Books

Back to writing about things I like. 🙂 (Ok ok I know I wrote only one post about things I don’t like). By the way, I had written only half of this post when I found that my friend Brindha had also written about her favourite books in her blog today! Talk about coincidence! Btw, we both have somewhat similar taste when it comes to books. 🙂
After music, it’s books that I enjoy the most. However, the past one year, the number of books that I am reading has come down. I hardly read some 1 or 2 books a month these days. 😦

Now, a list of my favourite books/authors:
1. Perry Mason series by Erle Stanley Gardner
No one can match Perry Mason’s wit when it comes to arguing cases in court! I am yet to read only 15 of the total 86 Perry Mason novels. That is because I am not able to get hold of those. 😦
2. Robin Cook’s novels
Initially, I used to hate reading about stuff related to medicine. In fact, I stopped reading ‘Coma’ halfway. But, I decided to give Robin Cook’s novels a try once more and got hooked onto it. I am yet to read only one book of his.
3. Erich Segal’s novels
The first book of Erich Segal’s that I read was ‘Doctors’. It is my most favourite book now. The best thing about Erich Segal’s books is the way he describes the human emotions, feelings. He makes sure that you are able to relate to the feelings of the characters. (I will try to come up with a separate post on Erich Segal’s books sometime soon.) Though I like all his books, apart from ‘Doctors’, my other favourites are ‘Only Love’ and ‘Man, Woman and Child’. I have read these 3 books many times.
4. R.K.Narayan’s books
Any Indian will be able to relate to the characters in his novels.
5. Harry Potter
I started reading it only after the first 4 books got released but like many, I have also become crazy about Harry Potter. I am eagerly waiting for the next book to get released.
6. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
7. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
These two books are the ones that I found inspirational.

Other books that I like (I don’t like these as much as the ones that I have listed above):
1. Dan Brown’s
I liked ‘Angels and Demons’ more than ‘Da Vinci Code’.
2. Kane and Abel, The Prodigal Daughter and Shall We Tell The President by Jeffrey Archer

Books that I don’t like reading:
1. Sidney Sheldon’s
2. Mills and Boon – So many of my friends are crazy about it!

Book am currently reading:
Fountainhead by Ayn Rand – I still have some 300 pages left.

Books am planning to read next:
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

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18 Comments

  1. Hell's Angel said,

    February 19, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    same pinch!!

  2. Aart said,

    February 20, 2007 at 4:29 am

    hello!
    I like reading and I also love the work of Paulo Coelho!!!! Do you know that he is launching his new
    book, The Witch of Portobello, through his blog
    http://www.paulocoelhoblog.com?
    I found it out because i’m inscibed to his newsletter
    http://www.warriorofthelight.com/engl/index.html
    it’s simply wonderful!
    have a nice day!

  3. ranjhith said,

    February 20, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    > Perry Mason series

    I know yet another lady fond of this! Why is that so? Do women want to brush up their debating skills for something in future? >:OP

    Ho cool. Looks like you have a long legacy of reading books. Do keep us updated on the good reads you come across. Thanks for the list. Will pick 7 for my reading. >:O)

  4. Prabhu said,

    February 20, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    Della Street 🙂

  5. Sathej said,

    February 20, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    The Alchemist made good reading.I like RK Narayan’s books.Have read many of them.I don’t like Harry Potter.I bought just one book and read it partly.
    Sathej

  6. Aparna said,

    February 20, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    Hell’s Angel,
    🙂

    Aart,
    Thanks a lot for the info! I didn’t know that. I will check out the newsletter too.

    Ranjhith,
    Of course we want to 😛
    Don’t forget to let me know whether you liked the book.

    Prabhu,
    You too read Perry Mason?

    Sathej,
    Apart from ‘The Financial Expert’, I have read all other books by R.K.Narayan. What are the ones that you have read?

  7. Sathej said,

    February 20, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    I have read all his books other than Malgudi Days.I have read The Financial Expert.
    Sathej

  8. adiya said,

    February 21, 2007 at 7:55 am

    🙂 ethu ellam padikanum asai dhaan … padicha thookkam thookama varudhu.. namma area ellam punthilar, c.i.d larens, iron-hand mayavi etc etc

  9. Mathangi said,

    February 21, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    hey.. try to read greatness guide by robin sharma.. its very inspiring..

  10. Prabhu said,

    February 22, 2007 at 9:50 am

    Read Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress it is too good..

  11. yuva said,

    February 22, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    *) you can easy catalog your books at LibraryThing and link it to your blogs — browse thru http://www.librarything.com/catalog/iamyuva

    *) if I may.. few additions:
    if you like Ayn Rand then you would like The New Intellectual
    http://toogood2read.blogspot.com/2006/08/for-new-intellectual-by-ayn-rand.html

    if you like Alchemist then you would like The Zahir
    http://toogood2read.blogspot.com/search/label/Paulo%20Coelho

    I moved your Cheese — talks about inspirational books and its (little)impact.

    *) special appreciation for not like — M&B

  12. Aparna said,

    February 22, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    Sathej,
    Read ‘Malgudi Days’ soon! It is one of R.K.Narayan’s best!

    Adiya,
    hmmmm thookkam varalannaa oru booka kaila eduttha porumnu sollunga 😛

    Mathangi,
    Ok I will read it sometime.

  13. Aparna said,

    February 22, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    Prabhu,
    I have read both Digital Fortress and Deception Point of Dan Brown. They were good.
    And, seems like you read quite a few posts of mine today. Thank you and do keep visiting my blog!

    Yuva,
    Thanks for the link and suggestions. Will try to read those sometime. Btw, I am yet to decide whether I like Ayn Rand! And, hey, thanks for the appreciation 🙂

  14. chillpilgrim said,

    March 8, 2007 at 12:59 am

    My Top 10 List of Fav Novels are as follows :

    1) Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett – The man has some writing talent to have kept me engrossed in a book that was as thick as my pillow and the story spanned 3 generations. Read it. Its magnetic and unputdownable.

    2) Kane and Abel – Jeffrey Archer – Pure Class… Pure Story Telling

    3) The Prodigal Daughter – Jeffrey Archer – Sequel to Kane and Abel

    4) The Fourth Estate – Jeffrey Archer – You musta guessed I love Jeffrey by now.

    5) A Prayer for the Dying – Jack Higgins – The legendary Mike Fallon character still remains fresh in my mind.

    6) Stars shine down – Sidney Sheldon – Lara character portrayal was amazing.

    7) Windmills of the Gods – Sidney Sheldon – Kept me guessing till the end.

    8)Lie down with the lions – Ken Follett – I was almost in afghanistan when I read this book, it was so real.

    9)The Third Twin – Ken Follett – Again a gripping rural urban american story….

    10)The Hospital – Arthur Hailey – Wow, a medical fiction very very well etched.

  15. ranjhith said,

    May 9, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    I did read “Who moved my cheese” a month ago. Felt nothing to be great. But, picked this up: “Embrace Change”. Thanks for the referral & an expense of 125 INR. 🙂

  16. Aparna said,

    May 9, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    Ranjhith,
    Even I don’t find anything great in that book now! 🙂
    Btw, who asked you to buy the book? I borrow books from my library for 10 or 15 bucks.

  17. arvind said,

    August 15, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    havn’t u read irwing wallace books … give it a try …
    and how come u don’t like sheldon..??? 🙂

  18. Aparna said,

    August 15, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    Arvind,
    I havent. Will try to read Irwing wallace
    I dont know why but, I cant stand Sheldon’s novels!


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