Top Ten Tuesday: Turkiye

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

July 19: Ten Books Set Outside The US (I don’t know about you but sooo much of what I read is set in the US and I love finding new recs of stuff set outside of it!)

I agree with The Broke and The bookish in that most of the books I read take place primarily in the United states.  After that I would have to say Australia, Canada, England all speakers of English.  I do occasionally read books set in other locations and even other worlds, but not often…  With the recent coup and terrorist attacks in Turkey however it has been on my mind.  Having been there eight times I always love stories set there as it is a chance to revisit this country I love.  So for this week’s list I am going to pick stories set in Turkey that I have not read yet.  Why? Because with all the recent turmoil it is looking like my husband and I might not be able to return any time soon, so I am going to pick books I want to read in order to keep Turkiye in my heart. Another caveat that I am going to include is these need to be books I actually want to read, not too far from my usual reading taste.  I am not going to pick a book just because it is set in Turkey.  In other words, sorry Orhan Pamuk, I know you are a favorite Nobel winning Turkish author but I find your books boring…

Ten books set in Turkey that I want to read.

  1. Love in Exile (Turkish Author) I’ve read Last Train to Istanbul by this author and this looks to be another enjoyable story set a few years earlier.  Some of the premise is similar, but I see the names of the characters are different.  This story is about two young Turks, one Muslim one Christian, kind of star-crossed lovers sort of story inspired by her own family’s history.
  2. Secrets of a Summer Village This looks to be an interesting coming-of-age novel set one summer in Turkey.  It would be interesting to see the Turkish culture through the eyes of someone who has never been.
  3. A Different Kind of Devil I did not realize this was a short story and limited to kindle at that…. It still looks interesting, but I will probably never get around to is as I do not buy books limited to Amazon.  Oh well.
  4. The Kiss Murder (Turkish Author)  This is the first book in the Hop-Çiki-Yaya series of which I have the second book already on my to-read bookcase at home.  My husband picked it up in an indie bookstore and thought it was okay.  I also thought it looked interesting but want to read book one first.  So guess what book five will be…
  5. The Prophet Murders (Turkish Author) This is book number two in the series and is a Turkish detective series where the protagonist is a transvestite night club owner.  These books sound like a hoot and Sel (husband) said the action was good too.
  6. Defender (Dark Ops, #1) Romantic suspense set in Turkey, sure why not…
  7. The Sultan's Seal (Kamil Pasha, #1) This one I’m on the fence about it is a historical fiction but also a mystery.  Okay reviews but quite frankly I was searching pretty far and wide to find stories set in Turkey, so if I come across this one I might pick it up.
  8. Zifir(Turkish Author)  I have a sinking suspicion this book is only available in Turkish and in Turkey.  Still if it is ever translated I will definitely be there to pick up a copy as it sounds really good.
  9. A Place Called Armageddon This was one fo the Nook Free Friday downloads back when I first got my nook.  I downloaded it because it was set in Turkey or what is now Turkey.  Looks like it could be a good read.
  10. The Dervish I love the cover of this book with all the caligraphy.  I must confess this was the last book I found that even remotely looked like one I might actually read.  Another historical fiction set around the time of the formation of Turkey.

Well there you have it some of the books I want to read that are set in Turkey.  I will include a goodreads link list after this of the titles I have already read that are set there.  If you know of any other tales set in Turkey, that have been translated…) feel free to leave the suggestion in the comments.

Already read: Last Train to Istanbul, Inferno, Anatolian Days and Nights (NF), My Name is Memory, The Oracle of Stamboul, The bastard of Istanbul

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