2011 Read

List of books read and reviewed for 2011:


  1. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
  2. Love in the Headscarf by Shelina Zahra Janmohamed
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  4. A Crime in the Neighbourhood by Suzanne Berne
  5. Quicksand by Junichiro Tanizaki
  6. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
January wrap-up post


  1. The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich
  2. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  3. Camus, A Romance by Elizabeth Hawes
February wrap-up post


  1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (second read)
  2. I Saw Ramallah by Mourid Barghouti
  3. Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata
  4. A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif
  5. Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
March wrap-up post


  1. As the Earth Turns Silver by Alison Wong
  2. The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder
  3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  4. In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
  5. Anatomy of a Disappearance by Hisham Matar
  6. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
April wrap-up post


  1. The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson
  2. The Vagrants by YiYun Li
  3. The Making of a Royal Romance by Katie Nicholl
  4. When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant
  5. Annabel by Kathleen Winter
  6. The Lion’s Honey by David Grossman
  7. Room by Emma Donoghue
  8. The Decision Book – 50 models for Strategic Thinking
May wrap-up post


  1. Great House by Nicole Krauss 
  2. The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill
  3. The Case of Missing Servant by Tarquinn Hall
  4. Crocodile at the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
  5. What I Talk about when I talk about Running by Haruki Murakami
  6. The Slap by Chistos Tsiolkas
  7. The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
  8. I Think of You by Ahdaf Soueif
  9. For Bread Alone by Mohamed Choukri
June wrap-up post


  1. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  2. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
  3. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  4. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin
  5. The Clothes on Their Backs by Linda Grant
  6. Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima
  7. Underground by Haruki Murakami
  8. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman
  9. Snow by Orhan Pamuk
July wrap-up post


  1. Legend of Suicide by David Vann
  2. Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan
  3. The Sunset Park by Paul Auster
  4. The Castle in the Pyrenees by Jostein Gaarder
  5. The Leopard by Jo Nesbo
  6. The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw
  7. Sharon and My Mother-in-Law by Suad Amiry
  8. Woman With Birthmark by Håkan Nesser
August wrap-up post
  1. The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  2. Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier
  3. The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
  4. An Equal Music by Vikram Seth
  5. The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe
  6. Half of the Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
September wrap-up
  1. Daniel by Henning Mankell
  2. Until thy wrath be past by Åsa Larsson
  1. The Mind’s Eye by Håkan Nesser
  2. Unfinished Business by Boualem Sansal
  3. Desert Divers by Sven Lindqvist
  4. Dance, Dance, Dance by Haruki Murakami
  5. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
  6. Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
  7. Villain by Shuichi Yoshida

October and November wrap-up


  1. Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
  2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  3. Bringing Down The House by Ben Mezrich
  4. Death in Perugia by John Follain
  5. An Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington
  6. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  7. I was born there, I was born here by Mourid Barghouti
  8. The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  9. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
  10. 2666 by Roberto Bolano
  11. Birthday Stories selected and introduced by Haruki Murakami

Year End Wrap-up – reading and purchase analysis 2011




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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)

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