06 tammikuuta 2017

My Reading Passion

I'm telling you today about my reading passion. I'm a book blogger as well and reading all the time - mostly in the evenings before getting asleep... Here are links to my book posts, they are in Finnish but there is a translator. I chose here some international books I have read lately that might be of interest to you.


One
Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle has this huge literature project celebrating Suomi Finland 100. Yle has chosen 100 Finnish books, released in 2016-1917, one from each year of our independence. I'm happy to tell you that I'm one of the 81 book bloggers who read and blog about these books through the whole year.  Blogposts, radio & tv start next week from the year 2016. I'll blog in the autumn about a book released in 1931. The 101st book is a book released this year - so no one knows which. This whole year is going to be very exciting!


Two
- 142 books, 42.496 pages - Quite a lot!!!
- Longest Almudena Grandes - El corazón helado, 933 pages
- Shortest Poor Richard's Almanack, 77 pages
- 87 books written by female writers, 55 by males
- 57 by Finnish writers, 85 by foreign writers
- Read in English 3, read in Spanish 12

I chose these international books to be my best in 2016. I have read many books of Isabel Allende, she is one of my favourite writers.


Isabel Allende - Retrato en sepia / Pierre Lemaitre - Alex / Linn Ullmann - Rauhattomat / Carol Shields - Kivipäiväkirjat / Xiaolu Guo - I am China



Three
Elena Ferrante - The Story of a New Name 
We are a bit behind in getting these in Finnish - the 2nd is released in spring. But I decided to read in English. Just started the book 3! I did not like the first one but 2. & 3. are great.


Four
Kurjen siivellä - I participated in this reading challenge aiming to read books by East Asian writers. I succeeded to read 11 books, mainly from Japan. I read Haruki Murakami, Takashi Hiraide, Yoko Ogawa, Xiaolu Guo, Jean Kwok ...


Five
Then I have completed the Forgotten Cemetery of Books -series by Carlos Ruiz Zafón! The 4th book was released in November 2016 - maybe it'll be soon available in English!

Ruiz Zafón - El laberinto de los espíritus / Carlos Ruiz Zafón - El prisionero del cielo / Carlos Ruiz Zafón - El juego del ángel

Mosaic Monday

My cat Sissi in January 2016

I wish you too happy reading in 2017!

22 kommenttia:

  1. Wow, so many books and big things in blogging Finland!
    I read 10-20 books over the year, I read very slowly (but I celebrate language and poetry)... honestly: I have some books of I. Allende and she is always on my reading list, but I cannot get familiar with her, somehow it isn't working. Yoko Ogawa is my favorite too.
    Have a nice weekend with a little sunshine

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. This amount of books surprised me, I don't know how I read so much :D This year's target is only 100!
      Wishing you a beautiful winter weekend Mascha - we have today -20 C!

      Poista
    2. Sounds like you'll have plenty of books to enjoy during these cold winter days, I look forward to hearing more about them as the year goes on.
      Happy Mosaic Monday!

      Poista
  2. You have achieved so much, Ritta! And I admire that you can read in more than one language, too. Happy reading for you in this coming year, also!

    VastaaPoista
  3. I am so impressed that you are able to read in more than one language, a great achievement and so many books read. It is my intention to make more time for reading this year.

    VastaaPoista
  4. Fantastic Riitta, I don't know how you manage to read so much, you must stay awake all night. You have visited so many places in the books without having to leave home.

    VastaaPoista
  5. What a great selection of books you have to read. Good luck with the challenge:)

    VastaaPoista
  6. todella paljon olet ehtinyt lukemaan!

    VastaaPoista
  7. I too love reading and think I did well with the number of books that I read and enjoyed in 2016. You have chosen books from many cultures which is to be admired. Happy reading in 2017!

    VastaaPoista
  8. I'm impressed. I daren't tell you about my meager 40 books read in 2016. A lot of fluff.

    VastaaPoista
  9. You've done well. I have sooooooooo many books that I need to read.

    VastaaPoista
  10. I'm a big fan of the Forgotten Cemetery books too, didn't know another one had come out.

    VastaaPoista
  11. I am SO impressed by your ability to read books in other languages! I have read some Allende and Zafon - in English! I used to be an avid reader but have found less time for it recently. Maybe this is the year I will read again? Thank you for an inspiring post. x

    VastaaPoista
  12. An interesting variety of books. It's great that you have been able to read so many. Thank you for your comment on my blog. Happy 2017 to you!

    VastaaPoista
  13. Good luck with the 101 books, sounds like it's going to be a busy year. Very impressed with all your reading last year. I didn't realise Zafon had produced another book. Will have to look that one up at the library. B x

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Thank you all for visiting & your lovely comments. We learn in Finland many languages at school :) I learned also German & French but have forgotten most of them...

      Poista
  14. What a wonderful privilege to be a book blogger for the Finnish site. I love reading, too, but only read about 60 books last year. Working cuts into my reading time!

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. It's going to be a great year. I don't watch television, that's my secret :)

      Poista
  15. I love to read too Riitta -- Isabelle Allende is a favorite of mine as well, but the other authors I don't recognize. I envy your ability with languages. Our country is backwards in that area.

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Isabelle Allende is really great! Thank you for visiting.

      Poista
  16. Riitta, I did not record all the books I read in 2016. I will for 2017. Thanks for sharing your favorites. Sylvia D.

    VastaaPoista
    Vastaukset
    1. Here many libraries have set reading challenges, so the read books must be recorded. Happy reading Sylvia!

      Poista

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