American writers

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Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

I was intrigued by the book first by its cover and then the title. When I have the book in my hand I was surprised how thin the book was.  Only 129 pages. “That night our new husbands took us quickly. They took us calmly. They took us gently, but firmly, and without saying a … Continue reading

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

I had about 3 books going in one go and none of it was going as fast as it should. One nonfiction book about Google employee’s experience working for Google in its early days, another non-fiction about the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and another non-fiction book on Micro-credit ‘Banker to the Poor’. So I decided … 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

Bringing Down the House

After reading the The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich, my interest was piqued by the author’s first book, Bringing Down the House. Bringing Down the House is a story of six MIT students who use their mathematical skills to win money from the gambling houses of Las Vegas. The book’s main character is Kevin Lewis, an MIT … Continue reading

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar tells the story of the mental breakdown of college girl Esther Greenwood in 1950s America, portraying events and experiences strikingly similar to those in Sylvia Plath’s own life between June 1953 and February 1954. I’m not sure whether it is best to read this novel without knowing that Sylvia Plath went through the nervous breakdown herself … Continue reading

Sunset Park by Paul Auster

I picked this book up by random at the featured new book shelf of the library. The blurb key word : “families who have abandoned their houses due to debt or foreclosure during the banking crisis.” caught my eyes. I devour the book within two days. Sunset Park is about 28-year-old Miles Heller who is … Continue reading

Legend of Suicide by David Vann

I first saw David Vann’s Legend of a Suicide on my colleague, Alexandra’s desk. I was enticed by the beautiful cover, shinny red and blue, not noticing that the body of the fish were actually guns in several rotations. I borrowed it from Alex and walked into the book with no clue what it is about. All … Continue reading

Flowers for Algernon questions what it means to be intelligent

There were so many rave reviews about the book that I bought a copy of it last year. Charlie Gordon is about to embark upon an unprecedented journey. Born with an unusual low IQ, he has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that researchers hope will increase his intelligence – a … Continue reading

Time Is a Goon: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

The main character is a young woman called Sasha who we learn early on is a kleptomaniac as she discusses her problem with a therapist. Each chapter is narrated from a different person’s perspective and leads the reader to think about the relationship of each character to the ones in previous chapters. As the book … Continue reading

The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson

Willow Wilson was an atheist. A Goth and then became a Muslim convert that bears a tattoo “Al Haq” meaning “The truth” across her lower back. Note 1 After graduating from university, Willow Wilson, a young American — and newly converted Muslim — impulsively accepts a teaching position in Cairo. There, she meets Omar, a … 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)