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Lust, Caution by Eileen Chang (A book and movie review)

It’s been a wish to read something by Eileen Chang for a long time and the impetus to read Lust, Caution was heightened by the prize winning movie directed by Ang Lee. I read the book, then watched the movie. Eileen Chang’s novels write about the tensions set between men and women in love. Although … Continue reading


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I don’t read Young Adult fiction, my introduction said. Yet in a rare occasion I do, when there is too much hype generated from the book. Interestingly publishers and movie producers alike are finding ways to tap into the market of Young Adult, to create a cult-like fan club out of young people to stories … Continue reading

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution was hardly a laugh a minute, but the semi-autobiographical Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie, is surprisingly buoyant and humorous in tone. This seems to be the spirit of Asia. At times of hardship and difficult times, Asians move on to toil and sweat in the hope to alleviate … Continue reading

Book to Movies for 2012 and a few more new books to look out for in the new year

With the hustling and bustling of the city of London and busy weekdays, I missed out on a few catchy new titles  that are due to be published this year. They are: Cairo: My Country, My Revolution by Ahdaf Soueif No Time Like the Present by Nadine Gordimer Home by Toni Morrison Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel  The Dream of the … Continue reading

Eat, Pray, Love Read-along discussion questions and movie review

The Eat, Pray, Love Read-along is supposed to finish by 7 March. My apologies that the review is late although I managed to finish the book by 4 March. I understand now why some books are meant to be re-read because I got a lot more out from re-reading of this book than my first … Continue reading

The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich (The Founding of Facebook)

Are you a Facebook user? Do you love it? Or are you sick of people talking about and being in the Facebook all the time? Facebook is the biggest thing of the century, next to Google of course. I don’t use Facebook very often, I tried not to get addicted to it, although I know … Continue reading

Norwegian Wood (No, not the song by Beatles, but the book by Murakami)

This book has became larger than life for me, at least for the past 6 months. I have read so much rave reviews about it that I was afraid to read it, and even more afraid that I end up feeling shattered if I don’t like it. “Save the best for the last”, I said … Continue reading

Soho and Leicester Square (and James Patterson)

London always amaze me. Just when I thought I see it all, there are always something or somewhere I haven’t been. Staying close to this city (approx 80km, 60 miles) does make me tend to take things for granted. I don’t read a guide book or bring a map or plan an itinerary in my … Continue reading

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – A movie review

Moments ago, I have just finished watching “The girl with a dragon Tattoo” on DVD. I hardly write movie reviews but these days I only watch movies which are adapted from my favourite novels. I like to read the novel before I watch the movie. When I first watched it, it takes me a few … 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


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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)