2018 · February · Reviews

Book Review: “Bildhuggarens Dotter”, by Tove Jansson

Published in 1968 | Audiobook read by the author herself | Four feathers
There’s an English translation called “The Sculptor’s Daughter”


This is Tove Jansson’s autobiography, told in short story-like chapters that each deal with a different episode of her childhood.


Bildhuggarens Dotter was wonderful, just as all of Tove’s books are. What I have come to appreciate about her stories is especially the language and the characterization, and her ability to tell a story from the viewpoint of a child without it being influenced by an adult eye. I would love to be able to write like that.

However, I have come to the conclusion that listening to the audiobooks probably isn’t the best way to read Tove’s stories. I like that she narrates them herself (her accent in particular is lovely), but these stories need to be properly read. As a reader, you need to be able to go back and reread passages, and it would probably be good to have the possibility to take more of a break between chapters or stories to actually let whatever you just read sink in. Tove’s writing is best that way.

A passage from this book that has stuck with me is the fact that her family had a pet monkey when she was a kid. On the one hand, I’m not entirely surprised, but who has a pet monkey?? It is a pretty funny detail.

If you haven’t already, you should definitely read this as soon as possible, especially if you already have some prior knowledge of the author.

2018 · To Read

Literary Projects

As you may or may not know, I am currently working on my BA in children’s literature. I first started studying the subject in 2015 and fell in love. There is so much to the subject that is often overlooked because it’s literature for children, and for some reason that somehow makes the books “less worthy” of attention – which is such a stupid misconception. Anyway, I have been thinking about this idea for a while, to start a project where I read a ton of children’s classics, and writing about it here might help keep me accountable ^.^’ . Anyway, I have mainly two authors I would like to focus on to begin with.

Astrid Lindgren

This author wrote some of the major classics within Swedish children’s literature, but – weirdly enough – I mainly grew up with the films. I have almost no memories of the books growing up, but the memories of the movies are really clear. So I would like to get around to reading the books. There are over 30 of them, so it might take me a while, but I’m really looking forward to starting.

Tove Jansson

I don’t know if this is cheating, because I only have one Moomin book left to read until I’m done with Tove’s “children’s” books.  However, I did discover that she has written some adult stuff as well, which I’ve begun dipping my toes into. I finished The Summer Book just before Christmas (loved it!), and now I’m listening to The Sculptor’s Daughter + I ordered a bind-up of her short story collections which is on it’s way home to me at this very moment! Project Tove is definitely still ongoing, so I thought I’d mention it here.

C.S. Lewis

My friend recently read the entire Narnia series and disliked them, which oddly made me want to read the series too, because now she has alerted me to a lot of shit that’s going on in those books. I’ve read the first book twice and the second book once, but I never got past that point, so it would be interesting to actually finish the series at some point, especially considering that I own all the books.

That was everything I had to talk about today! I only listed three books here this time, but I think this might become an ongoing series, so expect updates in the future.

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 · 2018 · December · Reviews

Book Review: “Fangirl”, by Rainbow Rowell

Published in 2013 by Pan Macmillan | Five feathers


This is about Cath, who starts college with her twin sister Wren. They’ve always been close, so Cath assumes that everything is going to continue the way it has always been: they’ll be roommates, they’ll attend class together, and Wren will continue helping Cath with her fan fiction. However, Wren wants the whole college experience with parties and boys. So Cath has to learn to deal with everything new in her life.


To begin with: I loved Fangirl! I’m always a bit skeptical towards hyped books, because in many cases I don’t love them as much as everyone else seems to do. But this one was great. I could relate so much to Cath and her anxiety, and I loved how the fandom aspects were incorporated into the story. It’s definitely up there with my favourite books of 2017.

What I didn’t get was the deal with Levi. Sure, he was okay, but everyone has been talking so much about Levi that I thought that he must be something special, but he wasn’t really? That is probably an unpopular opinion, but he didn’t stand out as a character to me.

Also, I would sometimes forget that the novel is written in the third person, and then I would be surprised when I suddenly realised that it isn’t. That’s not really a criticism, but it was something that occurred to me while reading.

Overall, I liked this a lot, and would definitely recommend it if you like contemporaries centered around fandoms with a relatable main character.

2017 · 2018 · December · Reviews

Book Review: “Turtles All the Way Down”, by John Green

Published in 2017 by Penguin | Four feathers

Summary from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.


Turtles All the Way Down has been everywhere this past autumn and winter. Since I’ve read and enjoyed all of John Green’s other books in the past, I figured that I’d pick this one up as well and give it a go. And I liked it. In a sense, it is a very typical John Green book, both in terms of the writing style and the characters. The thing is, I know a lot of people who don’t like his books because of the overly intelligent teenagers, but I don’t mind that. Teenagers aren’t stupid, and he doesn’t dumb them down, which I like.

When it comes to Turtles, it had a very good representation of OCD. As someone who lives with the same type of mental illness, it was cool reading about someone on the same level of crazy as me ^.^. However, we are put into Aza’s head and we’re not let out when she gets stuck in one of her thought spirals, which means that we go into those spirals with her. That is what docked a star on the rating for me, because though the representation is good, it was also slightly difficult to read. The portrayal of the thought spirals were almost too good, if that makes sense. I guess it should be mentioned as well that the summary is not entirely representative of the plot. The book is about finding the billionaire, but it’s more about Aza’s OCD.

Also, I was not expecting that ending! I don’t know what I was expecting, and it makes sense in retrospect, but I didn’t fully see it coming.

To wrap things up a little, I would recommend this if you like John Green’s books or generally like the sound of this one in particular and would like to read a book with a good representation of mental health issues.

2017 · 2018 · December · Reviews

Book Review: “Sommarboken”, by Tove Jansson

Published in 1972 by Albert Bonniers Förlag | Audiobook read by the author herself | Five feathers
There’s an English translation called “The Summer Book”, published by Sort Of Books in 2003

“Sommarboken” is the story about a little girl called Sophia and her grandmother, and it follows the duo’s summer adventures on an island in the Finnish archipelago.


Finally it’s time for my long overdue review of Sommarboken! Especially considering that I finished it about a month ago ^.^’ . I can begin by saying that I loved this book so much! It reminded me a lot about Moomin in the catastrophic themes, the grandmother had clear streaks of Snufkin, and it had the same subtle humour. It’s a great place to start if you’ve read Moomin and would like to try out something else by Tove.

There is no real, overarching story; instead, it is an episodic story where each chapter is about a different thing. I liked that, but it was slightly difficult to get an idea of the time frame. It might have to do with the audiobook, though, and that I wasn’t always paying as much attention as I might have if I had read it as a physical book.

Speaking of, I adored the audiobook! The author read it herself, and as she was from Finland, she had a lovely accent. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about the Finnish accent that I find so calming. All you Swedish-speakers out there will know what I mean.

In short, this book was great! As I mentioned earlier, I think you would like this if you have read Moomin and would like to try some of Tove’s adult stuff, because it’s such a Tove book that you’ll instantly feel at home.

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.

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??