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When Body and Soul Collides

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading ‘soul’ who has been given Melanie’s body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming … Continue reading

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World by Haruki Murakami

Ratings : 5/5 When I picked this book up, I don’t quite know what to expect. I happened to know that his books are hot in the recent bestseller list. Murakami seems to have a horde of cult-like followers. His books are written in the 80’s, and not until recent years they are translated for … Continue reading

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Ratings : 3/5 Walking around Reading Central Library last Saturday and I found this book sitting in the best seller shelf!! 😮 One week short loan, no extension, not reservable. I thought the borrowing policy is great. I cancelled my loan collection in Manchester Library and Queue 15 at Reading Central Library, thinking on worse case … Continue reading

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

It is always nice to hold a new book in my hand. Even if it is from the public library. It is with privilege that I read all the Twilight series in new books purchase by the library. So we are finally at the final installment of the Twilight Saga. The last book is 754 pages … Continue reading

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

So things are back to normal. Edward is back with Bella and Bella walking the tight rope between being in love with Edward and seeing her best friend, Jacob. This book reveals more of the histories behind why some of Bella’s vampire friends became vampire. Rosalie and Emmett, Alice and Jasper and how they found their partners; … Continue reading

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Thanks to the Manchester Library, I received 3 out of my 4 reservations for the Twilight Saga on New year’s eve. I made the reservation on the 24 October 2008. 2 months wait. Thought I wouldn’t get it in another 2 months. The library was quick to observed the surge of reservation of the Twilight … 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)