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Book List 2016

Keeping in with tradition here’s the list of books read the Bookhad admins this year. It was a conscious effort to read books by various countries because there’s so much more to literature than the Western canon. Therefore, this year’s Bookhad book list is arranged by country. We’ve also thrown in a couple of short stories we read. Continue reading “Book List 2016”


The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared – Review

Book: The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
Author: Jonas Jonasson
Year: 2009
Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

There are only two things I can do better than most people. One of them is to make vodka from goats’ milk, and the other is to put together an atom bomb.

The book was suggested, and delivered, by Bookhad’s other half. Apparently, I was reading morose books which blackened my perception towards the future. I couldn’t agree more.

The books that I had been reading the past year weren’t doing me any good and I looked forward to read something light. I turned to the other half and, voila, the book was sent within 2 days. The other half has been reading books from around the world and I wasn’t surprised I was sent a Swedish book.

Allan Karlsson was soon turning 100 and he decided that he didn’t want to really celebrate it with Director Alice and the other inmates at the old age home. He and Alice could barely look each other in the eye without arguing and fighting and arguing some more. He’s sick of it all. So he does what anyone would do who wanted to escape. Continue reading “The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared – Review”

Doctors – Review

Book: Doctors
Author: Erich Segal
Year: 1988
Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

A real physician almost never seeks another doctor’s help. For they all are painfully aware of just how little anybody understands about curing the sick.

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Habibi – In Pictures

Book: Habibi
Author: Craig Thompson
Year: 2011
Bookhad Rating: —

Departing from the usual review format, this post will not delve into the merits and pitfalls of reading a novel and its larger social context. Instead, we’re going to give you a series of reasons to decide for yourself if you want to read this massive graphic novel. Whether you, as a reader, end up tired by the narrative or appreciate the whole as it is greater than the sum of its parts, is up to you. Continue reading “Habibi – In Pictures”

The Spice Box Letters – Review

Book: The Spice Box Letters
Author: Eve Makis
Year: 2015
Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

When Eve Makis was writing The Spice Box Letters, her literary agent left her because the agent believed, “No one cares about the Armenian genocide.” It’s rather ironic the scant storytelling of the Armenian genocide in popular literature given that it is the second-most studied extermination of an entire race after the Holocaust, and it resulted in the systemic elimination of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman government in Turkey. Published in 2015, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, The Spice Box Letters traces the stories of two Armenian siblings violently separated during their deportation from Eastern Turkey in 1915.  Continue reading “The Spice Box Letters – Review”

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Review

Book: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Author: Ken Kesey
Year: 1962
Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

He knows that you have to laugh at the things that hurt you just to keep yourself in balance, just to keep the world from running you plumb crazy.

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Brave New World – Review

Book: Brave New World
Author: Aldous Huxley
Year: 1931
Bookhad Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

“All right then,” said the savage defiantly, I’m claiming the right to be unhappy.”
“Not to mention the right to grow old and ugly and impotent; the right to have syphilis and cancer; the right to have too little to eat, the right to be lousy; the right to live in constant apprehension of what may happen tomorrow; the right to catch typhoid; the right to be tortured by unspeakable pains of every kind.”
There was a long silence.
“I claim them all,” said the Savage at last.”

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