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Book Business, Reflection

Will not be reading too many books this year

This year I will not be reading too many books after all. My husband while doing all of the moving said, “We have so many books, it is as if we work for NASA or something.” After moving and unpacking to Reading, I realised if I were to live like a nomad, carting by 100kgs of books is not going to cut it. It is just the insecurity of finding rare information or a rare book that I need it for work. Perhaps most of them I can borrow it from the library, or even buy it at Amazon.co.uk, there is no reason for me to keep tons of books with me. Moreover I think I can forget about a career in Banking or Finance in this current economic situation and the non-financial related job awaiting for me. I can get rid of those Finance textbooks. It is just the way I wanted to be surrounded by books. The satisfaction of finishing a book in my hand and keep it in record, it is so addictive and gratifying. 

I suppose after last year’s of 96 books, I can take it slowly and tell myself : this year I am going to read the materials and discard the copies I kept at home. That way I could live a little lighter. The clearing out to-do list related to books and reading are: 

  1. Books to read and sell it off
  2. Magazines to read and discard
  3. Stack of papers to scan and discard
  4. Pens to give away
  5. Recipe books to give away

So help me God, by this year to discard at least 60% of it.

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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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