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Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville


They called us the Colony of New South Wales. I never liked that. We wasn’t new anything. We was ourselves. The Hawkesbury was where the ones come that was sent out. Soon’s they got their freedom, this was where they headed. Fifty miles out of Sydney and not a magistrate or a police to be … Continue reading

The Secret River by Kate Grenville


In search of the second book for Global Reading Challenge Australia read, I found myself wanting to read Kate Grenville’s work. The Secret River received many accolades and I found it to be most deserving of high praise. Warning: Contain minor spoiler. Thornhill’s story begins in 1777 London, where he has been born into extreme … Continue reading

Every Move You Make by David Malouf


David Malouf – past winner of both the Commonwealth writers’ prize and the Impac Dublin literary award – was first introduced by Bernadette and Jacq. It would be misleading to say he is unrecognised outside his native Australia, but it’s fair to say that he deserves a wider readership on this side of the world. For … 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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