Top Ten Tuesday: Have book will travel

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

June 12: Books That Awaken the Travel Bug In Me

I imagine we have done variations on the travel topic for TTT in the past.  Not feeling very creative today,  I’m trying to finish up an audiobook, I’ve decided to pick two locations that I enjoy visiting and share the books that make me long for those locations.  I’ve visited Turkey and Chicago the most so I’ll try to find five for each.

Ten books that make me long for…

  1. Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses, and Saints Turkey: This is a non-fiction book about the author’s summer spent in Turkey.  It was an interesting and fairly good example of travel in Turkey a few years ago.  With the current government and war raging in Syria I cannot recommend going their anytime soon.  I suggest living vicariously through books like this one.
  2.  Indemnity Only (V.I. Warshawski, #1) Chicago:  If you have ever seen the movie V.I. Warshawski this is the book series the movie was based upon.  I enjoyed the series before moving onto paranormal books.  Set in Chicago these books were a lot of fun to read as V.I. took us around the city.  I always suggest them to fans of the city.
  3. The Bastard of Istanbul Turkey: Such a beautiful cover featuring the traditional Turkish tile. This is written by a Turkish author who does a great job of capturing the city in which she lives.  Also, a little bit of the controversy between Turks and the Armenian minority of the country.
  4.  The Time Traveler's Wife Chicago:  I’ve mentioned this book many times in my TTT lists.  Another reason I enjoy the story is that it takes place in Chicago and features many of the landmarks that I am familiar with.
  5. My Name Is Memory Turkey:  This is a time-travel reincarnation story that includes several locations in Turkey as its plot unfolds.
  6. Something About You (FBI/US Attorney, #1) Chicago: Not the typical type of romance story that I pick up but I was in need of an audiobook one week and saw that this one takes place in Chicago.
  7. The Oracle of Stamboul Turkey: a beautiful historical book set in Istanbul that sweeps one away to the age of sultans in a city that was the crossroads of civilization.  It was a wonderful way to explore the streets of Stamboul.
  8. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Chicago:  Probably my favorite series set in Chicago!  Love this one so much that I’ve made plans to visit some of the locations and food mentioned by the author.
  9. Cybele's Secret (Wildwood, #2) Turkey:  This is another historical book set in Istanbul but also takes us to a region of Turkey I’ve never been to.  The Black Sea coast was never up on my list of must-see in Turkey but this book makes me think it might be worth a trip.
  10. When Darkness Comes (Guardians of Eternity, #1) Chicago:  This was another paranormal romance/urban fantasy series set in Chicago with some other areas around the mid-west featured as well.

Another week another list.  What books set in locations you’ve been to have you read?  Share in the comments.


Monday Morning Question: Besides reading?


Good Monday morning everyone,  I hope you all had a great weekend and got in more reading than I.  Saturday was spent at work with the afternoon in the cities on the weekly shopping trip, where I made a stop at one of their libraries and opened yet another account.  I’m now the proud  holder of four library cards!  My newest library is part of a major library system in the area, so it means I can now check out at multiple libraries and have access to almost anything I want to read.  I’m excited and can’t wait till I have more time to explore what they have in the stacks.  Sunday was another quick trip to a different town as my husband had a bit of cabin fever and wanted to get out of the house.  We hit a local Goodwill and Wal-Mart where I went a little crazy with the discounted bulbs and spent the rest of my day planting 50 new lilies.  Hello my name is Amy and I cannot pass up cheap plants.  This got me thinking about my other hobbies and I thought I would ask you all:

What other hobbies and/or past times do you have besides reading?

So share in the comments, or better yet write-up your own blog post with pictures and leave the link in the comments so everyone can see what passions you have beyond books!

Now time for me to share, or rather over-share/brag , what I enjoy doing when I’m not lost in my current read.

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Well I thought that might be a fun way to get to know me better and see what takes up my time when I’m not reading.  I hope you enjoyed the pictures and I would love to see posts about what else you are passionate about besides reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Read book will travel!


Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share: October 14: Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit (whether fictional or real).  I’m going to try to select places that I have not been to before.  So for instance Dan Brown’s Inferno takes place in Istanbul, in part, so I’m going to leave that one off my list even though I plan to go back and visit the locations in the book.

10 Places I want to visit thanks to books I’ve read:

Real Locations

  1. New Orleans:  Many, many paranormal series, including my favorite Dark-Hunter world are based in New Orleans.  Because of that I have had this city on my to-visit list for some time and it was a toss-up between there and Minnesota for my 40th b-day vacation pick.  I went with Minnesota mainly cause I didn’t want to visit the South in August….  Some fine spring or autumn I am going to talk my husband into visiting this city and I can scope out all the places Ash, Nick and the rest of the Dark-Hunters call home.
  2. Washington State:  Don’t shoot me, but I liked Twilight.  I credit it with opening up the world of paranormal books to me.  I also like trees and nature and the locations described in the book appealed to me, so someday I hope to visit.  Also helps that I have a friend from College that lives out there that I wouldn’t mind seeing too.
  3. Italy: This country has been on my list since college (former art major), but reading Dan Brown’s books and some paranormal ones too have given me some locations I definitely don’t want to miss.
  4. England: Much of The Discovery of Witches or All Soul’s Trilogy was set in this country.  I especially want to visit Oxford’s Bodleian library where Diana and Matthew met.  The whole Harry Potter series being set there is another reason that country made my list too.
  5. New York City:  Much of the Blue Blood’s series was set here along with some other series.  It would be fun to visit this city at least once and imagine the worlds I’ve only been able to picture in my head.

Fictional Locations

  1. Hogwarts:  I know this one is going to make plenty of lists, so why not add it to mine too.  It would be so much fun just to explore the campus of this magical school.
  2. Ichidian Universe:  This is the universe where Kenyon’s League series is set.  Now I don’t want to visit it during a war-time, but this would be a very cool place to see if it was real.
  3. Atlantis God Realm:  Didn’t know the name of this and couldn’t find it when I Googled, but basically the place where Acheron and Styxx call home in the Dark-Hunter world.
  4. The Galaxy:  As in the world or universe created in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  The books are so outrageous and crazy that it might be fun to visit.
  5. The Ever-After:  This is the demon realm in The Hollows series.  Now Al was my favorite character in that world and I think it would have been fun to explore that dimension if you were powerful enough to stay safe.

There you have my list.  Look forward to reading your travel destinations.

Throwback Thursday Review: Anatolian Days and Nights


Welcome to another addition to my blog meme, Throwback Thursday Review.  This is where I take a book that I reviewed on Goodreads before my blog and share it with you.  Today I decided to pick another non-fiction title that I read last year; Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses and Saints by Joy Stocke and Angie Brenner.  (Alright authors, can we please keep titles to 5 words or less…thank you)  I read this book as a part of my attempt to branch out into other types of books while staying firmly within my comfort zone.  I picked this one because I LOVE Turkey.  I have been to the country 7 maybe 8 times and still dream of owning a home in a small Mediterranean community along the Southern coast.  Someplace where we could grow jasmine and pomegranates in our yard and take a dolmuş to the beach on the weekends.  I am a little bias of course,  my husband is a Turk from Bulgaria and we have family that live in Turkey.  However, Istanbul was voted #1 Traveler’s Choice destination for 2014 over on Trip Advisor, so I’m not the only one with a soft spot for the country.  If you ever get the opportunity to go to Turkey, take it,  it is an amazing country and I am always so disappointed that I don’t see many American’s, outside of Istanbul, when we visit.

Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses, and Saints

Book’s synopsis over on Goodreads

Read from March 04 to 10, 2013

This book was an enjoyable read for me, and probably meant more to me than to someone who has never been to Turkey. You can tell these ladies loved Turkey and they did a good job of showing the good along with the bad of Turkish Culture. Turkey and Turks are not perfect, but the country is what it is, a clash of old and new, east and west, and is a wonderful place to fall in love with…if you can accept its good along with its bad. You also need to remember that the Turkish Republic is itself a young country, still under 100 years. In those 100 years the world, society, and technology has changed a lot and in my opinion Turkey has handled it all remarkably well. It truly is a shining example of what a country from this part of the world that, while secular in governing, is an Islamic country. They should be proud of what they have accomplished as they continue to grow and figure out how the past and future have a place within its boarders. This book made me long for Turkey as I have now discovered places that I now want to visit and see for myself. The authors have reaffirmed, thou, my decision that I never want to experience a Turkish bath.