Top Ten Tuesday: Required Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new Top Ten list and everyone is welcome to join. All you do is link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books Every Teen Should Read

Just a note – I know very few “fellow teens” who read the books that I do, so I am not sure if this list fits them. In the end, everyone just has to find their own favourite reads. This is the books I’d recommend to anyone who asks, mostly because I read them as a teenager or I wish I had, anyway!

10. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – I was thirteen when I read this, and I didn’t like it. But many of my friends loved it back then, and say it’s “okay” now. It’s a book that everyone should read at least once, sure, but you’d better read it early if you want to enjoy it!

9. Malgudi Days by R. K. Narayan – I don’t read much Indian fiction, but this one I’d recommend in a heartbeat. It’s a collection of short stories in the fictional town of Malgudi in India. It’s a wonderful book! Anyone who grew up in India in the 90s has seen the television series based on this book, and reading the stories when you’re older makes you realize the depth behind the humour!

8. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand – For the relatively older teens. It may not be the best book on the planet – trust me, I know – but I think everyone should read it at least once.

7. Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger – So. I didn’t like this book. I really didn’t, but I know tonnes of people who would and whom I’d recommend it to. I am not sorry that I read it, that’s for sure. According to my friend, it is a perfect read for an older-ish teenager and it probably is.

6. Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein – I still have one year to go before I am not a teenager anymore and I will have read this by the end of it. I’m sure of that. I am not going to mention the Harry Potter series here, because there is no need to wait till you’re a teen to read it!

5. Life of Pi by Yann Martel – I read Life of Pi in high school and it is still one of my favourite books! The excitement and adventure combined with a bit of serious talk about religion and stuff and lots of humour, makes it just right for teens.

4 & 3. Neil Gaiman & Stephen King – So, I am not naming a book because it can be any one, really. It is just ‘required’ that every teen read at least one Neil Gaiman and one Stephen King book before they turn twenty!

2. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones – Or Howl’s Moving Castle. Or any of her books, really. I wish I’d read them when I was thirteen and in high school and too obsessed with Harry Potter to read anything else!

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Not that this is a book for a specific age group, but I think it’ll be a good change for a thirteen year old who thinks it is finally time to stop reading murder mysteries and all that!

Authors I would DIE to meet!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new Top Ten list complete with one bloggers’ answers.Everyone is welcome to join. All you have to do is link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own post! This week’s topic:

Top Ten Authors I Would DIE to meet:

If I really think about it, I’d like to meet most of the authors that I read, whether I like the book or not. So it’s tough to list ten.

These are, as the question says, the authors I’d DIE (or… kill) to meet. The reason is either that I have fallen in love with their book/books, can re-read them hundred thousand times and would kill to talk about these books with their creators! Or… the authors affected me in a certain way or introduced me to a particular genre.
Here are the top ten authors that I’d want to meet – in no particular order – and the one thing that put them on this list:

1. Terry Pratchett (for the Discworld)

2. J. K. Rowling (for a thousand amazing book memories)

3. Diana Wynne Jones (for taking me back to my childhood)

4. Stephen King (for making me love horror fiction)

5. Yann Martel (for Life of Pi)

6. Mark Twain (for ridding my fear of classics!)

7. Neil Gaiman (for American Gods)

8. Isaac Asimov (for making me love science fiction)

9. Ayn Rand (well… I owe it to my “I-love-Ayn-Rand” high school self!)

10. Enid Blyton (for making me love books!)

(and… if screenwriters count – Walt Disney and Joss Whedon. Lol)

10 Reasons why I love Book Blogging!

Happy 1 year Blogoversary to The Broke and the Bookish!! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new Top Ten list complete with one bloggers’ answers. This week’s topic:

Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Book Blogger

1. Writing: I get to do what I love the most on a regular basis!! And ever since I started blogging about books, I never ran out of topics. Book blogging got rid of that occasional case of writer’s block!

2. Coming out of my shell: I didn’t start this as a book blog, and I still do post other stuff as well. But I never talked about books as much as I now do. I guess finding so many fellow book bloggers has made me way more expressive than I was! Which brings me to my next point.

3. Getting to know other bookish people: Ironically, I don’t have many “real-life” friends who love reading as much as I do. And most of those who do like reading, don’t read the type of books that I do! Blogging gave me the chance to interact with so many like-minded readers.

4. Recommendations: Not to mention, all the wonderful book recommendations. There are so many books I read, so many new, wonderful authors I came across, since I started reading book blogs.

5. Book Reviews: I love reading book reviews, almost as much as I love reading books! I like to know what other people think about a book I’ve read!!

6. Authors: Getting to know so many authors, reading what they are upto and better yet, interacting with your favourite writers; that’s definitely one of the best things about being a book blogger.

7. No Boredom: Having something to do all the time; reading or blogging about reading!

8. Leaving my comfort zone: For good! I’ve read so many books from so many different genres in the past few months, books that were recommended to me that I would never have picked up myself – YA, for one.

9. Keeping Record: I never really kept record of the books I read. Now I set goals and challenge myself to read and actually follow through with it. And…I avoid making excuses about not having time to read!!

10. A huge TBR heap: I am never going to have ‘nothing good to read’, for at least the next hundred years!

Top Ten Harry Potter “Aww” Moments!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Awww Moments (moments that made you go “awww”)
Because there’s exactly one month left for the Deathly Hallows Part 2 to release, I’ve decided to dedicate this week’s TTT to just that! Here are my Top Ten Harry Potter Awww Moments:

1.“Wangoballwime?” (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
Not that I particularly love Harry and Cho together, but this was absolutely cute.
2. “Nitwit, blubber, oddment, tweak.” (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)
Classic, right? Dumbledore’s pretty aww. I remember him saying something like “Pip pip” too sometime.
3. “He accused me of being ‘Dumbledore’s man through and through.”
“How very rude of him.”
“I told him I was.”
Dumbledore opened his mouth to speak and then closed it again. Behind Harry, Fawkes the phoenix let out a low, soft, musical cry. To Harry’s intense embarrassment, he suddenly realized that Dumbledore’s bright blue eyes looked rather watery, and stared hastily at his own knees. When Dumbledore spoke, however, his voice was quite steady.
“I am touched, Harry.” (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince)

I bet you’re saying ‘aww’ as we speak.

4. “Er-my-nee,” croaked Ron unexpectedly from between them. They all fell silent, watching him anxiously, but after muttering incomprehensibly for a moment he merely started snoring.
Ron. is. so. cute.
5. “I don’t think you’re a waste of space.”(…)“Well …er…thanks, Dudley.”Again, Dudley appeared to grapple with thoughts too unwieldy for expression before mumbling, “You saved my life.” (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
Okay, I won’t call it my favourite moment. But it was unexpected and nice coming from Big D.
6. Harry did not really listen. A warmth was spreading through him that had nothing to do with the sunlight; a tight obstruction in his chest seemed to be dissolving. He knew that Ron and Hermione were more shocked than they were letting on, but the mere fact that they were still there on either side of him, speaking bracing words of comfort, not shrinking from him as though he were contaminated or dangerous, was worth more than he could ever tell them. (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince)
Isn’t this the best friendship ever? I love them.
7. “There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. I therefore award ten points to Mr. Neville Longbottom.” (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)
Neville’s awesome.
8. Black’s gaunt face broke into the first true smile Harry had seen upon it. The difference it made was startling, as though a person ten years younger were shining through the starved mask; for a moment, he was recognizable as the man who had laughed at Harry’s parents’ wedding. (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
…right after he asks Harry to move in with him. It’s one of my favourite books in the series! I love all of James’ past, just the four Marauders that is – without Snape butting in.
9. “NEVER-INSULT-ALBUS-DUMBLEDORE-IN-FRONT-OF-ME!” (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)
I love Hagrid and how much he loves Dumbledore!
10. Not my daughter, you bitch!” (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
Of course. 🙂

By the way, I absolutely hated it when Sirius, Dumbledore, Moody, Dobby and Fred died, so no “aww”s there!
What are your favourite Harry Potter moments?

Top Ten Settings In Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there will be a new Top Ten list complete with one bloggers’ answers. This week’s topic:

Top ten settings/worlds in books:

1. Discworld (Discworld series by Terry Pratchett) Particulary Death’s home, though I would prefer that I didn’t have to die to go there.

2. The Ministry of Magic (Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling) I know most people would choose Hogwarts, but I just think the Ministry is more, you know, original. Or Gringotts. Or the Forbidden Forest. Or the Burrow. Ok, all of it!

3. Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle series by Diana Wynne Jones) That castle is awesome – and so is the book!

4. The Cemetery of Forgotten Books (The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón) There are tonnes of thousands of books just waiting to be picked up – what’s not to like!?

5. The Parallel Universes (The Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones) I love the idea of the different universes, and that each person has spiritual doubles in the rest of the worlds!!

6. The Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams) I just don’t seem to be able to choose just one planet.

7. The Marsten House (Salem’s Lot by Stephen King) Actually the whole town is kind of creepily awesome.

8. The Graveyard (The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman) Hardly my favourite Neil Gaiman book, but I like this setting.

9. Holiday House (The Thief of Always by Clive Barker) The supposedly blissful, magical place that turns out to be something else – I love it!!

10. The Overlook Hotel (The Shining by Stephen King) A hotel with a personality that manipulates its guests? Not quite original but it did scare me – a lot.

Tuesday Memes

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Grab your current read, open to a random page and share two teaser sentences from that page!

My teaser this week is from a science fiction book called Strata by Terry Pratchett. It is one of his first novels, and is sort of a prequel to the Discworld. Kin Arad, who is more than a couple of centuries old, works for a Company that designs planets. She is recruited, along with others, on an expedition to a miraculously odd planet – a flat earth! Here’s my teaser:

“We build worlds, we don’t just terraform planets. Robots could do that. We build places where the imagination of human beings can find an anchor.”


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there will be a new Top Ten list complete with one bloggers’ answers. This week’s topic:

Top Ten Books That Should Be In A Beach Bag – Your perfect beach reads!

Where I read isn’t really an issue. The only things I wouldn’t like to read on a beach are books about terrifying sea monsters and people stranded on islands. Here’s my top ten anyway:

1. Any Harry Potter book – J.K Rowling: There is nowhere in the world I’d say no to reading this!

2. Life of Pi – Yann Martel: It has the ocean, but not the scary monsters, so that’s ok!

3. Marley and Me – John Grogan: Just the type of pure fun the beach calls for!

4. Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman: Another book I could read anywhere!

5. Three Men In A Boat – Jerome K. Jerome: I die laughing every time I read this – it has the perfect plot for a beach trip!!

6. Papillon – Henry Charrière: It’s been a long time since I read this one, and I’d love to read it again!

7. M is for Magic – Neil Gaiman: Awesome, funny short stories!!

8. Discworld books starring Death – Terry Pratchett: Mort, Reaper Man, Hogfather, etc!

9. Howl’s Moving Castle – Dianna Wynne Jones: One of the most fun books ever!!

10. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón: For after I get tired of laughing!

Top Ten Tuesday #4

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there will be a new Top Ten list complete with one bloggers’ answers. Everyone is welcome to join. This week’s topic:

Top Ten Books I Have Lied About (lied about reading, lied about NOT reading, lied about liking/disliking, etc….dish your dirty secrets!!)

Incidentally, there aren’t any books that I lied about reading one or the other time that I didn’t finish reading later! Just saying… 😉

1. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris: I lied about not reading it. I read only the first book of the series, and I hated it, of course – but just the fact that I dared to read it after watching the series is something.

2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: I lied about liking it. I thought it was horrible and pointless, but since people in my high school almost worshiped that book I pretended to like it for quite some time!

3. Moby Dick by Herman Melville: I lied about reading it. I mean, I did read it, but I kind of skipped through many parts and I don’t particularly remember the ending. To tell you the truth, I don’t regret not reading it!

4. Catcher in the Rye by J.D Sallinger: I lied about liking it. I found it kind of irritating and a bit boring.

5. God Delusion by Richard Dawkins: Ok, this one was bad. I lied about reading it, originally. I’d only read about half of it. But then I got so guilty, I did finish reading the whole thing a few months later!

6. Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer: I lied about hating it at first. I mean, I did find the writing terribly dull, I just liked the concept; because I had read very little fantasy fiction till then. *shudders*

7. Agatha Christie: I lied about loving her books. I only ‘liked’ them – and only a few. I think she’s sort of overrated.

8. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien: I lied about reading it. Sort of. I borrowed it from my friend, read it halfway through, and lied about reading it for about half a year. After that I did finish reading it. I hated it back then. Right now I’m re-reading it. And I’m loving it, but I haven’t told anyone that. Does that count too?

9. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank: I lied about liking it. I mean, it’s great that she was actually there in the war and she suffered a lot and all; but is too odd that I hate reading people’s diaries? I’m sorry she died, but come on, she was so immature and whiny.

10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling: Save the worst for last. I lied about loving it as much as the other six books. I didn’t quite!

Top Ten Favourite Minor Characters in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there will be a new Top Ten list complete with one bloggers’ answers. Everyone is welcome to join. This week’s topic:

Top Ten Favorite Minor Characters (all those great supporting characters or VERY minor characters that had an effect on you)

1. Gellert Grindelwald (Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling) – Okay, so we do know a lot about him – but only through Dumbledore, and a dead Dumbledore at that! He’s not just on the list because I love the dark, mysterious air of Dumbledore’s shocking past – though that’s the main reason! We first know about on the Chocolate Frog card in the first book, and at the end we know the whole story! Grindelwald is sort of scarily awesome – just like Voldemort.

2. The Death of Rats (Discworld – Terry Pratchett) – It is a rat skeleton, walking on its hind legs, wearing a black robe and carrying a teenie scythe. It is just an aspect of Death that is allowed to have a separate existence! It is called the Grim Squeaker. You don’t really know what this guy’s saying, because its vocabulary consists of “Squeaks” and “Eeks”(all spoken directly into people’s minds due to lack of any real voice, all in small caps font!)

3. The Luggage (Discworld – Terry Pratchett) – The large chest, with thousands of tiny legs, that follows its owner wherever he goes, and swallows people that annoy it. What’s not to like? No one really knows what happens to the people it ‘eats up’ and no one knows exactly how The Luggage came into existence. The Luggage is the most absurdly imaginative character ever! I love it!!

4. QT1 “Cutie” (I, Robot – Isaac Asimov) – The robot that begins to believe in a higher power! He’s a highly advanced model with great intellectual capacity, using which, he convinces himself that it is impossible for mere humans to have created him. He begins to believe in a Master and proclaims himself as His prophet. Sound familiar? Before you know it, the new ‘religion’ spreads throughout the station and the robots refuse to take orders from the humans!

5. Fermin Romero de Torres (The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon) – I loved this character! And specially his overwhelming sense of humour! A beggar, who is an ex-soldier with a terrifying past, who later works at Daniel’s father’s shop and goes on to become his great and loyal friend! He is kind of childish, but terribly funny and has the best lines!!

6. Professor McGonagall (Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling) – You know, it’s really hard to choose favourites in Harry Potter. I don’t really consider Hagrid, Sirius, Neville, Luna, Dobby as minor characters. I like Minerva McGonagall of all the professors, and she’s a ‘minor’ character, because we don’t really know much about her. But she is one of the ‘good guys’, she can turn into a cat, and Transfiguration is one of my favourite Hogwarts subjects!!

7. Dog – The Hellhound (Good Omens – Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman) – He is sent from hell, a ferocious beast, to be the young Antichrist’s protector. On earth, however, he becomes a small terrier! His name is Dog and despite himself, he loves being and acting like a small dog – chasing rats and jumping around and yapping at cats.

8. Francis Adirubasamy (Life of Pi – Yann Martel) – Pi’s “Mamaji”, a close friend of the Patel family, he not only teaches Pi to swim but is also the one to tell the author the story! He is a world class swimmer and names Piscine “Pi” Patel after his favourite swimming pool in France. I loved his swimming lessons with Pi and his family, and the fact that Ravi calls him “Mr. Fish”!

9. The Cat (Coraline – Neil Gaiman) – It has no name because cats don’t need names to tell each other apart. It’s Coraline’s guide in the Other World, where it has no counterpart because cats can keep themselves together. The clever, sarcastic and slightly smug black cat is my favourite character from that book (there aren’t many good ones to choose from!)

10. Jeremiah de Saint-Amour (Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez) – Not my favourite book, but I liked it at the start; where Jeremiah is a prominent character. While he is not important to the actual story, I love how we get insight into the book’s main characters through him. I found it kind of fascinating!

Top Ten Tuesday #2

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there will be a new Top Ten list complete with one bloggers’ answers. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week’s topic:

Top Ten Jerks In Literature

By the way, these aren’t in order of liking, of course!

1. Henry Chinaski – The Post Office/Ham on Rye/Factotum/Barfly-the movie (etc…) (Charles Bukowski) The bitterly honest semi-autobiographical anti-hero. Not that he’s “lovable” or anything, but with his dark humour and straightforwardness, he does seem kind of cool. To an objective viewer, of course.

2. Jonathan Teatime – Hogfather – Discworld series (Terry Pratchett) It’s pronounced Tee – Ah – Tim – Eh,” said Mister Teatime. And he doesn’t like it when you pronounce it otherwise. Teatime’s an absurdly cruel assassin. His eyes make his boyish handsomeness disappear in an instant: he has one glass eye, and one off-white eye, with a pinhole sized pupil. Not to mention, he is a genius.

3. Jack Torrance – The Shining (Stephen King) Jack Torrance is a classic jerk. He is scary and has a horrible temper. Not to mention, he is an alcoholist. The struggling writer may be the ultimate antagonist for the sake of the story, but all you really feel for him is pity. Either way, Jack Torrance is an amazingly built character!

4. Michael Corleone – The Godfather/The Sicilian (Mario Puzo) The youngest son of Don Vito Corleone does make a very likable jerk! He is cunningly intelligent, strong and loyal to the family. He is bold, violent and ambitious and it is kind of awesome how he goes from being totally uninvolved in his “family business” to being a cold-blooded Mafia don, and his father’s successor.

5. Tom Riddle – Need I even say? Fine, Harry Potter series ( J.K Rowling) It is a gross understatement to call Voldemort a jerk! But the charming, brilliant student who had a taste for the Dark Arts, who had followers right from school and who went on to become the darkest, most evil and powerful wizard ever. That’s right, Tom Riddle fits the description perfectly.

6. Anthony Crowley – Good Omens (Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett) He is actually a demon. But Crowley(in his human form)- with the dark hair and sunglasses, his 1926 black Bentley (which he loves), a posh flat in London, his love for high end technological gadgets, and his dark humour- has to be the best jerk ever!

7. Lestat de Loincourt – The Vampire Chronicles (Anne Rice) Ah, the ‘Brat Prince’. He is amazing looking, bold and defiant, but also a loner. He is charismatic, loves literature, is the lead singer in a rock band, is a fashionista and loves being a vampire. What more can you say?

8. Patrick Bateman – American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis) “Facelessand desensitized, bereft of love, family or real friends, Bateman is obsessed by physical perfection and preoccupied by the obsession to fit in.” I haven’t finished reading the book, but Bateman is gruesome and a complete jerk, but kind of awesome anyway. And if that’s not enough, well, think of Christian Bale!

9. Lord Vetinari – Discworld series (Terry Pratchett) Lord Havelock Vetinari is the Patrician of the city of Ankh-Morpork. He is a tall, pale man, who incidentally always wears black (since he has better things to think about than clothes.)

10. Severus Snape – Harry Potter series (J. K Rowling) How could I have possibly missed Snape? He is the biggest jerk on the planet, really! For someone who can manage to love a person years after they are dead, he is mean. But believe me, his pathetic love story is not the reason why I like him. It is that “Half-blood Prince” in him I like; his crazy intelligence and his endless fascination for the Dark Arts!

Top Ten Tuesday #1

This is my first time at Top Ten Tuesday, but what better first time than Top Ten Tuesday Rewind!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there will be a new Top Ten list complete with one bloggers’ answers. Everyone is welcome to join.
Top Ten Tuesday Rewind is a chance for you to go back through the archives and chose a past TTT that you want to do or even redo!

Since it is my first time, re-doing is out of question! I chose: What are your top ten Favourite Book Characters?

1. Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter by J.K Rowling: It is nearly impossible to choose one Harry Potter character that I love the most. But between Dumbledore and Voldemort, I’d definitely go with Dumbledore! Unless of course, I can say: All of them!!

2. DEATH from Discworld by Terry Pratchett: The Grim Reaper of the Discworld. I never thought ‘Death’ could seem so…cute! He is fascinated by humans and loves cats, and isn’t cruel – just extremely efficient at his job!!

3. Lestat de Lioncourt from The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice: Two words: Brat Prince. 😉

4. Julian Carax from The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon: The mysterious, little-known writer, Julian Carax is the reason I fell in love with the novel.

5. Dr. Hannibal Lecter from the Hannibal Trilogy by Thomas Harris: Hannibal the Cannibal, the most fascinatingly intelligent and revoltingly scary character ever.

6. Marley the Dog from Marley and Me by John Grogan: He is so CUTE! This is the only book that really made me cry!

7. Professor Van Helsing from Dracula by Bram Stoker: The best vampire hunter in the history of time!!

8. Anthony Crowley from Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman: The demon, serpent to be precise, who tempted Eve in Garden of Eden, and changed his name after the “unfortunate incident”!

9. Hank Rearden from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand: I am not the Ayn Rand-worshiper, that I was for a teenie period, anymore. But she does come up with some pretty great characters!

10. Sirius Black, Hagrid and the Weasley twins from Harry Potter by J.K Rowling: Sorry, but I think they deserve a special mention!!