Wednesday, September 10, 2014

10 books which have stayed with me

Since this is a list of books that have ‘stayed with me’, I have desisted from picking books which I read in 2014 or 2013 (or else books like ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’, ‘Unaccustomed Earth’, ‘The Lowlands’, ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ and ‘Autobiography of Agatha Christie’ would have surely made this task of picking only 10 books extremely difficult, though I must say that the task was still equally ‘extremely’ difficult and I had to bow in to my heart by including some personal favorites under the guise of the convenient category we love calling as ‘special mentions’.)    J

So, these are my 10 and I am not ranking them (so please do not agitate your brains):

1. War and Peace (love in the backdrop of war), written by Leo Tolstoy

2. The diary of a young girl (the memoir of a Jewish girl during Hitler's regime), written by Anne Frank

3. Papillon (autobiography of a convict) by Henri Cherriere

4. Harry Potter (you know what), written by you know who

5. Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Jules Verne)

6. The man-eaters of Kumaon (terribly thrilling tiger tales from British-ruled India), written by Jim Corbett

7. The Famous Five series (involves my first literary crush Anne), written by Enid Blyton

8. The hound of the Baskervilles (a pastoral horror setting), written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

9. Tales of Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe

10. Albert Einstein- a short biography (by RK Murthi)

Special mentions:

11.  Mixed Blessings (Danielle  Steel)

12. A walk to remember (Nicholas Sparks)

13. Malgudi days (RK Narayan)

14. Curtain- Poirot's last case (by Agatha Christie)

15. The murder of Roger Acroyd (a path - breaking crime novel), written by Agatha Christie

-Ritesh Agarwal,
Date: 10th September, 2014


  1. I've lot left to read in this list :P

    1. But maybe I can say the same if I look at your list ;)

  2. Interesting list!!!

    You had a crush on Anne? :D
    Err...I had one on Julian back then...

    I guess we all meet our first love somewhere between the pages of a book ;)

    1. Hehe, nicely stated. Yup, often a lonely soul finds another lonely soul in the pages of a book :/

  3. I liked frank's diary too but after some 150 pages or so, it becomes a drag :P

    1. Ya, you can say that the first half is more interesting but nevertheless, one feels guilt-stricken to leave a book midway. Anne Frank is readable though right till the last line :)


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