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Book review: The Affair by Gill Paul

With everything that’s been happening with the corona virus situation in Finland and around the world, I felt like reading something light to have some momentary distance to the constant flow of grim news.

The libraries are unfortunately closed but since I still have the habit of buying books to forever growing to-read pile, there was still plenty to choose from and I chose the Affair by Gill Paul.

The Affair is a book that was sent to me by the Willoughby Book Club last year and now was the right time to read it. The Affair tells the fictional story behind the scenes of filming Elizabeth Taylor’s movie Cleopatra.

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Book review: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

I just finished reading Pachinko by Min Jin Lee and I feel sort of breathless (in a good way). This was one of those books that are difficult to put down and I love that feeling. ❤

All her life, Sunja has heard this sentiment from other women, that they must suffer – suffer as a girl, suffer as a wife, suffer as a mother – die suffering. Go-saeng – the word made her sick. What else was there besides this?

Pachinko gets full 5 stars from me. This was a good choice to read for Women’s History Month.

Pachinko is historical fiction, which is one of my favorite genres to read. However, I have to admit that I knew very little of the Korean or Japanese history that the book describes. It is good to be reminded that there is so much info that we are not exposed to. I’ve always loved to learn about history, ever since elementary school. But because of where I live (Finland, Nordic country, European country) the focus of the history lessons was of course mostly on Western history. So much is still to be learnt and I’m happy to open my eyes to new aspects of history.

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Books read in February

Suddenly it’s March and I’m not quite sure where February disappeared. 🙂 Somewhere between being sick and getting back to work, I lost track of time. Winter in Southern Finland has been really odd: snowless and rainy, so despite me usually enjoying winter months, I’m really looking forward to spring already.

Bad weather meant more time for reading and I did read a few books during February, but had no time to post about them. So here they are with a few comments about them.

Your feminist premise should be: I matter. I matter equally. Not “if only.” Not “as long as.” I matter equally. Full stop.

Quote from Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
Books I read in February 2020

I did enjoy all of these books a lot and actually so far during 2020, I’ve mostly read really good books. 🙂 Hopefully this trend will continue.

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