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It’s been 4 fabulous years….

JoV’s Book Pyramid is 4 years old today!

I think it’s very very hard to keep up with the blogging momentum. I find these recent  two years incredibly hard to read and post reviews. The funny thing is once I read, I wanted to review because I started this blog to remember what I read. I record my thoughts about a book because I want to go back one day and find out what the book is all about and what I thought about it. It’s like a book reading journal if you like. Soliciting for comments was not a primary reason why I blog but it is such a big plus when you care to share their thoughts and views with me, it makes it richer and the exchanges all the more invaluable.

I never thought I would reach a point where it feels impossible to write a review. It has been difficult but I look forward to long holidays end of this year where I could spend time here again.

What have I done and learnt in the past years?

I have hosted a reading challenge Read a myth challenge, hosted and joined several read-alongs, created a few polls, indexed all my reviews, received some appreciative awards, joined some memes, joined and read competitively for 3 years on reading challenges (achieved them all except this year!), change my blog name twice (although I am not suppose to do that, it just add on the confusion), change blog theme thrice, gave away some books to blog readers and also under the banner of World Book Night 2012, received some books from publishers and independent bloggers (not many as I don’t actively seek them out), close to 350,000 lifetime blog hits. I think I pretty much done everything that a coming of age blogger should do. 4 years of blogging is like dog years i.e. the blog is an “adult”, a mature blog.

So how does an adult normally behaves?

An adult is more responsible (in general, not always), good at multi-tasking, do not seek to be in contact frequently (proof that one by one my childhood friends have gone in my life ever since I grew up!), self-assured, secure, at peace with her environment, comfortable in her skin.

So what is in store?

Not much really. I am not going to set any competitive reading challenges for next year. I will join the party when it suits, be a spectator when schedule is tight. Write about other things as I wish, be it travel, food, daily scenes etc. Take it easy, slowing down perhaps, avoid burning out on blogging. Cull my google feeds but stay in touch with the precious selected few….

Because you, my precious selected few, has nurtured, enriched and expanded my reading life. Because of you my reading slumps have a prospect of going up, because of you, a new book that shows up on your blog rekindles the spark when I first fell in love with books, because of you I know that I will live out the rest of my life not fearing that I will run out of books to read.

For this and for those who are still here, thank you ~….


On a lighter side, I’m giving away two books. These two are put out to you not because I didn’t like it but because I have a second copy and sometimes I deliberately bought it for this annual treat. The first one is my all time favourite, the second I just finished reading it and liked it very much (review to come).

I’ll draw a name from the hat in random on the 8 December 2012. To qualify, let me know if you want to participate in the draw, which book you prefer and tell me when did you first discovered this blog (double draw entries if you can remember specifically when. 😉 ).

About JoV

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


58 thoughts on “It’s been 4 fabulous years….

  1. Congratulations on four years! Definitely I can relate about it being hard to keep up the momentum! Sounds like your future plans take that into account!

    Posted by rhapsodyinbooks | November 30, 2012, 12:56 am
  2. Congratulations in 3.5 years of book blogging I have seen lots of blogs one and go. I am always glad to see you have a new post online.

    Posted by Mel u | November 30, 2012, 1:01 am
  3. I’d love to be in your drawing! I prefer In the Country of Men. When did I first find your blog… I have no idea! I just know I enjoy reading your posts

    Posted by Helen Murdoch | November 30, 2012, 1:38 am
  4. congratulations Jo….and thanks for reminding me I must be 4 blog years old too! I don’t comment as much as I once did as things in my life have gotten a bit hectic too…but your blog is still in the only folder of my google reader account that I never mark unread – so I’m always here….sometimes behind by a couple of weeks or more but I know you won’t mind

    I too am surprised by the unexpected things that having the blog has brought into my life

    Posted by Bernadette | November 30, 2012, 2:30 am
    • Bernadette,
      It’s definitely alright with me. I count you as one of my early friends who have tenaciously blog and entertain me (I love your rant)! I never mark your feed as unread and at one time I get each and every entry of post delivered to my inbox. lol
      I am happy that there are so many good things that went your way while you are blogging, I remember we both won two books each from Zee – Notes from the North once. I hope you are settling in snugly and nicely in your new abode. 😀

      Posted by JoV | November 30, 2012, 5:59 pm
  5. Congratulations Jo ! Happy 4th year 🙂 Just dropping you a comment, not for the book draw. Your blog never ceases to inspire me. Be it on reading, traveling or life itself. When I run out of time to read, just reading your entries ignites that feeling of starting a fresh new book all over again. Keep blogging ! 🙂

    Posted by Joanna | November 30, 2012, 4:26 am
    • Joanna,
      Thanks so much for your support. I hope you keep reading. I know it’s almost impossible in Malaysia with so many distraction of friends, family, relatives and lots of pasar malams going on! lol Keep blogging too! 😀

      Posted by JoV | November 30, 2012, 6:02 pm
  6. Happy 4th blog anniversary!!! 😀 You have done such a great job at it!!

    Btw, I’ve changed my blog name and address to http://inborneowithbooks.blogspot.com/

    Posted by Ting Ting | November 30, 2012, 5:36 am
  7. Congratulations, 4 years is a wonderful achievement and quite an evolution, it is interesting how a blog matures and shifts slightly to fit in with it’s writer, from humble beginnings.

    Add me to your draw and of course it will be for your all time favourite, couldn’t pass up an opportunity like that!

    Posted by Claire 'Word by Word' | November 30, 2012, 8:00 am
    • Claire,
      It’s interesting to see the evolution that is happening, from humble beginnings, from the insecurity of going out to the world and wonder if what you say will ever be received widely and accepted. Interestingly there are a lot of people out there who care and one of them is you. Thanks for being here!

      Posted by JoV | November 30, 2012, 6:15 pm
  8. Congrats, Jo! Four years is a long time to keep going. Even if you don’t always feel up to it, your blog is still going strong. I have the Purge book (loved it) but would like to enter for the other one.

    Sadly, I have no idea how I found your blog, or when. I do know that we often like the same books so it’s great to have you around as a fellow book blogger!


    Posted by Leeswammes | November 30, 2012, 9:36 am
    • Judith,
      Thanks so much for being here Judith. I started to think I can’t remember how I discover a lot of blogs either! I just put the question out to see how many people remember, so I didn’t feel so bad that I hardly remember it myself too. lol 😀 It’s great to have you around Judith as one of the most tenacious fellow book blogger around!

      Posted by JoV | November 30, 2012, 6:18 pm
  9. Congratulations on the blogoversary. I came to your blog via Dianne. Thank you for sharing this giveaway. I’d like to be counted in for the Oksanen book please.

    Posted by Mystica | November 30, 2012, 10:37 am
  10. Well done – and here’s to many more years of blogging 🙂

    Posted by Tony | November 30, 2012, 12:38 pm
  11. Congratulations on 4 years, though I’m sorry to hear that you are slowing down. You see, I just found your blog two weeks ago (I never even knew there was this whole world of book blogs until then, and yours is one that I bookmarked because I like many of the books you are reading)! Anyway, blogging should be to make you happy, so don’t feel any pressure to blog when you don’t want to. I have wanted to read the Hisham Matar book, so I’d love to be entered to win that one!

    Posted by Sarah C | November 30, 2012, 3:59 pm
  12. Congrats on 4 years, JoV! Keep blogging… it’s a pleasure to read your updates.

    Posted by Shellie | November 30, 2012, 4:56 pm
  13. Congratulations on 4 years! Unfortunately I have no idea how I first discovered you, but it must have been about 2 – 3 years ago? Don’t worry about entering me into your competition – I’ve already read both books 🙂 Here’s to many more years.

    Posted by farmlanebooks | November 30, 2012, 4:58 pm
    • Jackie,
      I think I remember how I discover you! 🙂 I don’t usually remember how I stumbled upon other blogs, it’s all serendipity and fate I guess. Thanks, many more years to you too Jackie!

      Posted by JoV | December 1, 2012, 6:58 pm
  14. congrats! i’m now wondering whether mine can last as long as yours…coming up to 1 year very soon, baby still! 🙂

    Posted by hibiscus rosa noor | November 30, 2012, 6:21 pm
  15. Congratulations! My blog is only half as old as yours, so I admire your dedication. I think it’s natural to go through slumps but having the blog mainly to record your thoughts for yourself in the future tends to keep it going.

    Glad you enjoyed Purge, I read it last year and really enjoyed it.
    I’d love to be added to the draw to wine your all-time favourite 🙂

    Posted by Sam (Tiny Library) | November 30, 2012, 6:39 pm
  16. No need to include me in the draw. I just wanted to stop by to say Congrats! In February my blog will be 5, so we’ve weathered the storm together (so to speak). Here’s to lots more reading in 2013 and more Murakami!

    Posted by Ti | November 30, 2012, 9:24 pm
  17. I actually just discovered your blog today, as I meandered from one person’s blogroll to the next, looking for good blogs to add to my reader! Looks like I timed it nicely for a giveaway 🙂 I have heard good things about Purge so would love the chance to read that one.

    Posted by Marie | December 1, 2012, 5:06 am
  18. Happy 4 years of blogging, Jo! No need to enter me in the contest. I don’t remember exactly when I discovered your blog but I know it was before I went on the longest blogging break. Just glad that you’re still here now that I’m back. 😀

    Posted by kissacloud | December 1, 2012, 8:32 pm
    • Claire,
      Thanks for your kind words. I remember you went on a blogging break and happier still now that you are back! I think that’s the point isn’t it? We can go on breaks, but this space is part of our lives that we will never let it go. 🙂

      Posted by JoV | December 2, 2012, 9:37 pm
  19. Congratulation Jo 🙂
    4 years and going strong 🙂

    Posted by Novroz | December 2, 2012, 2:55 am
  20. Wow Jo! I think you have a beautiful shelf here – thank you for sharing your thoughts on the books you read. I am going to buy Hashim Matar right away. 🙂 I am sure that these pages you have created will resonate among readers to come.

    Posted by Soul Muser | December 2, 2012, 4:41 pm
  21. Happy anniversary, here’s to the next four!

    Posted by Alex in Leeds | December 2, 2012, 10:03 pm
  22. Aw, happy blogiversary! Many happy returns of the day! No need to enter me for the draw, I’m trying to cut back on my book acquisitions, but just wanted to send good wishes your way.

    Posted by Jenny | December 2, 2012, 11:32 pm
  23. Happy birthday! I don’t remember exactly when I discovered your blog but we did talk about fruits, didn’t we, mango and mangosteen and the like. 🙂
    I’ve read Matar’s “Anatomy of a Disappearance” and it was a sad, sad book. Too sad for me.

    Posted by Delia (Postcards from Asia) | December 3, 2012, 3:24 am
    • Delia,
      Yes I think we did! and how both of us being the opposite side of the world from where we come from makes us miss the fruits that we grew up with! I read “Anatomy of disappearance” too, yes it is too sad, but I have to say this one “In the country of men” is even more… 🙂

      Posted by JoV | December 3, 2012, 10:08 pm
  24. Congratulations, you did some great things over the lifetime of this blog! Way to go! Your post made me check the age of my blog. Ha, this Thursday (6th) is going to be my 4th anniversary too! Never thought it’s been that long. Unfortunately I haven’t been as pro-active as you. Let’s blog for at least four more years!

    Posted by Andrea | December 3, 2012, 5:21 pm
  25. Congratulations JoV. I hope you will be with us for many more years to come 🙂

    Posted by jessicabookworm | December 4, 2012, 5:20 pm
  26. well done I m at three years next month I did start before but only few post proper start three years in jan ,hope hit your level at some point yours is a great blog ,all the best stu

    Posted by winstonsdad | December 4, 2012, 6:24 pm
    • Stu,
      Thanks for the kind words. I do the best I can but find it incredibly hard to continue at the level I started out before. I believe you have achieved the level and I have never think that your blog is behind anyone else’s!

      Posted by JoV | December 4, 2012, 8:33 pm
  27. Happy four years old! I’m always in admiration of your blog posts and reviews, which are full of great insights and interesting information, and I always look forward to seeing a new post from you pop up in my reader. But I know it can be hard to keep up – still I hope you keep on blogging for many more years! 🙂

    Posted by olduvai | December 5, 2012, 2:46 pm
    • Olduvai,
      Thank you very much for your kind words. Same here with me, always good to see your new post popping up on my reader. Keep at it, I hope you will be blogging alongside with me too! 😀

      Posted by JoV | December 5, 2012, 8:38 pm
  28. I think adults “do not seek to be in contact frequently” is more because people have partners and children and your priorities have shifted. I found that to be the case with my friends. But the singles sort of stick together (and do seek to be in contact with each other), even though they’re “adults” :P. Just found that particular comment to be too interesting to be passed hehee 😀

    Do you remember that I told you about Purge when we met in one of the charity shops? And at the time you never heard of it. And now you’ve read it and I haven’t! I have it on my kindle (got it with £1 Kindle daily deal), so don’t need to enter me. (I’m interested in the In the Country of Men too, but probably won’t get to it for a while.)

    I can’t remember when I first found your blog exactly, but I think you weren’t so active back then. Also I think I found you first! (or did you find me first??!) 🙂

    Posted by mee | December 5, 2012, 4:18 pm
  29. CONGRATS!!!
    You have a superb blog too!!
    Keep up the good work!

    Posted by maphead | December 7, 2012, 5:31 am

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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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