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Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013 shortlist announced

So the shortlist is announced today! The shortlist Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel Flight Behaviour, by Barbara Kingsolver Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson May We Be Forgiven, by A M Homes NW, by Zadie Smith There is no debut authors, they are all familiar names … Continue reading

I can’t keep my eyes away from Women writers book prize list!

I have been reading multiple books (6 or 7 perhaps?) at the same time and none of it I could stick well to the end. I told myself I am not going to pursue the case of the Orange (Opps) or the Women writers prize this year and then this longlist came out….. (Red for … Continue reading

Reading Challenge 2013 (Am I sure about this?)

I haven’t done very well for 2012 challenge, as I did not achieve the TBR challenge. See my results: 2012 Reading Challenge. I still hope to finish up the TBR list for the next year. The Japanese Literature 6 challenge is still on-going so there is another month for me to complete a few more books … Continue reading

Bad news from my beloved library…

Last weekend, I received a bad news from my librarian….. She told me that from 2 January 2013 onwards the library will be charging 60p to reserve a title. This news cut deeper than a knife. It hurts me more than someone telling me I won’t be eating Walkers crisps for a month, or the … Continue reading

Finally I succumbed to the new world of reading …….

Last Saturday, 1 December 2012, is the day I took a massive leap into technology of reading. My husband bought me a Kindle!! The 4th generation Kindle comes in several versions. There is the Kindle Fire, Paperwhite, touchscreen and the very basic one I got here. For a long time I can’t see myself jumping … Continue reading

4th Anniversary Giveaway Results

Can’t believe another week has gone by, where does the week go? As promised, here’s the winner for “In the Country of Men” by Hisham Matar: Congratulation Sam! As for the book “Purge”, there wasn’t much competition but the winner goes to Mystica! Congratulations both. I’ll get your details and send the book over hopefully … Continue reading

Man Booker Prize 2012 winner announced

I am following a minute by minute update on the announcement and finally here it is: Hilary Mantel won again. Part of me is disappointed that the award is not given to an author who had never won before. What do you think about the winner this year?

Du Maurier readalong 4 : The Loving Spirit

Hiya, I’m back from holiday but still busy trying to catch up at work. I’ll post some travel pictures when I can find some time again. There are so many happenings in the world of book business. The BBAW appreciation week is on, with different topics each day. I wanted so much to participate but … Continue reading

Man Booker Prize Longlist 2012

Why is it that I am no longer excited about the Man Booker Prize? Perhaps it is the fact that more than half of the books listed are ones that I haven’t heard of, or the book who finally won the prize seems to bore me to tears. The 2012 Booker Prize longlist was announced yesterday and … Continue reading

These writers published quicker than I can read!

Every time I missed my connection train on my way back from work, I would stop at the Reading train station WH Smith bookstore and have a peep at the book chart. Every time without fail, I came out putting more books in my mental TBR and all I can do is shake my head … Continue reading

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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)