A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.
JoV has written 636 posts for JoV's Book Pyramid

It’s been too long…

How are you getting on? The last time I posted a review was April. Work, house hunting and battling with summer allergies have taken a good chunk of my time and a toll of me. It’s been three months I haven’t posted anything. Time really flies… I am still reading, in my own snail pace. … Continue reading

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Before I started this blog, I read all of Jhumpa Lahiri’s book and is a fan of Jhumpa Lahiri. I have read all of her books, the short stories and a novel “The Namesake”. I thought Lahiri is superb in short stories but I wasn’t sure if her novel would live up to my expectations. … Continue reading

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

There were three books that I read before this that I’d like to share with you but since this book is on the Bailey’s shortlist, I think it’s good to talk about it now. When I first read the blurb, I was intrigued. Murderess, Iceland, death row? Wow! It’s a story about Agnes Magnusdottir. Agnes … Continue reading

The Shortlist

I am still following the progress of the Women’s Prize for fiction. I have had some tasters to a few longlisted novels: Almost English, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, Eleven Days; I only finished Almost English by Charlotte Mendelsson and I like it but there is no love, unfortunately. The shortlist has been announced last … Continue reading

Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer

Rubbernecking is the act of gawking at something of interest. The term rubbernecking refers to the craning of a person’s neck in order to get a better view. Rubbernecking has also been described as a human trait that is associated with morbid curiosity. This is my first novel by Belinda Bauer, and the fourth for Bauer. It talks about … Continue reading

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Every time I read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novels, I savour and wanted it not to end. There is something about how she writes. She writes honestly, blatantly, without frills, without fear. With enough satire to keep me on my toes. I have read everything Adichie’s has written, except The Purple Hibiscus. Yes, I am biased. I … Continue reading

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2014: Longlist announced

At the same time the Bailey’s Women Fiction list is announced, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize too has published their longlist. As you know, I am a keen reader of fiction but alas it is difficult to get hold of some these books in the local library. The good news is that I have read … Continue reading

Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction

I am nine days late. Still, the Women’s Prize for fiction is my favourite annual event. So here I am today, with the sun shining and my nose dripping (due to Hay Fever) I am checking out the longlist. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Americanah (Nigerian, third novel) Margaret Atwood Maddaddam (Canadian, 14th novel) Suzanne Berne The Dogs of Littlefield … Continue reading

Short Reviews

It has been awhile since I posted a book review. From December till early February, I have read a few books.   I finished the second and third installments of the Hunger Game series and found they are equally engaging. In Mockingjay, Katniss is officially installed as the Mockingjay, the symbol of rebel against the … Continue reading

The Winner of the Opening Line Contest

Two weeks ago, I invited you to submit your answers to the First Opening Line Contest. and the winner is…………: Kiss A Cloud Who has the most answers correct for both book titles and name of authors. So do pick a book from the pile (except for the hardcover ones) and let me know where you … Continue reading


Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 273 other followers

Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

JoV's favorite books »
Share book reviews and ratings with JoV, and even join a book club on Goodreads.

Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)