For some time, I’d been thinking I should do something bookish, but non-reviewish, non-new-releaseish… maybe listish (or is it called listicleish these days? oh I don’t know!) here. I thought of listing down my favourite literary heroines. But that post is still a little ways away, since someone new got added to it recently, and sent the whole thing for a rearrangement.
Lucky for me, I found this on Lata’s blog. How perfect! So here’s me, listing out some favourites.
I don’t think for many of these I can list just one book. I’ll list whatever comes to mind.
- A book you’ve read more than once: All the Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, Gone With The Wind, 20 Love Poems and a Song of Despair, God of Small Things, Pygmalion, The Zahir, The Alchemist, LOTR, Great Expectations, and so many more.
- A book you would take on a desert island: A deserted island or a desert island? Why desert island? Who am I asking these questions to? Anyway, should be something long. Maybe I’ll finally finish Anna Karenina or Ulysses. Or Les Miserables.
- A book that made you cry: The Book Thief, Eleanor & Park, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Rage of Angels, Lessons in Forgetting, Girl on the Train, Unaccustomed Earth (Hema and Kaushik).
- A book that scared you: I am currently reading The Shining. Apart from that, in school, I read an RL Stine called The Secret Bedroom. Remember being truly scared after reading it!
- A book that made you laugh out loud: How To Be A Woman, Bossypants, Hyperbole and a Half
- A book that disgusted you: Dolores Claiborne. I would like to revisit it someday. I think I was too young to read it when I did. I have also been pretty disgusted by some Shaun Hutsons and Chuck Palahniuks that I never finished.
- A book you loved in preschool: Hehehe, it was Sleeping Beauty that turned me into a reader. But I liked Cinderella more later on. Was also a big fan of Tintin and The Black Island.
- A book you loved in elementary school: Tom Sawyer. Some Enid Blytons too, especially the Famous Five series.
- A book you loved in middle school: Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, SVUs, Gone With The Wind
- A book you loved in high school: The Outsiders, If Tomorrow Comes, Tell Me Your Dreams.
- A book you hated in high school: Doomsday Conspiracy
- A book you loved in college: The period in which that I discovered Dan Brown and Paulo Coelho. I’m sure there were others. Can’t seem to remember
- A book that challenged your identity: Not challenged, but more like reinforced, How To Be A Woman and Bossypants. Also, The Namesake.
- A series that you love: Harry Potter (duh), The Dark Tower
- Your favorite horror book: All of Stephen King’s short stories (his full length works, not so much, as you would know if you’re a regular reader of this blog). Can I also say Silence of the Lambs? That’s not really “horror” horror, but it’s still one of my favourites.
- Your favorite science fiction book: Not a fan of this genre. No favourite books. There was a short story I once read called They’re Made of Meat, by Terry Bisson. If it can be classified as sci-fi, then I’d highly recommend it in this category.
- Your favorite fantasy book: Same as #14. Also, The Hunger Games.
- Your favorite mystery: The Millennium Trilogy, Girl on the Train, Sherlock Holmes, A Pocketful of Rye, Evil Under the Sun.
- Your favorite biography: Haven’t read any. Have been meaning to read Che’s biography for a long long time now.
- Your favorite classic: Gone With The Wind
- Your favorite romance book: Is #20 a romance? How about Great Expectations?
- Your favorite book not on this list: The Fountainhead, The Book Thief, A Thousand Splendid Suns. Oh, so many! Goodreads me, okay?
- Your favorite translated book: Like Water for Chocolate.
- What book are you currently reading: The Shining and An Equal Music. (The latter may soon be the answer to #21)
- What book have you been meaning to read: Love in the Time of Cholera. Oh, when will I read it!
Care to take this forward? Make a chain out of it!