My favourite reads…

One of my favourite things in the world is to sit relaxed with a book in my hand lost in a world that the author has managed to pull me into…

So, diving in to my list of favourites now:

1. Roots by Alex Haley


Intrigued by the stories his grandmother used to tell him, Haley set out on a journey to trace his roots back to the African boy who was taken from his homeland as a teenager to be sold as a slave in America. He traces his ancestry from that one man, Kunta Kinte, all the way down to himself….spanning generations, the book is a masterpiece. It is a beautiful and moving story of suffering and importantly of how the human spirit cannot be broken. Roots is one of my very favourite books ever.

2. The Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy M. Montgomery


โ€œIt is ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable.โ€

The books are full of great lines like that. ๐Ÿ™‚ I read the first book in the series when I was about as old as Anne in the story. It’s the tale of an orphan girl who is adopted by a pair of siblings and who is pure and always getting into trouble and a “kindred spirit”. There are eight books in the series and they tell her life story…from her days at school to her life as a principal, wife and finally a mother. I have read and re-read all the books so many times, I’ve lost count! They’ve made me laugh and cry and hold my breath in anticipation….I thoroughly enjoyed the magic Montgomery wove into Anne’s story.

3. ย Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert


“Iโ€™m here. I love you. I donโ€™t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you. Thereโ€™s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you.”

What beautiful lines to tell yourself when you’re at a low point in your life. Repeating them like a mantra could help you pick yourself up and face life again. This is a story of healing and I loved reading about Elizabeth Gilbert’s journey to a happier place. Gilbert’s story takes you from Italy to India and finally to Indonesia with each stop adding something vital to her existence and helping her find the happiness that had been so elusive before. The great part of the book is that you will find that you have grown as a person as you turn its pages. It truly is a must-have in your book-case.

4. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

harry potter

Okay…so I know this sounds like a rather clichรฉd title to make my list…but, I have to admit that I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter series. I love reading the books…(I’ve read each of them so many times I’m embarrassed to share the number) I love being so familiar with the stories that I can skip pages I don’t want to read and move to parts of the book I really enjoy reading. They are my go-to books when I want to do a littleย light reading ๐Ÿ™‚

5.ย The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien


Genius! That is what Tolkien was. To think of such an elaborate storyline and to come up with a whole new language and such complex characters…I was beyond just plain amazed when I read the books and I don’t really know how to describe the books except maybe to say they were unbelievably fantastic.

6. ย The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

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โ€œThey were things for which it was impossible to prepare but which one spent a lifetime looking back at, trying to accept, interpret, comprehend. Things that should never have happened, that seemed out of place and wrong, these were what prevailed, what endured, in the end.โ€ย 

Not everyone can write lines as wonderfully as Lahiri does. What a book the Namesake is! I read this book for the first time fairly recently and it stole my heart…I fell in love with the characters and the story and I’m so very glad that I read it instead of watching the movie. ย It’s become one of my favourite books and I think I’ll probably read it again some time soon!

7. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


“For you… thousand times over…”

I don’t know anybody who has read this book and not loved it. In my opinion, this is Hosseini’s best work. It is such a beautiful story about love and relationships…If you haven’t read it already, please do yourself the biggest favour ever and read it! I don’t even want to say any more…just go out and read it!

So, there was my list of favourite books…do any of them feature on your list of favourites? Let me know please!


I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words 1st – 7th September 2013.

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24 comments on “My favourite reads…

  1. Meena Menon says:

    U know I hv read all books of Khaled Hosseini except his v best – the kite runner. How blah huh :/


  2. C. Suresh says:

    Roots and Tolkien from way back.


  3. mahabore says:

    I haven’t read 1, 2 and 6, but have heard enough about them to ensure that they are on my reading list as well as on my book shelf, courtesy my voracious reader dad. Nice list though…


  4. I read quite a lot, but I’ve not made a list of favourites.
    I’ve not read 1 to 6 on your list. I started reading The Kite Runner recently, loved it so far.


  5. subzeroricha says:

    All my favourites! I read roots in class eight! No one believes me on that. I was ( and still am) mad about it!



    • Preeti says:

      Ah! Another Roots lover and that too since the eighth grade! Nice ๐Ÿ™‚ I was older when I read it and it left such an impact that I can still feel Kinte’s pain and confusion when I think about the book. It truly is an amazing read.


  6. Wonderful reads! I’ve read them all except The Namesake. I’ll be adding this to my list. Thanks!


  7. Three to Seven feature on my list of favorite books:) I haven’t read the first two and great collection, Preeti:)


  8. Excellent choice of favourites…mine would not have Namesake but instead have Shantaram. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  9. Smitha says:

    Love all the books you’ve listed here! Esp Roots as it was one of the first I read, of this genre, when I was in Class Nine. So I have memories associated with that book.


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