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Summer Vacation Is Over – What Did I Read?

Four weeks of summer vacation flew by! It happens every year: you celebrate the start of the vacation and suddenly you notice that July’s over! What happened? Fun happened, that’s what. 🙂 I’m not saying summer is over though, it’s still nice and warm in Finland and there’s still time for plenty of summer activities before autumn. Besides, I love autumn season, and am already planning to put some balcony lights on since the evenings are slowly getting darker again. ❤

So obviously I read some books during the vacation and I am well ahead of my schedule to finish the reading challenges!

I love to read late when I’m on vacation, we are such night owls! It’s going to take some time to get used to earlier wakeups again. 😀

The Greatest Show On Earth by Richard Dawkins

This book about evolution should be something everyone reads to really understand why evolution is not a question of belief or different opinions. In the end evolution has nothing to do with religion, it is science with evidence. We are taught evolution by default here, so the book was mostly familiar themes, though obviously the depth of the details brought some new information too. The most baffling part of this book were the examples of people who continue to aggressively deny evolution. Richard Dawkins does a great job explaining everything very thoroughly and in a way that it’s easy to understand even if you’re not used to reading about science. Still I’m afraid that people who would benefit most from reading this book, won’t do it because it can feel like it’s a bit too long or difficult to read. I enjoyed it though, and recommend reading it to understand our history and the world around us better.

The Hero Of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

The Hero Of Ages is the final book of the first Mistborn trilogy. Well sort of, there is still one companion book which I haven’t read yet that reveals more about the events of the original trilogy. I took my time reading these, but I really enjoyed this series and the way Brandon Sanderson writes. The world of metal/alloy magic and Mistborns felt like a unique one. Without spoiling anything I can say that the adventure of Vin comes to a worthy conclusion and I was happy with the ending she and the other characters got. And I only now learned that there are actually more Mistborn books, that are set way after this trilogy! This knowledge made me really happy and I will be reading more from Brandon Sanderson. Oh and also, he has a great Youtube channel with lots of writing advice so I’ve been enjoying that too from him.

Whatever You Do, Don’t Run by Peter Allison

Our book club picked this book to read when we decided to read a book with a travel theme. Peter Allison is a safari guide in Africa and Whatever You Do, Don’t Run is a collection of his memories of his work over the years. There are definitely some hilarious situations that occur either with the wild animals, or some of the silly tourists and their expectations. Some of the stories revolve around alcohol and hitting on women, which got tiresome after a while, but maybe that all is as much part of the work as encountering the animals, I wouldn’t know. Some of the situations were absolutely horrible and super scary, and still somehow Peter Allison made it out and continued the work. That’s real dedication to the work. There were touching moments too, like when he addresses the AIDS situation and the death of one of his guide colleagues. If you are looking for travel experience from your couch, this book will satisfy some wanderlust. Not sure I’m brave enough to go to a safari, if I ever get the chance, after reading this book though. 😀 Kudos to the guides for the hard work they do!

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

I picked Reni Eddo-Lodge’s book from one of the many recommended reading lists that were inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. The reason why I picked this one to read was that the perspective is from the UK, and I feel that I’ve seen less content regarding structural racism that’s focused on outside of the US (would like to read a book about racism in Finland if there was one). So it was really interesting to learn about black history of the UK since there was a lot of new information to me personally. An eye-opener definitely to someone like me who loves to read about British cultural history and binge watches all those period dramas. I was also really surprised to read about the issues within feminism, and it just confirmed even more how important it is to make sure we pay attention to feminism being intersectional. A very good book that can teach you a lot about changing your perspective if you open your mind to it.

These books fill these prompts from the two Reading Challenges I’m doing this year (not many prompts left!):

The Greatest Show On Earth by Richard Dawkins
– A book where nature is observed (Helmet Reading Challenge)
– A book that has the same title as a song (Popsugar Reading Challenge)
(The song I used for this prompt is The Greatest Show On Earth by my forever favourite metal band Nightwish and the song features Richard Dawkins himself. Check out Nightwish performing it live here, it’s such a great song. Goosebumps!

The Hero Of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
– A book that you read outdoors (Helmet Reading Challenge)
– The longest book (by pages) on your TBR list (Popsugar Reading Challenge)

Whatever You Do, Don’t Run by Peter Allison
– A book whose protagonist is an animal (Helmet Reading Challenge)
The book was all about the animals, so I accept it for this prompt 😀
– A book set mostly or entirely outdoors (Popsugar Reading Challenge)

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
– A book recommended by a member of the library staff (Helmet Reading Challenge)
– A book found on a Black Lives Matter reading list (Popsugar Reading Challenge)


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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