These two are by far the prettiest books I own. They sport gorgeous illustrations in rich colours with golden details, and I’m absolutely in love with the peacock pattern and flowers round the sides. I bought them earlier this year on the recommendation of my friend Lisette, who was reading The Architect’s Apprentice at the time. According to the internet (sourcing eh?) Elif Shafak is one of the best female authors of Turkey, so I bought her most famous novel The Bastard of Istanbul as well, just for good measure. I realize that I mainly read novels by Dutch, British, and American authors, so I’m really looking forward to expanding my horizon a little there. I heard the stories are very different, the first portraying a life at the palace of the Sultan in 16th century, the second narrating a family history that takes place in contemporary Istanbul. Which shall I read first?
‘The Weather Today’ is a challenge I set myself in which every day(ish) I will take a random book from my bookshelves and write a few sentences about it.