[Updates: 22 January 2007]
We are set for late March departure for Istanbul. Currently looking for a good digital camera so that I can upload the pretty pictures for this blog. Istanbul is a city that has filled my imagination for many years. Now that I am really going to visit the old city, it's a little unreal.
Currently reading a proofcopy of Elif Shafak's The Bastard of Istanbul.
I'll be putting most of my readings on hold for the moment as I am in the process of researching and planning a trip to Istanbul. I'll probably be reading a lot of travel guides instead, although I may read some Turkish literature to get in the mood. If I do find something interesting to share, I'll post it here.
Meanwhile, If anyone has any advice or recommendations (budget, please. I'm poor) for travelling in Istanbul, please feel free to drop it in the comment.
My Turkish Reading List:
- DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: Istanbul
- Lonely Planet Turkey
- Let's Go Turkey
- Imperial Istanbul: A Traveller's Guide by Jane Taylor
- Portrait of a Turkish Family by Irfan Orga
- The Lycian Shore by Freya Stark
- Death In Troy by Bilge Karasu
- The Garden of Departed Cats by Bilge Karasu
- My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk
- The Gaze by Elif Shafak
- The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak
- Byzantium: The Early Centuries by John Julius Norwich
- Byzantium: The Apogee by John Julius Norwich
- Byzantium: The Decline and Fall by John Julius Norwich
- Istanbul: The Imperial City by John Freely
- Byzantium: The Bridge from Antiquity to the Middle Ages by Michael Angold
- Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire by Jason Goodwin
- The Janissary Tree: A Novel by Jason Goodwin
- Memed, My Hawk by Yasar Kemal
- Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk
Hmmm...in the course of my life, I seem to have accumulated a number of books on the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Some I've read, some I have not. I'll just list them anyway, in case anyone is interested.