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Sister by Rosamund Lupton

I wasn’t going to take any more books out from the library last Friday. Not for the short loan book that require reader to finish them within a week or bring it back for re-stamp. By strange reason, this book drawn me to it. I read the first page, then second and I knew I … 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

The Weekend Before Orange Prize Winner 2011 Announcement

The Orange Prize Winner 2011 will be announced this Wednesday on the 8th June 2011. For past years, I have not been ardent in pursuing and reading all the shortlists. I chose instead to read the prize winner after the announcement is made. This year, however, I have a change of tune. I started reading the … Continue reading

Annabel by Kathleen Winter

‘Nothing I do with Economics is going to change what I am’ – Wayne (page 352) In 1968, into the beautiful, spare environment of remote Croydon Harbour, a coastal village in Labrador in the far north-east of Canada, a mysterious child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy or girl, but … Continue reading

When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant

I first came across this book at Vishy’s Blog and when I saw Granta 2011 edition of the book sitting on the featured library shelf, I borrowed it without second thought. Set in Israel April 1946 – then British-controlled Palestine – just after the Second World War, the novel follows a young Englishwoman Evelyn Sert, … 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

Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively

‘I’m writing a history of the world… And in the process, my own’. Claudia Hampton is an ex-war correspondent, currently a popular historian on her deathbed in a London hospital. She is old, ill and lying in hospital, gently condescended to by the nurse at her bedside. She reviews her life as a paradigm of … Continue reading

Through the eyes of a innocent girl (Double reviews of To Kill a Mockingbird and A Crime in the Neighbourhood)

Do you remember how it feels when you are about to read a book that is heralded as one of the greatest classics of the century and felt an unusual sense of trepidations in picking up the book? Well I remembered. To Kill a mockingbird had sat so long on my shelf that I am … 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

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


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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)