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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

While growing up I heard so much about this book. Since it’s republished as 2004 edition I picked the book from the library. There are a few things that surprise me about the book. I did not expect the book to be an epistolary novel, so easy to read, entertaining and full of wisdom. The … Continue reading

Why be happy when you could be normal?

I read Oranges are not the only fruit in 2009 and the name Jeanette Winterson has since etched in the subconscious of mine when looking for the next book to read. Although I read Weight since, which I felt a little underwhelmed and have not since had the chance to read another of her book. When this … Continue reading

Before I go to sleep…. (I must remember!)

I was born tomorrow Today I live Yesterday killed me Parviz Owsia My first review of the year is Before I go to Sleep. I decided to read this book because of its frequent mention on book blogging community. I did not read the reviews in details but the blurb sounds fascinating…. and the cover, such … Continue reading

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Middlesex. The book sat on my shelf for 2.5 years unread with that provocative book title staring at me. Is it the name of a location? Or a tongue-in-cheek for the main hermaphrodite character? As I soon found out that the title meant both and also a very complex and it is clever book too. … Continue reading

Bringing Down the House

After reading the The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich, my interest was piqued by the author’s first book, Bringing Down the House. Bringing Down the House is a story of six MIT students who use their mathematical skills to win money from the gambling houses of Las Vegas. The book’s main character is Kevin Lewis, an MIT … Continue reading

Dance, Dance, Dance like your life depends on it

It is difficult to write about a book you have finished awhile ago and it is even hard to write a review about Murakami’s books without sounding like a sycophant or Murakami Groupie that goes on and on to say how fantastic his books are… but the truth is : I love this one!!!! 😀 … Continue reading

Desert Divers by Sven Lindqvist

Little known to many, my guilty pleasure is reading travelogues and travel books. I stumbled upon this book and thought it would be a great companion to a trip to the desert. It is part biography, part historical, part travel, part confession sort of a book. The book is arranged in short chapters and the … Continue reading

The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe

Maxwell Sim is the kind of person who, in our darkest nights of the soul, we all dread becoming: unloved, unsuccessful, doesn’t like himself very much. He is an after-sales customer liaison officer in a London department store, he has been taking leave off work because of depression for six months; his wife, Caroline, and … Continue reading

What I talk about when I talk about commenting on blogs

Leading up to my anniversary at the end of November, this is my second post about “What I talk about when I talk about…” … Commenting on blogs! As I am in wordpress so I am biased and if I comment on other blogs while I stay log on, my profile is all there ready … Continue reading

Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier

When I say this book contains pirates, what would you expect from it? Something similar to the movie Pirates of the Caribbean? Swashbuckling adventure? Romance? Deception? This book has it all! 29- year-old Lady Dona St. Columb is beautiful, headstrong – and bored. Desperate to escape the pomp and ritual of the Restoration Court, she … 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)