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About Mary, a Hen, Zohra’s Ladder, a crime in Turkey and my first book of Jackson Brodie’s series

Tóibín’s depiction of the most famous mother of all. The Testament of Mary is a sceptical account of Mary witnessing the miracle and the eventual Crucifixion of her son. This wasn’t the first time I read about unsympathetic Mother Mary to her son’s cause, the first disturbing account I read was from Naomi Alderman’s The Liar’s Gospel. … Continue reading

Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2014

I flip opened the newspaper yesterday and came to know of the shortlist announced by the Man Booker Prize this year. I must say a lot of the books on the longlist and shortlist, pique me with a renewed interest than I could possibly have for Man Booker Prize. I have 4 out of the … Continue reading

Man Booker Longlist 2014 announced

The Man Booker Prize Longlist is announced on the 23 July 2014. I can’t say that I am a big fan of the Man Booker Prize as many of them seems arid and uninteresting; so for many years I have not attempt to read the shortlists nor the winners. 2014 is the first year of … 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

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

A little update…

How have you been? Just when I thought I was going full speed in April (with 6 books looking to achieve more), I lost my reading mojo and haven’t been able to read properly nor catch-up on book reviews from the book blogging community, partly because….. Well, because Google has decided that 2 months shy … Continue reading

New books from publishers

As the sun comes out more often and spring is here, so are tons of new books that are published and due to publish in both sides of the Atlantic USA and UK this season. I may or may not be able to read all of them but I thought it is only good manners … Continue reading

World Book Night 2013

Today is World Book Night. This is my second year of signing up for the event. Last year I gave away 25 copies of The Time Traveler’s Wife. This year I am giving away 20 copies of Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson, in which you can read my review here. My review contains some … Continue reading

Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013 shortlist announced

So the shortlist is announced today! The shortlist Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel Flight Behaviour, by Barbara Kingsolver Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson May We Be Forgiven, by A M Homes NW, by Zadie Smith There is no debut authors, they are all familiar names … 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)