Go Back   Team-BHP > Around the Corner > Shifting gears


View Poll Results: I read most my books in...
Paper book format 159 66.53%
Amazon Kindle 45 18.83%
Apple iPad 6 2.51%
Android Tablet 6 2.51%
B&B Nook 4 1.67%
Sony eBook Reader 0 0%
Smartphone 13 5.44%
Others (mention in post) 3 1.26%
Kobo eReader 3 1.26%
Voters: 239. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 21st April 2009, 17:32   #316
Senior - BHPian
 
predatorwheelz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Delhi/Kolkata
Posts: 1,652
Thanked: 1,097 Times
Default

Very difficult to denote the Top 5 for a bookworm like me. After much thought, heres a Top 10 (not in sequential order, mix of fiction and non-fiction):

Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintainence - Robert Pirsig
In Spite of the Gods: The strange rise of Modern India - Edward Luce
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Why We Buy - Paco Underhill
Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
Pather Panchali - Bibhutibhushon Bandopadhyay
The Greatest: My Own Story - Mohammed Ali
The Rebel Sell - Joseph Heath & Andrew Potter
Deshe Bideshe - Syed Mujtaba Ali
Tipping Point - Mallcom Gladwell

Currently Reading - Nothing! Just trying to save my job in these times of slowdown!
predatorwheelz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21st April 2009, 18:03   #317
BHPian
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 175
Thanked: 2 Times
Default

Here is my best list, but this is something dynamic & can change as days pass by:

1) Papillon - Henry Charriere
2) Bram Stokers - Dracula (This book belongs to my grand father, i guess its easily crossed 50 years, & in a commendable condition)
3) Carrie - Stephen King
4) Cosmos - Carl Sagan
5) At swim two birds - Flann O'Brien

Lots more...

The ones not to miss are

1) Sherlock Holmes
2) 20,000 Leagues under the sea
3) Pendragon Series - DJ Mac Hale
4) TinTin Series
5) Interview with a vampire
6) The thief lord
7) The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
8) The Yiddish Policemen's Union - Michael Chabon
9) Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut
10) The Dark tower series from Stephen king
11) The Shinning - Stephen King
12) Haunted - James Herbert
13) Atlas Shrugged
14) Lord of the rings
15) God Father

I will end it for now, but there are a few more great ones!
crn12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21st April 2009, 18:48   #318
BHPian
 
Abbas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Visakhapatnam
Posts: 410
Thanked: 22 Times
Default

Here goes mine:

1. Sugar Baron`s Daughter - loveleen Kacker
2. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
3. Straigh from the gut - jack Welch (Former C.E.O. General Electric)
4. Joker in the Pack - Don`t remember.
5. Loosing My Virginity - Biography Richard Branson
Abbas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21st April 2009, 22:40   #319
F50
Senior - BHPian
 
F50's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Mumbai/USA
Posts: 1,694
Thanked: 90 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by deepug View Post

Many Lives Many Masters - Brian l Weiss ( currently Reading)
Someone suggested this book to me. How is it?
F50 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21st April 2009, 23:15   #320
BHPian
 
Sagittarian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Chennai
Posts: 61
Thanked: Once
Default

Tin Drums
Roots
One hundred years of solitude
And quiet flows the Don
Khasakkinte Itihasam (OV Vijayan)
Sagittarian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21st April 2009, 23:25   #321
BHPian
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: chennai
Posts: 755
Thanked: 292 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sagittarian View Post
One hundred years of solitude
I once read a book by same author named something like 'chronicle of death foretold' and did not understand what it wanted to convey.... and i knew this book is also highly raved about. In fact, I was going through the reviews of the book an hour back.... and found one review which I think would reflect my views, if I attempt to read this ...

I guess I am not still there to understand his style of writing.

Quote:
Just recently, I decided to give this book a second chance. Like other reviewers here, I hardly ever give up on a book. But about 30 pages into the SECOND attempt, I am feeling exhausted. All of the bright and shiny books on my bookshelves have never looked so good at this point. So I came here, read the reviews and feel better. I think I can put this book away and be at peace with not appreciating it. I will say, some of the words Marquez uses- his descriptions, seem to have been created especially for the world that exists within this book. But is the trip worth it? I have decided that it is not. Thank you all for helping me be at peace with NOT completing this novel.
tifosikrishna is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd April 2009, 00:22   #322
BHPian
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 257
Thanked: 2 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by pradster View Post
I am Currently reading some Tintin comics!.................
Am going through a comics phase too. Reading a Calvin and Hobbes collection. Then I have a couple of Asterixes to re-read.
straightdrive is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22nd April 2009, 07:52   #323
BANNED
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 865
Thanked: 35 Times
Default

Can't pick the top5 since there are a quite a few which are just as good but these are my all time favourites:
-------------------------------------------------------------
Zen and the art of Motor Cycle maintenance - A classic in any way you look at it.
Alchemist - You can't go wrong on this one.
Surely you are joking Mr.Feynman - You only get such men rarely, very rarely.
Call of the Wild - Simply superb.
A Gift of Wings - Try putting down before you finish.
-------------------------------------------------------------

Last edited by zaks : 22nd April 2009 at 07:53.
zaks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th April 2009, 09:19   #324
BHPian
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 948
Thanked: 23 Times
Default

1. The Clash of civilisations and remaking of world order (Samuel Huntington)
2. The alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
3. Freedom at midnight (Lapierre and somebody)
4. Lust for life (Irving Stone)
5. Orientalism (Edward Said)

Currently reading motorcycle magazines


Originally Posted by deepug
Many Lives Many Masters - Brian l Weiss ( currently Reading)
Someone suggested this book to me. How is it?

If this is about the person who was regressed and discovered she'd lived through many personas and many starkly diverse eras- sometimes even dying traumatically...if it is, then the author is a Psychologist and she was his patient. Makes you sit up. Highly recommended.

Last edited by netchef : 29th April 2009 at 09:26. Reason: found another post I had a response to
netchef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th April 2009, 15:10   #325
BHPian
 
Ankoor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pune / Mumbai
Posts: 44
Thanked: 6 Times
Default

Just finished reading The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown). It was a reading experiance unlike any other.

Currently I am reading John Grisham's The Broker and lined up is a book called the Monkey Business by John Rolfe and Peter Troob. Its based on the world of Investment Banking.
Ankoor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20th August 2009, 21:32   #326
BHPian
 
KITE RUNNER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Kochi
Posts: 101
Thanked: 7 Times
Default

The list can quite long, but let me point out my favourite 5.

1) Acts of Faith - Eric Segal

2) Kane & Abel - Jeffrey Archer

3) The Five people you meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom

4) 1984 - George Orwell

5) The grapes of wrath - John Steinbeck


Presently I am outside India and hence not much into reading. Laid my hands on Life of Pi by Yann Martel, seems interesting.
KITE RUNNER is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th September 2009, 21:59   #327
Senior - BHPian
 
sdp1975's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,573
Thanked: 879 Times
Default

Top 2 :

1) Narcissus and Goldmund

2) Siddharta

Both by Herman Hesse. Hardly find time these days to read.
sdp1975 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th September 2009, 15:15   #328
Team-BHP Support
 
bblost's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 9,552
Thanked: 6,310 Times
Default

James Clavell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Asian Sagas:
King Rat (1962): Set in a Japanese POW camp, 1945
Tai-Pan (1966): Set in Hong Kong, 1841
Shōgun (1975): Set in feudal Japan, 1600
Noble House (1981): Set in Hong Kong, 1963
Whirlwind (1986): Set in Iran, 1979


Only one remaining:
Gai-Jin (1993): Set in Japan, 1862

One of the finest story tellers. He wrote some really big books. The Shogun for instance was over 6000 ebook pages and the Whirlwind (hardback) will kill someone if thrown hard enough.
If you like reading intrigue, suspense and fiction based on actual events. He is the best.

I have also read his
The Art of War, a translation of Sun Tzu's famous book (1983)
Most of it went over my head but loved it all the same.

While most of his books have been made into movies or TV series. King Rat deserves a special mention. The acting, direction etc make it one of the finest POW movie.
bblost is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th September 2009, 15:54   #329
BHPian
 
inreverse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: MH-12.com
Posts: 137
Thanked: 8 Times
Default

Currently reading...

The Afghan - Fredrick Forsyth

Just got glued to it...!
inreverse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th September 2009, 15:56   #330
Senior - BHPian
 
Gilead's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Chennai
Posts: 2,140
Thanked: 20 Times
Default

I am reading Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising. Good World War 3 story. The technical aspects are astounding as with any Clancy book.
Gilead is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wanted : Book to understand cars better ns_jughead Shifting gears 13 4th December 2008 18:43
Car RC book not yet sent shobhit15 The Indian Car Scene 13 5th August 2008 10:50
Need help with economics book and Baron's GMAT/GRE English book Nikhilb2008 Shifting gears 2 30th June 2008 11:05
Buying car without a blue book(RC Book). Safe? vrooooooom The Indian Car Scene 19 7th May 2008 17:25
E-Zen rule book ananthkamath Indian Motorsport 2 29th August 2005 13:39


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 18:57.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks