Sunday, May 8, 2011

Being a Bookworm

I love reading books. I have been totally addicted to that habit since I was in 3rd grade (God forbid you should figure out just how long ago that was). At first, it started off as browsing through my new schoolbooks a few days before school would start. I wanted to look at the nice pictures. Then I decided to read the stories that went with the pictures and pretty soon I could not put the books down. (Except for math books… them I couldn’t find the interest to pick-up)

I got hooked. I would read and read until I finished the whole book and went on to the next one… all the way until the only book that was left was… you guessed it, math. (May all you number-lovers out there forgive me.)

Pretty soon I started sneaking into my brother’s bedroom so I could “borrow” his books. A few years later, I found that I could not live without having a book to read so I got myself a library card at school… no, I am not the really the scholarly-type, I read fiction. Pretty soon I got through all the fiction books I could find.
By the time I was in high school, it all became much more addictive. I would scrimp on my allowance so I could save up enough money to buy myself a book every week. (This happened after I got through all the fiction books in the high school library). The moment I got into college, it was 3 to 4 books a week.
My bedroom was full of books. I remember having almost all the books Victoria Holt wrote that were available in bookstores. I read Wuthering Heights in 3 days, War and Peace in 5. The first book that ever made me cry was The Great Gatsby (the part about the funeral). I would read horror stories, romance novels, spy stories… anything that I found interesting.

The most painful experience I had to go through was when I had to leave Manila to go to India. It meant leaving all my beloved books behind. But, as I got myself settled in India, the collecting started all over again. Now I have the big cupboards full of books 3 rows deep and two rows high on one. The other two are just so jammed with books that it’s tough to even close the door once I dare open it.
Now that I am all grown-up… my taste books are still varied. I have new favorites. I re-read them whenever I can. My top thirty favorite books are:
  1. The Confession by John Grisham
  2. Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
  3. The Client by John Grisham
  4. The Rainmaker by John Grisham
  5. The Cell by Stephen King
  6. Airframe by Michael Crichton
  7. Next by Michael Crichton
  8. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  9. Terminal Man by Michael Crichton
  10. Executive Orders by Tom Clancy
  11. Eragon (the whole Inheritance collection) by Christopher Paolini
  12. Harry Potter (the whole set of 7 books) by JK Rowling
  13. The Dark Tower Series of Books by Stephen King
  14. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  15. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  16. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
  17. Deception Point by Dan Brown
  18. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  19. The Handmaid’s Tail by Margaret Atwood
  20. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
  21. World Without End by Ken Follet
  22. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
  23. Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer
  24. As the Crow Flies by Jeffrey Archer
  25. Absolute Power by David Baldacci
  26. The Winner by David Baldacci
  27. Last Man Standing by David Baldacci
  28. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
  29. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  30. The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer











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