One thing you need to know about me is that I love to read. So much! Hehe. Di pa ba proof ang mga books na ito!? Just took this picture a while ago. As far as I can recall, I started reading books when I was in high school. That was the time na nahiligan ko talaga ang pagbabasa. Sa Bulacan pa ako nakatira before with my parents sa first house namin. And by the way, lahat ng books na nasa picture, are all mine. Hehehe.
I have a particular cousin that also read books. Pero before that, di ako gaano nagbabasa ng English books. It started with Tagalog pocketbooks, before ito talaga ang hit na hit. I can still remember na nagbebenta pa ako ng mga old bottles of ketchup, vinegar, soy sauce para lang makapag-rent ng pocketbooks. Yung isa kong cousin addict din dati sa pocketbooks. We even traded books with a certain lady everyday! Mahilig din siya magbasa. Hehe. May tindahan sa amin na pag-aari ni Ate *****. Sa kanya halos lahat nag-rerent ng mga pocketbooks ang mga people sa amin. Parang siya ang godmother of pocketbooks hehehe.
My cousin Karen, she's from Manila, whenever na bibisita sya sa amin, may dala syang mga books. I can still remember na mga Sweet Valley High pa nga mga books nya dati. She would lend them to me. And since mahilig na ako mag-read I tried to read it. Amazingly, nagustuhan ko sya. I compared the Tagalog books versus the foreign one and mas nagustuhan ko talaga ung English. Mas naiintindihan ko siya and the writing was very different, feeling ko mas detailed siya and mas marami akong lessons na nakukuha. Ever since, I opted for more books, mga English.
Swerte ko nun, kasi I found out na ung mga relatives namin na kung saan siya nakatira ay mahilig magbasa! They have this small personal library filled with innumerable titles! Para akong nasa heaven nun! I was surrounded with so many books! Parang OA naman ako. Hehehe. Kasi during those times I can't buy my own books. I was still studying, my parents were just getting by sa mga needs namin. Kaya when I saw all those books, I told myself that someday, after I finished my studies, If I wanted a book, bibilin ko siya...Drama ko naman yata. Hehe. That will come later na lang. Yung story na yun. I asked my cousin If I can borrow the books from our relatives, she said na ask muna nya.
I was sweating profusely kasi I really wanted to read them all. Baka hindi ipahiram kasi mga bago pa ang mga books and some of them, sealed pa with plastic. Meaning, newly purchased lang yun! When she came back, ok daw! But... I should take care of the books with utmost care. Which I did, paranoid kaya ako, ayoko nalulukot ang mga books ko. I guess yung books na nandun sa library ng mga relatives ko would be about 600, more or less. Dami nun!
Since one of my relatives is a doctor, yung mga early books na nabasa ko are medical thrillers, authors such as Robin Cook, Michael Palmer, Tess Gerritsen, Stephen White, etc. May mga Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys din sila, Danielle Steele, Mary Higgings Clark, and many others. Madami ako pagpipilian. I would ride back and forth to get them and return them when I'm done. I was already in Marikina and started my first year in college. I don't want to gloat, pero nabasa ko yata almost the whole library nila. Hehehe. Thankful ako sa mga relatives ko because they allowed me to borrow them. Most especially my cousin. Siya ang bridge ko. During my college days, mas lalong nag-pile up ang mga books ko. I collected the Lord of the Rings books, The Hobbit, the Harry Potter Series, The Shannara Series, The Sword of Truth Series and uber dami pa na mga books. Naisingit ko lang naman sa allowance ko. Hehe. Di ako mahilig sa clothes, that's one of the reasons kaya kapag may money ako, I spend them all sa books lang. Books, books, books.
There was an incident when my father caught me in the act of sniffing the book pages. Hehehe. Ewan ko ba, but I like the smell of paper. Especially if I just bought the book and it's really new pa. Mabango ang amoy sa akin. Weird ba? Well, that's exactly the impression I gave my father. Parang napa-smirk siya at napatawa ng bahagya. He was against my hobby. Sobra daw ako magbasa ng books. Lalabo daw mata ko, dapat daw bible na lang.
I told him na buti nga di ako tulad ng iba na mahilig sa alak, cigarette, at sugal. I spend my money sa books lang. Yun lang bisyo ko, I don't know if bisyo nga yun na matatawag. Hehe. There was a time when my father was really against the Harry Potter books. He told me that those kinds of books were being used by the devil for witchcraft and a bunch of devil worship. Parang ganun. I told him na, if you read the totality of the book, you wouldn't say that. It's good versus evil. And the good side always win. And loads of good moral lessons din ang makikita mo in pursuant of reading them.
I did not give up on reading. Lalo na alam ko sa sarili ko na I find pleasure in them. When I started working, mas lalong naging active ang reading schedule ko. I work in the mornings and then when I get home I always read lang. Hindi masyado ako nag-watch ng tv before. Books talaga ang pastime ko. So many good books that I wanna share with you all. Pero one at a time muna. And I hope this blog will help out all the readers out there. I hope my reviews will help you acquire a good read. Thanks for reading (kung meron mang nagbasa hehehe) and GOD bless! My other books pa pala ako, pero yung iba nawala, nasira na. Medyo careless ako dati sa books eh. Kaya ngayon super ingat na.