2018 · April · May · Wrap-Ups

Wrap-Up | April & May 2018

Here’s my super-late wrap-up from April and May! The reason why I didn’t do this sooner is that I haven’t been reading, so I thought I would merge these together to have more to talk about. Then I thought I would film it, but if I do that it will be even later ^.^’ . So here it is in written form, at least.

(M)ornitologen, by Johanna Thydell
4 feathers // My review (in Swedish)

This was the one book I read in April, and I basically finished it over one weekend. It’s about a girl called Moa, whose mum left when she was little and Moa hasn’t really missed her. One day, her mum gets in touch and wants to meet Moa, who decides to come visit her mum’s house in the forest under the pretense that she’s doing a school project about birds over the summer. I liked this one a lot! I especially liked that it was such a quick read, the ending was bittersweet and the footnotes were awesome.

Agnes Cecilia – En sällsam historia, by Maria Gripe
Three feathers // My review (also in Swedish)

This is about a girl called Nora, who lives with relatives after her parents died when she was a kid. When they move into a turn-of-the-century apartment, strange things start happening to Nora. I think that this would be the perfect book to read aloud if you have children around the age of 9-12; it’s just the right amount of scary for children around that age. However, there were some things that bothered me. For example, it became clear that it’s both written and set during the early 80s, which felt slightly jarring for the simple reason that it was obvious. There were also some inconsistencies with the age of the characters.

Anteckningar från en ö, by Tove Jansson & Tuulikki Pietilä
Four feathers // Review here (once again, in Swedish ^.^’)

Anteckningar från en ö is a diary-like book about how Tove and Tooti found a remote island in the Finnish archipelago and built a house there. What I liked the most about it was the environment and the surroundings. I’ve always lived close to the sea, I spend all my summers in the Swedish archipelago, and can’t imagine a life without it, so I loved the fact that this was set in an environment that I’m so familiar with. The surroundings and Tove’s relationship to them were captured really well. My one complaint was that it could have been longer.

They Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera
3.5 feathers // Review here

This one’s about two boys, Mateo and Rufus, who live in an alternate universe where people get a phone call on the day that they’re going to die. Mateo and Rufus end up meeting through an app and spend their last day together. Overall, I enjoyed this. The ending was good and the love story actually worked. However, it was cheesy, it took a while to get into the story, and some things were left unexplained.

That was it! I only read four books in total, and I haven’t read that much in June either, but it felt a bit much to have three wrap-ups in one ^.^’ . Here are these two at least!

2018 · February · Wrap-Ups

Wrap-Up | February 2018

I ended up reading a lot of books in February, which I’m really proud of! Since I only read two books in January, I thought that would keep up this month as well, but I read seven things instead. Also, I liked everything I read a lot as well, which I’m very happy about.

Bildhuggarens Dotter, by Tove Jansson
4 feathers | Review here

This was wonderful, as always with Tove’s books. It’s a book of short stories about her childhood, and she is very good at capturing the child’s point of view. However, I do wish that I’d physically read it instead of listening to the audiobook, because it feels like one of those books that need to sink in.

Trollkarlens hatt, by Tove Jansson
4 feathers | Review here

I guess I was in a Tove mood at the beginning of February ^.^’ . But I don’t mind, I like her stuff a lot and ended up enjoying this one as well! As I wrote in my review, I found it funny and clever, but I was surprised by how different it was from the later books in the series. Once I’ve read the Moomin short story collection, I will probably start over from the beginning and read the entire series from start to finish in one go, just to see the development.

Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell
3.5 feathers | Review here

I’m a bit undecided on what I think of Carry On. I found the first 150 pages on the slow side, and Simon came across as whiny and over-obsessive. Plus, I couldn’t tell if the book was trying to be a parody or not. However, the story picked up after part one ended, and Baz’s parts were my favourites.

Fröken Julie, by August Strindberg
3 feathers

This is a classic, famous play in Sweden, which I read for class. It was alright, there were some details I didn’t pick up on, but I’ve always found it difficult to read plays because they’re not really meant to be read. Also, it might be that I wasn’t entirely paying attention.

Tomtemaskinen, by Sven Nordqvist
4 feathers

Another real classic, this time more recent and in the children’s department. I reread it for my BA essay in kidlit and liked it a lot ❤ .

Et dukkehjem, by Henrik Ibsen
4 feathers

Here’s another classic play! This was my first foray into Ibsen’s own writing, but we watched a really weird spinoff of this in high school so I didn’t really know what to expect. But it was a lot better than I thought it would be, so I was happily surprised!

Räddad, by Alfhild Agrell
3.5 feathers

I think we were supposed to read this because it’s a response to Ibsen’s play. It was interesting to see the intertexts, so I’m somehow glad I read it.

That was everything I read in February! I am currently reading a few books as well, but I think I’ll write a separate post about those so this post won’t be too long 🙂 . So keep a lookout for that, I will probably have it up some time next week!

2018 · January · Wrap-Ups

Wrap-Up | January 2018

HOW is it February already?? I didn’t read that much in January; I actually only finished two books, but I am also in the middle of two other books, so I thought I’d do this wrap-up anyway.

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
Published in 2012 | Originally published in 1843 | Three feathers

I read this for class, because I have to write an essay on it, but I’ve wanted to read it for quite a while. However, it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. I like the story and the setting, but I find Dickens’ books really slow, so it felt like it took ages to read even though it is under 100 pages long. A Christmas Carol therefore ended up feeling pretty average.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli
Published in 2015 by Penguin | Five feathers

By contrast, I loved this one! The story was cute, and I liked how modern-day social medias were integrated into the story – for example, the school had a Tumblr page which felt more realistic than them using Facebook, for example. Overall, it made me really happy, and I ended up putting away school work for the day to finish reading this ^.^’

Those were the books I actually finished, but I am reading two other books as well:

Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell
Published in 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin | Originally published in 2015

I picked this up because I read Fangirl over Christmas and loved it. Nothing much has happened yet as I’m just over 100 pages in, but so far I’m liking this one too. I’ll be back with a better review once I’ve finished it! 🙂

Brott och straff (Crime and Punishment), by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Published in 2010 by Bonnier Pocket | Originally published in 1866

This one is so boring! I’ve been listening to it on audiobook, it’s almost 30 hours long, and so far I’ve listened to around 8 hours. It’s all angst and paranoia and I don’t care about these characters. Ugh. It’s for class, but we’ll see if I end up finishing it.

2017 · December · Wrap-Ups

Wrap-Up | December 2017

I read quite a lot in December, so I’m just going to jump right in! There will not be any long reviews or deep thoughts on any of these books – some I didn’t have enough to say about, and some will be getting full reviews very soon.

“A Room of One’s Own”, by Virginia Woolf
Three feathers
I found this pretty slow, and it felt like it took forever to read. I do appreciate it for its importance, though.

“Sommarboken”, by Tove Jansson
Five feathers
This was the first of Tove’s adult books I read, and I loved it so much! It was very typical of her writing/story style, and there were certainly some references to Moomin. There will be a full review of this up some time soon.

“Vitsvit”, by Athena Farrokhzad
No rating
I didn’t rate this because I honestly don’t know what I think about it and now it’s been a few weeks since I finished it.

“Turtles All the Way Down”, by John Green
Four feathers
I have very ambivalent feelings towards this book. It was a typical John Green-book, I did not expect the ending, and the ocd representation was great. The thing is that that representation was almost too good if that makes sense, it was good on the verge of being triggering. There will be a full review of this as well at some point in the near future, where I’ll elaborate a bit more on my thoughts.

“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, by Joanna Bolouri
Three feathers
This was okay, it was a good book to bring to the beach as it wasn’t too deep. There was a lot of swearing, though, so keep that in mind ^.^’

“Fangirl”, by Rainbow Rowell
Five feathers
I loved this ❤ . Cath was so relatable as well! I actually liked it so much that I immediately ordered Carry On, which I’m currently impatiently waiting for to arrive in the mail.

“Citizen: An American poem”, by Claudia Rankine
Three feathers
This deals with some important topics, especially race and racism, in a cool format.

“Minnet av vatten”, by Emmi Itäranta
Three feathers
This was just okay. There was no real plot and no real ending, and there was little explanation as to how society became what it is in this novel.

“Natten som föregick denna dag”, by Johanne Lykke Holm
One feather
I think that this might be my very first one-feather rating! I originally rated it two feathers, but at the moment, I can’t remember any of the plot. So be it that I skim-read it, but it says a lot that nothing in this book stuck with me, even though it’s only been around a week since I finished it.

2017 · November · Wrap-Ups

Wrap-Up | November 2017

This month, I only read two books ^.^’ . One was for fun, the other was for class. But I thought that I’d put up this post anyway, just to sum up what I read.

“Norra Latin”, by Sara Bergmark Elfgren
4 feathers
Full review can be found here

I liked this book a lot! I flew through it, and I think I read it at the exact right time. It was definitely the type of book I needed to pick up when I read it. Also, it was really nice to read something set in an environment I’m familiar with.

“Candide”, by Voltaire
3 feathers

This was for class, and it was so random. I get that it’s the point, but how much shit is it even possible to put your characters through??? I appreciate having read it, though.

That was everything I had to talk about today. In December, I will try to post a little bit more regularly, both here on the blog and on my Instagram. Also, if you check in later this afternoon, there will be a post over on my second blog as well 🙂 .

2017 · October · Wrap-Ups

Wrap-Up | October 2017

Here we are again, with a written wrap-up. I haven’t really had the time to film and edit a video this month either, so I decided to write it down instead. So here it is! I only read two books this month ^.^’ .

The first one was Drakskeppet, by Maj Bylock. This was for my children’s literature class, and I thought it was okay. I would have loved it if I had read it when I was ten, and I think that if you have children around that age they would enjoy this book. Sadly, it wasn’t really for me anymore. So I ended up rating this 3 feathers.

Then I read Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which was for my antiquity-to-renaissance class. As I said in my most recent Currently Reading-post, I’m not that big a fan of Shakespeare, because I don’t alway get his plays. That was partly the case here as well, but I liked the story and the themes this play dealt with. This got 2.5 feathers from me.

That was everything I had to talk about today! See you guys soon with a new post 🙂 .

2017 · September · Wrap-Ups

Wrap-Up | September 2017

I was going to make a video wrap-up for my YouTube channel this month as well, but I haven’t gotten around to finishing filming it. Here it is in text form instead, just so it won’t be super late ^.^ . I read three books in September.

Mrs Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf
2 feathers

I actually finished this in August, but I forgot to mention it in my August wrap-up, so here it is instead! I’m sort of glad that I’ve read it, but for the most part I just found it a bit confusing.

Den allvarsamma leken, by Hjalmar Söderberg
3.5 feathers

This has been called “the great Swedish love story”, which I don’t really get, because everyone’s just lying and cheating on each other. However, it was wort the read and it did get better after discussing it in class. I also want to watch the most recent film adaptation now.

The Secrets of Islayne, by Kari Lynn West
3 feathers
My full review can be found here.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Overall, I thought the idea with people who can bring back forgotten memories was really cool, but it fell flat. The author shone through slightly too much, and although it is set in Scotland, everything felt very Americanized. So I didn’t end up liking it as much as I hoped I would.

Eliza and her Monsters, by Francesca Zappia
Five feathers
My full review can be found here.

I loved this book so much ❤ . Eliza was very relatable, and felt realistic. I also loved that it’s centred around fandom and an online community.

That was everything I read during September! I’ll be back soon with a compilation of some films I’ve watched recently, and in the future I might include movies in my monthly wrap-ups as well 🙂 .

2017 · July · Wrap-Ups

Wrap-Up | July

I had a very good reading month in July, and didn’t rate a single book under four stars. I also ended up finishing six books this month, which I’m very proud of.

Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo
5 feathers
Review here

I loved this book, and the best thing was that I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. It was also unexpectedly funny, and Nina was my favourite character. I much prefer this to the original Grisha trilogy, although I never actually finished that series.

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, by Benjamin Alire Sàenz
5 feathers
Review here

I loved this as well, and my favourite part was the focus on friendship and family. It was great to see that the main character had such a positive relationship to his dad. My main problem with this was, though, that there were some questions that were left unanswered that I would have liked to see answered, but other than that, this book was amazing <3.

Småtrollen och den stora översvämningen, by Tove Jansson
4 feathers

This was the very first Moomin book, and I’ve been wanting to read it just to be able to say that I’ve read all the Moomin chapter books. This particular one is out of print, though, but I found the audiobook version on Spotify and since it was less than an hour long, I listened to it on my way to and from work one day. I never wrote a full review because I didn’t think I had enough to say. I liked it a lot, though – it was a cute little book, and definitely worth the read it you like Moomin.

Unfiltered, by Lily Collins
4 feathers
Review here

Unfiltered was an easy and accessible read, almost to the point that I felt as if it was directed towards a slightly younger audience. But Collins seems to be a very positive person, and I still took away something from reading this book.

Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo
5 feathers
Review here

This definitely lived up to its predecessor, and I ended up loving this just as much as Six of Crows! I wasn’t expecting the ending to be quite so open and melancholy, but it actually suited the story. The duology will most definitely make my yearly favourites list <3.

Muminpappans memoarer, by Tove Jansson
4 feathers
Review here

The last book I finished in July was Muminpappans memoarer, yet another Moomin book. It was a little bit different than the other Moomin books I’ve read, and the characters came across as slightly different than they’ve seemed in the other books. I think the reason is that it’s told from Moominpappa’s perspective. I still liked it though.