Top 20 Books…

Found a “Top 20 Books Ever Written” thread on Orkut. That got me thinking… and I made my own list. This top 20 is my opinion of the best books in terms of impact and influence it made on me, the level of “greatness” in terms of writing style or what’s written in it(hence, the #1) and the amount of enjoyment I recieved in reading the book (if this was the sole criterion, #4 would top). So, the winners are…

1. The Bhagvad Gita by Anonymous. (Mythically, by Lord Krishna)
2. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
3. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein
4. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
5. The Jeeves Series by PG Wodehouse
6. The Sherlock Holmes Series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
7. Around The World In 80 Days by Jules Verne
8. Swami and Friends by RK Narayan
9. The Prince by Nicollo Machiavelli
10. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
11. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
12. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Cristie
13. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
14. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
15. Divine Comedy by Dante
16. Surely You’re Joking, Mr.Feynman! by Richard P Feynman
17. The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkein
18. Lectures in Physics by Richard P Feynman
19. The Corner of a Foreign Field – The Indian History of a British Sport by Ramachandra Guha
20. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C Clarke


Filed under Books, Ideas, Life

6 responses to “Top 20 Books…

  1. Damn!! That’s loadsa reading I need to catch up on!! But, Seriously….Charles Dickens?????!!!!

  2. I really liked it! Scrooge’s character was awesome!

  3. You obviously haven’t read The Art Of War, Arthashastra, or Foundation, or Dune, or Ender’s Game.

  4. Harish... wait, shouldn't I be studying for my pracs?

    NO. I want to. Give them to me.

    Will have to update the list with 1984 and Animal Farm.

  5. They’ll all cost monay… the de-copyrighted ones I can read on the net and the rest is library issued stock.

    TAOW usually is sold with commentary by people who obviously know jack-all and costs 500 bucks. Better off printing your own from project Gutenberg with the real and OLDEST commentary in English available. More translation, less guesswork there.

  6. One year on.

    I have read Ender’s Game and The Art of War.

    Amongst others.

    Not any significant change to the list. Might add Roger Penrose’s ‘The Road To Reality’ to it.

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