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Books I Have Read This Year

Books I Have Read This Year 2017

This has been a good reading year. I am having so much fun with books. I am borderline addicted to reading this summer. The best part is that I enjoy reading all genres. I have no particular favorite. It just depends on my mood. And now since I am capable of having different moods at different times of the day, for the first time in my whole life, I am reading three books at one time (who am I?). I have never done that before. I was always a one-book-at-a-time-kinda-person.

 I have started enjoying long commutes because that mean I can listen to my audio book for that much longer. I am so grateful to my mother for instilling the habit of reading in me from childhood because today books are my best friends. Till I have a book in my bag I can never be bored or lonely again. Sigh! 
Now enough with my dramatics, and moving on to the books I have read + heard this year in the sequence of when I read them, starting with January ...

1. The Golden Son - Shilpi Somaya Gowda

I really enjoyed this book. The author paints a picture which is both realist and yet makes for an entertaining read. You root for Anil and his friends. I could completely relate to his plight of not feeling at home both in India or America. For more watch my vlog here

2. An Unsuitable Boy - Karan Johar

This is easily a passable read. Poorly written and edited. For being a memoir it shares nothing that you already don't know barring a few pages. For more watch my vlog here

This was a heart-warming read. The first, Paris for One, is the length of a novella while the others are all short stories. It would be perfect to read on a trip, as it is easy to pick up and put down between the short stories. This is only the second book I have read of Jojo Moyes (first was Me Before You) and I found it extremely relatable. Can't wait to read her other books. 

4. What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty 

I was on a waitlist for this book t my library for forever. It was never available. Speaks to it's popularity. Once I did get my hands on it, I couldn't keep it down. I enjoyed the story, the pace of the book and the characters. It was humorous, uplifting and an enjoyable with the right balance of heartache and mystery.

5. Three Wishes - Liane Moriarty

One thing you might not know about me is that when I like a author, I end up reading all his/her present and previous work. That is what I have been doing with Liane Moriarty. This was her first book (written in 2005) and yet the characters seemed well developed and I could relate to all three sisters and had started to understand how they think and behave. This had a similar style to her other books, were a big public event happens, and the details are slowly revealed. The story is both funny and heartwarming!

6. Khullam Khulla - Rishi Kapoor

Sigh! Another memoir from Hindi Movie actor. I was expecting big things from this book, as Rishi Kapoor is known to be blunt and straight forward. While the book is quite unapologetic about whatever happened in his career, his personal life or in the lives of people around him. However, again it is a poorly written and edited book. And after reading these memoirs I am convinced that most people in the Hindi movie industry and self centered and all-about-themselves. 

7. Essentialism - Greg McKeown

Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized? Are you often busy but not productive? Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas? If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist.

This book convinced me that I am on the right path. Earlier this year I changed the way I see and do things and after reading this book, I am more than committed to stick to my new principles. If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, if could benefit from this book. The book itself though, could have been a lot shorter to be more effective. 

I am not an Amy Schumer fan, but I have always appreciate her honesty and straight-forwardness. While this is definitely not a 'must-read' or anything path breaking but I enjoyed listening to her life anecdotes. I better understand why she is, the way she is. If you are looking for a easy audio book, for while you are out on a walk or a driving, this would do. 

9. Year of Yes - Shonda Rhimes 

I had heard good things about this book from everyone who had read it, so I decided to give it a shot. I found the book and Shonda's perspective positive and encouraging. She tries to show a small change in behavior and trying new things can open doors to new possibilities and opportunities. Her writing is funny and gives food for thought. She is very honest about herself and the choices she makes in her life. Having said that while I liked the message behind this book, I didn't quite enjoy the writing. It was repetitive and I wanted to to get to the point already.

10. Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari 

I found it to be a complete waste of my time. All I gained from this book was the relief that, "Thank God! I am not dating!" It sure sounds quite a lot of hard work now. Other than that this seems like an essay (rather a long essay) on the ups and downs of dating in this decade.

11. My Not So Perfect Life - Sophie Kinsella

Hit play here, to hear my views. 

12. Palace of Illusions - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

This is the only book I have read twice. Voluntarily. Hit play here, to hear my views. 

13. The Rumor - Elin Hilderbrand

This is the book I am read right now and I am on the last chapter. It is an easy breezy summer read. Nothing that would stay with you, but intriguing enough for you to keep going. I cannot wait to checkout other books from this author. 

Another book, I am listening to while driving (and or waiting). Will keep you posted on what I think. 

15. First Comes Love - Emily Giffin

I have loved most of Emily's work. I started reading her books back in 2007 and have read them all ever since. I am three chapters in and so far so good. 


What is everyone reading? I would love to know! 

If you are on Goodreads, you can follow me there and we can keep up with each other. I am following everyone who follows me back because I am hungry to know what everyone read. 



  1. I have hardly read anything this year. and nothing this summer... so lame! I do like liane moriarity and i did read the amy shcumer book which was funny! I didnt realize Sophie Kinsella had a new one, I need to check into that!

  2. I love lists like this as I am always on the hunt for new books. I'm currently reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck and The Price of Illusion. I'm devouring both - so good!

  3. I love Sophie Kinsella books! They are so fun and easy to read! Perfect for the summer.
    xo Jessica

  4. I read a lot of the same books this year so it was interesting to hear your opinions on the book! I've checked out Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes as well but still haven't managed to finish it :P - I'm glad I'm not the only one who found it to be a little bit of a slow read.

  5. Great picks! I'm a huge JoJo Moyes fan!

  6. Wow!!! That is a lot of books... and here I am proud that I've read four!

  7. Thanks for your honest review! I'm definitely putting a bunch of these on my list.

  8. My husband and I started listening to Essentialism together, but I think we are just going to have to do it separately. It is taking waaaay too long to finish because we can't stop talking when we are together.

  9. Loved your list- I have read The Golden Son and loved it- especially as I am a doctor trained in India who came to the US for further training.
    The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand was the first book by this author that I read- since then I have finished all Nantucket summer romances penned by her- definitely interesting.
    I think I must read Essentialism.
    The one book that might be on your list is "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" by Arundhati Roy. I just read it and did not like it. The story is set in Delhi.
    If you have not read "When Breath Becomes Air", I would recommend it. It is a moving memoir of a 36 year old doctor who is dying.
    Another book I liked was "Requiem for the American Dream" by Noam Chomsky.

  10. This is a wide-range of books that you've read. Good for you! Love new book ideas :)

    Beth ||

  11. I've been slacking so hard with reading. I've only read about 4 book this year. I'm going to check out the Sophie Kinsella book, she is one of my fave authors.

  12. I always enjoy a good sophia kineslla book o=o)

  13. You are my book soulmate. I've ready many of the same books this year & quite often when I see your reviews I mirror the sentiment.
    The Golden Son is next on my reading list!!

  14. I love Sophie Kinsella books! I'll have to check that one out!

  15. I need to put some of these on my list!

  16. so fun and easy to read! Perfect for the summer.

  17. Nice list you have got here.
    I love reading and Palace of illusions is one of my favorite books.
    I enjoy reading all the books by Elin Hilderbrand. You should read Nancy Thayer books as well they are similar to Elin Hilderbrand books :)


  18. Tanvi !! this is a great list.
    I loved watching some of your video reviews as well.

    I am bookmarking this for books to grab. xx


  19. girl, get on GoodReads so I can follow what you're reading and get inspired by your book ratings!

    XO Sahra

    Que Sera Sahra


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