ReaderCon Filipino Friday Week 2: Your Reader’s Story
When I was a kid, my mom used to read me stories from Children Everywhere, volume 3 of the Childcraft series. This was probably the first book I read, when I actually could read for myself.
We might have given away our Childcraft set when we moved out of the house, but I saw a Children Everywhere in a Book Sale in 2005, and I bought it.
Stories I love from that volume:
Sorry for the photo quality. These were taken in 2005, and I can’t find the raw files anymore.
My next leap was when I discovered YA. I was at a friend’s house and saw her copy of Sweet Valley Twins #2, Teacher’s Pet. And from then on I followed that franchise, Twins to High to a few books in University. My reading life began here, and this particular branch led to Sweet Dreams and contemporary romance stories.
I talked about it in my Inquirer interview
. (PS – Why did I do that? I should have come up with a fancier origin story for my reader self.) What I did not mention, but also really happened, was that I borrowed the Nancy Drew story Mysterious Mannequin
at the same time.
I was eleven. Nancy Drew is not at all scary, and yet I put this book front-cover-side-down every time I took a break from it. This led to more Nancy Drew hardcover mysteries, a handful of Hardy Boys (Boyses?), to “harder” stuff like Christopher Pike and RL Stine.
And then, a slump. I blamed it on the tons of required reading in college. I took a Great Books class to feel good about reading again, but speed-reading through Faulkner’s Light in August (because of a presentation I had to make) and four other books in one semester was not very fun.
I got over it after taking a chance on The God of Small Things
by Arundhati Roy.
It was beautiful, and stayed with me long after I finished it. This started the branch that led me to more Indian lit (Jhumpa Lahiri et al), which has since become part of my yearly reading lists. And I discovered that I apparently like Booker winners and finalists.