Rant and Rave

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These are books I don’t want to be caught dead with….

There are books with saucy covers which do not justify how much substance the novels actually are. I recall Sputnik Sweetheart and South of the Border and West of the Sun of Haruki Murakami. But these are books that I really, I stress, really don’t want to be caught dead reading it on the train…. … Continue reading


I am taking a long overdue holiday abroad with my family. I haven’t been out of the country since October 2011 and haven’t visited a new city or country abroad since October 2010. I’ll be staying at the foot of the highest peak in Europe, Chamonix-Mont Blanc then crossed over to Geneva, Swtizerland to rub … Continue reading


I have been doing some housekeeping on my blog and decided to create a space for blog posts other than books reviews. see: https://bibliojunkie.wordpress.com/features/ In the process I have updated some old posts and it shows up as a new post on the Google reader. I look back and feel that I wrote more raw and … Continue reading

JoV’s Book Pyramid or Book Pyramid?

You may or may not noticed I have changed my blog name. However it doesn’t matter as long as you know me as Jo with a capital V. The thing that niggles me is that I don’t know if I want to call it JoV’s Book Pyramid or Book Pyramid? In a bigger scheme of things … Continue reading

Book to Movies for 2012 and a few more new books to look out for in the new year

With the hustling and bustling of the city of London and busy weekdays, I missed out on a few catchy new titles  that are due to be published this year. They are: Cairo: My Country, My Revolution by Ahdaf Soueif No Time Like the Present by Nadine Gordimer Home by Toni Morrison Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel  The Dream of the … Continue reading

Anticipated books in 2012

The new year began with the usual free newspapers onmy way to work in London, and both Metro and Evening standards have published a similar list of  the most anticipated new books of 2012 – Evening Standards last week. Drawing from the source of the article, here are the new books published this year: January Pop … Continue reading

Blogging activity report at WordPress

Every year wordpress produces an inspiring and humourous report on every blog (I know because I actively run 3 of them!). I’m not here to gloat but I just love the way the guys at wordpress put their stats together and here they are: I definitely want to visit Louvre Museum this spring and see … Continue reading

On Internet and Reading Speed

You may have noticed my lack of comments on your site or you may not. It is because my Internet connection in my area existence is near to zilch. All those posts of mine that you saw since last summer was posted with pain, at least 8 to 10 disconnecting and connecting of  Internet connection … Continue reading

What I talk about when I talk about publicising your book blog

In this third instalment of my thoughts on blogging I thought I would compile a list of to-do’s if you ever want to publicise your blog in a big way. Before that I like to put on a disclaimer to say I am not an expert nor am I advocating all of these are the … Continue reading

To the desert I go…

I have visited Morocco for 10 over times but I have yet to travel east to the Sahara desert. I’m very excited to be on the back of the camel and scale this vast landscape even if it’s for an hour or so. Photo credit While I’m away for a fortnight, let me know what … 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)