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Short Reviews

It has been awhile since I posted a book review. From December till early February, I have read a few books.   I finished the second and third installments of the Hunger Game series and found they are equally engaging. In Mockingjay, Katniss is officially installed as the Mockingjay, the symbol of rebel against the … Continue reading

Gold Boy, Emerald Girl by YiYun Li

I thought it will be great if I could write a more focused review, so I am trying out a new format here today. What it is: A collection of short stories mostly revolving around lonely Chinese characters who are grasping at happier future, but are grounded in the bleak realities of everyday life. Gold Boy, … Continue reading

Birthday Stories (selected and introduced by Haruki Murakami)

“Have a Good Time” Yesterday it was my birthday. I hung one more year on the line. I should be depressed. My life’s a mess. But I’m having a good time. I’ve been loving and loving and loving. I’m exhausted from loving so well I should go to bed. But a voice in my head … Continue reading

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

It is very uncharacteristic of me to read a book and drag on for months before deciding whether to abandon or finishing it. This year I have done it for this book and 2666. Before the year ends in 2 days, I’m planning to finish reading 2666. The Thing around your neck doesn’t falls in … Continue reading

I Think of You by Ahdaf Soueif

What the blurb says: In these selected stories from her collections “Aisha” and “Sandpiper”, Ahdaf Soueif writes about love and displacement in prose that is delicately nuanced and acutely observed. These are achingly lyrical stories, resonant and richly woven. But they always retain an edginess as they explore areas of tension – where women and … Continue reading

Banana Yoshimoto: Asleep

Picking up Yoshimoto’s novel to read is like a quick bite. Like a Mars bar or a Snicker bar. It gets chewed on very quickly, you will probably like it and then you crave for the next one, but they will never fill you up or make you think about the last wonderful meal you … Continue reading

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by Scott Fitzgerald

It is my ritual to look for the author’s biography or other reviewer’s view about the book after reading a book. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is very curious indeed, as the blog that I stumbled upon are either bloggers who left their blogs after 6 months (which amazed me that I last this … Continue reading

Every Move You Make by David Malouf

David Malouf – past winner of both the Commonwealth writers’ prize and the Impac Dublin literary award – was first introduced by Bernadette and Jacq. It would be misleading to say he is unrecognised outside his native Australia, but it’s fair to say that he deserves a wider readership on this side of the world. For … Continue reading

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

I love short stories, but I have my qualm about short stories. I don’t always get the ending. Sometimes I feel like I’m left with a cliff hanger and with so many questions on my head that it bothers me for weeks. More often I come out of it feeling like “That’s it?” Jhumpa Lahiri … Continue reading

Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro

In a hiatus of one month, I picked up the book from the library shelf in a whim. Little did I connect the relevance of today being a Valentine’s day and here I am reading a book about nightfall and the trial and end of relationships, until I typed the first sentence of the blog … 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)