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Top Ten Things On My Bookish Bucket List
I read Game of Thrones last year around May after my uni term ended and I've been planning to do the same with A Clash of Kings. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, but I feel like I really need to be able to focus on the books while reading them which is the reason I don't even attempt to start them when I was screenings and readings for uni. I'm hoping maybe even reading the third book in the series as well during the summer (or the first half of the third book or however they're divided), so I could catch up with the show at least a bit.
2. Choose a classic to read for the summer
A couple years back I read Anna Karenina during my summer holiday and since then I've been trying to tackle at least one classic novel during the long holiday I have from uni. Last summer I read more of contemporary classics, so I'm thinking this summer I need something a bit older. I love Austen and Bronte, so maybe you have some suggestions for me that are similar?
I loved the first book, the second book was alright, but I still haven't read the third book (and no one has actually managed to spoil it for me either). I'm thinking of maybe buying it for when I travel back home for summer so I could read it in the plane.
4. Take some time to go through my books at home and see if there are books I could donate/giveaway etc.
When I moved away from home to uni (my home is in Finland and I study in Scotland), my mom packed all of my books to these boxes and put them in the storage. There are probably around 500 books there, most of them titles I don't even remember. I still have a year to go in here, but once I move back to Finland, I will probably get my own place sooner or later, and I'll want to have to books with me. I feel like there are a lot of titles there from the different phases I went through as teenager, titles I'll never read again.
5. Read something that has been translated into Finnish
Since my exchange student year back in 07-08, I've been doing pretty much all of my reading in English. Sometimes, when I was "forced" to read something in Finnish, I remember complaining about the bad translations. I want to pick up something I have loved in English and see how it reads in Finnish. Maybe A Fault in Our Stars or The Perks of Being a Wallflower... (btw, that's the Finnish cover to A Fault in Our Stars.... It's kind of ugly, right?)
Since I don't live in Finland, I don't really follow the Finnish literary world either. Every year they give this literary prize called "Finlandia" prize for a writer, and I think I should maybe pick the winner from this year/last year. I read a book called Puhdistus (Purge) a couple years ago by writer called Sofi Oksanen and really enjoyed it (it has been translated to several different languages and I think you should all give it a go!)
7. Read a Finnish classic
Since I'll be doing my dissertation on classic Finnish cinema, I should probably read something from the Finnish classic literature canon (I haven't read yet). If you happen to be Finnish/fan of Finnish literature, please give me recommendations.
8. Re-read my favorite Moomin Books
It is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson, a writer who has maybe had a bigger influence on my life than J.K.Rowling, since it is her that came up with the wonderful and lovable Moomins, no doubt the best fictional characters out there. If you haven't read these books, you definitely should! And if you have a chance to give a go to the animation series inspired by these stories and characters, please do so! I still watch moomins at least once a week from Youtube - always brings a smile on my face.
9. Read something non-fiction
I've been reading only fiction recently (my escape from all of my university reading), but I feel like I should read something (non-film related) non-fiction, since I know there are some amazing titles out there I might not just be aware of. If you like to read non-fiction, please recommend me some titles you've enjoyed.
I feel like there are so many similar minded people out there I could make awesome friends with (either "in real life" or through Internet) and I'm sad I haven't done so before. I don't have that many reader friends around me here, so I need to rely on Internet to make those connections. I've been so good with making those connections when it comes to television shows (I mainly use Tumblr for that), so why not try to do the same with books. I keep seeing people who have become penpals or something like that with people they have "met" through their blogs, and I want something like that as well.