2009 to do list

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Is it Greed if it is not Need?

I read a blog that resonates what I am feeling on a monthly (if not, daily basis), I pasted it here in tribute as my sounding board: ———————————————————————————————————————————————— As of this moment I own 78 crime fiction books and 61 books from a range of other genres that I haven’t read. There’s a tall pile … Continue reading

Two minds about selling books

It happened to me very often. At the state of anguish, I always wanted to sell all those thick, big textbooks from my home. So that I (or rather my husband) don’t have to carry the lot up and down when I move houses. Then when the orders came through, and I changed my mind. … Continue reading

Chinese Books

I went to Reading Central Library a week ago with husband and son. At the ground floor there were 8 shelves of Chinese books. I did a quick glance and found out the collection is more of martial art epics, which I am not interested. A big collection of romance, of which I am not interested as … Continue reading

Will not be reading too many books this year

This year I will not be reading too many books after all. My husband while doing all of the moving said, “We have so many books, it is as if we work for NASA or something.” After moving and unpacking to Reading, I realised if I were to live like a nomad, carting by 100kgs of books … Continue reading

Outlier – The Story of Success

Ratings: 5/5 At last, a book which makes you think! I love Gladwell’s book. I read The Tipping Point last year. I felt helpless about what I can do to change the world or my life in The Tipping Point, but with Outlier it seems to offer an insight where I could analyse my past … 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)