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Hang in there

I have been reading one book after another for the past 18 months, trying to beat my own reading record. The motivation to read in this way is essentially about me trying to escape from my harsh reality through other people’s stories. I am console by other people’s tragic stories, I am lifted by the story about people who overcome insurmountable challenges, be it fiction or non-fiction. I read and read so that I could avoid thinking about my life. Denial, I know. 

There are many times when I tell myself that I should tear myself away from the obsession of reading and blogging and think seriously about what I want to do with my life. Spent more time in what matters, spent more time planning constructive action to change my life. But I didn’t. My life has taken a backseat while I read and blog, blog and read. On top of the many great blogger friends I made, the draw to sit back and finish my books were too powerful and I thought I would never be able to break off from this obsessive compulsive behaviour of reading and blogging. Until a week ago….. 

In this bad economic situation, I am about to attempt the impossible. I am about to negotiate for a pay increase and attend two job interviews. I spent all my waking hours studying up and preparing, hoping I would nail it. It’s now or never. 

I love reading and blogging. Don’t ever think that for one minute I have forgotten all about you out there. As soon as I settle my personal priority, I’m back in full force. For now, my blog hits have not suffered, I have you to thank for and keep 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.

Discussion

4 thoughts on “Hang in there

  1. I hope that your job interviews go well! Good luck (not that I think you need luck lol).

    And don’t ever think that there is something wrong with reading and blogging, they are both very positive activities! I may be biased though!

    Posted by sherby57 | September 23, 2009, 7:20 pm
    • thanks ste. I need lots of luck! I’ll let u know how it goes. Reading and blogging are positive activities I agree, all things in moderation, they say, don’t forget you have a real life to live too. 🙂

      Posted by jovenus | September 24, 2009, 8:16 am
  2. Ahhh, real life, I remember that!

    I think a little rest from blogging from time to time is good, I’m just a bit scared that if I stop then I’ll lose all my momentum!

    And I’m sure you don’t really need lots of luck.

    Posted by sherby57 | September 24, 2009, 12:37 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
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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