The Island of Missing Trees was recommended as a "must read" by my dear friend Diana. Until now, all her recommendations became favourite books ... so I knew I have to read is as soon as possible. Plus, Elif Shafak is one of my favourite writers ever, alongside Margaret Atwood and Haruki Murakami. I read … Continue reading The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak (book review) – about figs, humans, and other stories
Hello and Happy New Year! I might be a bit late with the New Year wishes, but I still want to wish you all a lovely 2023, full of wisdom, beautiful adventures, and lots of learning! This winter I took a small break from blogging, disconnected to re-reconnect with myself. Enjoyed a beautiful holiday, spent … Continue reading How I ended 2022 and started 2023 bookish-wise (spoiler – some pretty amazing books in here)
Autumn might be my favourite season 🍂 Is it a coincidence that it's also the season I'm reading the most? I think not 🙂 During the past month I read 3 books and I enjoyed every minute of reading - from discovering Malaysian heritage to Green mythology, and reading even more stories from the time-travelling … Continue reading What I’m reading in November: Greek mythology, Malaysian heritage, and a bit of Elif Shafak
Currently reading My current read is Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler, the second book of the Earthseed series. Parable of the Talents continues the story of Lauren, a young woman who created a new community in the midst of social and climate chaos. Quite interestingly, the story is told not only through … Continue reading What I’m reading in August 2022: dystopia, honour killings, and a fascinating (fictional) island
This month I travelled a lot - through reading, while being in Romania. From the neighbouring country Moldavia to Turkey and then to the UK, the stories I read this month spanned through time and geographies. Quite interestingly, a touch of serendipity: all three stories had a common theme - stories of women who were … Continue reading What I’m reading in July 2022: Moldavian folklore, Turkish culture, and a bit of immortality
Elif Shafak is one of the most famous Turkish writers of our times. She writes both in Turkish and English, and has published 18 books, 11 of which are novels. However, it was only in December last year that I first heard about this amazing woman from my dear friend D. Since then I read … Continue reading Discovering Elif Shafak – Three Daughters of Eve and The Forty Rules of Love (book review)
How can I resist a tag that involves recommending books? Isn't this what all bookworms enjoy to do? 🙂 Thank you Ally for creating this amazing tag! Let's go!
The beginning of Spring was a good period for reading. From mid-February to mid-March I read 4 books - from dystopia to historical fiction, from classic Toni Morrison to contemporary Yaa Gyasi and Elif Shafak. This month was also rich in terms of geographical locations: Ghana, England, and Turkey, among others.
At the beginning of 2021 I discovered the amazing world of online events featuring writers. Fueled by the ongoing pandemic, several book discussions moved in the online realm, being accessible for significantly larger audiences. Don't get me wrong, I definitely prefer attending events in person, there's a certain energy that cannot be replace by a … Continue reading Getting to know my favourite authors via online events – Margaret Atwood, Yaa Gyasi, and more!
5 books read this month, and what a mix of bookish experiences - I "travelled" from the UK (Oxford) and Turkey (Istanbul) to Australia and New Zealand, then to Japan, Uganda, and even North America! Not bad for a month spent entirely at home 🙂