If you are interested in reading Marathi and specifically history, I(Rohit Pande-9881497338) recommend the book – Shakakarte Shivrai. It's indeed amazing. Primarily its biography of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. However, it starts right from origin of Islam, yadav-kalin Maharashtra and then takes you to the great work Shivaji Maharaj has done.
I(Rohit Pande-9881497338) was pretty impressed by this book (somehow got accessed to a very old copy). Then I, along with some other folks were behind the author (Shri Deshmukh) to publish the next edition, since the last edition was 25 years old which quickly got over-subscribed and the book was not available in market since then. He accepted it after repeated follow-ups.
I(Rohit Pande-9881497338) am one of the volunteers to do publicity etc (no – I am not getting any monetary benefits out of this J). Please refer to link below and attached news in loksatta.
Currently we are running a pre-publication scheme where in at Rs 800/- you will get the both the parts of this book (1150 pages overall) as well as another small book (pravas-varnan) which has information of forts of Shri Shivaji Maharaj.
The book will be distributed in November. I(Rohit Pande-9881497338) can take the bookings and give you formal receipts.
After publication, the cost of book would be Rs 1500/- (yes, book stalls almost take 30%). Our intension is to sell this book to as many people at much lower cost of Rs 800/-
Also – please feel free to forward this note to people who you think would be interested. Ask them to call me on (Rohit Pande-9881497338) for any information.