9/30/2013

Buying books

Here are the English titles I bought in September and few thoughts of them:


1. The bone season by Samantha Shannon

Oh boy, The bone season. I've waited for this book about eighteen months. There are no words to describe how happy I was to get this one. 




2. Stalked by death by Kelly Hashway

I've missed Jodi and Alex so much! I'm currently reading this and I LOVE it so far!



3. Come what may by Faith Sullivan

Oh, poor Adam. I'm really looking forward to see how he's doing after... Well, read Heartbeat and you'll know what I mean.




4. Take me now by Faith Sullivan

This books sounds so emotional. 



5. The coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

The story sounds very beautiful. I wish to read it soon.



6. Vampire academy by Richelle Mead

Vampires? Yes please! I've heard so many good things of this so I decided to check it out.



7. Shadow and bone by Leigh Bardugo

I have a feeling that this book is something really unique. I've wanted to read this for ages so I'm glad to have it finally.



8. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I think Jennifer L. Armentrout is an author worth knowing, and I decided to read this one first.



9. Throne of glass by Sarah J. Maas

This series sounds like a must read! I love the cover!



10. Crown of midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Amazing cover. I'm happy I have the sequel too, because I have a feeling I'll want to read it right after Throne of glass.



11. City of glass by Cassandra Clare

I just read City of bones (I'll post my review soon) and I have a little mixed feelings about it. I want read the whole series, though.



12. City of fallen angels by Cassandra Clare



OK, here's for me. Which books make you excited right now?

9/28/2013

Dan Brown and my writing

Dan Brown became a part of my writing few years ago when I read The Da Vinci code for the first time. I was thrilled by the way Brown builds the mystery that's solved in the novel and his talent to create many meanings for simple things. I love complicated mysteries and secrets so the novel captured me at once. The choices Brown makes with the plot are brilliant, and it's easy to see he has enjoyed writing the Da Vinci code. Pure joy fills me every time I read it, and in the next minute the only thought in my head is "I want to write, now!". That's why I read it when I need something to remind me of how good it feels to write something really good. That's a feeling that's always worth going for.

My relationship to Dan Brown's work got stronger after reading the first Langdon novel, Angels and demons. This book affects my writing differently. It  makes me think what I'm writing instead of how I'm writing. Angels and demons contains interesting and unusual crimes that are connected to a bigger picture, to a higher goal. These crimes make me think of Young Fighters and the possibilities I have: what kind of crimes the characters could commit, what kind of meaning the crimes could have to a big group of people, how do they differ form other crimes... There are countless questions like these, and Angels and demons constantly makes me think of them. So, reading it is most helpful when I need to think over separate events as parts of a big picture.

Brown's other novels haven't affected my writing process like this because they are not as good as the two I mentioned (The Lost symbol) or because I've read them only once and they haven't had the time to affect me (Deception point, Inferno). I think Inferno might still have something to give, and I'm looking forward what happens in the future.

Also the hard times in the beginning of Dan Brown's career make him interesting. His books didn't sell a lot before the Da Vinci code was published and he had to change the publisher on the way. I admire him because he didn't stop writing (I believe many in his situation would have stopped), and I think he is a great example of that an aspiring writes should never give up.

9/11/2013

Hello everyone

I'm sorry I've been so quiet lately. I've had so many things to do: work, meeting friends, packing... Now I'm back in Joensuu and it's time to write the posts I didn't write and read the books I didn't read in summer. I have missed blogging!

I have to tell a funny thing about a book I finished yesterday. Few days ago, I was reading A discovery of witches (it's great, by the way!) by Deborah Harkness. The characters were called Diana, Matthew, Ysabeau, Marthe, Hamish and so on. Suddenly I met an evil, Finnish witch called Satu Järvinen. The funny thing was that the name is like the most ordinary name in Finland. Oh boy how much I laughed! I wonder how the author picked that name.

Next time I'll write few thoughts about Dan Brown and his novels. See you soon!