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Book review: The Expedition by Bea Uusma

This is a book about a Swedish expedition towards the North Pole in 1897, and an intriguing investigation more than 100 years later about what the heck went wrong and why these ill-prepared guys never returned home.

Three men with minimal knowledge of arctic conditions, find themselves suddenly in the middle of a white nightmare.

Rough translation from the Finnish edition I had

I never thought I would read a book about this subject, I hadn’t even heard about it even though it’s apparently quite well known. πŸ™‚ The Expedition was a very pleasant surprise. The book was a very interesting combination of historical fact and modern day forensics and it felt like I was reading a detective story.

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Book review: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

Another comfort book read! This was the first book from Jenny Colgan I’ve read and I think I will read more from her in the future. The Bookshop on the Corner was light, fluffy and perfect book to balance these stressful times.

Books had been her solace when she was sad, her friends when she was lonely. They had mended her heart when it was broken, and encouraged her to hope when she was down.

I feel like I’ve seen many people talking about this book (online). A comfort book about books and a very bookworm main character is the perfect combination for another book lover. πŸ™‚ Add into the mix beautiful countryside in Scotland and I’m sold.

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Comfort book recommendation: The Summer Book by Tove Jansson

These current times demand comfort books, right? So this isn’t really a book review but a recommendation for one of those books that make you sigh with content for a while at least. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson offers us a glimpse of summer on a remote Finnish island. It’s full of nostalgia of those summer days when time seemed to slow down and you couldn’t tell if it was Monday or Saturday. ❀

β€œEvery year, the bright summer nights fade without anyone’s noticing. One evening in August you have an errand outdoors, and all of a sudden it’s pitch-black. It is still summer, but the summer is no longer alive.”

Reading has always been the way to take my mind away from whatever stress or difficult times I’ve experienced. With the ongoing corona virus situation it has become even more important to be able to take a break from everything, and just have that time to read even if it’s just a few pages during a coffee break. So please don’t give up on reading even in these times when your mind can be filled with worry and stress. Take a break and whisk yourself away to wherever the pages might take you.

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Book review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

I usually go for historical/cozy mysteries, but the author Stuart Turton created such an interesting twist to a very traditional mystery that I had to check it out. The setting is a familiar one: a murder happens in a manor house and there is a limited amount of suspects who could’ve done the murder.

In The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle the main character is stuck in this murder mystery setting and cannot leave until he has solved the murder. Feels like an escape room game, doesn’t it? Very interesting!

How lost do you have to be to let the devil lead you home?

Overall I enjoyed the book a lot. I think this was Stuart Turton’s first book, which is impressive, so I’m looking forward tho his next book. Hopefully it too will have a very unique idea!

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Book review: The Affair by Gill Paul

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.

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Book review: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

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 gets full 5 stars from me. This was a good choice to read for Women’s History Month.

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.

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Book review: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

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.

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