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Quick recap of the 42 books read in 2017

Capital by Rana Dasgupta

A wonderful book about Delhi and very unlike the usual ones. It doesn't tell you how awesome the city but tries to figure out why it is so messed up. Many things in the book are applicable to this country as a whole but there are some things very inherent in Delhi. It is a dark book and hard to read at the end of a long work day.
Whether you like the city or hate it, read this book. And the people who are neutral towards the city don't exist so everyone falls in either of these categories.

When I hit you: Or, a portrait of the writer as a young wife by Meena Kandasamy 

I couldn't find the kindle version and read it on the juggernaut app. The book is about the author's short lived marriage filled with domestic violence and rape.
The author is a woman like you and me. She married a guy she chose and was the victim of his abuse for months. She managed to walk out only once she was on the verge of getting killed.
This book should be read by everyone.

Mindhunter : Inside the FBI's Elite Serial crime unit by John E Douglas and Mark Olshaker

After watching the series on Netflix, I read the book and prefer the latter over the former. The series took the least exciting parts of the book and turned it into a series. I was more curious about the criminals and the crimes instead of the central character's dating or married life. A great read which takes into the minds of the worst serial killers in USA and how Behavioural Science moved from theory to practice.

Miss Laila, Armed and Dangerous by Manu Joseph 

Written by my favourite author, this could be mistaken as Chetan Bhagat trying his hand at writing a political thriller. That isn't a compliment. Instead that is the harshest criticism I can bestow upon a book.
It is based on a real life incident and Manu Joseph's version of what actually transpired. There are spurts of brilliance in the book but they are few and far between.
Read it if you are a Manu Joseph fan else skip.

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas 

This is book was mentioned in the Goodreads reviews of The Dinner and it seemed to be a controversial one. Set in Australia, a family and their friends and relatives have gathered for a party. A child is slapped for throwing a tantrum and his parents decide to press charges against the man who delivered the slap.
The book has no specific plot as such. There is no ending or climax. What I liked were the characters and their detailing. I knew what was going on in each character's head. They were fleshed out quite well. The author spends a chapter getting into the head of a character and moves the story forward with him/her. It is a very unique way of telling the story. Read it for this.

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