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It’s a Wrap! August 2011

Despite my best intention to read more books than July, I got stuck somewhere in “Of Bees and Mist” and the 720-long “The Leopard”. Otherwise, looking at the lacklustre rating of this month’s read, it may mean my reading choice this month may be a bit of a drag. Legend of Suicide by David Vann  … Continue reading

It’s a Wrap! July 2011

Hiya! July has been crazy at work. One of my projects is on live run now and work swamped in by tidal waves. I didn’t compromise on reading and the month was off on a good start as I finished 6 books quite early in the month but slow downed by Snow. Even it says it … Continue reading

Spring is almost over.. (It’s a wrap! for May 2011 by the way)

It’s been a busy month as usual but a more pleasurable reading month for me, well, only towards the second half of the month that is. The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson  The Vagrants by YiYun Li  The Making of a Royal Romance by Katie Nicholl  When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda … Continue reading

It’s a wrap! : April 2011

What does Easter Eggs and Will and Kate have in common? They both are the cause of celebration for the month of April! I think 6 books read are considered good for a month full of celebration mood. For the Easter break, my family and I made a short break to Glasgow and Edinburgh and … Continue reading

It’s a wrap! March 2011

  I can’t let the month go by without wrapping up. First quarter of the calendar year is up, but for many companies in the UK, it is the financial year end. So there was a mad rush to perform, return better results for the year, wrap-up projects in supersonic speed. I belong to the … Continue reading

It’s a Wrap: February 2011

Sorry for chocker blocking up your google readers feed with so many of my blog posts! It is the end of the month. February is a short month, still I scored miserably with 3 books read and 2 more on tow with 3 quarters into Eat, Pray and Love, and I saw Ramallah by Palestinian … Continue reading

October: Wrap-up post

 This month is an embarrassing month for me. So embarrassing that I probably shouldn’t have blog about it in the first place. 😦 I only finished 3 books and I love all of them: Yalo by Elias Khoury  The History of Love, Nicole Krauss  The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Yukio Mishima I thought I … 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

August 2010: it’s a wrap!

August is not a productive reading month for me. Not sure what is the main reason, perhaps Changeling held up some of my time, and The Map of Love is also a big of a drag. My favourites of the month is between After Dark and Our Tragic Universe, can’t decide which one I like best, but … 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


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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)