The Library

I guess I learned to love reading from my dad and grandfather. My dad always has a newspaper to read every morning. Although I never liked reading the newspaper, my mom will always let me read the Bannawag (a weekly magazine for Ilocanos complete with news, stories and comics) which is Grandpa’s bible and Funny Komiks (who doesn’t know Eklok and Pitit back in the 90’s). My brother and I also get a regular Lola Basyang comics ( I forgot what’s it really called but it was also a comics but more on fairytales and the supernatural).

The first time I read a book was one summer when I was in grade school, I found this whole box of books in Manila for my Uncle Richard from Auntie Sisang or was it in Alberto Drive (I forgot). I chose to read a Sidney Sheldon book called the Naked Face. I loved the thrill of flipping the pages, eager to know what’s gonna happen next and from then on I loved mystery/thriller/fiction books. In those early years, classic books never appealed to me (maybe, until now. I still haven’t read the Jane Austen books I bought in hardbound copies) I preferred Sheldon and Grisham. As a teen I was also into Sweet Valley High books and the ones written by RL Stine. In senior year, Katrina Torres introduced me to Nicholas Sparks. Elmer Grampon introduced me to one of the best authors I learned to love Frank Herbert and Neil Gaiman. My cousin Con introduced me to the Harry Potter series. The book Tanamera was the reason I wanted to visit Singapore. It took me years to encourage my self to read it though because it was like 2 inches thick but it was all worth it.

There are only two things that I’d love to receive as a gift and the first one is BOOKS.

Here’s the list of book I’ve read/been reading.

Since-I -Learned-How-to-Read to 2010

Sidney Sheldon

  •  The Naked Face
  • (God, I forgot the titles I was too young then)

Michael Crichton

  •  A Case of Need

Noel Barber

  • Tanamera

Iris Johansen

  •  Final Target

Mitch Albom

  • Tuesdays with Morrie

Harper Lee

  • To Kill a Mocking Bird

John Grisham

  •  The Firm
  • A Time To Kill
  • The Brethren
  • (Again I forgot the titles, I was too you then…)

Stephen Covey

  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Dan Brown

  • Angels and Demons
  • The Da Vinci Code

Danielle Steel

  •  A Perfect Stranger

Nicholas Sparks

  • The Notebook
  • A Walk to Remember
  • Dear John
  • The Rescue
  • The Wedding
  • A Bend in the Road
  • Nights in Rodanthe
  • Message In a Bottle

Frank Herbert

  • Dune

Bob Ong

  • Stainless Longganisa
  • Bakit Baliktad Magbasa ng Libro ang mga Pilipino?
  • Ang Paboritong Libro Ni Hudas
  • Mac Arthur
  • Alamat ng Gubat
  • Kapitan Sino

J.K. Rowling

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Rick Riordan

  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
  • Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
  • Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse
  • Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth

Bo Sanchez

  •  How To Live A Life Of Miracles
  • How To Conquer your Goliaths
  • How To Turn Thoughts Into Things

F. Sionil Jose

  • Sherds

Ricky Lee

  • Para Kay B

Yann Martell

  • Life of Pi

Arthur Golden

  • Memoirs of a Geisha

Robert Kiyosaki

  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Neil Gaiman

  • Coraline
  • Stardust

Steig Larsson

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Girl who played with Fire

Meg Cabot

  • All American Girl
Marian Keyes
  • Rachel’s Holiday
Paulo Coelho
  • The Alchemist
  • The Fifth Mountain
Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  • The Little Prince
Sun Tzu
  • The Art of War**

Jane Austen

  • Pride and Prejudice**

Stephenie Meyer

  • Twilight
  • New Moon
  • Eclipse


Haruki Murakami

  • Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Bob Ong

  • Ang mga kaibigan ni Mama Susan

George R.R. Martin

  • A Game of Thrones^
  • A Clash of Kings*
  • A Storm of Swords*
  • A Feast of Crows*
  • A Dance with Dragons*

J.R.R. Tolkien

  • The Lord of the Rings and the Fellowship of the Rings^^
  • The Lord of the Rings and the Two Towers^^
  • The Lords of the Rings and the Return of the King^^
  • The Hobbit^^

Neil Gaiman

  • The Graveyard Book^
  • American Gods^^

Suzanne Collins

  • The Hunger Games^^
  • The Mocking Jay^^

Steig Larsson

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest^^

Anne Tyler

  • Digging America*
Minette Walters
  • The Echo*

Ray Bradburry

  • Fahrenheit 451**



^Currently Reading

*Book On Hand

^^For Purchase

**Unable to finish. Will re-read again. The book is either classic, lent to me and I have to return ASAP or an e-book.