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The Summer Book
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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In The Summer Book Tove Jansson distills the essence of the summerits sunlight and stormsinto twenty-two crystalline vignettes. This brief novel tells the story of Sophia, a six-year-old girl awakening to existence, and Sophias grandmother, nearing the end of hers, as they spend the summer on a tiny unspoiled island in the Gulf of Finland. The grandmother is unsentimental and wise, if a little cranky; Sophia is impetuous and volatile, but she tends to her grandmother with the care of a new parent. Together they amble over coastline and forest in easy companionship, build boats from bark, create a miniature Venice, write a fanciful study of local bugs. They discuss things that matter to young and old alike: life, death, the nature of God and of love. On an island, thinks the grandmother, everything is complete. In The Summer Book, Jansson creates her own complete world, full of the varied joys and sorrows of life. Tove Jansson, whose Moomintroll comic strip and books brought her international acclaim, lived for much of her life on an island like the one described in The Summer Book, and the work can be enjoyed as her closely observed journal of the sounds, sights, and feel of a summer spent in intimate contact with the natural world. The Summer Book is translated from the Swedish by Thomas Teal.
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batsy
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The best #holiday book I've read. Joy, delight, quiet, rest, arguments, sadness, messiness, conviviality, & solitude. So beautiful.

#MOvember @Cinfhen

merelybookish Beautifull description! 2w
Caroline2 Oh I just ordered this off eBay last night!! Glad to hear it‘s good. 👍 2w
Cathythoughts Sounds beautiful ✨✨✨✨✨ 2w
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RachelO Pretty. And it is wonderful 😊 2w
Cinfhen Everyone seems to love this book!!! 2w
batsy @merelybookish Thank you 🙂 2w
Blaire I‘ve not ready anything by this author but keeping seeing so many good reviews. I‘ve already stacked it. 2w
LeeRHarry 💕🇫🇮 2w
BookNAround I read this one years ago but do remember it being a lovely and calm read. 2w
batsy @Blaire I hope you enjoy it if you give it a try! 2w
batsy @BookNAround Yes! "Lovely and calm" captures it perfectly 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Such a wonderful book, and you described it so well! ❤️ 2w
Suet624 It might be time for me to read a book with some joy and delight in it. 2w
LeahBergen Yes! It‘s lovely. 💗 2w
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you ❤️ 2w
batsy @Suet624 Oh, you haven't read it! It seems like a Sue-esque book, so yes, I hope you do 🙂 2w
batsy @LeahBergen Doesn't it just bring up the best feelings 💕 2w
Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
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emilyhaldi
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This book is composed of brief, individual, quiet moments between 6 year old Sophie and her crabby grandmother spending their summer on an island off the coast of Finland. I found it a bit slow to get into but ultimately sweet and sentimental 💕
#laislabonita #movember

Ps. Am I alone in this being one of my all time favorite Madonna songs?! ❤️🏝

Reviewsbylola I don‘t even remember this Madonna song. 😬 But I do remember when you and I used to watch our Madonna videotape that Papa Don‘t Preach was my favorite. 😆 1mo
Cinfhen Papa Don‘t Preach is one of my favorite Madonna videos @Reviewsbylola but this song ranks amongst my faves!!!! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @Reviewsbylola How do you not remember that song???? 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MicheleinPhilly I was wondering the same!!!! 1mo
BarbaraBB Yes you are alone in that 😂. This song is such an earworm. Give me Frozen or anything of that Ray Of Light album over La Isla Bonita 🎶 (edited) 1mo
batsy @MicheleinPhilly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I'm also wondering the same! 😆 @emilyhaldi One of my Madonna faves for sure 💕 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww Stephanie we are picking on you!! 💞💞 @Reviewsbylola 1mo
emilyhaldi Pick on her all you want!!! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it‘s actually blowing my mind that she doesn‘t remember this song bc it was on our vhs of Madonna music videos that we watched as little girls on repeat 😆 @MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen @batsy it‘s a fabulous music video too 🤩 1mo
emilyhaldi Ahem @Reviewsbylola 👆🏻 1mo
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB you‘re nuts!!! I will always vote vintage Madonna over anything Ray of Light any day 🤗 1mo
Cinfhen Off topic but is anyone else obsessed with Kanye‘s Jesus is King / Sunday Service @BarbaraBB @Reviewsbylola @MicheleinPhilly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @batsy Emily??? 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen I despise Kanye West. 1mo
Cinfhen He‘s certifiable @MicheleinPhilly but he‘s so entertaining and I‘m just drawn into his looney orbit. I‘m not sure what he‘s actually experiencing right now but I‘m liking the whole gospel choir 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen I‘ve always found him to be a megalomaniacal jackass that could use a heaping helping of humble pie. 1mo
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi I DID love Like a Virgin and her hair in the video 😂😂. Also I am with @MicheleinPhilly regarding Kanye West. But that has more to do with his personality than his music I admit! @Cinfhen 1mo
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen funny enough, my husband was in LA last weekend with a Kanye-obsessed friend who convinced him to attend the Sunday service... he found it interesting that they sang a lot of his older songs that even sans expletives are not completely innocent 😆 he thought the whole thing was completely bizarre. 1mo
Cinfhen My son was at Coachella and attended Kanye‘s Sunday Service ~ he said it was not a very church like experience but Kanye like Madonna is an entertainer and constantly reinventing himself. Humility is definitely not in his vocabulary @MicheleinPhilly but as a performer I give him credit @BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi 1mo
emilyhaldi I agree @Cinfhen in fact I think he may be some sort of genius, and perhaps incapable of too much humility at this point. But I respect the hustle!! 1mo
BarbaraBB You‘re right about that @Cinfhen , I agree! 1mo
Reviewsbylola Ok so I just watched the video. I def remember it, just didn‘t connect the song title. Y‘all can put down your pitchforks. 🤣🤣 @cinfhen @MicheleinPhilly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @batsy 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Reviewsbylola 🤣🤣🤣 you know we love you!!!! 😉💗 1mo
emilyhaldi Thank god 😜 @Reviewsbylola 1mo
Cinfhen Hahaha 1mo
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arlenefinnigan
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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JennyM
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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There is so much love for this book about one summer spent on a beautiful island (#laislabonita) by Sophia and her grandmother. I must get to this soon 🏝 #movember

Abailliekaras Love love love this book ! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Love this 👍 1mo
Cinfhen Need to pick this book up!!! Another one I‘m adding to #PotentialBookClub list 1mo
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batsy Great choice! Adding to the lovefest for this one 💙 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely post 1mo
LeeRHarry Such a quiet, gentle read 💕 1mo
Freespirit I loved this book.❤️ 1mo
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LoverofLit
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Mehso-so

This book was odd, as many from Scandinavia seem to be. The humor was there, though dry and hard to miss but the real gem of this book was the relationship of the grandmother and the granddaughter and the juxtaposition of their experiences and priorities at opposite ends of each other. Short, and a bit boring for being so short but it was alright.
#pop19 #popsugar2019 #popsugarreadingchallenge
A book set in Scandinavia

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charl08
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It's funny about me, Sophia said. "I always feel like such a nice girl whenever there's a storm."
"You do?" Grandmother said. "Well, maybe ..."
Nice, she thought. No. I'm certainly not nice. The best you could say of me is that I'm interested. She extracted a perch and bashed its head against a rock.

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KarenUK
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Huge congratulations @Megabooks ! 💕🙌🙌👍
I loved this appropriately named book.... ☀️🌊😎
#25etsy giveaway, such a lovely idea..... 😍📚

Megabooks You‘re the second person to mention this one! Thanks for entering! 4mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Congratulations on your fantastic Litsy milestone @Megabooks and thank you for doing this generous #25ETSY #giveaway !❤️
My favourite read this summer, coincidentally, is the tagged book! 😄 It was a wonderful read and I recommend it.

Megabooks Appropriate title!! Thanks for entering! 4mo
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LauraBeth
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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After reading this chapter, I was like, “Well clearly Tove Jansson loved cats.” A google search later turned up her and her black cat, Psipsina. There are days when I realize I know little about the literary world. 😹 #BlackCatAppreciationDay

Leftcoastzen Cool ,I have heard good things about this book. 4mo
Leniverse Incidentally, Psipsina is Greek for "pussycat". I know this because there is a "strange kind of cat", actually not a cat but a pine marten, in Captain Corelli's Mandolin, that they name Psipsina. ? 4mo
LauraBeth @Leniverse I didn‘t know that! I am totally going to name my next cat Psipsina! 😹 4mo
LauraBeth @Leftcoastzen it‘s good so far! 4mo
Leniverse It's clearly a kitty name of high literary pedigree! 4mo
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LauraBeth
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Happy #BlackCatAppreciationDay! Here‘s to all the kitties - the black ones, the ginger ones, the torties, siamese, tabbies and every other floofy-floof we worship.

Speaking of hero worship - I‘m reading this because Lauren Groff named it as one of her favorite books - so of course, I‘m going to read it! ❤️

Annl I have to read this because 2 granddaughters! Is your black kitty more hyper than your other cats. I rescued a black kitty recently and she is bonkers! 4mo
LauraBeth @Annl 😹 let me know what you think of it! He‘s a tad more bonkers than my other cats but he‘s a baby - so I‘m going to attribute it to him being a kitten and my other cats being older. He‘s very snuggly and cuddly in his “downtime” from climbing the fireplace, tearing the curtains down and aggravating Bitsy. 😹 4mo
KarenUK Lauren Groff! 😍😍😍.... I didn‘t know she liked this book... I did too. It‘s so lovely! 💕 4mo
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LauraBeth @KarenUK it‘s been lingering on my TBR forever and when I saw that she liked it, it made me finally get to it! So far, it IS lovely! It‘s one of those, “Why did I wait so long to read this?!” 4mo
Dragon 😻 4mo
batsy It's a lovely book! I hope you enjoy it. 4mo
Leftcoastzen 😻❤️ 4mo
cariashley Love black kitties ☺️ 4mo
Bookzombie 💕🐱 4mo
LeahBergen Wait .... there‘s a black kitty????? 4mo
LauraBeth @leahbergen Yes! Same old story - went to the shelter “just to look“ and saw how full they were and felt bad so took home a kitten! 😻 He's the sweetest. 4mo
LauraBeth Thanks @batsy! I'm almost finished with it and have loved it so far!
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LauraBeth There's just something about black kitties 😻 @dragon, @leftcoatzen, @cariashley, @bookzombie 4mo
Suet624 I‘m with you - whatever Lauren Groff recommends I‘m there for. 4mo
LauraBeth @suet624 This book is divine ❤ 4mo
Suet624 I‘ll have to order it. I‘m a huge convert to NYRB and this will have to be my next purchase. 4mo
LauraBeth @Suet624 it‘s great - I loved it! 4mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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This is such a gentle and quiet book. Reading it is like leisurely walking on a beach itself, unhurried, and you‘ll lose sense of time. The stories seems random as they‘re snippets over the long summer Sophia spent with her grandmother and father on an island. I love the relationship and interaction between Sophia and her grandmother; the adventures they shared; the quarrels; the tantrums that Sophia throws. 👇

erzascarletbookgasm (Cont..) This book‘s like a celebration of love..love of nature, family love..funny too, though there‘s a hint of darkness (death). It‘s sad once the season‘s over and they prepare to leave the island. 4mo
TrishB Oh what a lovely review Jessie ❤️ makes me want to be there! 4mo
Kalalalatja Wonderful review 👌 4mo
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Cathythoughts Beautiful review! I love stories in nature 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
batsy It's such a beautiful book 💛 4mo
arlenefinnigan I love this book. And it was Tove Jansson's birthday yesterday. 4mo
JennyM I‘m stacking after such a lovely review. ❤️ 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks, friends, @TrishB @Kalalalatja @Cathythoughts @JennyM It‘s a little gem, isn‘t it, @batsy What a lovely coincidence @arlenefinnigan 4mo
Freespirit Loved it too. I agree a gentle gem of a book❤️ 4mo
KarenUK A lovely little book 💕 4mo
LeeRHarry Enjoyed this one too - I should read The Winter Book atm, it is cold enough for it! 😊 4mo
LeahBergen So good! ❤️ 4mo
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JessVen
Sommerbogen | Tove Jansson
Pickpick

A cute and nostalgic summer read 🌸

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Butterfinger
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Pickpick

Such a sweet and delightful read. A grandmother's favorite companion on a lonely island is her 6 year old granddaughter. They invented games, stories, arguments. It seems that death was a major theme because the grandmother is nearing her time and the girl's mother had passed away. What a great book to read during summer vacation.

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Butterfinger
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The description is exquisite.

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TheWordJar
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Not a funny moment in the book, but the dramatic six-year-old Sophia made me laugh. What avid reader hasn‘t heard some rendition of this utter despair from their family and friends??

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KarenUK
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#LilithJuly
This lovely #SmallBlueThing was a charming and poignant read....
Based on the real-life bond between her aging mother, her little niece Sophie and the island her family owned, this is a gentle story of a girl and her feisty Gran, sharing a summer of small adventures on a remote Finnish island. Loved it 💙☀️💙☀️💙☀️

arlenefinnigan Love this book. 5mo
BarbaraBB Me too!💙 5mo
Tamra Loved it! 5mo
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Emu
Sommerbogen | Tove Jansson
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Pickpick

This has been a really nice read. The book captures the feeling and atmosphere of being on holidays at the grandparents. The pace and the mood is slow - a fantastic holiday read. #1001books #reading1001

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Emu
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What a setting....

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TheEllieMo
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Mehso-so

I first read this 5 years ago, but it was selected as my book club‘s choice this month, and as I couldn‘t really remember much about it, I though I‘d reread it. I recall being a bit ambivalent about it, but hoped a second read would swing me one way or the other.

It‘s quite a quick read, Jansson writes good prose and there are some sweet and/or amusing moments, but overall I‘m still ambivalent.

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TheWordJar
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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I am so proud of my fellow #SmallSteppers in week one of #BFCr2! You guys have done great! The quote above is my positivity quote I needed to remember this week. I was out of town half of the week, and I only got 60 of my 120 minutes of cardio and 30 of my 60 minutes of stretching in. But it all adds up, right?? I also started The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, and it‘s gorgeous so far!

Let‘s keep it up in Week 2!!

#BookFitnessChallenge #BFC

TheDaysGoBy It definitely adds up! You‘re doing great! 5mo
wanderinglynn Great first week! 🙌 But I'm going to rewrite the sentence “I only got ...“ to “I got 60 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of stretching!“ (complete with exclamation point). Celebrate what you accomplished! Especially since you were out of town part of the week. No diminishing language (“only“). You are making great progress, you are moving forward, and most importantly, you didn't quit! #powerofpositivity 5mo
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TheWordJar That‘s a very good point @wanderinglynn! Thank you for pointing that out. 😊 5mo
Laughterhp Great job this week! You‘re doing great! 5mo
hes7 Good quote! It‘s great to remember that even if you‘re not noticing changes immediately, it‘s not worthless to keep going. 5mo
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Emu
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis

The mood in this book! It feels like summer at my grandparents 🥰😌

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Eggs
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I see her dancing in the streets
Sipping champagne on the beach
So expensive when she eats
'Cause she's so fancy🎶
My eldest grandchild in motion 💗

#thissummer #songsofsummer @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

TheSpineView So pretty and talented! 😊 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow!!! Beautiful!! Not easy being a ballerina! 6mo
OriginalCyn620 Awesome! That‘s some talent right there! 😊 6mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So beautiful ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
tammysue She‘s gorgeous! Great photos! 💗 6mo
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KarenUK
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Just lovely!
Jansson of ‘The Moomins‘ fame, wrote this beautiful, gentle meditation on aging and nature, of a summer spent on a remote Finnish island. Cantankerous and feisty Grandma and her inquisitive 6yr old granddaughter Sophia, have adventures and share life lessons in their wild surroundings. Inspired by her mother and niece and the island home she built with her brother, these are characters to truly fall in love with. A warm hug of a book.

RachelO That‘s exactly it! Isn‘t it gorgeous? 🤗 6mo
LeahBergen Great review. ❤️ This is such a lovely read. 6mo
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KarenUK
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Just arrived at our weekend destination, and finishing up this lovely, charming book poolside...
#AndRelax ..... #SelfCareWeekend

Crazeedi Looks so relaxing! 6mo
Kalalalatja Looks great! 6mo
Leftcoastzen Ahhhhhhh! Perfect! 6mo
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TheSpineView Looks lovely! Enjoy! 6mo
tammysue It all looks so perfect! Enjoy yourself! 6mo
kezzlou85 Looks lovely, enjoy it. 6mo
JennyM Enjoy😘😘😘 6mo
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AnneCecilie
Sommerbogen | Tove Jansson
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Pickpick

A book about summer vacation and spending time with family. We meet Sophia and her grandmother, and are told about the cat and the storm and other things happening when you spend the summer on an island. This book is super cute and made me nostalgic about my own childhood summers.

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KarenUK
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Freespirit This is a lovely gentle novel😍 6mo
LeahBergen This is a delight. ❤️ 6mo
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AnneCecilie
Sommerbogen | Tove Jansson
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Next up.

I fell for this edition of the book with the pink cover and grey pages.

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TheEllieMo
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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1. Some warm weather, hopefully, although being in England, it‘s not guaranteed!

2. I‘ve not heard of anything that‘s made me go “I absolutely must get that immediately” yet.

3. Strawberries

4. 35°C apparently

5. Shout-out to new followers @Alp142 @hilded @hermyknee

#ThursdaySurvey @laurenslibrary

LaurensLibrary Thanks for playing! 🧡💛 7mo
hermyknee Thanks for the tag! I‘ll try to get to this one in the morning ☺️ 7mo
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tracyrowanreads
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More from my Facebook project: Tove Jansson's The Summer Book might reasonably be called a book in which nothing much happens, but what does is everything. Six year old Sophia and her grandmother spend their summer ambling around an island in the Gulf of Finland, talking about life, the universe, and everything. It's a warm, peaceful, affectionate book about love and life, and I'm so grateful to the friend who gave me a copy many years ago.

RealBooks4ever Sounds wonderful! 💜 7mo
Tamra It‘s beautiful writing! 7mo
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AnneCecilie
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#YouNeverCanTell how many books I‘ll end up buying when attending library events.

Last Friday I went to a talk about the German TV series Babylon Berlin. Off course I bought the first to books in the series and the last book in Cusk‘s trilogy.

Today, I went To hear about a new photography book. I didn‘t buy that, but the top to books.

#MayMovieMagic

Severnmeadows Love the Summer Book! 7mo
Cinfhen Book hauls make me happy!!! Nice 😁 7mo
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Samplergal
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#MayMadness. #mayscavengerhunt

This was a book started last week and I finally finished today. It‘s short, loosely intertwined short stories of summer on a isolated Finnish Island. The book explores the relationship between a wonderful grandmother and her six year old granddaughter. It explores a more carefree time with lovely language. Not what I expected, but still a lovely little book.

Clwojick Woohoo! Your crushing that scavenger hunt 7mo
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KarenUK
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Thanks for the tag @Tex2Flo 😘

Greek Islands, my favorite place on earth
Feta, cucumber, watermelon salad
Bike rides at the ocean, morning swims
Frose!
Waterproof sun screen
My patio, lake view, with the fans on full blast....

If you want to play, consider yourself tagged!

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sisilia
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5⭐️ I was not close to my Grandma, so it‘s very heartwarming to get the feel of Sophia‘s interaction with her grandmother. The story is compact; but it covers everything about nature, life, death, and human emotions.

“There were little animals everywhere. They could turn up between the covers of a book, flattened and dead, for the fact is that creeping animals, tattered animals, and dead animals are with us all our lives, from beginning to end.”

ReadingEnvy Love this book! 8mo
Tamra Soooo lovely a story. 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty ❤️ 8mo
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batsy I love this book so much 💛 8mo
sisilia Have you read The True Deceiver @batsy ? It‘s impressive! 8mo
batsy I have not but I plan to! I'm glad to hear it's impressive 🙂 8mo
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sisilia
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Next read ☀️

LeahBergen I liked this one! 8mo
sisilia @LeahBergen I‘ve been spoilt by NYRB. Plenty of 5⭐️ reads recently 8mo
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sisilia
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Is it too ambitious to bring all of these beauties with me to Bali for the Easter weekend? 😆🙈 I have a serious problem!

Aimeesue Such beautiful covers. Love #nyrb! ❤️ (edited) 8mo
sisilia @Aimeesue They are addictive 😊 8mo
Aimeesue @sisilia And how! 8mo
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vivastory If loving NYRB is being wrong, I don't want to be right! 8mo
sisilia @vivastory I totally agree 8mo
Lindy Have a wonderful trip! 8mo
sisilia Thank you @Lindy 😘 8mo
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whatrebeccasread
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Mehso-so

A wisp of a book, "The Summer Book" is brief with no real plot but it's well written. For me these snippets of life in the summer on a Scandinavian island were enjoyable but nothing I'll be raving about - it's 3 stars from me.

My full review is up on my blog now ?

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arlenefinnigan
Summer Book (Revised) | Tove Jansson (Intro by Esther Freud)
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RachelO 💖 11mo
batsy This book 💙 11mo
Freespirit Such a lovely gentle book. It made me recall my relationship with my grandmother 11mo
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arlenefinnigan @Freespirit it's lovely isn't it? It's hard to describe what's so beautiful about it because not a lot happens, but it's such a sweet (without being sentimental) portrait of their relationship. 11mo
Tamra 💜 11mo
vivastory What a great choice 11mo
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Anna40
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I can open my present from the cozy little opcit bookstore in Taos, NM tomorrow. This will be my first book by Tove Jansson
Happy Holidays and Happy Reading everyone!

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Tamra
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I initially thought I only had one 5⭐️ read this year, but thankfully I was wrong! 😅😅

Cathythoughts Screenshot taken 👍🏻♥️ 12mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts I was really surprised by Wild Snail! I like nature writing though. 😁 12mo
Amiable "Just Mercy" was such a fantastic read. 12mo
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Tamra @Amiable yes! Have you read Hinton‘s book? He was Stevenson‘s client. 12mo
Amiable @Tamra No, I don't know about that one! 12mo
Amiable Thank you! 12mo
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RachelO
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Well this was just beautiful! I was going to read it and pass it along, but it‘s very definitely staying on my shelves for a while.

Following the loss of her mother, a young girl spends her time on an island in the gulf of Finland, with her father and grandmother. Grandmother is wise, funny, acerbic and their relationship is a joy. Gorgeous!

#Booked2018 #MCOver70

RachelO Bother. This was meant to be a review! Oh well 😐 12mo
batsy I loved this book 💛 12mo
RachelO @batsy Isn‘t it wonderful? I don‘t know how I left it so long to read! 12mo
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Tamra 💜 Agreed! 12mo
RachelO @Tamra 😊 12mo
Cinfhen Such a thoughtful review xx glad you enjoyed it sooo much 12mo
Cinfhen I can‘t believe she‘s the same author of @arlenefinnigan Moomins 12mo
arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen it's so good x 12mo
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hilded
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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@RachelO reminded me of this sweet book in one of her post earlier today, and it is absolutely worthy of being today‘s choice for #adventrecommends. But maybe save it for a lazy summer day ☀️

#1001books
#Adventrecommends Day 12
#Favourites

RachelO 😎 I‘m not very good at reading in the right season! 12mo
hilded Lol, it‘s a cozy read in any season 😅 @RachelO 12mo
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RachelO
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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PRIVATE PROPERTY - NO TRESPASSING

“We‘ll go ashore,” Grandmother said. She was very angry. Sophia looked frightened. “There‘s a big difference,” her grandmother explained. “No well-bred person goes ashore on someone else‘s island when there‘s no one home. But if they put up a sign then you do it anyway, because it‘s a slap in the face”

“Naturally,” Sophia said, increasing her knowledge of life considerably. They tied up to the sign.

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hilded Love this book :) 12mo
Lindy @hilded Me too. Also love this quote in particular. 👍 12mo
Tamra Such a memorable read. 12mo
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RachelO @Tamra @lindy @hilded It‘s my first time of reading it - how is that possible??? Grandmother is 🌟💪❤️! 12mo
hilded Glad you are enjoying it:) @RachelO 12mo
hilded The quote is excellent @Lindy :) 12mo
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TheBookstorePodcast
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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I‘ve been on a real used book buying bender. And because Michigan is staring down 5 months of cold winter I couldn‘t resist a summer book. I‘ve also heard great things about this one, Jansson is beloved for her Moomin books and I can‘t wait to get a chance to crack this one.

Tamra Your post reminded me to shop for more of her work! 👌🏾 (edited) 13mo
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arlenefinnigan
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Bookwomble This is one of my favorite books. Just seeing the cover in your pic made me smile 😊💗 1y
Cinfhen It‘s the Moomins without the Moomins 😀😉😂 1y
Reviewsbylola ☀️🌊⛵️ 1y
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Mdargusch Good one! 1y
Tamra Such a lovely read! 1y
emilyhaldi This is on my list 🤗 1y
Meredith3 🏝💚 1y
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Lmstraubie
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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One last one from @cinfhen and @BarbaraBB to help you rock out in July! #heatofjuly

Cinfhen Thanks for sharing and reposting 💕💕 1y
BarbaraBB Echoing Cindy 😘 1y
Lmstraubie @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB Thanks for creating it! 🙂 1y
sammisho These song titles make me relive my high school years! ❤ @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB 1y
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GatheringBooks
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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#JuneItsElectrifying Day 12: Tove Jansson‘s thin novel is perfect for #SummerLovin. As Iphigene, one of the GatheringBooks ladies noted in her review:
Tove Jansson‘s The Summer Book is a product of her granddaughter‘s own loss, of her own relationship with her mother, and of her life in an island in the Swedish speaking part of Finland. The language is succinct and direct. It is unsentimental, but warm and loving. Link to full review below ⬇️

RadicalReader @GatheringBooks adore the cover 2y
Tamra The Summer Book is so lovely! 2y
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vkois88 Sounds interesting. The cover is certainly beautiful, wouldn't mind visiting for a few days!! 2y
emilyhaldi I‘ve had my eye on this! 2y
batsy "Unsentimental, but warm and loving"—yes, perfect! One of my recent favourites :) 2y
MaureenMc I loved this one, too! 2y
rachaich I love all her adult books. She was a fascinating person 2y
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MirrorMask
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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vkois88 That cover 😍 2y
MirrorMask @vkois88 I know! I want to go to there!!!🏝️ 2y
vkois88 Seriously, let's go!! 😉😉 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MirrorMask @vkois88 I want to LIVE there!!! 🤣🤣 2y
vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks agreed. I see it and I automatically think of drinking mixed drinks out of coconuts! 2y
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