I missed last week’s Filreadercon’s Filipino Fridays because the surprise took me too much by surprise. But let me play catch up and do the meme this Friday instead.
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?
Tell us about your favorite book discoveries for this year
One of the most unforgettable books I read this year is Yangsze Choo’s The Ghost Bride. It helped that I didn’t read any specific reviews about it before I plunged in. I was expecting Amy Tan and the first few chapters did deliver that. Then, it quickly dove into Hayao Miyazaki territory and, well, I was Spirited Away. Other books I really enjoyed this year are Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I Loved Before and Emery Lord’s Open Road Summer. All three are the first books I’ve read from their authors, so these are really pleasant discoveries.
Any author you started reading this year that you can’t get enough of?
I did an Ally Carter marathon this year, mostly because her Gallagher series sucked me in. (And Zach. HEEHEE.) I’ve yet to get started on Heist Society and Embassy Row because I’m afraid it’ll suck me in too.
A book you didn’t think you’d like, but you ended up liking/loving?
None so far. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.
Any book series that you just have to get your hands on?
Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle and e. lockhart’s Ruby Oliver series. The Raven Cycle, unfortunately, is ongoing so it’s an exercise in self-control, trying not to flail and pester people when I’m in between books. Thankfully, Ruby Oliver’s already done, so after inhaling it in a week, I happily got some closure. Although if there were more books, I wouldn’t mind.
Have you discovered anything new from Filipino authors this year?
Lots! It seems to be a record year for Filipino books. The indie romances are especially close to my heart (#romanceclass reprezent yo!). But as to other genres, my favorites are Edgar Calabia Samar’s Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon for the awesome blending of lower mythology, history, technology, and creepy moments (The tiyanak asking Janus, “Naaalala mo ba ako?” — *shudder shudder*) and Robert Magnuson’s Kuting Magiting series because my daughter deserves good reading material too!