Sorry about the blurry pictures, I don't know what happened! Since I am wearing blue today, it is time for some of my favourite blue books. Just a couple of words about organizing books by colour: I have been doing it for a while, and have found it to be the perfect system. It seems that I always tend to remember not just the colour of the cover, but also of the spine. I could see the arrangement becoming potentially problematic if I acquire loads of new books though - say, if I had an entire bookshelf of red books. Anyway, my books are now stacked away at my mother's apartment in Helsinki, not by colour, and it took me forever to find what I was looking for. For example, blue books that are missing from this list include the diaries of Helvi Hämäläinen and Virginia Woolf, and Kolakowski's Main Currents of Marxism, Vol 2. I know they are blue, but they are packed away in boxes and I couldn't find them!
Anyway, my first blue pick is Orwell's 1984. I was seduced by the book early on, and it got me interested in politics and totalitarian regimes, and how to overcome them. Consequently I studied post-communist politics for four years.
My second choice is Frantz Fanon's Wretched of the Earth. I haven't actually read this Finnish translation, but the English translation was required reading when I studied the history of colonialism. Reading this book kick-started my process of becoming very critical of development aid and the neo-colonial world we still live in.
Conrad's Heart of Darkness is a magnificient study of humanity falling into abyss.
My fourth pick is Sagan's Bonjour tristesse, just because of the sun and the sea.
Skirt: vintage Laura Ashley, Tuuli's old
Kitty cat brooch: Tuuli's old
Shoes: second hand / Fida
Bracelet: Hietsu flea market
P.S. An odd thing happened today: Blogger notified me of several comments that had been sent ages ago. I hope no one was thinking that I wasn't publishing them on purpose!