Tuesday, January 10, 2017

It's time to say Goodbye!


The semester is coming to an end, and I just wanted to let you know that this will be the last post to my blog. As a part of my Multimedia Journalism course in Bilkent University, I had the opportunity to create this blog to help people learn more about bookstores/books in Ankara. I enjoyed researching and visiting bookstores, and hope I have fulfilled and benefited my readers at the same time.

Want to say in touch?

At the meantime, you can follow me on my social media accounts where I will definitely post book reviews now and then.

Twitter: @IsraaSays_
Instagram: @Israa.gr

Listening to Audio books


Reading and listening are great ways to learn, but audio books let readers engage with books in a different way than print. You can listen to them when you're in the car, walking or exercising. It is fun because the narrator is like an actor, my favorite to listen to is Stephan Fry, reading Harry Potter. They are also easily accessible, you can download the audio book from audible.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Interview with Leena Badeea

No matter where you are geographically, you are bound to stumble upon bookstores or a cozy place to read at; reading is a universal pastime. But, have you ever wondered why do people love reading? If so, I have conducted an interview with Leena Badeea, a half Bahraini, half English, young girl who has a passion for reading fictional books asking her about hobby and the reasons why she loves reading. She has won an award in her school for reading more than 50 books in two months. By that, I decided to join her day and show you her favorite places to read.

Her top 3 favorite bookstores in Bahrain are Virgin Megastore, a global leader in retail entertainment with over 14 stores in the Middle East. Secondly, Jashanmal Bookstores, offering a wide range of books from different genres, including best-sellers, magazines, new releases and many more. Thirdly, Words Bookstore Cafe, a small neighborhood bookstore and café in Budaiya. They target a large range of customers, mothers coming in after their school run, people who wants a quiet place to read or work, teenagers wanting to study in the late afternoon, families with children on the weekend. The environment is cozy and very suitable to enjoy reading your books.

My aim of the project is to create a more cultural blog by including bookstores in Turkey as well as Bahrain. In addition, it can help people discover and learn more about the bookstore in Bahrain, encouraging them to read more.




This is the link to the video: https://vimeo.com/198535245


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Most read Genre in Bilkent


I always wondered what is the most popular book genre, so I decided to make a survey by going around campus asking Bilkenters what is their favorite genre to read and here are the results!

Word Cloud

This is a word cloud representing my blog. It is a logical arrangement of keywords within a textual content that visually describes the popular topics.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Audio Interview

Hello everyone,

Writer and professor Jennifer Reimer joined me today to chat about her experience on writing poetry and short stories, make sure to check it out!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Top Five: Favorite Books of 2016

As 2016 wraps up, I decided to share with you my favorite 5 books I read this year. (No specific order)

        1. Across The Universe by Beth Revis

The cover of this book caught my attention, which made me grab the book and start reading it. Though I must mention it's a bit misleading as the book's main plot barely includes romance. This book is about Amy, a seventeen years old girl being transported with many people as a frozen cargo on a spaceship to a new planet, destined to arrive in 300 years from take-off. but, not everything goes to plan.  As a science-fiction fan I really enjoyed the dystopian space mystery in this book.

Favorite quotes:

"I never thought about how important the sky was until I didn't have one." 

"Maybe the secrets of the stars have nothing to do with being alone."

      2. Bird Box by Josh Malerman

The world is not safe anymore, something terrifying exists and must not be seen. No one knows what it is or where it came from. Malorie, is a survivor with her two children. Blind folded all their lives, living in an abandoned house near the river. They must escape to a place where they might be safe. In this horrifying book, we join Malorie's experience as she tries to move. The best thing about this book is that, it shows horror, not by describing images, but by describing sounds as the characters are being blindfolded most of the time. I find this a creative choice made by the author. 

Favorite quotes:

“How can she expect her children to dream as big as the stars if they can't lift their heads to gaze upon them?”

“It's better to face madness with a plan than to sit still and let it take you in pieces.”

3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This book is everything I ever wanted; it's a combination of fairy tale and science fiction. If you're interested in seeing wires sticking out of your disney princesses then this book is for you. It's offers a unique retelling of the story Cinderella. I love how Meyer painted vivid visions in my mind while reading it.

Favorite quotes:

"You can help me pick out a tiara when we're done saving the world."

“She was a cyborg, and she would never go to a ball.”

4. Quite Power by Susan Cain
5. The Night Circus