Welcome to my About page!
I’m Anastasia. Over my life, I have read few thousand books and I started this book to help people to find new favorite books.

On this blog I try to write short and witty book reviews and give different kinds of tips for reading books in general.
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You can email me: readandsurvive@gmail.com
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Happy reading & blogging moments!

123 thoughts on “About

  1. Anastasia, great passion you have, I love reading, too! May I recommend a book if you haven’t already read it? Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. 10/10 or what do you think?

  2. Chryssa, thanks for commenting & book recommendation! :) I haven’t read Brave New World but as I looked it up now, I think it is definitely must-read. (Dear library, soon we meet again)

  3. Hi Anastasia, nice to meet you. Thank you so much for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer. And do please feel free to join the conversation.
    Cheers, Alison

  4. You are just like me, from Finland and read over 1000 books. I am on goodreads too now just to see how many books I can really read in one year. Four years now. I lost over 4000 books in a house fire years ago so I do free book reviews for authors for exchange of there books. I have a poems book on amazon too, but I don’t sell much. That is great because I can say I wrote one book either way. Jackie :)

    1. Hey and you are Sagittarius like me? Best sign ever! ;) I actually started reading diary/journal in 2008 in hope not to read same books twice (didn’t quite work as I wanted) I wish I didn’t have to upload all my books manually to Goodreads. Oh, that sounds awful! I am sorry for your book loss but on bright aspect now you have so fascinating exchange with authors then :)

  5. Great, and happy to meet you on here! Thanks for reading my review of 12 Years a Slave, not the best book I’ve read this year. Hope you can find one or two books on there that you like the sound of. Reading is among the best habits a person can have. :)

    1. Likewise! :) I agree that it’s not being the best book I have read this year either, however I liked it still. (By the way I find book was shorter than movie.) I definitely agree with that! :)

      1. Good, then we agree on two things! :) Not seen the film yet, but will do as a reward for completing the book. In nine out ten cases the film is shorter than the book! :)

        1. :D Well in that I disagree. I think unless book is a “brick” it takes less time to watch the movie but maybe I just enjoy reading too much so time flies :)

  6. Hi there. Thanks a million for stopping by and following my crime novel review site at prelovedbooksblog.com. Your site looks great, love the Read & Survive title! Look forward to coming back to see what you’re reading. ~ Deirdre, Ireland

    1. :) Hello Deirdre! Thank you so much! Your blog is thrilling, I like how it’s focused on crime fiction. Easy to find a book to read next time I want to read something from this genre.

  7. Anastasia, what a lovely name and what a lovely blog! I sense serenity here among the books in your background and in you. I have had a brother-in-law from Finland in my life until recently when he passed away. I loved hearing him talk about his childhood there and his trips back to visit family. I too am a book lover and enjoy sharing my thoughts about them. I am so happy you chose to follow both of my blogs! I’ll be following you by email. Looking forward to knowing you better.

    1. Sherrey, thank you so much for your comment and thank you for following me via email :)
      I am sorry to hear about your brother-in-law.
      As Finn, I think we are pretty interesting nation. I think especially socially we are pretty different from all the other nations, more introvert.

      1. Well, there is some stuff on my blog from my library school classes, mostly what I was doing in class etc, but you are welcome to browse it to learn more. I started as a teen volunteer myself, and it became my choice profession that way. I should be having some more stuff on what kind of programs and things I do as well as book reviews in the future.

        1. Oh you definitely should! I was in library really short time (one week) as school practicant and what I especially liked was their method to glue the pages that had been separated from the book, back to the book :) it was like hmm hospital of book at same time. Will be looking forward to your posts! :)

          1. Book repair and preservation was a class I could have taken, but opted out of. It’s usually something you use more of in University or special collection libraries and archives. It is fascinating though how they can repair some of the damage. :)

  8. Well, you went and done it. You went and followed Uncle Bardie’s Stories & Such. You are now one of Uncle Bardie’s Band of Merry Followers. Just so you know, Uncle Bardie’s a hoot, and he’s got quite a few whoppers in his bag of stories. Some funny, some not so funny. But all told for your entertainment. Thank you for following his blog.

    1. Thank you yourself! :) It’s encouraging indeed, makes me continue blogging. WordPress somehow makes it easier to follow those who follow me than those who don’t so I’m always happy when I’m followed back (less work) :D

  9. Hi Anastasia! I have a fairly un-blog related request! I really want to visit Finland this Summer but know next to nothing about it… and wondered if you have any recommendations on where to go? We love mountains, forests, water, food, reading books, going on walks and exploring history. And I love Norwegian fairy tales. And sunshine would be a bonus but I doubt you can arrange that… THANK YOU!!!

    1. Aaa hey great! :) Welcome!
      So…mostly Northern Finland has mountains and I wouldn’t recommend going there during the summer (June-August) because the mosquito are just mad that time of the year. They even make elks & reindeer try to hide in shops. But then if you are ready to deal with them, Lapland is beautiful. Concerning Norwegian fairy tales, we don’t really have a culture of fairy tales in same sense as Norwegians or Danes. We might have some folk tales like Kalevala etc. but we have nothing really to offer for tourists (except Santa Claus village).

      I think I am only comfortable in recommending cities in southern Finland as I am not so familiar with Lapland myself. I would recommend: Turku + Naantali, Helsinki, Porvoo, Hanko, Raasepori region, Tampere & Savonlinna, Imatra. In smaller cities it’s good to have someone as guide especially if you want to learn about the history of those cities. Forests and water are the thing pretty much anywhere here :)

      As warning, it’s really hard to find cheap accomodation in bigger cities and also traveling by public transport: trains, buses is quite expensive. Aaa and hey if you have any more questions, or if there’s something I can help with, I would be very happy to help! :) My email is readandsurvive@gmail.com

      1. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I’m getting very excited! And possibly considering Norway too… When I came to Finland before I LOVED it though – sadly I don’t actually know where it was! We loved swimming in the lake and this amazing old house we stayed in!

  10. Thanks for following The immortal Jukebox Anastasia. I hope you will much to entertain you (and comment on!). i look forward to exploration of your blog. Regards Thom.

  11. I am book addict also from Finland. I have read only few Finnish books, because my hobby is language learning. That’s why I have about 1500 French books, which I have read thrice. Those books which I have, have never been translated into Finnish.

    Happy reading!

    1. Always nice to meet fellow book addict! 1500 French books, that’s one fantastic collection! Are there some books that have been translated in English that you could recommend to me?

  12. Many those books are dating back years, because I started to buy them already in 1975. Those books I bought from Paris or Brussels. Nearly all of them are Space adventures. Many books have been translated into various languages, but Finnish.

    I think that I cannot give any English name for them. Sorry.

    Books, which are translated into Finnish, I love those, which are written by Zane Grey. It is my favorite author who describes ”Old Wild West”. All these books tell about love, the deception of the human heart, Indians, cowboys, friendship, criminals, sorrow of heart, nature and horses etc.

    1. I see, in either case that’s very inspiring that you have so many books and that you bought them from Paris & Brussels. Thank you for the recommendation, Zane Grey seems like an interesting author!

  13. Dear Anastasia

    We have been following each other’s blog for quite some time now. I want to thank you for that. As my blog grew I struggled to give as much in return as I was receiving. I am sorry for that.

    Due to this, I am moving my work to this newly created website:


    I am staying on WP without much content shared.

    I wish you all the very best.

    Love, Isabella

  14. Hello there! I just wanted to stop by and say thanks for following my blog =)
    Books really are important; they can harm society or they can change for the better. I just love reading–I’ve always got something I’m working on!

    1. Your blog was awesome! :) That’s very true about books! As Picasso said “art is a lie that makes us realize truth”, books raise awareness :) Reading is my choice of drug.

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