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Japanese Literature Challenge 4 – Wrap up post

Japanese Literature Challenge 4 The Japanese Literature Challenge is in its 4th year, between June 1, 2010 and January 30, 2011 and hosted by lovely Dolce Bellezza. Hotel Iris, Yoko Ogawa Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami After Dark, Haruki Murakami Changeling by Kenzaburo Oe After the Banquet by Yukio Mishima The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with … 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

A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami

He (another of Marukami’s story with a name for the protagonist) is a partner of an advertising firm, until one day a man showed up and demand to pay him for withdrawing the sheep ads from publication and gave him a mandate of one month to track down the chest-nut sheep with a star-shaped on … 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)