Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Top Ten Novels Blog Fest

 I caught this Blog Fest  on Madeleine’s Blog a bit late. I just hope my post makes the deadline. It’s  
  been a bit of a rush to gather my top ten favourites from the different corners of my mind.

My Top  10 is in random order.

  1. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth.  Set in post - independence,  post - partition India. A book I read 13 years back. Its the story of every Indian mother who has a daughter of marriageable  age. The book is about the ups and downs of the journey to find a suitable boy.

  1. The Crow Eaters by Bapsi Sidhwa. A humorous tale that plunges us into the heart of a parsi  community  with the protagonist  Faredoon (Freddie)  Junglewalla. The pages are   replete with the  customs and unique traits of the  parsi community.

  1. Matilda by Roald Dahl. Matilda was my first encounter with the amazing Roald Dahl. Matilda Wormwood who loved to read from the age of two was stuck with parents who had no interest in her whatsoever, she  wormed her way into my heart and has continued to stay there.

  1. Artemis Fowl By Eoin Colfer. The anti hero  is  my personal favourite.

  1. The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. The story set in Ayemenem Kerala about  twins Rahel and Estha   who are trapped in a rigidly pre- determined social niche  where the female characters suffer twice as much as the male characters  shows the hypocrisy prevalent in our society.

  1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I  personally felt that it explored  plenty of themes :jealousy, hypocrisy, infidelity, family, marriage, society. It presented a vast panorama of Russian Life.

  1. Wuthering Heights a  gothic  novel by Emily Bronte needs no introduction. Heathcliff, Catherine  Earnshaw and Edgar Linton are popular  and memorable literary figures.

  1. Harry Potter books  by J.K Rowling. All the seven books are my favourite. Magic and Hogwarts  completely bewitched me.

  1. The Lord Of  The Rings by J.R.R Tolkein is another perennial favourite. This Epic high fantasy novel was my introduction to Tolkein.

  1. Gone with the Wind By Margaret Mitchell was a book I read in  high school. Both the book and the movie will remain fresh in my mind  forever.

      Feel free to name your favourites. I would love to know.



  1. Ooh I enjoyed reading The Crow Eaters too and I also love H Potter and Matilda. Lots of your choices are wonderfully romantic. Thanks for sharing.:O)

  2. Hi Rachna, I've come from Madeleine's blog
    I love Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl, I've read Matilda and Wuthering Heights also. Thanks for sharing your favourites!

  3. This is a wonderful idea. We share a few favorites:)
    Have a good week,

  4. Yay! Books in common! I thought the God of Small Things was really beautifully written. And I love Harry Potter, Matilda (anything Roald Dahl really) and the Lord of the Rings :-)

  5. Oh, I forgot about Wuthering Heights! Love that one!

  6. Wow. What a great list. I've only read Matilda and Wuthering Heights, but I really should read Gone with the Wind! Thank you for sharing.

    Top Ten Novels Blogfest

  7. I adore Roald Dahl, although I must admit I've only seen Matilda and James (Giant Peach) in their movie personas. Thanks for reminding me; I will add them to my book list.

    As a lover of fantasy, of course, Harry P. and Lord of the Ring are on my list of favorites. But I am intrigued by some of the Indian novels as well.

    Thanks for a great list!

  8. Oooh, thanks for all the awesome titles we don't hear so much about on this side of the pond! I'll have to find them and write up a review.

  9. I love "Matilda." And you just gave me an idea. My second grade teacher was very much like Mrs. Trunchbull. I will write about that in a future blog posting.

    Thanks for sharing your favorites.

    Saloma Furlong

  10. Fantastic list! Love Vikram Seth and Arundhati Roy. And haven't read Wuthering Heights in ages, but of course, it's a great novel. Thanks for this post. I really enjoyed it.

  11. Love your list, Rachna. I've read most of them and agree with you on Lord of the Rings, God of Small Things, and Harry Potter. I still haven't read A Suitable Boy although it's on my list.


  12. Hi Friends....It was nice to read everyone's favourite top ten books. Though there were few books we all had in common, there were other books I had never heard about. I made a list of all those books. For the next few months my reading list is taken care of. :)

  13. Loved your list, Rachna! And I really loved Friday's post! I'm going to tweet it!

  14. Great list, Rachna! Wuthering Heights and A Suitable Boy would be on my top twenty I think. I loved Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre when I read them first in school. As for A Suitable Boy, I ploughed through it valiantly many years ago. I did like his writing and the story, but at 1500 pages it really tested my patience. My sister has done the wise thing and saved it for her retirement!

  15. I loved Wally Lam's earlier books, as well as White Oleander by Janet Fitch. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath has helped mold me as a writer too.

  16. well that's certainly a range of books you've listed. I love Lord of the Rings also plus the White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey, Perfume by a German writer whose name escapes me right now. I'm currently reading Chocolat by Joanne Harris. Love it.

  17. I left a comment and then clicked off too soon! I've never read Gone with the Wind! How awful is that???

  18. I liked your list, Rachna. For one thing, I love recommendations for my next reads, and now I plan to read some the ones on your list I haven't read before. Favorites of mine: I love the books by R. K. Narayan, especially The English Professor and The Dark Room. Also, (I've been harping on this book lately, it was so good,) To Kill a Mockingbird. Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice grabbed me. As did The Kite Runner, Tortilla Sun, A String in the Harp, and the Crystal Cave. I don't know how people can narrow down one list. There are so many good things out there. And I am ashamed to say I never read The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings. Classics! But I never got to them. However, The Five Children by Edith Nesbit were just grand reads!

  19. Matilda is great, and could easily have turned up on my list, I ended up with a different Dahl instead.

    I started reading The Lord Of The Rings just before the films started coming out an what with one thing and another I didn't finish The Two Towers before it had long since left the cinemas.

    I still haven't gotten around to reading Harry Potter 7.

    Dave Wrote This