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Murakami Bingo

Reader of this blog would know that I am a big fan of Haruki Murakami. Although he didn’t win the Nobel Prize he has a big place in his fans’ heart. I have read 14 of his books (my reviews are filed under M in my A to Z review index) and I love most of … Continue reading

The Legacy of Stephen Covey

From late 90’s to early 2000’s, I have read 6 books written by Stephen Covey. This is the first time I am counting and I can’t believe it was this many. Out of the 6, I own 5 of them. All 5 of them are packed away at my father’s home now. During my fascination … Continue reading

and the Winner is…! (and toast to another year of blogging)

The two winners of the City Reading Challenge and Giveaway are: Joanna@Book Candy and Jessica@Bookworm Chronicles Congratulations, please provide me with the choice of your book and your mailing address. That’s not all. I will be contacting two secret winners by email to take their pick. Thank you for participating, here’s a toast to my 3rd blogaversary. … Continue reading

Kokeshi Doll

On my 15th birthday (that was a very long long time ago, somewhere in the mid-80’s), my friend made a Kokeshi doll bookmark for me which I kept for a long time. Ever since I moved to the UK, the bookmark is buried somewhere amongst all the big boxes I left behind at my parent’s … Continue reading

I decided I need a change

Ever since I sign up with wordpress, I have been struggling with adopting a theme which meets all my needs. Same time last year, I need a blog theme which allows custom header and I don’t want my entry to be confined within narrow fixed width. I like having two side bars and preferably with font arial. … Continue reading

The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of The Matter tells the story, principally, of Scobie, a colonial policemeant trapped in a loveless marriage. Scobie has an overdeveloped sense of pity and responsibility which spell his doom. He is never so moved by his wan, cheerless and complaining wife than when she looks ugly and vulnerable.   As you might expect … 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)