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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World | Elif Shafak
An intensely powerful new novel from the best-selling author of The Bastard of Istanbul and Honour - available for pre-order now 'In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila's consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore. Her brain cells, having run out of blood, were now completely deprived of oxygen. But they did not shut down. Not right away...' For Leila, each minute after her death brings a sensuous memory: the taste of spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the long-awaited birth of a son; the sight of bubbling vats of lemon and sugar which the women use to wax their legs while the men attend mosque; the scent of cardamom coffee that Leila shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works. Each memory, too, recalls the friends she made at each key moment in her life - friends who are now desperately trying to find her. . . 'One of the most important writers at work today' Independent
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beck8ryan
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Mehso-so

A prostitute (Tequila Leila) is murdered and in the remaining time after her heart stops beating she continues to experience memories from her past. In part 1 we were taken back through Leila‘s life, starting with her birth, the abuse by her uncle as a young child, her trauma as a teenager, and later the poignant moments she meets five very colourful characters. But I was a bit perplexed regarding the actions her friends take after her burial 🤔.

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LisaMorr
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Just received this pile of books from my friend who lives in Dubai (she was in the UK right before I was and sent them to a friend of mine). This is last year‘s birthday and Christmas presents!!! I already had The Testaments and Cold War, so I re-gifted those before I left. What do you think I should start first?

Redwritinghood I would start with Girl Woman Other. I‘m hoping to get to it soon myself. I‘ve seen so many good reviews. 2w
JenniferP Are you on LibraryThing also? There‘s a group in Club Read considering a March group read of Ducks, Newburyport. 2w
LisaMorr @JenniferP yes, I‘ll check out that thread in Club Read (edited) 2w
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beck8ryan
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Book #3. So far on track for my reading challenge this year 📚 😀

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Graywacke
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Mehso-so


The latest example of why I just shouldn‘t read new books. Yes, writing was nice, but I have my complaints and, well, it just never worked...(this is where I‘m supposed to add “for me” and I‘m resisting because in my head it really just never worked.)

This was the 6th book I‘ve listened to from the 2019 Booker list and the third I haven‘t really liked.

BarbaraBB I had a hard time with the Booker this year too. 3w
merelybookish And yet you loved Lost Children Archive 3w
Graywacke @BarbaraBB i never tried to read it before. Is it usually better? 3w
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Graywacke @merelybookish were we opposite on these two? 3w
BarbaraBB @Graywacke I‘d say so indeed 3w
Graywacke @BarbaraBB hmm. Interesting. Oddly I‘m reading this year‘s this because I thought it would be better than normal (I have liked three, including a new favorite in Lost Children Archive) 3w
BarbaraBB I haven‘t read this one yet but I loved Lose Children too, and Girl Woman Other is good too. 3w
Suet624 I‘ve had more luck enjoying the Tournament of Books shortlist. And I‘ll just add my extended praise for Lost Children. 1w
Graywacke @Suet624 Of course, I loved LCA. I bought Luiselli's Tell Me House Ends and her novel on Teeth (forgot the name just now), and I've begun to flip through Tell Me How It Ends. 1w
Graywacke @Suet624 Did I mention above (I've forgotten, not looking...sorry)? I'm thinking about following the ToB this year, if I have time to read several of the books. I'm curious how it compares. I liked Frankissstein. So Booker record is 4-3 with me, not terrible. 1w
Suet624 Curious how it compares to what? To the Booker list? The thing I like about TOB is that they always make me read books I wouldn't ordinarily pick up. Then I end up thinking about them years down the road. I'm not sure how they pick their list of books and the Tournament is kind of a lark, but I enjoy it. I'd say so far this year I liked 6 of them a lot, 3 of them were pretty good, and 1 I didn't like. 1w
Graywacke @Suet624 yes, that‘s what meant. The super serious booker vs not-serious-yet-very-serious-but-trying-to-be-fun ToB. That‘s a good record. I won‘t get there till later this year - after the tournament. 1w
Suet624 You probably know that TOB folks started this because they didn‘t believe in literary awards. Books can be chosen to move on for some very strange reasons. But I love their commentary and thoughtfulness and, again, I like their selection of books. I should add that Booker always used to be my go-to. I‘d like to get back to checking them out. (edited) 1w
Graywacke @Suet624 ToB sounds fun. An anti-award award in my eyes. Booker is - well - it‘s impossible. I do appreciate their efforts. 1w
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Carolyn11215
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A woman relieves moments from her life during the 10 minutes and 38 seconds it takes her brain to shut down after she‘s been murdered. Her five closest friends then embark on an almost madcap adventure to remove her from the Cemetery of the Companionless, where those unclaimed by immediate family are unceremoniously buried in Istanbul. A beautiful amazing book about outcasts in Istanbul and the bonds of friendship. 5 ⭐️

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Carolyn11215
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This will be my first completed book in 2020. 2019 was a good reading year!

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charl08
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Imperial Istanbul versus plebeian Istanbul; global Istanbul versus parochial Istanbul; cosmopolitan Istanbul versus philistine Istanbul; heretical Istanbul versus pious Istanbul; macho Istanbul versus a feminine Istanbul that adopted Aphrodite – goddess of desire and also of strife – as its symbol and protector . . .

charl08 Images via Unsplash 4w
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charl08

Strange as it was, it seemed to her that the border – where Turkey came to an end and Syria began – was not a fixed dividing line, but a living, breathing thing, a nocturnal creature . It shifted while people on both sides were sound asleep. In the mornings, it adjusted itself again, ever so slightly, to the left or the right.

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charl08
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...human memory resembles a latenight reveller who has had a few too many drinks: hard as it tries, it just cannot follow a straight line. It staggers through a maze of inversions, often moving in dizzying zigzags, immune to reason and liable to collapse altogether.

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Amor4Libros
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OMG! @Daisey this was such a nice surprise!!! Thank you so much and I can‘t wait to read it, I love Elif Shafak! #KindLitsy💕💕

Daisey Yes, I just signed my name since my first name and Litsy handle match. Enjoy! 1mo
Amor4Libros @Daisey I misspelled it when I first posted and that‘s why you didn‘t come up. Thank you so much!! Happy holidays! 💕 1mo
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Kaylamburson
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Such a powerful line, and so sad that it came so early for this character.

"Little did she know that the end of childhood comes not when a child's body changes with puberty, but when her mind is finally able to see her life through the eyes of an outsider."

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Kaylamburson
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Pickpick

I haven't read all Man Booker '19 titles, but I've read The Testaments. I'd choose this as the winner over that. Shafak writes in a unique format where the 1st half is broken into minutes. As she lies dead in a dumpster, she has 10 min & 38 sec of sconscious thought to reflect on her life in Turkey & how she escaped from an abusive childhood only to be tricked into a life of prostitution. Leila has depth & Istanbul comes alive.

VioletBramble That sounds interesting. 1mo
Kaylamburson Full review here: Check out this book on Goodreads: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47941107-10-minutes-38-seconds-in-this-strang... 1mo
Kaylamburson It was fascinating. Really well done @VioletBramble 1mo
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TheEllieMo I‘ve read 8 of the Booker long-list, and this was IMO, one of the best. The only one I enjoyed even more (to the extent that it‘s my Book of the Year) is 1mo
Kaylamburson I had about three of them come off hold at the library at the same time, but one was like 1,000+ pages so I decided this one seemed the most interesting, and I'm glad I chose it! I'll check out Lanny. Thanks for the suggestion! @TheEllieMo 1mo
squirrelbrain I have this on my list for next year for #turkey for #readingeurope2020 - I‘ve heard such good things about it! 1mo
Kaylamburson Oh this is perfect for that! I hope you like it! @squirrelbrain 1mo
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Branwen
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My lap reading buddy this morning! 😻📚💕 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #chaplin

Sace Aww! What a wonderful companion 😁 1mo
Branwen @Sace Thank you! 🤗💕 1mo
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Branwen
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Just started this book and I already can't put it down! It's so beautiful and engaging! I really love Elif Shafak! 😍📚💕

TheEllieMo Have you met Nalan yet? She is the most amazing character! 1mo
Branwen @TheEllieMo I just met her and already love her! 🤣😂 1mo
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LaraS
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This is almost like two different books. I wasn't sure about the first part, but I really liked the second half. From what I gather from reviews, others have the exact opposite opinion.

BookwormM I loved the whole book 2mo
LaraS @BookwormM I admit it was definitely a cool concept! 2mo
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LaraS
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Little did she yet understand that the end of childhood comes not when a child's body changes with puberty, but when her mind is finally able to see her life through the eyes of an outsider.

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Kalalalatja
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I took another day at home today, and good thing I did! Because look what my mailman just delivered to me 😍

Thank you @Cinfhen my #LitsyMom ❤️ I‘m really excited to read this, and I love the cover! And that bookmark and notebook make me want to go to Paris NOW!

#Bookmail

Cinfhen Oh yay!!! Happy belated birthday 🎁 Hope you‘re on the mend xx 2mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen thank you! I‘m feeling better, so hopefully I‘ll be back at work tomorrow! 🤞 2mo
TheEllieMo Loved that book! Nalan in particular is such a fabulous character 2mo
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conny
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The original cover was phantasmagoric & magical but this cover I think suits better. It centers on a murdered woman left in the dumps as she recalls her oppressive life in her final moments. Halfway in & really liking it so far!

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TheBookstorePodcast
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Mehso-so

We loved the first part of this one. Leila‘s life was vividly remembered and compelling to read about, but we were totally thrown by the change in tone of the second section as her group of friends attempts to recover her body. You can hear more of our thoughts on this week‘s episode of the podcast.
Have you read it? What did you think?

JenFowler I like the title. It sounds interesting! 3mo
Simona I feel the same about the end. To comical/action packed to take it serious ... 3mo
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andrew61
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Pickpick

My 4th and last b4 the winner is announced tomorrow and i enjyd this story of how leila a Istanbul prostitute ends up murdered in a bin, using the idea that there is a period of time after death when the mind recalls memories of a life we learn of childhood abuse, treatment of sex workers, love and frienship. The finale sees her loyal friends on a hunt to rescue her body which allows the reader to realise how a life impacts on those it touches. 👇

andrew61 I have to say that of the 4 bks I've managed this year they have been diverse and interesting reads. I didn't get to 'ducks' or Atwood so ill wait until tomorrow before deciding whether to try either of those. 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻I have this one stacked already 3mo
youneverarrived I was a bit unsure about this one but your review makes me want to read it 👌 3mo
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KathrynElise
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Settling in to start the next book club read. Love the cover, hoping the story is just as beautiful 💙

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nikhilcartoon
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Twocougs
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Pickpick

I adored this book. It‘s a book of humanity and when you think how could these terrible things keep happening, a moment of honest, beautiful love occurs. The preface of the brain slowly dying, in 10min38seconds was intriguing and made me wonder what my brain would remember. It‘s worthy of the Booker Short List.

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TheEllieMo
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Pickpick

This book has flaws, but it‘s still given me a #BookHangover; I‘m already missing Tequila Leila and her closest friends, especially Nalan, who needs a book of her own. The first 75% of the book, covering the eponymous 10m 38s, and some of the friends‘ reactions, is beautiful - I went through all the emotions. The last section is very hit & miss, so overall score was pulled down, but I still enjoyed it.

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TheEllieMo
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My slightly ambitions #OctoberTBR, kicking off with the tagged book, which I started last night, and has already had me run through a whole gamut of emotions.

#FallIsBooked
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻😊📚❤️ 4mo
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TheEllieMo
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Leila is forced to reflect on her own life in this Booker shortlisted novel, which is my 12th book for September, though I doubt I‘ll finish it this side of midnight so it won‘t fall into this month‘s stats.

#SelfReflectionSeptStats
#SelfImprovementSept
@OriginalCyn620
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚❤️ 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Way to go!!! 🎉🙌🏻 4mo
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IvoryLunatic
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Hey fellow NetGalley reviewers! I have a question. How hard do you guys try to stick to publication dates or do you care at all? So far it has always been a goal to finish & review a book on or before the publication date but this week & the next couple of weeks, I will be behind on several reviews. I know some people have reviewed books even years later but how do you handle this? / Currently reading the tagged book which came out yesterday :|

Librarybelle I still write up the review and submit on NetGalley. Many of the books I read are past the pub date by the time I get to them. I figure the publishing house would still like to see the review, even if it is post pub date. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
Maude I try to keep up and do them the week of publication, but I do fall behind at times. I just started net galley recently and I didn't realize how many request would be approved so I requested too many at first. It took some catching up. 4mo
IvoryLunatic @Librarybelle I‘m definitely going to review them even if they‘re late. I just hate that work put me so far behind my usual reading schedule. @Maude I started in May and still haven‘t learned my lesson. I‘m up to 100 approved books already. Lol I have about 2/3 of them reviewed, and about half of the ones that are left are due next year so after I get through the next 10 books, my reading slows down a lot. 4mo
sharread I pay more attention to the archive date. When it's archived its gone and the publisher might email you to extend it. I do get the review in on or recently after publication. 4mo
IvoryLunatic @sharread I thought that‘s only for the docs but that you can still read the ebooks. 4mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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aeeklund
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“But human memory resembles a late-night reveller who has had a few too many drinks: hard as it tries, it just cannot follow a straight line.”

Break room‘s full due to it being Rush, so I‘m squirreled away in Remainders, hanging out with Elif Shafak‘s incredible 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World, out in December from @Bloomsbury_Publishing

#annareadsthebookershortlist2019 #amreading #introvert #booknerd #booksellerlife

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Cinfhen
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Mehso-so

We first meet Tequila Leila and uncover the key moments of her life as she lays dead in a dumpster on the streets of Istanbul. In those opening chapters using sensory descriptions Shafak beautifully illuminates the city of Istanbul and the land of Turkey. However, the second half of the novel becomes frivolous as Leila‘s best friend‘s plan a wacky caper to provide a fitting goodbye for her. I don‘t believe this is a prize worthy novel.

Cinfhen It ended up being disappointing after a really strong beginning @Andrew65 @Cathythoughts @TrishB @Nute 4mo
MicheleinPhilly Stacking for Tequila Leila alone. 4mo
Andrew65 Not an author I know. 4mo
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IvoryLunatic That‘s disappointing to hear. It‘s up on my reading list soon. 4mo
emilyhaldi Doesn‘t sound like my cup of tea 🙅🏻‍♀️ 4mo
Cinfhen Oops @Andrew65 I meant to tag @andrew61 / I ended up not liking this book as much as I originally did @andrew61 I‘ll be curious to hear your thoughts 4mo
Cinfhen Do you remember Tia Tequila from MTV @MicheleinPhilly ??? ThAts who I was imagining the whole time reading this book 4mo
Cinfhen You should obviously still read it @IvoryLunatic you might be more generous than I was 4mo
Cinfhen @RealBooks4ever and I didn‘t care much for this book by her either 👉🏽 I don‘t think she‘s an author I‘m going to explore again 4mo
Cinfhen I don‘t think you‘d be a fan @emilyhaldi it‘s a half baked book 4mo
Andrew65 @Cinfhen 😂 What‘s an Andrew between friends. 😊👍 4mo
Cinfhen I was only off by 4 numbers @Andrew65 😜😜😜 4mo
Andrew65 @Cinfhen 4 numbers but on,y 1 digit. 😊 4mo
Kalalalatja Oh no, that‘s too bad! But that character name is really something 😂 4mo
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Cinfhen
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I‘m midway through this #BookerPrizeShortList book and I‘m really enjoying it more than I expected. However, I‘ve read that the second half the book falls completely off the rails, so I‘m bracing myself for a potentially unpleasant surprise 🥴And speaking of surprises....look what was in today‘s mail @jenniferw88 ?!?!! I‘m pretty sure you went to Greece back in June!!!! Anyway, it was lovely to hear from you ☺️☀️Thanks for thinking of me 💛🧡💛

Cathythoughts I recently read Three Daughters of Eve & really like it ... for #lmpbc first time I heard of this author ... looking forward to tagged book. I hope the second half holds up 👍🏻♥️ (edited) 4mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen June was Mallorca, Kefalonia the first week of September! 🤣 Glad it arrived OK! 4mo
Cinfhen Oh, I forgot you took another holiday ~ lucky you @jenniferw88 and thanks again for the postcard / as for dealing with the heat, I stay indoors on those REALLY HOT days xx also your body “adjusts” over time ☺️ 4mo
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Cinfhen I‘ll let you know @Cathythoughts 🤞🏼🤞🏼 4mo
TrishB Interested to hear your thoughts 👍🏻 4mo
Nute I hope that the second half goes well because I really want to read this book. 4mo
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mklong
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#7days7covers #covercrush

Day 4

If you want to join in and haven‘t been tagged, consider yourself tagged!

Kalalalatja Love this cover! 4mo
LeahBergen This is a pretty one. 👍🏻 4mo
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bedandabook
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...because what was love if it wasn‘t nursing someone else‘s pain as if it were your own.

Cathythoughts Beautiful quote ! I have it stacked already 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

If you enjoy character-driven stories, then you would probably love this. I‘m not a fan of such writing, however, so this is not a pick for me. There were some potentially fascinating characters in this book, but their treatment was very uneven. The narrative was choppy as backstory on various characters was interspersed with the main story in separate chapters. This book has an interesting construction, but overall the execution was bland. 3⭐️

Redwritinghood Book 2 from #booker2019 shortlist. 4mo
Ruthiella I do often like character driven books. But I also love a good plot. Writing (ie luminous prose or whatevs) is less important. How about you? 4mo
Redwritinghood @Ruthiella I guess I look for the trifecta - solid plot, sympathetic characters, and good writing. 4mo
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Ruthiella @Redwritinghood Kate Atkinson comes to mind for satisfyingly meeting all three pretty consistently! Just thinking 🤔. 4mo
bedandabook I‘ve just finished it myself, @Redwritinghood, and whilst I did enjoy it I think I would probably agree with you. I‘d give it 4 stars (I don‘t mind character-driven books) but I too disliked the choppiness of the writing. 4mo
mklong Totally agree Jerrie. She created all these great back stories for the characters and then didn‘t give them anything to do. 4mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Pickpick

Loved this profound and profoundly beautiful novel. Coming September 24. #netgalley

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emmaturi
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Pickpick

I very much enjoyed this story, I liked Leila, her 5 best friends and reading about Istanbul. #books

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emmaturi
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1. The tagged book
2.maple
3. This was the only form of affection she had learned from grown-ups, and the teaching would come with dire consequences.

#WEEKENDREADS
@rachelsbrittain

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AkashPhoenix
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September has been a Fest till now! #SeptemberReads

Whimsical.Curiosity Where the Crawdads Sing is my current read. Hoping it lives up to the hype. 5mo
AkashPhoenix The Marsh Girl rarely disappoints:)👍🤞 5mo
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emmaturi
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My books from the library, I will start 10 Minutes this evening! #bookhaul

AkashPhoenix @emmaturi Amazing choice. Read both in August and they really are a Masterpiece in their own beautiful ways! Hope Kya and Tequila Leila don't let u down 👍🤞 5mo
emmaturi Looking forward to both! @AkashPhoenix 5mo
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AkashPhoenix
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Pickpick

No words can describe this Work of Art. This book needs a genre of its it's own. Starts as a memoir then takes you to an emotional rollercoaster ride. Gives you a tour on history and science. Just when you thought it's over it turns into a thriller-mystery novel. And ends on a note of True Friendship just as Elif described, the Water Family running thicker than blood. You can't keep this book down.
I Love U Tequila Leila, Marry Me :)

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Abailliekaras
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Pickpick

A gorgeous novel. Leila is dead but her mind works for 10 minutes as she reflects on her life. I love the writing - it conveys the sights, smells & textures of Istanbul & its complex history. It‘s propulsive: the interesting characters & events keep you turning the page. Leila is a strong, independent woman & a survivor. Her friends include a dwarf, a transvestite & a cabaret singer - loyal, flawed characters - a great celebration of friendship.

TheBee I love Istanbul!! 5mo
Abailliekaras @TheBee I still haven‘t been to Istanbul - it‘s high on my list. ☺️ 5mo
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AkashPhoenix
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All Set to Burn the Night with Elif Shafak! Amazing read. In love with Tequila Leila!

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! @litsywelcomewagon 5mo
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TheEllieMo
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So excited! Tickets for Cheltenham Literature Festival went on sale today so now so have tickets to see all these authors in October!

squirrelbrain How exciting! I saw Diane Setterfield earlier this year - she was lovely! 5mo
AnneCecilie Enjoy. I love hearing authors talk about their work 5mo
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Samplergal
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Clwojick Ooo. This one is stunning! 5mo
Ruthiella Nice! Of the Booker long list this is the one I am most interested in reading. 😀 5mo
Samplergal As soon as I heard about it, I bought it. Paperback from UK. ❤️ 5mo
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your review. This will be my next Booker as well. 5mo
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kathedron
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Pickpick

Bearing in mind that the MC is dead before the first page even drops, it's a book that celebrates vitality and, considering the shitty life experiences that Leila and her band of warmhearted social misfit friends go through, it has remarkable joie de vivre. I loved the first part, then, but what to make of the second half? I enjoyed getting to know Leila's friends better but the plot went abruptly off-road into the hinterlands of broad farce.

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mklong
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Mehso-so

I found this enjoyable if a bit uneven. Shafak draws some unique, engaging characters, but unfortunately gives them stilted dialog and very little to do. Likewise, her description of Istanbul “a city where everything was constantly shifting and dissolving” is magnificent, but the story itself doesn‘t have the depth to match the setting. It‘s as though she had the set, but show left me wanting. #BookerPrize2019

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Niso
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I love Shafak‘s style and storytelling, but god damn it what‘s with her and similes? Every page there is at least 2 similes!! The damn book editor should be fired! Also Shafak can‘t write children! Her children (6 yrs) are old defeated broken souls and that‘s even before they were hit with tragedy. She misses on how children view the world through “magic goggles.”
Nevertheless, immensely enjoying this journey through Turkey‘s modern history.

Mishu94 I read this a few weeks back and I felt so frustrated while reading this book! I just feel like she writes in a certain way. I have read a few of her books and now it just feels like it‘s all the same. 5mo
Niso @Mishu94 I have read a couple of her books years ago translated into Arabic, which made the reading experience more enjoyable as Arabic lend itself better to her flowery writing style. I came across a brilliant comment on this book style on Goodreads “Elif Shafak is a master craftswoman, a literary watchmaker; but there's a distinct ceiling to such exacting graft. You end up noticing the exquisite machinery too much“ 5mo
Mishu94 Haha that‘s sooo true regarding this book! 5mo
Mishu94 Couldn‘t have said it better! 5mo
pigeonsandcrows I just came across this review and am so relieved that someone else commented on her overuse of similes. And occasionally the two things compared really weren't at all analogous and I was totally distracted by that. 2d
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ReadingEnvy
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A sex worker in Istanbul has been murdered, and as her brain releases her life, the reader is transported to specific memories and stories. Her life is revealed alongside five close friends (like a Turkish cast of Rent) who play a bigger role in the second half of the story. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy This is on the Man Booker Prize longlist for 2019, but I must say it isn't the best book I've read by this author. Very readable and an interesting structure. ⤵️

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ReadingEnvy .
I had a review copy from the publisher through @netgalley which unfortunate removed all double "ff" and sometimes "ffi" as well as all numbers. This broke my momentum on reading the story every time. ⤵️
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ReadingEnvy And at one point it completely removed the meaning of a street name that seemed important, and some back stories seemed connected to specific years, which I could not tell you the importance of at this point. Luckily I know quite a bit of Turkish history and culture because of my year of reading Turkey. 5mo
Lindy Too bad about the typographical errors in your review copy. That would mar my enjoyment also. 5mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy it felt more like deliberate omissions but it's hard to know. 5mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Book Depository Haul...my library doesn‘t have the Elif Shafak book (valid) and I need the SK for a buddy read in October (no, I can‘t get it out of the library bc I need to keep a King around me for awhile😀). This was supposed to be my last purchase for 2019, until I found out about the upcoming BN sale. Oops. Shout out to my geranium...she‘s really blooming...I think she likes Mexican coffee-I love it☕️🖖🏽