I was sitting at my desk wondering what to write. I looked up to my shelf and saw the collection of my favourite books, that took me back to the days when I read 5-10 page books.
The first novel that I remember reading was 'Grandma's Bag of Stories' by Sudha Murthy. They were cute moralistic short stories. I don't remember much of it as I read it 7 years ago but I loved that book...and it struck me that I should make a list of my favourite books.
Of all the books that I have read till now here are 10 books I strongly recommend.
The Rosewood Chronicles by Connie Glynn
The first book in the series
Ellie Wolf is the princess of Maradova who longs to be an ordinary girl.
Lottie Pumpkin is an ordinary girl who longs to be a princess.
Fate puts the two in the same dorm room in a prestigious school called 'The Rosewood Hall'. It makes perfect sense to swap identities...but do they?
Undercover Princess is a book which is impossible to put down, each chapter ends in a mystery which makes you want to read the next chapter immediately. The ending of the book is sure to leave you bewildered.
The second book in the series
People are getting poisoned randomly and Ellie and Lottie know the culprit is residing in Rosewood Hall. Both of them have the extra stress of school on their shoulders...will they find the criminal in time?
The author, Connie Glynn, has done an excellent job on this book. With so many confounding climax twists, I guarantee you that you'll find this book jaw-opening.
Unfortunately, I haven't read the next book, 'The Lost Princess' as yet, but I soon will.
Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
Jacko Argyle died in prison protesting his innocence; he swears he was hitchhiking at the moment his adoptive mother was struck on the back of the head with a poker in the study of the family home...
Dr Arthur Calgary arrives too late with the proof that could have confirmed Jacko's innocence- and another family member's guilt...the door of the family was locked the night Rachel Argyle died.
Ordeal by Innocence is a twisted and complicated mystery. Each chapter ends in a kind of haunted way. I strongly recommend this book because it tells us the true nature of people and how cruel and merciless they can be. This is one of my most favourite books.
Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie
When Amy Leatheran travels to an ancient site in the Iraqi desert to nurse the wife of a celebrated archaeologist, events prove stranger than she has ever imagined.
Her patient’s bizarre visions and nervous terror seem unfounded, but as the oppressive tension in the air thickens, events come to a terrible climax – in murder.
With one spot of blood as his only clue, Hercule Poirot must embark on a journey across the desert to unravel a mystery which taxes even his remarkable powers.
Murder in Mesopotamia is Agatha Christie at her best. Her quirky character Hercule Poirot is a Belgian detective. This book has many big and small plot twists, but the biggest one is towards the end of the book, want to know what the huge plot twist is? Read and find out!
All Four Stars by Tara Dairman
Gladys Gatsby loves cooking gourmet dishes, she's been cooking since the age of seven! But her fast- food-loving parents have no idea. Now she's eleven and after a crème brûlée accident (just a small fire), Gladys is cut off from the kitchen (and her allowance). She's devastated, but soon finds a way to pay her parents back when she's mistakenly contacted to write a restaurant review for one of the largest newspapers in the world. But in order to meet her deadline and keep her dream job, Gladys must cook her way into the heart of her archenemy and sneak into New York City- all while keeping her identity a secret!
All Four Stars is the book which inspired me to start writing food reviews. Tara Dairman has done an excellent job on the series, keeping everything interesting and making sure that the reader's don't get bored. This series may seem childish...but don't judge a book by its cover.
Pages & Co. by Anna James
Since her mother's disappearance, 11-year-old Tilly Pages has found comfort in her grandparents' bookshop, Pages & Co. But when her favourite characters, Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables and Alice from Alice in Wonderland, start showing up at the shop, Tilly's adventures become very real. She can follow Anne and Alice into their stories, and also bookwander into any story she chooses...but is danger lurking on the very next page?
Aah! Such a good series...both the books end in satisfaction. This series is a feel-good genre. Anna James has done an exceptional job on her debut series. From a school librarian to a hugely successful author, she has a three-book deal on this series, her third book 'The Map of Stories' is coming out very soon!
Facebook Phantom by Suzanne Sangi
After her board exams are over, Sonali- Li to her friends- meets a strange man on Facebook, Omi Daan. What begins as an idle chat soon takes over her waking hours and her dreams, as she, and through her, her friends Jo and Neel, get sucked inexorably into a world of darkness, danger and death.
This book is for ages 11 and above. Facebook Phantom is a thriller and horror novel, it's the first and best one I have read. It spreads a strong message of cyber safety and true friendship, want to know how wicked people can be? Then read this book...
The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch
Cass and Max-Ernest are members of a secret society called 'The Terces Society'. They are fighting a group called 'The Midnight Sun'. Cass is a survivalist and Max-Ernest is a....well a....ummm...he's a......let's say he's a chatterbox who has a big brain as well as a big mouth. This series details every single one of their missions against the Midnight Sun...read on!
This is the best series I have EVER read! I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this series. If you like the famous series 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' by Lemony Snicket, then I'm one hundred per cent sure you'll like this one too! In fact, the author, Pseudonymous Bosch, got inspired to write the Secret Series from Lemony Snicket...he mentions it in his first book.
Alice In Deadland by Mainak Dhar
Civilization as we know it ended more than fifteen years ago, leaving as it's legacy, barren wastelands called the Deadland and a new terror for the humans who survived- hordes of undead Biters.
Fifteen-year-old Alice has spent her entire life in the Deadland, her education consisting of how best to use guns and knives in the ongoing war for survival against the Biters.
One day, Alice spots a Biter disappearing into a hole in the ground and follows it, in search of fabled underground Biter bases...turns out following people can turn your whole life around.
My best friend gifted me the first book 2 years ago, she's the one who introduced it to me...so kudos to you Sabrina. This book sends a powerful message of women empowerment and how girls are worthy of being leaders. Alice led her army so bravely, I was impressed. If you're in the mood for a violent and exciting book...read this trilogy.
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Raina just wants to be a normal sixth-grader. But one night, after her Girl Scouts meeting, she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. From embarrassing headgears to on and off braces, she just wants to smile without being awkward about it. This book details her journey to smile again.
Smile is the best comic I have ever read. I know many people don't like comics but I suggest you give this one a try. Its all you ever need in a book.
This is my list for now and I am sure you have one too. So, which of these books have you read and which one do you wish to read?
In a while, crocodile!