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Book Review: A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

Our book club decided to read A Thousand Ships by Nathalie Haynes over the holidays, and I was super happy we picked this book that I hadn’t heard of.

The story of the Trojan War is often described through the men who have an obvious and active part in the story. Of the women Helen is of course mentioned but she isn’t given much of a role other than being the cause of a 10 year war. Author Nathalie Haynes gives the stage to the different women of the story and tells the well known tale from a different perspective.

“But this is a women’s war, just as much as it is the men’s, and the poet will look upon their pain – the pain of the women who have always been relegated to the edges of the story, victims of men, survivors of men, slaves of men – and he will tell it, or he will tell nothing at all. They have waited long enough for their turn.”

I was very much drawn into the ancient world and the Greek mythologies which I used to love reading about when I was a child. ❤ This was a very enjoyable read!

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Book Review: Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

I meant to read this book last year, but no matter, it was very much worth the wait. Everyone seems to have read and loved Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and I’m happy to join the group of recommenders.

I wadn’t aware that words could hold so much. I didn’t know a sentence could be so full.

When Kya learns to read, this is what she says. And no that’s not a typo, it’s the way she speaks in the book.

This was such a beautiful book to read for the beginning of this new year.

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Book Review: The Duke And I by Julia Quinn

First book read for this year was the Duke and I by Julia Quinn. I was in the mood to start this year with a light romance and I did not expect The Duke and I to be such a controversial book. When I noticed the new series Bridgerton, I knew I’d be hooked on the show. Historical romance drama/comedy? Count me in! And of course when I heard that the show is based on a book series, I had to read the book before watching the series on Netflix. I kinda wish I hadn’t, even though 80% of the book was enjoyable.

The main couple as seen on the Netflix series Bridgerton

I was so ready to just enjoy a fluffy, historical romance (sort of if Jane Austen would have written for a more steamy Harlequin series), so imagine the surprise and disappointment when the book offered a very weird, disturbing twist towards the end. I can only hope that the Netflix series handles the scene differently when eventually I will watch all the episodes.

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Starting The 2021 Reading Challenges

In 2020 I read 72 books which was likely a record amount for me. I finished two reading challenges: The Finnish Helmet (Helsinki Metropolitan Area Libraries) Reading Challenge and the better known Popsugar Reading Challenge. I don’t know if 2021 will be as friendly for reading, but I will still attempt to do both of these challenges again. I just love Reading Challenges! Especially now that it’s all about having lots of time for planning and no panic yet about filling some of the more challenging prompts. 🙂 ❤

I’ve always loved to read, so doing these Reading Challenges isn’t about increasing the number of books I read (though it’s a nice bonus if it happens), but most of all I enjoy the variety these challenges bring to my usual reading habits. Pushing yourself out of your usual genres or series might lead to something really really great. And getting new, or different perspectives is usually a good thing too.

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