2017 in Books

2017 was crazy and magical. I was in Night Court with High Fae, I tried to rule Amber, I was in Underland with giant rats, beetles and bats, I founds answers in Weep and met Lazlo Strange, I participated in international Warcross Championships, I did quite a lot of travelling: I was on Mars, Erilea & Moon…also I sneaked into Ministry of Magic. I met a Lightning Girl who bore the weight of Silent Stone, I watched Endgame reach its final phase and I was obsessed with a beautiful stranger, an art student of a name Miranda.

Moreover, I imagined that Shakespeare had a sister: a sister equal to Shakespeare in talent and equal in genius, I had a nightmare and I became a vegetarian and then I think I sort of lost my mind and then there were hungry demons and howling werewolves.

I made some new friends. Death…  Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny and a girl with a mysterious psychic link with a monster. Those were interesting encounters not to forget about infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile.

I learned about different kind of Hunger, of how Marilyn Monroe called every man in her life “daddy” and then I was also Thinking Without Thinking. I met Thousand Naked Strangers and realized that truth can be so much worse than you could imagine and how there always are forgotten heroes.

 

 

In 2017, I read 60,224 pages across 200 books. A lot. You can check my adventures here: https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2017/21610643 This year I intend to read 300 books… it will be an adventure of kind I haven’t had in a long time :)

What were your best reads in 2017? What were your favorite places? Did you make any new friends?

Wishing you prosperous and bookish year 2018!

The National Library of Finland

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”
― Mark Twain

Yesterday I visited Kansalliskirjasto, The Nationa Library of Finland for the first time in my life. There I sat for many hours absorbing the wisdom of these gorgeous books. I just love libraries, don’t you?

My Dream Crate: Guardians Crate

Loot Crate is a  monthly subscription club for geeks and gamers and they are on the hunt for what fans and Looters would do if given the chance to design their own personal Dream Crate. Here’s what my personal dream crate would include:

& Sony Walkman Headphones…they’re so epic.
  1. Star-Lord Wacky Wobbler Bobble-Head Figure (because it would look great on my book  shelf)
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy DVD
  3. Hidden Universe Travel Guides: The Complete Marvel Cosmos: With Notes by the Guardians of the Galaxy (basically a Lonely Planet of Marvel Cosmos. Includes a lot of tips for a fun trip by Star-Lord, Drax, Rocket, Gamora & Groot.
  4. Groot Character Art Mouse Pad …because who doesn’t love Groot.
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy Group in Space Hoodie
  6. Rocket Pattern Tote Bag
  7. Sony Walkman Headphones

If you could design your own Loot Crate, what would it look like & what items would you include in it? 

Pictures and products from Marvel Shop & Goodreads & LootCrate – monthly subscription club for geeks and gamers.

Happy Hobbit Day!

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

September 22nd is the Birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two characters from J.R.R. Tolkien’s popular Middle Earth books (The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings). In the books both Bilbo and Frodo were said to be born on September 22, but of different years. (And yes, of course you know it’s Shire Calendar but let’s not mind the details.) Bilbo was born in the year of 2890 and Frodo in the year of 2968 in the Third Age.

“Sorry! I don’t want any adventures, thank you. Not Today. Good morning! But please come to tea -any time you like! Why not tomorrow? Good bye!”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

How-To Celebrate Hobbit Day

1.Go on a quest. Preferably barefoot.
2. Throw a feast! Make sure there’s good amount of food! & Before the actual feast, don’t forget to have a second breakfast (and elevenses)!
3. Visit Middle Earth! (= Read Hobbit or Lord of the Rings trilogy. Or both!)
4. Watch some movies. There’s six of them… 1171 minutes… you don’t want to know how many hours that is. You can forget about sleeping though. (Don’t worry, this week is called Tolkien Week so you’ll have plenty of time)
5. Tell rhymes.
6. Talk in Sindarin or Quenya.
7. Music. THISSountracks: Lotr, Hobbit. My favorite ones are: Song of the Lonely Mountain, The Misty Mountains Cold & I See Fire.
8. Book a holiday to New Zealand! Now! &  To get you in the right mood watch this and this. Isn’t Air New Zealand just wonderful?
9. The Hobbits give other Hobbits presents on their birthdays. So be nice, give your fellow Hobbits gifts.
10. Fireworks!! …Or sparklers!

Happy Hobbit Day 2016! Party on!