Reading Challenge

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Reading Challenge 2013 (Am I sure about this?)

I haven’t done very well for 2012 challenge, as I did not achieve the TBR challenge. See my results: 2012 Reading Challenge. I still hope to finish up the TBR list for the next year. The Japanese Literature 6 challenge is still on-going so there is another month for me to complete a few more books … Continue reading

The Challenges in 2011

Sorry I have inundated your google reader or feeder with loads of review and wrap-up posts. I’m doing some last minute catch-up here, so bear with me. 🙂 Throughout the year my progress in reading challenges are recorded in this page: 2011 reading challenges Looking back I did pretty well with some of the reading challenges … Continue reading

Challenges in the New Year 2012!

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you have a great time unwrapping your presents, dig into those Christmas pudding and have a great time with family and friends. The year of 2011 is almost ended and I have my eye on a few new reading challenges next year. So here is my sign-up post for all challenges … Continue reading

City Reading Challenge and a Giveaway!

Watching at my book shelf I spot an interesting trend. A few of my book titles have city names on it. Here’s what I got: Some books with city names that I would like to read: Do you know of any books with city name? Here’s what I propose to do. For three months leading … Continue reading

Japanese Literature Challenge 5

For the second year in a row I’m participating in the popular Japanese Literature Challenge. Running in its 5th year and hosted by lovely Dolce Bellezza, every year promises an eye-opening experience for me. It could be reading about works of a new Japanese author or reading from the authors whom I dearly love. These are … Continue reading

What an Animal Reading Challenge III Wrap Up Post

There was a sheep, a mice, a mamba, an a mockingbird and some flies in my reading list. I read 5 out of the required 6 of the Animal Reading Challenge. Socrates of Socrates’ Book Reviews is hosting the What An Animal III Reading Challenge.   The full rules are on the challenge web page. The Challenge … Continue reading

Japanese Literature Challenge 4 – Wrap up post

Japanese Literature Challenge 4 The Japanese Literature Challenge is in its 4th year, between June 1, 2010 and January 30, 2011 and hosted by lovely Dolce Bellezza. Hotel Iris, Yoko Ogawa Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami After Dark, Haruki Murakami Changeling by Kenzaburo Oe After the Banquet by Yukio Mishima The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with … Continue reading

Keeping in mind who wants to read what (and when)

I had so many discussions on next title for read-along with you and have garnered some support to read a book together with friends, that I thought I’ll compile a list to remind myself to check back here when looking for the next reading inspiration. Here goes: My friend J, Wilfrid and I will be re-reading … Continue reading

Unfinished Symphonies of Reading Challenges

I admit defeat. As long as I am a book blogger, I will be lured to take up reading challenges, no matter how hard I try to resist. That was then… This year I signed up for 10 challenges,  and have completed all of them except two. 1. Typically British Timeline: 1st Jan 2010~ 31st … Continue reading

Classic Reading Challenge : Wrap-up post

Classics Reading Challenge The Challenge began in April 1, 2010 and ends October 31, 2010.  Last year I read numerous classic works and find it to be an indispensable genre in my reading habit.  I committed to read the Classics Feast level of six books with Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society thrown in as bonus. Of Mice and … 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)