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The Rory Gilmore Reading List

Hello everyone! I’m back from my tiny vacation, refreshed and rearing to go! Just kidding… I’m actually exhausted and sad, but who isn’t! xD

This list has been making its rounds on the social media for a while and I’m inspired to look through the list and tell you which of them I’ve read.

This post is inspired by Ashley Riordan’s video on her youtube channel, climbthestacks. She’s one of my favourite youtubers, and I adore her videos. Here’s a link to her video:

Here’s the link with the complete list of all of the books referenced on the Gilmore Girls, a show that I’m currently following a rerun of on TV for the first time, even though I’ve seen random episodes of it before. Yes. This is my first time watching the show. No judgment, please. 😛 I realllly love it so far. Which is why this is a topical post for me. Bear with me. 😛

Well, here’s a list of the books I’ve read out of the massive list of books that Rory Gilmore has read: 

1984 by George Orwell
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
Emma by Jane Austen
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo

Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Love Story by Erich Segal

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Shining by Stephen King

Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

So it seems I’ve read 55 out of the huge list of 339 books, which isn’t amazing, but there are some books in this list that I want to read, and will read soon.

Expect that list in my next post! 🙂

Which of the books on this list have you read, guys? Which of them do you like? Let me know in the comments!






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Literary Would You Rather

I’m stealing and answering the questions published by 101 Books. He’s done 6 of these and I’m randomly doing the third one because I like the number three.

So… Let’s begin!

Would you rather have to read backwards or read upside down?

Upside-down seems easier, although it would slow me down. I’ve tried to read upside-down in the past with reasonable success, so I’ll go with that.

Would you rather be a man named Evelyn Waugh or a woman named George Eliot (both famous authors)?

I know for a fact that George Eliot chose to call herself that. Her actual name is Mary Ann Evans. This is something I learned in primary school when we studied an extract from The Mill on the Floss.

Evelyn Waugh, however, was given the name Evelyn. It was one of his middle names, to be fair, and he chose to call himself Evelyn as well, but I still feel like George Eliot had more choice in the matter. For some reason.

Also. Girls called George! Famous Five! Big, big fan. I wanted to be a guy for a few years because of feisty, curly-haired George.

So, I’d definitely want to be a woman author called George Eliot. 😛

Would you rather have to live through Stephen King’s The Shining or James Dickey’s Deliverance?


If I do want to be menaced and have murder attempted on me, I’d rather these things not be done to me by my dad. Also, I’d rather not have the supernatural involved.

So… Deliverance would be my answer.

However, I haven’t actually read Deliverance, but I have read The Shining, so maybe my answer will change once I read both books. Who knows?

Would you rather permanently be two-feet tall and completely literate, or normal size and permanently illiterate?

Two feet and completely literate. Hands down.

Would you rather read Infinite Jest or get hit in the head with Infinite Jest 10 times (it’s 1,100 pages and more than 480,000 words)?

I’d rather read it. In fact, I own it and intend to read it eventually. 😛

Would you rather have Scarlett O’Hara as your wife or as your mother?

Dear God. I abhor Scarlett. ABHOR her. I know she isn’t meant to be likable and she’s a strong woman, blah blah blah, but the idea of being related to her just brought back all thoughts of how much I hate her.

I don’t know how awful it would be to have her as a mother, because my mother is a wonderful person and an even better mother, but I do think marriages are for life and that’s easily 30 to 40 years of my life as opposed to the 18 or 20 with my mother. Hard cold logic. Very helpful. Always.

(That doesn’t mean that I don’t believe in divorce because marriage is a sacrament, or anything like that. It just means that I’d like any marriage I get into to be for the long haul, and I think that divorce is a hassle. Plus, if I married Scarlett O’ Hara, I would judge myself big time.)

God, what horrible questions! Hahaha. They were fun to answer, though. You should try too. Here are the answers that 101 Books gave to his own questions. Enjoy! 😀

That’s all for today,



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Twitter: @sindrao22
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The Instagram Tag

I found this tag on BluChickenNinja’s blog and it seemed like fun so I’ve decided to do it too. 😀

Here are the questions, and my responses:

1. What’s your Instagram name?

My Instagram handle is owlishphotographer. My name is ‘Sindhu Rao and Terry the GSD’  because I share my account with Terry, my puppy. ^_^

2. How many people do you follow?

I follow 261 people. 😀

3. How many followers do you have?

I have 143 followers. I’ll be honest, I was thrilled when I crossed the 100 followers mark. 😛

4. What are your favorite hashtags?

#bookstagram #dogsofinstagram #bookporn and most recently #guyinthebackisjudging

5. What is your favorite genre of pictures?

Books, dogs, stationery, funky jewellery, are at the top of the list. I also like to follow cartoonists and illustrators.

6. How often do you post?

A few times a week. At least once a week since I got my dog. 😛

7. How often do you check Instagram?

Everyday. I’m a social media addict. It’s a  problem.

8. What’s your favorite filter?

I like Clarendon, Gingham and Lo-fi. xD

9. iPhone only, purist or rebel?

I use my phone to take pictures even though I have a point and shoot camera. This is because my camera is never handy. I don’t have an iPhone though, I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which is a huge phone with an excellent camera. I’ve had to have it serviced though, because I dropped it and broke the display. I’m using my dad’s old phone which doesn’t have as good of a camera, but it’s nice enough if the lighting is good.

Go ahead and do this tag if you want to. 🙂 I’m too lazy to actually tag people.

Also, you can go ahead and stalk my Instagram and whatever other social media I have if you want to:

Twitter: @sindrao22
Instagram: owlishphotographer

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The Book Blogger Confessions Tag

I found this tag on Bluechickenninja’s blog and as you know, I do so love a good viral tag post. So I’m giving it a go! 😀
Here we go, then 🙂
Which book, most recently, did you not finish?
Is it really bad that I actually can’t I can’t remember the last time I abandoned a book because I just didn’t want to read it. I’m a mood-reader and I have books lying around for months before I get into them. And then I often gobble them up in a day. I have to REALLY want to read a book, or I just can’t.
The last book I’m almost sure I won’t read is Midnight’s Children by Rushdie. It was just… weird.
The last book that I haven’t read but will, is The Circle by Dave Eggers, because I’m just not in the mood for it right now. 🙂 I abandoned it in April.

Which book is your guilty pleasure?
I have written a post about why I abhor the idea of a guilty pleasure book.
I stand by that, but the book I’ve been turning to when I’m in a bad mood is Bridget Jones’s Diary, which I’ve been able to read without embarrassing myself because I have it on Kindle. 😀 :p

Which book do you love to hate?
I don’t like any over-serious romance books but none spring to mind because I don’t read many of those.
I also strongly dislike God of Small Things by Arundathi Roy.
I don’t love to hate any books although I do confess to twitching when I see someone read Nicholas Sparks.

Which book would you throw into the sea?
Oh yes. The answer to this popped up into my head the minute I read the question, so strong is my dislike of this book.
Story time: I read this book more than 4 years ago, and I was typing out a review of it for an erstwhile blog of mine.
I didn’t mention the name or write a synopsis because I wanted to vent out (my rather strong) feelings first.
While it was still being edited, a friend read the review, sans any particulars, and she honest to god recognised what book I meant just by reading how much it pissed me off. True story.
This book is Almost Single by Advaita Kala and it is absurd and full of clichés and cringeworthy and I would gladly throw every last copy of it in to the sea.

Which book have you read the most?
I used to reread books a lot as a kid, but I don’t want to talk about those. It’s more interesting to think of what book I’ve read the most as an adult, and I don’t mean my ‘guilty pleasure’ books.
I think the book I’ve read most often as an adult is Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. This is such a funny, kind book. It feels like a hug in book form. And it always inspires me to write, at least for a little while. This is one book I just can’t live without and that I’ve read so often it’s looking a bit tattered now even though I only got it a couple of years ago.

Which book would you hate to receive as a present?
This is an odd question. I have never thought of what free books I would hate to get before!
Honestly, and this has happened to me once or twice, I would hate to receive any self-help book, especially if it were a self-help book that the person who is gifting it has read or has heard great things about because there is always a horrifying chance that they’ll keep asking if I read it and what I thought of it. -shudder- Yup that’s my nightmare scenario.
Guys, if you must gift books because you know a reader, gift books that the person would actually enjoy. Please!

Which book could you not live without?
I mentioned as an answer to an earlier question that I could not live without Bird by Bird. I stand by that.
I also can’t ever see my life without Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. (Yes, I am one of those rare people that can pick their favourite Harry Potter book.)
One of my recent loves is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
I also need The Small Bachelor and Full Moon and Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen by Wodehouse.
And finally, I think I will always want Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett.
Did the question say one book? Whoops…? 😛
Which book made you the angriest?
The book that that made me the angriest recently because it revealed the various discriminations and atrocities that have become internalised in India is A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. It is a story of 4 people who lived during Indira Gandhi’s emergency in the 1970’s and it is the kind of book that is gut-wrenching and thought-provoking and indescribably beautiful. Everyone ever should read it. No joke.

Which book made you cry the most?
I’m not sure actually. Most of the books that I read make me cry at least a little. This is also true of most of the things that I do. In general. I’m a crier. Did I tell you guys that one of my (meaner) friends called me H(owl)er because everything makes me howl? Yeah…

The book that made me cry most recently was Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie, and I think that a book that had me sob heart-rending sobs, so much so that I had to put the book away, is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

Which book cover do you hate the most?
I like a lot of book covers but I don’t have strong negative feelings towards covers. A cover that I dislike on a book that I love is the original hardcover edition of A Casual Vacancy. 


I like the new paperback edition sooo much more and I’ve been eyeing it for a while, but I haven’t bought it because there are a lot of new books that I have also been additionally eyeing.The book lover life, I tell you. Uff.

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Well, there you have it. My confessions/another excuse to talk about more books!

Stalk me in other places too, people! You know you want to! 😀

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Seven (Bookish) Things You Didn’t Know about Me

i love tag type viral stuff, especially the ones about books. I always want to do the ones that pop up on Youtube but there’s so few of them that would be as fun when not in a video format. And of course, I haven’t the balls to actually start up a channel of my own even though I’ve been intending to for MONTHS. So yes. 😛 But that isn’t what this post is about, of course. (Wouldn’t that make for fun reading? Sindhu, I want 1000 words about your lack of balls and I want it on my desk by Monday!) Let us limp our way back to the point, shall we? All together now.

There is a thing that’s been going around on Facebook called “7 things you didn’t know about me” and Reading Addicts, which is one of the several blogs about books, reading and writing I follow, decided to switch it up a bit and make it about books. I thought it looked like a lot of fun, so I’m doing it too. 😀 (Yes.That should have been how this post started. But then you wouldn’t get acquainted with mydelightfully neurotic personality. And wouldn’t that just be a shame?)

Anyway, here goes:


I am actually obsessive about having a book wherever I go, and I actually don’t buy handbags that can’t fit books it them. I was once out handbag shopping with my mum and this super adorable bag sort of looked like it could hold a book in it. My mum said “I’m sure it can fit a book. Just get it.” because I was being super wishy washy about what bag I wanted. After 20 minutes of thinking about it and staring at the bag, much to the chagrin of the salesperson, I said “OH WAIT” and pulled my book out of my current handbag, then yanked all the stuffing out of the new bag, and tried to stuff my book in it. AND IT DIDN’T FIT. So I left. Yes, I’m a lovely person. Good times.


I never formally learned to read, nor did anyone read to me when I was little or anything. I just picked it up on my own. When I was three, my parents took me to a temple and they didn’t let me bring one of my books with me because place of worship and all that. It was super crowded, as temples are, and my parents ended up losing me. They freaked out, because you know, I was super cute and they kinda liked me when I wasn’t crying or throwing up.

So, they looked all over the place and finally located me. My mum claims I was in a remote corner poring over an old newspaper because obviously, the stress of being separated from the printed word was just too much to take. Obviously. Can I say something though? I’m 22 and I can still imagine behaving the exact same way.


I wasn’t a very huge fan of my own uneventful life so I would always superimpose myself as an extra character in my favourite books and retell the stories to myself. It could be any book from an Enid Blyton book, Harry Potter, or even the Babysitter’s Club. I did this everywhere: In boring classes, while walking places, before sleeping, on the pot; you name it.

I basically wrote fan-fic in my head before I knew what the hell it was. My mum told me recently that she could actually hear me talk to myself when I was in the loo or showering. I hadn’t realised I was doing it out loud! I just grinned sheepishly and agreed that that’s all it was because it’s less embarrassing than what I was ACTUALLY doing.


My favourite time in the year was when the Scholastic order sheet things came along. (I don’t know if you guys know what I mean. My class teacher would give everyone a little booklet with a list of children’s books that Scholastic had published and you could tick off the books you wanted at the back of the booklet and hand it in with a cheque for the required amount the next day and a few weeks later, you’d get a manila envelope of the books you wanted. It was like magic.)

Once my teacher gave me the thing, I would say goodbye to classes for the rest of the day and pore over it and make a longlist of the books I wanted. Then my mum would go over my longlist we’d make a shortlist with debates and negotiations that would put any Parliament to shame. I always had the most books delivered to me of anyone in my class, often needing more than one envelope to hold the lot. It was not just because I read a lot, but also because my parents were so wonderfully generous when it came to things like books.


I have this nasty habit of abandoning books if I don’t like how they start because there are so many options and it’s so easy to get distracted. I do this thing, where if I can’t read a book for ages, I make sure it’s the only thing I bring with me on a trip so that I get desperate for reading material (Which inevitably happens) and push myself through it. Of course, since I got my Kindle, this has become a tad harder to do. I still think it’s a genius, foolproof plan though.

The last book I remember doing this for was The Host by Stephenie Meyer, which I didn’t love or anything, but I really did enjoy it once I got past the first 50 pages. It’s far superior to the Twilight saga, that’s for sure. I’d take aliens in a dystopicworld over sparkling, borderline abusive vampires any day. It’s actually a pretty good premise too, and works well as a stand-alone. I’m glad she never got round to writing those sequels.


As I’ve said several times on this blog, there’s nothing I love more than a juicy, chunky book to settle into and wallow in until it feels like it’s a part of me. This is not a recent thing. When I was 13, I went up to the librarian at my school and said “Ma’am, I finished my tests today. Please give me some fat book to read.” She made fun of that phraseology till I graduated.

As far as the thin books were concerned, there were times when I’d issue them, read them (during lunch and sometimes in class also. Please don’t tell.) and return them the same day, issuing a thicker book to take home for the day.


I have panic attacks imagining what I would do if my future children don’t read. I have legit driven myself to the brink of tears imagining this possibility. No joke.

Yeah. I’m just going to leave that there.

Tell me what you guys think of these fascinating insights into the awesome mind of Sindhu. Tell me some of your own bookish stories in the comments. Bonus points will be given if they’re embarrassing. If you do the tag, link me to it. I’d love to read. 😀


Until next time,



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Would you Rather (Books Edition) | Tag

Hello, hello everyone! I’ve actually been reading a lot and a bit faster than I expected I would be able to. I finished Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke in 2 and a half days and it’s a 1006 pages long! Before that, I read The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan. I really enjoyed both and reviews are coming up shortly. 😉 I don’t actually have that much free time because I have had a lot of extra classes scheduled this month and my laptop conked off for a few days and I was suffering from withdrawal. 

In the meantime, I thought I would do something easy but still a bit interesting… Maybe… If anyone actually is interested. 😛

I thought I would do a tag post which floats around Booktube as a video. I’ve seen sooo many videos of this tag. (That doesn’t mean I’m addicted to booktube or anything. Oh no. Not at all.)

Here goes. 🙂 Enjoy. Tell me if your answers match mine or tell me why you disagree. 😀

1. Would you rather… only read trilogies or only stand-alones?

I hate trilogies. I abhor trilogies. Most books that are trilogies needn’t be trilogies. I don’t read too many series as it is, because a lot of series are YA and I don’t read too much of that, but I especially dislike trilogies. I’ve read very few trilogies that actually work. The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson is one. The Gameworld Trilogy by Samit Basu is another. (This series deserves so much more love than it gets. Everyone read this. Please!)  I also really want to read the MadAddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood.

Seriously though, who settled at three as a weird magic number for all the f****g books? I mean, really! It’s so clearly a sham. A scam! I don’t need that shit in my life!

And stand-alones show you an author’s talent. To tell a complete and satisfying story in one book and still make you feel invested in the story is what talent is all about. Stand-alones all the way! Although, I do like the thick meaty books which go on and on and make me feel fuzzy inside. In any case, I read mostly only stand-alones, so it makes sense to stick to those. <3

And yes. I have very strong opinions about very random things which will come out in this post like never before. Please proceed further only after putting on your protective gear.

2. Would you rather… read only female authors or male authors?

Uh… female! Duh.

Most of my favourite authors are female, and a lot of my favourite books are by women, but that’s not even relevant here. Can I just say women as a gender are seriously under-represented in the world of fiction writing? There are a lot of amazing female authors out there, and on principle alone, I would read mostly women, because they deserve more love that they get. Yes! So female authors it is. 🙂

3. Would you rather… shop only at Barnes and Noble or only at Amazon?

I’m an Indian, and I’ve never been to a Barnes and Noble in my life, but I assume this question means to ask if I prefer going to actual bookstores or if I prefer shopping online. I prefer shopping in bookstores for sure, but can I just say that I prefer independent bookstores to chain stores like Barnes and Noble because the collections are so unique. I especially love second hand bookstores in my hometown,Bangalore.

4. Would you rather… all books become movies or all books become TV shows?

I don’t really care much about this because I rarely watch adaptations anyway. 🙂 But if I had to choose, I’d say a TV show because it kills me when things are left out of movies. But a short TV show with only a few episodes, the way the British do it. Like a mini-series! Yes, that’s what they’re called. 😛

. Would you rather… read 5 pages a day or 5 books a week?

I would be exhausted and sleep-deprived perpetually, but honestly, I would much rather read 5 books a week than 5 pages a day. If I read 5 pages a day, i would be miserable and in a constant state of anxiety over what happens next. I would choose contented sleeplessness any day over tension and almost no reading.

6. Would you rather… be a professional reviewer or a professional author?

AUTHORAUTHORAUTHORAUTHORAUTHOR. I have wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember. I love writing so very much even though I haven’t been disciplined about it so far. I have ambitions though. So many ambitions. It isn’t even like “Oh, if I had to pick…”. I just want to write. It’s my favourite thing.

7. Would you rather… only read your 20 favorite books over and over or only read new books and never re-read your favorites?

I have stopped rereading books even though I always want to. I usually only read light-hearted romance novels when I’m low and too mentally sapped to read anything else. So this choice is easy. 🙂 I would much rather read new books and never get to reread my favourite books. In fact, it’s because I’m so excited about reading new books that I never reread even though I always plan to.

8. Would you rather… be a librarian or a book seller?

I think I would rather be a librarian because I’d love to sit and read books and buy books as they are released and never have to permanently part with any book. <3

9. Would you rather… only read your favorite genre or only genres but your favorite?

My favourite genres are literary and postmodern fiction, dystopian fiction, and historical fiction. 🙂 I am pretty sure I couldn’t bear to read other genres exclusively. But I could bear to read only literary and postmodern fiction, I believe. I almost exclusively read that genre anyway. 🙂

10. Would you rather… only read physical books or e-books?

Frankly, I would much rather read only physical books even though I haven’t any strong feelings against e-books. I read a lot of e-books,especially in college, because I have a huge space constraint here. But I do love collecting physical books more than anything, especially of the books I love. And I love reading physical books.I have the habit of always carrying a book in my purse in case I’m bored and free any time and also because of the sheer comfort of having a nice book with me. I also love seeing other people read physical books in public places and I’m famous for making judgments about people based on what they’re reading. I would like to allow other people the same liberty of judging me. So I’ll stick to physical books over e-books. 🙂

Yes, that is it. I hope this tag told you guys a bit about me and proved to be a fun read.

Until next time,



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The Biggest Books I’ve Read… and Not Read (The Big Book Tag)

I’ve seen a lot of Youtubers do this tag and I thought it’ll be fun to do it too. I made the list ages ago, but I thought I would read one of the book on the biggest books I haven’t read in October, but you guys know that did NOT happen. (I read only 4 books in October. To put that in perspective, I’ve read 4 books already this month and I have exams going on… So yeah.)

Anyway, the idea is to list the 5 biggest books you’ve read and 2 of the biggest books you own but you haven’t read. I’m going to list 5 of each though, mostly to bully myself into reading these books. 🙂 Also, I love all of the books on my read-list, which is weird and cool. 🙂 They’re all 4 star and above! I really love big books. I remember when I was 13, I went to my school librarian and said, “Ma’am, tests have ended. Please give me a big book to read. Any big book!” She made fun of me for that till I graduated. -.-

I do still admire an author who can write a good book briefly. Like George Orwell. Animal Farm is only 98 pages long! But my personal favourites are always the thick meaty ones that you can make friends with. 🙂 Anyway…

Getting down to the list: (From smallest to biggest.)

The biggest books I’ve read are:

  1. 1Q94 by Haruki Murakami –925 pages
  2. Shantaram  by Gregory David Roberts– 933 pages
  3. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens — 974 pages
  4. Gone with The Wind by Margaret Mitchell — 1011 pages
  5. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth — 1368 pages
Not Read:
  1. Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra — 916 pages
  2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 964 pages
  3. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace — 1079 pages
  4. Atlas Shrugged  by Ayn Rand–1088 pages
  5. War and Peace  by Leo Tolstoy–1392 Pages

People who are reading, (I hope someone is reading) please comment and let me know what the biggest books you’ve read are. And also tell me what you thought of these ones. 🙂 Especially if they’re the ones I haven’t read. 😛 And… anything else you want to. Feed the Sindhu with your insights. 😀

See ya tomorrow, guys!



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The 25 Books which have Impacted Me the Most… Like in Life

There was a tag going around Facebook to make a status listing the 10 books that you thought had the biggest impact on you. It was later termed the #bookbucket challenge, which is…just… what?!

I made a list and I immediately regretted every single thing on that list and I thought of a large number of other books that impacted me more. I zeroed in on the reason, and it is that 10 is just too small a number. I So, I’ve given it a great deal of thought and decided to list the top 25 instead.

Here’s that list:

  1. Five Run Away Together by Enid Blyton
  2. The Mystery of the Spiteful Letters by Enid Blyton
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling
  4. Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  5.  Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery
  6. Matilda, by Roald Dahl
  7. Secrets by Jacqueline Wilson
  8. Ready or Not by Meg Cabot
  9. Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon
  10. 1984 by George Orwell
  11.  Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  12. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  13.  Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  14. A Little Princess by Frances Hogdsen Burnett
  15. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  16. One L by Scott Turow
  17. Bossypants by TIna Fey
  18. This is Not the End of the Book by Umberto Eco
  19. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  20. A Palace of Illusions by Chitra Divakaruni
  21. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  22. The Shining by Stephen King
  23. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
  24. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
  25. Bitter Chocolate by Pinki VIrani

Uhh… If this list seems random, it’s because some of these are books that just showed me what writing can do if the author is good enough, and nothing inspires me more to do what I really want to do, which is to be a writer.

So there we have it. No changes. No takesies-backsies. Promise.