Today I want to introduce you the books that are on my reading list at the moment. My reading list is always at least a mile long but I chose to showcase the ones that I’m either reading already or about to read as soon as possible.
I love Jane Austen, so this book What Matters in Jane Austen by John Mullan is perfect for me: it has incredibly in-depth analysis of different passages from Austen’s books and all sorts of little tidbits about the history and background of the novels.
The second book I’ve been reading on and off is Sampson’s collection Poems to Learn by Heart. It has a brilliant selection of poems from different decades and centuries, poems that speak to everyone and stand the test of time. The poetry is divided according to themes and, even though I probably won’t learn them all by heart, they are beautiful and definitely worth a read.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac is narrated by Sal Paradise (whose character is based on the writer himself) and the story follows him on the road across America. The book is about the beat generation and freedom – freedom for love, travel, life.
Shakespeare Sonnetsis exactly what it sounds like: the greatest sonnets written by one of the greatest poets who ever lived. It’s a classic that no one can help but love!
Alice Sebold’s Lovely Bones is a haunting tale of a girl who gets killed and is following her killer from the afterlife. The book was made into a movie some years ago by Peter Jackson and I first read the book then by I want to now reread it.
Behind the Sofa, which collects the Doctor Who memories of various celebrities in the hopes of raising money for Alzheimer research, is a charming collection and a light read for the summer or trips to school (which is what I’ve been doing).
I have always loved Emma Watson’s style. I know celebrities mostly get dressed by their stylists but, nonetheless, you have to admire when someone actually dresses in fabulous clothes every single time – there are so many stars who end up in strange and uncomfortable looking clothes despite that they’re being dressed by professionals.
Below are some of my absolute favorite looks from Emma: I love that she can do very soft and romantic, but also hard and geometric. She’s, in my opinion, a very versatile dresser.
I decided to also do an Emma Watson inspired look on Polyvore: I think this look is the perfect example of successfully combining hard and soft. I love leather jackets and Emma brilliantly combined one with very feminine floral skirt and a flow-y top.
We were celebrating my boyfriend’s mom’s birthday a few days ago and she works on this lovely restaurant boat called m/s Doris so naturally we had the celebration there. I’ve had the privilege to eat there a few times before and they have probably the best foods I have ever tasted. This time I had the most amazing and creamy chanterelle soup for starters, then I chose the salmon with lobster sauce as the main course, and we had an incredible chocolate cake as dessert.
The boat does a cruise around the main islands on the coast of Helsinki, and even though it was raining, it was really lovely seeing all the old buildings and islands. It’s rare to be able to see the place you live in new ways, because it’s an everyday experience for you – but this cruise always makes me appreciate Helsinki a bit more.
I thought it’s time for another outfit-post :) This time I donned on my Beatles T-shirt because I just finished an intensive course on the band and felt inspired to dig this shirt out from my closet. I paired the shirt with a nice gray vest and black jeans. And now for the first time you can also see me with my glasses; I don’t wear them too often because I usually only need them for seeing the blackboard when I’m the back row in class.
May Day Eve is a huge deal in Finland and it’s especially big for all the students who take out their overalls from whatever dark corner they lie in all year long and stitch all their new patches in and go party. I ended up going to two different parties at the university and then heading to our student organization’s annual picnic.
My wonderful friend Banafsheh took this picture of me while we were watching tug of war and waiting in line for the bathrooms. The lei is courtesy of another friend, Kaisa, who always whips them out for May Day Eve.
Here are a few pictures of my overall patches. The first one is kind of a “must-have” for an English major like me. And the pony patch is the patch for Better Than Sliced Bread, which I write for so I need to have one of them as well :D
And last, but not least, is my friend Kaisa who kept me company for the whole day (and behind her is her boyfriend who was snacking on chips while I took the picture :D ). We were lucky because the weather forecast had promised rain but in the end the weather remained semi sunny for the entire picnic.
After the picnic we headed to a restaurant and then to a house party. By May Day, we were all pretty tired and partied out but then again, that was a sure sign that we had had a blast the previous day :D
In honor of my (finally) complete thesis paper on the adorkable Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer I wanted to make a post celebrating my favorite things throughout the show. Willow’s character has been one of my greatest inspirations ever since I was – I can’t believe I’m even using this word – a tween, and the show is and always will be one of my favorites. There are so many amazing things about the show but I ended up narrowing it down to 10 of my (current) favorites represented by these awesome gifs.
1. Angel and Buffy’s relationship: it was such an emotional roller-coaster and I loved their chemistry.
2. Buffy’s training: I always thought it was cool when they showed Buffy doing martial arts in slow motion or during her training – it was easier to appreciate it than during an intense and fast-paced fight scene.
3. Buffy’s sass. Enough said.
4. Spike: just look at that smirk :D He’s one of my favorite characters and I though it was great when he started being one of the Scoobies.
5. Willow becoming a goddess: finally she got over all the darkness and pain, and became the great good witch that we all knew she was deep down inside!
6. Tara: anything with Tara is my favorite part of the show. Seriously. Anything.
7. Faith being all evil during season 3: she was the character I loved to hate.
8. Anya and Xander: they were perfect together and I was so brokenhearted when they split up :(
9. More Willow: I loved seeing Willow do big spells – she was so bad-ass!
10. Everyone dancing and having fun at Bronze: sometimes there were happy moments without stress, evil, or vampires. Those moments showed the tight bond that the characters had outside all of the slaying business.