What Did You Read In 2016? Check Out Some Of The Year's Favourite Reads

Tara Khandelwal
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What Did You Read In 2016? Check Out Some Of The Year's Favourite Reads

Another year of reading comes to an end, and we hope that you have accomplished all your book goals for the year!  We asked our favourite authors to tell us what they loved reading in 2016, and about the types of books that they can't help but pick up. Here's the list:


1. Mridula Koshy

Mridula Koshy Mridula Koshy, Source: Tehelka

The author says that she has been reading a lot of what her children are reading, and books which are prescribed by schools. She most recently read Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway. The book which struck out to her most this year was Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

2. Radhika Vaz

Radhika Vaz comedian Radhika Vaz, Source: Navhindtimes

The comedian and author of Unladylike says that her  favourite read of the year was The Village of Pointless Conversation written by her friend Kersi Khambatta. She also really loves Carl Mueller.


3. Annie Zaidi

Writer Annie Zaidi Annie Zaidi, Source: Lucknow Book Club

The poet and author loved Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh, and Framed as a Terrorist: My 14 Year Struggle To Prove My Innocence by Mohammad Aamir Khan.

4. Kavita Kane

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She revisited her old books - a habit with her!


The new ones that she read are not all from 2016. She enjoyed The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins, Being a Hindu by Hindol Sengupta, The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel, and When Breath becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

5. Rosalyn D'Mello

Rosalyn D'Mello Rosalyn DMello, Source: Mid-Day

The author of A Handbook For My Lover and freelance art writer loved I Love Dick by Chris Kraus and Agua Viva by Clarice Lispector.

6. Bachi Karkaria

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She loves reading biographies and non-fiction. She also reads historical fiction but never reads crime, she says.

7. Amrita Tripathi

Amrita Tripathi at Digital Women Awards Amrita Tripathi, SheThePeople.TV

 She loved reading Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman, and is waiting to savour his View from the Cheap Seats. She found Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air profoundly moving and also discovered Alison Bechdel with Are you My Mother. Also, a book that has stayed with her is Arjun Nath's powerful White Magic.

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8. Namita Devidayal

Namita Devidayal author Namita Devidayal, Source: Eventfaqs

Her favourite books of the year were Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag, and When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

9. Anjali Joseph

Anjali Joseph Anjali Joseph, Source: DNA

She loved Tom Connolly’s Men Like Air. It follows 19-year-old Finn as he and his highly strung girlfriend go to New York for the summer and encounter the city and a whole cast of characters.  She is looking forward to reading Jean McNeil’s The Dhow House, published this year, and Henrietta Rose-Innes’ Nineveh. This year she finally read Neel Mukherjee’s Booker-shortlisted The Lives of Others and thoroughly admired its scope and sense of space, inner and outer, and its reach - from a tribal village in rural Bengal to the vicious politics of a Calcutta joint family, in which each character breathes and lives, odd, credible, and compelling.

May your 2017 be filled with great books and lots of time to read them!

Also Read: 10 Books by women authors you should definitely read

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