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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children | Book Talk

- 03.10 pm | books

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs / 2011 / Young adult, fantasy / 352 pages / First in a trilogy 
 
I'm really bad at summaries, so I'm letting the blurb on the back of the book do its thing.  
 
I heard about this book on YouTube and it sounded really interesting and different from what I've read before so I decided to buy it. I had kind of high expectations, which really is a shame. I definitely think my high expectations ruined it for me a little bit. 
 
The book started very slow but there was something that still made me want to continue reading. And I'm glad I did, because once the slow part was over, I was hooked. I loved the addition of the photographs, it made the reading experience interesting and some characters were easier to imagine. I went into the book thinking it would be at least a little creepy, but I did not find it creepy or scary at all. The story was still really interesting and I wanted to know more. It's also Ransom Rigg's first novel, which I'm impressed by because it did not feel like a first novel, at all. 
 
I can't say I loved the book, but I definitely did like it a lot and I do love the story and the world. I loved the time travelling aspect in the story, the characters were all very unique, some more likeable than others and there was even a bit of a plot twist, at least for me.
 
 
When I finished reading the book, I immediately watched the movie. I was both excited and scared to watch it, to be honest. As a movie it was good and especially for someone who hasn't read the book I can imagine it was a great one, but as someone who read and liked the book I think there were just too many things wrongs with it. I still enjoyed it and I think all the actors did a great job. However, I absolutely prefer the book. 
 
 
My rating for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is maybe a 3.75. The slow start of the book really is the only reason I don't want to give it a 4, and 3 or 3.5 feels too low. The reason it took me so long to read it, is simply because I couldn't get into it because of the slow start. I do recommend this book if you have the patience to read through the first half. I'm very excited to read the next book(s) to see how the story continues and if the questions I have will be answered.

March favourites

- 02.00 pm | monthly favourites

 calendar from sandramarias.com
 
I know, I know. I'm incredibly late with this post, but better late than never, right?
March was a really stressful month for me. I spent most of it just studying for my matriculation exams, as well as thinking about schools to apply for. But all that is now over, and what's left of this spring is studying for my entrance exam in May. The month was stressful and uneventful, but I still have some favourites from the month!
 
Right in the beginning of the month I went to Helsinki with my friend to a Harry Potter symphony concert, which also happened to be her birthday present to me (thank you!). It was a really nice experience and I would definitely go again if they decided to do this with the second movie too. If you have a chance to go to one of these, I recommend going! 
 
 My friend went to Sweden for a week and since there's Sephora there, I obviously asked her to do some shopping for me. So, I finally got to try these two products which I've heard so much about. My bank account did cry a lot, but I think it was worth it. I'm obviously talking about the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara and Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner eyeliner. I was thinking about making some kind of review posts about them, but I don't find that necessary. You've all heard about these and how good they are, and I agree. The eyeliner is actually the best one I've ever tried, honestly. I have ridiculously oily eyelids, and this one is the only one I've found that doesn't smudge at all and stays perfect the whole day.

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These two movie's are my favourites of the one's I saw last month. The Edge of Seventeen (2016), a teen movie, realistic and well-written, 4,5/5 stars. The live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast (2017), a bit overhyped, but beautiful, 4/5 stars.
 
I was unsure whether I should add this one here or not. I didn't start reading it in March, neither did I finish it in March. But I finished it on April 1st so let's pretend it counts as a March fave. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a young adult fantasy book written by Ransom Riggs. I'm going to write about this book in a separate blog post, so stay tuned for that.
 
I could have mentioned probably over ten songs as my favourites, but I managed to cut them down to three. Ed Sheeran's new album, ÷ or Divideis amazing, but I'm keeping the list short and saying that my favourite songs are Galway Girl (and Shape of You). SAARA also released a new song, Superpowers. I was unsure at first, not sure if I liked it or not. After a few plays I couldn't stop listening to it though. My fave Robin also released a new song, Hula Hula feat. Nelli Matula. Love, love, love. All links go to Spotify.

Why You Should Vote

- 12.00 pm | life

I was going to write this post already two years ago when we had the parliamentary elections in Finland, but I never got around to doing it. But it's election time again here in Finland, this time it's the municipal elections, and that means constantly hearing people around me saying they aren't going to vote or that they're unsure. And honestly, knowing there's people who don't vote makes me quite angry. So, here's a few reasons why you should vote.

 
You have the right to vote. Having the right to vote and having a say in society really is a privilege. There's millions of people around the world wishing they would even just once get to vote, meanwhile you're wasting dozens of opportunities for no real reason. Imagine if you wouldn't have the right to vote, you would probably not think that's okay. So why on earth aren't you voting?
 
Someone fought for your right to vote. There's a time in history when the right to vote was restricted, and there are still today countries where it still is like that. The only reason you have the right today, is because someone at some point in history decided to fight for it. So if you can't find any other reason to vote, at least do it for all those brave people. 
 
Your vote does count. It might feel like it doesn't matter, "my vote doesn't count anyway". But it absolutely does count. That one vote might be the only reason someone wins, or doesn't win the election. By voting for party/candidate A, you're taking one vote away from party/candidate B. And imagine if no one went to the polling station, only because they thought their vote doesn't count. The election could end absolutely horrendously. Which is still sometimes does, because so many people don't vote.
 
You have the right to complain afterwards. You have absolutely no right to complain about the results or the decisions that are made if you haven't voted. If only the candidates you hate won, don't complain about it. You had your chance to do something, to support someone better, but you didn't. Don't complain then either.
 
It affects your life. No matter what the election is, it still affects you and your life. It affects your parents, your siblings, your friends. It affects everyone who lives in your country. Vote for someone who promises things that are important for you. If you're a student, the parliamentary might make decisions about student loans - which affects you. If you're an elder, sick, poor, etc., or know anyone who's any of these - any bad decision can be made that affects these people, e.g. laws concerning financial support or health care. You have an opinion, so find someone who has the same thoughts as you and supports the same things. If that candidate does win, that's one vote less for any bad decisions that might be made. 
 
 
I'm fully aware that it might be hard to find the perfect candidate or even political party. It's even harder if you're not really interested in politics. Which I'm personally not, not at all. Finding the perfect candidate has been impossible for me, and it will most likely be for you too, because there's no one who has the exact same thoughts as you.
 
I've personally done a lot of research on parties and candidates (several days worth of it), I've done "quizzes" to find out which party and which candidate is the best for me, I've gone through all social media sites of the candidates I've been thinking about, I've read up on politics and important words I might come across, I've made sure to find someone who meets my criteria (e.g. I've always given my vote to a woman), etc. I've done all this and more before both of the elections I've been allowed to vote in. I've done all of this just to make sure I'm really voting for the right person. But there's no need to do all of this. Just find a quiz, answer the questions and vote for the person you have the most in common with. There's no right or wrong way to find a candidate. As long as you find one and vote.
 
Voting in elections is so incredibly important. It's so important to show society that you're interested, that you care about who leads the country/town,who has more power than a normal citizen, who makes decisions that affect everyone living in the area. And you do care about the decisions made concerning the municipal or country you live in, you don't want any bad decisions to be made, do you? And you should especially vote if you're young. You're going to be here longer than any of the older people. Don't let all the old people decide about your future. So, please, go vote. Please use this privilege you have. Do some research, find someone you like, go vote. It doesn't take much time from your day (but it can if you want it to).

Books I Want to Read in 2017

- 09.08 pm | books

 
I don't really have any specific books I want to read this year, so this is really more of a "what I want to read" list. Let's be real, I probably won't even get to half of these, but these are just what I would like to read, and hopefully I will read at least some.
 
This year I want to read...
➤ A Harry Potter book. Yes, I am one of those who haven't read the books yet. Don't judge me. I own them all though! 
➤ A non-fiction book. This is overall something I want to read more of. 
➤ A book in Swedish. I pretty much only read books in English, which means my vocabulary in my mother tongue isn't as good as it could be. This year I want to read at least one book in Swedish, which won't be very hard since I do own quite a few. A book in Finnish would be nice too, but I know I definitely won't get to that one.
➤ A book I've had on my TBR list for a very long time. When I say "a long time", I mean years. 
➤ A book I've started before, but not finished. Not sure if I have more than two of these, but at least it will be easier to choose.
➤ A book that fits into the "diversity" category. I believe I only own one of these, but there's so many more I want to read too. This probably means book shopping, which I'm not too mad about!
 
What are some books you want to read this year?
 

Menstrual Cups

- 01.00 pm | health

 
Ever heard of the menstrual cup? If yes, you've also probably heard amazing things about it. If no, where have you been? I can't recall when I heard about the cup for the first time, but it's quite a long time ago already. I wanted to try one for so long, but I was so scared of both the product itself and the price. I finally decided to buy one a few months ago, and let me tell you, it's amazing, it's life-changing
   What am I talking about, you might ask. A menstrual cup is, as the name says, a cup to use during your period, a feminine hygiene product. Unlike tampons and pads, the menstrual cup is reusable. You insert the cup when you get your period, it collects the blood, you empty it and insert it again. When your period is over, you just put it in a small bag you get when you buy the cup. You can use the same cup for years! It's a lot better for both the environment and your own health. You can use it during the day, when you're sleeping, when exercising. There's no time of the day when you can't use it. There's different sizes too, so everyone can find one that fits. 
    I used to hate periods, I felt gross and uncomfortable. With the cup I don't feel like that, sometimes I don't even remember it's that time of the month. It doesn't feel like the world is ending when I realise it's almost time for my period, instead I'm actually almost excited for it. I'm now comfortable and carefree, even when my body is bleeding.
   If you try it out, which I recommend and hope you do, I recommend not giving up after one use. Use it for one or two periods before you decide it's not your thing. The only way to find out if it's something for you is by trying it. 
 
 
WHY YOU SHOULD INVEST IN A MENSTRUAL CUP
+ Environmental friendly. Since they're reusable, you don't throw away a bunch of garbage every month. It's also a lot easier to find vegan and cruelty-free cups, than it is to find tampons and pads. 
+ Comfortable. When inserted correctly, you can't even feel it. I often completely forget it's even there.
+ Healthy. The cup doesn't contain any chemicals like tampons and pads, and it doesn't dry you out like tampons do.
+ Cheap. It's quite expensive when you first buy it (mine was about 28€), but in the long run you're saving a lot of money. 
+ More time between changes. You can keep your cup in for up to 12 hours at a time! I empty mine when I wake up and before bed, so twice a day. Tampons and pads need to be changed every 4 to 8 hours.
+ Less visits to the store. After you've bought one cup, you don't have to go to the store to buy another one for a few years! 
+ No odor. When using a pad, some odor might sometimes occur from the menstrual blood. This doesn't happen with the cup. 
+ Easy to use. 
 
SOME NEGATIVE SIDES OF A MENSTRUAL CUP
- Expensive. As already mentioned, it's quite an expensive product, but in just a few months you've already saved money. 
- Getting used to it. It might take some time to learn how to insert it, as well as removing it. For some it might be a little painful, especially when taking it out. The cup also requires a lot of work, but you'll get used to it fast.
- More work and messy. With the cup, your hand hygiene is a lot more important than with e.g. pads. You also have to sterilize your cup at the start, and/or at the end of your period, using boiling water or other products, like Lunette CupWipes. It's also a bit more messy, since you're dealing with a cup full of blood.