American writers

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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

I am going through a phase of my life which hasn’t happen for the past 5 years. I actually took time to read my book. Slowly. Very slowly….. It’s been a month since I posted on this blog and I suspect that’s the future of this blog going to be. Hope you don’t mind. I … Continue reading

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

I borrowed this book from the library before it was announced as the Women Fiction Prize’s shortlist. I need to forewarn that this book is part Harry Potterish, and in essence an Arabian night fantasy novel. I don’t read many fantasy novels, I try to avoid them but when I do it is because of … 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 Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Last year saw this book appearing in everyone’s top read of the year and it has been compared to The Night Circus, which I thought was ok but not my cup of tea, but The Snow Child was said to be better than The Night Circus. With  Claire (Word by Word)‘s opinion whom I trust, … Continue reading

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw

I still couldn’t bring myself to finish up my TBR challenge (See the books in my right side bar). Every book in the list seems to be so daunting. Instead I have chosen to read something new and easy to read instead. I received Carry the One from Penguin UK few days ago and I … Continue reading

The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

If you want to read this book, I strongly suggest that you skip this review and come back another day. I think it is best to go into this book not knowing what it is all about. On the side, after 20 odd days away from blogging I’m back! I have been going on a … Continue reading

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

I was wondering what happen to my Phantom of the Opera book review? There is no comment received. Not even one. I thought this is strange. I love this book! Is there anyone out there who think the same??! 🙂 It is funny that I read a lot more when I was ill than I was well. … Continue reading

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Among the tangled waterways and giant anacondas of the Brazilian Rio Negro, an enigmatic scientist, Dr Annick Swenson is developing a drug that could alter the lives of women for ever: the ability to beat your dreaded biological clock and choose to have babies at any age. Dr Annick Swenson’s work is shrouded in mystery … Continue reading

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

While growing up I heard so much about this book. Since it’s republished as 2004 edition I picked the book from the library. There are a few things that surprise me about the book. I did not expect the book to be an epistolary novel, so easy to read, entertaining and full of wisdom. The … 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


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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)