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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
  5. The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward
  6. Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde
  7. The Bridges of Madison County by  Robert James Waller
  8. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  9. Solitude Creek (Kathryn Dance, #4) by Jeffery Deaver
  10. Daniel isn't Talking by Marti Leimbach
  11. God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo
  12. Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
  13. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  14. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  15. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  16. Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova
  17. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
  18. Aftermath Lounge by Margaret McMullan
  19. Tilt by Elizabeth Burns
  20. Two Across by Jeff Bartsch


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. The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  11. My Brief History by Stephen Hawking
  12. The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida
  13. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  14. 好風好水‧陽宅開運(1) ISBN:9579263574│林鬱│陳怡魁大師/講述 胡不歸
  15. 好風好水‧陽宅開運(3) ISBN:9579263590│林鬱│陳怡魁│
  16. 真理的故事 The story of the truth  CH 294.35 SU1Z (Buddhism in graphic novel)
  17. 人間奇談 Strange remark on the world (Buddhism in graphic novel)
  18. 給愛一條活路 by 吳淡如
  19. 開啟前世密碼 by 游乾桂
  20. 抓住你要的幸福 by 吳若權
  21. Ling shu suaen ming fa CH 133.3 J56L
  22. 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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