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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

If you have been following my blog for the past few years, you would know that I am a big fan of Haruki Murakami. Who isn’t? Under my A to Z Review Index you can see a string of Murakami’s books reviewed under M. “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” sold more than one million … Continue reading

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

I am going through a phase of my life which hasn’t happen for the past 5 years. I actually took time to read my book. Slowly. Very slowly….. It’s been a month since I posted on this blog and I suspect that’s the future of this blog going to be. Hope you don’t mind. I … Continue reading

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

Tsukiko is 37, living alone when one night she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, ‘Sensei’ (teacher in Japanese, real name: Mr. Harutsuna Matsumoto), in a Satora bar. He is at least thirty years her senior, retired and, she presumes, a widower. After this initial encounter, the pair continue to meet … Continue reading

Out by Natsuo Kirino

Phew, I finally finished reading this. The book cover is so provocative that I have to wrap it up with a cloth cover when I am on the train. Gosh, what can I say about this book? It’s nothing like what I have read before. Entertaining? Quite. Plotting? Excellent. Thrilling? Towards the end. Horrifying? Yes. … Continue reading

The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto

If you haven’t figure out the common thread in Banana Yoshimoto’s novels, it is death. Yes, all her stories are about death. Death of a mother, a sister, a dying friend etc. So get used to this. 🙂 I picked this up because I was curious and for some reason there was a lot of … Continue reading

Two Japanese novels review in one..The Sound of Waves and Thousand Cranes

It’s been two weeks since I wrote a proper review about a book. It is getting more and more difficult for me to read books now, is it the weather? (all sunny and blue). Is it work? Yes, most of the time I’m exhausted after working overtime. But I manage to kick-off August with two … Continue reading

South of the Border, West of the Sun

I have been keeping South of the Border, West of the Sun close to my heart because there is only a handful Haruki Murakami’s books (in fact, three more) I haven’t read and I wanted it to be special. As the first few pages of the book turn, it bears resemblance to the Norwegian Wood … Continue reading

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

It’s hard to write a review for this book. Meaning I can’t write the review without spoiling the story for you. You see this is one of the rare mystery books that tells you who-dunnit-it at the very beginning and then you watch the authority playing a cat and mouse chase to corner the culprit(s) … Continue reading

1Q84 : Haruki Murakami

There were several reasons why I had to read this book, series, whatever you call it. All 1001 pages of it. First, Haruki Murakami is my favourite author. Second, 1984 is one of my favourite books of all time. Third, the book is so hot that all of them were checked out from the library. … 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)