So, I found a splendid group of bibliophiles during 2017 which brought a hemisphere of positive energy into my life. I wrote about them at length yesterday. And because we are readers, books always wafted over our discussions like saffron in the kahwa chai.

Now that a new year has walked in and we are looking at the various books we might read or gift or add to our collection, here is a compilation – the  top 5 reads of (some) SRRs in Chennai.

The Book Thieves by Anders Rydell
Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture by Joshua Levin
Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd by Nick Mason
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Friend of My Youth by Amit Chaudhari


Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag
Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie
An Inscrutable Mystery (Chidambara Rahasya) by K P Poornachandra Tejaswi
A Question of Proof by Nicholas Blake
Tracks on the Snow by Lord Charnwood

Devi Nayar:
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag
The Surgeon of Cowthorne by Simon Winchester
The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
Lion’s Honey: The Myth of Samson by David Grossman

Manasarovar by Ashokamitran
Two Measures of Bhakti by Vijay Nambisan
A Meeting over the Andheri Overbridge by Ambai
The Hippopotamus by Stephen Fry
The Force by Don Winslow


Ghachar Ghachar by Vivek Shanbhag
Sita’s Sister by Kavita Kane
Hangwoman by K R Meena
The Goal by Eliyahu M Goldratt
Serious Men by Manu Joseph

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Sister of my Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Before We Visit The Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Judas by Amos Oz
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy
The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt
Fire in Babylon by Simon Lister

Madhorubhagan by Perumal Murugan
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J K Rowling
Waterboarding by Bragadeesh Prasanna
Batman: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder
Justice League: Origin by Geoff Johns

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky
Watchmen by Alan Moore
Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
Embassytown by China Miéville
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

Quiet by  Susan Cain
The Liberation of Sita by Volga
Handbook For My Lover by Rosalyn D’Mello

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
The Book of Chocolate Saints by Jeet Thayil

And I am done! What are your best reads of 2017? Share it in a comment if you so wish.

May there be light (and more books in 2018!) 🙂

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  1. Reblogged this on Satan’s Minion and commented:
    So, I am a part of a readers group on Facebook. We exchanged our lists of favorite five books that we had read in 2017. Do take a look at this amazing list, and add them to your TBR. Wish you all have an amazing 2018, with more books and more time.

    Thanks to Seemita Pooja Das, for compiling this list. She blogs at , which is a treasure for bibliophiles.


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