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  1. Frankie reads 2017

    21. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan Blurb: Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion... and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loves is no more. Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling. From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there's plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that's beginnimg to feel like home... a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending. Thoughts: Chesilbeach recommended Jenny Colgan's novels in the Sophie Kinsella thread, and that's how I came to read this book (I obviously wanted to start with a novel that has to do with books ) Thanks for the recommendation! Nina is a reader and a dreamer, and has escaped into the world of books most often in her life. But things change when she sets up a mobile bookshop. Oh how I would love to do what she did, and just start selling books to people. Move somewhere else and start from square one. A really endearing read. I miss the characters and the setting. I could've just read on. 4/5
  2. Frankie reads 2017

    It's the last day of June, and I can say this month was also better for me reading-wise, than the first four months of the year! I read 4 books, and they all got good marks: June 18. Pimeyden Helsinki by Ville Pesola 19. The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling 3/5 thoughts 20. The Crime Writer by Jill Dawson 3/5 thoughts 21. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan 4/5
  3. Frankie reads 2017

    I don't think I've ever bought a book I already owned with a different title, but I can imagine how annoying it would be!! Athena said: I'm glad I'm not the only one who struggles with the same thing! But the struggle is very real.... But I'm feeling good about this, as I can already cross one title off the list as I finished it last night!
  4. What cheered you up today?

    Yes it is!
  5. I don't remember how A Man Called Ove ended up on my wishlist, but when I found a copy of the novel at the library yesterday, I had to start reading it next. And it's been a real pleasure, and I've been laughing out loud a lot! Here's the synopsis from Amazon: * In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations. A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. * There's something very lovable in Ove the curmudgeon. The novel starts with him being in a shop, holding an iPad and waving it around in the air, asking the clerk if it's a computer. The clerk has a hard time trying to explain to him what an iPad is and how maybe he would be comfortable with some other kind of computer. Some of the chapters follow Ove's current every day life, and others tell us his background and story and how he's come up to the point in his life where he now stands. It's funny, and it's endearing and heart-warming. I'd heartily recommend it!
  6. Your Book Activity - June 2017

    Oh crap I saw a copy of the book at a bookshop today. Didn't buy it, but I did eye it! Only 60 pages to finish The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan.
  7. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

    I'm happy to hear you're enjoying the book! We already have a topic on the subject, you can find it here. I know other people have read the book, too, but they've not commented on the thread so far.
  8. Sophie Kinsella

    Oh yes, there was another name next to Jenny Colgan's with this one on Goodreads, and I wondered if she co-wrote it with someone, but I now stand corrected! That would be great if you read it next! I will be eagerly waiting for your thoughts on it I hope it's good!
  9. Rest in Peace

    Michael Nyqvist, the great Swedish actor, died of lung cancer two days ago He was my favorite Swedish actor. So talented and so handsome. He was friends with a certain Finnish movie director, and the movie director's said Nyqvist is (was) such a nice, down-to-earth guy, who liked to come to Finland to meet his friends (his wife is Finnish Swedish, so she's from here). He was only 56 years old
  10. Sophie Kinsella

    Chesilbeach, have you read Class by Jenny Colgan? I really like the sound of it, but unfortunately they don't have copies of it at the library. I wonder if I should suggest they get a copy or if I should just buy one myself. Unless it's not a good one. I think it's a series..?
  11. Frankie reads 2017

    I have been thinking about my TBR a lot lately, and I've come to the conclusion that I seriously ought not to borrow any books from the library. I have so many wonderful books to get to on my bookshelves!! I know I've said the same thing before, and I failed to stick to my decision, but I'm trying once again. So, (after reserving a copy of a Jenny Colgan book I have my sights on! - edit: they don't have a copy of that book! I'm annoyed, but I guess this is better for my TBR), I will try and not make any more reservations of books, and I won't borrow random books from the library (unless I hear about a favorite author coming out with a new book that I simply must read!) I'm only allowed to read the ones that I've already borrowed, and the ones I've already reserved. Here is the list: Borrowed books (2/16) - The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan 4/5 - My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella 4/5 - Sopivasti sekaisin by Veera Vaahtera - Ajan kanssa: kesäni Marcel Proustin seurassa by Petteri Kantola - Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanism, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh - Irti sosiaalisesta jännittämisestä by a bunch of people - God Delusion by Richard Dawkins - Talking as Fast as I Can: from Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham - Furiously Happy: a Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson - The Dandelion Years by Erica James - Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness: a self-help guide using cognitive behavioural techniques by Gillian Butler - The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews - The Real Liddy James by Anne-Marie Casey - Vapaaksi ahdistuksesta by Edmund J. Bourne - Hengitys itsesäätelyn ja vuorovaikutuksen tukena by a bunch of people - Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay Reserved books (9) - Daddy Cool: kolme vuosikymmentä televisiomaailman huipulla by Jorma Sairanen & Kalle Kinnunen - Tällä tavalla maailma loppuu by Philip Teir - Kuka murhasi Roland Barthesin? by Laurent Binet - Columbine by Dave Cullen - Tummiin vesiin by Paula Hawkins - Tunne lukkosi: vapaudu tunteiden vallasta by Kimmo Takanen - Synkän metsän siimeksessä by Ruth Ware - Luolamies by Jorn Lier Horst - Dead Writers in Rehab by Paul Bassett Davies
  12. Frankie reads 2017

    There's a sale at the big bookshop in the city, started a few weeks ago but I only went in this Monday. There was a very small selection of English titles They've had more before! (Or maybe I was too late) I almost didn't notice them. Took a look at the titles and only fancied one, but didn't buy it! It was Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer. Today I went back because it was haunting me And then there were books that hadn't been there before, and I liked the sound of one of them, and so I bought it, too It's called The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie. I thought I was allowed to splurge a little, as I got my paycheck including holiday money a few weeks ago.
  13. Frankie reads 2017

    The Bookshop on the Corner is also titled The Little Shop of Happy Ever After, if that helps in any way! I didn't realize about the two different titles before I was half way through the book. I hope you find it! I have 60 pages to go, but I'm really enjoying it
  14. Sophie Kinsella

    ^ I'm currently reading The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan (originally titled The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After) and I'm really enjoying it! Today I got my reservation of Kinsella's My Not So Perfect Life, and I'm excited to get to it soon! I had forgotten what it was about, exactly, but like what I (re)read in the blurb.
  15. Your Book Activity - June 2017

    Thanks Athena! I've started reading The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan. Only 24 pages in so it's early days.
  16. The Last Film You Saw - 2017

    The Switch. It was quite alright.
  17. What's for Dinner?

    Please be kind and don't tell them!!!!!
  18. LGBT literature

  19. LGBT literature

    The Helsinki Pride week started today over here, and it made me think of this genre. (Hence the avatar) A new book to add to the list would be What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell. I've not read it (yet), but it's supposed to be good. I've also read a fictionalized account of Patricia Highsmith, called The Crime Writer and it's by Jill Dawson, which I shall add to the list. It's been a really long time since we've done most of the adding to the list, so I'd welcome anyone who has new titles for the list to post on the thread!
  20. Bobblybear's Book List - 2017

    Exactly! A quick look at Goodreads statistics say, that Under a Pole Star has been rated 0.02 stars better than The Tenderness of Wolves! Of course, there are only 233 people who've rated the book (as opposed to the 8985 people who've rated TToW). The book has 608 pages Good luck! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you
  21. Bobblybear's Book List - 2017

    Ack, that's a shame about TIO I'm grasping at straws, but maybe she didn't do as fine a job because she was out of her own element - writing about things taking place in a cold climate? Maybe she can only write amazing fiction when it's set in a cold climate. That would mean UaPS has a really fair chance of being a great read!
  22. Bobblybear's Book List - 2017

    That's so funny, what a coincidence I have very fond memories of that particular reading circle, as I think all the participants really enjoyed the book. That's rather rare. Have you read The Invisible Ones? I borrowed a copy many moons ago, but never started it before taking it back to the library. I feared it wouldn't be up to par with TToW. Great to hear your library has copies of the novel! Saves you some money I read the blurb of UaPS, and I have to say, it's not as interesting as TToW. But maybe it's a case of the blurb not revealing all that much, and the actual storyline being one helluva ride. Penney, as we know, is very skilled in setting the mood and creating a very believable atmosphere!
  23. What's for Dinner?

    They are really yummy, I must say! Although the bacon... Never heard or seen anyone do it. Blasphemy!!!
  24. What's for Dinner?

    Nice! Animal. I've googled, what it entails exactly, and it's seasoned ground pork and beef in a particular shape. You put it in the oven or fry on a pan. A classic from when I was a kid. (Notice the word 'original' in the picture.... so much English we use in Finnish.)
  25. Bobblybear's Book List - 2017

    Maybe it was, yes It's been so long since we had RC! Makes one rather nostalgic. Just the other day I was thinking about Stef Penney's The Tenderness of Wolves, and how I can still remember it's atmosphere. Just because it was an RC book and we talked about it for a month on here. Good times 'Not a long book' is always a plus! At least in terms of picking up said book to read it!