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Dance, Dance, Dance like your life depends on it

It is difficult to write about a book you have finished awhile ago and it is even hard to write a review about Murakami’s books without sounding like a sycophant or Murakami Groupie that goes on and on to say how fantastic his books are… but the truth is : I love this one!!!! 😀 … Continue reading

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

A tiger escapes from the local zoo, padding through ruined streets and onwards, to a ridge above the Balkan village of Galina. His nocturnal visits hold the villagers in terrified thrall. But for one boy (Natalia’s grandfather), the tiger is a thing of magic – Shere Khan awoken from the pages of The Jungle Book. … Continue reading

Soho and Leicester Square (and James Patterson)

London always amaze me. Just when I thought I see it all, there are always something or somewhere I haven’t been. Staying close to this city (approx 80km, 60 miles) does make me tend to take things for granted. I don’t read a guide book or bring a map or plan an itinerary in my … 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 Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Dr Faraday was called upon to the Hundreds Hall Manor by the Ayres to take a look at Betty the parlour maid. Hundreds Hall is once where Dr Faraday’s mother used to work as the Ayreses’ parlour maid. Young Faraday recalled the day he pulled apart an acorn from the plasterwork and was reprimanded by his … Continue reading

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

Lara always had an overactive imagination. But she never thought she was that imaginative. Now she wonders if she is losing her mind. At the funeral of Aunt Sadie whom she had not seen since she was 6 was shouting in her ears to stop the funeral and fulfil her last wish, to look for … Continue reading

The Girl on the Landing

Michael Gascoigne is wealthy, decent and boring. He is locked into a routine of working as Secretary to his gentleman’s club, Grouchers, in Mayfair, or else stalking deer on his estate in Perthshire: someone whose idea of an adrenaline rush is playing bridge after dinner. Elizabeth, his wife has married him – not exactly for … Continue reading

Her Fearful Symmetry

After her success of The Time Traveller’s Wife, the much awaited Niffenegger’s novel is here. The novel opens with the death of Elspeth Noblin, who bequeaths her London flat and its contents to the twin daughters of her estranged twin sister, Edwina, back in Chicago, on conditions that the girls be 21-yaer-old and that Edwina … Continue reading

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Kafka (not his real name, Czech for Crow) Tamura is a 15-year-old runaway. Conversing with a boy who named Crow occasionally, he finds his way south to Shikoku and arrived in a town call Takamatsu and work in Komura Library. There he met Oshima, employee of the library and Miss. Saeki, who manages the library, … Continue reading

Wind-up for suspense?

Toru Okada’s cat, named after his brother-in-law Nomuro Wataya, has disappeared and this has unsettled his wife, Kumiko, who is growing more distant every day. Then there are the increasingly explicit telephone calls he started to receive. Okada’s suburban’s life – spent cooking, reading, listening to music, doing the laundry and running the errands – are … 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)