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Man Asian Literary Prize 2010 – Long list

I read about Wolf Totem review on Jackie of Farm Lane Book blog tonight and it pique my interest. For two reasons, first this story is set in Mongolia. Second, it is the prize winner of Man Asian Literary Prize 2007. I knew Man Asian Literary exists, but I didn’t pay much attention to it. Now … 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

My Book Towers are demolished (in a good way)

The truth is this, when I moved to my current place in January 2009 I pretty much spent a year before, selling out my Textbooks and books that I don’t want to keep. By then I was quite chuffed that I have kept book hoarding to a minimum, and my books were half of that … 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Library withdrawn stocks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

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

Library Loot: April 7-13, 2010 (Part 2)

Yes, it’s me again. Doing another library looting on Friday morning. Hardly I have been this fortunate unless I reserved the books I wanted to read online. It seems short stories and slim books kept calling out to me when I browsed through the shelves and I just had to picked them up. At the top of … Continue reading

Joanne Harris interviewed

  photo credits  Today the UK Metro newspaper 60 seconds column did a feature about Joanne Harris and her latest novel The Blue-Eyed Boys.  What’s the book about? It’s a thriller written in the form of two first-person blogs. My protagonists are members of an online crime fiction writing community. It becomes clear they know each other … 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

What an Animal III 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 Requirement is to read at least 6 books that have any of the following requirements:
 a. there is an animal in the title of the book
 b. there is an animal … 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
Mockingjay
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)