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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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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 1d
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen thank you! I‘m feeling better, so hopefully I‘ll be back at work tomorrow! 🤞 1d
TheEllieMo Loved that book! Nalan in particular is such a fabulous character 17h
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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! 1mo
Simona I feel the same about the end. To comical/action packed to take it serious ... 1mo
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andrew61
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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. 1mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻I have this one stacked already 1mo
youneverarrived I was a bit unsure about this one but your review makes me want to read it 👌 1mo
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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 👌🏻😊📚❤️ 2mo
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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 👌🏻📚❤️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Way to go!!! 🎉🙌🏻 2mo
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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. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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. 2mo
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. 2mo
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. 2mo
IvoryLunatic @sharread I thought that‘s only for the docs but that you can still read the ebooks. 2mo
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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 2mo
MicheleinPhilly Stacking for Tequila Leila alone. 2mo
Andrew65 Not an author I know. 2mo
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IvoryLunatic That‘s disappointing to hear. It‘s up on my reading list soon. 2mo
emilyhaldi Doesn‘t sound like my cup of tea 🙅🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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 2mo
Cinfhen Do you remember Tia Tequila from MTV @MicheleinPhilly ??? ThAts who I was imagining the whole time reading this book 2mo
Cinfhen You should obviously still read it @IvoryLunatic you might be more generous than I was 2mo
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 2mo
Cinfhen I don‘t think you‘d be a fan @emilyhaldi it‘s a half baked book 2mo
Andrew65 @Cinfhen 😂 What‘s an Andrew between friends. 😊👍 2mo
Cinfhen I was only off by 4 numbers @Andrew65 😜😜😜 2mo
Andrew65 @Cinfhen 4 numbers but on,y 1 digit. 😊 2mo
Kalalalatja Oh no, that‘s too bad! But that character name is really something 😂 2mo
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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) 2mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen June was Mallorca, Kefalonia the first week of September! 🤣 Glad it arrived OK! 2mo
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 ☺️ 2mo
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Cinfhen I‘ll let you know @Cathythoughts 🤞🏼🤞🏼 2mo
TrishB Interested to hear your thoughts 👍🏻 2mo
Nute I hope that the second half goes well because I really want to read this book. 2mo
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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! 2mo
LeahBergen This is a pretty one. 👍🏻 2mo
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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 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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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. 2mo
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? 2mo
Redwritinghood @Ruthiella I guess I look for the trifecta - solid plot, sympathetic characters, and good writing. 2mo
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Ruthiella @Redwritinghood Kate Atkinson comes to mind for satisfyingly meeting all three pretty consistently! Just thinking 🤔. 2mo
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. 2mo
mklong Totally agree Jerrie. She created all these great back stories for the characters and then didn‘t give them anything to do. 2mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Loved this profound and profoundly beautiful novel. Coming September 24. #netgalley

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emmaturi
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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. 2mo
AkashPhoenix The Marsh Girl rarely disappoints:)👍🤞 2mo
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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 👍🤞 2mo
emmaturi Looking forward to both! @AkashPhoenix 2mo
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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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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!! 3mo
Abailliekaras @TheBee I still haven‘t been to Istanbul - it‘s high on my list. ☺️ 3mo
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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 3mo
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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! 3mo
AnneCecilie Enjoy. I love hearing authors talk about their work 3mo
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Samplergal
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Clwojick Ooo. This one is stunning! 3mo
Ruthiella Nice! Of the Booker long list this is the one I am most interested in reading. 😀 3mo
Samplergal As soon as I heard about it, I bought it. Paperback from UK. ❤️ 3mo
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your review. This will be my next Booker as well. 3mo
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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. 3mo
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“ 3mo
Mishu94 Haha that‘s sooo true regarding this book! 3mo
Mishu94 Couldn‘t have said it better! 3mo
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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. 3mo
Lindy Too bad about the typographical errors in your review copy. That would mar my enjoyment also. 3mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy it felt more like deliberate omissions but it's hard to know. 3mo
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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☕️🖖🏽

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Simona
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Mehso-so

Everything was good, gripping starting point, interesting story about Leila, about dynamic in her (later estranged) family, about her new family - 5 outcast friends, about she-city Istanbul with some glimpses into Turkish history ... till the last part of the story. I was so disappointed with the turn from solid drama to the some kind action/comic scenes. In the name of five friends I was feeling offended by the end. 🤷‍♀️ #BookerPrize2019

Cathythoughts Another interesting review 👍🏻 Another one I‘m not drawn to ... 3mo
Simona #ayupaugust Narrator in this story is a dead woman by the name #Tequila Leila who remembers her life while she is ‘waiting‘ for her brains to stop functioning. @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain 3mo
Simona @Cathythoughts I was quite intrigued by the premise of this book, but I was also a little bit hesitant about it, because I tried two books by Shafak before and I absolutely didn‘t like the prose. For me, her language was too sentimental and melodramatic, but not in this book. (edited) 3mo
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squirrelbrain Good choice! I‘m also not sure about this one @Cathythoughts - I think I‘d try it if I could get it from the library, but probably not buy it... 3mo
Cinfhen Those #BookerBooks are so controversial 🙄I don‘t get how they make their determinations 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3mo
Simona @Cinfhen It isn‘t a bad book, but also it isn‘t ‘fiction at its finest‘. Definitely in the category borrow not buy ... 3mo
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BookwormM
Pickpick

#BookerPrize2019

I adored this book it is my favourite from the long list so far. I fell in love with Leila and all her weird and wonderful friends.

For a relatively short book there is a heck@if a lot going in and the ending made me 😢

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2938591408

JanuarieTimewalker13 So good to know!! I just purchased this one. I have this feeling it‘s going to win the Booker. I don‘t know why, haven‘t read any of the books. 3mo
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AudreyMorris
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Pickpick

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019.

This novel has an original structure, as we meet Tequila Leila, Istanbul prostitute, after her death. Her brain continues to function for 10 min 38 sec, and we learn her history from birth to death, how she came to be an Istanbul prostitute, how she met her husband and her 5 best friends. The story then turns into a madcap caper morning of them giving her the sendoff she wanted. #bookerlonglist #booker2019

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Niso
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SamanthaMarie Ooo yum!!! Weekends are the best 😍 3mo
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AnneCecilie
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Pickpick

In the minutes after Tequila Leila‘s death, we get glimpses of memories from her life.

A book about friendship and family, about religion and culture.

This is the second book I read from the Booker Longlist, and I need to read more books to know if I want to see it on the shortlist.

I will definitely check of out more of Shafak‘s novels.

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Emilymdxn
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Pickpick

8/13 #bookerprize2019 longlist

Astonishingly good, it‘s joined my top three (with Ducks Newburyport and Lost Children Archive) jostling for top spot and I‘d happily see this one win. So tender, so much beauty and kindness in a story about such a hard life. So many complex dark themes were teased out so beautifully and I came away from it feeling in awe of people‘s capacity to help each other. The writing about Istanbul was incredible too.

squirrelbrain I‘ve heard good things about this.... 3mo
cathipink I've loved reading your review of these - thanks for sharing. 3mo
Suet624 Thank you for taking one for the team. I‘m not sure I can read the whole list so I love hearing your thoughts. 3mo
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Megabooks Look at you probably crushing your book goal! I‘m glad you‘re able to read today at least. 💕 3mo
Emilymdxn @squirrelbrain I recommend it for sure! With trigger warnings for child abuse, abuse of sex workers and violence against transgender women, if you‘re okay with reading some dark stuff it‘s a very good book overall and the ending is definitely worth waiting for 3mo
Emilymdxn @cathipink @Suet624 thank you! I like to go through and review lists like this myself as there‘s always quite a lot of opinions flying around and I don‘t always like how the press covers shortlists and longlists so I‘ll always be here for all your prize nominated book reviewing needs! 3mo
Emilymdxn @Megabooks thank you! That‘s 8/28 for this round of the project as of today! 3mo
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Emilymdxn
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Hello all. I‘m off work sick with some kind of virus (sore throat, headache, chest pain etc.) and I am so overwhelmingly bored. So lucky I have my books and my Litsy family when I‘m stuck inside like this 💖 I guess I‘m gonna get a lot of reading done this weekend!

TrishB Hope you‘re feeling better soon 👍🏻 3mo
DGRachel Feel better! 3mo
Trashcanman Feel better soon, and get plenty of rest. Stare out the window too. 😊🤗🤗💛💐 3mo
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Cathythoughts I hope you feel better soon 3mo
CocoReads Feel better soon! 3mo
IamIamIam Creeping Crud is the worst, especially in the summer! Feel better soon!! 3mo
julesG Feel better soon! 3mo
Megabooks Great well soon dear friend!! 3mo
Crazeedi Sending healing vibes!!❤ 3mo
Butterfinger Hope you feel better soon. 3mo
Jas16 Hope you feel better soon 3mo
Balibee146 Hope you feel better soon 3mo
sudi Feel better 💗 3mo
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AnneCecilie
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Ready to start my second book from the Booker Longlist.

I‘ve never read her before, but I‘ve seen her other books around, so I‘m glad I finally get around to reading her.

Emilymdxn I‘m really looking forward to this one! 4mo
Nute Can‘t wait to read this! I‘m curious about your thoughts on it. 3mo
AnneCecilie @Nute I‘ve already reviewed this book on Litsy, if you want to know what I think. To sum it up: I enjoyed this, but not sure if I want to see it on the Booker Shortlist. I will also read books from her backlist in the future. 3mo
AnneCecilie @Emilymdxn It‘s definitely something to look forward to 😊 3mo
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Redheadrambles
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book 3/13 from the 2019 Booker longlist and I keep being delighted ! ( my luck is going to run out eventually). I have never read Shafak before but I certainly will be seeking out more of her novels. Leila‘s story is a sad one but it is told with such love and humanity. I got a real taste of the complexities of Istanbul- it‘s history and diverse people. I doubt the prose is the strongest on the list but it might be the most “readable”

BarbaraBB Great review. It sounds promising. 4mo
Redwritinghood I‘m looking forward to this one. I‘ll read it if my BD order ever gets here. 🙄 4mo
mklong I‘m reading this one now and loving it so far! 4mo
Redheadrambles @mklong yes ! I think it‘s rather endearing on many levels 4mo
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TheEllieMo
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4 library books and one purchase! The Elif Shafak is a signed copy.

#BookHaul

Clwojick There's been so many times that i've come close to checking out The Anatomy of Murder from the library. I love the cover. 4mo
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Mishu94
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I didn‘t check any reviews for this one, I randomly picked it up at the shop since it was in the new arrivals! I really hope it turns out to be good! 🤭

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Tashreads
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Cover appreciation time 😍😍😍

Megabooks Yup! 5mo
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