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Book Review: Dying in the Wool by Frances Brody

I think I’ve mentioned before that I really enjoy mysteries that are cozy and set in the early 1900s. So I decided to try a new series, which is always very exciting, but also a bit daunting: what if you waste your time getting to know a whole new setting and a bunch of characters, when you could’ve been reading something much better? It’s a gamble and unfortunately I think I lost when I read Dying in the Wool by Frances Brody.

So why shouldn’t I take on a difficult task and accept money?

I gave it just two stars unfortunately 😦

I seriously considered not finishing this book.

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Mini Book Review: Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie

Being sick and stuck at home means there is time to read some books so here’s a mini review of a recent book I read. Cat Among the Pigeons is one of Agatha Christie’s books with Hercule Poirot involved in the case.

“Everybody always knows something,” said Adam, “even if it’s something they don’t know they know.”

Cat Among the Pigeons in Audible

I hadn’t read this one before so my knowledge of this story was based on the Poirot tv series episode from 2009.

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Book Review: Westend by Suvi Vaarla

Westend is a book that caught my attention because it’s a story about a bad time that I barely remember: the depression that shook Finland in the 90s. I was just a child back then and have just vague memories of these grown-up worries, so it was really interesting to pick up this book and dive into the time that affected so many in our country.

There are days that draw a line: before and after. Time is cut in two. What we’re left with are two stories: story of loss and story of surviving.

(Freely translated from Finnish.)

I was pleasantly surprised how quickly I read through Westend and how many nostalgic thoughts it brought out.

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Book Review: Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

First book read to kickoff the Reading Challenges! A new year deserves a gentle start, right? So what better than to read something that makes you feel like you could have a glass of your favorite beverage and just enjoy something easy and light.

I’m serious. Life is short. Too short for such obvious anxiety.

(Translated freely from the Finnish edition of the book.)
Finnish edition of Paris for One and Other Stories

I wanted to read something that would switch off my brain in a good way and for that Paris For One and Other Stories worked well. 🙂

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Book review: Dear Girls by Ali Wong

Ali Wong is awesome. Her stand-up specials on Netflix are super funny so if you haven’t seen Baby Cobra and Hard-Knock Wife, I highly recommend watching those. Laughing and crying from the laughter might happen. It did to me. 🙂

So when Ali Wong announced that she is releasing a book, I pre-ordered it immediately!

Stand-up is not supposed to be warm and fuzzy or welcoming. If it was, everyone would be doing it.

Dear Girls is extremely funny, full of disgustingly juicy details from Ali’s life, but it also very interesting details from a person who has grown up and made her life in the middle of a multicultrural family and environment. That is a subject that is very personal to me too and that theme made this book extra special to me.

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Book review: The Course of Love by Alain de Botton

I founded a bookclub this autumn and The Course of Love was the second book that was picked to be read together. The theme was romance and we had all kinds of suggestions varying from historical to paranormal romance, but in the end The Course of Love won the vote and I’m very happy it did.

The partner truly best suited to us is not the one who miraculously happens to share every taste, but the one who can negotiate differences in taste with intelligence and grace .

I’m not even sure if I would’ve categorized this as a romance novel. It was a very different take on a genre that I am quite familiar with. The Course of Love felt more like a manual to being in a romantic relationship, and author Alain De Botton is the guide to it all.

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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.

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