Sunday, June 28, 2009

The 15 Books Tag

I have been tagged by Shankar for the 15 books tag. This is my first tag. Yippee :-). And it couldn't have come at a better time. Coz I have been too pre-occupied with other stuff, to write a post. So here's some fodder for my blog...
The rules are: "Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Tag up to 15 friends, including me because I'm interested in seeing what books my friends choose."

So here goes my list of 15 a random order coz I cannot rank them down.

1. Folk Tales From Soviet Union Series (Author Various)
Apart from reading Indian folk tales and the Western fairy tales, I also loved reading the folk tales in this series. It transported me to a land of tsars, tsarinas, dragons, fair maids, giant talking crows, fire-birds. It was absolutely fun reading the stories as a kid.

2. Great Expectations (Author Charles Dickens)
Charles Dickens stories are a pleasure to read, albeit a bit sad. And this one was no exception.

3. Wuthering Heights (Author Emily Bronte)
One story that I wished I hadn't read the abridged version as a kid. So that's why I have managed to get my hands on an unabridged version and reading it again.

4. We The Living (Author Ayn Rand)
A book that I have listed almost everywhere amongst my favorites. I have always liked stories with strong female characters. And the hero of this story was also a female. One who was not afraid to follow her dreams. One who believed strongly in her love, to the extent of sacrificing everything for it. And in the end, left alone, and yet not giving up and moving ahead.

5. Doctors (Author Erich Segal)
Easy, breazy and light. The ending was a bit lame though.

6. Harry Potter Series (Author J.K. Rowling)
I am not ashamed to say that I have read the entire series, own all of the books, and still read them once in every few months. And thoroughly enjoyed all the make-believe stuff in them.

7. Kane And Abel (Author Jeffrey Archer)
Two men, alike in so many ways and yet so different. Hell-bent on destroying one another. A gripping story.Liked the sequel The Prodigal Daughter also.

8. How I Taught My Grandmother To Read And Other Stories (Author Sudha Murthy)
Simple and lovely short stories.

9. Oh Shit, Not Again (Author Mandar Kokate)
This book stays in my head, not because it's a fab one, but coz it's the worst one I ever read. I haven't seen any B-grade movie. And the closest that I have come to a B-grade book is at the book stalls near the Baroda railway station. But am sure, this book falls into the B-grade category.

10. Selected Works of O Henry
The original one who wrote such wonderful stories with a twist at the end. Probably, that's why one I read a story by another blogger or when I read the stories that I have written, the twist seems so tame and expected.

11. Sherlock Holmes (Author Arthur Conan Doyle)
Elementary My Dear Watson...If it was so elementary, wonder why Watson and others were never able to find all the clues. Watching the T.V. series was not as much fun and reading the stories, wondering how Holmes would solve the mystery.

12. A Thousand Splendid Suns (Author Khaled Hosseini)
A sad, sad state of affairs. After turning every page, I wished the suffering of the women would stop. But even though this is fiction, it is inspired by the truth. So, the suffering continues for a long time...

13. The Road (Author Cormac McCarthy)
Grey...that's the image that comes to my mind, when I recall this book. Grey and sad and scary, that's what the world is portrayed to be in this book, which is set in the future.

14. The Secret (Author Rhonda Byrne)
One book which has been lying in my closet for quite some time now, and which would be helpful to me in a lot of ways. Still not ready to read it yet.

15. Angels And Demons (Author Dan Brown)
Same setting as in the Da Vinci Code, a different city, a different enemy, a disappointing ending.

Well well, judging by the list above, I can safely conclude that I don't have a very great taste for literature. But that's ok. If I were reading to impress others, then I know that I wouldn't have been able to finish even a single book in my life.
I wanna tag you Koyeli, but you seem to have vanished from the blogosphere. I haven't been able to access your profile for a while. And you too JD,but you seem to have given up on your blog.

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pawan said...

Good to see you back again!

Shankar said...

hey thanx for tagging me back..i thought you too vanished my blogosphere.... nice to see you back... good collection of books too..

LisaG said...

It's good to see you like tags, I have one for you on my blog. I should have informed you days ago, but got caught up with other stuff. I would appreciate it if you try, I have been following your blog for quite some time even if I don't leave comments.

Whats in a Name said...

You know what, I have read all of the novels you have written above apart from A Thousand Splendid Suns...:-) and if I would have made a list these would have been my fav too....

Rambler said...

I am glad to be back too.Actually this is my usual posting frequency, but this time I wasn't even reading other blogs/posting comments...Need to shake things up a little.

@Lisa G
I thought you weren't dropping by anymore. Well this was my first tag, and I like tags coz when you don't have any inspiration for writing posts, tags come in handy.Thanks for tagging me, I will try to do it soon.

@Whats in a Name
What really?Even the soviet union one? I thought that one was pretty rare.

pawan said...

No, Agatha Christie didn't write a novel named Alexandre Dumas. In fact the novel about the musketeers you are talking about struck a chord in me but I somehow don't remember where I read it.
I will let you know if I get to know it!

And as for the Godfather, you are right!, the movie is far better than the book! But they omitted a lot of facts from the book in the movie, hence I like both of them equally!

Shankar said...

hey..I tagged you again in my Questions tag post.... please check out....

Vote for me at Indiblogger said...

Not the soviet Union ones... You only wrote they are Folk Tales..

All I meant was novels!!

Anonymous said...

Hey! First time on your blog. You write really well...
This is one tag I like because it helps add to my to read list :)

& thanks for your comments on my post. Much appreciated :)

Subhayan "Wrahool" Mukerjee said...

did this one too ... :) i love tags and do two at a time ... lol ... but except harry potter and angels and demons ... none from ur list matches with mine ...


Rambler said...

Alexandre Dumas is the author of The 3 Musketeers. I read the kiddie
version of that book ages ago. It's nice. Have you read The Man in the Iron Mask, I think its a continuation of The 3 Musketeers.

Ohhh ok.

Welcome to my blog.And thanks :-). Yea, even I like this tag, it was fun reading the favourite books of the other bloggers.

Yea I saw that post, it was full of hiccups :-).

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