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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.

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
I really enjoyed returning to Adichie’s feminist writings. I read, and very much enjoyed, her book Why We Should All Be Feminists last year and was convinced that I would read more from Adichie. Now my bookclub voted Dear Ijeawele to be our next book to read, and I was really happy that the book was chosen.
Dear Ijeawele is basically an essay in the form of a letter from Adichie to her friend where she gives advice on how to raise a baby girl to become a strong, independent and feminist woman. The book is short but very effective and powerful. Highly recommended.

The Well of Ascension
This is the second book of the Mistborn trilogy. I’ll avoid spoiling any plot details.
Overall I’ve really enjoyed reading Brandon Sanderson’s fantasy series. You might have become familiar with Brandon Sanderson when he finished The Wheel of Time series after the original author, Robert Jordan, died. Mistborn series isn’t traditional “high fantasy”, but something else. The world is a very oppressed one, there is something ominous in the mists and what is that constant ash that falls to cover the land? Another fresh twist is that instead of the usual magic, we have metals that will give certain people abilities e.g. to heighten their senses or increase their physical powers. The story focuses on Vin, a young woman who has the ability to use metals because she is a Mistborn. Her adventure isn’t an easy one and her personal growth is at times a very painful, which makes it really interesting to see what will become of her. Both books have been very enjoyable to read and I look forward to reading the last book of the trilogy.

Life Stories
David Attenborough goes through a selection of interesting details about the diversity of nature. And with his long work history with almost anything related to nature, there is a lot to choose from. I love it how after all these years he can still sound so enthusiastic about biodiversity. 🙂 His voice always makes me feel calm, so of course I listened Life Stories as an audio book. But if you really want to listen and learn about Attenboroughs long career, I highly recommend listening to his memoir: Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster which was one of my favorite books I read last year.

Lord Edgware Dies
Agatha Christie’s books with Poirot are timeless to me. I never tire of them, and I can reread and relisten to the books and rewatch the tv series with David Suchet without feeling bored. Lord Edgware Dies is as good as almost any of the other Poirot stories (my favorite is Death on the Nile). There’s a very clever play on identities and what do people actually observe when they encounter others that becomes the key to solving the murders. I listened this as an audiobook read by Hugh Fraser who played Captain Hastings in the tv series. He is wonderful to listen to and he actually does a very Suchet-like Poirot voice. Must come from all the years they worked together as Poirot and Hastings. 🙂

These books of course fill some prompts from the Reading Challenges I’m doing:

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A book that you read together with someone (Helmet Reading Challenge)
A book by a WOC (Popsugar Reading Challenge)

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
A transformation happens in the book (Helmet Reading Challenge)
A book you meant to read in 2019 (Popsugar Reading Challenge)

Life Stories by David Attenborough
A book on biodiversity (Helmet Reading Challenge)
A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads (Popsugar Reading Challenge)

Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie
A book by an author who has published more than 20 books (Helmet Reading Challenge)
A book with a three-word title (Popsugar Reading Challenge)

March is Women’s History Month and there’s the International Women’s Day too, so I’ll be reading books by women and about women. ❤

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I love books, games and the coziness of our house (currently it's the kingdom of me and my husband). My work in a game studio as a Senior HR Specialist keeps me busy and social, but I am an introvert in my core. Navigating life between my very social work and my introvert, less social personality can be tricky and it goes hand in hand with my interest in overall personal well-being.

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