Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Wishes






Have a lovely Valentine's Day everyone! Ihanaa ystävänpäivää kaikille!




Monday, February 3, 2014

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Hello, world! :) Or rather hello blogosphere. It's been a while, I know. I last posted in July. I did not mean it to be my last post in 2013, but so it was. Yes, I have been busy with work and dancing, but I always am. :) There were two other reasons for the silence -no, make it three:

1. Last summer I rekindled my love for knitting and have been happily knitting ever since, thus less reading time.

2. For years I have been saying I should read more books in my mother tongue, but have continued to read mainly in English. Then last summer & autumn I suddenly found one book after another by interesting Finnish writers and ended up reading more books in Finnish that I have done in years. It was great, but I had less to blog about in English.

3. Maybe I just needed a blogging break. :) 

My 2013 was a surprising reading year not only because of the number of books I read in Finnish, but also because in the beginning of the year I was sure I would read a significant number of books in e-format. Guess how many e-books I ended up reading in 2013? None! I read quite a few in 2012, but come 2013 my fingers started to hurt. It took me a while to realise that it was because of reading e-books on my iPad. I've been using a pen for browsing ever since and my fingers are just fine, but it sort of put me off reading e-books.

Last Thursday we had an international guest at the library! Scott Turow's latest novel Identical was published in Finnish that same morning and he was in Finland to promote the book. We were very happy to have him on a visit and it was interesting to hear him talk about his career and his books. I'm now a happy owner of a signed copy of Identtiset as Identical is called in Finnish. :)

Well, I'll go back to my knitting now. It's going to be a kimono sleeved summer top in mint green and white and the pattern is a vintage one from a Finnish pattern booklet from 1949. Oh yes, I'm also into vintage clothing, especially anything from the 1930s of 1940s, so be warned, there will probably also be some vintage knitting posts in the future...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Teaser Tuesday 23.7.2013

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lista if they like your teasers!


My teaser brings you a piece of Stone Age feminism from p. 7 of Stone Spring by Stephen Baxter. Stone Spring is the first book of Baxter's Northland series.

'In my country the women get out of the way of the men, who own the houses.'
'This isn't your country, and I thank the mothers for that.'

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Teaser Tuesday 9.7.2013


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lista if they like your teasers!


I'm about 2/3 through Blood & Beauty, a historical novel about the Borgias by Sarah Dunant. My teaser is from p. 140-141.


For the first weeks Alexander is beside himself with the pleasure of it all: to be so courted, so tempted and cajoled. He has waited a long time for such power.

What are you reading?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

WWW Wednesdays 5.6.2013





WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


• What are you currently reading?
I'm reading Swans & Klons by Nora Olsen. This is a YA novel set in an all-female world. 


 From the book synopsis: 
Sixteen-year-old Rubric loves her pampered life in the Academy dormitory. She’s dating Salmon Jo, a brilliant and unpredictable girl. In their all-female world, non-human slaves called Klons do all the work. But when Rubric and Salmon Jo break into the laboratory where human and Klon babies are grown in vats, they uncover a terrifying secret that tears their idyllic world apart.


• What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished reading The Osiris Ritual, the second part of a steampunk detective story series by George Mann. Unwrapping mummies that have been mummified alive, mystical ancient rituals, steampowered vehicles and gadgets and men enhanced by brass and steel, what more could one want?:) Luckily there are two more books available in the series and Mann is writing the fifth. 


• What do you think you’ll read next?
I have quite a few books to choose from! It might be Inferno by Dan Brown or For Want of a Fiend by Barbara Ann Wright. Or maybe I'll choose Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley as my next read. It will totally debend on my mood after Swans & Klons.

Happy reading everyone!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Teaser Tuesday 28.5.2013

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR List if they like your teaser!


Today I'm writing to you from Paris, France! I'm here to watch some tennis. 

My teaser, however, has nothing to do with either Paris or tennis. :) It is from p. 34 of  The Osiris Ritual by George Mann:

"Whilst waiting, Newbury has been considering the events of the previous evening, mulling over the details of the things he'd seen and trying to ascertain what it was, specifically, that had made him uneasy about Winthrop's unrolling of the Theban mummy. It was certainly more than the revelation that the man had been mummified alive."

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

WWW Wednesdays 22.5.2013


WWW Wednesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?



This is my first ever WWW Wednesday post!
Here are my answers:


• What are you currently reading?
I'm still reading Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. I'm really enjoying the book and hope to reach the last page later today.:) Verne is an old childhood favorite of mine.

• What did you recently finish reading?
I recently finished reading The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder. What an adventure! What a brilliant book! It's the first in a series, and I cannot wait to read the next part. Hodder is now writing the fifth book.

• What do you think you’ll read next?
I have not decided yet. It might be The Orisis Ritual by George Mann. This is another steampunk series I recently started reading & fell immediately in love with! :)


Have a lovely Wednesday full of books and reading!