A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.
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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

One Click and The Everything Store

My reading experience about Google and Facebook the company was clear cut. Google is a “do no evil” company. It has its fair share of trouble with data protection issue but its business philosophy, in my opinion, has always been about scientific prowess and awesome innovation. I didn’t like the founder of Facebook and thought … Continue reading

Hello World!

“Hello World!” is a tagline for the first introduction post for every new user of wordpress. Hello world! What have you been up to? I feel as if I fall into a slumber of hazy days, all blurred into one, without a book read or finished to mark my days. I still read and despite … Continue reading

Passed the 5-year milestone and I forgot all about it….

It’s been quiet here at my blog. My blog’s 5th anniversary was 30th November just past and I forgot about it. What is the matter with me?!! About three years ago I wrote about “The only constant is change” and I said I am going to slow down on blogging as I found a new … Continue reading

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

I am going through a phase of my life which hasn’t happen for the past 5 years. I actually took time to read my book. Slowly. Very slowly….. It’s been a month since I posted on this blog and I suspect that’s the future of this blog going to be. Hope you don’t mind. I … Continue reading


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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

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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)