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Tucked in the little corner in the office kitchen is a bookshelf

Today the microwave in my office kitchen broke down. Someone suggest I should take my soup up 1st floor and heat it up. So I did and what a pleasant surprise I stumbled upon.


The kitchen upstairs is cosier and brighter. It has sofa, each table had this little cactus decoration. There is a chocolate bar vending machine. There is a computer for surfing the Internet. There is a 4 level bookshelf that is tucked at the corner. While heating up my lunch, I had a peep at what is sitting at the bookshelf. Not a great collection, but a few good books here and there. I would be interested in reading:

  1. Undomestic Goddess – Sophie Kinsella
  2. Bridget Jones’s diary and the edge of reason(book 1 and 2) – Helen Fielding
  3. On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan
  4. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Berniere



Note: this list would remind me of the bookshelf in the office if I run out of books to read.


I want to be selective. From the shelf I don’t think I will be reading Ian Rankin and Danielle Steele. Of all the awful things that had happened to me at work recently, this little corner was a pleasant discovery. I think I will have lunch up here in this kitchen more often, even everyday. Like one visitor said, it is quiet up here, better view, and free of gossips about other people’s husbands and wives issues and family problems during lunch. This daily dose of gossips servings are juicy in the kitchen downstairs where I eat. hmmm… I have enough problem of my own, I don’t want to listen to other people’s.


At my first impulse, I thought this bookshelf at work is such a good idea that I thought perhaps I could contribute some of my own books. Then the little devil that sits in my left shoulder whispered into my ears and I concluded “Nah, I could be charitable, but not now.” 😀

About JoV

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


2 thoughts on “Tucked in the little corner in the office kitchen is a bookshelf

  1. And if you were in your home country, that same little devil on your left shoulder would say “Nice bookshelf. Even nicer books. No one will know. Take all those books home. They’re yours. Take them! Take them!”

    Posted by The Reading Monk | March 24, 2009, 10:53 pm

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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
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

JoV's favorite books »
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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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