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  1. Sonia dogra
    March 2, 2023 @ 9:22 pm

    I read Whereabouts in Feb, translated by Jhumpa Lahiri from Italian. And in December I’d read Before the Coffee Gets Cold. I would like to add BYMF to my list next. Debeshi has been on my mind for some time now since I follow her on Twitter.. I better get a hand on her short story first.

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 4:50 pm

      That is great, Sonia. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on them. Thanks so much for stopping by. 😊

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  2. Harjeet Kaur
    March 3, 2023 @ 9:42 pm

    An impressive list of books, Ritu. I have read two though..Himachal ke rang and Women warriors of India. Your reading list has always been so extensive and I really admire you for that.

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 4:51 pm

      Thank you so much, Harjeet 😊

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  3. Ambica Gulati
    March 4, 2023 @ 11:30 am

    I didn’t even know that so many reading challenges are being hosted. I would love to read Jhumpa Lahirii’s book, as I have not read her works. I am going to keep the calendar of challenges too, just to keep me motivated to read more.

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    • Flavia Cutinho
      March 5, 2023 @ 10:40 am

      Thats truly some list of reads I liked the first 2 caz its compilation of shorts stories.
      I admire your read challenge.

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      • Ritu
        April 30, 2023 @ 4:54 pm

        Thank you, Flavia 😊. Short stories have their own charm.

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 4:53 pm

      Oh, there are quite a few practically every month. And then there are readathons. Something I have never been able to keep up with.

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  4. Zenobia Merchant
    March 4, 2023 @ 7:50 pm

    I am amazed at the books you’ve read and how well you’ve articulated each of them. I am a voracious reader and many times forget the content of the books I’ve read. Writing a review/blog is a beautiful way to remember and recommend books. I’ll surely check out the books you’ve listed in the blog. starting with Jhumpa Lahiri, whose previous work I’ve read and liked.

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 4:56 pm

      Thank you so much, Zenobia. 😊 I love checking out your recommendations too. Earlier I used to just keep a track of the books I read offline on a spreadsheet. And would miss adding up a few.

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  5. Janaki
    March 4, 2023 @ 10:54 pm

    Ritu, how do you manage to devour so many books in a year! I absolutely admire you for that and wish to be like you. I have made a note of the recommendations and I really want to read some Hindi works, at least to keep in touch with the language. Thanks, dear…your recommendations have forever been my favorite.

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 4:58 pm

      Thank you so much, Janaki. I have audiobooks to thank for it. Do check out Tarang’s recommendations for Hindi books. She is my go-to.

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  6. Neeta Kadam
    March 5, 2023 @ 12:42 am

    Ritu, you always admire. How do you read so many books and write such a good review. Your list is so huge even I get Inspired to read. I would like to read Himachal Ke rang and woman warrior.

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 4:58 pm

      Thank you so much, Neeta 😊. You are too kind. The fact that I am inspiring you to read is music to my ears.

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  7. Docdivatraveller
    March 5, 2023 @ 2:23 am

    I wish I could read as much as you! The only books I read in February were the ones of my daughter’s. To help her study. I am definitely reading the one by Jhumpa Lahiri

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

      We all have our slow phases, Mandira. Do pick up Jhumpa’s book.

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  8. Sahi
    March 5, 2023 @ 4:15 am

    Translating myself and others was such an interesting book to listen to. Especially not knowing anything about the Italian books and authors she mentions, it was quite a learning experience.

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 5:03 pm

      Exactly Sahi. It is always interesting to have a peek at the author’s journey behind the scenes so to speak. Thanks so much for stopping by. 😊

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  9. Samata
    March 5, 2023 @ 10:48 am

    I am impressed with your choice of books and I will not deny the fact that its quite different from the regular choices of the seasoned readers. I liked it and decided that in coming time I will ask for your advice when I will be confused regarding the books I should pick to bring variation in my reading style. Coming to the way of your presentation of the books … Its short and crisp … enough to give idea to a reader about the book. Thank you so much for this awesome post.

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 5:05 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Samata 😊. I too had my reading phases with just one genre of books. Now I am more of a moody reader picking up what piques my interest.

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  10. Shail Thosani
    March 5, 2023 @ 11:23 am

    I love the lists you put up. Before your memory fades sounds like an amazing book. I will be adding it to my TBR list. Thanks Ritu…

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 5:06 pm

      Thank you, Shail 😊

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  11. Jeannine
    March 5, 2023 @ 12:53 pm

    An amazing list of books you’ve read! Must praise you for the discipline you had to be able to finish all of them in a month! As much as I love reading, I could only sum up 3-5 pages at most a day. I got some amazing recommendations as well!

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 5:07 pm

      That is perfectly okay, Jeannine. It has been that way with me this month. Finally getting back on track.

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  12. Anasua Basu
    March 5, 2023 @ 1:21 pm

    I was in a need of this to add some books for upcoming months. All these books are new to me and from the details you gave, all these look like intriguing.

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 5:08 pm

      I hope you pick up a few, Anasua. Would love to read your thoughts on them.

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  13. Kaveri Chhetri
    March 5, 2023 @ 2:59 pm

    That’s a really good start to the year Ritu… congratulations… and as usual, I admire your capacity.
    Of all your Feb reads, women warriors of India looks really intersting to me.

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 5:08 pm

      Thank you so much, Kaveri. 😊 That is an excellent one, Do pick it up.

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  14. Madhu Bindra
    March 5, 2023 @ 4:54 pm

    You have been going on and on about Dust Child. I will read it for sure. I am also going to read the censorship post you have shared.

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 5:09 pm

      And I am going to bug you until you do 😈

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  15. Meetali Kutty
    March 5, 2023 @ 5:57 pm

    I just picked up Before Your Memory Fades- love the summaries you have given and your March list looks super interesting too- can’t wait to see what you read next

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 5:10 pm

      Thank you Meetali 😊. I am so glad to know that. Looking forward yo reading your thoughts on it.

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  16. Nikita Jhanglani
    March 5, 2023 @ 6:54 pm

    Your posts always inspire me to become a better blogger! You really are my gold standard in blogging 😀 I may not have read any of these books, but I look forward to your posts so much!

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 5:11 pm

      Oh my, Nikita. I am truly overwhelmed. Thank you so much.🤗

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  17. Anjali Tripathi
    March 5, 2023 @ 6:57 pm

    Whoa, Ritu, that’s quite a collection of books you have there. Just one has been read by me so far. Himachal kae rang. Honestly, you’ve got my respect for your abilities. I will take one year to read all these 🤭.

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 5:19 pm

      Thank you so much Anjali 😊

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  18. Vasumathi
    March 5, 2023 @ 7:34 pm

    Even in a lean month you have read so much! Sadly, I have not been able to read much. With work taking some screen time, I want to rest my eyes a bit as I get headaches these days, even with glasses on. Hope to get back to reading soon.

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 5:20 pm

      I hear you, Vasumathi. If not for audiobooks, I would have barely got any reading done.

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  19. Pamela Mukherjee
    March 5, 2023 @ 9:21 pm

    This reading challenge looks amazing , especially for those who love to read but cant manage their time. A great habit for sure. Let me know how to participate. The books are really great to start with especially Jhuma Lahiri, one of my fav authors.

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 5:29 pm

      Some of them have a registration process and a linky each month. Others have Goodreads groups. You can check out the links to the challenges in my previous update post.

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  20. Varsh
    March 5, 2023 @ 10:47 pm

    Wow Ritu, I’m amazed at how meticulously you plan your reading and are so committed to completing challenges. Hats off! Women Warriors sounds interesting, so does Himachal ke Rang. Hope they help me break the reader’s block.

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 5:32 pm

      Thank you, Varsha 😊

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  21. Amritha Srinath
    March 5, 2023 @ 11:20 pm

    Wow, what a great set of books you have read Ritu. I have been wanting to read Before the Coffee Gets Cold Series for a long time now. Also, how do you do so many challenges? Kudos for that. And btw what is ARC ?

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 5:35 pm

      Thanks Amritha. ARC is an advanced review copy shared by the author or publisher well before the book comes out. Around a season in advance. Giving us enough time to read and plan promotion of the book.

      I always enjoy reading challenges. Makes my reading more diverse. 😊

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  22. Sadvika Kylash
    March 6, 2023 @ 10:34 am

    Reading has taken a bad hit the whole of last year. Hopefully, I can complete my TRB challenge. Thanks for the recommendations, shall pick one from them to make a start for this year,

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 5:36 pm

      That is perfectly okay, Sadvika. We all have our downtimes.

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  23. Sivaranjini Anandan
    March 6, 2023 @ 4:52 pm

    Very colorful list of translated books, had to read before memory fades and women in mythology. Very useful post for book reviewers.

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 5:36 pm

      Thank you Sivaranjini 😊

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  24. Noor Anand Chawla
    April 27, 2023 @ 10:03 am

    I’m always impressed with the sheer amount of reading you get done! So tell me, when you have surpassed the goal of 24 books on Goodreads, do you plan to change the number or leave it be?

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    • Ritu
      April 30, 2023 @ 5:38 pm

      Thank you so much, Noor. 😊 I do change it once but try not to set too high a target. Hate that pressure. Holidays are as is too demanding.

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