Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Dog-eared and book-marked!!!

Tags been doing its rounds...and exam time onmy head, so brain works in just one direction....hindi , thoughts i'd handle these tags and bore all of you...
get ready for one long post...whoooosh!!!
Tagged by Lone wolf- Anoop....and Suma...
Since both dealt with books, mixed both up
Here go the ones...

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you really love (and strikethrough the ones you hate
4) Reprint this list in your own blog.

How is it that the books I have read don't feel like being featured here?? :(
so here's the list someone else has so patiently compiled
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible -parts of it
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (most of them)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov ( I remember reading this book while in high school...and was totally flummoxed, 'cos I of course, but naturally didn't understand what the whole fuss was about. But later on, I did re-read it, and liked it and still have it...wonder what i'll feel if I read it now?? )
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo ( read it half way through :( )

If I were to be asked which books i'd like to read....i'm sure its gonna be all those who haven't been read..I gotto read them...and since I have the list now...yay!!!

I have a lot of favourites...thats because you can't just have one.....
I don't have any hatred for any kind of the most the book fails to maintain my interest and I stop reading...though I keep going back and thinking whether i'd like it better if I read it now...????
So no strikethroughs...but since I just learnt how to use this tag...i'm going to strike that out...
but my all time favourite would be

Pride and Prejudice
Gone with the wind
Kite Runner

Now since the latest tag by Anoop, was again to do with books, I thought i'd add that here...who knows it might make my job easier, cos some might have already been answered :P

Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?

As kids we used to have a lot of time on our hands ( less stressed school work, and no TV) so I just started reading..of course, how could I ignore the rows of shelves loaded with books at my house...Dad has a love for reading and so but naturally daughters will inherit it..

But who could forget my school, who used to give away books as prizes for any winner...

And then tryst with books started...he would buy me books each time he travelled ( I still treasure all of them..cos they have his handwriting so neatly penned in) and then it was the quaint old neighbourhood library.

What are some books you read as a child?

Many I have forgotten, but crystal clear in my mind is one big book, that said " Wash 'em clean" was by a Russian author, Korney Chukovsky so agree with Anoop here...and it had such cute pictures and simple words that made up amazing stories. Years later they were also the books I read out to my kids first thing.

Pinocchio a book that I had got as a prize in school, was a great one to begin with. No hard few, that could be colored too...( I hadn't I remember, cos I was worried i'd spoil my first book :)

What is your favourite genre?

I have a Issac Asimovs 'Spells', that makes me a bit partial for anything non-science fiction.

I love mush, romance, medical thrillers, murder mysteries, autobiographies, semi-autos...anything and everything.

Do you have a favourite novel?

Just told you in the above tag, can't actually name everyone of depends on the mood, and my need to read at that time. It could range from the heavy duty Vishnu Sahasranam or a light read like Calvin and Hobbes....

Where do you usually read?

Stumped...!!! How can you designate a place specifically for reading??? I can read anyplace, as long as I can hold that book straight to see the words. I read between making dosas( on the kitchen counter), when I give my son a break when he's studying, right under his pile of books, near the pool, in the car, in the principal's office.....I think you'll got my point.

Before I got married, I remember reading in loos, at my study table with the book hidden under a school book, while classes were going on in school, Wonder what thrill there is but it is to be done once in a lifetime.

When do you usually read?
Anytime, anyplace. I just need to read the book and finish it. I have read books, while boiling milk as early as 5 in the morning. and woken up from sleep an dread a book , cos I couldn't sleep. So time doesn't ever matter.

Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time?

Oh yes!!! Even now there are 3 that are being read simultaneously...

Do you read nonfiction in a different way or place than you read fiction?
Eh!! How does one do that??? Let me see, if its a romance, that i'm reading , then there will be scented candles, soft music, ...huh!!! where was I? way...
All books have pride of place in terms of place and style of reading....all the same.
*On second thoughts, maybe I should try reading science fiction hanging upside down from the bookshelf... ***

Do you buy most of the books you read, or borrow them, or check them out of the library?

ALL OF THEM.....isn't that what love of reading does to you.."beg , borrow or steal" Though I havent had to use the third tactic so far.

Do you keep most of the books you buy? If not, what do you do with them?
And why is my new house still having 3 unopened boxes, all filled to the brim with books..( I've tried negotiating with my son for space in his book shelves to no avail :( ).
Yes, in a very generous state of mind, I did go and give away nearly 100's of my mills and boon collection to the neighbourhood library...but the insanity stopped right there....Now its back to drooling over all the books on the pavements, bookstores, houses, schools, sales...everywhere...can't kick the habit.

If you have children, what are some of the favorite books you have shared with them? Were they some of the same ones you read as a child?
Too late to be asking me the big "IF" i have 2 sons already....and yes, I have shared most of my books ( I have to..) and most of the ones I read as a child hold important place on the shelves.

What are you reading now?
War and Rememberance by Herman Wouk
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Veronica decides to die by Paulo Coelho ( getting its been hung up for now)
Hindi sulekh..for 7th standard students, ( oops....sorry....exams up had to squeeze that in too )

Do you keep a TBR (to be read) list?
Oh yes!!!! Like I do each time read tags like this...or read a review in the media...but when I finally go out to buy a book, I call up my friends and eat their head for a list....

Right now the one that tops the list of to be read is
Preethi from Just a mother of two's

Bubblegums and candies...

I'd love it if all of you would do the same....its gonna be fun

What books would you like to reread?

Not too fond of reading bestsellers again...'cos I like that first euphoria or whatever the feeling to stay as it is...and not to be blended with others opinions and reviews.
But books like
The power of now by Eckhart Tolle
Book on Women by Osho
Calvin and Hobbes
I love to read and re-read..

Who are your favourite authors?
Am not at all fussy...its the story that'll pull me towards it. A must read review by a friend can also do the trick. I'm not biased. There was a time, when JOhn Grisham, Frederick Forsyth, Ayn Rand, Robin Cook used to be favourites, I still have to read all their books that come out...maybe its force of habit.

Now is the time to tag another....
I'd love see what
Sahana, Preethi from Incessant musings, Shruthi from High Spot, Ceedy, Rambler and Joy to do the honours.


--xh-- said...

i too used to hike books inside my text book and read.. and in the loo, in the bus - any where, any time, i just have to read... :)

man, you totally love the books.. I can read the love and relation you have with books from the lines you have written... :)

if u need space to keep your books, you know, there is a house @ Ramamurthy nagar with lot of free space to keep books safe... :)

Ankur said...

hehe... so no underlines, no strike through's (which is great) and no italics (:D )

Jane Austen rocks isnt!!! :)

and u r reading Hindi Sulekh too... hehehee... for kids wat not has to be done!!! hehe

how can u write so much in one tag... baba re...lolzzz


Pavi!!!! said...

woow...thats a wonderful list of books..many of the books are TBR for me tho...

n..reading while making dosa...i love the idea! Thank u! Duh me, never thot of it before!

Rambler said...

hey an interesting tag..and yes would surely do it ..
would be fun to discus catcher in the rye with you..

rayshma said...

if u try hanging upside down and reading... lemme know! :D

really long tag... thank god it's to do with books! :D

Compassion Unlimitted said...

It just makes me wonder what the hell I am doing amidst such well read friends..hopped in here from Sumas post..Naan odi poren pa Kaattukku

Suma said...

hey my school too used to give away books as prizes..i still ahve them...

do lemme know if reading upside down helps you understand better..there are a few books i don't quite get..i would love to try that :D

how's the english patient? itz been made into a movie rite?

and congrats, you did the tag so fast...guys and tag her..she's extremely tag friendly :D

brocasarea said...

except PandP and davinci havent read any:P.....will try some of those!!!

Nikhil Narayanan said...

Help help!
URL blogroll has my test blog link.
Please change,please. is where my blog is and the feed url is


ceedy said...

You really want me to do this tag....I must have read maybe 5 books....:(...

I like watching movies instead...of many of these books...

its a mother of all tags....

and since architecture - I have only read books related to the subject.....

tell me oh guru wat to do???

btw Calvin and Hobbes...that is the BEst

Keshi said...

Great list...some of my FAVS there...especially by Jane Austen and Emily Bronte.


Prats said...

@xh I love books and thats the reason this tag was even more difficult. I can remember small snippets also at times for each book I read.

No....i'm not parting with my books....

Prats said...

@ankur I love Jane Austen's way of writing and all her books are so lovely.
And no strikethroughs, 'cos I can't hate any book to do such a cruel thing :(

For a southie like me...if I dont read the hindi sulekh....wonder what I cna teach my son...

Prats said...

@pavi. I'm sure if you set out to read, even you'll cover all these...mine are traced down the more like it. so its been a journey.

and yes....multi tasking, is the byword...isn't it?

Prats said...

rambler It is and you must take it up.
Discuss the book, no probs..first I have to remember the have to reda it all over again...

Prats said...

@rayshma Do you think it'll work??? heheh we need to do some stunts or out of the world stuff for that....

Prats said...

@CU heheh Saar, neenga yengeyu, odi po vendaam. ( I hope that came out correctly)
You write : we read, thats all...nalla equation.

Prats said...

@suma...When the upstairs, goes on a silent mode, tags are the best to handle....someone else gives you the push.. :D

And yes, some books don't go through my ears too... :(

Prats said...

@suma...The english patient, is ok...The way it is written though is beautiful. The flow is very complicated though.

Prats said...

@brocas...hey, I'm sure amidst all the Grey's and those weightlifters, 2 is quite a books at ease once you finish with the doctor :)

Prats said...

@nikhil...hehehe you're too much.I've changed it now
Me a total tech please to give some time

Prats said...

@ceedy Mr architect...5 or no 5 i'm sure you can handle the other part of the tag at it , and if its the archi books...let me know those names , who knows maybe it'll nudge me into starting all over again...

Prats said...

@keshi They were really some classics weren't they?
How are you now?
take care

Keshi said...

Im good sweetie. ty so much!



Veens said...

God! everyone seems to have a decent score on that one... u know...i can't tell u i have read almost nothing!

and well my all-time fav is 'The Kite Runner' and The Thorn Birds [read this? it is awesome ;)]

and yah yah... me tooo hid books in my textbooks... under the table inside the T_shirt to goto the loo and what all :P

i m building my library ;)

and i started a book blog too :)

Nikhil Narayanan said...

U have not changed the link.
Its still showing some old post.
Please change na.


ceedy said...

Did part of this tag....the second part.