Top 10 Books that I enjoyed Tremendously!

Here is a list of books that I have enjoyed tremendously and that have left me in awe – either through the story or sheer story telling ability or the philosophy or the brilliance of writing. As you can see, mostly I love junk …

1. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger. The language is awful, and to be honest, I think it’s just sort of a rambling, jumbled memoir of a few days in the life of an adolescent boy. It was pretty boring. However, by the end, I was a little charmed by Holden Caulfield, and I think therein lies the beauty of the book. I can read this anytime, multiple times, ageless.The Baron in the trees
2. Bourne Identity – Robert Ludlum.  Robert Ludlum’s spy-fiction/ thriller mystery series has been a hit ever since the first book was published in 1980, The Bourne Identity. This first book of the trilogy has to be the original complex thriller of all time.
3. Intensity – Dean Koontz. Some of Dean Koontz’s books are quite good, others… not so good. Intensity stars the most hardcore bad guy and the gentlest of the heroines. An amazing read.

4. The Baron in the Trees – Italo Calvino.  The memoir is clearly being written for the public by a nobleman in the early 19th century, and there’s something jarring about this man mentioning a woman opening her blouse to bare her rosy nipples. The sheer audacity of the story is something that makes this a very pure book. This is a brilliant, delightful book.  And strangely sad, somehow.

5. One Shot – Lee Child. This is action thriller that stars a guy by the name of Jack Reacher. Reacher is ex-military and is basically your lone-hero vigilante justice type of guy. This character is the one that defines a “HERO” for me, the first of Jack Reacher that I read.

6. Balance of Power – Richard North Patterson.  Primarily a legal thriller, involving a court case, a gun manufacturer, the U.S. Senate, an organization eerily similar to the NRA, and the President. It’s a long book, but it reads quickly. The best book on gun control in US as a thriller.

7. Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie Roger Ackroyd is murdered. The wealthy man in King’s Abbot has been stabbed with a dagger at the back of his neck.  His demise benefits the people who are concerned in his will: his stepson, his niece and his sister-in-law. Does his money make them suspects? The Murder of Roger Ackroyd deserves a high praise for its superb narration and complicated sub-plots brought together by variable characters. The surprise ending is going to blow away your mind!

8. Drop Shot – Harlan Coben.  Funny, Modern, Set in New Jersey and one cracking mystery. In “Drop Shot,” Coben serves up a tale of murder and intrigue set within the world of professional tennis. This is a good summer read that I recommend enthusiastically.

9.  Midnights Children – Salman Rushdie. The only book from Rushdie that is worth reading. He is the best writer today provided he has a story to tell and in this one, he had.

10.  No Orchids for Miss Blandish – James Hadley Chase. This is one book that defines the true meaning of pulp fiction!

What’s your list?

About the Author: Ashwini Mathur is a resident of Hyderabad. In the past he has worked at GSK Pharmaceuticals as a Senior General Manager and at Novartis after that. He has a Master’s degree in Mathematics from IIT Delhi, a PhD in bio-statistics from University and College Berkeley, California and an executive MBA from IIM Bangalore.

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8 Comments

  1. To
    kill a mocking bird, thorn birds, shibumi, all books in kurt wallander
    series, banquo, Shantaram, Harry potter the 4th book, wilt, where
    eagles dare,

    • The Bourne Identity, My all time fav book, just for the sheer concept of it.

      Believed
      Violent by James Hadley Chase. At the time of my reading that book,
      eons ago, I was struck by the sheer violence of the novel, someone
      getting killed every few pages.

      Few other fav’s include The World in my
      pocket, One Bright Summer Morning, Knock, Knock, who’s there, The
      Vulture is a Patient Bird, No orchids for Miss Blandish, EVE, Tiger by
      the Tail
      Short stories collection of Jeffery Archer.
      The Godfather by Mario Puzo
      Disclosure by Michael Crichton.
      Oil by Jonathan Black
      Love story by Erich Segal
      A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
      Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
      McNally
      series of Lawrence Sanders. Very light reading, comical, creates pangs
      of hunger. To be avoided by those trying to lose weight.
      Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.
      Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
      Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
      The Chamber by John Grisham

      • partha,
        loved lawrence sanders. mouth watering descriptions of how to make and
        eat a sandwich – standing over a sink with all the mayo, mustard
        dripping out I am going to make one for myself now!

  2. OMG, No Orchids for Miss Blandish! It was my favorite Chase too – the only Chase title I have ever remembered. This really takes me back… 🙂

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