Share the Joy of Reading

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There was always something to read at home. As far back as I can remember, my parents subscribed to Manila Bulletin (named Bulletin Today before) and Reader’s Digest. When I was a kid, various relatives and househelp who lived with our family at different periods would bring home Tagalog komiks, songhits (small magazine with song lyrics), entertainment magazines, sports magazines, Mills and Boon romance novels and some other entertainment fare.

In school, I would often go to the library during breaks or after class to borrow books. Titles in the Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and Sweet Dreams series were early favorites. In my teens, I would usually go to National Bookstore after exam week as a treat to myself, as a way to de-stress.  Through the years I have accumulated a stash of books that I still read and re-read. My reading genre list is varied, although I favor old classics, humor, self-help, spiritual, travel books and family drama novels. I would also buy reference books and children’s books from time to time.

Having been born with a love for reading, I would love to share with everyone the joy that reading gives me. With fiction books that I usually read, being transported to other worlds may be uplifting, relaxing, magical, escapist or all of the above. Reference books gives us knowledge about people, places, events and the world we live in. For non-fiction works, reading them gives me a sense of being connected, of being part of a larger world.

I have always shared my books. I lend my books to whoever would want to read them. I’ve donated a lot of books to SM Foundation’s book drives in SM malls. So I try to give my support whenever I learn about a book drive.

Recently, I learned of a book drive organized by some travel bloggers. The book drive will benefit the students of Rizal Elementary School in Gubat, Sorsogon. Here are some ways to help:

1. Donate books:

Drop-off places:

    • A Runner’s Circle in Aloha Hotel, Roxas Blvd., Malate, Manila
    • R.O.X. in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City

Pick-up: Book pick-ups may be arranged with blogger Marky Ramone Go. Contact him via his Facebook pageTwitter account, or through his blog.

2. Cash donations may also be made. Contact Marky Ramone Go (see above links) for details.

3. Spread the word about the book drive.

The bloggers plan to go to Sorsogon sometime in September this year to personally distribute the collected books to the schoolchildren.

By participating in the book drive, we help in our own small way to transform the lives of the children of Rizal Elementary School by giving them the gift of reading and learning.

Read about the book drive here:

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