It’s 22 days until the 2013 Filipino Reader Con, and as has become tradition, part of the run up to the event involves Filipino readers blogging about a particular topic every Friday, for the four weeks leading up to the event. Today is the second Friday in “Filipino Fridays”, as the event is called, and the new topic is about the books of our childhood:
What were your favorite books as a kid or while you were growing up? Do you still read children’s books? If you could give your younger self a book to read, what would it be?
I can’t actually remember many childhood books. I have it on good authority (hi, Mom!) that I read the requisite Dr. Seus books, Bible stories, and fairy tales, but I don’t really remember them. The earliest books that I remember really seeking out and obsessing over were the Choose-your-own-adventure books — not just those with the CYOA brand, but anything that any book that allowed me to affect the outcome — Lone Wolf, Wizards, Warriors & You, Space Hawks, Way of the Tiger… Comics were the other hallmarks, but I didn’t start with superheroes: Peanuts and Asterix, those were the books most often under my pillow at night.
I still read CYOA books, although not the same ones I used to read when I was a child, and usually in their new digital form (not coincidentally, I’ve also taken to writing them).
If I could give one book to my younger self… it would be either the Soul Book or A Treasury of Stories. I didn’t stumble upon the richness of Philippine mythology and folklore until Arnold Arre’s Mythology Class came out, and I’ve always wished it could have been otherwise.