (+ giveaway!)


It’s been a week, but I still can’t believe the 3rd Filipino ReaderCon is over after many long months of preparation! There was, of course, the (now) annual Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards, which ensured our lean, mean, little machine team had more than enough work to do in the last six months, but we were totally excited for the rest of ReaderCon, too!

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Kids and Books: Filipino Fridays (2)


Here’s one buzzer beater. The way this month is going, I seem to be caught in a temporal loop and it’s always Filipino Friday! It’s a struggle to keep up, but nevertheless a fun way to celebrate with fellow Filipino readers.

I like today’s topic: favorite books while growing up. I started “reading” before I actually knew the words or letters — my mom loves telling people I’ve loved books since I was in diapers, babbling nonsensically while thumbing through pages, and how (being the little weirdo I was) I refused to sleep without a book to hug. Haha. (And she still wonders why my bookshelves are triple-stacked and overflowing!). I’m fortunate to have grown up in a book-reading family and to have studied in schools with excellent reading programs so there was never any lack of reading material for me growing up. There are so many childhood favorites I’ve read and re-read many times, and I’ve featured some of them on this blog already, so here is my list, linked to posts I’ve written about them.

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Reader Species: Filipino Fridays (1)

When I saw the topic for today’s Filipino Fridays, I knew I couldn’t miss it. I’m up to my eyeballs in work these days, but Filipino Fridays is an annual tradition leading up to the Filipino ReaderCon, and it’s always fun to join in.

Today’s Filipino Friday topic is based on Laura E. Kelley’s infographic about Reader Species, and how we would classify ourselves.

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Readathon Recap!

I can’t believe the first FFP 24 Hour Readathon is over. I’ve been attempting to catch up on lost sleep (no success there yet!), hence this post is a bit delayed — it’s the first time I ever readathoned for a full 24 hours, and it felt a lot longer than that to me!

I had a long list of books I planned to read, but I was only able to read five. I finished my halftime blog post slash eating break at around 3 am, and by that time I’d already finished Vespers Rising and The Insult and Curse Book. I lay down on Gege’s Thai futon (the kind with a mattress attached to a triangular pillow) and started reading Sweet Valley Confidential. It was unusually chilly (it was raining outside and dust allergies be darned I had to grab the sarong covering the boxes in one corner at Libreria to use as a blanket), and it was getting harder to stay awake, especially when people were starting to fall asleep. I think it was my violent reactions to SVC  (hahaha, you’ll be reading about it in a later post) that kept me awake, and I finished that book at around half past six.

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Still awake!

It’s Hour 5 of the FFP 24 Hour Readathon and I’m still awake! Most of us are — yay!

This is my first major break since the start of the Readathon, and I was reserving it for eating, but I realized I hadn’t posted yet, so here I am eating and blogging at the same time!


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