Books - my first and last love! But seriously, am I expected to sum up my all-consuming love for books in just FOUR titles? This is sheer torture. Selecting any 4 of my favorite books would be blasphemy towards them. And yet, such is life, such are challenges. They're always meant to challenge you in every way possible. So here they are, the 4 titles that I declare to be my favorite books of all time (in no particular order).
1. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
If you knew the number of pages this book has got (which is 1350, by the way), you wouldn't believe that I've read it twice. I just adore this book. It's a modern classic, with every single aspect of everyday life, the situations and relationships woven into the narrative so seamlessly, you don't even notice when you become a part of the story. I recommend this one to every passionate reader out there who has some amount of patience, as it is a bit too long for the average reader to read through.
2. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Ah, what a beautiful book. It is one of the few books that have ever reduced me to tears. A lovely, poignant description of the life and people in Afghanistan and their struggles, and the plight yet dignity and loyalty of the central character of the plot - these all lend an unmatched greatness to this book. Everyone just has to read this book once in their lifetime!
3. The Glass Palace - Amitav Ghosh
This one's the latest addition to my list of favorites. It's a lovely book set part in Burma and part in India, chronicling the life and times of three generations. I'm in love with Amitav Ghosh's writing; have been ever since I read Sea of Poppies. Another two from his series are currently lined up in my to-read list.
4. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
No words are good enough to describe this classic piece by Austen. It's a classic in the true sense of the word, depicting the 19th century notions of manners, morality and marriage in a way that greatly appeals to modern readers and makes it one of the most loved books of all time. But I've met many a people who do not understand the fascination this novel holds for readers across the world. I say, if you cannot appreciate the greatness of Pride and Prejudice, you are not a literature enthusiast at all.
Now, for a book digger like me, it isn't an easy task selecting a few of my favorite books. Yet I've done it today, keeping in mind that I maintain a list of all the best books I've read, as a separate page on my blog. See my foresight? I always knew I'm smart. ;)
Reading is something I'm sure most of my dear readers surely indulge in. Do tell me your favorites, I might just get some new ideas to make additions to my to-read list! And till I write again, take care of yourself and keep reading! :)