2012 Read

List of books read and reviewed for 2012:


  1. Before I go to sleep by SJ Watson
  2. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  3. Why be happy when you could be normal? by Jeanette Winterson
  4. The Long March Home by Zoe S Roy
  5. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith
  6. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier

January 2012 Wrap Up


  1. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  2. Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
  3. Banker to the poor by Muhammad Yunus
  4. The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell
  5. Pure by Andrew Miller

February 2012 – wrap up


  1. Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
  2. Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville
  3. The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
  4. I’ve got your number by Sophie Kinsella
  5. There but for the by Ali Smith
  6. The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro
  7. We Had it So Good by Linda Grant
  8. Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
  9. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

March 2012 wrap up


  1. So you think you know about Britain? by Danny Dorling
  2. Enduring Love by Ian Mcewan
  3. Meeting Mr Kim by Jennifer Barclay
  4. Desert by JMG Le Clezio
  5. The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright
  6. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
  7. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  8. Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick


July 2012 wrap-up


  1. The Sound of Waves By Yukio Mishima
  2. Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
  3. Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton
  4. Important artifacts and personal property from the collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris including books, street fashion and jewelry by Leanne Shapton


  1. Evening is the whole day by Preeta Samarasan
  2. The Shadow of the Sun (My African Life) by Ryszard Kapuscinski
  3. The Loving Spirit by Daphne Du Maurier
  4. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  5. The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

August and September 2012 Wrap-up


  1. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  2. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
  3. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  4. Under the Hawthorn Tree by Ai Mi


  1. The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
  2. Swimming Home by Deborah Levy
  3. Carry the One by Carol Anshaw
  4. All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  5. Purge by Sofi Oksanen
  6. Hector and the Search for Happiness (a novel) by Francois Lelord


  1. The Immigrant by Manju Kapur
  2. Grimm Tales : For Young and Old by Philip Pullman
  3. I’m Feeling Lucky – The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 By Douglas Edwards
  4. Small Island by Andrea Levy
  5. Hour of the Wolf by Håkan Nesser

2012 Year end reading analysis



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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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