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Exploring Helsinki Book Fair 2016 pt. 2

The second part of my recap of the completely amazing Helsinki Book Fair 2016 is finally here! So, obviously I spent most of my time doing social media posts of Gummerus panels and authors (you can see our Insta here). However, I did manage to spend most of my money there also. After I had splurged on the Harry Potter books (see previous post) and the Ravenrings trilogy, I also was inspired to buy a steampunk anthology after I listened to a fascinating steampunk panel with Magdalena Hai, J.S. Meresmaa, and Anni Nupponen who were interviewed by Paula Havaste. I really like how such a niche genre as steampunk is becoming something even more special as it takes on Finnish culture and geography.

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I also found so many beautiful and fun looking books. I think one of my favorite parts of the fair was just looking at the plethora of book covers! On occasion, I could’ve just bought the books based on their appearance. And yet they say “don’t judge a book by its cover”! :P

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I can’t imagine what the fair must be for those who have to stay in their booth for the entire time. I guess no one really has to do full days but I felt exhausted from just walking around and standing so much. Coffee was the only thing keeping me going on the last day. However, I did help with packing everything up and now I can say I’ve seen (almost) everything that goes into making a book fair happen: from planning the look of the booth to stacking the books (I did a book pyramid, hurrah) and packing everything away in the end. It’s an exhausting and huge part of the year but also an incredible adrenaline boost. And I had the best work mates to hang with whenever I had free time which was a plus!

Do you ever go to book fairs?

Exploring Helsinki Book Fair 2016 pt. 1

The Helsinki Book Fair was about a week ago and I was attending because of my publishing internship at Gummerus Publishers. I’ve been lucky enough to get a ticket almost every year due to some kind of related work but this was the first time I was there for all four days, from morning til evening.

The book fair is always really hectic but amazing. I love seeing all the new books and especially the offers! However, it can get a little claustrophobic after a while. I was in charge of social media during the fair so I spent my time shuttling between the various stages listening to Gummerus authors give fantastic (no, I’m not biased :P ) presentations and interviews.

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I did manage to get some non-work related things done as well: I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Siri Pettersen, author of the Ravenrings trilogy, and listen to a panel where she talked about fantasy as well as her books. She even signed my trilogy!

Siri talked about how the same people who are bottle fed on fantasy will be the same ones who will be inspired to save the world and how fantasy creates heroes. She also mentioned thinking that all good stories are political. And goodness, she was hilarious! Also, I will totally from now on use her term for the lack of fantasy elements in a story: SDD = Severe Dragon Deficiency.

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Jaana Kapari-Jatta, the Finnish translator of Harry Potter, also spoke at several interviews at the fair. She is such an inspiration, I really love how she has managed to translate not only the words but also the feeling and atmosphere of J.K. Rowling’s writing.

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Obviously, I also bought a ton of books, some of which are here. So, I got some Harry Potter related books, because I love to relive all the little moments from the movies and books. I also bought Half Bad by Sally Green, which is actually published in Finland by Gummerus. I hadn’t read her books before despite having heard good things about them so I figured this is the perfect time to start. With Half Bad, I got another paperback (you got the second one cheaper): Kesytön. It’s a werewolf story and while I don’t have high hopes for it, it seemed like a good on-the-way-to-work reading.

Part 2 of the Helsinki Book Fair is coming soon!

Helsinki Book Fair 2015: Books and Food!

I recently went to the Helsinki Book Fair, where I was performing in a panel discussion with my editor-in-chief from the literature magazine I work for, Lukufiilis. The magazine is transitioning from print to online, so we were there to discuss the changes ahead.

I absolutely love the book fair: I go every year and it’s there that I allow myself to go bonkers with my book shopping. There is also usually the Wine, Food and Good Living fair, where you can go get free food samples in between your book browsing.

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I ended up buying a few comics I’ve heard really good things about: Saga Volume 1 and Rat Queens Volume 1. Now that I have read both, I can say that I LOVE THEM! The art in both is pretty and realistic-looking, and I’m a fan of anything fantasy-related. Plus, Rat Queens was hilarious and I loved having strong female leads. And Saga was intriguing and exciting. I recommend both of them!

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I love stopping by at the food fair also, because they have great selection of food items you wouldn’t normally buy. I often get Christmas presents for relatives from there and maybe some treats for myself, too. This year I had some delicious bruschetta from the Italian food stand.

Later on you can also find a more in-depth article about the book fair on Her Campus University of Helsinki!

Do you go to book fairs?

The Harry Potter Alliance: Haul (of Sorts)

the harry potter alliance

I wanted to do a quick post (before another travel themed one – I will finally get the Barcelona post up next week) about the Harry Potter Alliance. The organization has been around since 2005 and they have changing campaigns that try to influence current societal problems. Quite some time ago already, I participated in one of their charity campaigns (EqualityFTW) and bought the Ultimate Hermione Pack, which came with all sorts of amazing goodies:

  • Wizard Activist T-shirt
  • Reading Turns Muggles into Wizards tote bag
  • journal
  • bookmarks
  • Hang in There Baby Crookshanks poster
  • etc

I love the Harry Potter Alliance for their dedication to do good in the world (which is very much what Harry Potters are about) so I just wanted to share the great stuff they sell and hope that everyone checks out their website! Nothing is greater magic than being able to change the world (even if it is a little bit at a time).

Their current campaigns are Fanworks Are Fair Use and Positive Fandom. You can contribute by volunteering, donating, buying from their shop or participating in the campaigns.

Stay tuned for some Barcelona summer fun!

Haul Post: Massive Spring/Summer Haul

I don’t often do haul posts but I just wanted to share a few cute items I got for myself for the spring and, of course, for the summer!

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As part of my haul, I bought these clothes from Sheinside:

1. Blue kimono – I haven’t owned a kimono before but I gave in to the recent kimono frenzy and got this one. I’m hoping it’ll protect me from too much sun during the summer (I get very bad sun rash and I burn easily).

2. The loveliest long summer dress – I adore these colors and it’ll be perfect for my trips to Istanbul and Barcelona! (I don’t own many long dresses so this is a welcome addition to my wardrobe.)

3. Crop top – I hate revealing my stomach but this one was on sale and I thought it looked cute (didn’t hurt that Karen Gillan has a similar one) so I thought maybe it’d inspire me to get into better shape.

The books I got from Amazon:

1. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – I love Rowell’s books that this has been on my list of books to read for quite some time now.

2. True Whit – I got this for like a penny, so I thought I’d get it. Hills and The City are my guilty pleasures. Shh!!

Finally:

1. A fanny pack I got from New Look – it’s a cute festival bag and I’d love to be able to go out to festivals (Sonar in Barcelona and maybe Flow here in Helsinki) during the summer without a big tote I have lug around everywhere.

2. A ticket to see Wooden Wisdom – ELIJAH WOOD! Do I even need to say more? He’s DJing in Helsinki at club Kaiku (one of the three clubs I ever go to) in August and I had to get a ticket.

London Haul: So Much Fandomness

Here is FINALLY my London haul post! Been crazy busy at school because of the looming exam week that I haven’t had much time to post even though I have a lot of stuff waiting for you guys, like this post, tomorrow’s 5 Fandom Friday, Valentine’s post, etc.

So anyway, this post is just to highlight some of the AMAZING stuff I got when I was in London. First of all, I had already planned before the trip that I really wanted to visit The Who Shop, which is a shop and a museum dedicated just for Doctor Who! How brilliant is that? I got some stuff like magazines, earrings, postcards, and a T-shirt. But the main reason for my visit was the museum. They had so much cool stuff like props and costumes there!

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I also went to the Harry Potter shop at King’s Cross, which was super adorable, although majorly crowded. I did find the cutest Platform 9 3/4 mug from there though! (And some other stuff…)

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Here you can see the full scope of everything I bought… So much fandom stuff! It made me super happy. Not pictured is the Buffy book that I ended up getting right before going to the airport on our way home. Gosh, I think I have a million Harry Potter shirts by now…

I also got bunch of stuff from Forbidden Planet and the Buffy book was actually from the Cinema Store so if you go to London, be sure to check them out!

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Here are the very few non-fandom things I got. I had to grab a few books since it’s been a habit of mine forever. Also, I love bookstores in the UK! So, since I’ve been meaning to read more John Green’s books and I’ve wanted to read Fangirl for a while now, I grabbed these.

And what girl doesn’t need a new dress and a top every now and then? ;)

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Tomorrow you can look forward to the latest 5 Fandom Friday! And I’ll try to get that Valentine’s Day recap post up asap :)

ALSO, I’d like to promo our English student paper BTSB, because our newest issue just came out and  wrote about fandom “sights” in London.

Tallinn Haul

Finally I managed to transfer all my photos. It was a long time coming :) I wanted to do another small haul post since I got so much great stuff from my Tallinn trip!

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White peplum top from River Island, 60$

They have run out of the blue skirt in Zara but there’s a pink one with the same shape and fabric here!

Reserved still has those joggers. :)

Apartment Haul

Me and my boyfriend decided recently to update our home decor a little bit and did a trip to Ikea (and a few other stores). We managed to find quite a lot of really nice things  and now our apartment looks nicer than ever. It’s amazing how cheap some of the items were; we managed to fit almost all the things we got into our original carpet budget, which was pretty mind-boggling.

Here’s what we got:

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For the bedroom: Gulört rug and BILLY bookcase from Ikea, couple of scented candles from H&M, a cake stand (which I’m using for jewelry and make-up), Olunda love letter and Olunda splash pictures from Ikea, a white candle dish from Ikea

apartment living room

For the living room: a tray from Kodin Säästöpiste, two Trådklöver rugs from Ikea, a cotton cushion cover from H&M, a LACK coffee table from Ikea
For the bathroom: a laundry basket from Kodin säästöpiste

What do you think of our purchases? :)