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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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Happy New Year and happy new Reading Challenges!

2020 has started and I wish you all a joyful year! Personally I am hoping that 2020 will bring better health as 2019 was a surprisingly bad year health-wise. As a result, my new year’s resolution is to put my well-being first and slow down to prevent breaking down.

And what’s the best way of slowing down? Reading! Except if you’re racing to complete a Reading Challenge, or TWO Reading Challenges like me this year. Yes, that’s right: I will try to handle two Reading Challenges, yikes.

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Reading Challenge completed!

It’s been a long year and even though my health has been bad for most of this year, at least I found some happiness with the many books I read. 🙂

I spent Christmas mostly eating and reading and I can finally say: yes, the Reading Challenge is complete! Yay! The goal was to read 50 books and match those books to 50 reading challenge prompts made by the Finnish Helsinki Metropolitan Area Libraries. I ended up reading 53 books which is much more than I thought I would end up with.

If I had to choose the top 5 books for this year, these would be the ones:
1. Becoming by Michelle Obama
2. Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster by David Attenborough
3. Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado-Perez
4. Dear Girls by Ali Wong
5. Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly

I’m just really happy to have read so many inspiring books this year. Reading really helped me get through this difficult year, that still affects my wellbeing. So what exactly did I read? There are some stats I can share!

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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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