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The Games of Throne by George R. R. Martin

Sometimes it takes a colleague who insisted or a friend who encouraged you to read something new. Truth be told I read all of Harry Potters, Hunger Games, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, No. 1 Ladies Detective, the Twilight Series books and movies and I don’t own any of it. It’s with scepticism that … Continue reading


The Winner of the Opening Line Contest

Two weeks ago, I invited you to submit your answers to the First Opening Line Contest. and the winner is…………: Kiss A Cloud Who has the most answers correct for both book titles and name of authors. So do pick a book from the pile (except for the hardcover ones) and let me know where you … Continue reading

Hello World!

“Hello World!” is a tagline for the first introduction post for every new user of wordpress. Hello world! What have you been up to? I feel as if I fall into a slumber of hazy days, all blurred into one, without a book read or finished to mark my days. I still read and despite … Continue reading

Passed the 5-year milestone and I forgot all about it….

It’s been quiet here at my blog. My blog’s 5th anniversary was 30th November just past and I forgot about it. What is the matter with me?!! About three years ago I wrote about “The only constant is change” and I said I am going to slow down on blogging as I found a new … 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

UnSpam me!

Recently I have a blogger friend’s comment which went to my spam folder. This happens all the time. Since I have a draft post on Akismet advice on spam, which is sitting in my draft for a year. I thought I may as well finish it. If you see a regular comment from your friends … Continue reading

Happy Summer!

It is scorching hot here in the South of UK and I am loving it. I could barely finish a book in a week and this is the longest reading slump I ever had. I am not sure when I will get on track on my reading challenge now that my Goodreads stats have slipped… but … Continue reading

An interview with Andrew Blackman

1.       Why do you choose to write the book using the second person, from the eyes of friends and family members of the protagonist? I pictured Jeff Brennan, the protagonist, as a person who is quite insecure in his identity and defines himself by what other people think of him. It’s almost as if he doesn’t … Continue reading

A little update…

How have you been? Just when I thought I was going full speed in April (with 6 books looking to achieve more), I lost my reading mojo and haven’t been able to read properly nor catch-up on book reviews from the book blogging community, partly because….. Well, because Google has decided that 2 months shy … Continue reading

Google Reader will be dead, what is the alternative?

Today I open up my google reader and about to read my daily feed of book reviews and news, a dialogue box popped up and it says: It is like someone has dropped a bombshell on me. I rely on Google Reader to keep in touch with your book blogs, my dear blogger friends. I … 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)