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Book review: The Guest List by Lucy Foley

July and summer vacation means of course more time for reading! My to-read pile is huge, so it’s time dig in to that pile and rediscover what I’ve purchased earlier this year (and last year). πŸ™‚ I’ve mentioned before that I don’t usually read modern day thrillers/mysteries, but somehow The Guest List made its way to my to-read pile, and it happened to be also one of the recent books to read in Reese Witherspoon’s book club. So why not?

It’s a strange thing when you consider that the dead on this island far outnumber the living, even now that some of the guests have arrived. Tomorrow will redress the balance.

I’m happy to say this was a pleasant surprise, can recommend!

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Book recommendation: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Never ever would I have thought that one day I would voluntarily read a book about astrophysics (or understand much of it), but here I am: I read Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and I enjoyed it a lot.

Honestly I cannot write a review of this book, since I do not know enough of the subject to feel comfortable to make an attempt of a review. So instead I will heartily recommend it.

We do not simply live in this universe. The universe lives within us.

It was nice to be able to read something so out of my comfort zone and realize that I can enjoy a book despite the difficult science.

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Book review: The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold

I’ve read a couple of very interesting non-fiction books recently and The Five is one of them. Very much recommended!

It is likely that Jack the Ripper is known to most of us in some way whether from history or different forms of fiction. You know: the mysterious killer, who stalked the streets of Victorian London and apparently targeted prostitutes? Except that the women weren’t all prostitutes.

Here’s a book that will finally give the spotlight to the victims and show them as so much more than “just prostitutes”.

It is for them that I write this book. I do so in the hope that we may now hear their stories clearly and give back to them that which was so brutally taken away with their lives: their dignity.

It took me a rather long time to read this book because it was just so full of fascinating details that I just wanted to slowly absorb it all.

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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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