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Escapism

After 3 weeks at work, the rate of finishing a 350-page book now is 5 days. Quite impressing really. I thought I was going to slow down in reading once I start work. I read while waiting at the station, hop on the train for 5 minutes train ride, I then catch another train. Read another half hour before I arrive to my destination. Sometimes I read during office lunch. But I don’t read over the weekend at home. I don’t read the news anymore. Nothing seems to provide escapism or positive feeling from reading the news, with the recent dreary economic news, more reasons not to do so. I read my book even when I had a pile of required reading at work. I prefer to read my book.

 

I do not look out of the train for the English countryside, I do not pay attention to passengers that shuffle up and down the train or sat next to me. It is just me and my book. Immerse in my own little world. I need to escape. Escape from depressing thoughts and hopelessness of what my future holds. So I kept on reading and reading, while staying in the city of Reading.

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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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