Friday, May 30, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Library Harvest

I went to a library. Again! :D Got comics in Finnish: one about a transgender person, two about cute hamsters. *。ヽ(*´▽`*)*。゜ Reading comics in Finnish is definitely easier than reading dusty classics.

In the library.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Spiral Daisakusen

Yesterday I found toys on my desk. Guys, what are you looking at? Are you admiring my Enceladus wallpaper or...?

Spiral Daisakusen! Hey, did you all just buy me exist†trace's newest single? Aww, guys! Or was it my husband?..

Although I'm not a fan of the titular song Spiral Daisakusen (too pop), I enjoy Antique Doll and Yume Ni Kiss Wo. Antique Doll has Mally's drum solo ♡ and Yume Ni Kiss Wo shows off Jyou's voice perfectly. And, it's nice to support such a wonderful band. The single costs only € 2.97 on Google Play.

exist†trace's old songs are much heavier. \m/ I hope they'll release something like that too.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Katya's Animals

  I rarely draw animals nowadays, but I used to do it a lot. I always loved nature and its critters. Here are some of my ancient drawings.

A hunter just like this one.

8 Discworld Quotes

I'm slowly getting to know Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, and today I felt like sharing a few quotes from the books I've read. Enjoy. :-)

"Granny had counted the temples with a thoughtful look in her eyes; gods were always demanding that their followers acted other than according to their true natures, and the human fallout this caused made plenty of work for witches."
-"Equal Rites"

"His hair was more hairy, his clothes more clothy, his boots the epitome of bootness. It made your head ache just to look at him."

"The ability of skinny old ladies to carry huge loads is phenomenal. Studies have shown that an ant can carry one hundred times its own weight, but there is no known limit to the lifting power of the average tiny eighty-year-old Spanish peasant grandmother."
-"Reaper Man"

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Books and Rooibos. Again

Yaaaay, my new sweet books arrived! Look how pretty they are!

  • Octavia E. Butler “Seed to Harvest” (science fiction)
  • N.K. Jemisin “The Shadowed Sun” (fantasy)
  • Audrey Niffenegger “The Time Traveler's Wife” (science fiction romance)
  • Ann Leckie “Ancillary Justice” (science fiction)

Monday, May 12, 2014

We Need Diverse Books Campaign

Last year I decided to read more diverse books. I realized that most of the books I read were written by and about straight white males. I am a feminist and I love learning about this world and people from different cultures, but you wouldn't be able to tell it by looking at my bookshelves: J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, Dan Simmons, Ivan Yefremov, all great authors, but so monochrome in a way...

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I started searching for stories written by / about women, people of colour, LGBT folks, and discovered so many lovely authors I never heard of before! Octavia Butler, N.K. Jemisin, Malinda Lo, Margaret Atwood, to name a few. How could I miss them? And how many more books to read! This world is so colourful and beautiful, and it's time to enjoy it fully through the books.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Books I read in April ☆(⌒▽⌒)☆

This bookworm was very hungry last month. She read:

Ёсано Акико «На ложе любви. Из японской поэзии Серебряного века»
Witi Ihimaera “The Whale Rider”
Наталья Щерба «Часодеи: Часовой ключ»
Agatha Christie “Sparkling Cyanide”
Malinda Lo “Ash”
Jackie Chan, Jeff Yang “I am Jackie Chan. My life in action”
Rainbow Rowell “Eleanor & Park”
Terry Pratchett “Soul Music”
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