Rant and Rave

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What I talk about when I talk about commenting on blogs

Leading up to my anniversary at the end of November, this is my second post about “What I talk about when I talk about…” … Commenting on blogs! As I am in wordpress so I am biased and if I comment on other blogs while I stay log on, my profile is all there ready … Continue reading

What I talk about when I talk about blogging

It’s been close to 3 years since I started my blog and every year I grow as a reader and a blogger. Leading to my blog anniversary I’ll be posting a series of thoughts about blogging. Even when I have my personal blog for rant and sort, my book review blog is still my main … Continue reading

A decade on…… I am still affected

What do all these books had in common? These are books which drew 9/11 as the main theme and became instant national bestsellers. There may be many more that I have failed to mention, and there are books which include mere casual mention of 9/11 in the characters’ conversation. I remember reading many books like … Continue reading

Literary Tour of Edinburgh

Last April my family and I spent 4 days in Scotland. Half of the time split between Glasgow and Edinburgh. It was still very cold at 9 degree Celcius then. The city was shrouded in sea mist and it rained most of the time. Upon reading up, I discovered many famous publishing writers originated from … Continue reading

The Weekend Before Orange Prize Winner 2011 Announcement

The Orange Prize Winner 2011 will be announced this Wednesday on the 8th June 2011. For past years, I have not been ardent in pursuing and reading all the shortlists. I chose instead to read the prize winner after the announcement is made. This year, however, I have a change of tune. I started reading the … Continue reading

Just another review on “Room” by Emma Donoghue

Ever since last Summer this book has generated such a buzz that everywhere I turned in the blogosphere the word ROOM in red capital letter staring at my face. I am the last person in the universe that has yet to read the book, that is until now…. Is there any wonder why I have … Continue reading

When book lovers gather…

Last weekend, Jackie @ Farmlane book blog, Bookie Mee and I prowled through the streets of Bracknell in search of books. Jackie had kindly offered some of her books to us and I picked up the bottom 3 shown here on my stack, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Fordlandia by Greg Grandin on the rise and fall of … Continue reading

Great Gatsby Wikipedia entry note 1

Thank you all for the thoughts and tips about checking out hit rates. I shut off the search engine yesterday and yet I still get referrals from search engine terms. I wonder why because when I do the same for my other blogs, they just return zero view rate unless someone type in my blog … Continue reading

Do you care about your Hit Rate?

Ahh… those hit rate. When I see someone with 6-digit hit-rate on their book blogs I can’t help but exclaimed a “wow” under my breath and wonder what magical potion that the blog owner had used in the past years to achieve such wonderful stats. I started off this blog because I needed an avenue … Continue reading

The only constant is change

On my last day at work on the 28 January 2010, there were many tearful farewells and many gifts I received. The bookish gifts I’ve got was a The Daphne Du Maurier Companion by Steph, which I’m ever so pleased with; which also means when I finished up my entire collection of Daphne Du Maurier … 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)