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Goat Mountain by David Vann

Since I read Legend of Suicide two years ago, I haven’t read another book of David Vann. David Vann has been rather prolific since 2011, churning out one novel every year. I am not sure how much I should tell you about the book but if you are planning on reading it, I suggest you don’t read … Continue reading

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I wasn’t going to read this book as it sounds crazy, plus I was not sure if I will get the book in time from the library. High rated reviews from Jill@Rhapsody in Books and Jenny made me thought perhaps this is worth a try. If there are a few words that could sum up this novel, … Continue reading

The General: The Ordinary Man Who Challenged Guantánamo by Ahmed Errachidi

On September 2001, in a cafe in London, Ahmed Errachidi watched as the twin towers collapsed. He was appalled by the loss of innocent life. But he couldn’t possibly have predicted how much of his own life he too would lose because of that day. Ahmed Errachidi originates from Tangier and has spent the last … Continue reading

Of Fanaticism and Cult

I read two books of similar theme. One about a witch hunt in Lancashire during the time King James I and the other about a mother and her daughters who ran away from a cult and found themselves lost in the outside world and bonded to what they left behind. The Daylight Gate is Winterson’s … Continue reading

The Third Son by Julie Wu

It’s been a hard decision to decide what books to bring for my holidays in Middle East. Usually most of my holidays are city breaks and I would rather soak in everything in the foreign land rather than bury my head on my books while I am travelling. I am new to this ARC review … Continue reading

The Immigrant by Manju Kapur

I find the most compelling novels are the ones who talk about the everyday ordinary life in the most extraordinary way. It was the title that first drew me to the book. I always think that for a person to test its survival skills in the fullest one sure way was to become an immigrant. … Continue reading

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

At least 10 years ago, I have always wanted to read this book. In April 1992, after he graduated with a first in college, Chris McCandless set off alone into the Alaskan wild. He gave all his savings ($24,000) to Oxfam, abandoned his car and his possessions, and burnt the money in his wallet, determined … Continue reading

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I don’t read Young Adult fiction, my introduction said. Yet in a rare occasion I do, when there is too much hype generated from the book. Interestingly publishers and movie producers alike are finding ways to tap into the market of Young Adult, to create a cult-like fan club out of young people to stories … Continue reading

A letter to Neil Gaiman (with regards to American Gods)

Dear Neil, When I came across your book American Gods 10th anniversary at the library shelf, I knew I had to read it. I have heard so much about your books and how they topped the bestsellers lists for weeks. Over the years, your books have gathered a worldwide mass of cult followers. Let me … Continue reading

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

Revolutionary Road is another one of those books that I should have read but yet to do so. Kurt Vonnegut heralded it as “The Great Gatsby of my time…”, a movie starring Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio was made to critical acclaim, it was in my TBR list… All the reasons that made me glad … 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
Mockingjay
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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