The Book Blockade issue was going on for weeks. I wasn't active until the end - well we didn't know it was the end, or if it's really the end. I attended the RockEd Book Bigayan.
Giving away books has always made me happy. I read them, and don't collect them. I treasure the ideas much more than the books themselves. I rarely reread them because I never run out of new things - most of my reading is now online.
Literacy in the Philippines has been on my mind. I've always been the book elitist, preferring non-fiction over fiction, with a specific bias against narratives. My reading brain doesn't deal with them well. My upbringing reading encyclopedia volumes plus my very fast reading speed spoils my ability to enjoy stories since my eyes skip up and down. With this bias, I most probably aren't fair but I like to impose what is good reading.
I'd like people to choose what they read wisely. Reading material is expensive and imports books or raw materials - as what we've discussed at the Book Blockade. Reading takes our time, and environment resources - paper pulp and ink - all of which we can't get back.
The power of reading is multiplied when discussing - online and offline. We see different aspects of what we read as they are mirrored through people who are not themselves. I have witnessed this in the past by joining a Book Club, and look forward to this again. Curated reading is something I can use, since I'm not a book lover at heart.
The literal function is making the best use of reading and its culture which has evolved through thousands of years of the written word, and the millions of years of thought and sentience.