Non Fiction

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The Fast and Clever Gut Diets

I am one person who doesn’t need to worry about my weight, until now. Working 9 to 5, watching two pre-teens boy and house chores left very little time for anything else. Walking and commuting is no longer part of my daily routine, so naturally fat is going to pile on. I am also a … Continue reading

The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

After 18 months of hiatus, I have forgotten how to write a proper review. I probably forgotten how to post a review on WordPress. Would anyone wants to read a long, anecdotal, passage quoting review in the time when social media tools have sprung up more than it had 2 years ago? Would short reviews … Continue reading

One Click and The Everything Store

My reading experience about Google and Facebook the company was clear cut. Google is a “do no evil” company. It has its fair share of trouble with data protection issue but its business philosophy, in my opinion, has always been about scientific prowess and awesome innovation. I didn’t like the founder of Facebook and thought … Continue reading

No God But God by Reza Aslan

It is difficult to come back from a holiday in Ibiza, Spain and attempt to write a review about a very serious book! I’ll post the travel photos soon and try to do just this: write what I think about No God But God. No God But God is a book about Islam but it is … Continue reading

Scouring for “How-to-get-a-job” books

About three months ago, in May, I decided that I should be looking out for job. Not any job, a job that I want to work in and the industry that I am passionate about. I took books out from the library that are related to networking and career management. Since 2008, after graduating from … Continue reading

People Who Eat Darkness – The Fate of Lucie Blackman by Richard Lloyd Parry

I first knew about the book when Jackie@Farmlane Book Blog gave it 5 stars. Do you know what keeps me awake at night? Ok besides my boys, the book that keeps me awake at night is not crime thrillers, not a good love story, but true crime. True story of crime reportage! My first experience of … Continue reading

Fast Times in Palestine by Pamela Olson

“So much political capital has been made out of the Barcelona fighting that it is important to try and get a balanced view of it… Nearly all the newspaper accounts published at the time were manufactured by journalists at a distance, and were not only inaccurate in the facts but intentionally misleading. As usual, only … Continue reading

Jerusalem by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Jerusalem is the house of the one God, the capital of two peoples, the temple of three religions and she is the only city to exist twice – in heaven and on earth. – preface It’s been a long time since I read a history book. An academic book. I am going to Jerusalem and … Continue reading

I’m Feeling Lucky – The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

Back in the internet boom in the advent of 21st century, I was a techy geek reading Fortune magazines and following the stories of technology trailblazers such as Bill Gates, Jeff Bezo (founder of Amazon) and Larry Ellison (Oracle). I am still a techy geek and find it fascinating reading about geniuses who create a … Continue reading

The Shadow of the Sun (My African Life) by Ryszard Kapuściński

I love reading travel books and have often wonder if there is a book that could write about the whole continent. A diverse continent like Africa. I’m glad to say I found one, it’s this book. Kapuściński has been visiting Africa as a journalist since 1957 right before Africa is swept with a wave of … 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
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)