2013 Read

List of books read and reviewed for 2013:


  1. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  2. Stoning the Devil by Garry Craig Powell
  3. The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault by Angela Carter
  4. The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto


  1. Out by Natsuo Kirino
  2. Jerusalem by Simon Sebag Montefiore
  3. The Third Son by Julie Wu
  4. The Flowers of the War by Geling Yan
  5. The Black Path by Asa Larsson


  1. The Blind Man’s Garden by Nadeem Aslam
  2. Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
  3. Honour by Elif Shafak
  4. The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu
  5. Fast Times in Palestine by Pamela Olson


  1. Hector Finds Time by Francois Lelord
  2. Lust, Caution by Eileen Chang (Includes movie review)
  3. Inspector Singh Investigates: A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul by Shamini Flint
  4. Inspector Singh Investigates: The Singapore School of Villainy by Shamini Flint
  5. People Who Eat Darkness : The Fate of Lucie Blackman by Richard Lloyd Parry
  6. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson


  1. NW by Zadie Smith
  2. Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw
  3. The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson
  4. Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley
  5. Virtual Love by Andrew Blackman
  6. The General: The Ordinary Man Who Challenged Guantánamo by Ahmed Errachidi
  7. The Fall of the Stone City by Ismail Kadare
  8. Where’d you go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple


  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  2. White Dog Fell from the Sky by Eleanor Morse
  3. The Innocents by Francesca Segal
  4. Pao by Kerry Young


  1. The Detour (Ten White Geese) by Gebrand Bakker
  2. One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis


  1. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  2. Strange Shores by Arnaldur Indriðason
  3. Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami
  4. No God but God by Reza Aslan
  5. Goat Mountain by David Vann


  1. The Liars’ Gospel by Naomi Alderman
  2. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
  3. One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon by Richard L. Brandt


  1. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki


  1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  3. The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura
  4. Revenge by Yoko Ogawa

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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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