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A book giveaway

For the first time in my life, I have a salary (scholarship) that lets me save enough money to buy books. In my previous life as a broke student, book buying was a luxury that I couldn’t afford. 340 more words

A constellation of vital phenomena: Anthony Marra

First line: On the morning after the Feds burned down her house and took her father, Havaa woke from dreams of sea anemones.

Last line: … had found in that name an immense, spinning joy… 466 more words

The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Stephen Chobsky

Until the movie adaptation of this book came out, wallflower was a word I did not know existed in the English language. That moment I felt a sort of relief that I had previously only experienced on Friday evenings when I shut my work computer down and happily stare at the two lazy weekend days ahead. 349 more words

The Bastard of Istanbul: Elif Shafak

This book holds a special place in the literary world, for the first time in the history of fiction, a writer was taken to court for dialogues a fictional character said in a book. 460 more words

The wind-up bird chronicle: Haruki Murakami

First line: When the phone rang I was in the kitchen, boiling a potful of spaghetti and whistling along with an FM broadcast of the overture to Rossin’s… 564 more words

The Blindfold: Siri Hustvedt

First line: Sometimes even now I think I see him in the street or standing in a window or bent over a book in a coffee shop… 412 more words

Reasons to stay alive: Matt Haig

You know the episode of FRIENDS where Pheobe seems to run into a guy wherever she goes? I have a similar story to tell. This book seemed to be everywhere, in the display windows of bookshops, the favorite shelf of my friends on Goodreads and of course the 1048 pop ups that amazon was kind enough to rub on my face simply because I made the mistake of checking the price of this particular book once in the last century. 372 more words