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From Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland

Age 43

Joined Wednesday, March 24, 2004

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books registered 4 466
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books found 9 207
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One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple. ― Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

A majority by definition, society thinks of itself as having other options than reading verses ― Joseph Brodsky

CatharinaL (aKa CL):

A reader and a Sunday poet, I love literature and grab a book whenever & wherever I can.

I most often read in my native Finnish, but also in English, French, and Swedish; less in other languages (but it happens). Originals and translations. Poetry, prose, drama, comics, non-fiction. I'm drawn to reading about ideologies & identities, the past & the present, art & life, language & communication, structure & style. Genres aside, I'm sold on subtle twists of humor. And hey—I'm always willing to explore.

Bookcrossing continues to introduce me to genres and authors outside my usual scope. My BC bookshelf does not necessarily reflect even my newly-discovered tastes, as I often register and release books with the intention of having someone else enjoy them more than I did. I'd love to hear from fellow bookcrossers—feel free to PM me if there's anything on my bookshelf that catches your eye.

Reading and writing book reviews is my guilty pleasure, and journal entries are by far my favorite feature on I have no demands concerning the books I've passed on, but I would tremendously like to see them journaled with a bit of personality!

I like to keep track of what I read. I also hope listing the books will eventually motivate me towards more organized reading. My literary resolutions for 2018 are a) to read more in French, b) to venture further into Judaica, c) to be more diverse and less predictable in my reading, and on a loftier note, d) to create more instead of consuming, and e) to try to make everyone's year a little more bookish.

My Wish List consists of out-of-print books, new publications that haven't come my way yet, areas of special interest, as well as long-lost childhood favorites. I update my list regularly and wish to hug all the wonderful people who have fulfilled my wishes either via book swapping or RABCKing.

The Tampere BCers meet fortnightly. For meetup dates, any changes in the schedule, or other important notices, please see the Finnish Forum.

❄❅❆✶ HAPPY HOLIDAYS! I'm participating in Holiday Gift Giving 2017 ❅❄✺❆
A huge HGG thank-you hug to Poodlesister, jmsmom, alexotanil, MargaridaPires, lauraloo29, Trojanhorse, Arvores, dotdot, and Olivia_Lo for thinking of me!

[Nov 8, 2017] My first three parcels are now on their way, and I'm busy packing some others...
[Nov 20, 2017] Two more parcels now on their way, and packing some more...
[Nov 29, 2017] I have received so many parcels and I'm lagging behind in sending out mine! Yikes! I'll wrap up the ones I've planned and then some more, and continue with HGG well into December.
[Dec 8, 2017] Great Opening Day (my curiosity got the better of me).
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! All this and more... I'm overwhelmed with emotion and so, so grateful for all my bookcrossing friends around the world.
[Dec 11, 2017] Sending out yet another batch of parcels.
[Dec 12, 2017] One more parcel to be packed!

Catch Rate of My True Wild Releases: < 29%
Wild Books I Have Found: 68
Countries to Which I've Sent BC Books: Austria, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Switzerland, UK, USA
Countries from Which I've Received BC Books: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Serbia, Switzerland, UK, USA
Locations outside Pirkkala in Which I've Wild Released BC Books: Estonia, Italy, Russia, USA;
In Finland: Helsinki, Tampere, Kokemäki, Juupajoki, Mänttä, Orivesi, Kangasala, Pälkäne, Ruovesi, Virrat, Ylöjärvi, Kuru, Kankaanpää, Lempäälä, Hattula, Akaa, Valkeakoski, Vammala, Parainen, Lappeenranta

Recent reading/release challenges:
I'm participating in sakirmo's Countries of the World reading challenge (closes Apr 30, 2018)
I'm participating in toukokuu's Ranska-haaste for reading & releasing French literature (closes May 13, 2018 )
I participated in Kesis's outdoor release challenge (closed Oct 30, 2017)
I participated in Paberiliim's LaNu challenge for children's literature (closed September 30, 2013)
I participated in erpax's I have never... challenge (closed September 1, 2013)
I participated in Lii5a's language challenge (closed April 2, 2013).
Reading/release challenges organized by me:
Nojatuolimatka for reading and journaling travel literature (closes July 4, 2018)
Oikeita käsiä ja vähän vasempiakin (closed May 31, 2013)


BOOKBOX: Runoreppu
Nainen ja kuningas
Glömp 9
Rexi on homo ja opettajat hullui
Mandala Colouring Book
Lintu pulpetissa
Isoäitini eroottiset kansantarinat
Dude, Where's My Country?
On Beauty
Lyhyt kantama
Mitä minä teen täällä?
Tyhmyyden ensyklopedia
Vingt-quatre heures de la vie d'une femme
The Penelopiad
Punainen erokirja
Glömp 7
Black Rain
Why Read the Classics?
Dictionary of the Khazars
The Importance of Being Earnest
A Woman of No Importance
The Capture of Attu
Kafka on the Shore
The Line of Beauty
Jane Austen -lukupiiri
The Swimming-Pool Library
Gyn/Ecology: Metaethics of Radical Feminism
Unique Item
A Void
Slaughter-house Five
Phaic Tan
Oracle Night
The Labrador Fiasco
South of the Border, West of the Sun
Fahrenheit 451
Atorox kuussa
Pessi ja Illusia
Kotona maailmankaikkeudessa

[0 books to date; *) signifies re-reading; **) signifies a bookcrossing book]

[225 books to date; *) signifies re-reading; **) signifies a bookcrossing book]

Abu-Hanna, Umayya, Nurinkurin*
Adamson, Donald, Glamourie*
Aho, Juhani, Kootut teokset: Papin tytär ja Papin rouva*
Albahari, David, Syötti* **
Allen, Woody, Woody Allen omin sanoin. Keskusteluja Stig Björkmanin kanssa **
Amis, Kingsley, Lucky Jim* **
Anhava, Helena, Sanon silti*
Bach, Richard, Illuusio**
Beauvoir, Simone de, L’Amérique au jour le jour 1947*
Ben Jelloun, Tahar, Seitsemäs portti**
Bergroth, Kersti, Salaisuutemme* **
Binchy, Maeve, Punaisen höyhenen keittiö**
Black, Clementina (ed.), Married Women’s Work
Blixen, Karen, Helsingörin perhejuhla ja kaksi muuta salaperäistä tarinaa**
Boyarin, Daniel, Intertextuality and the Reading of Midrash
Bradley, Alan, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie**
Brodsky, Joseph, Katastrofeja ilmassa. Esseitä
Brontë, Anne, Agnes kotiopettajatar**
Brown, Jeffrey, A Matter of Life*
Buñuel, Luis, Min sista suck
Calì, Davide & Chaud, Benjamin, La verità sulle mie incredibili vacanze
Canetti, Elias, Pelastunut kieli* **
Cannon, Max, Lisää raakaa lihaa**
Carrère d'Encausse, Hélène, La Russie inachevée
Chirovici, E.O., Peilien kirja**
Christie, Agatha, Seitsemän kellon salaisuus*
Conan Doyle, Sir Arthur, Complete Sherlock Holmes* **
Conrad, Joseph, The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' / Typhoon / and other Stories
Cordoni, Constanza & Langer, Gerhard, Narratology, Hermeneutics, and Midrash: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Narratives from the Late Antiquity through to Modern Times
Coupland, Douglas, Hey Nostradamus* **
Coupland, Douglas, Microserfs*
Coupland, Douglas, Polaroids from The Dead*
Coupland, Douglas, Shampoo Planet*
Dagsson, Hugleikur, Tässä ei ole mitään vitsiä!**
Davis, John H., Venice: Art and Life in the Lagoon City
Desai, Kiran, Hulabaloo hedelmätarhassa**
Djilas, Milovan, Conversations with Stalin
Doctorow, E.L., Kynämies*
Donaldson, Laura E. & Pui-Ian Kwok (eds.), Postcolonialism, Feminism and Religious Discourse
Doody, Margaret, Tropic of Venice
Dostojevski, F.M., Vanhan ruhtinaan rakkaus**
Dubal, David, Keskusteluja Horowitzin kanssa*
Durrell, Lawrence, Balthazar**
Eidelberg, Paul, A Jewish Philosophy Of History: Israel's Degradation & Redemption
Eisenberg, Ronald L., 850 Intriguing Questions about Judaism: True, False, or In Between
Ephron, Nora, En voi mitään kaulalleni ja muita mietteitä naisen elämästä**
Ericsson, Christoffer H., Tyrrhensk kust* **
Fallaci, Oriana, Mies**
Fischer, Irmtraud & Feichtinger, Daniela, Gender Agenda Matters: Papers of the "Feminist Section" of the International Meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature
Frankel, Jonathan, Jews and Gender: The Challenge to Hierarchy
Friedländer, Saul, Nazi Germany and The Jews, 1933—1945
Frommer’s Hong Kong Day by Day**
Funke, Cornelia, Rosvoruhtinas*
Futato, Mark David, Beginning Biblical Hebrew
Gallo, Carmine, The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs**
Grabbe, Lester L., A History of the Jews and Judaism in the Second Temple Period (vol. 1): The Persian Period
Grafton, Sue, J Is For Judgment* **
Graham, Stephen, The Gentle Art of Tramping
Grass, Günter, Minun vuosisatani*
Grass, Günter, Ravunkäyntiä*
Grass, Günter, The Meeting at Telgte
Greenberg, Irving, The Jewish Way: Living The Holidays
Guevara, Che, Dagbok från Bolivia* **
Haapasalo, Ville, "Et kuitenkaan usko..." Ville Haapasalon varhaisvuodet Venäjällä**
Hagerup, Hilde, Voikukkien laulu**
Hall, Tarquin, Vish Puri & kadonneen palvelijattaren tapaus**
Hanski, Jari, Juutalaisvastaisuus suomalaisissa aikakauslehdissä ja kirjallisuudessa 1918—1944
Hautala, Turkka, Kansalliskirja
Hemingway, Ernest, Green Hills of Africa* **
Hiddleston, Jane, Writing After Postcolonialism: Francophone North African Literature in Transition
Hodgkinson, Tom & de Abaitua, Matthew (eds.), Matkaopas joutilaisuuteen**
Hovi, Kalervo, Koskenniemi, Tuula & Kunnas, Tarmo, Ranska suurvallasta Euroopan rakentajaksi**
Hyvärinen, Pekka, Suomen mies*
In And Out of The Ghetto: Jewish—Gentile Relations in Late Medieval And Early Modern Germany (eds. R. Po-Chia Hsia & Hartmut Lehmann)
Ingber, Karmi David, Where Heavens Kiss the Earth
Intialaista viisautta (toim. Juho Savio)**
Iyer, Pico (ed.), The Best American Travel Writing 2004*
Jacq, Christian, Niilin poika
Jowitt, Kathleen, Speak Its Name
Juutalainen kulttuuri (toim. Tapani Harviainen ja Karl-Johan Illman)
Kafka, Franz, America
Kaijärvi, Yrjö, Italian-matka*
Kallas, Aino, Marokon lumoissa**
Kaskela, Markku & Kontio, Tomi, Puhuvan talon tarinoita / Nella città eterna
Kaskinen, Asta, Kyl kiirut piisaa**
Kaupunkikirjat: Venetsia ja Veneto
Kaupunkimatkailian kävelyopas: Venetsia
Kejonen, Pekka, Kädettömän taputukset*
Kejonen, Pekka, Runoja, tavallaan*
Kerouac, Jack, Desolation Angels*
Kerouac, Jack, Haikujen kirja*
Kerouac, Jack, On The Road Original Scroll*
Kilpi, Eeva, Elämä edestakaisin
Kiš, Danilo, Puutarha, tuhka*
Klein, Naomi, No Logo*
Koivisto, Sesse, Kevät tuli elokuussa
Kosonen, Päivi, Meretoja, Hanna & Mäkirinta, Päivi (eds.), Tarinoiden paluu. Esseitä ranskalaisesta nykykirjallisuudesta
Kunnas, Mauri, Seitsemän koiraveljestä*
Kuosmanen, Antti, Finland’s Journey to the European Union
Kurjensaari, Matti, Loistava Olavi Paavolainen*
Kurjensaari, Matti, Syntynyt sivulliseksi*
Laiho, Pekka, Poika ja kapakkasaatana
Lamm, Norman, Seventy Faces
Laurens, Stephanie, Diablo**
Lawrence, Caroline, Ostian koirat
Lawrence, Caroline, Pompejin merirosvot
Le Clézio, J.M.G., Harhaileva tähti*
Lehtonen, Henry, Kosaani. Runoja
Lehtonen, Rea, Hyttysten tanssi
Lemminkäisen lapset*
Leneman, Helen, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Education: A Sourcebook
Leroux, Gaston, The Phantom of The Opera**
Liberles, Robert, Jews Welcome Coffee. Tradition and Innovation in Early Modern Germany
Lieberson, Stanley, A Matter of Taste*
Ligocka, Roma & Finckelstein, Iris von, Punatakkinen tyttö*
London, Mindele, Kolmastoista tuoli
London, Mindele, Paljetit kuin peilit**
Lyttleton, Raymond A., The Modern Universe
Machiavelli, Niccolò, Ruhtinas* **
MacInnes, Helen, Tehtävä Tirolissa **
Malmberg, Ilkka & Vuori, Pekka, Seitsemän miestä*
Mann, Klaus, Mefisto*
Marco Polo Bulgarian Black Sea Coast**
Marcuse, Herbert, Eros & Civilization**
Marinina, Alexandra, Murhaaja vastoin tahtoaan**
Martikainen, Rauni Anita, Kävelykirjoituksia
Massey, Sujata, Rei Shimura Havaijilla
Massey, Sujata, Rei Shimura ja helmenkalastaja*
Massey, Sujata, Rei Shimura, samurain tytär
Massey, Sujata, Rei Shimura yakuzan jäljillä
Massey, Sujata, Rei Shimuran ensimmäinen tapaus* **
Matvejević, Predrag, Tuntematon Venetsia
McGilligan, Patrick, Jack's Life**
McKinley, Robin, Beauty. A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast
McLiam Wilson, Robert, Eureka Street, Belfast* **
McLuhan, Marshall, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man* **
McPherson, Catriona, The Burry Man’s Day* **
Meriluoto, Aila, Kootut runot
Mikkanen, Raili, Aavikoiden seikkailija
Morrill, M.H., Puhuvan rummun maassa
Murdoch, Iris, Henry and Cato* **
Muslim Tatar Minorities in the Baltic Sea Region (eds. Ingvar Svanberg & David Westerlund)
Nabokov, Vladimir, Invitation to a Beheading**
Némirovsky, Irène, Ranskalainen sarja*
Nieminen, Pertti, Syksyn ääni*
Nieminen, Pertti, Yö yöltä vaihtavat varjot suuntaa**
Niffenegger, Audrey, The Time Traveler’s Wife
Nulman, Macy, The Encyclopedia of Jewish Prayer: The Ashkenazic and Sephardic Rites
Oksanen, Sofi, Puhdistus
Oranen, Raija, Kaiken takana Kekkonen
Orbuch, Sonia Shainwald & Rosenbaum, Fred, Here, There Are No Sarahs
Ozick, Cynthia, Kannibaaligalaksi*
Paavolainen, Olavi, Synkkä yksinpuhelu*
Pamuk, Orhan, Valkoinen linna* **
Parfitt, Tudor & Fisher, Netanel (eds.), Becoming Jewish. New Jews and Emerging Jewish Communities in A Globalized World
Patrakova, Inna, Naapurit**
Pavese, Cesare, The Moon and the Bonfire
Pearson, Diane, Csardas**
Perec, Georges, W eli lapsuudenmuisto*
Pertola, Esko, Kokemäen Uuno ja hänen juttunsa*
Polva, Anni, Hanna-Leena
Pylväs, Pekka, Yön yli sinne*
Raapaleantologia (ed. Olavi Kanervisto)
Rabelais, François, Suuren Gargantuan hirmuinen elämä*
Raittila, Hannu, Canal Grande*
Rider Haggard, H., King Solomon’s Mines**
Riihimaa, Marja-Liisa, Sininen kaneli* **
Rosenthal Kwall, Roberta, The Myth of The Cultural Jew: Culture And Law in Jewish Tradition
Roth, Philip, Haamukirjailija*
Roth, Philip, Ihmisen tahra*
Roth, Philip, Salajuoni Amerikkaa vastaan*
Roth, Philip, The Professor of Desire*
Roth, Philip, Väärinymmärretty mies*
Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de, Flight to Arras*
Salaperäinen kreivitär ja muita salapoliisikertomuksia**
Sansone, Caterina & Tota, Alessandro, Palacinche* **
Savtschenko, Modest, Elokuva television aikakaudella*
Seifert, Jaroslav, Ruttopylväs**
Shafak, Elif, Kirottu Istanbul**
Shakespeare, William, The Merchant of Venice*
Shaw, Bernard, Pygmalion*
Shaw, Bernard, Three Plays for Puritans*
Sheikhani, Aziz, Suomen metsien syvyydessä ja kylmyydessä. Suomi maahanmuuttajien asuinmaana* **
Shelley, Mary, Kuljeskelua Italiassa ja Saksassa
Singer, Isaac Bashevis, Short Friday and other stories* **
Singer, Isaac Bashevis, Shosha* **
Sirowitz, Hal, Äiti sanoi: runoja*
Spanish Stories And Tales (ed. by Harriet de Onís)**
Strunk, William Jr. & White, E.B., The Elements of Style*
Suomalainen, Valtteri, Sauna Syyriassa**
Susiluoto, Saila, Dogma
Tagore, Rabindranath, Villilintuja
The Babylonian Talmud, Seder Mo'ed, Mishna: Mas. Shabbath
The Babylonian Talmud, Seder Zera'im, Mishna: Mas. Berachot
The Babylonian Talmud, Seder Zera'im, Mishna: Mas. Bikkurim
The Babylonian Talmud, Seder Zera'im, Mishna: Mas. Demai
The Babylonian Talmud, Seder Zera'im, Mishna: Mas. Hallah
The Babylonian Talmud, Seder Zera'im, Mishna: Mas. Kil'ayim
The Babylonian Talmud, Seder Zera'im, Mishna: Mas. Ma‘aser Sheni
The Babylonian Talmud, Seder Zera'im, Mishna: Mas. Ma'aseroth
The Babylonian Talmud, Seder Zera'im, Mishna: Mas. 'Orlah
The Babylonian Talmud, Seder Zera'im, Mishna: Mas. Pe'ah
The Babylonian Talmud, Seder Zera'im, Mishna: Mas. Shevi’ith
The Babylonian Talmud, Seder Zera'im, Mishna: Mas. Terumoth
The Greek Cuisine: Traditional Greek Cookery
The Importance of Being Witty* **
The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion
Tikkanen, Henrik, Kulosaarentie 8 + Majavatie 11 + Mariankatu 26**
Topelius, Zacharias, Linnaisten kartanon viheriä kamari* **
Trappel, Josef, Nieminen, Hannu & Nord, Lars (eds.), The Media for Democracy Monitor. A Cross National Study of Leading News Media
Tuglas, Friedebert, Marginalia**
Vaaskivi, Tatu, Yksinvaltias 1*
Vaaskivi, Tatu, Yksinvaltias 2*
Verne, Jules, Kapteeni Nemo ja Nautilus*
Viljanen, Lauri, Ajan ulottuvuudet*
Walker, Keith Louis, Countermodernism and Francophone Literary Culture: The Game of Slipknot
Walonen, Michael K., Writing Tangier in the Postcolonial Transition: Space and Power in Expatriate and North African Literature
Walton, John H., Ancient Near Eastern Thought and The Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible
Weddle, David L., Sacrifice in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Wesker, Arnold, I’m Talking About Jerusalem
Wesker, Arnold, Roots**
Westö, Kjell, Kangastus 38*
Wilson, Jacqueline, Tatuoitu äiti**
Witt-Brattström, Ebba, Århundrades kärlekskrig**

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