Hello lovely readers and all book lovers,
This is just a quick note to you to tell you that I am heading off to the Helsinki Book Fair 2014 that’s happening from 23rd till 26th October in Helsinki, Finland. I will be attending the event on Friday and Saturday, and hopefully will remember to take some snapshots to share with you guys. There are a lot of interesting talks and author interviews happening on each of the event days and I’ll try to fit in as many as I can. And of course, there will be a lot of book shopping. I attended the event for the first time last year and although I was there only one day, I had such a blast! This year I decided to do two days so that I can attend more talks and enjoy the general feeling of the event without constantly running from one place to another. We’ll see how it goes…
Aside from book shopping, I’m very excited to hear the talk on Tove Jansson and the new book, Letters from Tove edited by Boel Werstin and Helen Svensson. There will also be a panel discussions on the future of literary translation, e-readers, literature’s role in society, and many more that I hope to catch. This year the Guest of Honor in the book fair is Italy, so I’m very much intrigued to discover what Italian literature has to offer. Other interesting authors attending the book fair include Alan Bradley, Don Rosa, Sara Blaedel, etc.
I probably won’t have time to post in between the two days as I’m also visiting a friend in Helsinki, but most likely there’ll be a lot of tweets and crappy phone pictures happening on the sidebar Twitter feed thingamajig. I’ll do a proper event wrap-up and book haul post next week, I promise.
On a completely different note, my blogoversary giveaway ended on Sunday. There were so many lovely comments on that post, and I’m happy to announce that the prize, The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, goes to the lovely Madame Bibi Lophile. Congratulations! I hope you enjoy the book 🙂 Thank you also to everyone else who participated!
About a year ago I rediscovered to joys of reading and found an active book blogging community that I wanted to become a part of. Looking back, it seems like all that was only last month. Time passes by so quickly and the year has been filled with so many remarkable books, so many interesting bloggers that I’ve met and abundance of books that I now want to read thanks to them.
Reading has become a part of my identity and because of blogging, I’ve found confidence in my writing. Reading some of the older reviews, I’ve noticed issues and corrected typos, but also remembered how happy I felt in writing those little reviews. I also remember being happy when I noticed that my blog had 20 followers, surprised when the count hit 50, and unrealistic when it passed 100 followers. At this very moment the number stands at 137, but more important than the numbers are all the lovely people who comment on my posts, like, and share them. It warms my heart every time I see a new notification.
So in order to thank all of you who have followed, liked, or just found your way into this blog, I decided to host a small giveaway of a book that made me fall in love with this author. I reviewed it as part of a challenge I set myself in the beginning of this year, and I can’t even remember how many times I’ve recommended it to people. Although it isn’t my favourite book by this particular author, I think it is the best book to get into her writing. And if you haven’t guessed by now, I’m talking about The Summer Book by Tove Jansson.
I’m giving away one copy of the English translation via Bookdepository. However, there are a few things you’ll have to do in order to qualify for the giveaway:
1. You have to be a resident of a country where Bookdepository is shipping. (See list of countries here)
2. You have to be over 18 or to have your parent’s approval.
3. You have to be willing to give me your address for the shipping.
4. You have to comment on this post saying that you’re participating in the giveaway.
The giveaway will be executed via Giveaway Tools and will be open until October 19th.