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Book review: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

What a delight it was to read Gods of Jade and Shadow. A fun mix of Mexico in the 1920s, Mayan mythology and good old fairytale. Last year I thoroughly enjoyed Moreno-Garcia’s book Mexican Gothic, and was happy when I got my hands on yet another great book from her.

The things you name do grow in power, but others that are not ever whispered claw at one’s heart anyway, rip it to shreds even if a syllable does not escape the lips.

These days when travel still restricted, it has been even more enjoyable to be whisked away to new locations with books.

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Quick book reviews: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig and The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Who else is planning their books to read this summer? The TBR list is super long and even though I’ve already read so many books this year, the list isn’t getting any shorter. 😀

Here are two books I read recently, and I was so excited about these! One really impressed be, while the other was unfortunately a slight disappointment. Two very different books and both of them seem to have been popular, or at least they pop up regularly in my reading challenge groups.

I was quite surprised when I enjoyed The Midnight Library so much more than The Lost Apothecary.

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Trilogy review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Who else has been so excited about Netflix’s series Shadow and Bone, which is based on the Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardudo? It was such joy to watch the series, which was well made and had excellent diverse cast, that I along with many others decided to read the trilogy as quickly as possible. I think I read the three books in just over a week. 🙂

The thought filled me with grief, grief for the dreams we’d shared, for the love I’d felt, for the hopeful girl I would never be again.

It’s been a while since I’ve immersed myself in some YA fantasy. The trilogy had ups and downs, some disappointments too, but it was a fun journey to just read these three books non-stop and feel the excitement of “I just want to know how it all ends”.

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Book review: Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams

Hello May! April flew by and I read some very entertaining books, but have been distracted from writing about those by the Grishaverse books by Leigh Bardugo! But more about those later. 😀 This time I’ll use my time to write about our latest bookclub pick: Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams.

Interestingly we were voting for a mystery book to read from different subgenres and Her Last Flight got picked. Not the most traditional mystery book with murders and detectives, but a fascinating historical book with a mystery at the center. The book is about two (fictional) famous aviators and the story behind their disappearance.

This was my suggestion for the bookclub voting, so I knew I’d likely enjoy reading this historical romance/mystery. Hopefully the others enjoyed it too! We shall see in the next bookclub meeting. 🙂

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Recently Read Books

Spring is here and while I have been reading many books, my focus has been also on exercising and enjoying the sunny weather outside. The evenings are starting to be lighter here in Finland and the long winter is finally, slowly, turning into spring. 🙂

I spent March and April reading books about some very interesting women, and since March was Women’s History Month, the theme I had was very appropriate!

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Book Review: The Awakening by Nora Roberts

I haven’t read romantic fantasy books in ages, so when I noticed a new series by Nora Roberts, The Dragon Heart Legacy, I was like ok, I’ll read this! 🙂

I really think that combining fantasy and romance can provide a fun way to escape the reality for a moment, especially in these times when reading something that’s simply fun can make such a difference to your overall mood.

I had fun reading this book. I’ve read fantasy books since my childhood, and it’s so much fun still to see how these books can still bring such joy and escapism. I love how the genre has evolved to so many fun and interesting subgenres (and mixes of those). ❤ When I was a child and started to find fantasy books in our little local library, there wasn’t that much to choose from. I started with The Belgariad, The Lord of The Rings and The Wheel of Time and those books had me sold to the wonders of fantasy books. It’s still my favorite genre and it makes me happy to see how it’s evolving and thriving.

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Book Recommendation: Women In Battle by Marta Breen and Jenny Jordahl

Happy International Women’s Day! I’d like to take a moment to just shortly recommend a very theme appropriate comic book to read on this day. These days I rarely read comics, and Women In Battle really reminded me how powerful comic books can be. This book was awarded by Norway’s Ministry of Culture as the best nonfiction book of 2018 ,which is awesome, and sends a powerful message on the importance of the topic of equality.

Women In Battle tells several real life stories of women who fought for freedom and equality. Some of them might be more familiar ones but some were certainly ones I had not heard of. I really enjoyed the artwork which was both funny and also very, very touching. ❤ Big recommendation to read this book and be inspired of all the hard work that has been done, and be reminded of the hard work that is still needed as we keep fighting for gender equality.

Women In Battle fills these prompts from the two Reading Challenges I’m doing this year:

A book where the world is changing (Helmet Reading Challenge)
A book about a social justice issue (Popsugar Reading Challenge)