When the weather is cold and blustery, would you rather read something is equally wintery? Or something to take you as far away from the snow as possible?
The Philippines, while a tropical country, still experiences bouts of cold weather around November to February. I used to live up in the mountains, and when it hits 15C that’s pretty cold for me. Doesn’t seem like much for folks who actually experience winter, but for us, that’s close to freezing. 🙂
My choice of books isn’t affected by the weather at all. I don’t quite care what I’m reading so long as it’s good read. Although of course, it stands that many of the books I would purchase around this time usually has a Christmas or winter theme, which is probably a marketing strategy by publishers.
Bottomline, good book + cold weather = good times.
Going through the infographic, I realized that I cannot be pinned down to just one kind of book reader. I’m definitely a mutt, because of the way I feel about books and reading in general. I’m a free-range reader because while I have my favorite genres, I try to read anything. However I’m also a combination of other kinds.
I definitely am a compulsive book reader. I read through the descriptions and every one of them fits me to a T. I rarely lend books because I am OCD about the condition it’ll be when it’s returned (proven many times *sigh*), I display them on my bookcases, and I definitely believe in finishing a book in one sitting.
There’s also a few descriptions in the situational category that fit. I’m definitely a Kindle convert because it’s so convenient (but I maintain that printed books are still the best, and if I loved the digital version, I’d buy the print). I’m somewhat app happy too because of it. I’m a comfort reader and sleepy bedtime reader (which I blame on the fact that I feel compelled to finish a book in one sitting). Bathroom reader? Guilty.
I’m don’t read for prestige, because it just seems silly (and people can see through that, especially if the person’s a true book lover). I can never be a hater, because, well, if I hated books, I’d have no life.
Book fairs aren’t an unusual thing here in the Philippines, what with the Manila International Book Fair happening every year, and smaller reader and book cons organized by book enthusiasts all over the metro. Last September 7 was The Day for Filipino book lovers, Aklatan 2013.
What makes Aklatan notable is that it’s the first all-Filipino book fair in the country. Writers Ricky Lee and Eros Atalia said in a panel with Lourd de Veyra and Carlo Vergara said that they wanted to have a book event where local writers and their works were the stars. Ricky Lee felt that many local writers were often sidelined by foreign writers even in local events. Bookstores, while they carry Filipino titles, often lump them together as “Filipinana”, and making them more invisible to the public.
With Aklatan, Filipino writers, authors and publishers as well as their readers, are the stars.
I arrived just in time for the contemporary writer’s panel featuring the aforementioned writers. As expected, it was a laugh-trip talk but full of insights into these particular writers’ minds. In between the jokes and stories of Sir Ricky, Eros, Carlo and Lourd, were pieces of advice that were worth noting.
Depth vs. Variety
Ricky Lee is known to many Filipinos first and foremost as a screenwriter, and the books he had published were related to that field (“Trip to Quiapo” was an invaluable resource for me back in college). But to the younger generation, he is known as an author, a fact which he is pretty thankful for.