Female Writers

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The winner of Orange Prize 2011 goes to…..

This is the first year I have waited for the results of Orange Prize Winner for the entire day, hour by hour, like I’m waiting for X-factor singing contest winner to be announced, which only goes to prove my bookish frenzy is elevated to a another level now! and the winner is….. ta da! According … Continue reading


Through the eyes of a innocent girl (Double reviews of To Kill a Mockingbird and A Crime in the Neighbourhood)

Do you remember how it feels when you are about to read a book that is heralded as one of the greatest classics of the century and felt an unusual sense of trepidations in picking up the book? Well I remembered. To Kill a mockingbird had sat so long on my shelf that I am … Continue reading

Love in a Headscarf by Shelina Zahra Janmohamed

“At the age of 13, I knew I was destined to marry John Travolta. One day he would arrive on my North London doorstep, fall madly in love with me and ask me to marry him. Then he would convert to Islam and become a devoted Muslim”. Torn between the Buxom Aunties, romantic comedies and … Continue reading

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

Welcome to Samantha Sweeting’s world. She’s one of the brightest lawyers at Carter Spink and She works all hours never had any weekends off, she has no life and spent the 12 years in her life wanting only one thing: To be a senior partner of Carter Spink, one of London’s prestigious law firm. So … Continue reading

Nothing to Envy – Real Lives in North Korea: Barbara Demick

I visited Seoul back in 1996. A picture of affluence, wealth and beautiful people travelling in large Korean-made sedans, I was enchanted. The mention of the word “Koreans” conjures up the image of South Koreans I have in mind. Recent years while I was doing my graduate program, there were many South Koreans classmates amidst, … Continue reading

Anne Lamott: Traveling Mercies

My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers from what seemed like one safe place to another. Like lily pad, round and green, these places summoned and then held me up while I grew. Each prepared me for the next leaf on which I would land, in … Continue reading

Sophie Kinsella : Mini Shopaholic

“You must eat your vegetables before you get any meat!” I told my sons. The truth is behind their backs I am bingeing on junk food. Most days I try to eat a nutritious meal, but I do reach for my chocolates or Walker’s potato crisps. It applies to my reading too. As the years … Continue reading

Nicole Krauss: The History of Love

“I often wonder who will be the last person to see me alive. If I had to bet, I’d bet on the delivery boy from the Chinese take-out. I order in four nights out of seven. Whenever he comes I make a big production of finding my wallet. He stands in the door holding the … Continue reading

Anita Brookner: Hotel Du Lac

Edith Hope writes romance novel under the pen name Vanessa Wilde who secretly believes in the happy endings they offer. She is a 39-year-old involved with a married man, David Simmons, who only sees her whenever he likes. After Edith embarrasses her London friends by a transgression which is so unforgivable that they ship her … Continue reading

Anne Enright: The Gathering

The novel traces the narrator’s inner journey, setting out to derive meaning from past and present events, and takes place in Ireland and England. Its title refers to the funeral of Liam Hegarty, an alcoholic who committed suicide in the sea at Brighton. His mother and eight of the nine surviving Hegarty children gather in … 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

JoV's favorite books »
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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)