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  1. Sonia Madaan
    January 4, 2021 @ 6:23 pm

    I am a beginner in reading books. So this post is going to help me. However I have too spent my 2020 reading books but were from my author friends and some self help books to gain some positive vibes as we all know how the year was. I have heard a lot about Hiraeth by Shivani ji and is already in my wish list. I would also like to add the one about India’s first woman doctor. Thanks for sharing this useful post.

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    • Ritu
      January 7, 2021 @ 4:43 pm

      I know. It has been a difficult year for all of us, and I picked more light reads than ever. Do read Hiraeth, it is a gem of a book. It gives you goosebumps when you realize these are true stories.

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  2. ruchita mathur
    January 4, 2021 @ 7:08 pm

    Thanks for giving these books. I also have a blog of book reviews

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    • Ritu
      January 7, 2021 @ 4:51 pm

      A pleasure. Great to meet a fellow book blogger 🙂

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    • Vashi Baloria
      January 10, 2021 @ 4:51 pm

      Im so so glad i found your blog post; im a reading addict & i cannot stop valuing enough your recommendations . They are perfect for my taste & broadening my horizons.
      They are all going to RL.
      Totally sharing your post.

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  3. Alpana Deo
    January 5, 2021 @ 2:08 am

    I wasn’t very active on book reading during 2020. But if I have t start, I might do it with “Radical Spirits: India’s First Woman Doctor and Her American Champions by Nandini Patwardhan “. I have read Anandi Bai Gopal in Marathi and would like to check out this book.

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    • Ritu
      January 7, 2021 @ 5:04 pm

      That is an excellent pick, Alpana. Looking forward to reading your thoughts. There was also a Marathi movie on her life, but I do feel they painted the husband’s character a lot more positive there.

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    • Sindhu Vinod Narayan
      January 10, 2021 @ 1:05 am

      Thank you so much for listing these out. I’ve read a few and but the others are going into my TBR for sure definitely

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  4. Monidipa
    January 5, 2021 @ 2:14 am

    I haven’t read many books this year but all these books and these reviews look great. I especially liked this one, Ritu Weds Chandni, I’ll check this out!
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    • Ritu
      January 7, 2021 @ 5:10 pm

      Thank you Monidipa. Ritu Weds Chandni is a lovely read.

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  5. Surbhi Prapanna
    January 5, 2021 @ 4:06 am

    Wow great list of books. personally Dr. Shivani’s book and Mukesh bansal’s book “No limit” sounds most interesting to me. since 2020 I am getting less “Me time” as everyone is at home, hope will get more time in 2021 and would get more time to read these amazing books.

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    • Ritu
      January 7, 2021 @ 5:12 pm

      2020 did test us in a lot many ways. Do pick Hiraeth, I cannot recommend it enough. She has captured the emotions so well.

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  6. Swati Mathur
    January 5, 2021 @ 6:20 pm

    Thanks a lot for sharing this list…all the books looks very interesting but would love to pick up Burn it down…sounds really intriguing.

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    • Vasumathi DS Ponday
      January 7, 2021 @ 3:32 pm

      Though an avid reader myself, i haven’t read any of these. Thanks for the reviews. Will soon pickup The Dutch House and Partition Stories. They seem really interesting.

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    • Ritu
      January 7, 2021 @ 5:16 pm

      Burn it down is a great pick, Swati. It is disturbing that being sad is considered better than being angry, more so with women.

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  7. Prerna Wahi
    January 5, 2021 @ 7:45 pm

    This seems like a fantastic list of books to read. Some of these are already on my list and I will get to them soon. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
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    • Ritu
      January 7, 2021 @ 5:16 pm

      Thank you Prerna. I loved sharing them too 🙂

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      • Payal Shankar
        January 9, 2021 @ 1:24 pm

        What a great collection. Definitely adding a few to my list after reading your reviews.

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  8. Abhijit Ray
    January 6, 2021 @ 9:05 am

    You certainly have read a lot of books during lockdown. All power to you. I think I should pick up a book or two from the list and read.

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    • Ritu
      January 7, 2021 @ 5:18 pm

      Thank you Abhijit. Haven’t read as many as in previous years, but excellent books for sure.

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  9. Sonia Dogra
    January 6, 2021 @ 9:57 pm

    I didn’t read as much as I should have in 2020 but I’m breaking that jinx in 2021. Already at it. And you’ve been an inspiration in 2020.

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    • Ritu
      January 7, 2021 @ 5:20 pm

      Aww. You are too kind, Sonia 🙂 Have been missing your posts, although I do understand MFA is quite demanding.

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  10. Harjeet Kaur
    January 7, 2021 @ 6:36 pm

    I feel ashamed after reading your list Ritu..I am afraid I have barely read any books in 2020. It has been one roller-coaster year of activity but I will surely use your reviews and try to read those that I like. 🙂

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    • Ritu
      January 12, 2021 @ 5:50 pm

      Please don’t feel ashamed, Harjeet. You have achieved so much in 2020.

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  11. Priyanka Nair
    January 8, 2021 @ 2:15 pm

    This is a completely new list for me Ritu. So happy to see Shivani ji’s Hiraeth here in the list, I have read it 🙂 and I am going to put “The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo” from your list in my TBR.

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    • Ritu
      January 12, 2021 @ 5:51 pm

      Hiraeth is a gem of a book, Priyanka. I am glad you picked The Poet X. I am sure you will enjoy it,

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  12. Amritha Srinath
    January 8, 2021 @ 5:59 pm

    Wow, these are some amazing books that you have read! Truly a bibiliophile! I am adding many of these to my TBR list. Being an avid reader myself, I can’t wait to lay my hands on these books. Also, I would love to know your TBR list too!

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    • Ritu
      January 12, 2021 @ 5:53 pm

      Thank you Amritha 🙂 . Hope you enjoy the recommendations. Do check out this week’s post on my TBR for the year. I would love to know what books are on your TBR too.

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  13. Suhasini I.P.
    January 8, 2021 @ 6:46 pm

    That’s a wonderful list. And I am impressed that Shivani’s book has figured out in this list. That book got its well-deserved mention is what I can say.

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    • Ritu
      January 12, 2021 @ 5:54 pm

      Thank you Suhasini 🙂 . Hiraeth is a labor of love and that is reflected in her writing.

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  14. Shail Thosani
    January 8, 2021 @ 7:27 pm

    A wonderful collection of books. I have bookmarked your page and will start reading the books one by one.

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    • Ritu
      January 12, 2021 @ 5:55 pm

      Thank you Shail 🙂 Hope you enjoy them.

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  15. Nandini Bharadwaj
    January 9, 2021 @ 11:08 am

    The only book I’ve read in this list is Of Curses and Kisses and I really enjoyed that one. 😊 I got some good non-fiction recs here, thank you! Looks like your 2020 reading year was a good one. Good luck for 2021! 💖

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    • Ritu
      January 12, 2021 @ 5:57 pm

      Thank you Dini 🙂 Hope you enjoy them. You are my go-to for fantasy fiction recommendations. I did not expect 2020 to be as good a reading year as it was.

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  16. Supriti Garg
    January 9, 2021 @ 1:11 pm

    Of all the book title ‘ Radical Spirits: India’s First Woman Doctor and Her American Champions by Nandini Patwardhan’ intrigued me. It looks like an interesting read. Thank u for sharing the lesser known books. I would have never known someone like her ever existed.

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    • Ritu
      January 12, 2021 @ 5:59 pm

      Exactly Supriti. There are so many women in History we barely know of.

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  17. Sivaranjini. A
    January 9, 2021 @ 3:09 pm

    This book 📚 palace is a sure thing that I would love to revisit

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    • Ritu
      January 12, 2021 @ 5:59 pm

      OMG, Sivaranjini! Thank you for your kind words. 😀

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  18. Srishti Rajeev
    January 9, 2021 @ 5:38 pm

    This is an awesome list, Banned book club grabbed my attention, Have made a note of the others too! Apt and precise reviews, enough to kindle interest and not give away too much.

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    • Ritu
      January 12, 2021 @ 6:01 pm

      Thank you Srishti 🙂 . I am so glad Banned Book Club caught your attention. It is an excellent pick.

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  19. Abha Singh
    January 9, 2021 @ 6:49 pm

    All books you reviewed here seems good books. I have heard a lot about Hiraeth I will try to read this one.

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    • Ritu
      January 12, 2021 @ 6:02 pm

      That is a great pick, Abha. Hope you enjoy it.

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  20. Urvashi
    January 10, 2021 @ 2:46 am

    I feel so small reading the amazing list you have shared above. I am trying to make reading my habit. So this year I want to feel the same passion like you have shared in your post about the books. Your love for books is very contagious. I kinda want to have one similar list this year. fingers crossed lets see what I can achieve

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    • Ritu
      January 12, 2021 @ 6:06 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Urvashi 🙂 . I am sure you would achieve it. Looking forward to it.

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  21. Archana Srivastava
    January 10, 2021 @ 10:02 am

    Wow, what an ultimate choice of books. In 2021 I am trying my best to bring back my reading discipline. from all the books mentioned above, I am definitely going to add some to my TBR, like Banned Book Club, as I love reading historical non-fiction and Ritu Weds Chandni.
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    • Ritu
      January 12, 2021 @ 6:08 pm

      Thank you Archana :). Those are great picks. I hope you enjoy them.

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  22. Nehal
    January 10, 2021 @ 12:59 pm

    I havent read many books this year. but really want to find some time now to read those. Your post motivated me. My daughter loves reading and i really want now to learn some disciplined way of reading my books. Thanks for this post.

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    • Ritu
      January 12, 2021 @ 6:08 pm

      I am really glad to hear that, Nehal.

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  23. Shalzmojo
    January 10, 2021 @ 4:42 pm

    You have certain read very diversely Ritu- I am quite impressed by your reading list. The Dutch House has been on the cards as historical fiction is a new love for me these days. Thanks for sharing The Mountains Sing- that also sounds just what I would love to read.

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    • Ritu
      January 12, 2021 @ 6:10 pm

      Thank you so much, Shalz 🙂 I am sure you would enjoy The Mountains Sing.

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  24. Bhawna Shah
    January 10, 2021 @ 6:17 pm

    Kudos!! To you for utilizing lockdown period effectively. I love few of the books and add them in my reads of this year.
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    • Ritu
      January 12, 2021 @ 6:10 pm

      Thank you Bhawna 🙂

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  25. Ila Varma
    January 14, 2021 @ 10:36 pm

    Nice Collection of books you read and it is now a valuable addition to my reading list n will certainly read those. Hope to remain connected.

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    • Ritu
      January 31, 2021 @ 11:58 pm

      I am glad to read that, Ila. 🙂

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  26. Reenu
    January 18, 2021 @ 4:28 pm

    Nice book of remembering 2020 year.

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    • Ritu
      January 31, 2021 @ 11:59 pm

      Thank you 🙂

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  27. Noor Anand Chawla
    January 23, 2021 @ 10:40 am

    Looking forward to reading some of these from your list- they look very promising! The only one I have read is Shivani’s and I thought it was an average book. If you like partition stories, try Shauna Singh Baldwin’s “What the Body Remembers”- an amazing account of love and loss during the partition, and of course Khushwant Singh’s “Tamas” is a classic that I adore.

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    • Ritu
      February 1, 2021 @ 12:03 am

      Tamas is a masterpiece, Noor. I watched the series as a kid on DD before I read the book. I am really glad we have more books that chronicle these personal stories. We might have lost them all with those who have lived the horrors passing on. I will check out “What the Body Remembers”

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