Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Book novels kitaab text etc

I am generally considered to be a bibliophile or in other words a ‘bookworm’. My advice is generally sought out on matters related to reviews of books, asking about an author and all other sundry matters related to the collection of written texts. Though I don’t profess to be an all knowing Guru of book-ish knowledge, still I enjoy the tag. What I don’t exactly enjoy is answering the same old query almost everyone asks, “yaar, which book should I buy / read?”


If you think its easy, well, retrospect! For I may recommend a Mills & Boon to my young cousin, however I would recommend the Bhagwat gita to my old uncle. The trick of the trade is, my readers, to know the likes and general dislikes of a person; the personality in short.


That’s what gets me wondering – Is there no such list which can cater to all & sundry without prejudice to sex, age and proficiency in the English language? There are many such top 100 lists out there on the net but nothing for the junta who are willing to read but don’t know what to read.


Thinking of all the books I have read, heard or even just skimmed through, I can list some books that can cater to this vast segmented populace. This list is for the general public who want to read a book, but don’t consider themselves to be avid readers. The list is from my limited repository of books and excludes books which I have not read. So if you think some book is missing its rightful place here, please do drop a note.


So read away:


1. Animal farm – George Orwell.

2. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho.

3. Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien.

4. The Da vinci code – Dan brown

5. A walk to remember - Nicholas Sparks

6. The Kite runner - Khaled Hosseini

7. To kill a mocking bird – Harper Lee

8. A short history of nearly everything – Bill Bryson

9. The collected short stories by Jeffrey Archer

10. Treasure island - Robert Louis Stevenson

I have left out classics like Atlas Shrugged, Fountainhead, Lord of the Flies, Pride & Prejudice among many others. It wasn’t that they were not deserving, but they would not fit the reading list of the general population. But, I would not like to discourage anyone from reading further. If there is a specific genre you are looking for, please see this useful page: - Penguin List


In the end, I ask everyone reading this page to take a minute and just COMMENT on what your favorite book is till date. Thanks

14 comments:

Imprints said...

The Fountainhead ( Ayn Rand) and Nights in Rodanthe ( Nicholas Sparks). And many more...

athy said...

the god of small things(arundhati roy) and the bourne identity(robert ludlum),,,,,ur top 10 list is freakishly close 2 the limited number of classics i've read

Isha said...

The fountain head, to kill a mockingbird, the prophet, 1984 and a few more...

neither here nor there could be added to ur list..

Parul said...

Sidney sheldon books for ladies and robert ludlum for guys

Dhruv said...

Fountainhead is a great book. Bourne identity will only identify with the under 25 agegroup. 1984 is another orwellian classic!
P&P? naah, I will give it a miss...

Anil said...

I think you should read " Pride and Prejudice " by Jane Austen..

Anil said...

Then go with " Catch 22 ".. U will like that...

Dhruv said...

Hve read it!

priya said...

The Alchemist(Paulo Coelho)......

deepti said...

A Walk to Remember

(Nicholas Sparks)It's a beautiful love story and I encourage anyone interested to read it! :)

deepti said...

A Walk to Remember(Nicholas Sparks)

It's a beautiful love story and I encourage anyone interested to read it! :)

Anonymous said...

started alchemist...but lost interest...ny ways i wish to read your book....please mail me a copy at jaspreet319@yahoo.com...\

havn't read many books so far....out of few that i read Trust Me by Rajshree is my fav...its kinda chick lit...but i found it really heart touching.

btw how did you land on my blog, its hag got no interesting post and almost null visitors... :P

Jun Tao said...

Zhen sancai tuhui is great china book. Indians must read it.

Anuj said...

TRY readin Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History of time' . . . It's a completely scientific book but, interestingly, has the word 'God' on almost every 10th page of it . . . .