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A List of Novels I Have Read

I got my interest in writing while in primary school. I enjoy creating stories that can be read by people. And I am the first to read them.

A List of Novels I Have Read

Those who aspire to be writers or those who do write often must also be ready to read other peoples work.

It is not merely reading, you must be a voracious reader. When reading other peoples work, you are going to learn one or two new things you never knew.

They are going to help you as you write your own. It is a sure way of getting new ideas.

I have a habit I picked a long time back of writing down the novels I have read. They are not very many but I keep on trying to read more and more.

Most of the list is chronologically arranged. Check out how many you have read from my list.

And if you have not read Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park, make sure you do so. It is a masterpiece you will enjoy reading.

A List of Novels Read


1. A Coffin from Hongkong

James Hadley Chase

2. Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe

3. Carcass for Hounds

Meja Mwangi

4. Devil on the Cross

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

5. Famous Five

Enid Blyton

Five on a Hike Together

Enid Blyton

Five go to Smugglers Top

Enid Blyton

Five Run Away Together

Enid Blyton

Five go off in a Caravan

Enid Blyton

Five on Kirin Island Again

Enid Blyton

Five Get into Trouble

Enid Blyton

Five Fall into an Adventure

Enid Blyton

Five go Down the Sea

Enid Blyton

Five are Together Again

Enid Blyton

Five on Secret Trail

Enid Blyton

6. The Prisoner of Zenda

Anthony Hope

7. The River Between

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

8. Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens

9. Betrayal in the City

Francis Imbuga

10. The Adventures of Tom Swayer

Mark Twain

11. Chameleon’s Second Delivery

Edited by K.I.E.

12. Juju Rock Adventures

Cyprian Ekwensi

13. The Equatorial Assignment

David Maillu

14. The Lost Generation

James Maillu

15. Mystery in Lamu

Lynn Mansure

16. The Black Temple

Mohamed Tukur Garba

17. The Second Conquest

Allen Sharp

18. The Circle of Revenge

David Mwaurah

19. You are Dead Without Money

James Hadley Chase

20. The Jail Bugs

Wahome Mutahi

21. The Love Root

Mwangi Ruheni

22. The Ivory Merchant

Mwangi Gicheru

23. A Brief Assignment

Ayub Ndii

24. A Woman Reborn

Koigi Wa Wamwere

25. My Life with a Criminal

Milly’s Story

26. Hamisi’s Holiday Safari

Anthony Cullen

27. The Other Woman

Grace Ogot

28. Dreams Die Fast

Harold Robbins

29. Striving for the Wind

Meja Mwangi

30. The Bottle Friends

Francis P. Z. Mudida

31. My Life in Crime

John Kiriamiti

32. Across the Bridge

Mwangi Gicheru

33. The Thirty Nine Steps

John Buchan

34. What a Husband

Mwangi Gicheru

35. The Exterminators

Victor Thorpe

36. Make the Corpse Walk

James Hadley Chase

37. Range of Angels

Sidney Sheldon

38. Treasure Island

R.L Stevenson

39. King Solomon’s Mines

Sir H. Ridder Haggard

40. You Have Got it Coming

James Hadley Chase

41. Life is a Lottery

Maurice Sotabinda

42. The Kings’ Mission

Allen Sharp

43. Behind the Marriage Mask

Mwaura Njoroge

44. An Anthology of E. African Plays

Kasigwa, Nyanabani Barnabas

45. The Bush Trackers

Meja Mwangi

46. Heroes

James Calabatsos

47. Mine Boy

Peter Abrahams

48. The Double Cross

Mwangi Gicheru

49. Round the World in Eighty Days

Jules Verne

50. Montezuma’s Daughter

Sir H. Rider Haggard

Michael Crichton Jurassic Park

Michael Crichton's novel Jurassic Park

Michael Crichton's novel Jurassic Park


51. To Become a Man

H.R Ole Kulet

52. He Man

Joshua N. Mwaura

53. Have a Nice Night

James Hadley Chase

54. Tiger by the Tail

James Hadley Chase

55. Triple

Ken Follett

56. Naira Power

Buchi Emecheta

57. The south African Affair

Kohu Okpi

58. The Famous Five (Five go off to Camp)

Enid Blyton

59. Spears Down

Christine Botchway

60. Pilgrimage to Nowhere

G. Kalimugogo

61. Animal Farm

George Orwell

62. The Famous Five and the Missing Cheetah

Enid Blyton

63. Three Days on the Cross

Wahome Mutahi

64. Moses and the School Farm

Barbara Kimenyi

65. The Man who sold Death

Nick Carter

66. After 4:30

David G. Maillu

67. The Girl was Mine

David Karanja

68. The one who Cares

Mwaura Njoroge

69. Outcast

Rosemary Sutcliff

70. Operation Rhino

James Irungu, James Shimanyula

71. The Hardy Boys

Case Files

Scene of the Crime


The Mystery of the Spiral Bridge

Franklin W. Dixon

72. The Cockroach Dance

Meja Mwangi

73. Colours of Carnations

Ayub Ndii

74. Congo

Michael Crichton

75. A Grain of Wheat

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

76. Kanina and I

Charles Mangua

77. Shrine of Tears

Francis D. Imbuga

78. The Price of Living

Yusuf K. Dawood

79. The Ministers Daughter

Mwangi Ruheni

80. Caribee

Christopher Nicole

81. North from Rome

Helen MacInnes

82. Recovering without Treatment

Sam Githinji

83. Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte

84. Honour Among Thieves

Jeffrey Archer

85. Going Down River Road

Meja Mwangi

86. Weep not, Child

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

87. Lwanda Magere (A play)

Okoiti Omtatah

88. Two in One

Mwangi Gicheru

89. The Cruel Burden

Okoth Gonza

90. Heartstones

Kekelwa Nyanywa

91. The Sicilian

Maria Puzo

92. The Stars Shine Down

Sidney Sheldon

93. What a Life

Mwangi Ruheni

94. The Naked Face

Sidney Sheldon

95. The Apocalypse Watch

Robert Ludlum

96. Death Sentence

Brian Garfield

97. Vicious Circle

Alexander Kanengoni

98. Love is a Distant Shore

Claire Harrison

99. Birds of Kamiti

Benjamin Garth Bundeh

100.A man of the People

Chinua Achebe


101.No Longer At Ease

Chinua Achebe

102.Gifted Hands

Ben Carson

103.Matigari Ma Njirungi

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

104.The Beautyful Ones are not yet Born

Ayi Kwei Armah

105.The Eiger Sanction


106.Head Over Heels

Jill Mansell

107.The Leopard Hunts in the Darkness

Wilbur Smith

108.Run for the Trees

James S. Rand

109.Claire’s choice

Joan Selby Lowndes

110.Sight Unseen

Kathy Lynn Emerson

111.The Snake

John Godey

112.State of Mind

John Katzenbach

113. Life and Times of a bank Robber

John Kiggia Kimani


Michael Crichton

115.The Matarese Countdown

Robert Ludlum

116.Voice of the Heart

Barbara Tylor Bradford

117.All that she Wants

Maeve Haran

118.Lady of Hay

Barbara Erskine

119.Links of a Chain

Monica Genya

120.The PROM Queen

R.L. Stine


Tom Clancy & Steve Pieczenik

122.The Cry of the Hallidon

Robert Ludlum

123.Cold Fire

Dean Koohtz


Michael Crichton

125.The Prodigal Daughter

Jeffry Archer

126.Dream Weavers

Philip Shelby

127.Total Control

David Baldacci

128.The Passion of Molly T.

Lawrence Sanders

129.Angels and Demons

Dan Brown

130. Abuse of Power

Nancy Taylor Rosenberg

131. Black Order

James Rollins

132.The Apocalypse Brigade

Alfred Coppel

133. Jurassic Park

Michael Crichton

134. Beyond Recognition

Ridley Pearson

135. N is for Noose

Sue Grafton

136.The Bourne Supremacy

Robert Ludlum

137. Running Away From Richard

Chris Manby

138.The Rattan Paradise

Mwangi Macharia

139.Talking to Addison

Jenny Colgan

140. Doomsday

Wahome Mutahi

141. State of Fear

Michael Crichton

142. Airframe

Michael Crichton

143. Matarese Circle

Robert Ludlum

144. The Lawless

John Jakes

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Patrick Kamau


Patrick Kamau (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on January 28, 2013:

Yes dwachira, I have read some of Yusuf K. Dawood's books and also the surgeons diary. I am an avid reader of novels I am only limited by lack of them. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Patrick Kamau (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on January 28, 2013:

Thanks Teresa Schultz for stopping by. I started reading novels when I was young and they have always fascinated me. Good thing is that I am also about to get published. I can't wait seing it on this list. Novels are a source of inspiration, so I would urge you to start reading again. Thanks and wishing you the best with your family.

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on January 28, 2013:

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Hi Patkay,

Wah! those are many, i don't read much but seeing Yusuf K. Dawood on your list reminds me of the Surgeon's Diary series on Daily Nation Newspaper. I think i should try to read more. Voted up.

Teresa Schultz from East London, in South Africa on January 28, 2013:

Wow, that's quite a few books you've read! I haven't read a novel in ages - years actually, but I used to love reading - as a kid definitely Famous Five, Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew - and then later Stephen King and Dean R. Koontz. Both my sons (aged almost-14, and 15) enjoy reading, especially my older son who has ready quite a few books in my opinion. He enjoys Terry Pratchett in particular and is also currently on the 6th of the 1st of 7 books he owns - of 14 The Wheel of Time books by Robert Jordan. He bought them in mid December, so I think that's pretty good going (6 books in about 7 weeks) in-between playing computer games in the school holidays! If they have the time for it, I do hope they continue reading when they're older - if I could afford the time, I think I'd love to start reading novels again.

Patrick Kamau (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on April 18, 2012:

daisydayz, you don't have to feel bad that you have not read many of the books I have posted here. The best thing is that you are too a reader. It is only that we have different varieties. Thanks a lot for reading and commenting.

Chantele Cross-Jones from Cardiff on April 18, 2012:

I feel bad saying this but other than oliver twist I haven't read any of those books! And im quite a reader! I just usually dont tackle classics sadly, a lot of chicklits and crime books! That is a brilliant list though some really great books that I really should read!

Patrick Kamau (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on April 17, 2012:

Thanks Emmanuel Kariuki. It is just a matter of time before you see yours listed here. Just keep checking.

Emmanuel Kariuki from Nairobi, Kenya on April 17, 2012:

I will be flattered to see one of my titles on that list. Savanis, TBC, Bookpoint and any bookshop that does not specialize on Text books only.

Patrick Kamau (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on April 17, 2012:

Thanks Emmanuel Kariuki for checking through the mountain of books I have read. I got addicted into this habbit of reading and noting down the books I had read while in high school. The culminating point will be when I will read one of mine and add it into this collection.

By the way, I also need to read yours and add you to the list too. Where do I get them?

Emmanuel Kariuki from Nairobi, Kenya on April 16, 2012:

Hello Patkay,

This is quite a mountain of books that you have scaled. I fear to say the one I have climbed. I re-read Achebe often and maybe I should stop re-reading and scale some heights. Hawaii by James Michener is one long novel that left a great impression on me.

I will pick some of the ones I have not read on your big list and try to catch up.

Patrick Kamau (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on December 13, 2011:

Thanks M.Joseph for going through this list and commenting. It is always good to read novels, they are entertaining and mind refreshing.

M.Joseph on December 13, 2011:

Quite a good collection,ave read most of them as i am a novel 'addict'& i can say they are really good.Let us keep reading!

Patrick Kamau (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on June 13, 2011:

Thanks Lady_E for dropping by. I haven't watched the film for Bourne but i can tell you that i loved the book so much that i have kept it as part of my collection. Look for King Solomon’s Mines by Sir H. Ridder Haggard. I can assure you you will enjoy it.

Thanks again.

Elena from London, UK on June 11, 2011:

What a lovely Collection - I have read a few.

Animal farm, Enid blyton, weep not child, No longer at ease. I wonder if you enjoyed the Book Bourne Supremacy more than the film...

I am also curious about Solomon's mines - I will have to check what it's about.

This is a really nice hub.

Patrick Kamau (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on May 31, 2011:

Thanks viking305 for going through the list.I have to admit i have not read Dolgun, but if i come across it i will definitely read it. Novels are very interesting, they actually prime the writers of tomorrow.

L M Reid from Ireland on May 31, 2011:

I love the list, a great idea. Did you ever read a book called Dolgun. It is a true account of Dolgun who is American and was imprisoned in Russia. It sounds depressing but it is not. Best book I have ever read and I have read lots of books believe me.

Patrick Kamau (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on May 29, 2011:

@ Lucy, Yes i have read all those and i will keep on adding more as i keep reading them.

lucy on May 28, 2011:

All of this is in your head? that wonderful.

Patrick Kamau (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on May 26, 2011:

Thanks alot Eiddwen for taking your time to read my hub. I totally agree with you about the Famous Five series. It was hard to keep one down before you finished reading.

Eiddwen from Wales on May 26, 2011:

Wow I loved your list and most important I loved the Famous Five series.

I loved these and i really enjoyed this hub.

I now look forward to reading many more of your hubs.

Take care


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