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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

Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway

‘The Old Man and The Sea’ is a short novel written by Hemingway. At 99 pages it is not divided into different chapters or parts, but in the form of continuous narration. This is Hemingway last piece of work and it was published in September, 1952 to critical acclaim and won him the 1953 Pulitzer … Continue reading

Double Read-along

Starting the 1st September, I’ll be reading The Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier with Diane@Bibliophile by the sea and The End of Mr. Y with Vishy @ Vishy’s blog.. We will aim to publish the review by Sunday the 18th September that will give us time to read and write a review. Two different … Continue reading

Wuthering Heights : The end of mini Read-along (and the Royal Wedding!)

It is the end of the Wuthering Heights mini read-along. Sigh, what can I say? I can say it didn’t deviate much from my first impression as posted in my intro post My first thought about Wuthering Heights I’ll use the discussion questions from the Penguin Reader to answer some of my thoughts about Wuthering … Continue reading

What is your first thought about Wuthering Heights?

Although scheduled to finish this month, I have finished Wuthering Heights on the 7th April. Don’t worry read-along friends. My review will not appear until 29th April this month. Once you read the novel, it is easy to know what it is about the novel that captivates readers throughout the centuries. It is written like … Continue reading

Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata

Shimamura is tired of the bustling city. he takes the train through the snow to the mountains of the west coast of Japan to meet with a geisha he believes he loves. Beautiful and innocent, Komako is tightly bound by the rules of a rural geisha and lives a life of servitude and seclusion that … Continue reading

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies is no stranger to those who have to read this as a literature text during high school. I first saw the 1963 (it could be the 1990, can’t remember now) movie in a late night TV before I read the book, but didn’t stay long to finish it. I remembered the … Continue reading

Graham Greene: The Power and The Glory

The Power and The Glory is Graham Greene’s widely-acclaimed masterpiece and is listed as one of his many titles that qualifies a place in 1001 books to read before you die. Set in the Mexico of the 1930′s – a time when the Catholic church was viciously persecuted by an atheistic government. The catholic clergies have either … Continue reading

Oranges are not the only fruits

She had never heard of mixed feelings. There were friends, and they were enemies: Enemies were: The Devil (in his many forms) Next Door (Neighbours) Sex (in its many forms) Slugs Friends were: God Our dog Auntie Madge The Novels of Charlotte Bronte Slug pellets She is Jeanette’s mother. Jeanette was adopted into a religious … Continue reading

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the tragic story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression in California. George Milton, an intelligent and cynical man, and Lennie Small, an ironically-named man of large stature … 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)