Middle East

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Fast Times in Palestine by Pamela Olson

“So much political capital has been made out of the Barcelona fighting that it is important to try and get a balanced view of it… Nearly all the newspaper accounts published at the time were manufactured by journalists at a distance, and were not only inaccurate in the facts but intentionally misleading. As usual, only … Continue reading


The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu

Lea, Avishag and Yael are school friends in a small town in Northern Israel. During dull lessons they play game and daydream about boys they fancy. When they reached 18, they are conscripted into the army. Stuck on mundane checkpoint duty with fellow soldiers she hates, Lea relieves her boredom by creating an imaginary family … Continue reading

O Jerusalem

O Jerusalem, fragrant with prophets The shortest path between heaven and earth… A beautiful child with burned fingers and downcast eyes… O Jerusalem, city of sorrow, A tear lingering in your eyes… Who will wash your bloody walls? O Jerusalem, my beloved Tomorrow the lemon trees will blossom; the olive trees rejoice; your eyes will … Continue reading

Jerusalem by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Jerusalem is the house of the one God, the capital of two peoples, the temple of three religions and she is the only city to exist twice – in heaven and on earth. – preface It’s been a long time since I read a history book. An academic book. I am going to Jerusalem and … 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)