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A Generous book sale and a generous offer on Waterstone membership sign up

Recently, my favourite charity shop in my neighbourhood, the Shaw Trust, is putting up a 50p book sales. Even if there is no sale, I got all my used books from here at £1. This is what I have got on my last two hauls. (From top to bottom, L to R): Japanese in 30 … 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

Waterstones, Broad Street, Reading

I first visited a Waterstones bookstore in December 1994, when I was in Cambridge. Waterstones usually has a dark-coloured store front. I had since walked to a few Waterstones around the UK, Manchester, London… but this particular one in Broad Street, Reading, ticks all the boxes of what a great bookstore should be. I have … Continue reading

A stroll to the bookstore on a day off (is bad news for a book junkie)

I wouldn’t believe what I did when I decided to take a day off today, Wednesday, instead of the usual Fridays. I walked out the house with the aim of returning 2 library books, and it didn’t quite happen that way. At the library, I came across White Tiger, Man booker prize winner 2008 at … Continue reading

Christian Charity Shop

  5 minutes walk from the place I stay, there is a Christian charity shop named Christian Community Action (CCA).   I paid a visit with my family on Valentine’s day and my husband found some gem buy 2 days ago, cluttering our living space with one antique Chinese turquoise receptacle for wine and a … 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)