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CatharinaL

Age 45
Joined Wednesday, March 24, 2004
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CATHARINAL (aKa CL)

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


A reader, poet and translator, 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. 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: I often register and release books with the intention of having someone else enjoy them more than I did.

Reading and writing book reviews is my guilty pleasure, and journal entries are by far my favorite feature on bookcrossing.com. 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 2020 are a) to be more diverse and less predictable in my reading, b) to venture further into Judaica, and c) to do some of the Russian classics; 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.



MY STATISTICS & CHALLENGES

Catch Rate of My True Wild Releases: < 29%
Wild Books I Have Found: 70
Countries to Which I've Sent BC Books: Austria, Belarus, 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
Countries in Which I've Wild Released BC Books: Finland, Estonia, Italy, Russia, USA

Recent reading/release challenges:
I participated in Annimanni's Around the World reading challenge (closed Dec 31, 2019)
I participated in toukokuu's Saksa-haaste challenge for reading German literature (closed Oct 12, 2019)
I participated in Peonio's Ota riski — rakastu suomenruotsalaiseen challenge for reading Finland-Swedish literature (closed Nov 06, 2019)
I participated in Tarna's Yksi kuva kertoo enemmän... photography/release challenge (closed Oct 20, 2019)
I participated in Annimanni's virolainen lukuhaaste for reading Estonian literature (closed Dec 31, 2018)
I participated in toukokuu's Ranska-haaste for reading & releasing French literature (closed May 13, 2018 )
I participated in Lii5a's Ahmimishaaste reading challenge (closed May 9, 2018)
I participated in sakirmo's Countries of the World reading challenge (closed Apr 30, 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/releasing/writing challenges organized by me:
Alastalon salissa, a challenge for reading the novel Alastalon salissa by Volter Kilpi (closed Dec 31, 2018)
Ei omena kauas puusta putoa, vai Pojasta polvi paranee, a writing challenge (closed Jan 14, 2019)
Nojatuolimatka for reading and journaling travel literature (closed July 4, 2018)
Oikeita käsiä ja vähän vasempiakin (closed May 31, 2013)




THE HELMET READING CHALLENGE 2020

The HelMet (short for Helsinki Metropolitan Area Libraries) annually challenges its patrons to participate in a year-long reading project. The challenge will consist of a collection of 50 topics or criteria for choosing your reading to broaden your worldview, inspire, and surprise; to read more and differently.


The HelMet Reading Challenge 2020
*) signifies re-reading

1. The book is older than you:
גרשון שופמן, שלכת (from my bookshelf)
2. A happy book:
Handke, Peter, Jukeboksista (a library book)
3. A book that you have prejudice against:
Sarsila, Juhani, Melancholica. Poleemisia esseitä (an online publication)
4. There are many people on the cover or in the description of the book:
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, The Brothers Karamazov (an online book)
5. A book by a Sámi author:
Laestadius, Ann-Helén, Hei söpö (a library book)
6. The book’s title begins and ends with the same letter:
Itkonen, Juha & Kjell Westö, 7 + 7 (from my bookshelf)
7. Someone breaks the law in the book:
Grossman, David, Hevonen meni baariin (a library book)
8. A book that someone else chooses for you:
Jalonen, Olli, Poikakirja (a bookcrossing book)
9. Someone faces their fears in the book:
Shyla, Anna, Woman of War (from a book-swap shelf)
10. The book is located in a country that has fewer residents than Finland:
Bates, Quentin, Reykjavikin murtomies (a library book)
11. An alternative history:
Harris, Robert, Enigma (from my bookshelf)
12. The book has been made into a play or an opera:
Bylock, Maj, Solstenen (from a book-swap shelf)
13. Someone gets lost in the book:
Beckett, Samuel, Watt (a bookcrossing book)
14. A book that is related to sports:
Polansky, Paul, Katurakki* (from my bookshelf)
15. A work of fiction that includes a real person:
Saisio, Pirkko, Epäröintejä (a library book)
16. A book plays an important role in the book:
Kurshan, Ilana, If All the Seas Were Ink (from my bookshelf)
17. A book written by a researcher:
Stratton, Jon, Jewish Identity in Western Pop Culture (an online book)
18. A book on a subject you are unfamiliar with:
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Ngugi wa Mirii, Jag gifter mig när jag vill (from a book-swap shelf)
19. A book that you read together with someone:
Mikama, Anniina, Huijarin oppipoika (borrowed from friend)
20. A book on biodiversity:
Haasjoki, Pauliina, Himmeä sininen piste (a library book)
21. You like the first sentence of the book:
Sandu, Cristina, Vesileikit (a library book)
22. The book has an unreliable narrator:
Hollinghurst, Alan, The Stranger's Child (a bookcrossing book)
23. The book has also been published in plain language:
Verne, Jules, Around the World in 80 Days* (from my bookshelf)
24. A book by an author who has published more than 20 books:
Ben Jelloun, Tahar, Pyhä yö (a bookcrossing book)
25. In the book, someone is on an island:
Marsh, Ngaio, Last Ditch* (from my bookshelf)
26. The author’s last name begins with the letter X, Y, Z, Å, Ä, or Ö:
Åberg, Johan Olof, Pohjanmaan helmi: romantillinen kertomus vuoden 1808 sodasta (a library book)
27. A story written in verse, narrative poetry or a verse novel:
The Rámáyan of Válmíkit (an online book)
28. A book about the future:
Warren, Elizabeth, This Fight Is Our Fight (from my bookshelf)
29. A book or a comic book related to Japan:
Furukawa, Hideo, Slow Boat (a library book)
30. In the book, someone’s life is saved:
Whitehead, Colson, The Underground Railroad (a library book)
31. The book depicts life in the countryside:
Erpenbeck, Jenny, Kodin ikävä (a library book)
32. A book originally published in a language that you do not know:
Popol Vuh. Maya-intiaanien kansalliseepos* (from a book-swap shelf)
33. A transformation happens in the book:
Koss, Andrew N., World War I and The Remaking of Jewish Vilna, 1914–1918 (an online publication)
34. The title of the book contains a word related to nature:
Sagan, Françoise, Myrskyn silmässä (from a book-swap shelf)
35. Someone in the book uses social media:
Smith, Zadie, Swing Time (a library book)
36. A book recommended by someone famous:
Riikonen, Matias, Iltavahtimestarin kierrokset (a library book)
37. The era in which the book is set plays a key role in the book:
Jalonen, Olli, Merenpeitto (from my bookshelf)
38. There is a tree on the cover or in the description of the book:
Launonen, Krista, Ofelian suru (a library book)
39. Someone flies in the book:
Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de, Terre des hommes (a library book)
40. A book by an author who passed away in the 2010s:
שנת הארנב ,ארטו פּאסילינה (borrowed from a friend)
41. Someone cooks or bakes in the book:
Hamid, Mohsin, Kuinka lyödä rahoiksi nousevassa idässä (a library book)
42. There are grandparents in the book:
Kawakami, Mieko, Ms Ice Sandwich (a library book)
43. A book published as part of a publisher’s series:
Kummat kuvat. Näkökulmia valokuvan kulttuureihin (ed. Harri Kalha) (a library book)
44. The book contains correspondence:
Rockad. En brevbok av Trygve Söderling — Jörn Donner, Claes Andersson — Merja-Riitta Stenroos, Tapani Ritamäki — Merete Mazzarella och Kjell Westö — Johan von Bonsdorff (from a book-swap shelf)
45. The first published book of an author:
Ringbom, Henrika, Båge (from a book-swap shelf)
46. There is a sauna in the book:
Heikkinen, Antti, Kehveli (a library book)
47. and 48. Two books with very similar titles:
Klein, Naomi, No Is Not Enough (from my bookshelf)
&
Benson, Raymond, Kun maailma ei riitä (a library book)
49. A book published in 2020:
Saarinen, Kiti & Rea Lehtonen, Variksen soolo. Haikua ja haigaa (from my bookshelf)
50. A book recommended by a member of the library staff:
Backman, Fredrik, My Grandmother Sends Her Regards & Apologises (a library book)



BOOKS READ OR BEING READ IN 2020
[96 books to date; *) signifies re-reading; **) signifies a bookcrossing book]


Alm, Monika, Ponipoppoo autiotorpassa
Back, Roni & Ville Kormilainen, Tubettajan käsikirja
Backman, Fredrik, My Grandmother Sends Her Regards & Apologises
Bates, Quentin, Reykjavikin murtomies
Beckett, Samuel, Watt**
Ben Jelloun, Tahar, Pyhä yö**
Benson, Raymond, Kun maailma ei riitä
Bolozky, Shmuel, Measuring Productivity in Word Formation: The Case of Israeli Hebrew
Bylock, Maj, Solstenen
Cohn, Dorrit, Fiktion mieli
DeGrasse Tyson, Neil, Tähtitiedettä kiireisille nuorille
Dostojevski, F.M., Köyhää väkeä
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, The Brothers Karamazov
Earhart, Amelia, Rakastan lentämistä
Envall, Markku, Miten kirjoitan aforismeja
Erpenbeck, Jenny, Kodin ikävä
Fagerholm, Monika, Glitterscenen*
Fine, Anne, Tales from Weird Street
Frick, Hans, Die blaue Stunde
Furukawa, Hideo, Slow Boat
Goldsmith, Olivia, The First Wives Club
Графика Карелии
Gravel, Elise, The Worm
Grossman, David, Hevonen meni baariin
Haasjoki, Pauliina, Himmeä sininen piste
Hamid, Mohsin, Kuinka lyödä rahoiksi nousevassa idässä
Handke, Peter, Jukeboksista
Harris, Robert, Enigma
Heikkinen, Antti, Kehveli
Hollinghurst, Alan, The Stranger's Child**
Hotten, John Camden, The Slang Dictionary: Etymological, Historical and Andecdotal
Impressions of Living Things, ed. by JAL Foundation*
Itkonen, Juha & Kjell Westö, 7 + 7. Levottoman ajan kirjeitä
Jalonen, Olli, Merenpeitto
Jalonen, Olli, Poikakirja**
Kasesniemi, Eija-Liisa, Mobile Messages. Young People and a New Communication Culture
Kawakami, Mieko, Ms Ice Sandwich
Klein, Donna, The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen
Klein, Naomi, No Is Not Enough
Koss, Andrew N., World War I and The Remaking of Jewish Vilna, 1914–1918
Kummat kuvat. Näkökulmia valokuvan kulttuureihin (ed. Harri Kalha)
Kurshan, Ilana, If All the Seas Were Ink
Laestadius, Ann-Helén, Hei söpö
Launonen, Krista, Ofelian suru
Marsh, Ngaio, Last Ditch*
Mee-Tse, Kaksitoista kirjaa**
Mikama, Anniina, Huijarin oppipoika
Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Ngugi wa Mirii, Jag gifter mig när jag vill
Nostalgia. Kirjoituksia kaipuusta, ikävästä ja muistista (eds. Riikka Rossi & Katja Seutu)
שנת הארנב ,ארטו פּאסילינה
Pax Europaea. Näkökulmia Eurooppaan (eds. Eekku Aromaa & Timo Mielonen)
Polansky, Paul, Katurakki*
Popol Vuh. Maya-intiaanien kansalliseepos*
Riikonen, Matias, Iltavahtimestarin kierrokset
Ringbom, Henrika, Båge
Rockad. En brevbok av Trygve Söderling — Jörn Donner, Claes Andersson — Merja-Riitta Stenroos, Tapani Ritamäki — Merete Mazzarella och Kjell Westö — Johan von Bonsdorff
Rosén, Haiim B., Textbook of Israeli Hebrew
Saarinen, Kiti & Rea Lehtonen, Variksen soolo. Haikua ja haigaa
פסח על שום מה , יונתן זקס
Sagan, Françoise, Myrskyn silmässä
Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de, Terre des hommes
Sainz Borgo, Karina, Caracasissa on vielä yö
Saisio, Pirkko, Epäröintejä
Sandu, Cristina, Vesileikit
Sarsila, Juhani, Melancholica. Poleemisia esseitä
גרשון שופמן, שלכת
Shyla, Anna, Woman of War
Smith, Zadie, Swing Time
Stratton, Jon, Jewish Identity in Western Pop Culture
Sutinen, Ville-Juhani, Transit. Kirjallinen tutkimusmatka*
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson (ed. Thomas H. Johnson)
The Rámáyan of Válmíkit. Translated into English Verse by Ralph T. H. Griffith
The Soncino Babylonian Talmud, Seder Tohoroth, Mas. Makshirin
The Soncino Babylonian Talmud, Seder Tohoroth, Mas. Mikva’oth
The Soncino Babylonian Talmud, Seder Tohoroth, Mas. Nega’im
The Soncino Babylonian Talmud, Seder Tohoroth, Mas. Oholoth
The Soncino Babylonian Talmud, Seder Tohoroth, Mas. Parah
The Soncino Babylonian Talmud, Seder Tohoroth, Mas. Tevul Yom
The Soncino Babylonian Talmud, Seder Tohoroth, Mas. Tohoroth
The Soncino Babylonian Talmud, Seder Tohoroth, Mas. Uktzin
The Soncino Babylonian Talmud, Seder Tohoroth, Mas. Yadayim
The Soncino Babylonian Talmud, Seder Tohoroth, Mas. Zavim
Tolstoi, Leo, Anna Karenina
Tolstoi, Leo, Kreutzer-sonaatti
Townsend, Jessica, Meinioseppä: Morriganin kutsumus
Twain, Mark, Kannibalismia junanvaunuissa*
Venäläinen formalismi: antologia (eds. Pekka Pesonen & Timo Suni)
Verne, Jules, Around the World in 80 Days*
Vuolab, Kerttu, Valon airut
Wallensköld, Viggo, Stroganoff
Warren, Elizabeth, This Fight Is Our Fight
Westö, Kjell, Halkeamia
Whitehead, Colson, The Underground Railroad
Wilson, Jacqueline, Girls Under Pressure
Zion, Noam Sacks, Romantic Rabbis. How to Study Talmudic Tales of Love and Lust
Åberg, Johan Olof, Pohjanmaan helmi: romantillinen kertomus vuoden 1808 sodasta



RINGS AND RAYS I'VE PARTICIPATED IN SINCE 2004

BOOKBOX: Runoreppu
Nainen ja kuningas
Satuhyrrä
Apinatarha
Glömp 9
Eebenpuu
Tanssiaiset
Rexi on homo ja opettajat hullui
Mandala Colouring Book
Taide-suomi-sanakirja
Embroideries
Lintu pulpetissa
Unikirja
Isoäitini eroottiset kansantarinat
Dude, Where's My Country?
Everyman
On Beauty
Viimeiset
Antikrista
Pärstäkerroin
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
Péplum
Slaughter-house Five
Phaic Tan
Molvania
Oracle Night
The Labrador Fiasco
South of the Border, West of the Sun
We
Fahrenheit 451
Atorox kuussa
Pessi ja Illusia
Kotona maailmankaikkeudessa





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