Book tips for Christmas holidays

Lately I have been trying to make an effort and read a bit more. I used to love reading before the baby but the past two years has been tricky and I have not been able to find much time for books. I have been either too tired to read or there has been someone small who makes sure I cannot sit down and concentrate on a book.

Since having the baby I have noticed one thing in terms of my book taste. Before the baby I used to read rather heavy and thought provoking novels, I used to love French existentialists like Sartre and de Beauvoir. Now I am more keen to read funny, comical and cheerful books. My latest read has been The Rosie Project.

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This book is hilarious and gives you guaranteed laughter. The book has a male narrator, the main character is an Asperger personality. He is extremely smart but his social skills are miles from what regular people would think is ”normal” or ”appropriate” behaviour. I don’t want to reveal any story details here but it is worth mentioning that the book concentrates on his wife finding project that from every aspect is just extremely entertaining. I recommend Rosie Project for anyone’s holiday read. The book has been the second funniest after the newest Bridget Jones Mad about the boy book.

Whilst I am writing about my favourite reads maybe I could list some of the best books I have read..

My top 10 reads (these are not in order by the way as I was not able to decide):

1. Puhdistus (Purge) writted by Sofi Oksanen, also made as a film. Historical and extremely thought provoking.  It tells Estonian and Russian relationships from female perspective. Rough read but the Finnish language is lyric and the book is amazingly well written. The book has been translated into English.

2. Nuorena Nukkunut (The Maid Silja) written by F.E. Sillanpää, the Finnish author who got Nobel Prize for literature back in 1930s. This book is telling touchingly about Finnish rural world back in early 20th century. The book has been translated into English.

3. Pilgrimage (Pyhiinvaellus) by Paulo Coelho. I am not a big fan of Coelho but this book was amazing.

4. Memoirs of a dutiful daughter (Perhetytön muistelmat) by Simone de Beuvoir. I loved this book, it is philosophical, tells about Paris back in 20s and 30s and gets reader to know Simone de Beauvoir’s character. This hit me hard in my 20s as I found so many personality similarities to de Beauvoir. This book gave me an urge to travel, see the world, be feminist and fight for my dreams.

5. The lady of Camellias (Kamelianainen) by Alexandre Dumas. I have always been weirdly fascinated by 19th century underground world, life of courtisans. This book is written with old beautiful language.

6. The Lover (Rakastaja) by Marguirite Duras. This book is just fascinating, touching and captivating.

7. The Picture of Dorian Gray (Dorian Grayn muotokuva) by Oscar Wilde. Classic.

8. Putkinotoko by Joel Lehtonen, a Finnish classic without comparison.

9. Appelsiinin siemen by Mika Waltari. This book touched me so hard when I was 19 that I wrote my essay in the matriculations examinations (A-levels) on this novel. It is about young love, a ballad for youth, encouragement to live your life like no tomorrow. Suuri Illusioni (Great Illusion) by the same author is amazing too. Waltari is famous for his world best selling novel The Egyptian, also made as a movie.

10. Sokkopeli by Virpi Hämeen-Anttila. A great, well written thriller, a perfect holiday read.

Now my next funny book is ”Beauty. What it is and how to retain it.” First published in Britain in 1873.  Guaranteed laughter but interesting too. What did a lady think and advise back in 1870s!

beauty

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