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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

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

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

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

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes

It has been 15 days since I last wrote a review. How is everyone doing? Yes, I read the book. I manage to miss the hype in 2011 when this book is making waves in the publishing world. Heralded as Amazon Best Book of the Year 2011and going for £0.99, I had to read it… And … Continue reading

The Liars’ Gospel by Naomi Alderman

I downloaded a free review copy of The Liars’ Gospel before this summer and sat on it for awhile. I read this while on holiday in Ibiza and it turned out to be a surprising reading experience. The book is told in four parts with a central theme of Yehoshuah (Jesus) execution at the cross. Yehoshuah (Jesus) … Continue reading

Goat Mountain by David Vann

Since I read Legend of Suicide two years ago, I haven’t read another book of David Vann. David Vann has been rather prolific since 2011, churning out one novel every year. I am not sure how much I should tell you about the book but if you are planning on reading it, I suggest you don’t read … Continue reading

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

Tsukiko is 37, living alone when one night she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, ‘Sensei’ (teacher in Japanese, real name: Mr. Harutsuna Matsumoto), in a Satora bar. He is at least thirty years her senior, retired and, she presumes, a widower. After this initial encounter, the pair continue to meet … Continue reading

Strange Shores by Arnaldur Indriðason

The name Arnaldur Indriðason conjures up the Silence of the Grave on my shelf who won the author the prestigious CWA Gold Dagger award in 2005. I have not read any of his book yet. I was hoping to read something more exciting that brings back my reading mojo and crime fiction usually do the … 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)