Editor’s Picks for October

Editor's Picks for October

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We, at Writersmelon, know that your love for books transcends genres and all boundaries. So, every month, we curate a list of new books that will interest you and hold your attention. For October, too, we have brought together a great, great collection of books that range from history to mythological fiction to romance. Here are ten books that we think you’ll have fun reading.

#1 – The Anarchy by William Dalrymple

The story of how England took control of the Indian subcontinent is one that will never get old because of the number of details that come to the fore every single time. William Dalrymple, in his latest book, The Anarchy talks about the East India Company and how it controlled an entire country with little to no regulation whatsoever. If there was one non-fiction book of late that we would recommend, it would be this – an answer to questions of how present day India came to be.

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: 10 September, 2019

#2 – The Curse of Gandhari by Aditi Banerjee

Mythological fiction is a genre that allows us to look at our myths and epics in a new light. It’s refreshing how a number of authors have given voices to the women of our epics. And now, we get to read Aditi Banerjee’s take on Gandhari’s life story. Gandhari, the queen whose identity is shrouded in the blindfold she wore in solidarity with her husband. There’s more to her than just that and Aditi Banerjee strives to bring out all the layers to her character in what promises to be a wonderful read.

Publisher: Bloomsbury India

Release Date: 10 September, 2019

#3 – Pangat, a Feast: Food and Lore from Marathi Kitchens by Saee Koranne-Khandekar

The title says it all! A treat for food-lovers from food researcher Saee Koranne-Khandekar, this book is a treasure house full of lip-smacking Maharashtrian recipes that promise to fill your hearts and your stomachs. The variety and the versatility of these recipes that use different spices and produce, peppered with anecdotes, is something that you definitely shouldn’t miss, especially if you’re keen about food.

Publisher: Hachette India

Release Date: 31 October, 2019

#4 – Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

We almost feel like we don’t have anything to say about this book because of how much it has exploded on to the scene. But we would be lying if we didn’t at least talk about how excited we are about Leigh Bardugo’s first adult novel. Ninth House is dark, full of forbidden magic, and word is that it is as stunning as Bardugo’s earlier works, if not more. And when Stephen King calls a book “unputdownable”, you know it’s going to be an amazing read!

Publisher: Gollancz

Release Date: 31 October, 2019

#5 – Dara Shukoh by Avik Chanda

As the Mughal line grew, there was always palace politics, but the most interesting of it all was the familial politics. Dara Shukoh was Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s favorite son, and that tag was probably his downfall, for it brought about Aurangzeb’s wrath on his head and led to his death. Avik Chanda, in this book, talks about Dara Shukoh’s life and paints a vivid portrait of the crown prince – something that’s intriguing enough for us to recommend it with our hands held high in the air!

Publisher: Harper Collins India

Release Date: 31 October, 2019

#6 – Lipstick by Vish Dhamija

Vish Dhamija is called India’s John Grisham with good reason. A master of crime and legal fiction, he weaves plots with a sly dexterity that stimulates your brain cells. His latest book, Lipstick, is also crime fiction and talks about a serial killer who paints his victims’ lips with a dark red lipstick. DCP Rita Ferreira has to investigate this crime and talks with an intensity that the Joker would be proud of. We’re sold on this one. What about you?

Publisher: Harper Collins India

Release Date: 25 October, 2019

#7 – Phoolproof by Jhelum Biswas Bose

Phoolproof is a book about the author’s tryst with flowers and how they helped her heal and find solace. In addition to this, the author also talks about what you can do with flowers and how you can include them in your lives to make it more colourful. It definitely promises to be a book that is off the beaten track and one to lift your spirits. We’re intrigued!

Publisher: Penguin eBury Press

Release Date: 6 September, 2019

#8 – Wish I Could Tell You by Durjoy Datta

Durjoy Datta’s romance novels sell like hot cakes, with thousands in the country lapping up his stories left, right, and centre. With good reason, too, because they tend to be lovely and fill you with warmth no matter what the end happens to be. His latest book, Wish I Could Tell You promises to be one that talks about love, the complications that promise to accompany it, and their necessity amidst it all. And we’re always here for complicated love!

Publisher: Penguin Metro Reads

Release Date: 4 October, 2019

#9 – The Pataala Prophecy: The Mists of Brahma by Christopher C. Doyle

This is the second in The Pataala Prophecy series, after Son of Bhrigu in which two teenagers, Arjun and Maya, try to prevent the rise of an enemy from Pataal. In the second book, Arjun and Maya try to find their way from the mists that fog their mind and try to repel yet another threat to the world. A mix of fantasy, mystery, and mythology, this book promises to take you on a ride that will feel out of the world but will still tether you here. We’re so prepared for it!

Publisher: Westland

Release Date: 14 October, 2019

#10 – Mahayoddha Kalki: Sword of Shiva (Book 3) by Kevin Missal

The third in the Kalki series by Kevin Missal, this book follows Kalki Hari as he arrives in Indragarh only to be shocked at how things have gotten out of control. This story follows Kalki as he gears up for war to take his city back from his enemy. The first two books in this series put Kevin Missal on the literary map and this third book in the Kalki series promises to keep him there for a long time to come. We’re insanely excited for this one as well!

Publisher: Fingerprint! Publishing

Release Date: 15 October, 2019

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Which of these books have you read or do you really want to read? Which ones do you find most interesting? Let us know in the comments below!

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