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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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Book review: Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams

Hello May! April flew by and I read some very entertaining books, but have been distracted from writing about those by the Grishaverse books by Leigh Bardugo! But more about those later. πŸ˜€ This time I’ll use my time to write about our latest bookclub pick: Her Last Flight by Beatriz Williams.

Interestingly we were voting for a mystery book to read from different subgenres and Her Last Flight got picked. Not the most traditional mystery book with murders and detectives, but a fascinating historical book with a mystery at the center. The book is about two (fictional) famous aviators and the story behind their disappearance.

This was my suggestion for the bookclub voting, so I knew I’d likely enjoy reading this historical romance/mystery. Hopefully the others enjoyed it too! We shall see in the next bookclub meeting. πŸ™‚

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Recently Read Books

Spring is here and while I have been reading many books, my focus has been also on exercising and enjoying the sunny weather outside. The evenings are starting to be lighter here in Finland and the long winter is finally, slowly, turning into spring. πŸ™‚

I spent March and April reading books about some very interesting women, and since March was Women’s History Month, the theme I had was very appropriate!

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