Book Bloggers Abroad (18) – Finland

Book Bloggers AbroadWelcome to the weekly guest post in the Book Bloggers Abroad series. Every week a book blogger from a different country will be featured who will talk about what it’s like to be a book blogger where he or she lives.

Finland

Our guest blogger for today is Milka from Finland. Her book blog is called Read.Read.Read. She reads and reviews Young Adult fiction, chick-lit, historical fiction, and more. So, go and have a look at her blog!

I am Milka, a 19 year old book blogger from Finland. I’ve been blogging for a year or so. I review Young adult novels along with some chick lit, historical fiction and general fiction in my blog ReadReadRead.

I live with my mother, who is a librarian, my 16 year old little brother and my mother’s husband. We live in a suburban area of the 5th biggest city of Finland. I am a international high school student and I am now in my final year of high school. I have also lived at Virginia, United States, where I was an exchange student.

 

Me at a formal ball which is held every year for all the high school students on the second grade of high school (high school is here 3 grades)

Me at a formal ball which is held every year for all the high school students in the second grade of high school (high school here is 3 grades)

When it comes to books, I love everything about them. Recently I’ve been getting review copies from different publishers, which I am extremely happy about. Being an international book blogger is hard sometimes, since most of the big publishing houses do not send review copies for international bloggers, which of course is totally understandable because of the shipping charges etc.

There are a couple of bookstores in the city, but most of the books there are in Finnish, and since I mostly read books in English, getting titles I would like to read is something hard. The bookstores can order and deliver other books to the store, but normally it is cheaper and faster just to order them by myself from Book Depository.

My mother is a librarian, which totally is a benefit for me, and through her I am able to get some cool titles to read before others. The library has a pretty good collection of novels in English and you are able to request new books to their collection.

Summer in Finland: my backyard, one of my favorites places to read during the warm days

Summer in Finland: my backyard, one of my favorites places to read during the warm days

 

Recently I’ve been blogging a lot since I had a lot of time because of my summer vacation and a lack of summer job. I things have changed now that school started again; it is my final year in high school and I am also directing a school production of Oscar Wilde’s ‘An Ideal Husband’ which will be taking some of my time.

I have several favorite reading places; my room, our family room, our backyard during the summer months etc. Basically I take a book with me everywhere I go. At school I read during breaks, during morning I read on bus on my way to school. Books are a huge part of my life and they go with me wherever I go.

Even though I do not read a lot of Finnish literature, there is one book I really want to recommend to everyone; ‘Purge’ by Sofi Oksanen. A couple of years ago Oksanen won the Finlandia book prize, the most valuable book prize in Finland, with Purge. It is definitely one of those books you just can’t put down.

Winter in Finland: the country side in March of this year

Winter in Finland: the country side in March of this year

When I’ve been abroad and I’ve told that I am from Finland, I have faced questions about polar bears as our pets etc. Actually, Finland is one of the most technologically developed countries in Europe. Some might know Nokia, the company making mobile phones; it is actually from Finland even though most of the factories are at China etc.

Finland is also famous for Santa Claus; the official post office of Santa Claus is at Finland; not at Greenland (at least many people in United States believed that it is in Greenland). On the Arctic Circle at the city of Rovaniemi, where the post office is, there is actually this amusement park called Santapark which welcomes visitors all over the world throughout the whole year.

Lastly, I might tell something about why I blog in English. In Finland, having a book blog is totally not cool. In here, fashion and style blogs are the cool thing right now. So if I would blog in Finnish, I would not have anyone reading my blog. Also, since I read in English, reviewing books in English is a lot of easier. I study in school where all the subjects are in English and I have also lived abroad. English is a international language and by using it, I can share my reviews and thoughts for people around the globe.

Worldmap-California

Click on the world for a Google Maps picture!

Thanks Milka, for letting us have a look at your life as a reader and blogger. I would love to go to Finland! I keep telling my family it’s actually quite warm there in summer! It’s very handy that your mother is a librarian and can get books for you!

Don’t forget to take a look at Milka’s blog. If you have any questions or comments for Milka, just leave them in the comments section.

Next week Chachic from the Phillipines will be visiting us for the nineteenth Book Bloggers Abroad guest post. Don’t miss it!

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About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at bookhelpline.com. In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

8 Responses to Book Bloggers Abroad (18) – Finland

  1. Misha Mathew says:

    Great to know more about you Milka! I love the picture of your backyard. That does seem like a perfect reading place.

  2. Suzanne says:

    Hi Milka — I have Purge on my to-read shelf and I’m glad to hear you recommend it.

  3. Shan says:

    That was great! Being from Canada we get asked about polar bears a lot as well! Your backyard is beautiful!

  4. Milka says:

    Thanks for the comments! (:

  5. Dorte H says:

    I have to say that of course Santa lives in Greenland!

    Apart from this error, I enjoyed the post, and as a Scandinavian I know that Finland has more lakes than polar bears 😀

    And I also blog in English because there are so few Danish bloggers who review enough books for my taste.

    Dorte, Denmark

    • leeswammes says:

      No fights about the residence of Santa, please, Dorte! I’m sure he lives where you want him to be. I forgot about all the lakes in Finland. It’s a wonder there’s any land to live on! 🙂

  6. Esme says:

    What a lovely post-thanks for sharing with us. I have been to Finland and enjoyed my time there.

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