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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Book Review - A Week in Winterby Maeve Binchy

A Week in Winter

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

Book club read. After I finish the book, I do wish to visit Ireland and stay in the fictional Stone House for a vacation. However, this book reads more like short stories than a novel, as it talked about how the Stone House came about, and then it took turn to explain each guest's stories... I suppose this is like the equivalent of beach read in winter. It was an easy read, but just not really my kind of books.



Note - The book was borrowed from the library.



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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Book Review - Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern


Love, Rosie



Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

If you like chick lit, you'd prob like it.

If you don't usually, like me, then you probably will still feel the same about chick lit.



{{MAY CONTAIN SPOILER BELOW}}

Too long, too repetitive, and predictable. Maybe I'm getting old, but I believe in learn from your mistakes. Some characters in the book should prob do that. But then I guess there won't be a story anymore.

I think there's a move? Haven't watched it, and probably won't.



Note - The book was borrowed from the library.



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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Book Review - The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan

The Engagements

 The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan

Summary:
A Diamond is Forever. Is it?

Review:
There are 5 different stories going on in this novel, and it was easy to forget who-is-who. In the end, you can see how everyone is tied together. Learned some historical facts about where the De Beer's phrase "A Diamond is Forever" came from. An okay read - at least I wanted to find out what happened; but none of the characters really made me feel for them one way or another. This was a book club read, so not something I'd have chosen on my own.



Note - The book was borrowed from the library.



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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Funny - 19 Problems Only Book Nerds Understand


Okay, maybe not #19...

19 Problems Only Book Nerds Understand





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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Book Review - The Secret (The Secret #1) by Rhonda Byrne


The Secret (The Secret, #1)

The Secret (The Secret #1) by Rhonda Byrne

Summary:
Law of Attraction. Be positive, grateful.

Review:
Skeptical? Doesn't harm to try / believe.

Questions:
Has anyone tried and what was your experience? It was fun reading some real-life stories on their site here.


Note - The book was borrowed from the library.



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Friday, January 2, 2015

Looking back at 2014...


I read quite a bit in 2014 (see my list here) but it wasn't a good blogging year as I was too busy/lazy or just plain not motivated to blog.

I also found that my current guilty pleasure is reading books written in Chinese, as opposed to, YA which was my easy read before. I can't seem to get into YA much nowadays. Just over half of the books I read were in Chinese last year...

There were a few fun reads that got 4 stars, but then nothing really jumped out. If you ask me now what my favorite book was in 2014? Without looking at my own list, I couldn't tell you. If I really have to pick one, I guess The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion as I still remember the characters/plot a bit...

For 2015, I think I want to stick with books that inspire me, regardless of genre... would welcome any suggestions! Though I am such a mood reader so who knows where my mood would take me?

As for blogging... we'll see... maybe I just do 6-words review. Shouldn't be too hard right?! Or it may even be harder...

But I definitely want to keep reading, that's for sure.



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Book Read in 2015



Will be updated throughout the year.

What I'd read in the past years: 2014, 20132012201120102009 and 2008. (Reviews started in 2010)


Fiction:

  1. The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan 
  2. Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
  3. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
  4. First Frost (Waverley Family #2) by Sarah Addison Allen


Non-Fiction:

  1. The Secret (The Secret #1) by Rhonda Byrne
  2. The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
  3. Color Your Style by David Zyla
  4. Chicago Portraits by Chicago Tribune Staff (Author), Michael Zajakowski (Introduction), Rick Kogan (Foreword)
  5. The Magic (The Secret #3) by Rhonda Byrne
  6. The Late Starters Orchestra by Ari L. Goldman
  7. Mastering Atmosphere & Mood in Watercolor: The Critical Ingredients That Turn Paintings Into Art by Joseph Zbukvic
  8. Watercolor Painting With Passion! by Alvaro Castagnet
  9. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo, Cathy Hirano
  10. 好風好水‧陽宅開運(1) ISBN:9579263574│林鬱│陳怡魁大師/講述 胡不歸
  11. 好風好水‧陽宅開運(3) ISBN:9579263590│林鬱│陳怡魁│
  12. 真理的故事 The story of the truth  CH 294.35 SU1Z (Buddhism in graphic novel)
  13. 人間奇談 Strange remark on the world (Buddhism in graphic novel)
  14. 給愛一條活路 by 吳淡如
  15. 開啟前世密碼 by 游乾桂
  16. 抓住你要的幸福 by 吳若權
  17. Ling shu suaen ming fa CH 133.3 J56L
  18. 慈濟月刊:映象真情 by 陳玫君, 顏霖沼


Did Not Finish (Fiction):




Did Not Finish (Non-Fiction):





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