Jostein Gaarder – The Christmas Mystery

This time of the year, I like reading at least one Christmassy book; one that propounds the Christmas spirit and is essentially feel-good, and festive. A Norwegian friend of mine fleetingly mentioned how, while he was growing up, his family would read this book together, reading one chapter on each day of the Advent calendar. […]

Vladimir Nabokov – Laughter In The Dark

Congratulate me, for I’ve finished my first Nabokov. Some four years back, I attempted to read the much acclaimed Lolita, but failed to finish it for it was way too disturbing. I must give it another try. My second foray into Nabokov’s world was far more successful though. Not only did I race through the book, […]

Margaret Atwood – Oryx and Crake

It was in September 2009 when I purchased Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, and it’s been sitting on my shelf since, feeling slightly neglected. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the book, so procrastination played its part in the delay, but I finally did pull it out, being in the mood for some post-apocalyptic fiction. My Atwood […]

Haruki Murakami – South of the Border, West of the Sun

This is the fifth book by Murakami that I have read, and excluding What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, I have to say it’s the most subtle. The magical realism and bizarreness that I expect from Murakami’s writing is missing, which is almost disappointing. However, this book is strangely reminiscent of Norwegian […]

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