Reading Habits

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Book Bloggers Appreciation Week

OH No!! Not another post about BBAW again??!! (I hear you moan). It is now the week set aside once a year to appreciate bloggers. I can’t keep up with BBAW task on daily basis but I wanted to tell you that your visits and comments, and your contribution to the book blogging community have become an … Continue reading


Daphne Du Maurier Collection

Today I got off work early and went browsing into charity shops near my workplace. I walked into Thames Hospice charity shop and found this lot sitting on the top shelf. The first thought that came to mind is that I love Rebecca and would like to read other Du Maurier titles, but not sure … Continue reading

Library withdrawn stocks

It’s because of my good friend J, that I kept seeing this book popping up in my radar. First I loaned it from the library last April and I love it and read it with glee. Here’s my review. Then I saw it once again in the charity shop that I go to every week, … Continue reading

Library Loot 25 – 31 August 2010

I’m having my chill-out 1-week annual leave at home. On one of those leisure stroll into the Central Library last Tuesday, I took my time to look out for a good loot. My personal tips on increasing your chances on stumbling across great find: You have to be there on a weekday, you should take a … Continue reading

July 2010 : It’s a wrap!

It is somehow hectic in the summer. More errands to run, more housekeeping to do, more outdoor activities and consequently wallets are emptied more quickly for stuff that I had to pay and shopping that I had to do… but I am chuffed this month! Despite a very hectic month at work last July, I have … Continue reading

June 2010: it’s wrap

June is a good reading month. 9 books, 2,365 pages. Most geographical diverse reading month of all, spanning 4 continents. 2 non-fiction books, 2 more books on re-telling of myth. It is also a month I read authors with a rare last name which begins with a Q and a X. My favourite book of the … Continue reading

Japanese Literature Challenge 4 and Library Loot 16-22 June

Lovely Bellezza is hosting Japanese Literature Reading Challenge 4. I have been waiting for this about 7 months. Now that it is here, I spent a long time pondering on what I should read.  Button is beautiful. One book to qualify for the challenge. Can’t resist.  I plan to take this opportunity to read some of … Continue reading

It’s a wrap : May 2010

It’s a week late, but here’s my May wrap-up post. May has been a good month, the sentiment is widespread as blogger from blogosphere seems to report positive achievement for May. I have read 2 non-fictions (Zeitoun and Understanding Judaism), 7 fiction books and 2 short stories. My favourite read is Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee, a possible favourite … Continue reading

Blog Stats of the blogging community

Analysing stats is my day job at work. So any form of stats interest me, especially one which is about the blog community. For those who participated in the survey, you probably knew about this already. But for those who don’t, the findings are worth mentioning. Results Part 1 I always suspect that there are … Continue reading

Friday Finds (Apr 30)

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB. I have some big finds today and would like to share with everyone. Out from the library and walk  two shops down to a charity shop, I saw several Salman Rushdie’s books on shelf. If there is a moment to collect Rushdie collection, now is the time, The Ground Beneath Her … 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)