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Sunday, March 25, 2012

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Still here.

Still reading very slow - especially since I have 4 non-fiction to read this month (1 late blog tour, 2 blog tours in April, and 1 for April book club) and it's taking me much, much longer to read, due to lack of energy, and also spending time reading on baby stuff instead (much to learn!!)

Sorry if I haven't visited your blog for a while :( It's tiring for me to read online so I can only read so much everyday... especially since at work I am in front of the computer most of the time.

The exciting news is that we found out that the baby is healthy so far, and that it's a boy :)

For some reasons I thought it'd be a girl. I did a bunch of those gender prediction tests, but the results were half-and-half... but now we know for certain!

Now onto thinking of baby names... it took us forever to come up with our cat names... so we need to start early!










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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Book Review - Retribution by Jilliane Hoffman




Retribution by Jilliane Hoffman

This book was recommended during Tea Time with Marce's Thrill Week. The author was an Assistant State Attorney, so it was good to read more legal details than the typical thriller though from memory, though its main focus was NOT on court scenes (which I do enjoy).

I read this over 3 months ago, and so a lot of the details have been forgotten. I remember I enjoyed reading it and learned something new, such as status of limitation on rape cases, and how it might be different in each state - since I didn't grow up here in the US, it still baffled me sometime how each state is so different when it comes to laws. I mean, for even something more general like car seat laws for children, it differs in each state in terms of height / weight / type of car seat needed. What if you go on a road trip? Do you need to get a new car seat in each state?!

Anyway I digress.

So the story didn't have much staying power, and none of the characters made a lasting impression, but it was a fun read (if you could call thrillers "fun") while it lasted. It was a little long though at 420 pages and could possibly be edited to a shorter length.

3.5 / 5 .

Note - The book was borrowed from the library.



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Book Review - Buy-In: Saving Your Good Idea from Getting Shot Down by John P. Kotter


Buy-In: Saving Your Good Idea from Getting Shot Down by John P. Kotter

Read this for my work book club. The first half of the book was one of those business story / fable. It was a little awkward but you know going in that this is NOT a fiction book, and the story was just for illustration purpose. I mean, you have character's name such as Heidi Agenda ("Hidden Agenda") and Pompus Meani.

The 2nd half of the book listed the different strategies to counter the attacks if someone tries to shot down your ideas. It listed 24 different type of attacks, and their responses. This is rather useful, but I'd imagine this works better as a reference book, as there is no way I'd remember everything listed.

This was a quick read. I'd recommend it to those who needs help dealing with nay-sayers in a diplomatic way.

3.5 / 5 .
Good reference book.



Note - The book was borrowed from the library.



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