Hi, hey, hello!!
Can you imagine, it’s been over a year since my last post! I had to step back from blogging for some time to focus on other things. So yeah, I missed A LOT. I feel so rusty at blogging that I seem to have forgotten how to words. Please forgive me in advance. I’ve been so accustomed to talking to machines every day, but I’ll try to make this human-readable.
OKAY. Enough rambling, Cara. Let’s get to the main order of business. To celebrate my being back to the blogging world (how long will it last this time huhu), I will be joining the Wikathon!!!
What exactly is Wikathon?
Wikathon is a month-long readathon during August. In the Philippines, August is Buwan ng Wika, roughly translated as “Month of Language.” There are close to 200 languages in the Philippines, including Tagalog (the only one I can fluently speak and understand, shame), Cebuano, Ilocano, Waray, and Hiligaynon. This month is a celebration of how rich our culture is in terms of languages. I can’t think of a better way for me to celebrate Buwan ng Wika than reading books by Filipino authors, yay!
On average, I can only read 2-5 books per month. To accommodate all the prompts, I picked books that fit multiple prompts. I have compiled these five books for my Wikathon TBR.
Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon & Si Janus Silang at ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang Graphic Novels by Edgar Calabia Samar (Filipino SFF || Sariling Wika)
After several minutes of debating with myself whether Janus Silang is fantasy or not, I have settled that it is. So for this prompt, I will be reading the Janus Silang graphic novels. It’s going to be my first time reading the second graphic novel. I think among the Janus Silang books, Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang is the one that hurt me the most, so yeah, I can’t wait!
You, Me, U.S. by Brigitte Bautista (Filipino LGBTQIA+ || S2pid Love)
I remember reading one of Brij’s author interviews before, and it was mentioned that she is an LGBT+ author. This book is also an F/F romance, and according to her Goodreads review, Kate loved it so much. I look forward to reading this!
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay (New To Me || The Modern Pinoy || The Filipino Diaspora)
This book talks about topics that are very important in the current Philippine political landscape. Randy Ribay was born in the Philippines and is currently in the U.S.
Macarthur by Bob Ong (Sariling Wika || Hosts’ Choice)
I read Macarthur back in high school, and sadly, I didn’t like it. I want to see if younger me didn’t know any better or something. Plus, In some of his videos, Gerald has said that he loves Bob Ong very much, and this is his favorite book. His enthusiasm is what pushed me to reread Macarthur.
I also plan to read these books this month if time permits.
- The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso (Filipino SFF || The Filipino Diaspora)
- Mango Summer by Agay Llanera (S2pid Love)
- Tabi Po: Isyu 1 by Mervin Malonzo (Filipino SFF || Sariling Wika)
- Mga Patay na Bituin (Dead Stars) by Paz Marquez-Benitez, translated by Virgilio S. Almario (Sariling Wika)
If you’re late in finalizing your TBR (like me), here are some personal favorites and others that I also want to read and the prompts that fit them:
- 12:01 by Russell Molina (Sariling Wika)
- The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (Filipino SFF || Filipino LGBTQIA+)
- Doorkeeper by Ethan Chua & Scott Lee Chua (Filipino SFF) READ IT HERE FOR FREE
- Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz (The Modern Pinoy || The Filipino Diaspora)
- Ghost of a Feeling by Celestine Trinidad (The Modern Pinoy || S2pid Love)
- The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (Filipino SFF || The Filipino Diaspora)
- The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco (Filipino LGBTQIA+)
- Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (The Filipino Diaspora)
- Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan (Filipino SFF || The Filipino Diaspora)
- The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly (The Filipino Diaspora)
- Like Nobody’s Watching by Tara Frejas (The Modern Pinoy || S2pid Love)
- My Fate According to the Butterfly by Gail Villanueva (The Modern Pinoy)
- Si Kian by Weng D. Cahiles (The Modern Filipino || Sariling Wika)
- Start Here by romanceclass authors (Filipino LGBTQIA+ || S2pid Love)
- Tablay by Katrina F. Olan (Filipino SFF)
- Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco (Filipino SFF || Filipino LGBTQIA+)
For the hosts’ choice, you can check their TBR posts here:
✨ Kate: Wikathon Recap: TBR Prompts, Recommendations, and Relevant Links
✨ Gerald: WIKATHON TBR
✨ Kat: wikathon tbr (tagalog)
✨ Alex: AUGUST TBR in ~Tagalog~
And… that’s it! I’m so excited about Wikathon, and I hope I have enough time this month to get to all of these books. Lol.
I’ll also try to post updates on my reading progress in Tagalog, so please expect non-English posts from me this month!
Are you also joining Wikathon? What’s on your TBR? What books by Filipino authors have you read and loved?