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Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw

UK publication date: 28 February 2013 USA publication date: 2 July 2013 Tash Aw’s Five Star Billionaire opens with enticing self-help get rich book format. “Move to Where the Money is” followed by a short chapter of “How to achieve Greatness” and many how to’s short articles that carries sound advice and also personal experience of Walter … Continue reading

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

“My name is Teoh Yun Ling. I was born in 1923 in Penang, an island on the north-west coast of Malaya. Being Straits Chinese, my parents spoke mainly English, and they had asked a family friend who was a poet to choose a name for me. Teoh is my surname, my family name. as in … Continue reading

The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw – The 54th Malaysian Independence Day read

For 2 years this book gathered dusts on my expanding book shelf. When I first read it a year ago, I wasn’t at the right state of mind. To commemorate Malaysian Independence day this 31 August, I have decided to give it another go. Tash Aw’s Whitbread first novel award winner 2005 debut novel opens … Continue reading

Map of the Invisible World by Tash Aw and Indonesian Independence Day

The story opens with the 16-year-old Adam helplessly looking on as his adoptive father Karl is seized by soldiers at their remote island home in the eastern Indonesian archipelago. Karl, a Dutch Indonesian artist who pledged himself to be the citizen of the new country after its independence in 1949, has nurtured Adam, an orphan … Continue reading

Library Loot: April 28 to May 4

Library Loot is co-hosted weekly by Eva and Marg. I have been trying to restrain myself from borrowing too many books from the library. Due to chaotic past week that I had, I have to pay an overdue fine for 5 books today. 😦 This morning, I took back from the library:   So much for that, Lionel … 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)