2:46 : Aftershocks : Stories from the Japan Earthquake by Various

A quick rundown… Short vignettes from those affected by 2011's Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant meltdown. Strengths: The raw emotion. Weaknesses: I would have liked to hear more, but I understand this was a difficult time. Why I read it: I love Japan and its people. Pages: 86 (ebook) Published: 2009 Publisher: Quakebook Setting: Japan... Continue Reading →


Coventry by Helen Humphreys

In a nutshell… The story of two women the night Coventry was bombed during World War II. Strengths: Conveys emotion of that night well, excellent prose. Weaknesses: Too short! Why I read it: Sounded interesting Pages: 177 Published: 2009 Publisher: Harper Collins Canada Setting: Coventry, England Rating: 9 out of 10 If you liked this,... Continue Reading →

Villain by Shuichi Yoshida

In a nutshell… The discovery of who murdered a young woman in Japan. Strengths: Characters, how the characters interact Weaknesses: Some may find it difficult to keep up with the names Why I read it: Bought with gift voucher Pages: 304 Published: 2010  Publisher: Harvill Secker Setting: Japan Rating: 9 out of 10 If you liked... Continue Reading →

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

In a nutshell… It's a book of short stories connected loosely by characters, told in a variety of styles. Strengths: It's original. Weaknesses: It doesn't always work. Why I read it: Part of the Goodreads Book Club Pages: 274 Published: 2010  Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Setting: America Rating: 6 out of 10 If you liked this,... Continue Reading →

The Siege by Helen Dunmore

I came to read The Siege in rather a roundabout way. I bought the sequel, The Betrayal, at Singapore’s Changi airport with my last Singaporean dollars due to its interesting cover and its Stalinist Russia setting. Settling in to read this book at home the next day, my first thought was ‘Uh-oh! Sequel!’ Thanks to... Continue Reading →

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

I received this book for Christmas from my parents. My mum had been lining up to meet Ken Follett to have Fall of Giants signed when she was recommended this book by someone else in the queue. “It’s about the building of a cathedral,” the gentleman raved, “Your daughter will love it.” Now, my mother... Continue Reading →

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