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Japanese Literature Challenge 5

For the second year in a row I’m participating in the popular Japanese Literature Challenge. Running in its 5th year and hosted by lovely Dolce Bellezza, every year promises an eye-opening experience for me. It could be reading about works of a new Japanese author or reading from the authors whom I dearly love. These are … Continue reading

Spring is almost over.. (It’s a wrap! for May 2011 by the way)

It’s been a busy month as usual but a more pleasurable reading month for me, well, only towards the second half of the month that is. The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson  The Vagrants by YiYun Li  The Making of a Royal Romance by Katie Nicholl  When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda … Continue reading

Library Loot: February 23 to March 1

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time … Continue reading

My Life in Books 2010

I noticed this at Gaskella, Kirsty at Other Stories and Yvann at Reading fuelled by tea, and have completed this draft in 9th December, now’s the time I thought I’d join in and share my thoughts! Using only books you have read this year (2010), cleverly answer these questions. Try not to repeat a book title. It’s … Continue reading

JLit Book Group Discussion: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima

Tanabata of In Spring it is the Dawn is organising a Japanese Literature Book Group discussion of The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima. Since I read the book, I’ll join in with the discussion and answer some of these questions. What did you think of the novel? Did you enjoy it? Why, or why … Continue reading

Library Loot: December 8 – 14, 2010 (and book purchase)

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library. This week Claire has the link and I hope Claire settled down in her new place and all the best with … Continue reading

Hello Japan! November mini-challenge: Five Questions (a Japan meme)

Mini Challenge hosted by Tanabata of In Spring it is the Dawn always got me excited with all things Japan along with Tanabata’s exciting assignments and meme. This month I will be answering some of the questions about Japan. Here goes: My favourite Japanese author is Yukio Mishima because he had 6-packed abdominal muscles and he … 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)