More than 110 books which Wowed me…

This post is dedicated to my dear , dear and never-met friend Mrs. Rebecca Saenz; she has been a great support for so many years past … and a TRUE LOVER OF LITERATURE. Thank you so much, Mrs. Saenz.

Some of my present and ex-students as also some of you who read my blog regularly has asked me offline for a book-list. Here goes… & I have indeed read every single one — blush, blush ;-)

(Do a Google on each and get hold of them…all the major book chains and libraries stock them except for a few of the religious books. For them contact the nearest Hindu and Catholic monasteries…Enjoy…don’t trust in Gurus; these books will guide you and they are just paths for you to further explore. )

  1. Siddhartha Herman Hesse
  2. The Buddenbrooks Thomas Mann
  3. The Stand Stephen King
  4. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers
  5. Women in Love D H Lawrence
  6. The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett
  7. The Doomsday Conspiracy Sidney Sheldon
  8. Nicholas Nickleby Charles Dickens
  9. The Pickwick Papers Charles Dickens
  10. Far from the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
  11. Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  12. Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  13. The House of the Spirits Isabel Allende
  14. Salem’s Lot Stephen King
  15. Interview with a Vampire Anne Rice
  16. The Prayer of the Frog ( 2 vols ) Anthony D’Mello
  17. Sophie’s Choice William Styron
  18. Under the Greenwood Tree Thomas Hardy
  19. Cider with Rosie Laurie Lee
  20. How Green was my Valley Richard Llewellyn
  21. Everything that you can lay your hands on by Jorges Luis Borges
  22. Areopagitica John Milton
  23. The Shining Stephen King
  24. Odd Thomas Dean Koontz
  25. Short Stories Saadat Hasan Manto
  26. Ecclesiastes or Quoheleth Old Testament
  27. The Stars Look Down A J Cronin
  28. Vanity Fair W.M. Thackeray
  29. 2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C Clarke
  30. Bonfire of the Vanities Tom Wolfe
  31. Elephant Song Wilbur Smith
  32. Works by Cicero
  33. Meditations Marcus Aurelius
  34. First Jesuit: St. Ignatius Loyola Mary Purcell
  35. Hamlet Shakespeare
  36. Michelangelo Freud
  37. Poetry by: Blake (start with Auguries of Innocence), Coleridge, Shelley, Keats’ Lamia, Every poem Yeats, the verse translation of Beowulf by Seamus Heaney.
  38. A Moveable Feast Hemingway
  39. Poems by Whitman and Sylvia Plath ( also read her letters)
  40. Texas James Michener
  41. Something Wicked this Way Comes Ray Bradbury
  42. Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
  43. Works by Edgar Allan Poe and Sheridan Le Fanu
  44. Dracula Bram Stoker
  45. All works by Kalidasa
  46. The Original Mahabharata ( P.Lal’s Translation)
  47. Katha Upanishad translated and annotated by Swami Gambhirananda
  48. Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
  49. A Room of One’s Own Virginia Woolf
  50. Brighton Rock Graham Greene
  51. The Heart of the Matter Graham Greene
  52. All the Pretty Horses Cormac McCarthy
  53. Chronicles of Barsetshire ( series ) By Anthony Trollope
  54. The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
  55. Everything by Loius L’Amour
  56. As the Crow Flies Jeffrey Archer
  57. Come be My Light Brian Kolodiejchuk
  58. Writings of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila. Also Juliana of Norwich’s works. Include The Philokalia (Anonymous) and Thomas of Kempis’s The Imitation of Christ.
  59. Canterbury Tales ( full ) by Chaucer, The Duchess of Malfi by Webster & Timon of Athens by Shakespeare
  60. Inferno Dante ( translation by Dorothy L Sayers)
  61. The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco
  62. Poems by John Donne, TS Eliot, Wilfred Owen, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow & Emily Bronte
  63. Moby Dick by Herman Melville & The Lat of the Mohicans by James F. Cooper
  64. The Call of the Wild Jack London
  65. The Seven Storey Mountain Thomas Merton
  66. The Rule of St.Benedict and The Spiritual Exercises by St.Ignatius of Loyola
  67. Death Comes for the Archbishop Willa Cather
  68. Narcissus and Goldmund Herman Hesse
  69. The Rise of the Third Reich William Shirer
  70. The Penguin Classic edition of The Crucible Arthur Miller
  71. The Origins of the Second World War A.J.P. Taylor
  72. Lord of the Flies William Golding
  73. Rising Sun Michael Crichton
  74. Vyadha Gita (Hunter’s Gita) (any Ramakrishna Mission translation); Narada Bhakti Sutras, Asthavakra Gita & Karma Yoga by Swami Vivekananda. Also read Swami Turiyananda’s Letters.
  75. The Berlin Trilogy by Christopher Ishwerwood.
  76. 1984 & Animal Farm George Orwell
  77. The Historian Elisabeth Kostova
  78. Seven habits of Highly Effective People Stephen R Covey
  79. The Success Principles Jack Canfield
  80. Emma, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  81. Poems by Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and A.K. Ramanujan
  82. A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell; The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant, the whole 8 volumes on the History of Philosophy by Frederick Copleston, the two volumes on Indian philosophy by Radhakrishnan
  83. The War of the End of the World Mario Vargas Llosa
  84. The Good Earth Pearl S Buck
  85. Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  86. Zorba the Greek, Saint Francis & the Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis.
  87. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
  88. Every single critical work by Frank Kermode; every single book length work by Harold Bloom, Kathleen Raine, Rene Girard, Michel Foucault and Edward Said. Also read up everything by Romila Thapar, Karl Rahner, Karl Barth, Rudolf Bultmann, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Roland Barthes, Victor Frankl
  89. Read every single book written by Agatha Christie (this includes her romances), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (also his sci-fi novels).
  90. The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye; Bhawani Junction by John Masters, In this House of Brede by Rumer Godden
  91. All philosophical works by Iris Murdoch including The Sovereignty of Good. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie & The abbess of Crewe by Dame Muriel Spark.
  92. Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro; Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy; Catholics by Brian Moore, The Heather Blazing by Colm Toibin; The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris; A History of God by Karen Armstrong, Cannery Row by John Steinbeck; the Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore; Lonesome Dove Larry McMurtry; The Man Who Knew Infinity Robert Kanigel; I Leap over the Wall by Monica Baldwin
  93. The Rule of the Carthusians & The Story of a Soul by the Little Flower of Jesus
  94. Doctors and The Class by Erich Segal.
  95. Browning’s’ poetry including Pippa Passes. Tennyson’s In Memoriam; A Portrait of the Artist as a young man by James Joyce, Asterix and Obelix comics.
  96. Don’t sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson and books by Suze Orman. Also read Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad.
  97. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
  98. The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer; American psycho by Bret Easton Ellis and The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith.
  99. Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Raymond Chandler’s the Long Kiss Goodbye and The Big Sleep. Include The Laughing Policeman by Sjöwall and Wahlöö. Also tuck in The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson and James Clavell’s Shogun.

100. Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopadhyay’s Aranyak and the first two parts of the Apu Trilogy; throw in all of Tagore’s songs (no exclusions), Sarat Chatterjee’s Srikanta series and Devdas. Bankim Chatterjee’s Anandamath and Kapal Kundala, Tara Shankar Bannerjee’s Dhatri Debata; Jibananada Das’s poetry 9 both in English and Bengali); Manik Banerjee’s Padma Nadir Majhi; Tagore’s Gora Atin Bandopadhyay’s Neel Kantha Pakhir Khonje. ( all of these books are available in English)

101. Elie Wiesel Night

102. Nancy Klein M. An Infinity of Little Hours.

I have written this in one sitting tonight so that the best books come a-knocking to me…

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One thought on “More than 110 books which Wowed me…

  1. I am glad to note that I have heard of most of them, though I have not read more than thirty odd books from this list. Siddharth by Hesse is really a number one choice. I would also like to move Sophie’s choice up in the list.
    All the best

    Sanjeev

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