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August ratings

New Year’s Resolutions update (Rating is out of 5 of these [])

  • Health – [][][
  • Blogging –[][][][][
  • Exercise – zero
  • Travel – [
  • Teaching/Training/Volunteering – []
  • Shopping – [][][][][
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Posted by on August 31, 2012 in New Year's Resolutions



The Book Backlog (update 3)

Status: 14 books read and 1 book left to read before new purchase.

The Backlog list

Kindle edition

  1. Hard Boiled Wonderland And The End of The World, by Haruki Murakami
  2. 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami
  3. Snowdrops, by A.D. Miller
  4. The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes
  5. Ender’s Game: Ender Series: Book One , by Orson Scott Card
  6. Black Lung Captain, by Chris Wooding
  7. The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  8. Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories, by
  9. Room, by Emma Donoghue
  10. A Game of Thrones, by George R.R Martin
  11. Clash of Kings, by George R.R Martin


  1. Operation Mincemeat, by Ben Macintyre
  2. Bank 2.0: How Customer Behaviour and Technology Will Change The Future of Financial Services, by Brett King
  3. Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance, By Nouriel Roubini
  4. Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire, by Judith Herrin
  5. The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rules, by Richard Mcgregor
  6. River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, by Peter Hessler
  7. Shadow of the Silk Road, by Colin Thurbon
  8. The Making of Modern Britain, by Andrew Marr
  9. With The Old Breed, by Eugene B.Sledge
  10. Havana Nocturne, by T.J. English
  11. The Essential Bertrand Russel Collection, by Bertrand Russel
  12. History of Western Philosophy, by Bertrand Russel
  13. Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism, by Ian Bogost
  14. Homicide: A Year On The Killing Streets, by David Simon

Paperback/Hardback edition

  1. Born To Run, by Christopher McDougall
  2. Once A Runner, by John L.Parker JR.
  3. The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence, by Martin Meredith
  4. After The Prophet, by Lesley Hazleton
  5. Puskas On Puskas, by Ferenc Puskas
  6. What The Dog Saw, by Malcolm Gladwell
  7. Hitler’s Willing Executionaries, by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
  8. We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families, by Philip Gourevitch
  9. The World Cup’s Strangest Moments, by Peter Sheddon
  10. Fermat’s Last Theorem, by Simon Singh
  11. Hitler’s Empire, by Mark Mazower
  12. What i talk about when i talk about running, by Haruki Murakami
  13. The Myth of Sisyphus, by Albert Camus
  14. A long way gone: Memoirs of a child soldier, by Ishmael Beah
  15. Money (Art of Living), by Eric Lonergan
  16. The Gate, by Francois Bizot
  17. Pompei: The Life of a Roman Town, by Mary Beard
  18. Fast Food Nation: What the All-American Meal is doing to the World, by Eric Schlosser
  19. Massoud: An Intimate Portrait of the Legendary Afghan Leader, by Marcela Grad


  1. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradburn
  2. Baudolino, by Umberto Eco
  3. Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie
  4. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
  5. A Quiet Belief in Angels, by R.J. Ellory
  6. Say You’Re One of Them, by Uwem Akpan
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  8. The Fall, by Albert Camus
  9. Small Island, by Andrea Levy
  10. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
  11. Battle Royale, by Koushun Takami
  12. Everything Illuminated, by Safran Foer
  13. The Bookseller of Kabul, by Asne Seierstad
  14. Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Theorem, by Apostolos Doxiadis
  15. Mister Pip, by Lloyd James
  16. The Complete Stories Vol. I, by Isaac Asimov
  17. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
  18. The Black Dahlia, by James Ellroy
  19. American Tabloid, by James Ellroy
  20. The Venus Fix, by M.J.Rose
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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Books


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Take a book, leave a book

“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation. Lend and borrow to the maximum.”

Henry Miller

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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Books



What is a friend?

“To put it bluntly, a friend is someone who cares about you. Not just the fact that you exist, but the fact they contribute to your existence and the quality of your existence.”

Curtis Silver (click me)

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Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Antidote, Quotes



Comments section

“Learning to live with limitations is both a challenge and a way of defining oneself. We’re all fish in an aquarium in one way or another, both confined by walls we can’t see, and being able to see further than we can swim.”

James Harris

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Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Lifestyle



Dubious Quality

“If I hadn’t addressed this promptly, if I had just ignored it for a few months (or longer), then the treatment options would have been much more limited and the situation could have been very, very dangerous. Please do not put yourself into that position.

This applies to a bunch of other shit that you need to take care of as well, like annual physicals or heart tests or colonoscopies. Some it might make you feel uncomfortable, but so what? The more you do it, the less uncomfortable you’ll feel.

People love you and depend on you. Don’t be stupid.”

Bill Harris

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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in Quotes



How i found out about the last 5 books i read

I found this “exercise” on another blog/site (the name of which escapes me). It’s very interesting to do this as it made me more conscious of how i add books to my Amazon wishlist.

  • A Game of Thrones, by George R.R Martin – After watching the Game of Throne TV Series.
  • Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card – Recommended to me by Loud O (a friend).
  • What The Dog Saw, by Malcolm Gladwell – from the Out of the Game Podcast.
  • Black Lung Captain, by Chris Wooding – It was from a review on a blog i used to have the rss feed. I am no longer a subscriber nor do i remember the name of the blog.
  • With The Old Breed, by Eugene. B. Sledge – I put some WWII books on my wishlist right after watching the HBO mini series “Pacific”. Sledge (aka Sledgehammer) is one of the main soldiers on whom the series is based on.

It’s not surprising to me that the sources of the books i read are so varied and rarely based on best of lists. I already knew that much. Books pique my interest after hearing someone (an individual) who has read it and then he or she continues to talk or write about it. The other way is when a subject interests me after watching a movie or a tv series and want to explore it further.

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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in Books