Rant and Rave

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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

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

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

What a difference a weekend make!

Last Friday 18 January 2013, I woke up to a white sheet of snow and knew this was the once in a year opportunity to record scenes of heavy snowfall in South England. The past two years the snow had lasted for a week or two but this year the snow begins to melt and … Continue reading

2012 Year End Reading (and Purchase) Analysis!

It’s the time of the year again where I put up my fancy charts and reflect on my reading and book spending habit this year! Readers of this blog know that I am a stats geek when it comes to analysing my reading trend. This year there have been a few surprises which I will … Continue reading

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

It’s Christmas morning here in the UK and there is no snow but lots of rain! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone. Hope the new year is another great reading year for you!

Bad news from my beloved library…

Last weekend, I received a bad news from my librarian….. She told me that from 2 January 2013 onwards the library will be charging 60p to reserve a title. This news cut deeper than a knife. It hurts me more than someone telling me I won’t be eating Walkers crisps for a month, or the … Continue reading

London Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony

I can’t go through this celebrative Olympics summer just at my doorstep by not talking about it! Here’s what happens throughout the opening ceremony: True to the London Games’ motto of ‘Inspire a Generation’, organisers put unknown youngsters in the global limelight rather than established sporting greats in the closing act of a madcap four … Continue reading

The Legacy of Stephen Covey

From late 90’s to early 2000’s, I have read 6 books written by Stephen Covey. This is the first time I am counting and I can’t believe it was this many. Out of the 6, I own 5 of them. All 5 of them are packed away at my father’s home now. During my fascination … 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)