ReaderCon Filipino Fridays: Being a Reader in the Philippines
How hard or easy is it to be a book lover in the Philippines?
I find it quite easy to be a book lover in the Philippines. I get to read everything and anything that I want. There may be a book or two that are not in any shelves of the major bookstores but I don't mind since I have a bazillion more other books in my ultra long wish list that are sure to be on stock. The only thing that restricts me is my limited funds. So, thank the stars for Book Sale and online stores selling used and brand new books (Celina's!). Our major bookstores like National for instance has a bargain bin and they also do some big sales from time to time. Friends from the States also brings in a couple of books for me when they come home.
What are some of your frustrations as a Filipino reader?
I only wish that we get to have good libraries. Ones that carry a huge array of books that covers a wide range of genres from adult to YA to kid lit even to picture books for early readers. That would really make books even more accessible. If we do get to have that, I'll probably want to live there and that would also seriously help with my aforementioned limited funds.
And what are the positive aspects of being a reader in the Philippines?
I am glad about the MIBF every year and I am also thrilled by the the reading and blogging community here in the Philippines. It's nice to have people that share my love for books. People that I can pester with my book rants and raves. I only wish I get to attend their really awesome get togethers.
All in all I love being a reader in our country. All is well. :P