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The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Dr Faraday was called upon to the Hundreds Hall Manor by the Ayres to take a look at Betty the parlour maid. Hundreds Hall is once where Dr Faraday’s mother used to work as the Ayreses’ parlour maid. Young Faraday recalled the day he pulled apart an acorn from the plasterwork and was reprimanded by his … Continue reading

Animal Farm by George Orwell

I picked this book up in memory of an animation adaptation of Animal Farm I saw on TV during my teens. I bet most of you who read this entry now, knows how the story of this book goes. And some of you might exclaimed “I read this for my O-level!” like my co-worker does. … Continue reading

The Lonely Planet Story – how it all started

From 2003 to 2005, it was my most intense years of travelling. Owning a business of clothing my husband and I started off with a quirky idea and off we go venturing into neighbouring country to source for merchandise to stock up our kiosk selling ethnic clothing, handbags in the local shopping mall. My bookshelf then is … Continue reading

When you know all the answers..

The movie Slumdog Millionaire opens with my favourite line: “Jamal Malik is one question away from winning 20 million rupees. How did he do it? (A) He cheated, (B) He’s lucky, (C) He’s a genius, (D) It is written.” In this book, however, Jamal Malik is known as Ram Mohammad Thomas (a satirical name combining Hindu, Muslim and Catholic names). … Continue reading

Girls of Riyadh

I went to the Broad Street Waterstone bookstore in Reading at the weekend of 6 June, writer Kate Mosse (author of Labyrinth and Sepulchre) recommended her 40 favourite books that sits at a pile, and her selections are good and there were quite a few that I put into my TBR, for e.g. Bird without … Continue reading

Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama

Before Barack Obama became a politician he was among other things, a writer. Dreams from my Father is his masterpiece a refreshing, revealing portrait of a young man asking the big questions about identity and belongings.  The book is segregated into 3 sections, namely Origins, Chicago and Kenya. In Origins, Obama recounts his own emotional … Continue reading

I gave up reading these books

The Nation by Terry Pratchett Never thought I would use the bad ratings. But today’s the day. Verdict : 0/5 Terry Pratchett’s The Nation gets a 0 for me, for the fact that into the first chapter I was disinterested. Perhaps it is too incoherent, too bizarre, it talks about dolphin, about a ship and its … Continue reading

Debauchery sells

I found Shanghai baby sitting in the book shelf of my workplace cafeteria, curious, I decided togive it a shot,and thought maybe I could borrow the sequel as well from the library. After all the two books seems light weight, wouldn’t require too much heavy reading. Publicly banned in China for its X-rated materials, this … Continue reading

A Writer’s face

Thanks to Reading Monk I now know there are people out there who have a quirky aversion towards seeing the face of the author of the book they read. It might be said that if you know how they look like it will taint the way you perceive the ‘voice’ that is coming from the words and pages in … 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
Mockingjay
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)