SARC Reading List

The books I hope to read for South-Asian Reading Challenge 2020, broken down by month. Note: [x] = finished reading


  • Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim (new BOTM) [x]
  • My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nishi Sharma (back-list BOTM)
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi [x]
  • The City of Devi by Manil Suri [x]
  • Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali [x]


  • Of Curses & Kisses by Sandhya Menon (new BOTM)
  • Sari in the City by Rekha Waheed (back-list BOTM)
  • The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah [x]
  • The Royal Abduls by Ramiza Shamoun Koya [x]


  • We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanaki (new BOTM)
  • The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta (back-list BOTM)
  • Djinn Patrol at the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara


Are you looking for books for your SARC 2020 To Be Read (TBR) list? Here are some exciting books with South Asian representation, broken down by categories!

Adult Fiction:

  • The Body Myth by Rheea Mukherjee
  • Before She Sleeps by Bina Shah
  • Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Adult Romance:

  • A Small Fortune by Rosie Dastgir
  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Unmarriageable by Sonia Kamal
  • The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

1947 Partition & Historical Fiction:

  • If They Come For Us by Fatimah Asghar
  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
  • Salt & Saffron by Kamila Shamsie
  • An Unrestored Woman by Shobha Rao

LGBTQ+ Adult & YA Fiction:

  • Marriage of a Thousand Lies by S.J. Sindu
  • Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi
  • The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
  • The City of Devi by Manil Suri

Middle Grade:

  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani 
  • Ticket to India by N.H. Senzai
  • Aru Shah & the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
  • The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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