The other day, a bloggerfriend behind the blog Gem-osophy suggested that I list down my favourite books in the next Thursday Thirteen.
Now, I've been a bit slow in participating in this activity mainly because I completely forget it is Thursday, and by the time I remember, my brains refuse to co-operate with me in coming up with good TT ideas.
Therefore, here is a list of books I have read and enjoyed throughout these years in no particular order.
1. The Catcher in The Rye: by JD Salinger
Holden Caulfield is one of the most captivating characters there ever was. I greatly enjoy reading this book because his thoughts on his surroundings are usually things that we think ourselves but never say aloud!
2. The Harry Potter books: by JK Rowling
This might be called cheating, because there are 6 books under the series now, and I happen to like them all, albeit for different reasons!
3. Anne of Green Gables: by LM Montgomery
Of all the books in the series, this one is my all time favourite.
4. God Knows by Joseph Heller:
This book killed me. Despite the title that uses the word 'God' which is supposedly connected to being something serious, this book kept me in giggling fits that had my roomate look at me nervously from time to time. She should have known me better!
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This was a book that I first read at the age of 19, mainly because the library didn't have it. Till today, I think I have reread the book so many times that it looks quite worn. The book is simply amazing as Scout's narration enables us to imagine the story magnificently.
6. The Adrian Mole books by Sue Townsend:
Another cheating case, but it's hard to tell whether I prefer Aidy at 13 and 3/4 or at 30. Aidy's life is like a tragic soap opera, but it's so honestly funny that I keep rereading it, especially when I myself am feeling down. I just finished rereading Cappuccino Years on Sunday.
7. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy:
This was one of the most mysterious books (it's not a mystery novel per se) I have ever read, because not only was it cryptic, but the tale was intervowen so intricately that you find out what really happened in the very end, although peeking at the back of the book when you're halfway there doesn't help one bit!
8. The Rainmaker by John Grisham:
This was the very first Grisham novel that I ever read, and it gripped me right from the start. The principal character's endeavours to get a job reminded me of my attempts to secure employment when I first graduated. It was painfully disasterous. I just connected with the character like that.
9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon:
A first person narrative where the narrator is a 15 year old boy with the gift for numbers. We get a glimpse into how his mind works and how he overcomes his fear and travels to London all by himself to search for his mom after finding out a bitter truth.
10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott:
This is one of my favourite classic books. It's not desperately tragic, neither is it predictable (I'm sure most people would have never expected Jo to reject Laurie)
11. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien:
Now, this book took me about a year to finish. (My version happens to be the paperback with all the 6 books (or 3 books based on the movie) and the appendix) This was because after the fun filled and sunny chapters of the carefree and happy lives of the hobbits, there came the dark parts about evil pervading middle earth, and Mordor and such, and I procrastinated, and hesitated reading the book until much later.
12. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom:
This book is one of my favourite non-fiction books. If it hadn't been mistakenly labelled as fiction by the librarian, I would have never come across it!
13. Last Act by Christoper Pike:
This book is a special mention as it is the one and only Christopher Pike book at home. I've read it so many times that the book has fallen apart, and is currently bandaged in sellotape.
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