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Book Recommendation: The 2000s Made Me Gay – Essays On Pop Culture by Grace Perry

Our book club voted to read a suggestion from one of the many Pride Month reading lists: The 2000s Made Me Gay – Essays on Pop Culture by Grace Perry.
I have to say the nostalgia trip was a lot of fun. And obviously this was such an eye opening experience to read when you have grown up with the same popular culture, but lacked the perspective of what it all meant to someone who was also coming to terms with their own sexuality. I’m really looking forward to hearing what the others thought of this book in our book club.

We were raised in homophobia, came of age as the world changed around us, and are raising children in an age where it’s never been easier to be same-sex parents. We’re both lucky and jealous.

I smiled a lot reading this as there were so many pop culture things that I’ve forgotten! Even the Apple iPod right there on the cover, I used to have one and I’d totally forgotten that! I wonder if I still have mine somewhere and what music it holds. πŸ™‚ Probably Evanescence at least. \m/ (<— Honestly I had to Google how to make make those “metal fingers”, in pre-emoji way, feeling old)

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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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ˜€

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Book Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry

This was such a fun, touching book to read on my summer vacation. I’ve often said that contemporary romance isn’t usually what I choose to read but Beach Read by Emily Henry was just the perfect summer read. Heatwave, lazy days and funny yet thought-provoking book: perfection. ❀

Happy. Not giddy or overjoyed, but that low, steady level of happiness that, in the best periods of life, rides underneath everything else, a buffer between you and the world you are walking over.

I really enjoyed this romcom setting combined with some very thought-provoking themes that resonated with my own experiences from my teenage years.

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Recently Read Books/ Beach Read Recommendations

Summer vacation has started and it is time to just chill, enjoy sunshine and obviously books too! Finland has been having an unusually warm summer so far, so if this continues I will expect to read plenty of books by the sea where the lovely breeze will balance the current heatwave. ❀

What does “beach read” mean? I’d say anything that you want to take with you to the beach, anything that will keep you interested, happy and enjoying the relaxing feeling of reading. For some it’s romance, for some it’s mysteries and for some it’s something completely else. I am a mood reader, and usually have multiple books I’m reading through, so there are usually also multiple genres represented. πŸ™‚ A common combination would be one non-fiction, one fantasy/scifi and one mystery. Anyway, here are two books I read earlier this spring/summer and they could work well as beach reads.

They are both contemporary books, one romance and one mystery. I don’t usually go for contemporary ones but perhaps these social distancing/staying home times are making me miss the contemporary world too in addition to the usual historical or fantasy settings. For some reason both of these books are set in Scotland, I just realized! That’s still on our bucket list: travel to Scotland, rent a car and just enjoy looking around the amazing nature and historical sights, so I’m sure this is my subconscious telling me not to forget about these travel dreams!

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Book review: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

What a delight it was to read Gods of Jade and Shadow. A fun mix of Mexico in the 1920s, Mayan mythology and good old fairytale. Last year I thoroughly enjoyed Moreno-Garcia’s book Mexican Gothic, and was happy when I got my hands on yet another great book from her.

The things you name do grow in power, but others that are not ever whispered claw at one’s heart anyway, rip it to shreds even if a syllable does not escape the lips.

These days when travel still restricted, it has been even more enjoyable to be whisked away to new locations with books.

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Quick book reviews: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig and The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Who else is planning their books to read this summer? The TBR list is super long and even though I’ve already read so many books this year, the list isn’t getting any shorter. πŸ˜€

Here are two books I read recently, and I was so excited about these! One really impressed be, while the other was unfortunately a slight disappointment. Two very different books and both of them seem to have been popular, or at least they pop up regularly in my reading challenge groups.

I was quite surprised when I enjoyed The Midnight Library so much more than The Lost Apothecary.

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Trilogy review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Who else has been so excited about Netflix’s series Shadow and Bone, which is based on the Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardudo? It was such joy to watch the series, which was well made and had excellent diverse cast, that I along with many others decided to read the trilogy as quickly as possible. I think I read the three books in just over a week. πŸ™‚

The thought filled me with grief, grief for the dreams we’d shared, for the love I’d felt, for the hopeful girl I would never be again.

It’s been a while since I’ve immersed myself in some YA fantasy. The trilogy had ups and downs, some disappointments too, but it was a fun journey to just read these three books non-stop and feel the excitement of “I just want to know how it all ends”.

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