The Bastard of Istanbul

The Bastard of Istanbul (2006) is the third book on my travel reading list and the first to come from a country I’ve never visited. It’s author, Elif Shafak, is the most widely read female writer in Turkey, and was actually put on trial for “denigrating Turkishness” when this book was released… which carries with it a potential three-year prison sentence.

Thankfully the charges were dropped, but that run-in with the Turkish authorities shows just how much power a book, and this book in particular, can hold.

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

I was in the mood for a fluffy teenage romance, something light that I didn’t have to think about.

Through booktube and other online reviews I saw people raving about To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Words like “cute” and “sugary” were thrown about like confetti at Mardi Gras, which definitely piqued my interest.

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Bands, Brownies, and Books in Southampton

I don’t like being in one place for too long. That’s just the way it is. So in between exam weeks I jumped on a plane and paid a visit to my family who’ve recently moved from Auckland, New Zealand to Southampton, England. Yup, just a little bit closer. The choice of weekend had nothing to do with a certain band playing in Southampton at the same time… maybe.

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