Playing tag with books

        

        

How many of you have been playing this new tagging game on Facebook? The one where one of your friends tags you & asks you to list your top ten all time favorite books, and then you have to do the same, thanking the friend that nominated you plus tagging some others to post their favorites. I usually don’t do Facebook challenges, but when I did take part in this one, only because it had everything to do with books. It’s terribly difficult to choose just ten from the whole universe of awesome books around us. There are just too many books to love!

Here goes, in no particular order…

  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
    I am a huge fan of this author, I’d even read product labels, if she wrote those. Poirot is my hero. And this book in particular is the best from the author.
  • The Palace of Illusions – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
    This is the story of the Mahabharata from a different point of view, that of Draupadi. She who was born of fire, married to the five Pandava brothers by a twist of fate, lost by her husbands at a game of dice and dishonored by the Kauravas in a court full of royal elders, who swore revenge and finally achieved it in the battle of Kurukshetra.
  • Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen
    The first grown-up book that I read and instantly fell in love with. The setting in old English countryside, the adamant heroine, the distant hero, their love-hate-ego-clash relationship and the rest of the varied characters, all make it a novel to remember.
  • The Magic Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton
    In fact I honestly don’t know which one of her books is my favorite. Although she has been analysed as being sexist in her works, I prefer to bypass that. I am thankful that her stories filled my childhood with so much imagination & wonder.
  • All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
    This is how war sounds when described in a young soldier’s voice. Despite having learnt about the skills needed in the field, what actually happens there will test the soldiers to the limit. It is a poignant story and a reiteration of the fact that war can never ever be good for anyone.
  • City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi – William Dalrymple
    You see my husband is from Delhi so I wanted to know more of his city. Also, my sister is crazy about the historical appeal of the city and she blogs about it passionately.  This book helped me discover a Delhi I had never known. And I kind of started to look at it as way more than the bustling metropolis that it appears prima facie.
  • The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
    The author describes so well that feeling of belonging, and yet not. Finding your roots in a foreign land has never been easy, all the more when the world you are a growing up is so different from what you find inside your home.
  • The Pact – Jodi Picoult
    This book I read recently opened my mind to teen issues that I thought insignificant. I guess, growing up as a teenager is getting tougher in today’s world where every move one makes is up for scrutiny. It’s something I am definitely going to keep my eyes & ears open when I have kids of my own.
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
    This is a moving account of war-torn Afghanistan, revolving around the lives of two women brought together by fate and how their relationship grows from initial hostility to love and trust beyond life.

I am sure as I continue to read every day, this list might take a new shape, but for now, this is it. Have you read any of these? I’d love to find out if our choices match!

And the Mountains Echoed

He was the one raising her. It was true. even though he was still a child himself. Ten years old.”

I have previously read Khaled Hosseini‘s The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Both these books made me admire the author’s workI had been looking for And the Mountains Echoed for quite some time and luckily a friend lent it to me. The story revolves around a brother-sister duo who are inseparable and completely devoted to each other as the only real family. It follows their story through time and draws out a beautiful story of love, separation and longing. As always, there are several intertwined sub-plots weaving through Hosseini’s text, and it is interesting to see how they are ultimately tied together. A good read, all in all, especially if you have read his previous books. Always nice to complete a set, right?!

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

“Key is in the lock all right, sir. On the inside. Mr. Ackroyd must have locked himself in.”

Just finished reading The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by my all-time favorite Agatha Christie. As you must know, her books are next only to the Bible & Shakespeare‘s works as the most widely read publication ever. Over the years I have read several of her novels, but this latest read has made a bigger fan out of me, if that were even possible. I quite love the old English charm that is evident in the setting and the language of the time. This book has all the Agatha Christie staples – the secretive characters, the multiple motives, the sure-shot alibis. But of course, Hercule Poirot is at his best even at the hay end of his career as he breaks the case down bit by bit. The plot turns in the most unexpected way towards the end and makes one want to re-read the book all over again, in the newly revealed light. A highly recommended book.