Women’s Prize shortlist

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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Before I started this blog, I read all of Jhumpa Lahiri’s book and is a fan of Jhumpa Lahiri. I have read all of her books, the short stories and a novel “The Namesake”. I thought Lahiri is superb in short stories but I wasn’t sure if her novel would live up to my expectations. … Continue reading

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

There were three books that I read before this that I’d like to share with you but since this book is on the Bailey’s shortlist, I think it’s good to talk about it now. When I first read the blurb, I was intrigued. Murderess, Iceland, death row? Wow! It’s a story about Agnes Magnusdottir. Agnes … Continue reading

The Shortlist

I am still following the progress of the Women’s Prize for fiction. I have had some tasters to a few longlisted novels: Almost English, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, Eleven Days; I only finished Almost English by Charlotte Mendelsson and I like it but there is no love, unfortunately. The shortlist has been announced last … Continue reading

NW by Zadie Smith

It was in the summer of 2010 that I first took the journey from Reading to North West London. Destination: Willesden Green, for a preliminary discussion of a job interview. I got off at Dollis Hill station walked towards graffiti-laden walls next to a basketball court. Group of youth loitering outside the tube station. I … Continue reading

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

I brought home Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life from the one-week loan shelf. Following the tradition of previous years, I aim to read a few books from the Women’s Fiction Prize (previously called Orange Prize), although this year I have decided not to read all of them due to this reason here. Running at 463 … Continue reading

Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013 shortlist announced

So the shortlist is announced today! The shortlist Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel Flight Behaviour, by Barbara Kingsolver Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson May We Be Forgiven, by A M Homes NW, by Zadie Smith There is no debut authors, they are all familiar names … Continue reading


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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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