A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

“Somehow, something always happens just before things get to the very worst.” If for nothing else, read this book to lift your spirits! Sara Crewe, the heroine of the story, is a real heroine! The motherless rich girl loses her doting father and all her wealth at the tender age of eleven. Born and brought…

House of the Pines by Jan Tempest

A beautiful young heroine. Check. Two handsome heroes and one plain. Check. An old house. Check. Spooky atmosphere. Check. Now what makes this book different is how the the author weaves the entire mystery around a pack of cards. Beautiful Yves Petrone returns to her ancestral home House of the Pines with her half sister…

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Good books and good authors are classics. The words they write, the impressions they convey seem as fresh as ever. Jane Austen is one of my favourite authors. And Northanger Abbey is a book…which I have must read at least twenty times. Seems excessive? There is just something about this book which strikes a chord…

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

In the mood for some chic lit? Then, Sophie Kinsella is your man, oops, woman! There is hardly any Sophie Kinsella book which I have not read and reread and loved. But I’ve Got Your Number is my absolute favourite. The book has a novel premise. Poppy Wyatt is a delightful, lovable, relatable character. She…

It’s like this Cat by Emily Cheney Neville

This is another book which I got from a second-hand roadside stall. It a very old book and winner of the Newbery Medal for Excellence in American Children’s Literature. That’s what made me buy this book and the cover, featuring a boy and a cat. And boy, what a gem this book is! Its one…

Emily’s Quest by L.M.Montgomery

L.M.Montgomery is one of my absolutely favourite authors. And I know you are supposed to like Anne of Green Gables the most of all her books but frankly, I can’t. Emily has some appeal which Anne never had. Perhaps because Anne is like an open book full of fun, mischief and goody goody love while…