[Filipino Fridays] Intro + New Discoveries: Surprise, Reader!

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And we’re back! Can’t believe it’s been almost a year since the last ReaderCon. It was my first time to attend, and boy did I ever participate. I’m excited for this year, because the theme is something pretty close to my heart. Filipino ReaderCon 2014: Readers Turned Writers.

We count down to the event itself through the weekly Filipino Fridays. Click on the link to learn more about it. This week’s question is:

Surprise, Reader! Hello, it’s the first week of Filipino Fridays 2014! Whether it’s your first time to participate or not, tell us a bit about yourself. More specifically, tell us about your favorite book discoveries for this year. Any author you started reading this year that you can’t get enough of? A book you didn’t think you’d like, but you ended up liking/loving? Any book series that you just have to get your hands on? Have you discovered anything new from Filipino authors this year?

It’s my second time to join FF, and the past year has been an amazing ride of new reads. I had plenty of new reads this year, but I thought I’d share what my favorite books are from Filipino authors. In the last year, a few friends released their self-published works, which immediately became part of my must read pile. Then there’s the writing workshops I participated in a few months ago. I never got to finish my story, but the others were able to successfully finish theirs, so my reading list grew.

Kids These Days (Stories from Luna East Arts Academy Vol. 1) – Various authors
A few of the writers are my friends, so it was a given that I read their work right? Reading this threw me back to my high school years, where every encounter with my crush/es was something worth writing down in your journal. Or, Sweet Valley (twins, not High, ironically). I enjoyed the various points of view of the stories, and each one has little surprises that keep you wanting more.

Old Enemies Make The Best Lovers – Kate Sebastian
This was a product of the Buqo Steamy Reads workshop that I participated in. Short, but very well written. The tension between the lead characters was very strong, yet you could easily tell that it was really attraction masked as well, hate. Basta, kilig. Hehe.

The Kitchen When it Sizzles – Chrissie Peria


I often tell Chrissie that before reading her book, I must stock up on food. Her first book made me hungry, and this one’s title alone should have been a warning. But a feel-good story is also one of her trademarks, and this was no exception. Pick it up for a fun read.

All I Want for Christmas – Chris Mariano, Chrissie Peria, Miles Tan
Hot Like This – Chris Mariano, Chrissie Peria, Miles Tan


Powerhouse team. That’s all I can say. Read their stories. Now.

But it’s not just romance. I’m a big fan of speculative fiction (YA particularly). Sadly for me, I can’t seem to find copies of a few titles that I’ve been wanting to read for a while now. But I’m still searching. So, on my TBR list are:

Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon – Edgar Calabia Samar


Alternative Alamat: Stories Inspired by Philippine Mythology
Trese, Book 6 – Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo (I’m excited to meet Alexandra Trese’s brothers)

If you have any recommendations about what other books by Filipinos authors to read, let me know. What are your new favorites? Don’t forget to answer this week’s question! No blog? No problem! Facebook status, Twitter, Tumblr… it’s all welcome. Just remember to tag #filreadercon when you do!

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