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  1. Frankie reads 2017

    I hope so too! It's been a particularly long one this year! I googled to see what JD's signature looks like and it might really be an authentic one Bloody hell!!! Who would want to give up a signed one!! Thanks! It feels like so long Lots of great people, lots of great convos
  2. Frankie reads 2017

    I just read about the 10 year anniversary of the Goodreads, and it made me think of what time of the year it is, and then I realized that I missed my 9th Anniversary here on the Book Club Forum!! I cannot believe it's been that long. Although in a way I think it's been forever. The forum's been a huge part of my life in different ways. I've gotten to meet some amazing people through this forum, for which I'm incredibly grateful. This forum rocks! Keep on reading, fellow BCF'ers!
  3. Goodreads

    Apparently Goodreads turns 10 this year? How do you feel about that! I feel like I'm surprised it hasn't been around for longer. I feel like it's been around for ages. But then again, I think I joined GR pretty much about the same time if not later than I joined Goodreads and it's been less than 10 years.
  4. Your Book Activity - September 2017

    I did finish Owen Sheers's I Saw a Man. I still don't know what to think of it. I'm currently reading Annie Darling's True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop but I'm really bored with it.
  5. Frankie reads 2017

    I have further enjoyed my apartment I can't remember if I've already told you, but the bus ride to work is so beautiful: it's part woods, part uni campus, part fields. I love it! I also met a new doggy neighbor this morning: I was in a massive hurry to get to work so I couldn't stay and say hello but someone was walking a German Shepherd sort of mix today and it was a full grown puppy, she or he. S/he was totally interested in making my acquaintance and looked so happy-go-lucky that I was so annoyed that I was in such a hurry! I hope to meet her/him soon again! Two other things: I told you guys I would have to cull my books because of the move, but it all happened so fast that I decided I wasn't going to do the culling but pack every single book that I owned and haul it with me Huzzaaah! The other thing: today I popped in a charity shop after work. Because it was next to a shop that I needed to visit. I didn't find anything I wanted _and_ needed, until I saw the titles in the paperback section. It was a section where most of the paperbacks were marked with a green sticker, and the green sticker meant that four of those would cost you 1€. Cheap as heck! I saw a copy of Sebastian Faulks's Birdsong. A friend of mine borrowed my own copy of the book back when I was still living in Joensuu, I think, and that was 3 years ago! So I thought if I found other books I wanted, I'd get myself the copy of Birdsong so that my friend could just keep my copy (she's not yet managed to read the book ). Then I saw a copy of Jeffery Deaver's The Cold Moon. I was sure I had a copy of it but I didn't! And then I saw the sticker on the front cover: signed by the author And sure enough, there was a signature!!!! Bloody hell! Then it was a matter of finding two other books so I could get it all for 1€. I found a copy of the third Stieg Larsson book and then went back to see if I could find a copy of the second. Which I did! So maybe it's about time I read the sequels to the first novel. Which I really really liked back when I read it! But I can't remember all the stuff about the investigators and stuff, so I don't know if it's going to be easy to go back to the next novel to just read it... Anyway, I'm happy with my finds! Oh and yes, another book I need to confess to buying.... I ordered a copy of The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet. I'm so happy about it! It arrived today. Unfortunately I live in such a small part of town that there's no kiosk (where they deliver Adlibris books to if they don't fit in one's mail box) here, and so I had to go to the neighboring area to get the package. It was only a few stops away, though, and it was the same bus I can get to my home with from downtown so it was easy enough and it was nice to see a new part of Helsinki. Sorry if there are any typos or such. My brain's just not working as usual because of the flu. I've been kind of scatterbrained this week at work, too. I took the wrong subway to work this week!! And other stuff. I'm just not functioning fully at the moment. I did re-read what I wrote so I probably got rid of at least most of the typos but if I don't make sense, blame the flu
  6. Frankie reads 2017

    It appears that maybe the previous tenant didn't smoke in the apartment, but rather the tenant who lives above me smokes in their kitchen and because of the ventilation, I get the 'goods' in my kitchen. Sigh!! I will have to keep the kitchen door closed (thank goodness there's a door!) and I can air the kitchen as there's a window and stuff. I'll live. But it's annoying!! I don't think I've ever shopped for furniture that I've needed delivered so I wouldn't know if it's fast or not. They did say that they have the type of couches in stock so it's going to be quick. It was nice enough to air the place without getting cold last week, but this week it's gotten really cold. I did a google search and found out about how to get rid of the paint smell and the smoke smell: put vinegar on a plate and leave it for a few hours to get rid of smells. It worked with the paint smell! And it worked with the smoke smell for a while, too, but then I smelled smoke again and I realized that it must come from a neighbor's apartment, via the ventilation. But I'll keep the kitchen door closed and I can air the kitchen itself every now and then, and a friend suggested I close the panel for the kitchen ventilation. Or nearly close it, leaving not much room for the smoke to feel welcome here in my apartment! I do like it! I've taken a nap on it almost every day ever since I got it It's comfy! Yeah we have Lundia over here! I didn't really know about Lundia before but I got to know it when I started working for my boss: she has Lundia bookcases Is Lundia a Dutch product? The Lundia that my boss has does not have any backwalls or sidewalls, so personally it's not my favorite. I think it gathers more dust than the ones that have backwalls and as someone who's allergic to dust, it makes a huge difference! I did think about scented candles, but then I remembered that when my Boss had scented candles some months ago, they made me feel weird. They almost gave me a headache. I think I'm a bit too sensitive for them. I don't want to be but can't help it I did buy a sort of an air refreshener or something but I haven't tried it yet. They are, aren't they! I haven't bought any yet. I would've liked to buy some this weekend but I've not fully recovered from my flu yet and I need to relax this weekend. Maybe next weekend! Funny how you said 'luck out'. I don't know for sure if I've ever used the expression, or if I've ever heard it before. I totally understood what you meant from the context, but as a non-native English speaker, it's one of those expressions that doesn't make any sense if one thinks about it. It's like lucking out = out of luck. Which is the opposite of what you meant! I mean it just sounds odd if one doesn't know what it means.
  7. Frankie reads 2017

    Thanks everyone for your well wishes and comments! I've been a bit busy with organizing things and stuff. Yesterday I went to the apartment to turn on the fridge but there was no electricity I thought there would be and I could make the contract later on and pay them back, so to speak, but nope. I signed a contract yesterday but I won't have electricity until Monday At first I thought I would just have to come back to my old apartment and spend one extra night here, but then I thought, do I really need electricity for one day + night... No!! It'll be an adventure Today is all about packing and tomorrow's the move. I'm excited but so tired! I also found a possible new tenant for landlord and the candidate will visit at 5 PM and I need to have some sort of order here at that point, so he can see the furniture When I went to visit the apartment yesterday, I took some breakable there in my backpack, to ensure a safe move for them. Also carried a few books in another bag My book jar and a few paperbacks are there waiting for me in my bedroom!!
  8. Frankie reads 2017

    So exciting and so amazing and every nice thing in the world! As for the bookcase, I haven't looked around a lot. I'd like one with glass doors so I wouldn't have to do as much dusting, but those are more pricey I think I'll most likely go to Ikea and get two Billy Bookcases I'll probably get the most basic Billy bookcase, in white. I do kind of fancy the black ones, but I'm not sure. In a way this is my first real actual adult home, in that I don't have roommates and it's my first non-student housing apartment as well. So in a way I'd like to make it really nice, but I don't have a lot of money to spend on furniture. And your question was a very valid and important one, and not stressing at all! I definitely don't mind thinking about my new apartment!! It'll be a hassle, but I saved all the cardboard boxes from my move to this apartment, so that's good. I'm actually looking forward to the whole thing, because I can look through my stuff and reassess what I really need and want and what I can part with. A bit of Konmari I love it that the new apartment is so big, and that it's completely empty! All of my things will have their own places there. I don't have to keep my own microwave oven in the closet because I'm using landlords microwave and thus there's no room for my own to be used. I'm definitely looking forward to going to my new home library! Whichever it will be in the end I'll have to base my decision on which one is the closest, but also which has the best opening hours. I was sad to part with the library books, but I can borrow them later again. I will also have to do a bit of culling re: my own books... I'm scared about that!
  9. Chrissy's Reading

    I'm now reading Pretty Girls. It took me a long long time to get into the book, maybe because I've been ill and stressed about stuff. I'm so glad I gave it another go, though. I've now read past Good times!
  10. Frankie reads 2017

    Update! Borrowed books 1. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan 4/5 2. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella 4/5 3. Sopivasti sekaisin by Veera Vaahtera 3/5 4. Talking as Fast as I Can: from Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham 4/5 5. Columbine by Dave Cullen 4/5 6. Parting Shot by Linwood Barclay 4/5 7. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter 3/5 - Irti sosiaalisesta jännittämisestä by a bunch of people - Furiously Happy: a Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson - Hengitys itsesäätelyn ja vuorovaikutuksen tukena - The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg Reserved books - Tällä tavalla maailma loppuu by Philip Teir - Into the Water by Paula Hawkins - Tunne lukkosi: vapaudu tunteiden vallasta by Kimmo Takanen
  11. Frankie reads 2017

    For about two years now I've lived in this apartment, which I first rented for about 10 months, and then the lease was renewered for x months, and then it was renewed again. Knowing that I can't live in this apartment for more than x months at a time, it's become really stressing. It's not easy to find an affordable apartment here in the capital. Also, I've gotten the sense that my landlord might be moving back soon, so I've been anxious to find a new place. An unfurnished place, where I could have my own things, and my own things only. This week I got an apartment offer from the city! They have such a long waiting list, that I wasn't ever expecting to get an offer from them, ever I went to check out the apartment today, and it's really, really nice! It has two rooms so it's bigger than I was hoping for, and the rent is actually a few euros cheaper than my current one! I'll also have a balcony again... The place is further away from downtown, but I don't mind. There are plenty of busses making stops close to my building and that's all that matters. Easily accessible! My commute will be about the same as before (although if I wanted, I could start riding my bike to work and back... It's a doable distance!). I'm so relieved and happy and excited!! As it's a city's apartment, I don't even have to put down a deposit on it. The only thing that needs some thinking is that I don't have any furniture of my own, apart from a bean bag and a chair and a matress to sleep on But those will do!! I think the first thing I will have to buy is a bookcase!! That's more important. I will be moving in two weeks, so I'm going to be busy packing and getting everything organized. Because of this, I've taken most of my library loans back to the library, I don't have time to read all of the books now (I'll also have to choose another 'home library' for myself! I'll have to see which library is closest to me, living in my new apartment. I'm pretty sure it'll be one I've never been to before.)
  12. That's a really interesting question! I wonder if anyone's done actual research on it.
  13. Jogging Diary

    Thanks! I'm still amazed by how well it went Unfortunately I now have a flu and so I can't go jogging I'll have to pick up where I left later. I hope it won't be too long! I really want to read Murakami's book on running now.
  14. Hello and welcome to the forum!