#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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Book Review: The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Quite magical, isn’t it?

“Where you tend a rose my lad, a thistle cannot grow.”

Ben Weatherstaff

Title –  The Secret Garden

Author – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Pages – 331

GenreClassics

I read this book as a part of my Re-Read Challenge, and man, I can’t believe I’ve forgotten everything about it!

The story revolves around Mary Lennox, an India-born young girl who loses her parents to cholera. A sour-faced, unpleasant girl, she moves to Yorkshire to her uncle’s house, and to her horror, finds that people behave differently than they did in India.

Soon, she learns about the ‘secret garden’ that belonged to her aunt, who had died there. Distraught, her uncle locks away the garden and throws its key away. Mary is curious to know more about it and tries to find it.

Put together a boy who can char animals, a hypochondriac who behaves like a prince, some Yorkshire slang, and lots of Magic, you have a typical Burnett book – magical and charming.

Despite all it’s beauty, I hated the racist point of view that the narrator has towards India. It is completely different from what she portrays, and she twists history according to her own whims and fancies. But seeing that racism wasn’t a crime back then, I (generously) forgive her.

The part I love the most about this is the transformation of the selfish, wicked, Mary to an angel who wins everyone’s heart by the end. Filled with hope and positivity, you are sure to love this everlasting classic.

I’ll rate it **** out of *****.

Have you read this book? What do you think about it?

#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!