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A Suitable Boy: Part 3 (Final review)

After three months, A Suitable Boy readalong journey has come to an end. My previous 2 reviews has written a positive and promising read of the book: A Suitable Boy : Part 1 A Suitable Boy : Part 2 Part 3 opens with the Congress party facing a crisis. Nehru threatened to resign and Mahesh … Continue reading

A Suitable Boy : Part 2

Yes! Here we are almost at the end of September and at end of part 2 in A Suitable Boy epic. I am reading this together with Sam, Aths. and Ana. Part 2 was a breeze for me as I finished the book within 3 days while on holiday and I find it much, much better than part 1. I’m … Continue reading

A Suitable Boy : Part 1

This is partial review of a long daunting book that has been somewhat overdue. 50 pages into the book I have so much to say about it but thought I should keep the lid on until I finish book 1, i.e. stopped at Chapter 7, 7.46 to be exact. Now that I have finished book … Continue reading

Double Read-Along – Wrap-up and Reviews

Starting 1st September, Double read-along began with The Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier and The End of Mr. Y. The two is as different as heaven and earth with different genre; one classic, one contemporary; different settings, one gothic, another exists both in the contemporary world and the world of minds but both contains an element of mysteries. … Continue reading

The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas

I am attracted to this book because of its cover. Nothing else. I am attracted to all Scarlett Thomas’ 3 recent books of her career just because I am attracted to the cover. Simple as that and it is definitely something the publishers should think of when it comes to marketing. Design a striking cover … Continue reading

Double Read-along

Starting the 1st September, I’ll be reading The Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier with Diane@Bibliophile by the sea and The End of Mr. Y with Vishy @ Vishy’s blog.. We will aim to publish the review by Sunday the 18th September that will give us time to read and write a review. Two different … Continue reading

What is your first thought about Wuthering Heights?

Although scheduled to finish this month, I have finished Wuthering Heights on the 7th April. Don’t worry read-along friends. My review will not appear until 29th April this month. Once you read the novel, it is easy to know what it is about the novel that captivates readers throughout the centuries. It is written like … Continue reading

Wuthering Heights Mini Read-Along (leading up to the Royal Wedding)

Sometime around last Autumn, Jenny@Jenny’s books and I talked about reading Wuthering Heights together. Enticing it may be, the weather was too dreary to start on possibly a dark story such as this. So we decided to read this together in a better weather. Now, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the breeze … Continue reading

Eat, Pray, Love Read-along discussion questions and movie review

The Eat, Pray, Love Read-along is supposed to finish by 7 March. My apologies that the review is late although I managed to finish the book by 4 March. I understand now why some books are meant to be re-read because I got a lot more out from re-reading of this book than my first … Continue reading

Midnight’s Children Read-along

Many people told me this book is difficult to read. Three of Rushdie books sit now in my pile waiting for the right moment to be picked up, except the moment hasn’t come for 2 years. Perhaps now is the time. I am curious about this novel because it has been honoured as Best of the Booker and … 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)