#5 Top Ten Tueday

Late again! Yesterday’s prompt wanted us to name our ALL-TIME favourite authors. Pretty exciting prompt!  Here are my top ten favourites:

10. Enid Blyton –  With Secret Seven, Famous Five, and The Magic Faraway Tree, she kindled the fire of reading in me.

9. Roald Dahl – Oh Matilda! Oh Esiotrot! Oh The Fantastic Mr.Fox! Roald Dahl brightened my childhood with his innovative and quirky stories.

8. Ruskin Bond – Quite the children’s writer and a YA writer too! From The Room On The Roof and Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra, he made me cry and laugh in turn with his stunning description of nature and gave words to emotions we couldn’t name.

7. Agatha Christie – My cousin compelled me to read Evil Under The Sun until I went out of my mind. By far, she’s one of the best crime writers the world has ever seen.

6. Kalki Krishnamurthi – Ponniyin Selvan ( The Son Of The Ponni River ) is one of the most majestic historical romances ever written by him. I am unfortunate to not know enough Tamil to read this book, but even in English, I was attracted by his vivid descriptions and intriguing story for the throne of the Cholas.

5. Frances Hodgson Burnett – Anybody who has read The Little Princess or The Secret Garden will know my reasons for selecting her. If you haven’t read them…well, give it a shot, and you’ll understand.

4. Louisa May Alcott – Of Little Women fame, her stories are always delightfully beautiful.

3. Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games says all I ever wanted to say about her.

2. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson And The Olympians shook me like anything. I developed a great love for mythology, and had split my sides laughing with Percy’s description of the Gods.

1. J.K. Rowling – Rightfully tops my list along with Harry Potter.

Who are YOUR favourite authors? Tell us in by commenting below!

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#4 Top Ten Tuesday…

…Or #9 Witty Wednesday.

Yeah, I’m a bit late. Was busy celebrating the Tamil New Year yesterday. Happy New Year to all Tamilians out there!

Yesterday’s prompt wanted us to list top ten quotes from books that inspire us, challenge us, or make us think differently. As my Witty Wednesday followers know, I LOVE QUOTES! So, I’m clubbing both of these! Here are my favourites, in no particular order:

10. “When life offers you a dream so far beyond any of your expectations, it’s not reasonable to grieve when it comes to an end.”

– Stephenie Meyer from Twilight

I am no Twilight fan, but this quote strikes a chord. There are many, many times I’ve woken up from a dream, crying because it’s over. Yes, I’m interpreting it literally, as Twilight rightfully deserves.

9. “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

– Oscar Wilde from The Picture of Dorian Grey

This book is fabulous, and so is this quote.

8. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

J.K. Rowling from Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

I honestly had a tough time selecting my favourite HP quote. Unable to decide, so I just put this one up.

7. “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott from Little Woman

And our ships shall sail through thick and thin.

6. “We pay a price for everything we get or take in this world; and although ambitions are well worth having, they are not to be cheaply won, but exact their dues of work and self denial, anxiety and discouragement.”

– Lucy Maud Montgomery from Anne of the Island

Self-explanatory.

5.  “Deadlines just aren’t real to me until I’m staring one in the face.”

– Rick Riordan from Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief

I just hate deadlines. They seem to be far away at first, and in a blink of the eye, they will be staring at you. Well put, Uncle Rick.

4. “I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever.”

– Suzanne Collins from Catching Fire

This is SO sweet! I wish the same many, many times a day. Eternity with someone whom you love, doing something you love, in a place which you love? Hard to put down this offer.

3.  “At times I suffer from the strangest sense of detachment from myself and the world about me; I seem to watch it all from the outside, from somewhere inconceivably remote, out of time, out of space, out of the stress and tragedy of it all.”

– Herbert George Wells from The War of The Worlds

This happens to me a lot. I catch myself thinking in the third person and find it an extremely rewarding experience. How else could I see the smallness of my problems in this enormous world? How else could I realise my worthlessness in the big, bad world?

2. “We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”

– Veronica Roth from Divergent

I just love the truth of her words.

1. A voice within me is sobbing, “You see that’s what’s become of you. You’re surrounded by negative opinions, dismayed looks and mocking faces, people who dislike you, and all because you don’t listen to the advice of your own better half.” Believe me, I’d like to listen, but it doesn’t work, because if I’m quiet and serious, everyone thinks I’m putting on a new act and I have to save myself with a joke, and then I’m not even talking about my own family, who assume I must be sick, stuff me with aspirins and setatives, feel my neck and forehead to see if I have a temperature, ask about my bowel movements and berate me for being in a bad mood, until I just can’t keep it up anymore, because when everybody starts hovering over me, I get cross, then sad, an finally end up turning my heart inside out, the bad part on the outside and the good part on the inside, and keep trying to find a way to become what I’d like to be and what I could be if . . . if only there were no other people in the world.”

– Anne Frank from The Diary of a Young Girl

This ‘quote’ is huge and magnificent, straight from the heart. If only there were no other people in the world…

Do you agree with any of these quotes? What are your favourite quotes from books?

#3 Top Ten Tuesday

Today’s prompt requires us to name the top ten characters with whom we would like to check in with (that is, about who’s future we want to know more about).

10. Peeta Mellark – How did he even convince Katniss to have kids? How did he regain his normalcy? So many questions. So little time.

9. Amy Cahill – Long time no see, Amy. You dumped (rather, saw the the death) of your boyfriend, now what next?

8. Dattatrerya – The last I heard of him, he was setting out to rescue his lady-love from the clutches of a womanizing drunkard.

7. Uruvi – This poignant character from Karna’s Wife had me enthralled. Whatever happened to her?

6. Alice Cullen – Come on, she’s the only reason I ever got through the Twilight Saga. I owe her that one (or rather, I don’t).

5. Albus Severus Potter – Slytherin or Gryffindor? Gryffindor or Slytherin? The suspense is killing me…

4. Gale Hawthorne – I didn’t really like Gale, but he fact that he was spurned by Katniss just because he got transferred to District Two makes me curious about how he’s faring now.

3. Draco Malfoy – THIS IS KILLING ME!!! Okay, he married Astoria, had a kid named Scorpius, then…WHAT??? J.K. Rowling should let us know…

2. Annie Cresta – Okay, I loved Finnick Odair, and that’s the only reason I’m including her here (I know I’m mean). I want to know more about her kid actually. Whether he’s as good-looking as Finnick or what…

1. Leo Valdez – Whatever happened to Leo after he returns from the dead and joins Calypso? This is the sort of mean end-of-the-series-think-for-yourself-now cliffhanger that Rick Riordan gives.

#2 Top Ten Tuesday

Today’s prompt wants us to list ten books in our never-ending TBR list. I had the Hunger Games trilogy in it for over a year, but now that I’ve read it, I feel a bit…empty.

Anyway, here are the books:

10. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo – I’m a sucker for animal stories, and I read Morpurgo’s short story, The Best Christmas Present In The World. I was an immediate fan.

9. My Left Foot by Christy Brown – An autobiography of a man with cerebral palsy. I read an excerpt once. I was moved to tears. Definitely a must read.

8. Mrityunjaya by Shivaji Sawant – I don’t know Marathi, so I need a translation. But anything about Karna deserves reading.

7. The Tenant At Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte – The plot intrigued me, so why not? No problem in taking risks!

6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – Classical reading is important, I guess.

5. Goddess Of Spring by P.C. Cast – Waiting for the day I’ll turn eighteen…

4. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – Not in my stars to read this book, I guess. Waiting…

3. Ponniyin Selvan Series by Kalki – My mom has been bugging me to read this ‘historical romance’ from as long as I can remember. Since it’s in Tamil, I’ll need a translated version, which, thankfully, is available.

2. Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer – I read the first book when I was too young to understand it, so back it goes into TBR.

1. Divergent Series by Veronica Roth – I have bought it (finally), so I guess in a few days, it will no longer be in my TBR list. I am so excited!!!

Have you read any of these books? What do you think about them? What are the books in your TBR list?

#1 Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, I discovered this awesome meme all thanks to Nut Free Nerd and Bloggiesta!

Today’s prompt are the top ten books from my childhood that I’d love to revisit. Thankfully, I’ve many such books that have left a lasting impression on me.

10. The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas – Though it is considered a pretty boyish book, I loved it.

9. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – A simple story of the trials and tribulations of four sisters, this series had me crying and laughing in turns.

8. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan – This book was a huge part of my middle-school days, and I’d love to read it again.

7. Evil Under The Sun by Agatha Christie – This is the first Christie I ever read, and had me completely enthralled by Hercule Poirot.

6. Thomasina by Paul Gallico – Absolutely magical story of a cat with three lives.

5. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery – Classic. That one word describes everything about this series.

4. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett – I started believing in Magic only when I read this book. Must read for everyone!

3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – Who doesn’t like this series? An integral  part of everyone’s childhood!

2. The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan – This series is racy, pacy, thrilling, chilling, and whatever other adjectives you’d use to describe a YA book.

1. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton – The magical feeling this series gives is unmatched by anything else I’ve read so far!