April Book Haul

That’s it! I’m going into retirement. I can’t handle this. My bookshelves can’t handle this. My wallet can definitely NOT handle this.

You know how excited I got for the March Book Haul because I bought only 11 books? Well, I bought almost FOUR TIMES that in April. And no, this isn’t some weird delayed April Fool’s joke. It’s real life.

I’m putting myself into a book buying BAN (unless it’s absolutely urgent).

Let’s dive right into it shall we? The 42 books of April.


  1. Audacity : How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Created A Legacy That Will Prevail by Jonathan Chait – phew! That was a long title! I’ve been excited to read this book ever since I saw the author’s interview on The Daily Show. Also, we all love Barry! ❤
  2. Maps For A Mortal Moon by Adil Jussawlla – honestly this book was on a book sale and it looked interesting. Also, it’s based out the city that I live in – Mumbai!
  3. Words Matter (edited) by K. Satchidanandan – a book that encompasses essays by prominent Indians urging India to think critically and voice their opinions against injustice and discrimination? Need I say more?
  4. You Too Can by Prakash Iyer – not only is the author one of my most favourite people on the planet, but is also an amazing writer who has inspired on many occasions.
  5. Maximum City by Suketu Mehta – this book is proclaimed to be a must read for all Bombay-ites and sits on the shelves of most of the people I know in India and yet I didn’t have it and hadn’t read it. SHAME!
  6. Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer – Jammu and Kashmir is a state where my paternal grandparents are from and the Kashmir issue is very close to my heart. This is my way of reading brilliantly written literature about the war-torn Kashmir.
  7. Nudge : Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard H. Thaller & Cass R. Sunstien – a book that tells you about how people make choices? Sign me up please!
  8. In True Blood by Truman Capote – this is the book that made Capote’s name. Eerie and gruesome, this book is a mix of journalism and haunting narration.
  9. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly – I watched the movie and I was awe-inspired! I’ve always firmly believed that the book tells you a story that the movie just cannot.
  10. Unladylike : A Memoir by Radhika Vaz – the author is one of the most bitingly funny comedians in India.
  11. The Country Without A Post Office by Agha Shahid Ali – a supposed searing and breathtaking take on Kashmir, this collections of poetry is said to be absolutely remarkable!
  12. English : Poems by Jeet Thayil – I’ve really gotten into poetry and since I haven’t read Narcopolis yet but heard such great things, I decided to get this one to kickstart my journey.
  13. Tales of the Open Road by Ruskin Bond – Ruskin Bond was one of my favourite authors of my childhood. His writing is seemless, effortless and an avid traveler myself, I would love to see how he writes about his own.
  14. Dear Ijeawle or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – I love anything see writes – specially about feminism. I already have read this book. You can check it out my book review here.

  1. The Yellow Emperor’s Cure by Kunal Basu – found this at a book sale. I liked Basu’s style of writing in Kalkatta and it was a beautiful hardbound, so how could I refuse?
  2. The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobsen – I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this for the longest time and then suddenly the price dropped 70%!
  3. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee – do I need to explain why?
  4. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman – Neil Gaiman is a God and I’m in love with him and American Gods which I read very recently. I’m particularly excited about this one because it’s a beautiful hardbound with illustrations.
  5. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien – Nominated for the Man Booker Prize and The Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction, I have heard such great things!
  6. The Tin Drum by Günter Grass – another award-winning book
  7. The Blind Lady’s Descendants by Anees Salim – book sale and because I want to read more Indian authors.
  8. The Collected Short Stories by Satyajit Ray – because Ray is bae. I just wanted to say that.
  9. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – came highly recommended from a book blogger.
  10. The Collected Short Stories by Roald Dahl – because Dahl is good for the moral? I don’t know. Now I’m just making stuff up. I don’t need to give a reason.
  11. Moby Dick by Herman Melville – never read the book! We never had this a prescribed read in school or college. Figured I should get to it.
  12. If On A Winter’s Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino – saw this podcast where the guest spoke about this and I was so intrigued I had to buy it! You can find the link here.
  13. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Stout – another award winner that was impossibly expensive and then the price just dropped.
  14. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani – another crazy price drop
  15. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey – tried reading this as a kid, didn’t quite get it, ready to pick it up now again.
  16. Fluke by Christopher Moore – came highly recommended by a fellow book lover.
  17. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin – want to read more Pakistani authors.
  18. Dracula by Bram Stoker – book sale and a classic which I haven’t read.
  19. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – same reason as above.
  20. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster – same reason as above.
  21. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson – heard so much about this cult trilogy and was on a book sale.
  22. The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson – same reason as above.
  23. World War Z by Max Brooks – loved how differently it’s formatted.
  24. The Almond Picker by Simetta Agnello Hornby – book sale and want to read authors from all over the world. This author is Italian.
  25. The High Priestess Never Marries by Sharanya Manivannan – looked super promising and Indian author!
  26. Breaking Away by Anna Gavalda – book sale.
  27. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes – saw the trailer of the film and thought I have to read this book!
  28. The Star Group by Christopher Pike – book sale and nostalgia

  • Ever since I saw Jonathan Chait’s interview on The Daily Show, I’ve wanted to read Audacity. And then I go for a book sale and I find it just lying there? Destiny!
  • Neil Gaiman is a GOD! I finished American Gods recently and just had to buy Anansi Boys which is the sequel to the aforementioned book.
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing is a book I’ve wanted to read ever since I read its blurb!
  • I may be slightly partial to Prakash Iyer and am so excited to read his new book – You Too Can.
  • If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller sounds like such a strange and unusual book and I CANNOT wait to read it.
  • With what’s going on in India and the world, Words Matter is such a relevant book!
  • Okay, RAVE REVIEWS about The Millennium Trilogy. I haven’t even watched the movies because I haven’t read the books. Plan to do both soon.

I know, I know. I’ve bought A LOT of books. But all of them are amazing and I can not wait to read them! Book buying cleanse in May (and June?) though.

P.S. Would anyone here be interested in joining a support group for book buying addicts? Because I think I’m going to start one.

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March Book Haul

Hey hey hey! I think I did pretty well this month! Only 11 books this time.

My wallet being almost empty was a great contributing factor but I managed. I have in fact, sacrificed meals because I wanted to get these books at the amazing discount prices that they were on.

It’s fine, I know. I have a problem. But the first step is awareness and I feel like I have that.

  1. Unbound: 2000 Years of Indian Women’s Writing – divided into eleven sections, this book is a collection of some of the most significant writing by Indian women.
  2. Night by Elie Wiesel – this short tiny tale is a heartbreaking account of the authors teenage years in Nazi death camps. Lauded to be a masterpiece of its time and genre.

  1. Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o – my growing love for African authors was the main driving factors of this purchase. The author is apparently one of the most widely read African writers of our time so naturally, I had to read his work!
  2. The Liberation of Sita by Volga – there were some parts of the Ramayana that never made sense to me even as a kid. Volga (P Lalitha Kumari) through this book ‘corrects’ the wrongs done to women in the tale.
  3. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – having heard so much about the book from various channels, I just had to read it. (P.S. I read it and I would recommend this book to everyone wholeheartedly)
  4. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut – I’m slowly warming up to the idea of ‘dystopia’ and the genre of science fiction, hence.
  5. Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami – I think I’m one of those few people who actually don’t like Murakami. Never read Kafka On The Shore and this is one book that everyone raves about. Hopefully this changes my mind?
  6. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Dias – I have always been partial to a Pulitzer winner because most of the times they have been excellent books. I have no doubt that this will be too.
  7. Secret Lives of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd – Apart from being a ‘Penguin Drop Cap’ edition, this is a book that has been in my ‘to be read’ section on GoodReads for a while now. Can’t wait!
  8. Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee – a book that speaks to a very important topic of immigration and searching for one’s identity.
  9. Butterfield 8 by John O’Hara – heard so much about this, not because of the book but because of the movie.

  • A Monster Calls is a book I’d been wanting to read for a while now. My bookstagram feed at one time was inundated with posts of the book singing it’s praise. I had to see what it was about.
  • I’m on a mission to read more books by Indians. Unbound is the perfect remedy for that.
  • As a child I never understood why certain things were happening to the women in the Ramayan. When I heard there was a book called ‘The Liberation of Sita‘, the feminist in me had to read it.

So that’s it for March. Apologies for the post being put up half way through April, but hey! I was reading. 😉

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February Book Haul

I really must start a system where I punish myself when I buy more books because this is getting out of hand! 16 books in the shortest month!! AY DOS MIO!

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Oh well, it is the month of love and if buying books for yourself isn’t love, then what is?

Books I boughtNonfiction

  1. The Rise And Fall of Nations by Ruchir Sharma – there’s so much chaos in the world and if this is a step to take things into my own hands and understand what the eff is going on, then I’m all in!
  2. Humans of New York : Stories by Brandon Stranton – I absolutely love the Facebook page but I had to have it, as simple as that. Got it on a fantastic sale as well.
  3. The Wholesome Kitchen by Pooja Dhingra – India’s very own ‘Pâtissier Extraordinare’ comes up with a cookbook on healthy living when I’m trying to live a healthy life? Yes please!
  4. The Human Zoo: A Zoologist’s Study of the Urban Animal by Desmond Morris – a friend of mine told me he was reading this and the premise – comparing the behaviour of animals in a zoo to us humans, is absolutely fascinating!
  5. The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb – I’ve heard this is a tough read but the principle of it is super interesting. P.S. Is the recent US election a Black Swan Event?

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Fiction

  1. The Narrow Road To The Deep North by Richard Flanagan – even though I’ve read this book before, it’s a book that shook me to the core and I definitely want it on my bookcase.
  2.  The Plague, The Fall, Exile and the Kingdom, and Selected Essays by Albert Camus – Albert Camus is an author I have heard SO MUCH about and yet never read, so when the opportunity came of buying this book (at a dirt cheap rate), I took it up.
  3. The Stranger by Albert Camus – reason stated above.
  4. The Drawing of The Three by Stephen King – after my recent debacle of a read with the Gunslinger (read review here), I have decided to still soldier through and read the rest of the series to really see what the fuss is about.
  5. The Wizard And The Glass by Stephen King – I found this copy in an old used bookstore and thought I need to read the entire series anyway, so why not.
  6. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera – This is a book I’ve wanted to read forever! I’ve heard so much and definitely want to see if it’s up to the hype.
  7. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh – this book was long listed for the Man Booker Prize 2016 and is a thriller-mystery.
  8. Twenty Love Poems and A Song Of Despair by Pablo Neruda – I have heard people sing songs of praise for the writing of Pablo Neruda and I can’t wait to jump into this
  9. The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanada Lovelace – a GoodReads Choice Award Winner for Poetry in 2016, I have heard great things. Poetry is slowly becoming something I enjoy reading.
  10. Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Blunt – a book I’ve had my eye on since 2012 and was finally on discount in 2017! Major win.
  11. The Commonwealth by Ann Patchett – another Man Booker Prize 2016 nominee, another awaited read.

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  1. The Wholesome Kitchen by Pooja Dhingra is the first cookbook I’ve ever bought and I’m really excited to try out its recipes!
  2. Milan Kundera’s Unbearable Lightness of Being is one of those books you have to read before you die. Can not wait to get started on this.
  3. Love Poems and A Song of Despair of course!
  4. When I read the write-up about Tell The Wolves I’m Home, I was sold. But the book was never available in India and always so expensive, so when I saw it on discount I just had to sweep it up. 5 years it took me, but I got it and am so excited to read it.

So that’s it for February. I have decided that I’m going to buy books only if I plan to read them in that month. Discounts will come and go, but my bookshelf is getting way too full too soon. So no March (book-buying) Madness for me!

P.S. I re-read this blog post and I realize that I haven’t really given a lot of insight about what these books are about. Is that something you would want? Or is this format fine? Let me know please! I’m still new to this.

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January Book Haul

I didn’t think I bought too many books this month. Turns out, ‘not too many’ in my world means 19 books.

I TOLD YOU I HAD A PROBLEM!

Oh well.

This year, I’ve made a conscious decision to read more non-fiction – specially any books that will help me improve myself – personally and with regards to work (marketing). So if you have any suggestions, please comment below and let me know!

Books I boughtNonfiction

  1. Everybody Writes by Ann Handley – an apparent ‘must’ for all content writers
  2. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach – curiosity got the best of me
  3. Pax India by Shashi Tharoor – our learned albiet controversial Member of Parliament sheds light on Indian diplomacy
  4. Hindutva or Hind Swaraj by U.R. Ananthamurthy – my way of trying to understand this whole ‘nationalist’ movement we have going on in India
  5. The Emperor of Maladies : A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee – because it’s a Pulitzer and I’ve heard great things
  6. The Life & Times of The Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson – heard so much about Bryson, needed to buy a book to check him out
  7. How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie – an oldie but a goodie
  8. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra – it was on sale, don’t judge me

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Fiction

  1. Barkskins by Annie Proulx – Shipping News was a great book, hence
  2. Nutshell by Ian McEwan – McEwan is a nutjob and his books are a hit or miss but they do entertain
  3. Atonement by Ian McEwan – reason stated above
  4. Difficult Loves by Italo Calvino – Calvino is a damn genius and it’s short stories, so…
  5. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – been eyeing this for a while, want to get out of my comfort zone – hence, science fiction. Also GGRM loves it and I trust the dude
  6. Room by Emma Donoghue – I have this thing where I need to read the book before I see the movie, and I really want to see the movie
  7. The Dark Tower : Gunslinger by Stephen King – a close friend of mine INSISTED that I read this
  8. The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan – internationally acclaimed and an Indian author? YES PLEASE!
  9. Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak – just read Forty Rules of Love last month and fell in love, needed more
  10. The Alchemist : a graphic novel by Paulo Coelho – it’s a graphic novel of a book I love…why do I have to even explain?
  11. Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) by JK Rowling – this one is for my kids (when & if I ever have them)

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  • The Illustrated version of Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets of course. I mean, I’m a DIE HARD POTTERHEAD and I will acquire almost anything Harry Potter if I find it. So, this shouldn’t be a surprise.
  • When I heard that The Alchemist has a graphic novel version of it, I had to have it. One, because I was curious and two, because the book is amazing.
  • All the blogs, all the articles, all the CEOs have been recommending Everybody Writes. Plus, I really want to improve my writing skills.
  • Elif Shafak should win an award – any award. Her writing is brilliant and touches my heart. So excited for Bastard of Istanbul.

That’s all I have for now. Hopefully next month I won’t splurge as much (LOL) and this will be a shorter post!

P.S. This was my first ‘book haul’ post. If you have any suggestions/feedback, please do comment below and let me know! I’m new this. Welp!

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