Reading Habits

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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


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

2010 in review (A WordPress Summary)

Today I received a summary of my blogging activities for 2010 in my email inbox. I do stats for a living, and in this case WordPress and I get on very well together. It was a pleasant surprise to receive an annual wrap-up from WordPress. 🙂 So, I’ll share the content of the summary, and … Continue reading

Reading (and Purchase) Analysis 2010

Writing this entry is the most difficult thing I have to do this year, one that almost met its early death when my database containing my review ratings and pivot tables all done up on Microsoft Excel 2007 crashed two days ago when I am about to begin my year end reading analysis. 😦 It … 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

The Challenge of Second Read

Teresa is signing up for the 2nds Challenge, hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages…. The goal of the challenge is to go back for seconds of an author you’ve only read once or a series in which you’ve only read once. Inspired by Teresa’s list of authors that she hopes to give a … Continue reading

What People of Central Europe Read

Although our tight holiday schedule couldn’t fit a time where we could do a proper tour of bookstores in the countries we have visited last holiday, whenever I had the chance, I managed to snap some travel pictures that are related to bookish stuff. The following two are the ones I took from Budapest, Hungary … 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

Do you really own the ebook you just bought?

Everywhere I turn, I read about e-readers. I saw more and more commuter read books on e-reader. Last Summer, I have read many rant and rave reviews on e-reader as more bloggers jumped on the bandwagon, took the plunge and bought the e-reader. Bernadette of Reactions to Reading came up with a wonderful post on … Continue reading

It’s a wrap: September 2010

The breeze is cool, with occasional rain. I am expecting the leaves to brown by now, but they haven’t. On most days I get between 18 to 23 degree celcius temperature, the sun still shines and it is glorious!! Book Read This is what I have read this month: After the Banquet by Yukio Mishima … 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)