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3/22/10 5:22 A

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I am reading THE SHACK ....its intriguing, engaging...an excellent read!

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8/3/09 3:40 A

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Read A Thousand Splendid Suns!!!! Wow!!!! Sure makes me appreciate my marriage to a sensible Turkish man and my life here in this sensible islamic country...I highly recommend this book to you by Khaled Hosseini...

Am working on The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde...its a strange bit of scifi with a bit of jane eyre notations...dont like it much but want to say that i read it....

I enjoyed jane eyre very much...cant imagine why i never read that classic before...would like to read all of the bronte sisters' works someday..

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4/12/09 9:15 A

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Finished the trilogy about 3 sisters who just happen to be witches....nice ending just as i expected..

Now I am reading Amanda Quick...The Paid Companion...another one of those fast paperbacks..that never ever reflect the reality of man woman relationships...

I am looking forward to finding some really good reading material...something with substance and make one think about life differently...

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3/27/09 9:59 A

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I thought I had sent a reply to this..dear me...thats what happens when I try to rush things before going to work....

I totally agree with Rita....keep in mind our 'if we had it to do agains' ...this is experience at two different time periods....one when Turkey didnt have a whole lot of the conveniences and later when it had just about anything you could ever want or need...

leave the electronics at home...bring the board games and special knick knacks that personalize your home and go visit the city library and garage sales for those fantastic books...try to get a range of books to suit your boys ages as they grow....

ahh ahhh ahhh how i wish that we had had all this advice when i moved here some 26 years ago....

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3/24/09 5:15 P

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When we moved from Canada we got a container and filled it up with everything we could think of, washer, dryer, furniture, even my kitchen aid mixer, I wasn't going to leave that behind. We had to buy transformers for them. Books and the kids games and toys.
It took a month to get them here. and 2 weeks to get them cleared through customs. One thing we didn't do that if I know, we would have. Label everything on the boxes you bring. They wanted to know every little item you had in each and every box. It would have been a lot faster if we did. (so they say) In the end we had to call in a favor, from a friend to finally release our thing. But of course, not until we gave the inspector a new barbecue that was still in it's box.

If I had to do it all again:
Forget the washer and dryer they have them here and they work better, and more energy e. anything electrical, just better of to buy it here. I did bring my sewing machine too, but I find even with the transformer it just doesn't work the same.

I would really recommend that your bring anything the kids would need if there still small (not sure wants there ages) but things like car seats, high chairs, stroller etc. are very expensive over here.




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3/24/09 3:56 P

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We move a lot and live very simply. I don't really care about furniture and most household stuff. Our house in Turkey has most of what we need furniture and household items from when we lived there before. I only took a few books before because we weren't planning on staying- it was just suppose to be a visit..lol. This time I definitely plan on taking a lot of books, my sewing machine, my scale, clothes, toys- including a huge Brio train table and a few kitchen items. If anyone knows of a cheap shipping company I would love to know about it.


Tani- Exchanging books sounds like a great idea!

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3/24/09 12:24 P

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Well when we moved here the first time (1983) we spent 4000 dollars shipping all of our worldly possessions including a giant washer and dryer..every childhood knickknack and alllll of our books....this was a company out of san francisco and it took about 3-4 months to reach us....that is one memory i do not conjur up too often...my guess is that a small crate will be much easier and whatever you spend will not be regretted..it sounds like you are much like my husband and I ....books are our life!!!

You know what I am thinking....what great fun we could have swapping books between all of us who live here in Turkey...shipping doesnt cost very much here and it would be like christmas :)

gotta gooo


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3/24/09 11:18 A

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Actually, I'll be living in a tiny town called Zeytinli, which is on the West coast, very close to Akcay. It is about a 9 hour drive from Antalya. That is much too long a distance for me to go to a bookstore. Istanbul is closer to me. However, it is about 8 hours driving, and that is still very far to go for books. Also, when I was living in Turkey before I noticed that English bookstores don't tend to sell the types of books I enjoy. The bookstores I went to seemed to sell the most popular books, and that isn't what I usually read.

About the electronic books- I don't know about the other brands but I know that the one Amazon makes- the Kindle- its wireless feature for getting books only works in the US. I know that Kindle has the biggest selection of ebooks. I do hope that they come out with a better version and one that will work internationally as well.

I think it is great that your kids are getting more interested in books. My sons love books. I think they see me reading constantly. I guess it is 'like mother like sons' for them. I am thrilled because it is one of my biggest passions. My favorite place to go is the library.

I can't wait to get to Turkey. I am so very excited about this trip. I am trying to figure out what I can take with me and what isn't worth packing.


Tani- What company did you use to ship your books? How expensive was it? Do they go by weight? Also, I wondered if you order anything online how much more expensive is it to have it shipped to Turkey?

De Anna



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3/24/09 5:06 A

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Deanna don't worry you'll be close to Antalya they have books store with English books. or what about the online books you can download, if you read a lot I think it would be worth to buy one of those electronic books you can download all the books you want.

I do read a lot online I find nothing much lately though. although I have been rereading the V.C Andrews lately, with the kids. so happy to see them getting in to the books, I read when I was there age.

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3/12/09 5:03 P

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Deanna bring your library with you!!!!! I have never regretted the extra cost of shipping our precious books as I had no access whatsoever to paperbacks when I first came...and you wont find decent diet books here in english that is....we do have a 3 floor pasaj that sells nothing but used books so on rare occassions you can find good reading but you will have to come to Ankara for it...btw i too tend to read 2 or 3 books at the same time lol..

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I have never read anything by Nora Roberts. I always see them in the store. Now I am going to check her books out at the library. I will truly miss NY libraries when we move back to Turkey.

I am currently reading 'I'm Not the New Me' by Wendy McClure. It is hilarious and so honest. It is a memoir based on the author's experiences with Weight Watchers and creating a Web site to document and rant about her life, body image and losing weight. The book includes a mix of e-mails from fans writing into her site, sad tales of her online dating experiences and childhood memories.
Her website is Poundy.com and she became more famous for some old 1974 Weight Watchers recipe cards that are beyond funny. She even now has a book displaying all of the old cards.

I am also reading two other books (I am always reading at least 3-4 books at a time- usually non-fiction), 'The Rules of "Normal" Eating: A Commonsense Approach for Dieters, Overeaters, Undereaters, Emotional Eaters, and Everyone in Between!' by Karen R. Koenig and 'Shrink Yourself: Break Free from Emotional Eating Forever' by Roger Gould. Both books are great and have so many insights on my food, weight and body issues. These books really make me think about why I do what I do and how there are much better ways to approach food and feelings.

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3/12/09 4:59 A

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Ok all you bookworms...how about telling us what you are reading...

I am on Nora Roberts second book of the Three Sisters Trilogy called Heaven and Earth...brought these back from my mothers house...they could become addictive...

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