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Book Fair and Other Curious Things

Autumn has come, and once again it was time for the annual visit to Helsinki Book Fair. As always, the goal was to find interesting additions to our bookshelf, so on Friday Taru and I prepared for the book hoarding by taking a luggage bag with us. It was Taru’s idea to take the bigger one — good thinking, since by the time we got back home the bag weighted a ton and looked like this:

In the end we brought home twenty books (and over a kilogram of cheeses, not pictured here). Two of the books will be gifted to someone else, so our home library has grown with the following eighteen books:

Indrek Hargla: Apteekkari Melchior ja pyövelin tytär
C.J. Sansom: Musta tuli
Mirja Tervo: Huimaavat korot
Christfrid Ganander: Sanakirja – Nytt finkst lexicon
Haruki Murakami: Sputnik – rakastettuni
Haruki Murakami: Maailmanloppu ja ihmemaa
Marko Hautala: Torajyvät
Marko Hautala: Käärinliinat
Magdalena Hai: Susikuningatar
Kristallimeri – tarinoita merirosvoista
Anni Nupponen: Kauheat lapset
Roald Dahl: Iso kiltti jätti
Roald Dahl: Kuka pelkää noitia
Kuun pimeä puoli
Siri Pettersen: Odininlapsi
Maija Haavisto: Sisimmäinen
Jaana Lehtiö: Kolmas oli ensimmäinen
Johanna Sinisalo: Auringon ydin

Not a bad catch, I’d say. The only thing I feel a bit disappointed with is the fact that we found no new items for our shelf of old and obscure books. Maybe we just didn’t happen to come across any, or perhaps there simply were none to be found this year. I don’t think I’ve ever left the Helsinki book fair before without at least a couple of books that qualify as “old and curious”. In the past I have found such treasures as Baedeker’s Travel Guide of Great Britain (published in 1910), the first Finnish edition of Darwin’s Origin of Species, and other old books about subjects like medicine, nature, language and science. But, alas, not this time.

My cabinet of curiosities, however, got a new inhabitant a week ago, when Dolores the Magpie joined the collection. It took some re-organising to fit her into the cabinet, but this was managed without too much suffering. Below you can see Dolores in her new home, carefully watching over a 19th century morphine needle and other shiny items.

The cabinet houses to all the lovely curiosities I have collected over the years, including animal skulls, antique medicine bottles, a hundred year old voodoo doll and Mister von Cottonbum, a taxidermied mouse that was skinned, stuffed with stuff and put back together by yours truly. (Mister von Cottonbum’s little mouse tush is filled with cotton, hence the name.)

(Quite a long while there was between this entry and the last. Oops. I mean to post more regularly, but there is a problem: I am a horrible perfectionist when it comes to many things, including how this website looks like, and since I lack the knowledge of making layouts for WordPress by myself, I am dependent on whatever free layouts there are available. None of the ones I’ve found really please my eye, so I keep changing the site’s layout all the time, which takes my energy away from actually producing content to this wretched blog of mine. At the moment the blog is using a layout with large featured images and other nifty features, but there is still something missing, I feel. Maybe I’ll learn to accept the fact that I’ll never be quite happy with how my blog looks like, so I might as well try to focus on blogging instead of changing between layouts. I wouldn’t keep my hopes up, though.)

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