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Too many choices, too urgent

Today is a strange reading day. I woke up today at 6:30am ready for work, suppose to read iGuerra! on the train, in continuation of Jason Webster introduction to Spanish history and culture. But then I decided to pick up Netherland because it is a short one week loan, I thought I should finish it as soon as possible, so I read 19 pages of it on the train to work. At work, I have decided to pinch the book titled Shanghai Baby home from my office cafeteria bookshelf which got me hooked on the first chapter while I was having lunch. Once home I curled up on my sofa and begin to read The Caliph’s House, ambitiously thinking maybe if I could finish the 356-page book by tomorrow. I received a rude shock today when I found out that I couldn’t renew it today because someone already reserve it from the library catalogue! 😦 By 10pm, the Caliph’s House book was so intriguing that I was already half way into finishing the book.

I get distracted by new books easily, I don’t think Iwill ever be discipline enough to follow a reading plan. Sigh! There is indeed such thing as quandary of having too many choices.

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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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