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Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami

“Understanding is but the sum of our misunderstandings.” In the spring of her 22nd year, Sumire fell in love for the first time in her life. An intense love, a veritable tornado sweeping across the plains – flattening everything in its path, tossing things up in the air, ripping them to shreds, crushing them to … Continue reading

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Let’s face it, I have trouble spelling Siddhartha… a double d? single d? or a double T? Yet this book intrigues me enough to read it. Here’s why.  Siddhartha is a novel by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of a boy known as Siddhartha from the Indian Subcontinent during the time of … Continue reading

Ghostwritten by David Mitchell

ghostwrite [ˈgəʊstˌraɪt] vb -writes, -writing, -wrote, -written (Communication Arts / Journalism & Publishing) to write (an autobiographical or other article) on behalf of a person who is then credited as author Often shortened to ghostwriter  n I have heard so much about David Mitchell and when my manager loan me his first novel, I jumped … Continue reading

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

In the beginning, Dr. William Grene’s interest in the almost impossibly old woman is merely professional, tinged perhaps with a hint of curiosity. Roseanne McNulty, one hundred years old, was one of the most beautiful girls in County Sligo, Ireland, in her youth. She has been confined in the Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital, where Dr. … Continue reading

Ransom by David Malouf

Ransom starts at the moment when Hector, noblest of the princes of Troy, has been slain at the hands of Achilles, deadliest and most god-like of the Greeks. Savage with grief for his beloved cousin, Patroclus, whom Hector had killed, Achilles vents his rage and misery on the Trojan prince’s corpse. Dragging the body behind … Continue reading

The Silver Lining Playbook by Matthew Quick

I was looking for an author with a last name Q. I don’t know many. While searching the library catalogue I came across Death of the Red Heroine by Qiu XiaoLong which is a crime fiction set in China, which I think is interesting. I picked The Silver Lining Playbook instead because it was featured … Continue reading

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by Scott Fitzgerald

It is my ritual to look for the author’s biography or other reviewer’s view about the book after reading a book. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is very curious indeed, as the blog that I stumbled upon are either bloggers who left their blogs after 6 months (which amazed me that I last this … Continue reading

Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

While I was holidaying in Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, on a Chinese junk with several red sails, breaking the waves of the turquoise sea and negotiating between the lime stone islands and grottos, I met a South African young lady on board. Her sister lives in London and she told me about the danger … Continue reading

The Outsider (Le E’tranger) by Albert Camus

The Outsider is written by Albert Camus. Originally named Le E’tranger in French, it is titled as The Outsider in Europe and The Stranger in North America. Meursault will not pretend. After the death of his mother, everyone is shocked when he shows no sadness. And when he commits a random act of violence in … Continue reading

Understanding Judaism

The stuff that I know about Judaism are fragmented knowledge from hearsays and from reading other war and tragedy books about Jewish. So it is with my desire to decipher the religious and traditional significance of terms like Yom Kippur, Torah, Talmud, Rosh Hashanah, the Wailing wall and Hanukkah. These are what I had learnt … 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)