Friday 13 June 2014

Reading List

Many young people have asked me what books they should read. Therefore I have prepared a list of books I recommend :
1.A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
2.David Copperfield
3.Oliver Twist
4.Great Expectations
5. Pickwick Papers
6. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
7. Mrs. Warren's Profession by George Bernard Shaw
8. Wuthering Heights by Emile Bronte
9. King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
10. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
11. 1984 by George Orwell
12. Animal Farm
13. Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham
14. Short stories by Maugham
15. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
16. Treasure Island
17. War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
18. Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
19. Beau Geste by P.C. Wren
20. Goodbye To All That by Robert Graves
21. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
22. The Wasteland by T. S. Eliot
23. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
24. The Sign of the Four
25. The Valley of Fear
26. Short stories of Sherlock Holmes 
27. Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
28. Tess by Thomas Hardy
29. Waverley by Walter Scott
30. Ivanhoe

1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
2.Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
3. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
4. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
5. Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
6. Arrowsmith
7. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway 
8. For Whom the Bell Tolls
9. The Old Man and the Sea
10. The Sun Also Rises
11. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
12. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
13. Of Mice and Men
14. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
15. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
16. Lord Jim
17. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
18. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
19. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriett Beecher Stowe
20. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
21. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
22. The Quiet American by Graham Greene 
23. Our Man in Havana
24. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown 
25. Stories of Edgar Allan Poe
26. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
27. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
28. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper

1. Father Goriot by Honore Balzac
2. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
3. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
4. The Three Musketeers
5. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
6. Short stories of Maupassant
7. Candide by Voltaire
8. Zadig
9. Germinal by Emil Zola
10. Twenty thousand Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne

1. Robbers by Schiller
2. The Sorrows of the Young Werther by Goethe
3. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
4. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
5. Poems of Heinrich Heine

1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
2. Anna Karenina
3 Resurrection
4. Fathers and Sons by Turgenev
5. Mother by Maxim Gorki
6. Short Stories of Gorki
7. Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky 
8. Brothers Karamazov
9. Dead Souls by Gogol 
!0. Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
11. Quiet Flows the Don by Mikhail Sholokhov
12. Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov

1. Deacameron by Boccaccio
2. The Prince by Machiavelli

1. Don Quixote by Cervantes

1. Iliad
2. Odyssey

1. Doll's House by Ibsen

1. The Trial by Kafka

1. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

1. The Dream of the Red Chamber
2. Stories by Lu Hsun

South African:
1. Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

1. Rubaiyats of Omar Khayyam
2. Masnavi of Rumi
3. Akbarnama by Abul Fazl

1. Tuzuk-e-Babri by Babar

1. Abhigyan Shakutalam by Kalidas
2. Meghadoot
3.Mahabharat by Ved Vyas
4.Ramayan by Valmiki

1. Godan by Premchand
2.Short stories of Premchand
3. Ramcharitmanas by Tulsidas

1. Silapathiharam by Ilango
2.. Poems of Subramania Bharati

1. Shrikant by Sharat Chand Chattopadhyaya
2. Shesh Prashna
3. Palli Samaj
4. Devdas
5.Brahman ki Beti
6. Pather Davi
7 Anand Math by Bankim Chand Chattopadhyaya
8.Gitanjali by Tagore

1. Stories by Saadat Hasan Khan Manto
2. Diwan of Ghalib
3. Poems of Faiz Ahmed Faiz

The above is my own select list, though others may have other choices


  1. Obviously no chetan bhagat , i don't know if he even qualifies for being called a writer.

  2. If one reads all the bolgs of Justice Katju regularly; there is not much need of reading other books. Not underminig the epic writers mentioned by Justice Katju, i would suggest everyone to read all his previous blogs before going ahead with any of those books. That's my personal opinion, as he has read all those books and you can get the learnings from all of them, just through his blogs. Although it contributes immensely to one's intellect, if one can develop a reading habit. But you need to identify what to read and what not to. Such as for how long you want to read entertainment fictions such as those of Ch. Bhgt? One is enough and then get out of this genre to those suggested by Justice Katju.

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  4. Sir, Graham Greene should be in the list of english writers. He was not American.

  5. sir have u read Ambedkar's Annihilation of caste

  6. do you consider yourself as modern Don Quixote ?

  7. three book of hindi is not enough

  8. in Hindi / Urdu books. Plz add SAHIR LUDHIANVI, a great son of the soil,
    1) kuliyat-e-sahir
    2) Main Sahir Hoon'' ( hindi and urdu. 2014,)

  9. I'd recommend