This Friday’s question from the Filipino Readercon:
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 am blessed to have a lot of books as a kid. looking back, I might have had a little too much.
Let us start with my borrowed books. The Berenstain bears and Highlights were from the library. I get them on Fridays and enjoy them on the weekend. I would then share the Berenstain bears with my little sister, with me being the storyteller. The highlights magazines however, was very addicting to me! I kept borrowing it till the next issue arrives! Till I got lucky and won our school library’s best reader of the month-year contest. (Best reader of the month gets a free highlights magazine! I have a copy every month. then by the end of the year a medal. *basically the student most number of read books is the winner.)
Then comes the quarterly goodie box from my Aunt who is living in the States. The box consists of a lot of candies (Jolly rancher, tootsie roll, hershey’s, m&ms) plus kool aid with my prized Archie comics. I get into a squabble with my cousins every time the goodie box arrives, I want dibs on the Archie comics. Sweet Valley kids to university series is a different story. I wait for my older cousins to finish reading it, then I get to read it and its mine. I really don’t like it that much, but hey, its free. I might as well get it.
Disney Adventures are my bonus. I usually get them when I help my mum do the grocery, she buys it for me as a reward for helping. I really love grocery shopping, and I do love Disney Adventures too. Hitting two birds with one stone. Awesome.
Lastly the Old master Q comics that I do not read (its in Chinese) but I just stare at the pictures. I get my hands on these when I visit the dentist (who lives downstairs), and lets me borrow the comics to be returned after I am finished with the book. *This is why I love going to the dentist!*
If I could give my little self books, I would shell out for Garfield comics and Peanuts comics and another subscription for Reader’s digest.
Our school has a yearly-week-long book fair, armed with my saved from allowance 50 php, (My recess allowance is 20php per day) I cant really buy much. But, I really want to buy all the Garfield and Peanuts comics they have! So, being the little penny pinch-er that I am, I buy all my books on Monday. I could get 3 books. I would then go read it all as fast as I could and exchange it for another. ( ex. Garfield 1 in exchange for Garfield 2, repeat process till Friday. Whatever books i get on Friday stays with me.) I also love getting my Dad’s copy of the Reader’s digest, and reading it first! Which bugs my Dad, till my Uncle gave me my own subscription of Reader’s digest as a Christmas gift when I turned 10. That was a milestone for me. Receiving my own books in the mail with my name on it! Bliss!
If I could give my little self books, I would mail myself a box full of comic books. (and probably the illustrated encyclopedia that I covet as a kid.)
I still read comic books. But rarely now. Although I do read Young Adult books once in a while.
Looking back, almost all of my books have colored pictures. I love looking at their illustrations.
One of my pastimes those days were re-creating the drawings found on the book to my little sketchpad. I also tried my hand on drawing/creating my own books, made of folded pieces of letter paper, stapler and colored pencils. Those little hand made books were usually given to my Mum who is obligated to read/understand it.
Maybe these books were the ones that are responsible for shaping me/inspiring me to be an artist.
Thank you Books. You were really good friends to me.