I’m Venla, a 19 year old soon-to-be university student. I’m very excited to be working at the Point library this summer for one month. My mother tongue is English, I was born and have spent half of my life in the United States. But, I also speak Finnish, so if you see me don’t be afraid to say hi in either language! One of my favorite pass-times is reading, and I have loved finding interesting books every day at the library. I’m very interested in history, and in older books and movies, which can be seen in some of my recommendations. So far I’ve enjoyed constantly learning new things about the library, for example discovering its extensive collection of movies, music, and e-books. I’m especially looking forward to learning more about how the library operates during the next month!
1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
Set in the 19th century southern United States, it tells the tale of a troublemaking young boy.
2. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, Chris Hadfield
The stories of astronaut Chris Hadfield’s time in space will change the way you look at your life on Earth.
3. A Seat at the Table, Solange
An empowering album that combines funk with contemporary R&B.
4. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
A beautifully written novel with dark overtones.
5. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
Liesel, a young girl living in Nazi Germany, finds a passion for reading amidst the terrors of war.
This classic film is a must-watch.
7. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
Dealing with themes of teenage angst and alienation, this novel follows Holden Caulfield after he is expelled from boarding school.
8. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Learn how to make the most of any day with this comedic film.
9. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
This novel is set in a dystopia where women have lost their rights, even the right to read.
10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
It’s never too late to start reading the Harry Potter books! I’d recommend the series to kids and adults alike.
11. The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
The devil visits 1930’s Moscow and causes all sorts of trouble.
12. Moonrise Kingdom
A Wes Anderson film that is as visually beautiful as it is funny, and one of my favorite movies.
13. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss’ wacky illustrations and catchy rhymes are sure to entertain the whole family.
14. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
This poem transports you to a supernatural world through an old mariner’s account of his fateful sea voyage.
15. Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
Written as a prequel to Jane Eyre, this novel gives dimension to characters from the classic novel. Set in 1830’s Jamaica, it explores main character Antoinette’s search for personal identity.