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From Vantaa, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland
Joined Monday, April 24, 2006
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Looks like we've got ourselves a reader!

I was in Fyffe, Alabama last year. After the show, I went to a Waffle House. I'm not proud of it, I was hungry. And I'm eating, I'm alone and I'm reading a book, right? Waiter walks over to me:

"Hey, what you readin' for?"

Is that like the weirdest fucking question you've ever heard? Not what am I reading, but what am I reading … for.

- Bill Hicks -

Hello there & welcome to my bookshelf!

Me as a reader: passionate, seasonal, sometimes demanding or short-tempered to the extent of giving up halfway through. I may keep a book on my bedside table for a very long time, if there are pauses in between.

Subjects of interest: art and colour, linguistics, history, surrealism/dreams/hallucinations, black humor, social horror, marine life, the absurd, 1001, gothic romance classics from the 1800s, postmodernism, environmental issues, poetry, common science, seas/islands/coasts, nightlife, geography & travelling, artistic & musical biographies, Japanese weirdness, life in Vienna, all things French... ... ...

Authors of interest: Haruki Murakami, Kobo Abe, Ryū Murakami, Amélie Nothomb, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, J.-M.G. Le Clézio, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Orhan Pamuk, Marguerite Duras, Patrick Modiano, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, William Shakespeare, Virpi Hämeen-Anttila, Johanna Sinisalo, Eeva-Liisa Manner, Helena Sinervo, Arthur Schnitzler, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Robert Frost, Margaret Atwood, Ray Bradbury, Bill Bryson, Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Brautigan... and so many more!

Bookring/bookray policy:

I like to participate in bookrings and bookrays, if there's something interesting on offer. However, I have a life and a job that requires reading, so please understand if there are times when I respond to messages with delay. I don't check my BC mails daily. My work is connected to literature to an extent, so if there's a book I need for professional purposes, I hope you will agree that using stuff for work might take its time. There are schedules that have to be followed, and since my survival depends on my work, I will rather let my BC activity suffer than neglect my job. However, if I intend to stall a book for an exceptional period of time, I will usually try and let everyone concerned know about this. This is (serious) leisure, but still leisure. I hope you understand. So no hard feelings, eh? :)

(Note to self - MY BOOKRING/RAY STATS)

Margaret Atwood: Alias Grace
Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar
Elizabeth Kostova: The Historian
Richard Dawkins: The Blind Watchmaker
Love Letters of Great Men
Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird
Edith Wharton: The Age of Innocence
Orhan Pamuk: Snow
Jessica Valenti: Full Frontal Feminism
Anna-Leena Härkönen: Ei kiitos
Drew Hayden Taylor: The Night Wanderer
Toni Morrison: Beloved
Michel Tournier: Rakastavaisten illallinen
Margaret Atwood: Moral Disorder
Bill Bryson: Notes From a Small Island < - ring cancelled
David Sedaris: Me Talk Pretty One Day
Jonathan Safran Foer: Everything is Illuminated
Humphrey Carpenter: J.R.R. Tolkien
David Sedaris: Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim
Sarah Waters: Tipping the Velvet
Anna Kontula: Tästä äiti varoitti
Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
John Irving: The Cider House Rules
Louis Sachar: Holes
Elfriede Jelinek: The Piano Teacher
Jaroslav Seifert: Ruttopylväs
Paulo Coelho: The Witch of Portobello
Bill Bryson: The Lost Continent
Fumi Yoshinaga: Ooku - The Inner Chambers
The Southern Vampire series, parts I and II
Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart
Yasmina Khadra: What the Day Owes the Night

Margaret Atwood: The Edible Woman
Jeannette Winterson: Sexing the Cherry
Philippa Gregory: The Other Boleyn Girl
Paulo Coelho: Veronika Decides to Die
Margaret Atwood: The Penelopiad
Richard Yates: Revolutionary Road
Nawal El Saadafi: Woman at Point Zero
Emmi Itäranta: Teemestarin kirja

Bookrings organized by me:
Melissa P: Sata harjanvetoa ennen nukkumaanmenoa
Antti Nylén: Vihan ja katkeruuden esseet
Sofi Oksanen: Stalinin lehmät
Bill Bryson: Neither Here Nor There
Tuomas Vimma: Helsinki 12
Brian Ruckley: The Edinburgh Dead

Bookrays organized by me:
Elizabeth Kostova: The Swan Thieves
Brian Ruckley: The Edinburgh Dead

I have physically released books in Finland, Scotland, Austria, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, France, Spain, Malaysia & Singapore
sent RABCKS and ring books abroad to Norway, Israel, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, the UK, the USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Nepal & Australia
received RABCKs from at least Finland, Israel, France, Australia, the UK, the USA and international airspace!

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