I actually enjoyed the books meme by Eric. Though I had a tough time answering it, it was a wonderful experience for it reminded me of the past books I’ve read, re-read, and would like to read in the future (once I have the money).
I’m so thrilled by the meme, I’m going to answer the additional questions by adottedfellow. Actually, the draft of my reply to eric’s tag looked a lot like what adottedfellow asks of me, so now I thank him for resurrecting the original draft and giving it a chance to become a full post.
so here I go again,woot!
1. What books sparked your interest in reading? Meaning, what books first took reading from being a forced activity to being an enjoyable pastime for you?
A: It was that huge medical book about human diseases that sparked my interest in books, science, biology and medicine. I forgot the book’s title but it was very thick, heavy and full of colored graphics and illustrations. I was in the Grade 1 of elementary so I was about 7 or 8 years old back then. I couldn’t understand English back then but it was good start for me.
Soon, I was nagging my mom to buy me books about science and stuf. My first story book was “The Secret Garden”. I was even delighted to have watched its animated adaptation on TV. It was followed by my first Filipino story, “Bangkang Papel” by Genoveva Endroza-Matute, then the first Filipino novel I read was F. Sionil Jose’ Po-on. I was 10 years old by then.
2. Which three books have most changed your life (in a practical, tangible way)?
A: I have more than 5 books that changed my life the most; but I’ll mention just 5 instead of 3.hehe
I’m an activist, Left-leaning and both a history and science geek so the books I’d be mentioning would be quite heavy or boring for some, especially the light and fiction readers. So in no particular oder…
George Orwell’s “The Animal Farm” I was hands down to George’s imagination and story telling talent. It made me understand why my rich schoolmates treated me as such; human when you’re in front of them, but inferior when they are grouped by themselves.
Karl Marx’s “Das Kapital”. It was given to me by my grandfather when I was in grade 6. I barely understood the first chapters that’s why I spent the next pre-highschool summer break to read it over again with a thesaurus and dictionary at hand. I entered highschool a changed teenager; idealistic.
Alvin Toffler’s “Future Shock”, “Power Shift” and “Third Wave”. It was recommended to me by my highschool economics teacher and mentor. The books has really changed my life and I often cite it whenever I see things unfold before my eyes like old men scolding the young or the ever-changing world of fashion and consummerism or making everyday decisions. I still believe, we’re all suffering from future shock.
“The Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom. It pays good to do good.
Renato Constantino’s “Philippines: A Past Revisited” and its sequel “Philippines: A Continuing Past”. My view of Philippine history has never been the same.
3. Which three books (outside of the Bible) have most shaped your thoughts on God?
“Holy Blood, Holy Grail” by Michael Baigent. It has changed my views on Christianity long before I ever heard about Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code”.
“The Origin of Species” by Charles Darwin. Read it when I was my second year of highschool, followed up by the third book “Beyond Good and Evil” by Friedrich Nietzsche. Need I say more?
4. Which book(s), if any, have you intentionally read more than once?
“Das Kapital” by Karl Marx. “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” by Michael Baigent. “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens. “Dekada ’70” by Luwalhati Baustista. “Krisis at Rebolusyong Pilipino by Jose Ma. Sison. “Future Shock” by Alvin Toffler. “The Sandman” by Neil Geiman” “Pugad Baboy VI-XX” by Pol Medina, Jr. “Sophie’s World” Jostein Gaarder. “Rizal without the overcaot” by Ambeth Ocampo and many more.
5. Which three books would you recommend to a brand new Christian?
By ‘brand new Christian’ you mean a new convert because a newly baptized child is too young to read right? Anyways, the Bible would be the first, then by the “Five People You Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom or Dante’s “Heaven.”
6. Which three books do you plan to have your kids read? (Or – â€œWhich three books were most exciting to read to your kids/for your kids to read?â€ – for those of you who already have children)
I still don’t have kids of my own yet, but I guess I’ll start them off with those Harry Potter books or “Sophie’s World” or “A Tale of Two Cities.”
7. Books that stand out -(i.e. Ones weâ€™ve REALLY enjoyed as family read-alouds: )
There are only a few book lovers in my family but “Pugad Baboy” compilations has always been a big hit.
8. A book that made you cry
“A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens.
9. A book that scared you
“Four Past Midnight” by Stephen King. Being stuck in a time warp gave me some paranoia.
10. A book that made you laugh
“The Animal Farm” by George Orwell.
11. A book that disgusted you
Disgusted by its contents? So far I havent’ read any book that has disgusted me, they never even had the chance to walk out the bookstore with me.
12. A book you loved in elementary/primary school
“The Animal Farm” it’s a favorite!
13. A book you loved in middle school (yrs 5, 6, 7, 8 )
DK’s Guide to the Universe
14. A book you loved in high school
“How green is your mind” by Gary Lising. Funny and hilarious. Too bad I lost my copy months after buying it. To whoever borrowed it to me, please give it back.
15. A book you loved in college
I’m still in college and I love so many of the books I own, but I’d go for “Bonifacio: Siya ba ay kilala ko?” by Ed Aurelio Reyes. It’s a rare book any history-loving Pinoy must read.
16. Any more favorites?
A lot more, it’s also a long list but here’s what’s at the top:
The Hunt for the Red October, LOTR, And Paboritong Libro ni Hudas, Bakit Baliktad Magbasa ng Libro ang mga Pilipino, Pugad Baboy, Po-on by Jose F. Sionil, Dekada ’70, Vagina Monolouge, The Alchemist, The Count of Monte Cristo, Holy Blood, Holy Grail, Books by Alvin Toffler, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and many more.
17. What are you currently reading?
I’m still reading “The Time Traveller’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger and the one I just bought, “Man Overboard” by Butch Dalisay.
18. Whatâ€™s your family reading?
Reader’s Digest for my mom. My dad prefers comic books like Pugad Baboy than regular books.
Aren’t my books so geeky? 😉 You can view an online catalog of almost all of the books I own via my Library Thing account here. I thank adottedfellow for these questions, I enjoyed answering them.
Also note that this is a re-post since my blog suffered the ugly end of a server error which started last night. I thank the high heavens for my sponsors, Sir Angelo Racoma and Sir Abe Olandres for their help in my most desperate times.