Top Ten Tuesdays: Books/ Authors read when in School

Top Ten Tuesdays has school freebies for today’s topic so I thought it would be fun to look at the books that I read during my school days.

Enid Blyton was somebody I grew up with and this series of The Five-Findouters (with Buster the dog) was my favourite. It always bugged me that whenever one wanted to talk about it though people would think I was talking about The Famous Five.

Somehow there was a divide in the class: the girls were supposed to champion Nancy Drew and the boys, Hardy boys. I steered clear of it by championing, The Three Investigators and for a long time thought that the series was written by Alfred Hitchcock.

Papa introduced me to Devki Nandan Khatri and his son, Durga Prasad Khatri. Of all their books, it is the Chandrakanta series that mesmerizes me till date.

Agatha Christie was the natural follow-up to the Findouters and the Investigators. N or M was amongst the earliest that I read of her and immediately fell in love with Tommy and Tuppence.

Perry Mason was the compatriot of Christie. Somehow it was never Poirot and Perry Mason or Christie and Gardner, it was always Perry Mason and Christie. Papa would regale us with some of his cases in those long interminable train journeys as we travelled the length of India. So Perry Mason books almost always invoke the sounds of a train.

My elder sister had Ruskin Bond‘s debut prescribed in her school. Cried buckets of tears after reading the book.

The Mahabharat is one book that is for all ages. When I borrowed this book from my school library, I would wake my younger sister in the night and read out passages to her. Her patience snapped after a couple of days.

My first James Hadley Chase and one which made me want to read all his books which was risky and embarrassing as the covers, more often than not, made it seem as though I was reading porn.

This was among the first unabridged classics read. Subsequently read the sequels. Had Jo married Larry, I might still have retained some affection for it.

What would school days be without Bertie and Jeeves, Blandings Castle, P.Smith (with P as in psychology), Gussie Fink-Nottle and the aunts? Thank You, Mr. Wodehouse.

21 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesdays: Books/ Authors read when in School

  1. You have such excellent choices here, Neeru! I loved Little Women and the Nancy Drew mysteries when I was young. And of course, you can’t go far wrong with Agatha Christie. I see an Enid Blyton, too; I think she was a part of many children’s lives. And you’ve reminded me (for which thanks) that I haven’t done a spotlight on any of James Hadley Chase’s books; I should do that.

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  2. I loved reading Little Women (and the rest of the series) when I was in school. I also loved Enid Blyton’s Le Club des Cinq (it’s the French translation), they always made me want to go on adventures with my friends…

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    1. Over the years, I have lost my affection for LW and certain other classics. Just the effect of growing cynical, I think. Yes, Blyton did really make us wish for adventures and mysteries and those picnics….:)


  3. Wonderful list! I enjoyed the Five Find-Outers too, though my favourites were the “…of Adventure” series – they didn’t really have a “gang” name that I remember. And of course the Famous Five, especially Timmy the dog! And then as you say, a natural progression to Christie… 😀

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      1. Thank you, Karen. I did the same: read any book I could lay my hands on. I am amazed now as I see the mountains of books spilling over in my home as to how I managed that. Now I have books but no time…

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  4. Great interpretation for this meme!
    I run more and more into Tommy and Tuppence. I have listened to all of Hercule Poirot, and have been debating if I should launch into this other series of hers.
    And Perry Mason is on my TBR!

    I see your interest in a lot of older mysteries, so I just subscribed to your blog through email!

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    1. Thank you so much for subscribing to the blog. I follow your blog so it feels great that you found books of your interest on this blog. Tommy and Tuppence are great characters. I hope you enjoy them if you decide to read the series – not many books in it though. Perry Mason is great too. I especially love the interaction among Mason, his secretary Della and the detective, Paul drake.


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