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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” – Chapter. 1, said Carraway Senior to Nick Carraway. Nick is a young bachelor who graduates from Yale [New Haven] in 1915, he moves to New York City to “learn the bond business” … Continue reading

Bloodlettings and Miraculous Cures

Medical students have it tough. Imagine dissecting your first corpse – and having to confess you’ve mislaid the head. And how do you convince a delusional man that his beautiful neighbour is not, in fact, colluding with him to kill her husband so that they can be together? Or explain to the widow of a … Continue reading

The Beach by Alex Garland

I picked this book up because I watched the movie in 2000 and can’t remember anything about it, except the part when they swim towards the island and the song Pure Shores by All Saints was playing in the background. 😦  We are introduced to Richard. (Oh bother, Richard again. I read 3 books this … Continue reading

Dimwit Bridget Jones

Bridget Jones (BJ) begin her year with a long list of New Year’s resolution, of which none she could keep by the end of the year but only one, have a boyfriend by end of the year.  So BJ set out with the desperation of having a boyfriend, moaning about lonely Valentine’s day, agonising over … Continue reading

A good mooch over the weekend

I am so happy with the books that I got / borrow / steal over the weekend, I thought I made a note here (and tell anyone who is interested?). Midnight Children by Salman Rushdie. Got it at a Charity shop, can’t believe I have it for 50p. Condition : Supernew! Love in the Time of … Continue reading

The Road is Bleak

The future looks bleak. Post-apocalyptic. The World is burned to ashes. The earth is strewn with charred, desiccated, mummified corpses. Houses are left abandoned. Because food is scarce, cannibals roam the earth. A man and his son making their way to the south, to the beach, to reunite with the good guys. Carting their blankets, … Continue reading

The Quiet American by Graham Greene

The Quiet American is an appealing choice. It is 180 pages (not too demanding for a busy week) and the Battle library’s new showcase book (I am sucker for new books). Having heard about Graham Greene for so long, I am tempted to read his work.  The novel is set during the First Indochina war, the French … Continue reading

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

Somehow Herb ended up with the most spectacular woman. I’ve known Pippa Lee for a quarter of a century, but I’ll never really know her. She’s a mystery, a cipher, something which nearly extinct these days: a person not controlled by ambition or greed or a crass need for attention, but by a desire to … Continue reading

When you know all the answers..

The movie Slumdog Millionaire opens with my favourite line: “Jamal Malik is one question away from winning 20 million rupees. How did he do it? (A) He cheated, (B) He’s lucky, (C) He’s a genius, (D) It is written.” In this book, however, Jamal Malik is known as Ram Mohammad Thomas (a satirical name combining Hindu, Muslim and Catholic names). … Continue reading

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I chanced upon the book at the pedestral of the library, the cover plastered with circular sticker that prints “Borrowed, Read, Loved” and library staff recommends sticker said “How can you live a normal life when you could jump to a different time at any moment? Time travel often features in sci-fi and fantasy, but this brilliant … 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)