Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Books & Authors I Liked

Enid Blyton
my book shelf

A list perpetually in the making...Some books in here are the ones I liked at the time i read them, not sure if all of them would fascinate me as much (chances are they would)...Not a comprehensive list again....

  1. Enid Blyton - Enid Blyton Wiki Page
  2. Harper Lee
    • Pink Whistle - Read this and binkle & flip even now in the pretext of reading it to my son
    • Binkle & Flip (book of bunnies)
  3. Amar Chitra Khata - Most of them - need to thank the publication for information and interest kindled
  4. Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Ema Orczy
  5. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  6. To Sir With love - E R Braithwaite (never tire of reading it - highlly recommended)
  7. Mahabharata for kids by Rajagopalachari
  8. Who moved my cheese by Spencer Johonson 
  9. Sex is not a four letter word by Dr.Sudhakar Krishnamurti- A must read-informative& humorous - About sudhakar Krishnamurti
  10. Animal Farm - George Orwell
  11. To Kill a mocking bird - Harper Lee
  12. Harry Potter - J K Rowling
  13. The suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
  14. The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga
  15. The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hameed
  16. Arthur Hailey: Have loved all his books few lines have stayed with me one is from Strong Medicine - a lesser man will have reminded me, he told me so..... his books gives one an insight into the working of the industry - Arthur Hailey - Wiki page
    • Final diagnosis
    • Overload
    • Airport
    • Hotel
    • Strong Medicine
    • Evening news
    • Arthur Hailey
    • Runway Zero eight - Not many pages,quick read, good one (also published as flight into danger)
  17. A J Cronin - Another all time favourite - have loved all his books - A J Cronin wikipage
  18. A J Cronin
    • Citadel
    • Pocketful of rye
    • The Keys of the kingdom (loved this book)
  19. A J Quinnell - A J Quinnell wiki page
    • The Mahadi
    • The Siege of silence
    • In the name of the father (outstanding - a must read)
  20. Dan Brown
    • Da vinci Code
    • Deception Point
    • Angels & Demons
  21. Dominique Lapierre
  22. Henry Denker
    • Freedom at midnight (Indian Independence movement) (With Larry Collins)
    • O Jerusalem (Birth of Israel) (written with Larry Collins)
    • Five Past Midnight in Bhopal  ( written with Javier Moro)
  23. Frederick Forsyth Have liked most of his books
    • Icon
    • Odessa File
    • The Devil' alternative
  24. Henry Denker - Brilliant - exceptional work - loved his books - Relatively lesser known
    • The Choice
    • Kate Kincaid
    • Outrage
    • The Experiment
  25. Humphrey Hawksley
    • Dragon fire
    • Dragon strike
    • The Third world war
  26. Jeffrey Archer: Loved all his books except the Prison diaries,they got drab after a point - one book should have done it... About Jeffrey Archer
  27. Jeffrey Archer
    • Shall we tell the president (more so since it was the first Archer I read)
    • As the Crow Flies
    • Kane & Able
    • Not a penny less, not a penny more
    • The fourth Estate
    • A Matter of Honour
    • Prisoner by birth (loved the way he flicked Count of Monte Cristo)
    • Sons of fortune
    • First among equals
    • Paths of glory
  28. John Grisham - Like most of  his books About John Grisham
  29. John Grisham
    • The Berthen
    • The Rainmaker
    • The Runaway Jury
    • The Juror
    • The Pelican Brief
    • The Client
    • A Time to kill
    • The Innocent Man (True Story - non fiction) liked it a lot
  30. Ken Follet - Another author where in I have liked all his books About Ken Follett
  31. Ken Follet
    • Eye of the needle
    • On wings of eagles (true story - Ross Perot's rescue of EDS employees from Iran)
    • Lie down with the lions
    • Pillars of the earth
    • World without end
  32. Leon Uris
    • Exodus
    • The Haj
  33. Ramesh Menon:
    • Shiva Puranam
    • Ramayanam
  34. Richard Bach: The first one  is a must read - the rest depends, as for myself liked them all. The rest many would find slow paced and far fetched - About Richard Bach
  35. Richard Bach
    • Jonathan Livingston the seagull
    • Bi Plane
    • illusions
    • The Bridge Across forever
    • One
  36. Robert Fulghum - Man with a varied background, the richness of which shows in his works.simple writing style.Brilliant body of work - About Robert Fulghum
  37. Robert Fulghum
    • All I needed to learn, I learnt in kindergarten
    • Uh-Oh - some observations from both sides of the refrigerator door
    • From beginning to end  The rituals of our life
    • It Was on fire when I lay down on it
    • Maybe Maybe not
  38. Stieg Larson
    • The girl with a dragon tattoo
    • The girl that played with fire
    • The girl who kicked the hornet's nest
  39. Wilbur smith - Finds mention given a few brilliant pages.The elephant song - In the first few pages, the forest warden explains how & why culling the elephants is essential, the pain is  well captured. In Eagle in the sky the last few pages stand out - where the protagonist is making up his mind on what is the right thing to do. All his books have a fair share of Africa in it. Commendable body of work - About Wilbur Smith
  40. Wilbur Smith
    • Eagle in the sky 
    • Elephant Song
  41. Biographies
    • SMG a Biography of Sunil Manhor Gavaskar by Devendra Prabhudesai
    • Head On - Ian Botham
    • Open - Andre Agasi
    • Serious - John McEnroe
    • Pele - Pele
    • Straight from the gut - Jack Welch
    • Iacoccca an autobiography
    • Made in Japan - Akio Morita -Sony
    • Screw it lets do it & Loosing my virginity - Richard Branson
    • Who says Elephants can't dance - how i turned around IBM - Louis Gerstner Jr


  1. That's an exhaustive list..
    Will take your reco, after finishing you know what series :)

    Interestingly I was just commenting to a frd(Satish) who has suggested me a few titles to read and sharpen my feminist ideas :))) Some titles are enticing.. You may like too.. copy pasting for your ref

    1.Simone de Beauvoir-The Second Sex
    2. Kate Millet-Sexual Politics
    3. Mary Ellman -Thinking About Women
    Ellman wries: Books by women are treated as though they themselves were women, an criticism embarks, at its happiest, upon an intellectual measuring of busts and hips.

    4. Elaine Showalter-A Literature of Their Own
    5. Sandra M Gilbert & Susan Gubar- The Mad Woman in the Attic
    6.Literary Women-Ellen Moes
    7. Helene Cixous-An Imaginary Utopia
    8.Luce Irigaray-Looking Glass
    9. Toril Moi-Sexual/Texual Politics

  2. Thanks...current to read list (as in books bought not read) is big..after that will get your list...