Books I Love

 “Life is rather above the measure of us all (save for a very few perhaps). We all need literature that is above our measure--though we may not have sufficient energy for it all the time.”- J.R.R.Tolkien

I have tried to understand what makes me love a book. Is it the writing? The story? The characters? The themes? Or a combination of some or all of them? I truly don't know. Maybe one day the combination that hits my mental and emotional sweet-spot will reveal itself to me. But, for now, all I can recognize is the warm, heady feeling that surrounds me as I dive and lose myself into words that craft exquisite worlds. These books generate that feeling in me...

Fiction:
  1. Animal Farm - George Orwell
  2. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
  3. Aunts Aren't Gentlemen - P.G.Wodehouse 
  4. Brinkley Manor / Right Ho Jeeves - P.G.Wodehouse
  5. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  6. Cutting For Stone - Abraham Verghese  
  7. Flatland - Edwin A. Abott
  8. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
  9. Galahad at Blandings - P.G.Wodehouse
  10. Grimm's Fairy Tales - Brothers Grimm 
  11. Haroun and The Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie 
  12. Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling
  13. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  14. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
  15. Life of Pi - Yenn Martel  
  16. Making Faces - Amy Harmon
  17. Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
  18. Pigs Have Wings - P.G.Wodehouse
  19. Ponniyin Selvan - Kalki Krishnamurthy
  20. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  21. Room - Emma Donoghue
  22. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen 
  23. Siddhartha - Herman Hesse 
  24. Tess of the D'ubervilles - Thomas Hardy
  25. Thank You Jeeves - P. G. Wodehouse
  26. The Adventures of the Wishing Chair / The Wishing Chair Again / More Wishing Chair Stories - Enid Blyton
  27. The Age of Shiva - Manil Suri
  28. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  29. The Code of the Woosters - P.G.Wodehouse
  30. The Enchanted Wood / The Magic Faraway Tree / The Folk of the Faraway Tree - Enid Blyton 
  31. The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen - Hans Christian Andersen
  32. The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy 
  33. The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt
  34. The Good Earth - Pearl Buck
  35. The Great Gatsby - Scott Fitzgerald
  36. The Hidden Flower - Pearl Buck
  37. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
  38. The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo
  39. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
  40. The Secret Garden - Frances Hogdson Burnett
  41. The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd  
Non-Fiction:
  1. Design Meets Disability - Graham Pullin
  2. Man’s Search for Meaning - Victor Frankl 
  3. Play Therapy - Virginia Axline
  4. Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors - Carl Sagan
  5. Sophie's World - Jostein Gaarder
  6. The Art of Choosing - Sheena Iyengar 
  7. The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran
  8. The Moral Animal - Robert Wright
  9. Unveiling India - Anees Jung

2 comments:

GS said...

Knowing you is a good feeling. You write well. More on this soon.

Neeraja said...

Thanks for the kind words GS :). Glad to connect with you!