2018 · February · Lists

Books I would like to get at the sale

Every year at the end of February, there’s a huge book sale in Sweden. You can always get a hold of cheap books and I always end up buying stuff ^.^’ . This year, however, I’m going to try to limit my book buying a bit, so I’ve gone through the catalogues a bit more beforehand to see if there’s anything I would like to get. Obviously there was, and since the sale starts today, here they are!

“Grace”, by Anthony Doerr

I read All the Lights We Cannot See a few years ago and liked it a lot, so I would like to read more by the author. Grace was recently translated to Swedish, and that’s the edition that’s on sale. I would prefer to read it in English, but since it just around £7 for a really pretty hardcover, I don’t mind getting it in Swedish.

“Björnstad”, by Fredrik Backman

This author wrote a book called A Man Called Ove a few years ago, and ever since he has become quite famous in Sweden. I haven’t read any of his books before but this one does intrigue me, so when I saw that it was on sale I knew I would like to get it.

“En droppe midnatt”, by Jason Diakité

The author of this book is a famous singer in Sweden, and though I’ve never really listened to his music, it’s been difficult to avoid it. En droppe midnatt is partly an autobiography, but partly also a biography about his family’s past. It seems really important and it would be an interesting read, so I’m getting this!

I will probably end up getting more than these three, but these are the ones I’d like to pick up first.

2018 · Lists

2018 Releases I’m Looking Forward To

This isn’t a very ambitious post, this list mainly consists of books I’ve come across on Instagram or while doing quick searches on Google/Goodreads. Anyway, here are the books!

“The Great Alone”, by Kristin Hannah
Published 6 February

I listened to The Nightingale by the same author in 2017 and liked it, so when I saw that this was coming out I wanted to read it. Then I saw that it’s set in Alaska, which is one of my favourite settings in books. Also, it takes place right after the Vietnam War, and is about how a family is affected by a father who came back after being a prisoner of war. Can’t wait to read this!

“The Toymakers”, by Robert Dinsdale
Published 8 February

This is set in London in 1917, and it’s about a magical toyshop. It caught my eye on Instagram because of the pretty cover, but then I read the summary and got The Night Circus-vibes, so I’m really looking forward to this as well!

“Legendary”, by Stephanie Garber
Published 29 May

I read Caraval back in February (I think? Last winter at least ^.^’) and liked it enough, so now I want to read the sequel as well! Also, this has a great publishing date, it’s just in time to make it onto my summer reading pile! 🙂

“Save the Date”, by Morgan Matson
Published 5 June

I’ve read all but one of Morgan Matson’s other books, and think that they are perfect, cutesy, summery books, so when I saw this I knew I needed to pick it up! It’s about a girl whose sister is getting married, but then things don’t go as planned. It has all the potential of becoming that perfect summery book.

“Spinning Silver”, by Naomi Novik
Published 10 July

I think this is based on Slavic folk tales, and the summary seems really interesting! I haven’t read anything else by Novik, even though I tried reading Uprooted a couple of years ago, but I’m still looking forward to reading this.

“Vengeful”, by V.E. Schwab
Published 25 September

This is the sequel to Vicious, which I read a couple of summers ago and loved. So, when I found out it was getting a sequel, I knew I needed to read it.

“The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy”, by Mackenzi Lee
Published 2 October

The next book is also a sequel, this time to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I haven’t read that one yet, but I have heard that it’s supposed to be pretty funny so it’s high up on my to-read list. Hopefully, I will have gotten around to it before this one is released in October!

“Queen of Air and Darkness”, by Cassandra Clare
Published 4 December

I actually surprised myself by really looking forward to the release of this book, as I loved The Infernal Devices but wasn’t super into The Mortal Instruments. Also, I had been looking forward to the beginning of The Last Hours, which is the next Shadowhunters series that will focus on the London Institute and which was supposed to be published in between LoS and QoAaD. However, Cassandra Clare’s books keep getting better and better, and after the ending of Lord of Shadowsneed to know what happens in this book.

Those were all the books! I think I did two of these posts last year, one for each six months, but this year I didn’t have that many books on the list so for now, there’s only this list. Are there any books that you guys are looking forward to being published this year?

2017 · 2018 · Lists

2018 Goals + 2017 Wrap-Up

I can’t believe that it’s 2018 already?? Every year I sit there and wonder what happened to the year that just passed, but I’m still excited for the year to come. I thought I would put up a post of my 2018 book-related goals and look back up my goals for 2017.

Read 50 books
I didn’t reach this goal, although I was close! At the moment of writing this (December 30th), I have read 47 books. The majority of them were for fun, but there are also quite a few I read for class as well.

Project 5: Read 5 books before I get to buy a new one
I did not accomplish this goal this year, but it’s definitely something I would like to continue aspiring to.

Publish at least one blog post/week and revive my Instagram
I think this went fairly well. There were weeks when I didn’t post at all, but I have been more consistent with my blog than before.

Get better at using my reading journal
This is the one goal I definitely accomplished, and I’m so happy about it! Every book I read this year is recorded in my reading journal.

Read at least one book for fun each month
This went well in the beginning of the year, up until I started studying literature. Then class reading took up a lot of my time.


Read 50 books
I’m keeping this on here because it still feels like a doable goal. It will probably be a little bit more challenging this year since I’ll be done with studying literature in June, but I will do my very best!

Read at least one book a month for fun
This is important to me, since it’s my way of calming down. Maybe I will tweak this later on and read for 30 minutes before going to bed or something like that, but I will try to accomplish this.

Project 5: Read 5 books I own before I get to buy a new one
The reason I’m keeping this on here is pretty much the same as last year: I own so many books that I haven’t read, so I want to get better at actually reading those first.

Get better at unhauling books
I have a tendency to hold on to books, no matter what. But this year I want to get rid of books if I didn’t like them, if I don’t like that particular edition, or if I don’t think I will ever read that particular book.

Continue with the blog and Instagram
This is more or less the same goal as last year. I want to publish at least one post a week, and, since I want to practice my reviewing, I want to put up more reviews. As for Instagram, I would like to post at least three times a week.

2017 · Favourites · Lists

My Favourite Books of 2017

“To the Bright Edge of the World”, by Eowyn Ivey
My review
What I liked: the characters, the format, Alaska, and the mysterious things going on.
Also, funnily enough, this was the first full book I read this year, and it still holds up.

“Jane Eyre”, by Charlotte Brontë
My review
This book grew on me as time went on. It wasn’t on my top 5 favourites of January – July, but the more I think about it, the more I like this book. I can’t exactly tell you what my favourite parts were, but I liked the language and the setting, and it was nice reading about 19th century England. I think this would be a good starting point if you want to get into classics.

“Strange the Dreamer”, by Laini Taylor
My review
As I wrote in my review, this was the first time I can remember having a favourite chapter in a book. I also like the world/the setting, and the idea of a lost city and a main character who is obsessed with it. Also, Lazlo is such a cinnamon roll ❤ .

The Six of Crows duology, by Leigh Bardugo
My reviews here and here
I’m lumping these together because I loved both of them, which I didn’t expect to do. My favourite parts were the characters and the ending of Crooked Kingdom, and the fact that it’s based around a heist.

“The Inexplicable Logic of My Life”, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
My review
The main character’s relationships with his family and friends were so good in this novel, which is what made me love it so much. If you liked Ari and Dante, I think you would like this too.

“Eliza and her Monsters”, by Francesca Zappia
My review
This is centered around fandom and online communities, which was really fun to read about. Also, it has a main character with anxiety, which was great, and she reminded me a lot about both myself and people I know irl.

“Sommarboken”, by Tove Jansson
This book showed me even more how much I like this author! It made me really happy ❤ .

“Norra Latin”, by Sara Bergmark Elfgren
My review
I liked this mainly because I could relate to the environment and the fact that I couldn’t put it down. Also, it was the first Swedish book I had been looking forward to in a long time.

“Turtles All the Way Down”, by John Green
This is on here mainly because I could relate so much to Aza’s OCD. And I did not expect that ending??

2017 · Favourites · Lists

My Top 5 Favourite Books, July – December 2017

Here are my top 5 (or 6 ^.^’) favourite books of the second half of 2017! There will be a post up soon with my favourites of the entire year 🙂 .

“The Inexplicable Logic of My Life”, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Finished on the 3rd of July
My review

I remember feeling a bit annoyed, because I finished this in the very beginning of July and loved it, and it was too late to put it in my January – June favourites. Anyway, here it is! My favourite parts of this was the main character’s relationships to his friends and family, because he had very positive relationships to them. If you liked Ari and Dante, you will definitely like this one too.

“Crooked Kingdom”, by Leigh Bardugo
Finished on the 20th of July
My review

It’s rare that I love all the parts of a series equally, but that’s exactly what happened here. I finished Six of Crows in June, immediately ordered this, and ended up liking it just as much ❤ . I liked the characters, and the ending suited the story well. If you like heists and fantasy, I would highly recommend this!

“Eliza and her Monsters”, by Francesca Zappia
Finished on the 25th of September
My review

This was one of those books where I could relate a lot to the main character – Eliza reminded me of both myself and other people that I know. It was great reading about online community, fandom and a main character with anxiety. Definitely earned its place on this list!

“Sommarboken”, by Tove Jansson
Finished on the 11th of December
Review to come!

If you know me at all, you know that I love Moomin, and this author has become one of my favourites. This is her first book for adults, and I’m so glad that I listened to it! It’s about a little girl and her grandmother and their summer on an island in the Finnish archipelago. I loved the characters, especially the grandmother. As soon as I finished it, it was clear that it should be on this list.

The next two books are on tied fifth place

“Norra Latin”, by Sara Bergmark Elfgren
Finished on the 11th of November
My review

This was the first book in Swedish that I’d been excited for in quite a while, and it did not disappoint! I finished it in about a week, which is pretty quick for a book I read for fun during term time. I liked the characters, the setting, the representation, and the fact that I couldn’t stop thinking about it until I had finished it. If you understand Swedish, you should definitely read this!

“Turtles All the Way Down”, by John Green
Finished on the 20th of December
Review to come!

I guess no one has been able to miss the release of this book. The actual plot is a bit unclear once you start reading, but the OCD representation is great and I did not expect that ending (although, in retrospect, I can see that it adds up). If you liked John Green’s other books and/or want to read a book about a main character with OCD, check this out 🙂 .

2017 · December · Favourites · Lists

My Favourite Books I Read for Class

I got the idea for this list a while back, and thought it would be a fun idea. Originally, I thought I’d save it for when I’m more or less done with studying literature, but I couldn’t wait that long, so here it is ^.^’ ! And then I can update it once I’m done 🙂 .

“Tordyveln flyger i skymningen”, by Maria Gripe
Published in 1978

There doesn’t seem to be a translation of this, but directly translated, the title is The Dor-beetle Flies in the Twilight. It’s a Swedish children’s classic, and I read it almost two years ago (!??) for my kidlit class at uni. The story follows three children who are asked to water the flowers at the local bed and breakfast during the summer while the owner is away, and are pulled into a mystery. Some of my friends thought one of the main characters was a bit annoying, and I can see what they mean, but I thought this entire book was lovely. It’s perfect for reading aloud during summer evenings, and it’s a very cosy mystery/ghost story. If you have kids around the age of 9-12, I think they would love this, but adults can definitely get something out of this too.

“När hundarna kommer”, by Jessica Schiefauer
Published in 2015

There is no English translation of this either, but the title translates to When the Dogs Arrive. This is about a small town where a boy is murdered by a neo-nazi group. It’s also about the love story of two young people. And it’s based on a real murder that took place during the 90s – the book as such isn’t true, but there is a true event behind it. Be aware that this is not a feel-good novel. Instead, it is one of those stories that get to you and crawl under your skin. Oddly enough, that’s the reason why I liked it. It’s not a pleasant book, but I have a feeling that it’s also important, as it’s about xenophobia and violence.

“The Great Gatsby”, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Published in 1925

This is probably the most recent book I read of the ones I’m talking about on this list. As it’s a pretty famous book, y’all probably already know what it’s about, but we follow Nick Carraway who moves to New York and ends up being the next-door neighbour to the mysterious Jay Gatsby. No one really knows where Gatsby comes from or who he is, but Nick ends up befriending him. I don’t have very much to say about this, but I liked it a lot better after rereading it in English and then discussing it in class, as it provided a whole other perspective than I got when I read it on my own the first time around. Now it’s probably up there on the list of my favourite classics.

“Mördarens Apa”, by Jakob Wegelius
Published in 2014

There is actually an English translation of this – it’s called The Murderer’s Ape. It’s about a gorilla called Sally Jones, whose friend the Chief gets falsely accused of murder, and then it turns into an epic story of how Sally tries to get the Chief out of prison. This is a pretty long book, but I liked it a lot. It’s easy to get through, plus it’s illustrated 🙂 .

“Moomin”, by Tove Jansson
Published between 1945 and 1970

I couldn’t make this list without mentioning Moomin ❤ . We only read two of these for class, but I have since read almost all of the remaining parts of the series. Everyone who knows mer irl knows that I love these books with my entire soul ❤ . Read these!!

That was the list for now. As I said, I might make more of these lists in the future, when I’m done with studying literature at uni. Hope you enjoy 🙂 .

2017 · December · Favourites · Lists

Christmas Movies

Here’s the terribly belated Christmas movies-post! I’ve had quite a lot to do for class recently, which is why I’ve been fairly absent on here. I know that this list is the same as last year’s, but I don’t have any new favourites to talk about. I still thought I’d repost this to get in the Christmas spirit, plus if you’re new here, you might not have seen this yet.

The Polar Express
Directed in 2004 by Robert Zemeckis

I wrote about the book in my last post, and I think they did a really good job of adapting this. The book isn’t very long, so there wasn’t perhaps that much to adapt, but the entire book is in here. Some themes have also been developed, which is really nice. This is one of my favourite Christmas movies of all time ❤ .

A Bride for Christmas
Directed in 2012 by Gary Yates

This is one of those medium-quality, super cheesy TV films that always show up around Christmas time. I remember watching this one morning around Christmas a couple of years ago because it aired on TV and my mum happened to record it. Although it’s cheesy, it’s also worth watching.

The Holiday
Directed in 2006 by Nancy Meyers

I watched this for the first time a couple of years ago and liked it a lot ❤ . The Holiday is one of those staple Christmas movies and I would love to rematch it, but our DVD has mysteriously disappeared and it’s not on Netflix. Anyway, I saw someone describe this as “that Hugh Grant film without Hugh Grant” and I totally agree, so if you like that type I would definitely recommend this!

2017 · December · Lists

Christmas Books

As the best holiday of the year is coming up, I thought I’d post about some books related to Christmas to get in the right mood! I went back in the archives to see what I wrote about last year (also to cheat, because I’m going to shamelessly use that same list ^.^), and it seems as if I made one post about both movies and books. This year, you’ll be getting two separate posts instead 🙂 .

“The Polar Express”, by Chris van Allsburg

This is the picture book behind one of my favourite Christmas films of all time. It’s about a boy who gets whisked away by a train to the North Pole along with some other children, where they get to meet Santa. It’s a nice read about the spirit of Christmas, and I think it’s perfect for this time of year.

“The Snow Child”, by Eowyn Ivey

I guess this isn’t strictly Christmas-themed, but it’s set predominantly during winter, and it’s based on a Russian fairy tale about the Snow Girl. It’s about a couple who desperately wish for a child, and end up building one out of the first snow of the year. The next day, the snow child is gone. It’s been a while since I read this, but it’s still up there as one of my favourite books!

“Let it Snow”, by John Green, Lauren Miracle and Maureen Johnson

Here, we get three short stories about three different groups of people that all intertwine. Perhaps it isn’t my favourite John Green story (I can’t say anything about the other two, since I haven’t read anything else by them), but it’s the perfect book for Christmas.

“Trollvinter”, by Tove Jansson
Translated into English with the title “Moominland Midwinter”

Did you really think I could stop talking about Moomin, even for a second? 😉 , I read this for the first time last year and liked it. It isn’t strictly a Christmas book, but it’s about how Moomintroll wakes up from hibernation in the middle of winter and can’t fall back asleep. So now he has to go outside and find out what all that cold stuff on the ground is. Trollvinter is more of a winter book than anything, and it’s lovely.

“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, by Joanna Bolouri

I guess this is cheating, seeing that I haven’t actually read this yet, so I can’t tell you if it’s any good or not. My mum recently got it for me because she’d heard a lot of great things about it, so I’m planning to read it while we’re away on holiday over Christmas and New Years 🙂 .

2017 · Lists · October

Three Spooky Books to Read for Halloween

As the title suggests, I will be talking about three Halloween-y books today. I personally haven’t read these yet, so consider it the list of books I would have read had I had the time to read for fun this weekend 🙂 .

  • Ghost Stories, by Charles Dickens

As the title suggests, this is a short story collection containing a bunch of Dickens’ ghost stories. I got it in England last year to read for Halloween, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet, and it might have to wait for a while longer ^.^’. Also, the edition I have is lovely, with gilt pages.

Here’s a link to the Book Depository.

  • Färjan, by Mats Strandberg

This is a Swedish horror book that is set on “Finlandsfärjan”, or the cruising ship to Finland, where strange things happen. I have read the Engelsfors trilogy, which the author co-wrote, and I liked it a lot, so that’s the major reason why I picked this up in the first place. The cover is really creepy, though, but hopefully I will like it!

Apparently an English translation is going to be published next year, which you can pre-order here. Otherwise, if you’re in Scandinavia, you can get a Swedish copy here.

  • The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde

If I know Wilde correctly, this one is perhaps more funny than scary, but I want to read it nonetheless, because I really like Wilde’s writing. It’s about the Otis family, who move into Canterville Chase, but then it turns out that there’s a ghost living there already.

This is the edition that I have, which also contains Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime.

That was everything that I had to talk about today! It felt fitting to write a post about ghost stories and spooky tales, since Halloween is coming up next week. If I had had the time, I would definitely curl up in front of the fireplace with one of these books this weekend!

2017 · Lists · October

5 Books I’d Tell a Significant Other to Read so They Could Get an Idea of who I AM

That was the longest title ever ^.^’ . Anyway, @dylanthereader5 on Twitter tweeted this a couple of weeks ago, and I quoted that tweet with my answers. I really liked the idea, so I thought I’d make it into a blog post where I develop my answers! Enjoy 🙂

  • Clockwork Princess, by Cassandra Clare

I read this book in my second year of high school and loved it ❤ . It was the first time in a really long time where I truly felt that I could connect to the characters, and for that, this book will forever hold a special place in my heart.

  • Eliza and her Monsters, by Francesca Zappia

This is a more recent read, and it’s on here because of similar reasons. Eliza was so relatable, and she reminded me of both myself in some ways and of people I know in real life. I love how realistic she felt and that internet culture got to take up so much space.

  • Days of Blood and Starlight, by Laini Taylor

I don’t have any deeper reason for putting DoBaS on here than that it is one of my favourite fantasy books, especially when it comes to the world-building. I know that it is the second book in a series, but I don’t care ^.^’ . It’s my favourite part of the series!

  • Moominsummer Madness (Farlig Midsommar in the Swedish original), by Tove Jansson

I first discovered the Moomin books as an adult, when I studied two of them for class. Farlig Midsommar is my favourite one so far. I love how absurd it is (I mean, the Moomins’ house is flooded because of a volcano eruption, so they just randomly move in to a theatre that comes floating along), and I also love how many layers there are to all of the Moomin books. For children, they’re just semi-scary adventure books, but as an adult, you can see so much more in them that you probably missed as a kid. That’s why I love these <3.

  • The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey

This one’s on here because I’m interested in folk tales. The Snow Child is based on the Russian fairy tale about the snegurochka (or, the snow girl), and I think it keeps the suggestiveness of fairy tales and folklore in general. Definitely give this a go if you like folklore-inspired books set in unusual places – this one in particular is set in Alaska.

That was it for today! I’ll be back on Thursday with a Halloween-inspired post 🙂 .