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