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Virtual Love by Andrew Blackman

Until I read this book, I look around and wonder why there isn’t a novel that explores our internet and online psyche more closely than a few mention of messaging and chats as a contemporary mean of communication? With Virtual Love, I finally found the one. The book is broken into chapters with at least … Continue reading

There but for the by Ali Smith

In the years 2009 and 2010, in a chichi house in the historic borough of Greenwich, London, the Lees are hosting a party for acquaintances. Mark asked Miles, a casual acquaintance to join him in this dinner party that Mark himself doesn’t really want to attend. Between main course and dessert Miles slips upstairs on … Continue reading

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

Revolutionary Road is another one of those books that I should have read but yet to do so. Kurt Vonnegut heralded it as “The Great Gatsby of my time…”, a movie starring Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio was made to critical acclaim, it was in my TBR list… All the reasons that made me glad … 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

Sunset Park by Paul Auster

I picked this book up by random at the featured new book shelf of the library. The blurb key word : “families who have abandoned their houses due to debt or foreclosure during the banking crisis.” caught my eyes. I devour the book within two days. Sunset Park is about 28-year-old Miles Heller who is … Continue reading

The Beautiful, the Brats and the Privileged

‘Hey, Wassup? This is Liz. Sorry I’m away from the throne. For a hotline to Philip press one, for Charles press two, for the corgis press three.’ that, was at one time the standard voicemail greeting of the Queen of England. It is recorded by Prince Harry, followed by snorts of mirth and guffawing in … Continue reading

Wuthering Heights : The end of mini Read-along (and the Royal Wedding!)

It is the end of the Wuthering Heights mini read-along. Sigh, what can I say? I can say it didn’t deviate much from my first impression as posted in my intro post My first thought about Wuthering Heights I’ll use the discussion questions from the Penguin Reader to answer some of my thoughts about Wuthering … Continue reading

As the Earth Turns Silver by Alison Wong

It is a book by a New Zealand Author,… No, let me do this again, it is the book cover that attracts my attention when it was displayed in the library shelf. 🙂 A good cover does attracts, but it is not a be all or end all for me. I do base my quick … Continue reading

Norwegian Wood (No, not the song by Beatles, but the book by Murakami)

This book has became larger than life for me, at least for the past 6 months. I have read so much rave reviews about it that I was afraid to read it, and even more afraid that I end up feeling shattered if I don’t like it. “Save the best for the last”, I said … Continue reading

Love in a Headscarf by Shelina Zahra Janmohamed

“At the age of 13, I knew I was destined to marry John Travolta. One day he would arrive on my North London doorstep, fall madly in love with me and ask me to marry him. Then he would convert to Islam and become a devoted Muslim”. Torn between the Buxom Aunties, romantic comedies 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
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)