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Book review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I’m not going to lie, I struggled to read this book that seems to be really liked by most Goodreads reviewers. This cozy book of the Guernsey island in 1940s should have been a quick read, but somehow it took me over a month to slowly read through 250 pages.

I could tell you more about reading and how it perked up our spirits while the Germans were here.

Perhaps I should’ve just watched the recently made movie first and then read the book! 🙂

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Book review: The Golden Cage by Camilla Läckberg

The long Easter weekend provided some nice time for reading, so I read this book within 24 hours . 🙂 When I noticed a new book is coming from the Swedish crime writer Camilla Läckberg, I immediately pre-ordered the Finnish translation to be able get my hands on it right away, as the English translation is still to be released.

Heidän raivonsa oli hänen raivoaan. Ja hänen raivonsa oli heidän raivoaan.

Translation: Their rage was her rage. And her rage was their rage.
Finnish translation of The Golden Cage

Camilla Läckberg takes on a new territory with The Golden Cage with a new, more bold main character and a darker setting. Did I enjoy this book more than her long Fjällbacka series? Nope, but I still devoured it!

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Book Review: Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie

This time I listened to Dead Man’s Folly as an Audible audio book and read by David Suchet himself in Poirot’s voice that he does so wonderfully.
I have yet to meet a person who dislikes Agatha Christie’s work or who wouldn’t have enjoyed David Suchet’s long career as the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

I mean, what can you say about how you write your books? What I mean is, first you’ve got to think of something, and then when you’ve thought of it you’ve got to force yourself to sit down and write it. That’s all.

Quote by Ariadne Oliver. As someone who loves and struggles with writing, gotta love that quote in this story. 🙂

I’m so happy that there are so many more Poirot stories available as audio books, narrated by David Suchet, as the format works really well.

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Book review: Pintti by Tommi Kinnunen

Okay so this will be a bit odd, since my blog is in English and the book Pintti is written in in Finnish, by a Finnish author, and there is no translation. 🙂 I’ve been thinking if I should write about the Finnish books in Finnish but it feels strange to suddenly change my language here so I suppose I’ll just stick to English whatever the book’s original language and do translations for the quotes.

Kesä on hetkeksi toteutunut haave siitä, mitä elämä voisi olla. Syksy on menneen muistelua ja kevät sykkivää uuden odottamista. Vain talvi on oma itsensä vailla kaipuuta taakse tai tulevaan.

Rough translation: Summer is a momentary dream come true of what life could be like. Autumn is about remembering the past and spring about waiting for the new. Only winter is itself, without yearning for the past or future.

So anyway, as I’ve said before, for me the point of doing a Reading Challenge is to both have a boost in my overall reading and also to explore books from outside my comfort zone. Reading in Finnish is something that I will try to do a bit more with the help of the challenge.

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Book review: Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster by Sir David Attenborough

Occasionally there are people whose life experiences take your breath away and Sir David Attenborough certainly qualifies in this category. An amazing memoir, and even more amazing to listen to as an Audible audio book, read by Sir David Attenborough himself. Another great, great book that I did not want to end.

I spent all those years enjoying myself. For I have always found looking at the natural world, and trying to understand it, one of the greatest pleasures I know.

Luckily there are more books where I can listen to his voice!

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Book review: Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien

Back to origins. ❤ I’ve been a Tolkien fan ever since I was a teenager and have red the Lord of the Rings numerous times, repeatedly both in English and in Finnish. And yes, I have also read the Hobbit, Silmarillion and Book of Unfinished Tales in addition to many “non-fiction”, books about Tolkien’s stories.

Beren he summoned, and thus , as Lúthien had sworn as she kissed him at the hour of death, they met beyond the western sea.

Time to go back. ❤

But to be honest (and this is where the teenage-me would’ve been horrified), it has been years since I’ve read any of Tolkien’s books and I am a bit ashamed to admit this. There just doesn’t seem to be time to re-read anything anymore with the amount of books, games, tv series and movies available these days! 😦 So when I noticed that the love story of Beren and Lúthien has been given their own book, I knew it was time to revisit Middle-Earth.

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Book review: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Another book read for the Reading Challenge. It felt very relaxing to read this cozy mystery in the unusual setting of beautiful Botswana.

There was a teapot, in which Mma Ramotswe — the only lady private detective in Botswana — brewed tea. And three mugs — one for herself, one for her secretary, and one for the client. What else does a detective agency really need?

Finnish translation of the book.

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is a very slow paced book which might come as a surprise if you’re not expecting it with this genre. Having read cozy mysteries before, I knew to expect a laid-back story with memorable characters and a not too violent mystery to solve, but this had definitely the slowest start to a mystery book in a while.

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