Reading Challenge

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Non-fiction Five Challenge 2010

Non-fiction Five Challenge 2010 The Non-fiction Five Challenge ends this September. 6 months ago, I have several Non-fiction books to read, so I have signed up for this challenge, hoping that it gives my non-fiction read a big boost. The Non-fiction Five Challenge is hosted by Trish. The Rules of the Challenge: 1. Read 5 non-fiction books … Continue reading

2010 A to Z Challenge

I think I was a bit optimistic when I signed up for this challenge. The first few alphabets were easy, D, F, M, K, S and even O. Then mid-way through the challenge, I kept reading books written by authors with similar alphabet last names and have trouble finding last names with T, U, and B. Ironically I have no … Continue reading

Hello Japan! Summer Double Mini Challenge

Hello Japan! August & September mini-challenge: Summer Double August & September’s Topic The challenges is hosted by Tanabata of In Spring it is the Dawn, and the task is to compare two (or more if you so choose) works or other elements of Japanese literature, culture, or entertainment. I have decided to compare the two Yukio Mishima … Continue reading

Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa

17-year-old Mari is something of a Cinderella figure. Her dad dies a violent death when she is only eight years old and left her in the sole custody of her money-grubbing mother who works poor Mari like a slave in the upkeep of their shabby hotel. The Hotel Iris is a rundown hotel with only … Continue reading

China Challenge : Wrap-up post

China Challenge I took the Fast Train to Shanghai: The challenge is opened from 1 Sept 2009 – 1 Sept 2010, read 5 books about China 1 should be a translated work of fiction by a Chinese author (or not translated if you have the language skills.) Exceptions made for Chinese authors that also write in … Continue reading

Bibliofreak Giveaways

Bibliofreak J.T. Oldfield is giving away 22 or 23 books to clear his bookshelf. I just wanted to say Happy Blogoversary and it’s so generous of him. My favourite post of Bibliofreak is this review Wake up: A life of Buddha by Jack Kerouac. It opened my eyes to the fact that Jack Kerouac practices buddhism. I … Continue reading

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

In homer’s account in the Odyssey, Penelope – daughter of King Icarius of Sparta, wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages. Left alone for 20 years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan war … Continue reading

Library Loot: April 7-13, 2010

Having just experienced a dearth of library opening hours during Easter holidays, I was back on the library after work to pick up my library book reservation at the first chance that I’ve got! I picked up 3 of my library book reservation and got another 2 into my bag, piling them on top of the 12 … Continue reading

Thoughtful Thursday : how do you broaden your reading?

Thoughtful Thursday is an opportunity to discuss things book and blog related. It might be an issue that has been mentioned in the media, or something about people’s reading or blogging habits.  Inspired by Becky Page Turner’s  recent post, I’d like to write my thoughts about:  How do you broaden your reading? I like to … Continue reading

Typically British Reading Challenge 2010

It seems obvious that I should be joining this Reading Challenge! The rules are: Timeline: 1st Jan 2010~ 31st Dec 2010. Only books started on January 1st count towards this challenge. Details: 1. Anyone can join. You don’t need a blog to participate.  2. There are four levels:  • “Put The Kettle On” – Read … 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)