Read Along

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A Suitable Boy : Part 2

Yes! Here we are almost at the end of September and at end of part 2 in A Suitable Boy epic. I am reading this together with Sam, Aths. and Ana. Part 2 was a breeze for me as I finished the book within 3 days while on holiday and I find it much, much better than part 1. I’m … Continue reading

A Suitable Time for A Suitable Boy

I definitely need help to read A Suitable Boy. At 1474 pages, it requires willpower to stay on it till the end. My non-blogger colleague has good things to say about the book, and all I read in blogosphere about the book is that it is a must read. I conducted a quick poll in 2 January … Continue reading

The Challenges in 2011

Sorry I have inundated your google reader or feeder with loads of review and wrap-up posts. I’m doing some last minute catch-up here, so bear with me. 🙂 Throughout the year my progress in reading challenges are recorded in this page: 2011 reading challenges Looking back I did pretty well with some of the reading challenges … Continue reading

Challenges in the New Year 2012!

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you have a great time unwrapping your presents, dig into those Christmas pudding and have a great time with family and friends. The year of 2011 is almost ended and I have my eye on a few new reading challenges next year. So here is my sign-up post for all challenges … Continue reading

City Reading Challenge and a Giveaway! – follow-up post

Did you remember the giveaway post I posted in September? I posted the City Reading Challenge and Giveaway and offer some suggested reading. If you haven’t that’s fine, enter yourself for a giveaway and I’ll include your name for the draw! I am hosting a giveaway from now until at the end of November which will mark … Continue reading

Double Read-Along – Wrap-up and Reviews

Starting 1st September, Double read-along began with The Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier and The End of Mr. Y. The two is as different as heaven and earth with different genre; one classic, one contemporary; different settings, one gothic, another exists both in the contemporary world and the world of minds but both contains an element of mysteries. … Continue reading

The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas

I am attracted to this book because of its cover. Nothing else. I am attracted to all Scarlett Thomas’ 3 recent books of her career just because I am attracted to the cover. Simple as that and it is definitely something the publishers should think of when it comes to marketing. Design a striking cover … Continue reading

Double Read-along

Starting the 1st September, I’ll be reading The Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier with Diane@Bibliophile by the sea and The End of Mr. Y with Vishy @ Vishy’s blog.. We will aim to publish the review by Sunday the 18th September that will give us time to read and write a review. Two different … Continue reading

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

Wuthering Heights : The end of mini Read-along (and the Royal Wedding!)

It is the end of the Wuthering Heights mini read-along. Sigh, what can I say? I can say it didn’t deviate much from my first impression as posted in my intro post My first thought about Wuthering Heights I’ll use the discussion questions from the Penguin Reader to answer some of my thoughts about Wuthering … 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)