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2012 in review

I have been thinking if I should publish my wordpress 2012 annual report or not. After much contemplation, I will… if only just for an excuse for me to say a big “Thank You” for everyone out there who drop by here often, not too often, lurk, one-off visit or stumbled upon my blog. Whoever … Continue reading


It’s a wrap : July 2012

A little late for July wrap-up. In fact I seems to be late in everything these days. I haven’t been reading much this July and perhaps I have been somewhat distracted. These are the five books I read in July: Toby’s Room by Pat Barker  Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe  Freedom : the Story … Continue reading

It’s a wrap! June 2012

The colourful array of book covers above are books read for May and June 2012. May Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan  Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins  Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer Liquidation by Imre Kertesz  The Color Purple by Alice Walker  Please Look After Mother by … Continue reading

It’s a wrap! April 2012

So you think you know about Britain? by Danny Dorling Enduring Love by Ian Mcewan Meeting Mr Kim by Jennifer Barclay Desert by JMG Le Clezio The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick This month and … Continue reading

March 2012 : Wrap-up!

It took me rather long to write this wrap-up post due to catching a bug that made my head spun and close to black-out when I read or stay too long on the computer. Nevertheless, it’s been a good March with 9 books in the bag and DNF American Gods. Buddha in the Attic by Julie … Continue reading

February 2012 : Wrap-up

It seems I can’t catch-up with my own reviews and wrap-up. Yet I feel I need to do so. It’s been a month of ad-hoc projects and uncertain weather. My boys and I took turn to fall ill in the cold snap. While we expect the weather to move towards warmer temperature one Sunday, I … Continue reading

January 2012: Wrap-up

This post came a little late but 2012 began with a good start with some great books that have thrilled, perplexed and made me close to tears. Choosing the book that made me close to tears as my favourite and hence rated it 5 stars. This is also a month that I have trouble counting … Continue reading

Year End Reading (and Purchase) Analysis 2011!

It’s the time of the year again where I put up my fancy charts and report on what I read for the year! I am quite a geek so I love doing up fancy charts. Humour me if you could just read some of my book stats, otherwise go to my next section and read … Continue reading

The Challenges in 2011

Sorry I have inundated your google reader or feeder with loads of review and wrap-up posts. I’m doing some last minute catch-up here, so bear with me. 🙂 Throughout the year my progress in reading challenges are recorded in this page: 2011 reading challenges Looking back I did pretty well with some of the reading challenges … Continue reading

September: A month I can’t quite remember

What did I read September? I can’t quite remember. The month has been hectic for me as four projects run live and I’m running about like a headless chicken. By the end of the day I was too tired to read on the train and by early morning I haven’t woke up entirely when I’m … 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)