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The Liars’ Gospel by Naomi Alderman

I downloaded a free review copy of The Liars’ Gospel before this summer and sat on it for awhile. I read this while on holiday in Ibiza and it turned out to be a surprising reading experience. The book is told in four parts with a central theme of Yehoshuah (Jesus) execution at the cross. Yehoshuah (Jesus) … Continue reading

No God But God by Reza Aslan

It is difficult to come back from a holiday in Ibiza, Spain and attempt to write a review about a very serious book! I’ll post the travel photos soon and try to do just this: write what I think about No God But God. No God But God is a book about Islam but it is … Continue reading

Jerusalem by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Jerusalem is the house of the one God, the capital of two peoples, the temple of three religions and she is the only city to exist twice – in heaven and on earth. – preface It’s been a long time since I read a history book. An academic book. I am going to Jerusalem and … Continue reading

The Castle in the Pyrenees by Jostein Gaarder

The severance between us was surgical, and there was no anaesthetic… Solrun and Steinn, two fifty-something former lovers, run into each other some thirty years after a fateful event has driven them apart. It is by coincidence that their encounter takes place at the hotel where they took their refuge many years ago. Can we … Continue reading

The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson

Willow Wilson was an atheist. A Goth and then became a Muslim convert that bears a tattoo “Al Haq” meaning “The truth” across her lower back. Note 1 After graduating from university, Willow Wilson, a young American — and newly converted Muslim — impulsively accepts a teaching position in Cairo. There, she meets Omar, a … Continue reading

Anne Lamott: Traveling Mercies

My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers from what seemed like one safe place to another. Like lily pad, round and green, these places summoned and then held me up while I grew. Each prepared me for the next leaf on which I would land, in … Continue reading

Graham Greene: The Power and The Glory

The Power and The Glory is Graham Greene’s widely-acclaimed masterpiece and is listed as one of his many titles that qualifies a place in 1001 books to read before you die. Set in the Mexico of the 1930′s – a time when the Catholic church was viciously persecuted by an atheistic government. The catholic clergies have either … Continue reading

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Let’s face it, I have trouble spelling Siddhartha… a double d? single d? or a double T? Yet this book intrigues me enough to read it. Here’s why.  Siddhartha is a novel by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of a boy known as Siddhartha from the Indian Subcontinent during the time of … Continue reading

Understanding Judaism

The stuff that I know about Judaism are fragmented knowledge from hearsays and from reading other war and tragedy books about Jewish. So it is with my desire to decipher the religious and traditional significance of terms like Yom Kippur, Torah, Talmud, Rosh Hashanah, the Wailing wall and Hanukkah. These are what I had learnt … Continue reading

Oranges are not the only fruits

She had never heard of mixed feelings. There were friends, and they were enemies: Enemies were: The Devil (in his many forms) Next Door (Neighbours) Sex (in its many forms) Slugs Friends were: God Our dog Auntie Madge The Novels of Charlotte Bronte Slug pellets She is Jeanette’s mother. Jeanette was adopted into a religious … 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)