Book Review: I’d Rather Read - Your Favourite Authors on Their Favourite Books

  • ISIN: 9781910124765
  • Genre: Non fiction / Young readers
  • Publishers: Red Turtle
  • Price: Rs.150/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
Books are like best friends—always there for you when you need them. And it’s not just you; your favourite authors also feel the same way. In this collection, find out which are the books that inspired Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam; what is Ruskin Bond’s favourite book series; Subhadra Sen Gupta’s favourite reading spots; and how Sudha Murty’s longstanding relationship with libraries continues to this day. Plus, Roopa Pai talks about her love for Enid Blyton, Jash Sen narrates how reading detective fiction in a spooky old house only added to the fun, Arundhati Venkatesh reminisces about her childhood spent in the company of books and Anita Nair fondly describes the ‘place of enchantment’ a book provided her. Plus, there are more delightful anecdotes by Satyajit Ray, Tanu Shree Singh, Jerry Pinto, Nilanjana Roy and Deepa Agarwal. Brimming with nostalgia and a love for books, I’d Rather Readwill make you fall in love with the written word all over again.

Behind the book

Me thinks

This is one of those rare books that made me feel like a child all over again after ages. I have been reading since I was 4 years old. Starting with Cindrella and other fairy tales, moving onto comics, Chandamama, Tinkle , Champak and then moving onto novels there was no looking back for me. I remember being able to gulp down books in hours and that's a compliant my mom had all the time because she didn't know what to do when I had no books to read! This book was pure nostalgia :)

This book is a collection of articles written by some very famous authors about their reading habits , favourite authors and their favourite books. As a book lover it is very difficult to have favourites and that is one common thread you see in all the articles. All of them sound like such earnest readers and book lovers , very unlike the authors we are so used to reading. These articles sound very honest, straight from the heart confessions about how they were introduced to the beautiful world of reading and since then there has been no looking back.

I would recommend this book to one and all. If you are a book lover this will you , your own version of love story when you fell in love with books. and if you are not this will make you fall in love with books. Recommended as the ideal gift for kids across age groups to introduce them to not only reading but also to the amazing authors we have in our country.

Foodie Verdict

This book is likea falafel wrap - reminiscent of old times, wrapped in new style presented with love and leaves behind lingering taste.