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Book Review: Talvikirja by Maija Tiensuu and Annabelle Antas

Talvikirja is a Finnish book about winter, and how to best enjoy the winter months. It’s a combination of beautiful photographs and tips for wintery things to do, recipes and just short tales of how the winter months are experienced by the authors.

It was sleeting a bit here in Southern Finland, so winter is definitely on its way. It’s getting darker and darker every day and soon we will have only limited hours of daylight time and that continues for a couple of months. It’s depressing to some, but for me this season has always been very cozy. I love early autumn’s colors and when that’s done I love the feeling of staying inside and doing things I enjoy with good conscience ,when the weather doesn’t favor going out. And of course, since I’m a Christmas person, I like the “preparation months” when it’s not yet hectic, and one can dream of a calm Christmas before the hassle really starts in December. 🙂

Ota aikalisä arjen kiireistä ja opettele nauttimaan vuoden pimeimmästä ajasta niin sisällä kuin ulkona.

Rough translation from Finnish: “Take a timeout from the everyday hustle and learn to enjoy the darkest time of the year both inside and outside.”

This book was very enjoyable to me and it very gently sets the mood for this season. This season is all about adjusting your attitude and making the best of the dark and cold months.

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Book review: Ihana herkkyys by Suvi Bowellan

This is a Finnish book about sensitiveness and Highly Sensitive People (HSP). The past two months have been weird both with my physical and mental health and when I came across the concept about HSP, I definitely had a feeling of “ohhh, so that’s why”. 🙂

Somehow October feels like a good time to just chill, relax and read self-help books. It’s getting colder and darker outside so it’s very acceptable to curl up with a book and a blanket. Even though I’m still not completely healthy, I love autumn. It brings a sort of comfort with it and a kind of permission to slow down.

This was definitely an interesting read, and I think I want to learn more about this subject to understand myself better.

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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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