just finished scanning all the entries in this topic way back 2006. haha. geez, that's two years ago. anyways, since most of you are sharing when they started reading pocketbooks, i feel like sharing mine, too. hehe.
i started reading helen meriz's creation since 3rd/5th grade. i remember i would borrow books from a friend, they are in a wide range. from the ones in a series to the cheapest one that you can get in bangketas
my mom, grandmom and aunts were infuriated when they learned that i'm reading those "kind" of book. they said it will ruin my vocabulary. i ignored them. haha! contrary to what they think, reading pocketbooks helped me a lot in both my tagalog and english.
though i stopped reading them for a while cause my friend who used to lend me some books went back to the province, and a new form of entertainment diverted my attention away from it (anime and ginebra), it doesn't mean i won't be reading tagalog pocketbooks ever again.
true enough, the next book i decided to read is martha cecilia's book number 18 in her famous kristine series, rose tattoo. i was in second year high school. i got hooked and the next thing i know is i'm buying each and every story on that series. i completed the navarros first, then the fortalejos. they really rocked my world. from time to time i would read her sweetheart series, precious love romances, and whatever kind of pocketbook my classmates would bring (my love, my bride, etc etc).
the next series that i collected was the bachelor series by cora clemente. i was in 3rd year highschool that time. though i just read batch 1 cause i was overwhelmed by how many stories that followed it. hehe.
then i entered college, and my blockmate introduced me to Lothario! wow, eve montelibano is really great, the stories are unique and i really love the male characters.
now, she have lothario, to die for and mine to take series. i havent read the other series yet for i have been waiting first for my favorite hero's (marcus alexis allende benedicto) story to be released, but i have a feeling i still need to wait for a good two years so i'm already considering to read the other series as soon as i have time to go to recto. haha! see, the hard part is locating ms eve's work because its just available in recto but finding it is worth it. and the excerpts of the novels from the other series are really intriguing so i'm now really decided to grab my copy.
if you haven't read her works yet, you can have a taste of it by visiting her interactive website, that just made her series all the more interesting. she have scoops, blogs, interviews of her characters as if they are real. click the link and see for yourself, but beware to be hook once you enter the site!http://www.freewebs.com/lothario/