Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Book Worms

Beloved Noojie tagged me, although it originally began with Mash. I’ve been an avid fan of the literary arts and sciences for as long as I can remember. It began in those early days of Peter Rabbit and slowly progressed to include more developed, intricate and erudite material. I’ve been reading since before I became a caterpillar and long after I became a butterfly.

I find that as I get older, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find material that really captures my soul. And I can be quite picky when it comes to books. I don’t like reading text that’s too descriptive…like taking 2 pages to describe the curtains in a room…bores the shit out of me.

I like my books the way I like my movies, men and life…witty, humourous, quirky, intelligent and soulful. I don’t delve into books that are too “dark”…or too serious. Even the thrillers I read have some humour in them. I enjoy reading those books that touch my soul without leaving traumatizing footprints. So my top books (in no particular order) are:

White Oleander by Janet Fitch. This book has to be my favourite book of all time. It’s descriptive without being boring. It’s poignant to the point where you’re still stuck in the narrative long after you’ve closed the book. It took ages to extract myself from the story every time I read a few chapters and had to put it down to do things like bath and sleep. The movie version does no justice to this book.

Alhambra by Colin da Silva. This book single handedly changed my life. Don’t ask me who or what…it just did. There’s nothing overtly significant about the book, other than it’s an amazing story that captures your imagination in so many ways. I learnt many valuable lessons from this book which is set in Moorish Spain just before (and during) the Spanish inquisition.

In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner. Another book that is so much better than the movie (which book isn’t?). There is a whole section in this book that was omitted from the movie which I feel, robbed the viewer of a remarkable story.

Die Softly by Christopher Pike. Of all the thousands of titles I read as a teen, this one stands out the most. One of those books you can’t put down, it’s a thriller that surrounds reckless teenagers and one particularly vile character. Pike is one of the funniest authors around and has this amazing ability to be serious and hilarious at the same time, using his iconic sarcastic wit and brilliant one-liners.

I particularly enjoyed Anita Burgh’s trilogy, The Cresswell Inheritance and two preceding novels. The entire series is set in 18th century England and the story is centered around several households. It’s remarkable how she managed to give each character so much depth in an intricate story that spans several decades. Every character eventually intertwines with every other character in the novels in the most phenomenal way. The books comprise of (in order):

The House at Harcourt

The Visitor
The Broken Gate
The Heart’s Citadel
The Breached Wall

Other authors I enjoy include James Patterson and Marian Keyes.

I’ve read literally thousands of books in the last two decades…and many good ones. These just stand out the most. I tag everyone who reads :P


  1. Whoa! Nice! I'll pick up at least one of these for sure. Which would be best for a 24 yr old guy? (I'm not really gonna read mushy stuff)

  2. i've not read any of these :O
    more goals for me :D

  3. Arslan - I'd recommend anything by James Patterson. He's really good and no mush :D

    Noojie - White Oleander is a must read :)