With everything that’s been happening with the corona virus situation in Finland and around the world, I felt like reading something light to have some momentary distance to the constant flow of grim news.
The libraries are unfortunately closed but since I still have the habit of buying books to forever growing to-read pile, there was still plenty to choose from and I chose the Affair by Gill Paul.
The Affair is a book that was sent to me by the Willoughby Book Club last year and now was the right time to read it. The Affair tells the fictional story behind the scenes of filming Elizabeth Taylor’s movie Cleopatra.
I just finished reading Pachinko by Min Jin Lee and I feel sort of breathless (in a good way). This was one of those books that are difficult to put down and I love that feeling. ❤
All her life, Sunja has heard this sentiment from other women, that they must suffer – suffer as a girl, suffer as a wife, suffer as a mother – die suffering. Go-saeng – the word made her sick. What else was there besides this?
Pachinko is historical fiction, which is one of my favorite genres to read. However, I have to admit that I knew very little of the Korean or Japanese history that the book describes. It is good to be reminded that there is so much info that we are not exposed to. I’ve always loved to learn about history, ever since elementary school. But because of where I live (Finland, Nordic country, European country) the focus of the history lessons was of course mostly on Western history. So much is still to be learnt and I’m happy to open my eyes to new aspects of history.
Suddenly it’s March and I’m not quite sure where February disappeared. 🙂 Somewhere between being sick and getting back to work, I lost track of time. Winter in Southern Finland has been really odd: snowless and rainy, so despite me usually enjoying winter months, I’m really looking forward to spring already.
Bad weather meant more time for reading and I did read a few books during February, but had no time to post about them. So here they are with a few comments about them.
Your feminist premise should be: I matter. I matter equally. Not “if only.” Not “as long as.” I matter equally. Full stop.
Quote from Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
I did enjoy all of these books a lot and actually so far during 2020, I’ve mostly read really good books. 🙂 Hopefully this trend will continue.
I really looked forward to reading Maybe You Should Talk to Someone and it met all my expectations. I gave it full five stars and will highly recommend it to everyone.
Therapy is hard work – and not just for the therapist. That’s because the responsibility for change lies squarely with the patient. If you expect an hour of sympathetic head-nodding, you’ve come to the wrong place.
It took me over a month to slowly read through this book because the book was so relatable at times that it required me to pause and take some time, some distance even, from the book to digest and reflect the many meaningful topics and thoughts Lori shares from her life as a therapist and as a patient of a therapist.
I really loved the Witcher games, spent something like 300+ hours with Witcher 3 only and just couldn’t get enough of it. And now Netflix has an awesome first season for the Witcher and it really met all my expectations! I’ve also been a fan of Henry Cavill since his role in the Tudors so it’s really nice to see him have the role of Geralt. He and Anya Chalotra were so, so great as Geralt and Yennefer that I almost couldn’t believe it. I highly recommend watching the series on Netflix and of course playing the Withcer games.
So anyway, whenever I get excited about fiction, I want to have it all. So of course the next thing to do was to read more of the Witcher books that the games and the tv series are based on. I had read the short story collection The Last Wish like nine years ago, after I had played the first Witcher game, but somehow I didn’t read the rest of the available books back then. So now I read the next one: The Blood of Elves.
Until you understand what a sword is, and what purpose it serves in a witcher’s hand, you will not pick one up. You are not learning in order to kill and be killed. You are not learning to kill out of fear and hatred, but in order to save lives. Your own and those of others.
I really enjoyed reading Blood of Elves and look forward to reading more of these books.
I read something very different this time: On Living is a book about people who are dying and their thoughts about living, dying and everything in between. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but overall it was a good experience to read and be reminded about the limited time we all have on this planet.
Become who you want to be while you can enjoy it. Don’t put off doing the work of becoming who you want to be. Waiting will not make it easier and time is short.
I don’t know if reading On Living gives any huge, life changing advice but it does give a gentle reminder that life is meant for living until the very last breath.
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?