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It’s a wrap : May 2010

It’s a week late, but here’s my May wrap-up post. May has been a good month, the sentiment is widespread as blogger from blogosphere seems to report positive achievement for May.

I have read 2 non-fictions (Zeitoun and Understanding Judaism), 7 fiction books and 2 short stories. My favourite read is Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee, a possible favourite read contender for the year and followed closely behind is Malouf’s Every Move you Make.

  1. Zeitoun, Dave Eggers
  2. Dream Angus, Alexander McCall Smith
  3. Every Move You Make, David Malouf
  4. The Outside by Albert Camus (other title : Le E’stranger, The Stranger)
  5. Understanding Judaism by Carl S. Ehrlich
  6. Where Three Roads Meet, Salley Vickers
  7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Marry Ann Shaffer & Anne Barrows
  8. Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee
  9. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by Scott Fitzgerald

The most disappointing read for the month is The Guernsey Literary….whatever long-winded title book.

In May, I also wrote about the UK Election. In which leaders David Cameron (Conservative) and Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrat) had come together to form the first coalition government since WWII, sending out a strong message that despite Conservative – Liberal Democrat appears to be an oxymoron, with compromise and understanding the partnership may have a chance to succeed.

I found a Random note with a beautiful quote written on it. Remembering my encounter with a lady from South Africa, I have also shared the travel memories and beauty of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. I have worked through a hectic month at work and passed the second paper of 3 papers on a banking certfication.

I am not sure about the month of June. It is summer and the weather is hot, I’ll be outdoors. There is a pressure to read all the library books I have got, so my priority is to read the stack or decide to return them back to Library without reading them.

Dilemma, dilemma, dilemma..it will be the dilemma of my summer. 😉


About JoV

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


3 thoughts on “It’s a wrap : May 2010

  1. I like your abbreviated name for the book I call “The Guernsey Whatever.”

    In the summer, I myself am fond of trashy books! :–)

    Posted by rhapsodyinbooks | June 6, 2010, 1:06 am
    • @Mee,
      I passed the exam. Thanks for asking! I am beginning to feel good about returning unread books to the library now.. 😉

      You read trashy books? Can’t wait to see what trashy books you are going to read this summer! 😉

      Posted by JoV | June 7, 2010, 3:21 pm
  2. Looks like you were having a great month for me. I often return library books unread and stop feeling bad about it :P. Hope your exam went well!

    Posted by mee | June 6, 2010, 12:12 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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