The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

My third book (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot) this year has been on my reading wish list for a long time. I wasn’t sure on buying it, so I had to wait my turn to borrow it at the library.

So, after a couple of weeks reading this biographical novel on the origin of HeLa cells, made me look and think differently about cell culture. If you’re a biologist or not, doing cancer research or not, this is a novel that gives you a whole new perspective on the development of medicine in the 20th century. What’s more, it’s written in a popular language easily understandanle also to people outside cell culture labs. Definitely something I’d recommend to put on your wish list.

First book of the year

It’s been less than three weeks and I already finished reading the first book in 2017. Although I’m sure I won’t be able to keep up this pace, I’m happy I found some time to sit down and relax.

James Patterson is one of my favourite writers and his books are always page-turners. Private No. 1 Suspect was no exception. It took me more than a week to go from the first to the last page, however I wasn’t able to read every night. If you’re wondering about the book, it follows his recipe – a male PI, two or three different plots to follow, a pretty female for a dash of romance (less than usually which is a plus for me) and a happy end. An easy book to get your mind off your every day stress

A visit to Amsterdam

As I’m getting ready for my next business trip, I realized I haven’t finished my post on the last trip. I spent 5 days in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in early September.  I didn’t have much time for sightseeing, but since this was my second time there, I simply enjoyed the scenery and warm weather. I discovered some interesting bookshops, and brought home lots of new books to read in the near future.

Before I go to sleep

Since I can remember my going-to-bed habbit was reading a book. Lately I’ve been either too busy or too tired to even open a book, so the feeling of holding a book in my hands after approximately 2 months was great. Even more so, as I finished the book in three evenings. James Patterson’s NYPD Red might have around 350 pages, but being a true page-turner it’s a perfect book to take your mind off your busy everyday. Not to mention the cup of tea and home-made chocolate cookies with the book.

Brick-built bookends

My latest MOC is this set of bookends. I wanted to try something different, and made first a tropical island, followed by a buildings facade. The conection between them are books, all brick-built. The message I wanted to convey is that by entering the world of fiction or fantasy can take you to special place even if the entry point seems as dull as this buildings facade.

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Shroud for a Nightingale

The last book I read was P. D. James’ Shroud for a Nightingale. It’s a novel from the Adam Dalgliesh mistery series. It was my forth P. D. James’ novel (I also read The Lighthouse, Cover Her Face, and The Private Patient), and clearly, she’s becoming one of my favourite authors.

The story takes place in the Nightingale House, where young women are learning the nursing skills. The plot complicates with sudden deaths of two of the students, and that calls for Dalgliesh’ expertise to identify the killer. One of my first association about this novel were that it actually had a similar feel to Agatha Christie’s settings (situated somewhere in the English country side, in a partially isolated community with medical skills and intriguing past of the characters). As a non-native reader, I was excited to read proper English. Lately, most of the English literature was writen in American English, and the difference here was outstanding. Considering the language, there were plenty of unknown expressions, and this was for me an important part of reading experience. It brought me back about twenty years to my first books read in English (A. Christie’s), and the ultimate joy of great misteries. To conclude, P. D. James is now officially on my favourites list, and I’m looking forward reading more of her novels.

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New year’s resolutions

I’ve been thinking about this year’s resolutions for a couple weeks now, and I’ve come up with the plans for 2016. Based on last years resolution, which was to look for book bargains, and spend less on books, I have bigger plans for this year. The aim is to post more than I did in 2015, and to include the topics I’m tackling daily, in order to reach my personal goals.

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To start with books, which I haven’t read many lately due to lack of time, my reading wish list keeps growing. I’m planning to stay motivated and find time for reading some leisurely books at least 3 nights a week. Since I’m commuting to work by car now, I no longer have time to read during the drive, as I did before taking the train. I already have a pile of books which I want to start, as soon as I read the P. D. James’ Shroud for a Nightingale (Amazon Affiliate link), which I accidentally found in the local library while searching for the Stephen King’s 11/22/63 (Amazon Affiliate link), which my boyfriend owns, but cann0t find, and unfortunately or luckily, they didn’t have at the library, so I was free to go for the P. D. James’ novel.

As far as recipes go, I have a small number of cooking books, yet I only tried a handful of the recipes (less than 10). My plan for the year is to expand my cooking and baking repertoire, and find some nice and easy recipes to include in our daily lunch plans.

A year and a half ago, I became a homeowner, and since then our flat still has some issues to be solved. I’m constantly on the lookout for new ideas and solutions on how to improve our living space and get the most out of it. Of course, this subject is tightly related to my budget, as I do have two loans to pay off.

Last but not least, there’s always something going on in my life, and some of those moments I’d like to share. Whether it’s my latest LEGO creation or set review, a photograph taken during a walk in the nature, travelling, or something else, if it’s interesting, I’ll include it here.

All in all, the plan is to increase the number of posts and make the It won’t be long blog more interesting to readers.