About shm

I host a book club, and moonlight as a public relations strategic counsel. I like books by journalists.

Misplaced My Book!

This really did happen… I was reading Madame Mao: The White-Boned Demon… for a couple of days… at home… and all of a sudden, I simply couldn’t find it. It’s as though someone is trying to stop me from reading anti-PRC books…

If you know me personally you’d know why I’d suggested that…

16 Personalities

OK, so this came in my newsletter based on my Defender personality. I’m gonna take a break from book-blogging and get to know myself better:

[From 16 Personalities] Our research shows that Defenders are the most likely personality type to…

  • …enjoy turn-based games;
    • Yes, I love board games…
  • …prefer wine to beer;
    • I’m allergic to alcohol but yes if I had to drink I’d choose wine over beer.
  • …refuse to sacrifice privacy for fame;
    • Without a doubt.
  • …dislike gambling;
    • Without a doubt.
  • …hide their anger;
    • Without a doubt.
  • …avoid challenging other people’s beliefs for trivial reasons;
    • Without a doubt.
  • …live in the same house for more than a decade;
    • Well…
  • …be religious;
    • If Agnosticism is a religion, then yes, I’m religious. I was raised a protestant. But no I’m not religious…
  • …feel stimulated when they are out in nature;
    • Without a doubt.
  • …make to-do lists for themselves;
    • Always. But…
  • …prefer texting to calling;
    • Without a doubt.
  • …find it difficult to lie;
    • Without a doubt.
  • …get annoyed by pranks;
    • Without a doubt.
  • …refuse to compromise their principles to get ahead on the career ladder;
    • Without a doubt.
  • …have little interest in going into politics.
    • Without a doubt.

OK. So back to books, back to reading. No more slacking…

Reading Slump

Terrible, terrible, terrible reading slump. I have been reading, I did finish a couple of books over the past few weeks, but things have been really unstable as of late and hence, affected my reading goals.

I am 62% through J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy. It’s a really good read, and it could be easily finished in a setting. Yes, that kind of book.

I just started Madame Mao: The White-Boned Demon by Ross Terrill. No shit but I misplaced the book around the house somewhere. So I’m probably gonna be stuck at page 12 for a very long time.

Also, just bought No Turning Back by Rania Abouzeid. This is a read I’d want to be 100% with. So I doubt I’ll be able to start anytime soon.

I think that’s pretty much it. I can’t remember whether I wrote about finishing The Slaughter by Ethan Gutmann but yeah I did and I really don’t want to talk about it.

Reads from July

FFS! July is about to hang itself out to dry and I haven’t even written a single post! Of course this shouldn’t count.

So… I’ve been reading. I was slacking, especially the month of May. My average of four books per month – well, I broke the spell. I broke it. Not proud of it, but life happened, and I broke it.

I’ve read 22 books this year, which means I’m six books short.

SIX! Since I can’t quite explain the reason behind the slack, so be it.

Walk Through Walls by Marina Abramovich has officially made my top three list. It’s such a DAMN GOOD BOOK. Damn amazing life, damn amazing everything. I wish I had known about her sooner.

So I finished Brave by Rose McGowan in 3 days. Quite a feat for me because I can only read during certain hours in a day.

A Dark Night in Aurora by William H. Reid was a good read, I managed to resonate with something though I’d rather not talk about it in real life.

Ordeal by Linda Lovelace. Doesn’t matter whether I believe her or not. What matters is that she managed to get it out in a book. Again, I know what’s it like to be attached to a bloody abusive pig.

Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich. I don’t need to explain why it should be a compulsory read for people in general. Lies, cover-ups, more lies.


So the above’s what it is.

What am I currently reading? Gosh, plenty. Bookishly speaking, I am shameless. So here goes.

I’m still reading Megan K. Stack’s Every Man in this Village is a Liar. I’m also still reading How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gill. Also, still trying to finish The Body Book by Cameron Diaz (which isn’t an easy read because it’s a rich-people-only kinda book. And there are two more books. One’s Facing the Wave by Gretel Ehrlich and I can’t remember the other.

I have few other reads waiting in my Kindle. Okay. Hundreds. I keep buying. I just don’t have enough time in a day to bloody read.

August is around the corner. Still, SIX books short. Who cares but I!