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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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Foot injury and not being the greatest person while recovering

First physiotherapy session done and many home “workouts” to do at home before the next one! I was so happy to be able to go for a brunch and see Captain Marvel last weekend (loved it!) and just stretch my legs a bit and do normal stuff.

It doesn’t take much to have my injured foot tired and aching but I am slowly getting better so I thought I’d share some things I’ve noticed about recovering during these past months.

It’s spring so there’s more and more daylight which is welcome.

This was my first injury of this severity and it surprised me how I didn’t feel like myself at all during the worst weeks of the injury. But as the pain got easier, I was able to have better moments and reflect about how I was really feeling.

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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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Book Review: Desperate Hours by David Mack

Have you watched the newest Star Trek show on Netflix? It is soooo good. Second season of Star Trek: Discovery just started and I hope they will still make many seasons in the future!

The book I read is the first of a series of prequels for the Netflix show. Now, I need to say a disclaimer that I haven’t been a hardcore fan of Star Trek franchise, even though it has been part of my life ever since some of my very early years. My first memories of anything Star Trek related was watching some episodes with my late dad when I was very little and later on re-watching mostly episodes of Star Trek: Next Generation and the more recent movies that premiered some years ago. All of those I enjoyed a lot, but couldn’t really call myself a true fan. Then it happened that with this newest one, Star Trek: Discovery, I felt right at home.

How can it be, after all that the human race went through on Earth in the last few centuries, that some people still haven’t learned there are more important things in life than financial gain?

A couple of words still about the tv show before we get to the book:

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Some progress with the foot injury!

In one of my previous posts I went through the foot injury (plantar plate tear and stress fracture) I suffered about two months ago. This week I finally got confirmation that surgery at this point is not necessary and that I can slowly start rehabilitation and physiotherapy. Phew, what a relief!

It’s still a long and painful road but at least I won’t need to recover from a surgery that might leave me with less mobility than before!

After six weeks I am free of the boot thingy! Also, I haven’t cared about matching socks all this year 🙂

So now it’s all about new challenges.

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Book Review: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This isn’t really a review, more a recommendation to read this essay. Everything about this book was good, the title says it all.

Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.

We Should All Be Feminists book cover picture credit to Goodreads.

We Should All Be Feminists is an essay that’s modified from Adichie’s TEDx talk and it works very well in written form also.

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