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Introducing, Brunch Book Challenge Part-3 (Indian Writing Special

F or the third year in a row, we’d like to invite you to participate in a challenge you’re going to love. All you have to do is read at least 24 books in 2016 – and tweet to us about your progress.

brunch Updated: Jan 04, 2016 15:30 IST
(Photo: Shutterstock)
(Photo: Shutterstock)

F or the third year in a row, we’d like to invite you to participate in a challenge you’re going to love. All you have to do is read at least 24 books in 2016 – and tweet to us about your progress.

We began the #BrunchBookChallenge on Twitter in 2014. Then, we asked our readers to read at least 24 books. Last year, we upped that number to 30. And now, we’re back to the original number. But with a twist: considering all the wonderful things that are happening in the world of Indian publishing, some of the books you read must be India-related.

If you look up the #BrunchBookChallenge, you will notice that we’re a strong community of all kinds of readers, and if you’re not yet part of the club, we urge you to join in – because sure, love is all you need, but you’ll always have books.

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So what do you have to do?

1. Read anything you like as long as it’s published as a book (or e-book). This includes all kinds of fiction and non-fiction – just no textbooks (because come on!). So you can read literary fiction or bestsellers, mythology or sci-fi, memoirs or self-help, essays or poetry... We promise not to judge, not even a little bit.

2. You must read at least 24 books before the end of the year.

3. At least three of those 24 books must be Indian – which is to say, they must have something to do with India. For example, an Indian classic (like Raja Rao’s Kanthapura) or a new novel (like Aravind Adiga’s upcoming Selection Day) or a guilty pleasure (like the forthcoming collection of Sunny Leone stories – and yes, there will soon be such a thing) or even a book about India by a foreign writer (like Wendy Doniger’s The Hindus). We’d be happy to make recommendations of course.

4. You must tweet your progress to @HTBrunch using the hashtag #BrunchBookChallenge – but don’t stop tweeting if you finish sooner, keep in touch all year!

5. Don’t just tell us what you’re reading, tell us what the book is about, tell us if you liked it, tell us how it made you feel!

And what are we going to do?

1. We’ll tell you what we’re reading (which is a lot since the Brunch office is a library).

2. We’ll recommend books based on your tastes, and introduce you to like-minded people on the Challenge.

3. With a little help from our friends in publishing, we’ll send you copies of our favourite books.

So what shall we do today?

The Brunch team will spend all day (starting 1pm) tweeting about books. We’ll tell you what we’re reading, our relationship with our favourites, and the authors we love – we’ll ask some of them to join in the conversation too. So come on aboard! On the first Sunday of the year, let’s celebrate books.

Tweet to @HTBrunch using the hashtag #BrunchBookChallenge

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From HT Brunch, January 3, 2016

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