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What Have we Been Reading?

Updated: Jun 16, 2020

By Mehr Sohal

I think I speak on behalf of most of us when I say that we have been stuck at home for a fairly long time. And somehow, we feel the need to be productive during this time, which ends up being unnecessarily pressurising. I know from my personal experience that if I set myself certain goals to achieve in a day, and I don't end up doing it, I feel like an absolute failure. However, I realised that there is one thing I can do that I enjoy, and would make me feel productive– reading.

I did a small survey to find out what some of us are reading. Using this survey, I have put forth some suggestions of a few titles for those who aren't feeling very productive, or are generally vivacious readers who love new book recommendations.

Diya Shah – The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

The author of Mortal Instruments has come up with a trilogy series placed in 19th century, London.

Keeerrrs - Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Shelby Mahurin has brought in a new take on the war against witches and the Church in this Young Adult novel

Samitha Bhaskara - Delirium by Lauren Oliver

The first book in a trilogy series of a dystopia where love is illicit

Nidhi Gupta - The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk

A novel by the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, Orhan Pamuk, set in 20th century Istanbul

Nidhi's favourite books are Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

Ananya Virdy - The Pregnant King by Devdutt Patnaik

Devdutt Patnaik reminds us of a forgotten epic– Yuvanashva, who accidentally drinks a magic potion that makes him pregnant

Adithi Srinivasan - The Iliad by Homer, Genome by Matt Ridley, Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, and The Diviners by Libba Bray

An Ancient Greek epic poem, set during the Trojan war

Science Writer, Matt Ridley, explores one newly discovered gene from each chromosome

Israeli historian, Yuval Noah Harari, traces back the history of humankind, and answers the fundamental question– "What makes us Sapiens?"

A thriller set in the early 1900's in New York, where young women are being murdered across the city; but the protagonist has a gift that could help catch the killer

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