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Summary of 2009

01. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
I went to Vienna and Rome

02. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't have any


03. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No

04. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

05. What countries did you visit?
Italy, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria

06. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
A bachelor degree and a nice job

07. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
25th March as I see the beautiful Rome that day

08. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I started to shoot my documentary

09. What was your biggest failure?
I could definetly do a better job organizing the shooting

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I broke my sacrum

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A brand-new Apple MacBook Pro

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My mother

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
The guy I shoot the documentary about

14. Where did most of your money go?
cigarettes

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Rome

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Amoureuse- Carla Bruni

17. Compared to this time last year, you are:
more stressed but less depressive

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Reading and shooting

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Spending time with tv and internet

20. How will you be spending/did you spend Christmas?
I don't celevrate Chrismas

21. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?
I spent it with my father's family watching Australia and drinking wine

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Nope:(

24. What was your favourite TV program(s)?
True Blood!!!

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Some of my professors at the university

26. What was the best book you read?
The House of Spirits, Isabel Allende

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Carla Bruni

28. What did you want and get?
macbook

29. What did you want and not get?
my documentary done

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Slumdog Millionaire

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 24 and celebrated it with a couple of friends

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
being able to shoot what I have in mind

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
gray,brown and this was the year I fed up and quit jeans

34. What kept you sane?
I have no idea

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I can't think of anyone

35. What was your favourite video game of the year?
Sims

36. Who has made the most cameos in your dreams this year?
no one special

37. Who did you miss?
My granma

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I can't think of anyone

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
Everything that can go wrong will go wrong

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

Books I Read List- Whole Year

I feel that this was a good year for me and my books. I read several modern goddesses of mine and spiced it up with the new favorite Sookie Stackhouse Novels and Poppy Z. Brite. But the best book of this year award goes to...... House of Spirits of Isabel Allende!!!!

JANUARY

-Lost Souls-Poppy Z. Brite: I finally found a cheap copy in e-bay and bought it, it was very good, but i still liked Drawing Blood better.

FEBRUARY

-Oncesi Ve Sonrasi(Before and After):
Actually this is the second book that the wife of my mother wrote. Not bad, but not very good eaither to tell you the thruth, and it is not because I love my mom better:P -

Yesil Elmalar (Green Apples)- Nazım Hikmet: I don't know what to think about this book, Nazım Hikmet usually writes in social realism, but this book was a pulp fiction of American cheesy adventure, diamond mins in Australia, Second World War, Film Noir... It was interesting, that's for sure.
-

Esir Şehrin Insanlari-Kemal Tahir:
A triology about the Independence War years' Istanbul. Very good story with very powerful authoring, I was really fascinated by these books.

-Esir Şehrin Mahpusu- Kemal Tahir


MARCH


-Yol Ayrimi- Kemal Tahir -

The Spirit of Houses- Isabel Allende:
I wanted to read something by Allende for years and this books was on my list, but I could never start with it until now. I now see that this was a big mistake. Someone said on the back of the book that she was almost as good as Marquez, but I personally think that she is far more better. 'A 100 years of solitude' is one of the best books written, but I'm constantly disappointed with other Marquez books (I still didn't read Love at the time of cholera though, maybe it will be as good). Well, back to Allende, the Spirit of Houses' story both embraces Chili's political history, with a powerful, magical spider web structure of storytelling. I'm completely fascinated by Latin America literature.

APRIL

Cronica de una muerta anunciada (I cannot find theEnglish Title)-Gabriel-Garcia Marquez:
This Marquez book was better than my melancholic whores in my opinion, but not half as good as A Hundred Years of Solitude

MAY

Persuasion-Jane Austen:
Fun to read, but it felt more like a romance if you ask me.

La Vie est Ailleurs (The Life is Somewhere Else)- Milan Kundera: What can I say about Kundera? He is a genious and I particularily appreciate his characters. They are complicated, shallow, living, breathing human beings that fascinate me.

Mrs. Dalloway- Virginia Woolf: I wanted to read this book for ages too, but I was obsessed with reading it in English. Every other Woolf book, you can find in english in Istanbul, but Mrs. Dalloway, nooo. I searched all the bookstores that sells english books periodically every 3-4 months, but I finally found it in Budapest. It was poetic really. As always, I didn't bring enough books to a vacation, so I was desperately looking to find an english book. There was only one mall that I knew in Budapest, I went there, there was a big bookstore. And Mrs. Dalloway was just sitting at the top of English books. Isn't it magical?


JUNE


Making Documentary Filmd and Videos


Ariel- Sylvia Plath:
I finally ordered a copy in English from Amazon. It was very important for me to get a revised copy where the editor put the poems that exactly Plath puts in the manuscript (that means that not the book that his cheating husband Ted Hudges found the liberty to cancel some poems and change the order after her death). I did better, I found a manuscript facsimile copy, which also have scanned versions of the manuscripts with the notes and editions she hand-made. Wohooo

JULY


Yüksek Topuklar (High Heels)-Murathan Mungan: They make a big fuss about this Turkish  writer that I don't get. This is the second book I read by him, and this wasn't worth the time. I didn't like a single thing about the book.

Dead Until Dark-Charlaine Harris: 
So what, I want to read some pulp fiction. What better series that originate True Blood:)

Living Dead in Dallas-Charlaine Harris

AUGUST

Club Dead-Charlaine Harris -Dead to the World-Charlaine Harris:
So ok, I didn't only want to read one pulp novwl, but four. They are good, so, who cares?

Preparation du Roman (Preparation of a Novel)-Roland Barthes:
:This book is Barthes' lectures that he gave in  one university semester. His thoughts are as always really fascinating, but he talks about anything but preparing a novel. He founds the novel the opposite of a haiku (which he calls notes) and he tries to find a way to turn this notes into a novel (he didn't find a way at the end). The problem is that he was trying to wrtie a novel at the moment, but all he could do is to take notes (quiet like me, actually). Fascinating ideas though.

Madame Bovary- Flaubert: I found a french second hand copy of this by chance and eventhough my french is rusty ( I didn't read in french for ages), I wanted to read this in its original language. Work still in progress, I will just say what Barthes said about it :"Words was what Emma lived for and word was why she died". I don't know about her death yet, but I found the idea very accurate so far.


September

Haunted, Tales of the Grotesque- Joyce Carol Oates: 
I loved some of her stories a lot, she definitely knows what stresses a woman

Mansfield Park-Jane Austen:
I :heart: Austen:) Jacob's Room-Virginia Woolf: I am usually a good Woolf reader, but to tell you the truth, I can't follow this book, what was it about again?

October:

Desert Flower- Waris Dirie:
The book was a biography of a top model originally from Somalia and who had to endure the awful crime called female genital mutilation. The style and writing of the book didn't impress me much, but her life sure did. They also did a film about her by the same name, but I didn't see it yet.

Anayurt Oteli- Yusuf Atılgan: This is a great Turkish novel that I meant to read for years, but just could find the occassion. Great as I hoped.

Güle Güle Günsarı (Farewell Gunsary)-Chingiz Aitmatov: Aitmatov is a very important writer in the Soviet area of the 60-70's. He has a very unique style, closely linked to the pastoral literary tradition and although it was at times a little bit hard to read, impressed me a lot.

Aşk Artık Burada Oturmuyor (Love Doesn't Live Here Anymore)- Nazlı Eray:
Cute, short novel. But didn't impress me as much as her other books to tell you the thruth.

Kan Konuşmaz (Blood Doesn't Talk)- Nazım Hikmet:
Don't let the title frighten you, it is a great book passed in the First World War in Istanbul. It focuses on people and the philosopical and political tendences of the time and Hikmet's style is as good as humorous as always.

NOVEMBER

Bruno's Dream- Iris Murdoch:
Iris Murdoch was also a writer that I've been meaning to read for years and I chosed this book to begin because of my fascination with the realm of dreams. It was a very good book, philosophical at times, mysterious and romantic at others.

DECEMBER

Dead as a Doornail -Charlaine Harris:
It's time for another Sookie Stackhouse novel. Oh, yeah!

Definetely Dead- Charlaine Harris
: The books are great and all, but this thing she does with the titles starts to bore me to hell!

BOOKS READ THIS YEAR: 31

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ankara

I'm leaving for Ankara tomorrow, not that I want to, in fact that's one of the last things I want to do, since I also have a terrible flu and tons of work to do for the uni. But, hey, at least I will see kill_the_onions . It's been a long while...

My stupid stupid puppy got bitten by a big dog last night:( My father never took the leach when they wander around and he just sit in a cafe drinking tea, while my stupid stupid puppy go around and come back. I always say him not to, but he does it anyway. But last night, apparently he got bitten and the weird thing is he acted so normal that no one noticed it until the morning (I wasn't around, if I was, I would see it in a minute:P). The bites are bad, especially in his neck, but since he has long hair, the scars are not visible. He is all in bandages now, weak with antibiotics and painkillers:(((((

Books of September

September

Haunted, Tales of the Grotesque- Joyce Carol Oates: 
I loved some of her stories a lot, she definitely knows what stresses a woman

Mansfield Park-Jane Austen: I :heart: Austen:)

Jacob's Room-Virginia Woolf: I am usually a good Woolf reader, but to tell you the truth, I can't follow this book, what was it about again?

BOOKS READ SO FAR: 22


bratislava,modra,vienna...

Broadcasting from the workshop in Modra....
Last Sunday I went after a 12 hour flying and transfering and waiting in between (we stopped at prague, which is one of the cities I wanted to see more and I could only see the airport:( ) we arrived to Modra. It is a small empty and boring village near Bratislava (but not very near so you can go to  Bratislava at the evening). The hotel is comme-ci comme-ça. The workshop this time is about marketing and selling films which doesn't interest me much, so it wasn't the best time I had or anything. And I have to also add that I'm not in love with Slovak people.

At last on Wednesday, we decided that we got bored enough and escaped to Vienna for a day. As you may know, Bratislava and Vienna is the two closest capitals in the world and it only takes 50 minutes with the train (which is less then what I have to take everyday to go to university.) Hurray!!!!

We just couldn't find any hostel rooms at the last minute so we stayed at a private room. Vienna is a wonderful, breath-taking city. Also the people are usually very very cool -and the guys very very handsome!-. I realized that I missed German and the German culture and the Austrians were even better then Germans. It seemed to be that (weirdly) Austrian culture is somehow in between of Italian and German culture (or blond Italians)- good combination.

So we arrived to Vienna at 8 o'clock and tried for a long time to find the hostel (we didn't have a map you see, and people kept telling us the direction of a wrong hostel). At the end 2 guys (tourists) asked us a place and I asked them where the hostel is. Luckily they were from the hostel, but the problem was that (I didn't realize it but the girls keep giving me signs and all) we were standing in front of a revue place at the whole time and apparently a car stopped when it saw us and there were 4 men in it looking at us:P The tourist guy opening his wallet to show me the map didn't help either:P At last, we found the hostel without any crazy adventure.

After leaving our staff to the hostel we decided to go out to eat and then apparently we decided took  all the way to the end Vienna, we ended up in the river near midnight. We saw a lot of stuff though, and found a cool place in the river with an artifical beach and drank a beer and went back to sleep.
The next day we first saw Belvedere, then almost everything else in the city, except for the castle outside the city. Vienna is a gorgeous city, especially St. Stephen's Cathedral took my breath away (I literally had to sit for a minute when I saw the inside). We ate huge schnitzels. At 5 o'clock my legs were killing me, but I really wanted to buy my brother something Mozart as he is a Mozart freak and really should have born in Vienna instead of Istanbul. The thing I didn't realize at the time was that I needed to walk for 1 hour to find it and then 1 hour back... I was exhausted, but happy to be able to but him a chocolate box set with a coffee mug. I sit at a Starbucks and while drinking my coffee, the mug fell down:(((((( Only the handle was broken, but still I am very sorry about it.

(now broadcasting from Istanbul).

Anyway the real adventure started after returning to Bratislava. It was 9 when we took the bus to Modra, but we three idiot girls missed the stop and it was the last bus. So the bus left us in the text city, in a deserted bus station, literally in the middle of nowhere (oops). We asked a taxi driver how much would it cost us to go to the hotel, and of course, he didn't know any english and my friends said that he asked 300 euros!. Well we said, maybe we can sleep at the bus station, or maybe not, because we would probably found dead in the morning (did you see the film 'Hostel'? It was in Bratislava!). Then we decided to ask a taxidriver for a hotel to stay, he was weirdly friendly and knew german, so I could communicate with him (I thanked God so many times for knowing German in this city!). He said that taxi to Modra would cost 30 euros, not 300! So we went with the taxi.

The taxi ride was also scary, because we were going in the middle of no where and then the taxidriver called someone and spoke in Slovak (of course) very enthusiastically. I remember scenes from Hostel... but anyway, we managed to go back to the hotel alive. But the adventure was not over... My friend took the driver's coat by mistake thinking that it was our other friend's (which was not). When we checked out from the hotel, he still didn't came for his coat, so, mmm... okay....

The return trip was hell too, we went to the airport at 3 am in the morning, went to Prague and waited 6 hours for our flight to Istanbul:( I never imagined myself being able to sleep in an airport, but well, one must do what she must do, right?

To summarize, except from the wonderful Vienna, the trip didn't worth the effort it took.

New postcards at my postcard blog: zeynepsmailbox.blogspot.com

and

New photos at: seraphina5042.deviantart.com

or

in my blog: zsehiralti.blogspot.com

slovakia

just a quick note to say that, after 2 weeks of hell and frustration at the uni., I'm off to Bratislava for the final workshops!

My life according to Placebo

an old meme stolen from annabattista , it turned out pretty good!

Using only song names from ONE ARTIST/ BAND, cleverly answer these questions. Pass it on to people you like and include me. You can't use the band I used. Try not to repeat a song title. It's a lot harder than you think! Repost as "My Life According to (ARTIST/BAND NAME)"


Pick Your Artist: Placebo

1. Are you a male or female? Lady of the Flowers

2. Describe yourself: Evil Dildo

3. How do you feel: Passive Agressive

4. Describe where you currently live: Running up that Hill

5. If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Dream City Film Club

6. Your favorite form of transportation: Meds

7. Your best friend is: Burger Queen

8. Your favorite color is: Post Blue

9. What's the weather like:Summer's Gone

10. Favorite time of day: In the Cold light of Morning

11. If your life was a tv show, what would it be called: Where is my Mind

12. What is life to you: One of a Kind

13. Your relationships
Last: 20 years
Looking for: Waiting for the Son of Man
Have: Spite&Malice
Wouldn’t mind: Sleeping with Ghosts

14. Your fear: Scared of Girls

15.What's the best advice you have to give? Follow the Cops back Home

16.If you could change your name, you would change it to: Slackerbitch or Miss moneypenny

17.Thought for the day: I know

18: How would I like to die?Narcoleptic

19: My soul's present condition: Drowning by numbers
20: My motto: Mets ton doigt dans mon cul (hehehehehehheheheheeeeeee)

I'm updating the list. The first list was made in May. 6th, 2008 at 11:53 PM


Stolen from the meme-master, Sameen.

What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, italicize the ones you read for school, underline the ones you started but didn't finish (or are on the shelf waiting for a free week).

-red-ones are the books I read since May 6th, 2008

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
Emma
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
Middlemarch
Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula

A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
1984
Angels & Demons

Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels

Les Misérables *heart*
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Dune
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-five
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey

The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield


Total read books:30
Books read for school:4
Books left unfinished: 5
Poll #1459345 Favorite European City

What is your favorite European City? Please comment the reason.

Prague
0(0.0%)
Rome
1(50.0%)
Berlin
1(50.0%)
London
0(0.0%)
Barcelona
0(0.0%)
Istanbul
0(0.0%)
Athens
0(0.0%)
Madrid
0(0.0%)
Amsterdam
0(0.0%)
Vienna
0(0.0%)


edit:I saw that I forgot to add Paris. Feel free to vote to Paris in your comments too!

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The Books I've Read List- Whole Year

I feel that this was a good year for me and my books. I read several modern goddesses of mine and spiced it up with the new favorite Sookie Stackhouse Novels and Poppy Z. Brite. But the best book of this year award goes to...... House of Spirits of Isabel Allende!!!!

JANUARY

-Lost Souls-Poppy Z. Brite: I finally found a cheap copy in e-bay and bought it, it was very good, but i still liked Drawing Blood better.

FEBRUARY

-Oncesi Ve Sonrasi(Before and After):
Actually this is the second book that the wife of my mother wrote. Not bad, but not very good eaither to tell you the thruth, and it is not because I love my mom better:P

-Yesil Elmalar (Green Apples)- Nazım Hikmet: I don't know what to think about this book, Nazım Hikmet usually writes in social realism, but this book was a pulp fiction of American cheesy adventure, diamond mins in Australia, Second World War, Film Noir... It was interesting, that's for sure.

-Esir Şehrin Insanlari-Kemal Tahir: A triology about the Independence War years' Istanbul. Very good story with very powerful authoring, I was really fascinated by these books.

-Esir Şehrin Mahpusu- Kemal Tahir

MARCH

-Yol Ayrimi- Kemal Tahir

-The Spirit of Houses- Isabel Allende:
I wanted to read something by Allende for years and this books was on my list, but I could never start with it until now. I now see that this was a big mistake. Someone said on the back of the book that she was almost as good as Marquez, but I personally think that she is far more better. 'A 100 years of solitude' is one of the best books written, but I'm constantly disappointed with other Marquez books (I still didn't read Love at the time of cholera though, maybe it will be as good). Well, back to Allende, the Spirit of Houses' story both embraces Chili's political history, with a powerful, magical spider web structure of storytelling. I'm completely fascinated by Latin America literature.

APRIL

-Cronica de una muerta anunciada (I cannot find theEnglish Title)-Gabriel-Garcia Marquez:
This Marquez book was better than my melancholic whores in my opinion, but not half as good as A Hundred Years of Solitude.

MAY

-Persuasion-Jane Austen:
Fun to read, but it felt more like a romance if you ask me.

-La Vie est Ailleurs (The Life is Somewhere Else)- Milan Kundera: What can I say about Kundera? He is a genious and I particularily appreciate his characters. They are complicated, shallow, living, breathing human beings that fascinate me.

-Mrs. Dalloway- Virginia Woolf: I wanted to read this book for ages too, but I was obsessed with reading it in English. Every other Woolf book, you can find in english in Istanbul, but Mrs. Dalloway, nooo. I searched all the bookstores that sells english books periodically every 3-4 months, but I finally found it in Budapest. It was poetic really. As always, I didn't bring enough books to a vacation, so I was desperately looking to find an english book. There was only one mall that I knew in Budapest, I went there, there was a big bookstore. And Mrs. Dalloway was just sitting at the top of English books. Isn't it magical?

JUNE

-Making Documentary Filmd and Videos

-Ariel- Sylvia Plath: I finally ordered a copy in English from Amazon. It was very important for me to get a revised copy where the editor put the poems that exactly Plath puts in the manuscript (that means that not the book that his cheating husband Ted Hudges found the liberty to cancel some poems and change the order after her death). I did better, I found a manuscript facsimile copy, which also have scanned versions of the manuscripts with the notes and editions she hand-made. Wohooo

JULY

-Yüksek Topuklar (High Heels)-Murathan Mungan: They make a big fuss about this Turkish  writer that I don't get. This is the second book I read by him, and this wasn't worth the time. I didn't like a single thing about the book.

-Dead Until Dark-Charlaine Harris: So what, I want to read some pulp fiction. What better series that originate True Blood:)

-Living Dead in Dallas-Charlaine Harris

AUGUST


-Club Dead-Charlaine Harris

-Dead to the World-Charlaine Harris:
So ok, I didn't only want to read one pulp novwl, but four. They are good, so, who cares?

-Preparation du Roman (Preparation of a Novel)-Roland Barthes: :This book is Barthes' lectures that he gave in  one university semester. His thoughts are as always really fascinating, but he talks about anything but preparing a novel. He founds the novel the opposite of a haiku (which he calls notes) and he tries to find a way to turn this notes into a novel (he didn't find a way at the end). The problem is that he was trying to wrtie a novel at the moment, but all he could do is to take notes (quiet like me, actually). Fascinating ideas though.

-Madame Bovary- Flaubert: I found a french second hand copy of this by chance and eventhough my french is rusty ( I didn't read in french for ages), I wanted to read this in its original language. Work still in progress, I will just say what Barthes said about it :"Words was what Emma lived for and word was why she died". I don't know about her death yet, but I found the idea very accurate so far.

September

Haunted, Tales of the Grotesque- Joyce Carol Oates: 
I loved some of her stories a lot, she definitely knows what stresses a woman

Mansfield Park-Jane Austen: I :heart: Austen:)

Jacob's Room-Virginia Woolf: I am usually a good Woolf reader, but to tell you the truth, I can't follow this book, what was it about again?

October:

Desert Flower- Waris Dirie:
The book was a biography of a top model originally from Somalia and who had to endure the awful crime called female genital mutilation. The style and writing of the book didn't impress me much, but her life sure did. They also did a film about her by the same name, but I didn't see it yet.

Anayurt Oteli- Yusuf Atılgan: This is a great Turkish novel that I meant to read for years, but just could find the occassion. Great as I hoped.

Güle Güle Günsarı (Farewell Gunsary)-Chingiz Aitmatov: Aitmatov is a very important writer in the Soviet area of the 60-70's. He has a very unique style, closely linked to the pastoral literary tradition and although it was at times a little bit hard to read, impressed me a lot.

Aşk Artık Burada Oturmuyor (Love Doesn't Live Here Anymore)- Nazlı Eray: Cute, short novel. But didn't impress me as much as her other books to tell you the thruth.

Kan Konuşmaz (Blood Doesn't Talk)- Nazım Hikmet: Don't let the title frighten you, it is a great book passed in the First World War in Istanbul. It focuses on people and the philosopical and political tendences of the time and Hikmet's style is as good as humorous as always.

NOVEMBER

Bruno's Dream- Iris Murdoch:
Iris Murdoch was also a writer that I've been meaning to read for years and I chosed this book to begin because of my fascination with the realm of dreams. It was a very good book, philosophical at times, mysterious and romantic at others.

DECEMBER

Dead as a Doornail -Charlaine Harris:
It's time for another Sookie Stackhouse novel. Oh, yeah!

Definetely Dead- Charlaine Harris
: The books are great and all, but this thing she does with the titles starts to bore me to hell!



BOOKS READ THIS YEAR: 31




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