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First Anniversary and Reviewing Thoughts

Today is my blog’s 1st anniversary. (Wow is it one year already?!!) Bernardette’s entry article on reviewing., got me thinking about reviewing myself. When I first read her post I it would be a interesting to reflect on what I have done so far, after a year of book reviewing: Do you find that the anticipation of reviewing … Continue reading

Big haul from the library

 I look at my present pile of To-Be-Read (TBR) books and I didn’t feel compel to read them. I knew there were something wrong. Something must be wrong with me or with my TBR pile, it doesn’t take me long to decide that it is my book pile. So on top of the anxiety of a looming job interview, last … Continue reading

Hang in there

I have been reading one book after another for the past 18 months, trying to beat my own reading record. The motivation to read in this way is essentially about me trying to escape from my harsh reality through other people’s stories. I am console by other people’s tragic stories, I am lifted by the … Continue reading

The Rules of Wealth by Richard Templar

I picked up this book in a whim. Since I’m broke, no harm trying to find out what I have missed in this book. Many years ago before I began my fiction reading spree, I have been reading loads of management books including personal finance books. So this book is elementary in comparison to other … Continue reading

Collecting Books

Contrary to my new year resolution, I have been stocking up cheap second hand books on my weekly shopping exploit around the city of Reading. It is truly irresistable and here’s why: I read The Post Birthday World by Lionel Shriver last year, it’s one of my favourite. I got it for £2 from the … Continue reading

Too many choices, too urgent

Today is a strange reading day. I woke up today at 6:30am ready for work, suppose to read iGuerra! on the train, in continuation of Jason Webster introduction to Spanish history and culture. But then I decided to pick up Netherland because it is a short one week loan, I thought I should finish it … Continue reading

Three’s a Crowd

My reading pattern had always been haphazard. I’ll take a look at my pile of TBR and depending on how I feel that day and the library due date, decide the next book I wanted to read.   I have been toying with the idea of theme read and how many books of consecutive similar … Continue reading

Tucked in the little corner in the office kitchen is a bookshelf

Today the microwave in my office kitchen broke down. Someone suggest I should take my soup up 1st floor and heat it up. So I did and what a pleasant surprise I stumbled upon.   The kitchen upstairs is cosier and brighter. It has sofa, each table had this little cactus decoration. There is a … Continue reading

Adventures of Tintin – a night of three in one go

Yesterday night, after my son went to bed at 10pm, I was feeling sleepy as well. But the urge to read something before I go to bed were urgent and soon I was lying on my couch reading three Tintin adventures in one go: 1. Red Rackham’s Treasure. 2. Prisoners of the Sun. 3. Land … Continue reading

Ratings Defined

I have just include a rating scale today. I thought I should be more objective in how I rate the book that I read, instead of depending on how I feel that day. I am now trying to backtrack my previous books review posts to get my ratings sorted out. Hopefully it should be done very, … 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)