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Books are our best friends! We read books to keep ourselves engaged and dip our toes into the vast ocean of knowledge books provide. And we all have our favourite authors. CECILIA D’SOUZA spoke to a few RobinAgers to find out who their favourites are.

February 01, 2022

Siddhant Singh, Class 3, Shiksha Niketan, Goa
Favourite author: Rick Riordan

What I like about the author: He writes really funny books and there’s always great action in his stories. His writing style is simple and easy to read. And he uses fun words in his jokes, like puns!

Books on my bookshelf: 92 books, which include 14 Rick Riordan books, the entire Harry Potter series and many David Walliams books.

Next on my to-read list: The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud

Book recommendation: ‘Heroes of Olympus’ by Rick Riordan Real book or
e-book: Real book because you can actually flip the pages!

Favourite book quote: I figure the universe is basically like a machine. I don’t know who made it, but it chugs along the way it’s supposed to most of the time. Sure, little pieces break away and stuff goes haywire once in a while but…mostly things happen fora reason.
— Leo Valdez to Hazel, from ‘The House of Hades’  by Rick Riordan

Abhijita Gupta, Class 3, Presidium Indirapuram, Ghaziabad
Favourite author: Sudha Murty

What I like about the author: Her style of narration. As kids, we can easily relate to each and every story of hers and this, in turn, keeps us glued to her books. All her books are rich when it comes to vocabulary but at the same time, they are easy to understand and comprehend.

Books on my bookshelf: Between 60 and 70.

Favourite book: ‘The Magic of the Lost Temple’ by Sudha Murty because it is adventurous and full of learnings and tells us how interesting it is to be with our grandparents.

Book recommendation: ‘The Magic of the Lost Temple’ by Sudha Murty

Real book or e-book: Real books for sure because the excitement of turning a page is nowhere compared to swiping the screen. I love to be around my books and they are my best buddies. My books have also taught me sharing because once I finish a book, I share it with my friends so that they also benefit from it.

Favourite book quote: Nooni practised relentlessly, obsessed with the task at hand. By the end of the afternoon, she was confident and could manage to cycle on her own.
— ‘The Magic of the Lost Temple’ by Sudha Murty
It taught me to never give up and put my heart and soul into everything I do.

Janessa D’Souza, Class 6, Holy Family Convent High School, Mumbai
Favourite author: Jeff Kinney

What I like about the author: I loved his writing in ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School’. I love the way he adds humour to day-to-day experiences. His book is full of sketches, making it more interesting to read and relate to.

Books on my bookshelf: 32

Next on my to-read list: ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days’ by Jeff Kinney

Book recommendation: ‘Eloise at Christmas’ by Kay Thompson

Real book or e-book: Real book because it gives a good break from my routine online classes and also, I love to have a collection of books in my library.

Favourite book quote: Let’s unplug to reconnect. — ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School’ by Jeff Kinney We need this badly in the current times of electronics cluttering our lives.

Rania Khurana, Class 5, The British School, New Delhi
Favourite author: Rick Riordan

What I like about the author: He has very creative and adventurous ideas when it comes to writing plots. I love all his books; they are quite interesting and intriguing.

Books on my bookshelf: Approximately over 100.

Next on my to-read list: ‘Artemis Fowl’ by Eoin Colfer

Book recommendation: The Percy Jackson series because it is quite adventurous, addictive and interesting.  

Real book or e-book: Real book because reading on a tablet is bad for the eyes and secondly, there could be technical glitches and you would lose your page.

Favourite book quote: The right choice is hardly ever the easy choice. ‘The Throne of Fire’ by Rick Riordan

Bhumi Chheda, Class 9, SVKM JV Parekh International School, Mumbai
Favourite author: Wendy Mass

What I like about the author: The relatability that the reader has with her characters. The books are witty and draw you in from the first word. The writing style is also pretty informal; almost like a regular conversation between middle and high schoolers. She uses various emotions throughout her books and numerous characters that bring out different perspectives. The transitions in her books are also very smooth.

Books on my bookshelf: Honestly, I don’t know how many. I’ve been reading since I was little but in the past year and a half, I have read about 300 books!

Next on my to-read list: ‘Daughter of the Deep’ by Rick Riordan

Book recommendation: The Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson series on sports fiction by John Feinstein.

Real book or e-book: Real books because I’m pretty sure the feeling of paper helps transport you to a different place or maybe that’s just the correlation I have in my mind! However, due to the pandemic, I don’t mind reading e-books anymore.

Favourite book quote: After all, I’ve got a whole world to see. ‘Every Soul a Star’ by Wendy Mass


Who is your favourite author? Why?


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