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Reflection

Reading? If it is only that simple.

textbookNow that I have to leave Manchester, I have to return all my library books and cancel book reservations that are in queue. It is easy to say that all I have to do after reading a book is just to return it to the library, right? But in reality, No. Last year during my unemployment period, I made a full time job out of reading. It is my escapism and also a need to feel that I had done something worthy at home while filling up my time. My process are quite thorough. It is like this:

Phase 1 : Acquiring and picking up a book

  1. Look at my list of To be Read, or book reservation available for collection or buy them off the shelves.
  2. Decide what to read next warrants a whole topic dedicated to that selection procedure. But lets just say I decided to pick up a book.

Phase 2 : While reading

Mark on separate piece of paper for unfamiliar vocabulary, information, statements or stories that appeals to me.

Phase 3 : After reading

  1. Scan the pages with information, statements and stories that appeals to me (no copyright infringement, all these are for personal use).
  2. Check through my personal Vocab inventory if I had noted down this unfamiliar word before, if Yes, what does it mean in this new context. If No, I used my Wordweb online dictionary (better than Oxford or Collins, I must say), use the Red pen to write down the word in my vocab book, the blue for example of use, the black for the meaning of the word.
  3. Update my reading inventory in the spreadsheet, shelfari virtual shelves and pages titled 2009 read.
  4. Write a review. It used to be on my virtual bookshelf, now in my book blog.
  5. Upload a book image, crop if it is not the right size.
  6. Check spellings and read through.
  7. Post my review onto the blog.
  8. Update what I am reading now.
  9. Return the book to the library.

Objective of this exercise

  • Keeping a record of what I have read.
  • Learning new vocabularies, insights and information.
  • Remembering the content of the book that I have read and how I feel about it.
  • Sharing them with my friends.

I think such labourious tasks would only be done by someone as crazy about books as I am. I am not sure what are the economic and financial gains by spending too much time in this. Maybe it will change when I start work soon. 8)

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About JoV

A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.

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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Mockingjay
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City


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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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