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Book review: Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen

I love reading cozy mysteries set in the early 1900s with a hint of humor and romance in the mix, and the very long series of Royal Spyness has been perfect for me when I crave stately homes and murders with a dash of royal drama. Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding is already 12th book in the series.

Book cover from Goodreads

I really enjoy reading a long book series, it’s like coming home to familiar people. You know roughly what to expect and that makes the reading experience very relaxing!

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Book review: Herääminen by Risto Isomäki

Another book read by a Finnish author and in Finnish language. It was a goal for me to try and read a bit more in my own native language this year and I’ve done that, even though sometimes it feels more natural to read in English.
Anyways, Herääminen (Awakening in English) is a sci-fi book with a very heavy climate change theme.

Meillä oli niin paljon aikaa, ajatteli Irina. Meitä varoitettiin, hyvissä ajoin etukäteen. Miksi me emme tehneet mitään silloin, kun se olisi ollut vielä helppoa?

Rough translation from Finnish: “We had so much time, Irina thought. We were warned, well beforehand. Why didn’t we do anything back then when it would have still been easy?”

The theme of climate change is of course really current and interesting, but sadly the story didn’t live up to my expectations.

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Book review: Never Grow Up by Jackie Chan

This was an unexpected find. I can’t even remember how I came to know that Jackie Chan’s autobiography is out there but when I saw it, I knew I would want to read it. I grew up watching so many early Jackie Chan movies and yet I had no idea who is the man behind all the stunts, choreography and funny faces.

By the time I understood what had happened, it was too late. My impulsive decision led to my decade of darkness, though it was in those ten years that I became Jackie Chan.

Now I really want to find some of those really old Jackie Chan movies and re-watch them after twenty years or so!

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Book Review: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

During summer I read Liane Moriarty’s newest book, Nine Perfect Strangers, and wasn’t that impressed about it as I wrote in a previous post. And now I’ve read What Alice Forgot from the same author, and the reading experience was better.

But maybe every life looked wonderful if all you saw was the photo albums.

Finnish edition of What Alice Forgot

To be honest I did not expect to read anything from Liane Moriarty for a while, or perhaps ever, because I was so underwhelmed by the previous book. But then a book club I joined recently picked What Alice Forgot as the next book, so I rushed to buy it and read it before the meeting.

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Book review – Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez

Before summer I had an idea of forming a book club and I was happy to get some friends from work to join me in this newly formed group. We set out to decide the first book to read for the book club and after a lottery of many suggestions, my pick won and it was the Invisible Women. Yay!

There is no such thing as a woman who doesn’t work. There is only a woman who isn’t paid for her work.

Audio book cover of Invisible Women.

This was by far one of the most interesting and thought provoking books I’ve read this year.

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Posted in Anxiety, Autumn, Foot injury, Panic attack, Recovery, Reflection, Well-being

I’m finally done with the foot injury but that’s not all…

After almost 9 months I’m so happy to say that I had my last physiotherapy session this week and if all goes well, it was really last one for the plantar plate injury. 🙂

It still surprises me it took this long but somehow the months went by, slowly, one day after another and there were definitely many good and bad days. Now the restrictions of moving are gone and I can finally slowly do everything with baby steps. I haven’t been running or jumping at all since last December so I have to start with those really carefully.

There they are, my healthy feet at the gym 🙂

Even though my feet are now fully on track to feeling normal again, there are other health concerns that came as a result of this year being so rough due to the plantar plate injury. I’m still surprised how much of an effect the injury had on me.

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Book review: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Time flies when you’re on a vacation! 🙂 July was lovely but now it definitely seems like summer is showing signs of turning into early autumn. I finished a couple of books during the summer vacation and Nine Perfect Strangers was one of them.

Just don’t do anything you’re not comfortable with. That’s all I can say.”

Nice view for some reading.

This was the first book from Liane Moriarty I’ve read and I had quite high expectations because I absolutely loved HBO’s Big Little Lies series that’s based on Moriarty’s work.

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