Posted in Autumn, Book review, Books, Reading Challenge

Books I’ve read recently

This autumn has been an unusually warm one in Finland. When the weather has been good, it has been really nice to spend time outside and just enjoy the full blast of autumn colors for as long as it lasts. And of course there has been time for enjoying the coziness of autumn indoors with books, tea and candles so here are a couple of books I’ve read recently:

These were three very different books and they will help me fill some of the remaining reading challenge prompts. 🙂

Continue reading “Books I’ve read recently”
Posted in Autumn, Book review, Books, Reading Challenge

Book Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

It’s getting darker and colder in Finland so it really is the perfect time to enjoy reading. And what suits autumn evenings better than reading something that’s both creepy and enchanting? Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia was the perfect book for these gloomy evenings when rainy, shadowy evenings will feed your imagination!

One could conclude this was a case of three silly, nervous women. Physicians of old would have diagnosed it as hysterics. But one thing NoemĂ­ was not was hysterical.

I don’t usually read horror books but Mexican Gothic was a pleasant surprise. One of the more memorable books I’ve read this year for sure.

Continue reading “Book Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia”
Posted in Autumn, Book review, Books, Finland, Reading Challenge, Winter

Book Review: Talvikirja by Maija Tiensuu and Annabelle Antas

Talvikirja is a Finnish book about winter, and how to best enjoy the winter months. It’s a combination of beautiful photographs and tips for wintery things to do, recipes and just short tales of how the winter months are experienced by the authors.

It was sleeting a bit here in Southern Finland, so winter is definitely on its way. It’s getting darker and darker every day and soon we will have only limited hours of daylight time and that continues for a couple of months. It’s depressing to some, but for me this season has always been very cozy. I love early autumn’s colors and when that’s done I love the feeling of staying inside and doing things I enjoy with good conscience ,when the weather doesn’t favor going out. And of course, since I’m a Christmas person, I like the “preparation months” when it’s not yet hectic, and one can dream of a calm Christmas before the hassle really starts in December. 🙂

Ota aikalisä arjen kiireistä ja opettele nauttimaan vuoden pimeimmästä ajasta niin sisällä kuin ulkona.

Rough translation from Finnish: “Take a timeout from the everyday hustle and learn to enjoy the darkest time of the year both inside and outside.”

This book was very enjoyable to me and it very gently sets the mood for this season. This season is all about adjusting your attitude and making the best of the dark and cold months.

Continue reading “Book Review: Talvikirja by Maija Tiensuu and Annabelle Antas”
Posted in Autumn, Book review, Books, Reading Challenge, Reflection, Well-being

Book review: Ihana herkkyys by Suvi Bowellan

This is a Finnish book about sensitiveness and Highly Sensitive People (HSP). The past two months have been weird both with my physical and mental health and when I came across the concept about HSP, I definitely had a feeling of “ohhh, so that’s why”. 🙂

Somehow October feels like a good time to just chill, relax and read self-help books. It’s getting colder and darker outside so it’s very acceptable to curl up with a book and a blanket. Even though I’m still not completely healthy, I love autumn. It brings a sort of comfort with it and a kind of permission to slow down.

This was definitely an interesting read, and I think I want to learn more about this subject to understand myself better.

Continue reading “Book review: Ihana herkkyys by Suvi Bowellan”
Posted in Anxiety, Autumn, Foot injury, Panic attack, Recovery, Reflection, Well-being

I’m finally done with the foot injury but that’s not all…

After almost 9 months I’m so happy to say that I had my last physiotherapy session this week and if all goes well, it was really last one for the plantar plate injury. 🙂

It still surprises me it took this long but somehow the months went by, slowly, one day after another and there were definitely many good and bad days. Now the restrictions of moving are gone and I can finally slowly do everything with baby steps. I haven’t been running or jumping at all since last December so I have to start with those really carefully.

There they are, my healthy feet at the gym 🙂

Even though my feet are now fully on track to feeling normal again, there are other health concerns that came as a result of this year being so rough due to the plantar plate injury. I’m still surprised how much of an effect the injury had on me.

Continue reading “I’m finally done with the foot injury but that’s not all…”