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What Books Can’t You Stop Talking About?

By 13/11/2019June 27th, 2022books, Featured, reading
Reading is my lifeline, and I've been doing much too little of it. During my trip in India, here are a few books I read:

Are you part of nay online or offline book groups? Founded any? What is the experience like? Do you think online book groups are similar to those offline?My debut literary crime novel,”You Beneath Your Skin,” published by the fab team at Simon and Schuster IN is slowly making its way into the world.

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Reading books is my lifeline, and I’ve been doing much too little of it. During my trip in India, here are a few books I read:

Patna Blues: by Abdullah Khan a poignant story of becoming a man, and finding out about love in hinterland India–read it if you’d like a breezy novel while also gaining an insight into the social dynamics in India.

Nobody’s Child  by Kanchana Bannerjee  a thriller set in the world of singing competitions, Bollywood and journalism–read it for a crime story wrapped up in a dose of glamour.

Not Guilty by C Lee Mckenzie— not my usual genre, but I loved meeting the restless young man in this edgy Young Adult book.

The Wielder’s Prize by Lynda R Young – Read it if you want to get lost in an adventure on the high seas, with an unusual young woman in an extraordinary situation.

Our Beautiful Child: Annalisa Crawford–Gorgeous writing, interlinked stories that can be read on their own or together. I recommend reading them in order.

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari–Incisive analysis on the history of human civilisation, and quite voicey! If non-fiction books is your jam, you might love this.

The books are from widely varying genre, which suits me just fine. I’ve read very few books this year, and in December, I plan to take time off life to just read.

What books have you read lately? Which book have you read this year that you can’t stop talking about? Drop me a line in the comments, and help me grow my TBR newer, more unsustainable heights!


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Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her forthcoming literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and will be published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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14 Comments

  • hilarymb says:

    Hi Damyanti – I’d go with Wielder’s Prize … ideal for young adults – and us adults who want to escape …:

    Invisible Women by Caroline Priado-Perez … has won the Royal Science 2019 prize – an essential book for all men to read … encouraged by the women in their lives to understand the problem in all aspects of female life … that this is absolutely necessary reading.

    Please read both … and of course yours! Cheers Hilary

  • I’ve read around 11 books only this year, still, I’ve read a good collection. If I have to stick to one book I’d talk about day, it’s Atomic habits by James Clear. That’s on top of the list this year. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, A man called Ove, Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine and You beneath your skin tops my list. Currently Reading Ikigai and The courage to be disliked.

    Thanks for your list, I’ll add some from here in my journal of TBR.

  • I’m usually a very prolific and speedy reader, but circumstances have made it difficult to read as much as I’d like these days. I recently finished a Tami Hoag book called. The Boy,” and right now… I’m in the early stages of… YOUR book! 🙂

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Wow Susan!! Thanks so much for reading, and would love your feedback–this is my debut and I have much to learn.

  • Pam Lazos says:

    “A Man Called Ove” and “The Book Thief” were two of my favorites this year. Although I must say “You Beneath Your Skin” could be in the running for that category. I’m really enjoying your book, Damyanti, and can tell you put a lot of research into it.

  • I heartily recommend The Man Who Found Birds Among the Stars, Part One: Eagle Ascendant by Lorinda J. Taylor. And the subsequent books in this well-written sci-fi biography series. Part 6 awaits me on my e-reader.

  • arlene says:

    I recently discovered Amy Harmon, I love her books.

  • I am almost finished with The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates and it may well be the best book I have ever read!!!!! I would absolutely put it on your TBR!

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. I read it about every other year and it still fascinates me. It is one book that I always recommend.

  • Liz A. says:

    You’re doing better than me. Lately, all I want to do is reread old friends, not start new books. I get in these moods sometimes.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Yeah, reading has become a struggle, lately. I feeling like putting a stop to life and just hanging out with books.

  • The book that I’m happy to recommend is Zinky Boys. Incredibly well written, impactful, memorable.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      That’s an interesting one! Never would have thought of reading this book–but now I might! All I need is a time machine.

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