Book Reviews

For as long as I can remember, books have been my favourite adventure. I love reading a variety of genres, and even flip back and forth between fiction and non. As my fellow bookworm C.S. Lewis said, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

There is one genre that is really close to my heart; literature inspired by India or South Asia. Nothing makes me happier than reading stories about people I can identify with.

5 Beach Worthy Reads by South Asian Authors

What makes a book beach worthy? For me a summer holiday read is something lighthearted, not too long, that leaves you with a feel-good ending. I’m all for deep reads and never-ending books, but sometimes I just crave something lighter.…

Walking with Nanak: Book Review

Walking with Nanak is a book that would appeal to anyone with an affinity for Sikhi and Guru Nanak Devji, but it will also appeal to history buffs. Like thousands of other Sikhs I’ve dreamed of visiting Nankana, the birthplace…

Tahir Shah: The Caliph’s House & In Arabian Nights

Breaking news; I found my story telling soul mate! Tahir Shah doesn’t know that we are story mates yet, but we are. After landing on (and basically inhaling) The Caliph’s House one lazy Sunday, I’m convinced it was some sort…

What Lies Between Us: Book Review

What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera is one of the most gripping books I’ve ever read. It’s dark & gritty, and more than once I thought ‘I should stop reading this’, but I had to finish it. It was…

These Lines of Mehendi – A Novella

This week’s read is These Lines of Mehendi by Sumeetha Manikandan. This book is actually a novella and only 148 pages. I think the only the other novella I have read is Breakfast at Tiffany’s, it’s just not a style…

I Am Malala: Book Review

When I started this reading challenge, I really only had one rule – each of the 52 books I read would have to be written by a different South Asian author. I didn’t really have any thoughts about genres, fiction/non-fiction…

Step Up to the Plate Maria Singh: Book Review

Something I haven’t talked about a lot during this reading challenge is my love of young adult novels. They are my favourite way to escape from a heavy week, or give my mind a little break. That’s why after the…

Home Fire: Book Review

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie was recommended to me by a member of our South Asian Reads facebook group, as well as Tahmima Anam – the writer of my first read of the challenge, The Bones of Grace. (Side note…

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged: Book Review

As part of my 2018 reading challenge (52 books by 52 South Asian authors) I’ve been trying to stretch myself to read about different topics, locations, and settings too. Last week it was The Reluctant Fundamentalist, this week it’s Sofia…


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