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From Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland

Age 43

Joined Wednesday, March 24, 2004

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4 weeksall time
books registered 4 464
released in the wild 0 229
controlled releases 0 0
releases caught 1 73
controlled releases caught 0 0
books found 5 198
tell-a-friend referrals 0 315
new member referrals 0 11
forum posts 5 1,014

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One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple. ― Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

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, imagery & the imagination, 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, the literati and the cognoscenti—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. This year, a) I'm doing a massive-scale re-reading through my shelves, b) I’m reading aloud and alongside my kids, and c) I hope to be venturing further into Judaica.

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, and Arvores for thinking of me! I have everything piled up on a side table and I just can't wait to open them in December!

Outgoing HGG mail update:
[Nov 8, 2017] My first three parcels are now on their way, and I'm busy packing some others...
[Nov 19, 2017] Two more parcels ready to be sent.

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

[186 books to date; *) signifies re-reading]

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*
Binchy, Maeve, Punaisen höyhenen keittiö
Black, Clementina (ed.), Married Women’s Work
Blixen, Karen, Helsingörin perhejuhla ja kaksi muuta salaperäistä tarinaa
Bradley, Alan, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
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*
Carrère d'Encausse, Hélène, La Russie inachevée
Christie, Agatha, Seitsemän kellon salaisuus*
Conan Doyle, Sir Arthur, Complete Sherlock Holmes*
Conrad, Joseph, The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' / Typhoon / and other Stories
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*
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
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
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*
Hagerup, Hilde, Voikukkien laulu
Hall, Tarquin, Vish Puri & kadonneen palvelijattaren tapaus
Hanski, Jari, Juutalaisvastaisuus suomalaisissa aikakauslehdissä ja kirjallisuudessa 1918—1944
Hemingway, Ernest, Green Hills of Africa*
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
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
Kaupunkikirjat: Venetsia ja Veneto
Kaupunkimatkailian kävelyopas: Venetsia
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
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
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
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*
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*
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
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
Pearson, Diane, Csardas
Perec, Georges, W eli lapsuudenmuisto*
Pertola, Esko, Kokemäen Uuno ja hänen juttunsa*
Polva, Anni, Hanna-Leena
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 Zera'im, Mishna: Mas. Berachot
The Babylonian Talmud, Seder Zera'im, Mishna: Mas. Demai
The Babylonian Talmud, Seder Zera'im, Mishna: Mas. Kil'ayim
The Babylonian Talmud, Seder Zera'im, Mishna: Mas. Pe'ah
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*
Tuglas, Friedebert, Marginalia
Vaaskivi, Tatu, Yksinvaltias 1*
Vaaskivi, Tatu, Yksinvaltias 2*
Verne, Jules, Kapteeni Nemo ja Nautilus*
Viljanen, Lauri, Ajan ulottuvuudet*
Wesker, Arnold, I’m Talking About Jerusalem
Wesker, Arnold, Roots
Westö, Kjell, Kangastus 38*
Wilson, Jacqueline, Tatuoitu äiti

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