Penguin Modern Classics

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Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Charles Ryder, a lonely student at Oxford, is captivated by the outrageous and decadent Sebastian Flyte. Invited to Brideshead, Sebastian’s magnificent family home. Charles welcomes the attentions of its eccentric artistic inhabitants of Marchmains, becoming infatuated with them and the life of privilege they inhabit – with Sebastian’s remote sister, Julia (Although Charles infatuation for … Continue reading


The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

After 18 months of hiatus, I have forgotten how to write a proper review. I probably forgotten how to post a review on WordPress. Would anyone wants to read a long, anecdotal, passage quoting review in the time when social media tools have sprung up more than it had 2 years ago? Would short reviews … Continue reading

Grimm Tales : For Young and Old by Philip Pullman

How long have I last read a fable? Not since I was in primary school and that was sooooooooo… long ago! What about you? So when I saw Netgalley was offering a review copy, I requested from both Penguin USA and UK, UK rejected me, USA sent me an Kindle ARC copy (Can you tell … Continue reading

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

I am supposed to write a long report at work about some analysis in the project and expected it to run about 15 reviews long (considering that my review is about 2 pages of A4 paper usually). But I’m taking a break and hopefully write a quick review about Wide Sargasso Sea. (I’m feeling a … Continue reading

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

“Whereas the tourist generally hurries back home at the end of a few weeks or months, the traveller, belonging no more to one place than to the next, moves slowly, over periods of years, from one part of the earth to another.” – page 5 After ten years of marriage, Kit and Port Moresby have … 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

The Outsider (Le E’tranger) by Albert Camus

The Outsider is written by Albert Camus. Originally named Le E’tranger in French, it is titled as The Outsider in Europe and The Stranger in North America. Meursault will not pretend. After the death of his mother, everyone is shocked when he shows no sadness. And when he commits a random act of violence in … Continue reading

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the tragic story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression in California. George Milton, an intelligent and cynical man, and Lennie Small, an ironically-named man of large stature … Continue reading

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

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye opens with the first-person narrative of 16-year-old Holden Caulfield’s experiences in New York City in the days following his expulsion from Pencey Preparatory school.  Holden talks to you in his most casual ways about his classmates in Pencey irreverently, whom he criticizes as being superficial, or, as he would say, “phony”. Most … 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)