Books have been my best friends since the time I was 5 or 6 years old. I love reading all kinds of fiction books. Over the years, the reading has slowed down a bit, but I have promised myself never to let go of my favorite hobby.
Listed below are some of my favorite books in no particular order. They are my favorites because it has that special something in the book which makes me remember the story even now after many years. Some of them I love so much, that I have read them multiple times and enjoy it every time I read it.
- Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen – The story of an English family in the 18th Century. The mother of 5 daughters is trying to get her daughters married off to rich guys without having to pay a dowry. This lands the protagonists in some funny situations. It also pokes fun at British politeness. The story has a lot of similarities with our Indian arranged marriages and dowry system. Every time I read it, I fall in love with Mr. Darcy all over again. The book has been made as movies many times. But the best is the BBC Mini series of the same name.
- Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell – This is a 1000 page book and its huge. It covers the lives of its protagonists through the American Civil War. The lead pair of Scarlett O’Hara, who is a rebellious unlady-like person, and Rhett Butler, who does everything against the rules, are simply lovable. If you think the book is huge, watch the movie. It is equally good.
- Triple, Ken Follett – This novel is about how a group of people come together to find and smuggle Uranium used for making nuclear weapons. They do it in such a way, that nobody is even aware that it has been stolen. It’s a pure, edge of the seat, nail-biting spy thriller.
- Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett – I love sagas and history. Both of it is in ample dosages in this novel which traces the building of a church in Ancient times. It details the life and times of the people who live and work together in building one of the greatest Churches. It has a wide variety of characters and all shades of them. It is also a lovely mini-series by BBC.
- Not a Penny more Not a Penny Less, Jeffrey Archer – 4 people are cheated by a business magnate. They realise that they have lost their hard-earned money because of this magnate. They group and plan to retrieve the money back. Not a Penny more, not a penny less. Meticulously detailed and funny.
- Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie – I love all her novels. This one is special because of the strategy in the story with a whole lot of characters. The suspense is maintained till the last chapter. Beautifully written.
- The Bone Collector, Jeffrey Deaver – This is about a serial killer. What makes it unique is, the serial killer always stays a bit ahead of the police. The chases and the misses in this are too close for comfort. Just when you think that the killer is identified and neutralized, it is revealed that the killer was setting up someone else as a suspect. It literally makes your heart race.
- The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy – This is a dark story, very depressing. But why I loved it, is because of the painstakingly researched work of human emotions. Beautiful read with very vivid imagery. The story just doesn’t leave us.
- On, Off – Colleen McCullough – This is another suspense thriller having a serial killer. This book has the most unusual ending I have read. The killer escapes. He frees himself in such a manner, that he has become more dangerous as his crime sheet is cleared.
- Harry Potter series, J K Rowling – If you have enjoyed the movie, remember the book is 10 times better than the movie. Though it is the same old formula book of good versus evil, the whole magical wizards and their lives, makes this very interesting. There are no limits to the imaginations of Ms. Rowling.
When writing this list, I realised there are many more books which I have loved. Maybe, next time have a list of favorite authors.
This post is for Indispire Indiblogger – Submit a list of your 10 favourite books with reasons as to why they made it to your list. Let us try to complete a circle and compile a list of books we are yet to pick.