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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

Flowers for Algernon questions what it means to be intelligent

There were so many rave reviews about the book that I bought a copy of it last year. Charlie Gordon is about to embark upon an unprecedented journey. Born with an unusual low IQ, he has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that researchers hope will increase his intelligence – a … Continue reading

Ghostwritten by David Mitchell

ghostwrite [ˈgəʊstˌraɪt] vb -writes, -writing, -wrote, -written (Communication Arts / Journalism & Publishing) to write (an autobiographical or other article) on behalf of a person who is then credited as author Often shortened to ghostwriter  n I have heard so much about David Mitchell and when my manager loan me his first novel, I jumped … Continue reading

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one option: To breed. The Handmaid’s tale is another dystopian social sci-fi, where all rights of women are obliterated. Women are deprived of work and bank accounts, not allowed to read, confined to breed. Moral righteousness is installed, adulterers are hanged, piety is expected, women are expected to … Continue reading

The Road is Bleak

The future looks bleak. Post-apocalyptic. The World is burned to ashes. The earth is strewn with charred, desiccated, mummified corpses. Houses are left abandoned. Because food is scarce, cannibals roam the earth. A man and his son making their way to the south, to the beach, to reunite with the good guys. Carting their blankets, … Continue reading

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I chanced upon the book at the pedestral of the library, the cover plastered with circular sticker that prints “Borrowed, Read, Loved” and library staff recommends sticker said “How can you live a normal life when you could jump to a different time at any moment? Time travel often features in sci-fi and fantasy, but this brilliant … Continue reading

When Body and Soul Collides

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading ‘soul’ who has been given Melanie’s body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming … Continue reading

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World by Haruki Murakami

Ratings : 5/5 When I picked this book up, I don’t quite know what to expect. I happened to know that his books are hot in the recent bestseller list. Murakami seems to have a horde of cult-like followers. His books are written in the 80’s, and not until recent years they are translated for … 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)