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Well, the years is coming to an end, and Missmagic girl sent this tag to make promises I probably can´t keep. But as a dreamer and a reader who adores a challenge, I will promptly answer these questions in all my humble, enthusiastic honesty. Let´s begin!


1. The promise to read a Classic: This year I saw the newest film adaptation of “Far from the madding Crowd”, which is based on the 19th century novel written by Thomas Hardy. The films was so poignant and wonderful that I instantly bought myself a copy of said novel. The film dealt with issues such as female independence, stability vs. passion and realistic depictions of Victorian age farmers. The book is usually always better than the filmic version, which makes me hopeful that those themes will be even more present in the novel.

“Seven Brothers” by Aleksis Kivi is a book that as a Finnish speaker I´m ashamed of admitting I´ve never read. It is one of the founding literary works in Finnish literature as well as Aleksis Kivi being a pioneer in writing in the Finnish language, paving the way for future of the Finnish language. Therefore it is a must read for all Finnish speakers.

“Germinal” by Emile Zola is about Miners in 19th century France. It was a big influence on changing the way France viewed worker´s rights. Sounds interesting.

“I am a cat” by Natsume Soseki. It´s a novel with a cat as a narrator that snarks about society and human frailty. How can one not want to read that book?


2. A promise to Finish a book series: I have two books still to go in the “Sms from Soppero”-Quartet by Ann-Helén Laestadius, that focus on the Sami girl Agnes. The series’ first book, “Sms from Soppero”, is a masterpiece. The sequal “Hej vacker (Hey beautiful) was a bit of a let down, but still enjoyable and in fact informs the reader about Sami culture a bit more than does its predecessor. I have also bought “Ingen annan är som du” (“No one else is like you”) and “Hitta hem” (“Finding your way home”), which I pray won´t be delayed by too much university work to get to quickly!


“Wizard of eathsea” is a series I have read the first book in, but never read any of the other books in the series. Same goes for the “The giver”-quartet by Lois Lowry. I hope to be able to continue both series, since the first installments were highly thought provoking and entertaining.

3.A series I promise to start: “Uglies”-Quartet by Scott Westersend. It seems to have everything I love in books; strong female protagonist, social commentary and topical issues (in this series case, body issues and beauty standards).

“Pimeys”-trilogy by Asko Sahlberg is another series I want to desperately read. It follows a lonely, bitter Finnish man living in Gothemburg during the 60´s and 70´s. The subject matter seems like one that might hit a bit close to home for me, but then again the best reading experiences do just that.

I haven´t read many books by Romani writers, so hopefully that will change next year with me beginning this endeavor with reading Katarina Taikon´s “Katitzi”-novels, a classic children’s books series that deals with the everyday joys and discriminations in the life of the Swedish Roma. Same for Kiba Lumberg´s “Musta perhonen”-trilogy (Black butterfly), which on the other hand discusses gendered violence in the Finnish Roma community.

3.A writer I promise to read something from: So so many. So I’m going to cheat and just make a name list: Mariama Ba, Ngugi Wo Thiongo, Maya Angelou, Moses Isegawa, Percival Everest, Grace Ogot, Alice Walker, James Baldwin, Ernest Gaines, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Samar Yazbek, Hanan al-shaykh, Susanna Abulhawa, Mohammed Choukri and Heidi Köngäs.

4.Books I will re-read: “Nervous conditions” by Tsitsi Dangarembga, which I loved in high school but remembered only partially now. After a re-read I would like to review it on this blog.

“Beloved” by Toni Morrison, because it´s so epic it needs a second read. “Candide” by Voltaire would be fun to re-visit, as well as “Joy Luck club” by Amy Tan.

5.Genre I promise to try out: Arabic, Korean and Kurdish literature! I haven´t read much of from those literary fields but would love to explore them. If anyone has any good recommendations, feel free to leave them in the comments! I will also try out reading a fantasy novel (a genre I miss continually in my reading), specifically “Neverwhere” by Neil Gaiman which according to Mr. Gaiman himself is a supernatural exploration of homelessness.

6.Graphic novel I promise to read: “Make me a woman” by Vanessa Davis has been on the radar for a while, as well as “All-star superman” by Grant Morrison. “Vagina Dentata” by Emmi Nieminen is a comic I recently heard about and sounds interesting. It explores male sexual trauma.

7.A Short Story I promise to read: Any of the short stories by Grace Pailey I can get my hands on!. “The Crab Cannery Boat” by Takiji Kobayashi is a short story I read half way through for a University class in Japanese literature, and I would like to Finish. Also More stories by Yu Dafu would be awesome. I wish to also be able to read the collection “Below the line” by Sara Chin.


8.A book I promise to read despite it dealing with a tough but important subject: This promise is the easiest one for me, since as you can probably tell by my book reviews I tend to read novels and stories with heavy issues quite often. However there are still subjects that repel me and that can be quite upsetting to come across regardless of the amount of exposure. For me, two of the roughest things to get through are torture and sexual abuse against children. So I promise that despite it being infamous for the gory depictions of torture, I will read “The feast of the goat” by Mario Vargas Llosa. I will also try to read Lydia Cacho´s memoir “Memorias de una infamia” (Memoirs of An Infamy) which deals with her struggles after her whistle blowing on a corrupt, pedophilic network inside of the high powers in Mexico.

9. A book that for the longest time I haven´t read but will: “Tuez-les tous” by Salim Bachi (“Kill them all”) is a book that´s been on my radar for two years but I haven´t read yet. Hopefully that´ll change this year.


Swedish tranlation of said novel

10. Debut I will want to read: “Ole hyvä” (“You´re welcome”) by Riikka Takala, which is a satire about unemployment and idealism. Its focus and center is on unemployed women, which is refreshing, since most books on this theme have a male protagonist. It was the novel debut of Ms. Takala in 2014.


11. A book or book series I have previously judged as uninteresting, but will give a new chance next year: “Is” (“Ice”) by Ulla-Lena Lundberg. I judged previously, and maybe prematurely, as sounding boring and without plot. But all my close friends love it so I´ll give it a try.

Happy New Year! Take Care/ Maaretta



Happy New Year, Everyone!

Happy New Year, Dear readers!

I have been off since I got two upcoming exams on Tuesday and Monday the 13th. But After that is done, I will try to be vack kicking!

This Month I will try to keep up my short story series and start a trilogy on problematic elements in “The Simpsons”. Despite how awesome the show has been, there has also been downfalls.

Best Regards, Maaretta

Hi Everyone!

I know it has been too long since my latest post. Things haven’t been as they should be. As for now, I will continue my series of Short Stories. Now that Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize, short stories will no doubt have a higher status in our society now! The next review will be of the short story “Sinking” by Yu Dafu. I am also working on a rebiew of a science fiction short story. So hope people will toon in! The review will be inside of seven days.

I will also try and review more films and cartoons. I have long planed a series of “Simpsons”. Book reviews will be in order!

Now to some links.

The Fantasy and Science Fiction Author Jennifer Armintrout has been recapping the “Fifty Shades”-trilogy at her blog, with the ongoing theme of discussing th abusive relationship the novels have romanticized. The recaps are highly funny and insightful, check all of the recaps here.

I am a HUGE fan of the website “Fangs for the Fantasy”. I highly recommend for anyone to check out it out; it’s a site where the two bloggers, Renee and Sparky, analyze Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror media from a social justice perspective. For a starter, here’s a few articles to start with:

The problem with Queenie, a character on the show “American Horror Story: Coven”.

The Over-Sexualization of women in The “Dresden Files” novels.

An old, but interesting article on the characters Lafayette and Jesus from “True Blood”.

On depictions of Nubity.

And finally, race on “The Walking Dead”.

Best Wishes/ Maaretta

Sorry, More Delays

Unfortunately, due to a lot of personal issues at the moment, I won’t be able to post anything until late March. My deepest apologies.

But I hope to see you all again then!

Best regards, Maaretta.

Hello Everyone!

It has been a long time. I apologize for so few post in the two recent moths. Right now I’m pretty caught up with my studies, so it will still be about a week until my next post.

But no worries! I have lots of plans for this blog, including a post on a “Bob’s Burger” episode, thoughts on various graphic novels and discussions on films and books!

But for now, check out these links!:

This month is “Stalking Awareness Month”. Stalking is a form of abuse which should be talked about and discussed more often, especially since now a days when a common trope in popular culture is “Stalking is love”, creating a romanticized image of this form of violence. Go here for facts about stalking and how it is linked to other forms of abuse and violence. And here for one simple thing you can do for this moth.

At Racilicious Latoya Peterson featured a video on the African-American culture and atheism.

Best Regards, Maaretta

The Web is filled with list of attractive people, both men and women. These lists can be based on any variety of people, ranging from factual humans to fictional ones: celebrities, animated and ideal. However what seems to be lacking is a list on the most attractive non-believer men. There are a few lists about attractive non-theist, but most of them contain exclusively women. So, in this post I present to you the top 4 hottest atheist guys!

Before starting, I would like to add that attractiveness is highly subjective. Who I find handsome most likely won’t be universally agreed on (and I will confess, my taste even sometimes puzzles myself…). However I still hope this post will be generally entertaining!

4. Javier Barden – This Spanish man not only is an exceedingly talented actor, he’s also devilishly fine-looking. Mr. Bardem has done some fairly daring roles in his life, like the family man who’s swept up in underground crime in “Biutiful” (2010) and a man fighting for his right for euthanasia in “The Sea Inside” (2004). On atheism he has had this to say:  “I always say, ´I don’t believe in god, I believe in Al Pacino´”. When specifically expressing his feelings about religion, Mr. Bardem stated: “I do respect people’s faith, but I don’t respect their manipulation of that faith to create fear and control”, to which I must say he really hits the nail on the head when it comes to depicting the dark side of religion. Javier Bardem glows with charisma through his rough look and a smooth, sexy voice. Mr. Bardem – may our film carrier never end!

3. Daniel Radcliffe – The youngest man who will appear on this list, Mr. Radcliffe is world-widely known for his role as Harry Potter. He started out his carrier at the tender age of eleven, when he was an adorable little boy in 2001. Cue ten years later, Daniel Radcliffe has grown up into a breathtakingly pretty man. Bizarre thing to think about, but Mr. Radcliffe is sporting soft-looking hair and skin. He’s smile, when it appears, is not bad either. Mr. Radcliffe has stated being very proud of his Jewish heritage, he has also said that: “I’m an atheist, and a militant atheist when religion starts impacting on legislation”. Wise words!

2. Bill Maher – Let me just first comment that I can actually hear myself losing all of my feminist points while adding Mr. Maher to this list – seriously. Mr. Maher has made great political and social commentary, but he can be quite problematic when it comes to his views on women. However, he is still a very smart and sexy jerk. Mr. Maher has done wildly funny stand up routines such as “I’m Swiss” as well as a superb documentary on religion titled “Religious” (2008). His documentary is a well executed take down of religion, a firm defense for atheism or agnosticism (a running line used in the film is “I don’t know”). Mr. Maher sports, as well, a thoroughly appealing coiffure, and has mischievously beautiful eyes. But honestly, his splendid head of hair is probably his most winning feature. Mr. Maher also carries a certainty about himself and his political ideas which some interpret as snobbish, but personally, it makes me a bit weak in the knees. What can I say – Confidence is sexy!

1. Cillian Murphy – This Irish actor is not only fantastic in every film he appears in, but his blue eyes and cheek bones are soul piercing. When sporting an indie rock hair cut, his hair curls up a tiny bit, which just makes me swoon (unfortunately, at the moment he has a short hair cut). Mr. Murphy became an atheist after the filming of his to date best film, the science fiction drama “Sunshine” (2010). In an interview he stated that the film “…got me thinking about life and religion, science vs religion and all that. I was verging on being an agnostic and this film confirmed any of the atheistic beliefs I had. Not just because I spent time with these guys–they just confirmed what I’d always suspected. For me, the film ultimately is a battle between science and religion, or science instead of fundamentalism”.

Those were my picks! How about you readers: which famous atheist do you consider attractive?

For a similar list, visit “Atheistconnect”.

Happy First Day Of 2012!

A whole new year is now ahead of us! Yay!

Unfortunately for me, I have two upcoming exams at my University, so for a short while I won’t be able to post very much, or anything, for the next couple of weeks. But I promise to add a new post come 14th January!

I apparently wrote 54 post in 2011. That’s rougly one post per week. I will try and post much more this year 🙂

Take care and see you all the 14th,

Best Wishes/ Maaretta

Hello world!

Hello! I’m a girl in her late teens. I’m starting this blog with a few of my own stories, but will be moving on with movie reviews, artickles on cartoons/animations, etc. I’m trilingual, so even if most of my stuff will be in english, I might post one or two things in finnish or swedish.