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A Movie Review : Shinjuku Incident (2009)

I have lost my reading mojo for the whole of June and I have read only three books this month. I’m not wondering if this will pick up or not as I have too much in my mind to do any intense reading. Watching movie, however, takes less brain work for now! Before you think … Continue reading


Waiting by Ha Jin

Thanks to Mee, I put this book on my TBR for a long time. Now I finally read it. I remember Mee raves about this book and gave it 5 stars, so I thought I’ll give it a go and surprised myself that I finished this book in one day. Warning: May contain minor spoiler. Communist … Continue reading

About time and murder

This is a mini review of three books. I have been reading fairly a lot more just to clear my backlog. So here’s my review on the three books. One about time, the other two are murder investigations. After reading Hector and the Search for Happiness, I have decided to pick up Hector Finds Time … 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

Evening is the Whole Day by Preeta Samarasan

Every year I aim to read a work from Malaysian author in conjunction with the Malaysia National day which falls on the 31 August. This year I pick this book however I was on holiday so I didn’t get to read and write about it in time for the national day. Set in 1980s Malaysia, … Continue reading

Fasting, Feasting

What it is: The protagonist for the first part (Fasting) of the story is Uma, the eldest daughter of three, sister Aruna and Brother Arun. Uma has been described as useless and worthless, and her lack of beauty makes it harder for her to marry, so all she does at home was to help out … Continue reading

Please Look After Mother by Kyung-Sook Shin

If you are an Far Eastern Asian in your mid 40’s you are likely to have a mother which is less literate, who may have gone through many years of sacrifice bringing up her children, very superstitious and may practice ancestral rites to wade off evil so as not to incur God’s wrath on the … Continue reading

Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunus

I do not want to let the subject matter gets in a way of me reviewing the book. This blog after all is about book reviewing. So I’ll split my reviews about what I think Micro-credit as a concept and then I’ll talk about what I think about the book. For a long time I … Continue reading

The Long March Home by Zoë S. Roy

Since 23 January is the Chinese New Year, I thought I read a Chinese Literature to commemorate the day. The blurb: The Long March Home tells the story of three generations of women. Agnes, a young Canadian goes to China as a missionary from the United Church of Canada and falls in love with a Chinese … Continue reading

Villain by Shūichi Yoshida

I saw the book Villain in the new 2011 paperback edition in my library and I decided to pick it up. I knew it is a crime fiction but I don’t quite what is all about. The blurb says:  A young woman is brutally murdered on a remote mountain road. A young construction worker, Yuichi, is … 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)