With busy lives, it becomes even more difficult to take out time to read. But read I do, holiday, transit during traveling in metros or during long drives. Since I have considerably reduced the books I review I thought it was only fair to put out some of the reads I picked up but never really got a chance to review them. This post is not just about those books but this is about Elif Safak, how I stumbled on one of her books and then fell deeply in love, not just with her writing but about Turkey. There is something that makes you just fall in love with her characters, they are balanced, relatable with deep back history that make them very rounded.
Forty rules of love: This was my very first book of hers. I stumbled upon her book in full circle bookstore in Khan Market, I’d have to credit the bookstore which is one of the few which prided themselves of storing books from all parts of the world rich in culture and critically acclaimed across the world. Thus I picked the book and kept reading till I could read no more; just like that I finished the book in less than 24 hours on a work week. Because I had read Rumi before in college so I had a good context. It is through Shams of Tabriz and Rumi which got featured in Sweet Blasphemy which was being reviewed by Ella; that we come across the forty rules of love. This has been very layered and was not an easy first read but the book is captivating till the end.
Other books of hers I have come to love, that you must pick up are:
The architects apprentice
The three daughters of eve
The bastards of Istanbul
This book and the others mentioned above are from personal collection.