Book List 2017

I had a very knotty relationship with books this year. I suspect it had something to do with the ways in which I was struggling with identity and belonging. I have tried to blog about it, but words are insufficient at the moment. So, for now, here is a list of the books I read this year (in alphabetical order).

Additionally, here are some book reviews I had written that are published elsewhere:

Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Safak (

Harraga by Boualem Sansal (HuffPost India)

Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter (

I wish you a great year ahead. 🙂

Country Book Author Rating Genre/Type
Algeria Harraga Boualem Sansal  3/5 Fiction
Canada The Mystics of Mile End Sigal Samuel  3/5 Fiction
Canada Milk and Honey Rupi Kaur  1/5 Poetry
India/Pakistan Intimate Class Acts: Friendship and Desire in Indian and Pakistani Women’s Fiction Maryam Mirza  4/5 Non-Fiction
India A Book of Simple Living Ruskin Bond  4/5 Non-Fiction/
Israel A Horse Walks Into a Bar David Grossman  4/5 Fiction
Korea Pachinko Min Jin Lee  4/5 Fiction
Middle East Exit West Hamid Mohsin  3/5 Fiction
Middle East Muhammad: A Biography Karen Armstrong  4/5 Non-Fiction
Middle East Headscarves and Hymens Mona Eltahawy  3/5 Non-Fiction
Norway Buzz Aldrin, What Happened To You In All the Confusion? Johan Harstad  3/5 Fiction
Sweden A Man Called Ove Fredrick Backman  3/5 Fiction
Syria The Calligrapher’s Secret Rafik Schami  4/5 Fiction
Turkey Three Daughter’s of Eve Elif Safak  2/5 Fiction
U.A.E Letters to a Young Muslim Omar Saif Ghobash  4/5 Non-Fiction/
U.K. Home Fire Kamila Shamsie  3/5 Fiction
U.S.A Upstream: Selected Essays Mary Oliver 5/5 Non-Fiction/
U.S.A American Gods Neil Gaiman  4/5 Fiction
U.S.A All Grown Up Jami Attenberg  3/5 Fiction
U.S.A My Misspent Youth: Essays Meghan Daum  4/5 Non-Fiction/
U.S.A The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion Meghan Daum  3/5 Non-Fiction/
U.S.A Men Explain Things to Me Rebecca Solnit 5/5 Non-Fiction/
U.S.A Where Water Comes Together with Other Water: Poems Raymond Carver 5/5 Poetry
U.S.A Letters to my Daughter Maya Angelou  3/5 Non-Fiction/
Homegoing Yaa Gyasi  3/5 Fiction
Joining the Sisterhood; Young Jewish Women Write Their Lives Edited by Tobin Belzer  4/5 Non-Fiction/Essays

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