January Bookhaul

I know, January is not over yet, but I’m confident that I won’t buy any more books this month. All together I got 21 books of which 10 are E-Books, that may or may not have been partly free on Amazon and 11 normal books in either paperback or hardcover.

I got two books in Germany, while I was there over Christmas and New Year’s to spend with my family and friends.

THE first one, “Still” (Silent), was a recommendation of my Godfather’s wife, and is by the German writer Zoran Drvenkar, who was born in Croatia but came to Germany at the age of 3.

The book tells the story of a girl that has escaped her captures, but hasn’t spoken a single word ever since she returned, and only sits on a chair and stairs out of the window. Mika Stellar now tries to find out more about the men who made her silent. He wants revenge for they did to her and won’t stop until he has found these men.

“When the lakes remain silent, silent death arises.
A man, who is looking for his daughter but loses his identity with it.  A girl, staring out of the window for six year,  waiting for someone to bring her the key to her memory.  Four men and one mission, that consists of hunger and discipline, and doesn’t spare any sacrifice. A winter in Germany, a lake in the forest and shadows that move underneath the ice.”

There are many 5-Star ratings and praises for this book and it really sounds thrilling! Usually, I don’t read thrillers or crime a lot, but this definitely caught my attention.

THE second one is “Kein Rockstar für eine Nacht”  (org. title “Lick”) by Kylie Scott. That was a lucky find while browsing the bookstore and it sounded interesting, so I bought it.

“Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride.”

I’m actually super excited to read this book. It just sounds so entertaining and fun! And I really dig these kind of novels!

AT the Airport, just before leaving back home to Helsinki, I couldn’t resist and bought “Not That Kind Of Girl” by Lena Dunham. I had heard so many great things about this book, and seen it everywhere all over the book community that I really wanted to read it. And I have not been disappointed. I will publish a review for it later on.

“In Not that Kind of Girl, Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one’s way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health food, having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age, finding true love, and, most of all, having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told.

Exuberant, moving, and keenly observed, Not that Kind of Girl is a series of dispatches from the frontlines of the struggle that is growing up. “I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you,” Dunham writes. “But if I can take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile.”

FROM the thrift shop I got “White Teeth” by Zadie Smith.

“At the center of this invigorating novel are two unlikely friends, Archie Jones and Samad Iqbal. Hapless veterans of World War II, Archie and Samad and their families become agents of England’s irrevocable transformation. A second marriage to Clara Bowden, a beautiful, albeit tooth-challenged, Jamaican half his age, quite literally gives Archie a second lease on life, and produces Irie, a knowing child whose personality doesn’t quite match her name (Jamaican for “no problem”). Samad’s late-in-life arranged marriage (he had to wait for his bride to be born), produces twin sons whose separate paths confound Iqbal’s every effort to direct them, and a renewed, if selective, submission to his Islamic faith. Set against London’s racial and cultural tapestry, venturing across the former empire and into the past as it barrels toward the future, White Teeth revels in the ecstatic hodgepodge of modern life, flirting with disaster, confounding expectations, and embracing the comedy of daily existence.

THEN I had to use my gift vouchers for the Adlibris Online Store I got at the book fair in October, and I ordered  (ATTENTION: I recommend not to read the description of the next two books, since it will spoil the first book!!!) Crown Of Midnight” & “Heir Of Fire“, the second and third book of the “Throne Of Glass” – Series by Sarah J. Maas and “Giraffen in Finnland” by Kari Erhardt.

“Sentimentalism is not Finns thing. She has enough to do finding the place where she belongs between the commune – incl. dog and shockingly attractive “Brother honorary” – of her writing father and her mother’s apartment – with urological partner and a Mr Spock giant poster. And while she is busy keeping her two completely opposite worlds together, not dealing too much with the bitches in her school and meet the expectations of her first boyfriend, her best friend Collie falls in love on an Internet portal. What at first looks like an absurd online relationship soon becomes a trial for their friendship.”


YESTERDAY, while on my way home, I saw the huge “SALE” sign at the Academic Bookstore – the biggest bookstore in Helsinki – and there was no way I could possibly pass by. I just love going to that store, because over all their selection of English books is simply amazing! After two and a half hours I was literally swept out as the last customer. I was close to hiding somewhere under a shelf or such… Anyway, I walked out with 4 books all together:

Aldous Huxley – Brave New World (on sale price)

“Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…”




Donna Tartt  – The Goldfinch (I got it for free because my bookpass was full.)

“It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.”

Grady Hendrix – Horrorstör – the books that looks like an IKEA catalogue.

“Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.

To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.”

Ali Smith – How to be both – an artsy book that just seemed very interesting to me.

“How to be both is a novel all about art’s versatility. Borrowing from painting’s fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it’s a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. There’s a Renaissance artist of the 1460s. There’s the child of a child of the 1960s. Two tales of love and injustice twist into a singular yarn where time gets timeless, structural gets playful, knowing gets mysterious, fictional gets real—and all life’s givens get given a second chance.”



AS Kindle Ebooks I got the following:



 I have no idea when I will read each of this book but I hope it will be soonish!

Stay tuned for more!
xo Fhina ❤

Author: Fhina

Ocean soul. 30 years old book lover living in Helsinki, active reader and coffee addict.

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