Fiction, Women's

Switching Places With Someone – Would It Solve Your Problems? The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice by Katarina West

This book was great. It’s just one of those cozy, sweet girlish reads that you want to grab when you’re curled up on your sofa, holding a warm cocoa mug and trying to let the fluffy feeling warm up your heart. (I mean, just look at that adorable cover.)

so many feelings right now

I rarely do those kinds of reads. Oh nooo, Evelina likes to stick to the dark, the weird, the disturbing, sometimes the even the baffling literary. Or at the very least, a backstabbing fantasy or sci-fi. But you know, maybe I should do this more often? Because books like this make your life more bearable, instead of plunging your further into the abyss? I know you’ll understand. Us bookworms are among the worst masochists there are, really. (If you’re in doubt, just remember Illuminae, Gemina, Red Rising or maybe They Both Die At The End.)

So what is The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice about? Irene Nylander, a middle-age Finnish woman, has quite a few problems. Aside being unhappy with her body and constantly turning to comfort food, being ignored by her best (or rather, only) friend, bullied by her elderly mother-in-law and altogether ignored by her husband, her biggest problem still is that she’s given up on challenges, passions and mostly just the whole of life. A painful event plunges Irene into a state where she profoundly wants to just die and nothing more. And she puts herself in danger.

Enter Aaron, the prankster angel! This is where it gets fun. Although Aaron really does want to help, he’s like Dobby, right?

Aaron is such a fun character. Without him, this story would have never come to be! He comes up with a great solution. Which is? To swap the bodies of Irene and a celebrity movie star! Badum tsss. Hilarity ensues.

I don’t really need to tell you more about the book. This is the part where you read it! But the thing is.. It’s not just a funny or cozy book. What I loved about it the most is how many different social problems it at least touches upon, if it doesn’t simply go into them. I loved the way the refugee problem was shown, although it seems unrelated to the premise – it is still dealt with. Poverty versus having privilege as well! But it’s not just that. Respect to one another, not taking a person and their efforts or love for granted, never judging, always trying to understand. Not keeping any animosity. Not bottling it in. It’s not every day that you’ll be reading something that could be categorized as chick-lit, and yet explore deep values. I feel like essentially this book is trying to make the world a better place.

Aside from that, the book is just… well-written. You won’t struggle while reading it, or connecting with the characters. All the characters are so likeable as well! Even the prissy movie star – you will love her! And you’ll feel like the lessons life both Irene and Mimi (the starlet) learn are something so touchable that it might benefit you too. In fact, I think this is what makes the book so satisfying – it’s just so close to home, while being as far away from it as possible (wait… Does that make sense..?)

I thank Katarina West for providing me with a review copy in exchange to my honest opinion. I know for sure that I’ll want to read the sequel to this! I’m super curious about what happens to Irene, Mimi and Aaron. And if you want a second opinion on this book – I got interested in it after reading Joy’s review – she also loved it! So you can go check that one out too.

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Do you often read cozy books like that? And will you consider reading The Thousand Tiny Miracles?

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

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Anna Pittman
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That is such a cute cover! The story sounds cute as well, it’s going on my TBR list 🙂 I like to read fluffy feel-good reads every now and then.

Erica @ Erica Robyn Reads
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This sounds so lovely!! And that cover!!! <3

Emma
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I rarely read cozy books but every now and again a cover or title will catch my eye and then despite saying I never like these type of books I often end up loving them. I do like to be contradictory!

Grab the Lapels
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It’s interesting to me that the clouds on the cover are hanging by wire, as if the light-hearted feel is all false and been constructed instead.

Ksenia @ Something Delicate
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Hi, Evelina! Sorry I haven’t visited your blog for a while. I’ve been on a long hiatus because of… well, real life.
I’m all for a cozy read these days. Thanks for putting this book on my radar, I haven’t heard about it. You pointed many things that I love in books. Such a well-written review, Evelina.

Jackie B.
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First of all, these GIFs are the best. Secondly– what a fascinating book! I do enjoy reading “switched places” type books. But I never would have expected one with this synopsis to talk about refugees, poverty, and privilege. That catches my eye. Typically books like this have a moral but they never explore social issues. I’m certainly intrigued. It’s hard for me to define “cozy” books. Like, quick reads which make you feel good? I just get so confused when people use “cozy” in the genre. Like, what the heck is a Cozy Mystery?! I cannot tell. Can you help… Read more »
kris @ lemon-notes
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hahaha this premise reminds me of Freaky Friday!! I loved that movie so much. I still do, of course, it’s just been quite a while since I’ve watched it.
Also, HECK YES to those social issues, especially the refugee crisis. Those are all such important things, and I am both pleased and surprised that a “chick lit” book would take those up!
I’m glad you enjoyed this one! 🙂

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