In 2008, after reading non-fiction and management books for the past decade, during the months of unemployment and the long lull of depression in the credit crunch, I started reading fiction and literature. I read them so that I could make up for the lost years of not reading creative works. I devour books like a hungry wolf on the prowl, never quite satisfied after each reading, I hunt and search for more. The genre of the books I read are very electic. Travelogues,  novels, classics, translated fiction, memoir and true stories, crime etc (in a rough order of preference) I read them all. The genres I tend to shy away are sci-fi, young adults, horrors and anything that has to do with vampires, werewolves, monsters.

Geographically, I love to read books from Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. Although give me a good book from any other countries any day, I would gladly read them too.

It is hard to imagine a life without books. The ancient kings would bury themselves with golds and treasures or a 6000 strong army of terra-cotta warriors, build pyramids to house their tombs when they are dead; in the hope to have all the riches to live life in eternity. I would be happy to die and be buried in a pyramid of books, in the hope of carrying the wisdom and knowledge of this world to another realm.

The realm I now live is in a country call the United Kingdom. I work a full time day job and I am a mother of two boisterous young boys. Despite whinging about the limited 24 hours I have in a day, it doesn’t do the time I spent on reading justice if I forget what I have read, say 5 years, down the road. So I tend to write long entries and quote favourite passages from the books that I read. This space chronicles book reviews and thoughts that inspires from books that I read. A glimpse at my virtual bookshelf can be found at:

My shelf at Shelfari

It always make my day when I receive any comments, I hope you will spend a few minutes to share your thoughts with me.



4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Jovenus
    You have a fantastic blog! I’ll be visiting your site more often now.

    Posted by readingmonk | March 14, 2009, 12:56 am
  2. Did I say that your blog looks better after you changed the theme? I thought the Verdict para at the bottom was cool too. Except I tried to expand the font size in my blog, it didn’t work, it wouldn’t have a different font size from the text body. Let me know if it just need a slight tweak.

    Posted by jovenus | March 14, 2009, 8:57 am
  3. Hey Jovenus
    Am thinking of switching over to Blogger.com. So tired and fed up with the limitations over at WordPress. I feel my creativity being stifled.

    What do you think?

    Posted by readingmonk | April 13, 2009, 3:04 am
  4. Hey Jovenus
    I’ve moved. Took your advice, stayed with wordpress but am now hosting my very own site at http://www.readingmonk.com.

    Have a look around, tell me what you think. And turn on your speakers. It’s got music too now! 🙂

    p/s – please change my link url on your site 🙂

    Posted by The Reading Monk | April 17, 2009, 3:28 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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