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Waiting on Wednesday: The Idiot by Elif Batuman

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

Today, I am waiting on:  
The Idiot by Elif Batuman

From Goodreads:
A portrait of the artist as a young woman. A novel about not just discovering but inventing oneself.  
The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and worldly Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary. Selin may have barely spoken to Ivan, but with each email they exchange, the act of writing seems to take on new and increasingly mysterious meanings.  
At the end of the school year, Ivan goes to Budapest for the summer, and Selin heads to the Hungarian countryside, to teach English in a program run by one of Ivan's friends. On the way, she spends two weeks visiting Paris with Svetlana. Selin's summer in Europe does not resonate with anything she has previously heard about the typical experiences of American college students, or indeed of any other kinds of people. For Selin, this is a journey further inside herself: a coming to grips with the ineffable and exhilarating confusion of first love, and with the growing consciousness that she is doomed to become a writer. 
This description reminds me a bit of Dear Fang, With Love, one of my favorite books this year! The Idiot is scheduled to be released on March 4, 2017, and I can't wait!

What books are you waiting on this Wednesday??


  1. It's probably not my fave cup of tea, but it sounds interesting and I do hope you're going to love it when you get the chance to read it :)

    Thanks for sharing, here's my WoW!

  2. I am probably going to have to skip on this one as well. I hope you like it.

    My WOW

  3. Doesn't really sound like my kind of read either. I hope you positively love it though!

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    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  4. Doomed to become a writer? That's a very dire way of looking at writing! Here's mine:

  5. Doesn't really seem like something I'd enjoy, but I hope you do! I do like the simplicity of the cover however.

  6. This doesn't sound like something I would normally read, but I hope you enjoy reading it.
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  7. This sounds interesting! I wouldn't have thought from the title that this was what it's about, but I like the Hungary angle- a country I haven't seen a lot of in books.

  8. I've never heard of this one but am really intrigued by the blurb. Thanks for spotlighting it :) My WoW

  9. I'd read this just for the characters alone. I hope It's everything you hope for.

  10. I don't think this book would be for me, but I hope you love it. Maybe your review will change my mind. :)

  11. This one is new to me and looks really interesting. The synopsis seems completely opposite from the title...a far cry from The Idiot. I'm curious how the title plays in this one.

  12. I'd never heard of this one until now, but it does sound interesting! I hope you enjoy it :D

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  13. I've never heard of this book before, but it sounds interesting!

    Here’s my WoW!

  14. oh this book seems so fascinating. Sounds like she has quite a bit of an adventure.

  15. Hm, not sure this is something I would gravitate to. And I still can't really tell what it's about even after reading the synopsis. *looks around sheepishly* I'll be interested to see what you think of it next spring.

  16. I'm not sure this one is for me, but I hope you absolutely LOVE it!!! :D

  17. That's a really simple yet powerful cover. (I'm a total book cover design geek.)

    Thanks for stopping by my WoW, Eva!

  18. This is really intriquing, but not something I would normally read, hope it;'s great!!
    Tori @ In Tori Lex


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