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Goal in focus Try something out of my comfort zone 10 people are doing this
6 entries 24 cheers
18/02/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-12-31 01:02:22

    Tried a new route to run and walk in the morning. Normally I didn't walk; I only ran but with the pain in my soles, I decided to have a short run and long walk afterward.

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    joyjoei Doing 6 cheers 2017-08-23 04:10:05

    Learned to sew dress with sleeves. I'd avoided doing it as I preferred wearing sleeveless tops/ dresses but I wanted to sew dresses for my sister so she could wear them to work. Here is my first dress with sleeves.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 5 cheers 2017-04-01 11:47:58

    Pushing myself to run for an hour this morning was quite a mental challenge to me. I love running but after I took the easy way out by running only 30-40 minutes each time I ran, managing to stretch it to an hour is out of my comfort zone..

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    joyjoei Doing 8 cheers 2017-03-12 02:51:33

    Went farther into another village this morning when going for a bike ride. I wanted to know what was more of this village so I kept on biking until I saw something new, something unusual. To see its people, houses and different rhythm of life. Then, I biked back to my village.
    As I left home early this morning, the air was still clean, fresh and misty. I could feel it when I biked into the thickness of the mist. The road was deserted and there were just a few bikers along the way. I love the stillness and the quietness of it. Both sides of the road were lines of rubber trees standing tall and still in the misty morning and soft sunlight..
    I love grabbing my bike and just ride away from home into the unknown and make it my new known..

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-02-26 06:11:18

    Tried another new route while biking on Saturday morning. There are plenty of new routes around my village which connect to others. So, I've made a mental note that each time I go for a long bike ride, I will try different routes..

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5 entries 8 cheers
27/12/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2018-03-12 12:17:24

    6-12

    6/70: Lime tree can't bear orange by Amanda Smyth

    7/70: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

    8/70: Camellia by Lesley Pearse

    9/70: Load John and the private matter by Diana Gabaldon

    10/70: The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson

    11/70: อะไรไม่จำเป็นก็ทิ้งไป by Fumio Sasaki

    12/70: บ้านบ้าน ฉบับที่ 4

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2018-01-13 07:46:05

    4 & 5/70

    4/70 : A man called Ove by Fredrik Backman
    I love Ove. He was not a mean-spirited old man; he was just a man with principles. He was an old soul whom hardly found in today's world and the new souls wouldn't understand him. He had a big heart and the ways to show that he cared were different from others. He seemed like a grumpy, old man but once you got to know him, you couldn't stop falling in love with him.

    The book was translated from Swedish; it was easy to read. And Fredrik Backman is my newest favorite author.

    5/70 : The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
    It was my first time reading Oscar Wilde. I decided to read it after watching the movie adaptation but found out after finishing the book that the movie and the book were vastly different. I watched the movie first because it would make the reading easier.

    The book made me scoff, smile and laugh at its insights. The dialogues are witty and humorous. I kept telling myself 'this guy is so smart and up-to-date.' I love that he often talked about art and the power of it. And there are so many quotable quotes that still can be used in today's world.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2018-01-08 05:50:12

    3/70: Return to the little coffee shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez

    This one is a bit of cheating; I started it in December last year, together with other books and still continue reading them in January.

    This one is the sequel to "The little coffee shop of Kabul" which I had read a few times because it was fun and captivating but the second book was not as impressive as the first one. Nothing much happened and I started to get bored after going half way of the book but I am glad that I skimmed and scanned until the end. I can't leave it unfinished.

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    joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2018-01-08 04:29:52

    2/70 : Happy Life ชีวิตนี้มีความสุข

    Started it this morning and finished it this morning. It's a Thai book, an easy read. It contains general ways of how to be happy.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2018-01-06 06:48:31

    1/70: The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

    It's my re-read book. I was surprised at some points when getting back to read it again, didn't remember the at my first read, found something new and had more understanding with its characters and incidents.

    The reason that I got back to read this book again is that I am interested in Holocaust and war stories in general. I love reading historical fictions and historical romances. And it's been a long time since my first read so I wanted to read it again before giving this book to a friend.

    The language is easy and simple to understand so it took me just a few days to finish it.

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11 entries 3 cheers
01/01/2018
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2018-01-15 03:49:31

    On Sunday morning and afternoon, I hung around with my 10 yr-old-niece. I read, she chatted, took photos and made jokes. Later, we went out for a bike ride with my youngest niece and nephew.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2018-01-15 03:32:00

    On Saturday morning, when it didn't rain, I lured them from their screens to play in the garden, to look for bugs and to run wild and free.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2018-01-13 07:22:57

    The village's canal where my sister brought her kids to play in water.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2018-01-11 09:48:22

    A friend came from Bangkok once a year to visit her parents and stayed nearly a month when she was here. Today, it was my turn to finally see her again after seeing one another in December 2015.
    Hopefully, we will meet again before she leaves for Bangkok.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2018-01-10 06:50:51

    Lazy afternoon with Madame Bovary

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2018-01-15 03:26:31

    The garden is growing up so we have fresh veggies to eat every day. And this morning, as usual, I made green smoothie for my Mom, sister, sister-in-law and myself.

    The ingredients today are passion fruits + White Mugwort + pineapple

    I started to grow white mugwort after reading about it from several articles that it could cure cancer, or at least, prevent it from spreading.

    Mom has undergone treatment for cancer for 5 years now. She is strong and looks like a healthy 73-yr-old granny who can go out for a bike ride for an hour each day and takes occasional day-trip with friends. But the cancer is still there, living with her harmoniously. She has gone for doctor's appointment and taken oral chemo but no severe side effects, just cracked skin on her palms and feet.

    I ordered the plants about 2 months ago and grew them to make green smoothies for mom to drink everyday.

    The veggies are getting bigger and growing up fast, so apart from making smoothies, we eat them fresh too.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2018-01-11 10:20:33

    It was a busy day today. I had to drive into town with Mom but before going out, I managed to work in the yard for an hour and was soaked up with sweats. It was like doing weight training for an hour.

    While being in town, I got stuck at a restaurant with 2 friends as it was raining so hard outside. We spent the time waiting for the rain to stop catching up and taking loads of photos together. And finally before getting back home, I managed to run an errand for my Dad.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2018-01-10 06:36:42

    I took a break from working in the garden yesterday and I got back to it this morning. It's my way of exercise right now so I can't miss it more than a day. I like sweating. When I can't run, I need to do something else to stay fit. So I look for work around the house.

    Dad is still working on his house construction in the backyard so I help him carry the dirt with a wheelbarrow. I love digging and lifting the dirt. It really helps tone my body, FAST. Much faster than running and doing weight lifting afterward. It's like doing a hundred of squats a day. Doing it for nearly 2 hour makes me sweat immensely. And we've got the work done too. While taking a break from digging, I did push-up, could make it to 10 without stopping.

    And I will sleep like a log tonight.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2018-01-08 03:48:55

    Monday morning :


    • got up at 4 am to read

    • chanted and meditated for 40 minutes

    • Tried a new way to practice English, read it out loud for nearly an hour.

    • Made green smoothie for Mom, sister, sister-in-law and me.

    • Made green tea for Mom. I drank a cup of it too.

    • Worked in the garden for 2 hours. I sweated like I was working out in a gym doing weight training.

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2018-01-06 06:33:48

    I want to grow and expand our veggie garden around the house with my dad and I want it to be the place where the kids can play and run around and the adults come to relax.

    I have spent a lot of time there lately, mostly in the morning and in the evening to water the plants and re-plot the growing plants.

    It has started from the herbs that I wanted to grow to make tea and smoothie for Mom to drink every day to cure her cancer. I thought if I had my own garden, I didn't need to go to the market often. I just walked to my garden and picked them. Not only Mom that is getting stronger, my problem with hair falling is starting to decrease also because I too drink the tea and smoothie I make for her.

    This morning while working around the garden, I persuaded my niece and nephew to come with me and play in the garden. They love the fresh air and the wide area where they could run and bike around. And it's a great way to distract them from the screens.

    And then later on I made an outdoor shower for my niece. She loves it so much..

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Stay fit 1 person is doing this
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8 entries 3 cheers
27/12/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2018-01-16 03:55:11

    Tuesday 16th January


    • worked in the garden for 1 hour

    • 1 min-plank

    • 20 crunches

    • 12 pushups

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2018-01-15 04:10:41

    Monday 15th January


    • worked in the garden for 30 minutes

    • 1 minute-plank

    • 10 pushups

    • 10 crunches

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2018-01-10 06:39:37

    Digging and carrying dirt in the back yard for nearly 2 hour, plus 10 pushups & 2 min-plank (1 minute at a time).

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2018-01-08 04:04:39

    Apart from working in the garden for at least an hour a day, I've added 1-minute-plank to my abs exercise. I've made it easy again.

    I do only one minute each time I get down on the mat but trying to do it a few times a day. No other abs exercise. Nope, I don't want to deplete my motivation for abs exercise. So, one exercise is enough if I do it on a daily basis.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2018-01-05 09:29:34

    Worked in the garden every morning and sometimes in the evening. I could see that my thighs and upper arms are getting toned.

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    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2018-01-16 03:59:36


    1. Woke up at 4:15 am. A bit hard today but I made it happen.

    2. Made French braid for my niece and she loved it!

    3. Made plan to go out into town with Mom and sister.

    4. Finished another page of coloring.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2018-01-15 04:04:29


    1. A big glass of green smoothie and green tea.

    2. Meditating this morning, though I nodded off a bit while doing it.

    3. Wrote in my journal after meditating.

    4. Picked fresh veggies from the garden.

    5. Played with my nieces and nephew before they went to school.

    6. Workout in the backyard

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 6 cheers 2018-01-14 06:55:49


    1. Lazy Sunday morning. It was raining so it felt so cozy in bed.

    2. Got up at 4 am to read, meditate and read again. I started a new book today. I bought it for a while and was so eager to take a peek inside. Turned out I kept turning the pages and spent Sunday morning reading it.

    3. Spending time with my niece and being silly with her.

    4. Several cups of tea.

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    joyjoei Doing 5 cheers 2018-01-13 06:45:49


    1. We all went out to celebrate 2 birthdays for family's members. One for Mom and the other for brother-in-law.

    2. Finished 2 books 2 days in a row. But don't ask me when I had started them.

    3. Worked in the garden on Saturday morning when I didn't need to worry about time and work.

    4. Brought the kids to play in the village's canal. It's simple happiness that we can give them every weekend.

    5. Played with the kids in the garden. I like the drag them out of the house and play outdoor to get their hands and feet dirty and their bodies soaked up with sweats.

    6. Started watching a new show "Limitless".

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 5 cheers 2018-01-11 10:12:56


    1. It's Mom's birthday today. We went to the temple to make merits, to chant and offer foods to the monks together.

    2. Drove into town to meet with my 2 old friends from high school. It's been a year since I last saw them.

    3. Got things done for Dad.

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    • diamondlightfoot
      diamondlightfoot Doing 2 cheers 2018-01-11 13:18:48

      @joyjoei It would have been my mom's birthday today. What a nice thing, that your mom has the same day. Your day sounds lovely.

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      • joyjoei
        joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2018-01-13 06:35:27

        @diamondlightfoot Wow, what a coincidence!
        We had a couple of lovely days celebrating birthday parties together. The day after my mom's birthday is my sister's husband's birthday so we all went out to have dinner together. The kids had fun because they got to celebrate 2 birthdays 2 days in a row.

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3 entries 10 cheers
12/07/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2018-01-05 09:37:50

    Some pages that were finished a few months ago.
    But now I am back to coloring again. I am doing it while listening to podcasts. I am trying to spend time on it 15-30 minutes day.. It's calming and relaxing.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2018-01-01 11:20:12

    I am back to it again this afternoon but haven't finished that page yet.

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    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-07-23 02:42:48

    I have started it!

    I did it with my youngest niece last week while babysitting her. The girl is now into art, water painting and coloring. So, it's an awesome way to spend quality time with her doing thing we share common with.

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6 entries 19 cheers
23/06/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2018-01-13 07:51:39

    Crime and punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Simply I want to challenge myself.

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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2018-01-13 07:49:57

    My grandmother sends her regards & apologizes by Fredrick Backman

    After reading "A man called Ove", I want to read his next book.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-08-02 01:12:51

    Beneath a scarlet sky by Mark Sullivan

    Based on the true story of a forgotten hero during one of history’s darkest hours.

    Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.

    In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.

    Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 6 cheers 2017-07-19 05:17:50

    Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

    Introducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean—the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread—Les Misérables ranks among the greatest novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them to the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism that is unsurpassed in modern prose. Within his dramatic story are themes that capture the intellect and the emotions: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjean by Inspector Javert, the desperation of the prostitute Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thénardier, and the universal desire to escape the prisons of our own minds. Les Misérables gave Victor Hugo a canvas upon which he portrayed his criticism of the French political and judicial systems, but the portrait that resulted is larger than life, epic in scope—an extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses even as it touches the heart. - Goodreads

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    • spatz
      spatz 2 cheers 2017-07-19 05:20:09

      @joyjoei I'm reading this via DailyLit at the moment. It does tend to ramble on about whatnot at times...

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      • joyjoei
        joyjoei Doing 2 cheers 2017-07-19 05:29:50

        @spatz I've read comments and learned that it was a big book to read but it was worth it. So, I want to give it a try. Please let me know how you feel about it after finishing the book. It's gonna take me a while to read this book.. Thanks!

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      • aenea
        aenea 2 cheers 2017-07-23 00:22:46

        @spatz love dailylit! been awhile since I utilized them though - thanks for the reminder :)

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        • spatz
          spatz 1 cheers 2017-07-24 19:32:45

          @aenea I love it, too. It's acting up once in a while - like just now for me - but overall it's very nice. Hope you can enjoy it!

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-06-23 03:09:11

    The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain, Jane Aitken (Translation), Emily Boyce (Translation)

    Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There's nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there's all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

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80 entries 23 cheers
23/02/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 4 cheers 2017-05-09 04:16:24

    Communicate. Even when it’s uncomfortable or uneasy. One of the best ways to heal, is simply getting everything out.

    — Unknown

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2017-05-09 03:55:52

    Make your happiness and personal growth a priority in your life. The more you take care of yourself, the more you can take care of others.

    — Unknown

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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-08 03:28:02

    Busy, productive people are highly efficient with their time – they must be in order to survive. Being an excellent time manager doesn’t mean that you must become a workaholic. On the contrary, time mastery allows you more time to do the things you love to do, the things that are truly meaningful to you. Time mastery leads to life mastery. Guard time well. Remember, it’s a non-renewable resource.” ~ Robin S. Sharma

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    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-08 03:18:40

    “Self-mastery and the consistent care of one’s mind, body, and soul are essential to finding one’s highest self and living the life of one’s dreams. How can you care for others if you cannot even care for yourself? How can you do good if you don’t even feel good? I can’t love you if I cannot love myself.” ~ Robin S. Sharma

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    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-06 01:12:54

    You may not realize it, but every action that you do today affects you in the future. Every action, whether it’s minuscule or significant; makes an impact. Try to be mindful of the decisions that you make, for time after time, they may begin to add up. When they do, make sure that it’s a positive outcome in your life.

    — Nicoke Addison

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1 entries 3 cheers
09/01/2018
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 3 cheers 2018-01-09 02:52:59

    First, I need to order the book.

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    • aenea
      aenea 1 cheers 2018-01-09 03:15:06

      @joyjoei post when you get it and I'll read along with you. 🙂 It's one I started but never finished, though what I read was intriguing and well written. I've been meaning to get back to it.

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      • joyjoei
        joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2018-01-10 06:06:15

        @aenea I will let you know when I get the book but I am a slow reader; I read 2-3 books at the same time. And I am not sure when I am going to finish it once I start it as when I get bored I am likely to jump to other books.

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        • aenea
          aenea 1 cheers 2018-01-10 21:49:05

          @joyjoei no worries I'm a slow reader too and currently working on about 10 books simultaneously.... it'll just be nice to compare notes along the way regardless if we're out of pace.

          I see you'll be reading Madame Bovary too! Another classic I've been meaning to get to. So many books, so little time.

          My daughter wants me to reread The Hobbit with her as well.

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          • joyjoei
            joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2018-01-11 10:08:06

            @aenea 10 book simultaneously? Wow!!! I think 3-4 books are quite a lot already but 10? Impressive!

            I've started The Hobbit 2 times already but haven't finished it yet. Maybe, I will try to finish it again later this year.

            When I started to get used to reading classics, I've enjoyed reading it more than contemporary novels. Madame Bovary is an easy read and it moves pretty fast. So far so good and I've enjoyed it a lot.

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            • aenea
              aenea 1 cheers 2018-01-11 21:25:47

              @joyjoei I always enjoy classics quite a bit too once I get into them. It's one of my goals to read at least a few each year so I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying Madame Bovary - makes my decision easier. 🙂

              I may be reading ten books at once, but it will probably take me about half the year to finish them all. If I finish 12-15 books in a year I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself. 70-80 is really impressive!

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              • joyjoei
                joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2018-01-13 06:31:04

                @aenea Same here! Once I get into them, I am hooked to the books. There are some that I want to get back to read again, Anna Karenina and Frankenstein for instance. I love the style of writing of Leo Tolstoy and I want to read his other books too.

                It's because I have plenty of free time; that's why I set my reading goal higher each year. But years before last, I had never accomplished my reading-50-book-goal. So, after exceeding my goal last year, I wanted to challenge myself to read more.

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0 entries 4 cheers
27/12/2017
  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 0 cheers 2018-01-10 06:37:56

    Stranger things, season 2

    And now what? I don't know what I am going to watch next yet.

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  • joyjoei
    joyjoei Doing 1 cheers 2018-01-05 11:45:32

    Stranger things

    Love this show. The boys are hilarious and adorable. It's out of my league but I am glad that I gave it a try. Watching season 2 now.

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01/01/2018
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01/01/2018
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