Orange Prize Winner

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The future is no longer Orange for fiction prize

The State of Wonder has finally come through from my reservation list after waiting for 5 weeks. I’m not sure if I have the will to read it and review it before the prize is announced. These are my review for the following 5 books I have read so far. The Forgotten Waltz by Anne … Continue reading


Half of the Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I’m reading this book in conjunction with the Nigerian Literature Challenge hosted by the lovely Amy @ Amy Reads. I’m a day late in posting the review but here goes! Half of a Yellow Sun follows the lives of several characters before and during the Nigerian-Biafran War of 1967-1970. The book opens with Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old boy from a … Continue reading

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

A tiger escapes from the local zoo, padding through ruined streets and onwards, to a ridge above the Balkan village of Galina. His nocturnal visits hold the villagers in terrified thrall. But for one boy (Natalia’s grandfather), the tiger is a thing of magic – Shere Khan awoken from the pages of The Jungle Book. … Continue reading

The winner of Orange Prize 2011 goes to…..

This is the first year I have waited for the results of Orange Prize Winner for the entire day, hour by hour, like I’m waiting for X-factor singing contest winner to be announced, which only goes to prove my bookish frenzy is elevated to a another level now! and the winner is….. ta da! According … Continue reading

The Weekend Before Orange Prize Winner 2011 Announcement

The Orange Prize Winner 2011 will be announced this Wednesday on the 8th June 2011. For past years, I have not been ardent in pursuing and reading all the shortlists. I chose instead to read the prize winner after the announcement is made. This year, however, I have a change of tune. I started reading the … Continue reading

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Bel canto (Bel-Canto) (Italian, “beautiful singing“), along with a number of similar constructions (“bellezze del canto”/”bell’arte del canto”), is an Italian opera term “How much does a house know?” In the vice president’s mansion in an unnamed South American country (not very hard to find out which Latin American country once had a Japanese president), … 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)