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Book review: Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

This book was exactly what I wanted for a warm summer day: light and funny! And it was also perfect for the 24in48 readathon weekend where you kinda want something that’s quick to read so you can meet your goals. 🙂 Not that I take challenges seriously or anything…

If someone ever says you’re weird, say thank you. And then curtsy. No, don’t curtsy. That might be too weird. Bow. And tip your imaginary hat. That’ll show them.

And no, didn’t make it to 24 hours of reading with the readathon. But I did finish two books and read for roughly 13 hours during the weekend. Not bad at all!

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Book review: Islantilainen voittaa aina (An Icelander Always Wins)

I fell in love with Iceland when we had a short vacation there a few years ago. There was something about the overall vibe that felt both very homely and fascinatingly strange to me. It felt like a really great place to be. I can easily say that of all the holiday trips I’ve had, that short trip to Iceland is among my top 5 places I’ve visited. So when I stumbled upon Satu Rämö’s book, I was more than happy to read more about Iceland especially from the perspective of a Finn who has moved there.

Kadehdin islantilaisilta heidän taitoaan olla kaikessa maailman parhaita ja ottaa kehut vastaan vilpittömästi hymyillen.

Rough translation from Finnish: I envy the Icelanders for their ability to be the very best in everything and for their ability to accept praise with a sincere smile.

And now I’m definitely feeling the urge to travel back to Iceland! 🙂

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Book review: Help Me! by Marianne Power

Somehow it took me way too long to finish this book about self-help, but in the end it was an interesting read.

What happens when you try to follow the advice of various self-help books for a year? It certainly wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for author Marianne Power and she tells openly about her experiment in her first book: Help Me!

I wasn’t taking a swim in Lake Me, I was drowning in it. Self-examination had turned to self-loathing.

I think I will stay away from self-help related books for a while now. 🙂

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Posted in Finland, Foot injury, Recovery, Summer

Summer feels and foot injury update

June is done and it’s time to focus on relaxing. It’s summer holiday month in Finland! 🙂

It’s feels weird to “suddenly” be on vacation. I spent so much time stuck at home this year (with the foot injury) that I kinda wasn’t prepared to be at home again, but luckily it’s not with an injury this time! Summer vacation is always welcome, no matter what.

Summer house views during Midsummer. The sunset picture above was taken at 11pm so it really is the celebration of the nightless night. ❤

A week ago Midsummer celebrations kicked off summer holiday season and the weekend was really lovely. It must have been one of the warmest Midsummer weekends we’ve had in years.

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Book review: Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

And somehow we are in June. 🙂 Even in Finland it’s getting super lovely: scent of lilacs fills the air and we’ve had some really warm days with around 27 degrees celcius. The weather forces you to go outdoors and reading somehow slows down. I guess I’m just taking my time enjoying both the summer feeling as well as the books. ❤ No complaints there.

I’m working on finishing a couple of longer books which is why it’s been a bit quieter with the book reviews. I did however finish another Audible audiobook by Dame Agatha Christie and narrated by David Suchet.

Poirot investigates, picture credit to Audible
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Book Review: Marco Hietala – Stainless by Timo Kangasluoma

I finished reading Marco Hietala’s biography a week ago already, but somehow it felt difficult to write down what I thought of it.

I’m a huge fan of the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, and obviously Marco Hietala is one of the band members, so I guess I found it a bit difficult to not just go all into fangirl mode when I sat down to write about this book. 🙂

Nyt minä itse soitan biisejä, joista nämä sukupolvet saavat kylmiä väreitä vielä vuosikymmenien jälkeen. Uskomatonta, jopa pelottavaa, mutta hienoa.

Rough translation from Finnish: ” Now it’s me who plays the songs that still after decades give the chills to these generations. Unbelievable, even scary, but great.”
Original Finnish edition of the book

Marco Hietala – Stainless tells the story of a great musician, and his rough journey towards success.

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Book review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I’m not going to lie, I struggled to read this book that seems to be really liked by most Goodreads reviewers. This cozy book of the Guernsey island in 1940s should have been a quick read, but somehow it took me over a month to slowly read through 250 pages.

I could tell you more about reading and how it perked up our spirits while the Germans were here.

Perhaps I should’ve just watched the recently made movie first and then read the book! 🙂

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