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“It’s not what you read, but what you learn, that matters.”

This place is a collection of reviews and summaries of the books I’ve read and want to remember. Books which, while not necessarily life-transforming, are more than good entertainment. However, please get the original and read for yourself. You may get something totally different. As these are not necessarily book reviews, don’t fret if I disclose details of the books, although I will try to give spoiler warnings.

I love reading since I was a small child. My mother always brags that I was such a easy girl to care for, just give me some books and I would sit quietly for hours. I would even read dictionary (at least until I was old enough to go to library on my own, as our family was not a book-loving one and reading materials were scarce.) It’s hard to say what type of books I like. I won’t call myself a sci-fi fan but Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow are on my top ten list. I seldom touch romances, though once in a while one will touch my heart. However, in general I prefer non fic, and enjoy books about Buddhism, food, science, travelogues and Asian culture. BookCrossing has really strengthened my love for reading (and expanded my Mt TBR to Mt Range TBR); it is a great community of bookworms, and I love the idea of passing the books on.  Its related site, BookObsessed, is where BookCrossers do fun things with their books besides reading them.  Swap them, relay them… It’s seriously addictive!

My All Time Favorite
The Alchemist — Paulo Coelho
Ender’s Game — Orson Scott Card
Ender’s Shadow — Orson Scott Card
Please Save My Earth — Saki Hiwata
The Neverending Story — Michael Ende
The Condor Couples — Jin Yong
His Dark Materials Trilogy — Philip Pullman
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

My Favorite Authors
Orson Scott Card
Jasper Fforde
Neil Gaiman
Joanna Harris
Barbara Kingsolver
Amelie Nothomb
Mary Roach
Lisa See

Book Author Comments!!
I must say, that totally makes my day!
Creating A Charmed Life
Up at the Villa: this one is especially dear to me as it is for one of the books I read in the Read-a-thon. It makes me feel that while I was read in the darkest of the night, by the lone light in the house, the author was there with me and reading is never lonely.
Barry Trotter And The Shameless Parody (the comment was on Twitter but I posted it in the comment section.)
31 Months in Japan


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Published on February 3, 2007 at 12:56 am  Comments (16)  

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  1. Nice blog!

  2. Hey, We have very similar taste in books, and I’ve been a bookcrosser for years, but have never come across this book obsessed site. Thanks for the hint. 🙂

  3. I agree, the Alchemist is a wonderful book.

    It’s SKingList from BookObsessed, etc.

  4. Hi all!

    Very interesting information! Thanks!


  5. ooh, another book blog … please come add your name at the, a directory of book blogs. hope to see you there!

  6. Wishing you the very best on this Thanksgiving day! 🙂

    J. Kaye

  7. 🙂

  8. Hey, I like your blog. Hv wanted to create one but don’t know how, and also don’t know what to write. I’m a fellow bookcrosser. Happy reading and sharing =)

  9. I nominated you for something on my blog.

  10. Interesting. I’ve just finished The Alchemist, but found it a bit lightweight and repetitive. For a journey, partly set in Spain, I much prefer Laurie Lee’s As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, and, even though it’s not intended to be, I found it a much more inspirational book than The Alchemist.

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  15. Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow are two of my favorites too!

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