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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 summer—its sunlight and storms—into twenty-two crystalline vignettes. This brief novel tells the story of Sophia, a six-year-old girl awakening to existence, and Sophia’s 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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AnneCecilie
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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😍 3d
LeahBergen This is a delight. ❤️ 3d
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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! 🧡💛 3w
hermyknee Thanks for the tag! I‘ll try to get to this one in the morning ☺️ 3w
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tracyrowanreads
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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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! 💜 1mo
Tamra It‘s beautiful writing! 1mo
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AnneCecilie
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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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! 1mo
Cinfhen Book hauls make me happy!!! Nice 😁 1mo
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Samplergal
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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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 1mo
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KarenUK
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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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
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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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! 2mo
Tamra Soooo lovely a story. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty ❤️ 2mo
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batsy I love this book so much 💛 2mo
sisilia Have you read The True Deceiver @batsy ? It‘s impressive! 2mo
batsy I have not but I plan to! I'm glad to hear it's impressive 🙂 2mo
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sisilia
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Next read ☀️

LeahBergen I liked this one! 2mo
sisilia @LeahBergen I‘ve been spoilt by NYRB. Plenty of 5⭐️ reads recently 2mo
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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 #nybr ❤️ 2mo
sisilia @Aimeesue They are addictive 😊 2mo
Aimeesue @sisilia And how! 2mo
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vivastory If loving NYRB is being wrong, I don't want to be right! 2mo
sisilia @vivastory I totally agree 2mo
Lindy Have a wonderful trip! 2mo
sisilia Thank you @Lindy 😘 2mo
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whatrebeccasread
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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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 💖 5mo
batsy This book 💙 5mo
Freespirit Such a lovely gentle book. It made me recall my relationship with my grandmother 5mo
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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. 5mo
Tamra 💜 5mo
vivastory What a great choice 5mo
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Anna40
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Anna40
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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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
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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I initially thought I only had one 5⭐️ read this year, but thankfully I was wrong! 😅😅

Cathythoughts Screenshot taken 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts I was really surprised by Wild Snail! I like nature writing though. 😁 6mo
Amiable "Just Mercy" was such a fantastic read. 6mo
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Tamra @Amiable yes! Have you read Hinton‘s book? He was Stevenson‘s client. 6mo
Amiable @Tamra No, I don't know about that one! 6mo
Amiable Thank you! 6mo
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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 😐 6mo
batsy I loved this book 💛 6mo
RachelO @batsy Isn‘t it wonderful? I don‘t know how I left it so long to read! 6mo
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Tamra 💜 Agreed! 6mo
RachelO @Tamra 😊 6mo
Cinfhen Such a thoughtful review xx glad you enjoyed it sooo much 6mo
Cinfhen I can‘t believe she‘s the same author of @arlenefinnigan Moomins 6mo
arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen it's so good x 6mo
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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! 6mo
hilded Lol, it‘s a cozy read in any season 😅 @RachelO 6mo
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RachelO
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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.

💕💪

hilded Love this book :) 6mo
Lindy @hilded Me too. Also love this quote in particular. 👍 6mo
Tamra Such a memorable read. 6mo
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RachelO @Tamra @lindy @hilded It‘s my first time of reading it - how is that possible??? Grandmother is 🌟💪❤️! 6mo
hilded Glad you are enjoying it:) @RachelO 6mo
hilded The quote is excellent @Lindy :) 6mo
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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) 7mo
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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 😊💗 10mo
Cinfhen It‘s the Moomins without the Moomins 😀😉😂 10mo
Reviewsbylola ☀️🌊⛵️ 10mo
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Mdargusch Good one! 10mo
Tamra Such a lovely read! 10mo
emilyhaldi This is on my list 🤗 10mo
Meredith3 🏝💚 10mo
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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 💕💕 12mo
BarbaraBB Echoing Cindy 😘 12mo
Lmstraubie @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB Thanks for creating it! 🙂 12mo
sammisho These song titles make me relive my high school years! ❤ @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB 12mo
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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 12mo
Tamra The Summer Book is so lovely! 12mo
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vkois88 Sounds interesting. The cover is certainly beautiful, wouldn't mind visiting for a few days!! 12mo
emilyhaldi I‘ve had my eye on this! 12mo
batsy "Unsentimental, but warm and loving"—yes, perfect! One of my recent favourites :) 12mo
MaureenMc I loved this one, too! 12mo
rachaich I love all her adult books. She was a fascinating person 12mo
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MirrorMask
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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vkois88 That cover 😍 12mo
MirrorMask @vkois88 I know! I want to go to there!!!🏝️ 12mo
vkois88 Seriously, let's go!! 😉😉 12mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MirrorMask @vkois88 I want to LIVE there!!! 🤣🤣 12mo
vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks agreed. I see it and I automatically think of drinking mixed drinks out of coconuts! 12mo
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Emilymdxn
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Title says it all - a perfect, slow, summer book. I loved the structure of the separate stories. The narrator seemed so distant and wise, and everything was so sparse and rich in meaning. Perfect book to read slowly on a long summer night.

Bookwomble This is one of my favourite books by one of my favorite authors. I love Tove Jansson's style ❤ 13mo
Emilymdxn @Bookwomble awesome! This is my first book by this author but I‘ll definitely read more now! 13mo
Varske Also one of my favourite books. 13mo
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Emilymdxn
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“It‘s funny about love,” Sophia said. “The more you love someone, the less he likes you back.”

“That‘s very true,” grandmother observed. “And so what do you do?”

“You go on loving,” said Sophia threateningly. “You love harder and harder. “

Her grandmother sighed and said nothing.

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bullbunny
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Thank you @Tove_Reads for my #keychainswap package! I was also going to send a book with an author of my name too! But i didn't know if it would be a book you would read.
So i am interested in my experience with this book. The keychains are a great addition to my keychain collection.
I am familiar with that character, on everything. And the bookmark is so fun!!
I didn't realize how similar my state and your country can be XD

bullbunny @JenlovesJT47 sorry forgot to tag you 13mo
JenlovesJT47 Awesome!! 💚 13mo
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Dulcinella
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Thank you ever so much @Tove_Reads I loved everything in your package! Can‘t wait to start the book and the keychain are adorable as is everything else ❤️ #keychainswap @JenlovesJT47

Tove_Reads Glad you like it! 👍🏽 13mo
JenlovesJT47 💚💚💚 13mo
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Bookwomble
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It's a long time since I sat down with a book and read it from cover-to-cover, but (apart from a necessary overnight sleep) that's what I did withThe Summer Book.

It's a book of small incidents and and close intimacies between a young girl, Sophia, and her grandmother, who spend their summer months together on a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland. 👇

Bookwomble Even when the occasional large-scale event intrudes, such as the storm that Sophia prays for and then regrets, the focus is on the interplay between the child and her grandmother.

I like it that both characters are given equal voice, the point of view flowing gently from one to the other. Papa is with them, a loved and often worried-over figure, but he's usually "off-stage". ?
14mo
Bookwomble It's clear that the events of several summers are narrated in the course of the story, but there is little to indicate any growth in the relationship between the two - their attitudes towards each other are basically the same at the end as at the beginning: the child alternately loving and hating her grandmother and taking her presence for granted - she had never given thought to the fact that Grandmother must once have been married... 👇 14mo
Bookwomble ...and there was a Grandfather in the past; Grandmother nurturing and cherishing the child, while finding her demands a nuisance and throwing petulant fits as unreasonable as those of the child's. The constancy of their relationship is a reflection of the endless summer days of the high latitudes. Ending the book with Sophia still a child, unchanged by adolescence and unaware of the minds and needs of others, Jansson creates something timeless. 14mo
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Emilymdxn
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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A little something for me to celebrate it being #summer now 😊

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FantasyChick
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Thank you so much @Tove_Reads for this package!!! Ok, so I had to look up what a #Moomin was but I love this! The characters on the teas are so adorable and I can't wait to try them (Litsy is going to convert me to tea...I can see it 😂). The bookmarks are amazing, anything with a #Moose is great for me. I'm super excited to check out this book and that HP necklace is just awesome! Thanks again!!! #bookmail

AmyG Ha...that bookmark! 1y
Tove_Reads Glad you liked it! #largestisogrammicgiveaway 🥇🏆 1y
kathedron Moomin tea! 😍 1y
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Tamra
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5💙 There is nothing I‘m going to be able to add to what has already been said about Tove‘s evocative writing. This book feels less like a novel than a living time capsule.

I‘m ordering Tove‘s short story collections ASAP!

batsy This book 💙 1y
Leftcoastzen I‘ve never read any of her books, anybody who has an idea of what would be a good on to start with ... 1y
Tamra @Leftcoastzen This was my first Tove. 1y
LeahBergen This was so delightful. 💕 1y
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Tamra
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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As lovely a start as I expected. 💙

Sophoclessweetheart Oh!! This book 💛💛 1y
Tamra @Wanderingwithwords ☺️ I just TBRd 3 of her short collections! 1y
Sophoclessweetheart I don‘t blame you at all. Her writing is magical x 1y
catebutler One of my favorites! It‘s just such a beautiful book. 1y
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RachelO
Summer Book (Revised) | Tove Jansson (Intro by Esther Freud)
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I have a HUGE number of books about rain on my shelves. And very few about #sunshine. Have lived in Devon way too long!

So I'm sharing this one with @arlenefinnigan , who totally beat me to it today! #TeamJansson! #MarchIntoOz @Cinfhen @Lizpixie

Cinfhen Pretty pic ☺️😎 1y
kathedron It's a lovely book, that one. 💚 1y
RachelO @River_Voice ... and one day I'll read it! 1y
Cathythoughts Oh that cover ❤️. I want it to be summer now 1y
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arlenefinnigan
Summer Book (Revised) | Tove Jansson (Intro by Esther Freud)
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Wilkie Nice! I just put this on my ‘to buy‘ list. 1y
Cinfhen Wait isn‘t this the same author of your beloved Moomins?!? 1y
arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen indeed it is. Her adult books are great too 😊 1y
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Cinfhen I‘ll need to try one of her books, which one would u recommend first?!? 1y
Cinfhen Stacked, thanks 💋 1y
RachelO 🌞 Was just about to post a photo of this! Will try again 😎 1y
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Sophoclessweetheart
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4/5 star. This book is so so beautiful and so simple. It embodies the joy of nature and love and the relationship between grandparent and grandchild. It shows the child in the heart of an old lady and the maturity in a small child. I enjoyed every second. Such a light and sweet read for when you‘re feeling down. #tovejansson #prettybook #bibliophile #bookish #booklover #bookblogger #bookworm #bookreviewer

Tamra I‘m looking forward to it. 1y
Sophoclessweetheart @Tamra It‘s magical! I can‘t wait to hear what you think x 1y
wanderlustforwords Tove is incredible. Her stories permeate powerfully yet quietly. 1y
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Sophoclessweetheart @wanderlustforwords I couldn‘t have worded that more wonderfully correct. They really do. So beautiful. X 1y
wanderlustforwords ☺️I just noticed how similar our Litsy names are. 😂 @Wanderingwithwords 1y
batsy I love this book 💛 It has a bit of The Lost Garden feel, @Tamra (but no romance 😆); look forward to your thoughts! 1y
Tamra @batsy 😂😂 I have a ridiculously complicated relationship with romance in books, with outrageous exceptions! I was drawn to this one for the nature focus, so I have high hopes. I also really enjoy quiet & contemplative, so long as we‘re not contemplating overwrought Wagneresque romancy angst.😝 By the way, are you on Goodreads? I‘ve decided to actually use it now and would love to read your reviews! 1y
batsy @Tamra Hahaha! My early books were what was easily available, so a lot of repeat readings of Jane Eyre and a lot of Austen, and I think that trained me for a certain kind of romance and certain kind of overwrought sensibility 😂😂 Yes I'm on GR: www.goodreads.com/subabat — would love to read yours, as well! 1y
Tamra @batsy 👍🏾 1y
Tamra @batsy I had no idea you were an author as well! 👏🏾👏🏾 1y
batsy @Tamra Oh gosh, that's embarrassing because I've only had some stuff published in anthologies and the editors added me in as "author", far cry from actual Author ?? 1y
Sophoclessweetheart @wanderlustforwords 😹😹 I noticed when I followed you on IG. Quite a funny coincidence x 1y
Sophoclessweetheart @batsy I haven‘t read The Lost Garden but it is a great book 💛 1y
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Sophoclessweetheart
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I‘m halfway through this tiny book because I was so tired last night but I hope to finish it today. It‘s not got a very big plot, there‘s not really any story to follow - it‘s a very character driven book rather than a plot driven one. It‘s the kind of book I wouldn‘t usually enjoy, I‘m all for a deep and well planned plot line but it‘s light and sweet and enjoyable enough for a quick pick me up read. #prettybook #bookish #booklover #bibliophile

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Sophoclessweetheart
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Oh my goodness.. what a horrible all out hell today has been. I really just want to submerge in a world bath bubbles with my book and never speak to another human being again. It‘s times like these I wish myself and my daughter could whisk away to Narnia or Africa or anywhere so long as it‘s miles away. These images make me smile at least. #prettybook #beautifulbook #tovejansson #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #books #bookmark #bookblogger

batsy Hope the rest of your week is a vast improvement 🌻 1y
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Sophoclessweetheart
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My next read is a short and sweet one, The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. Jansson is one of my favourite authors and I am so pleased to finally have the chance to read this Scandinavian classic! 💛💛 #prettybook #prettycover #bookreviewer #bookblogger #bookish #bibliophile #beautifulbook #tovejansson

MayJasper Enjoy 😊 1y
Sophoclessweetheart @MayJasper Thank you so much ! 1y
Tamra On my nightstand! 1y
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Sophoclessweetheart @Tamra Ah! Are you reading it now? Or coming to it? X 1y
Tamra @Wanderingwithwords it‘s in the TBR piles. 😁 (edited) 1y
Sophoclessweetheart @Tamra It‘s brilliant so far. Touching and charming z 1y
Tamra @Wanderingwithwords I love nature centered writing, so I thought it would be a good one. 1y
Jabberwocky Your bookmark is so cute! 1y
RaimeyGallant You take such nice pictures. :) 1y
Sophoclessweetheart @Jabberwocky Thank you so much! 1y
Sophoclessweetheart @RaimeyGallant Thank you. That‘s very kind x 1y
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Tove_Reads
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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📓5000 litfluence giveaway.
📔Open internationally.
📕Lucky winner will be drawn Fri March 23 📘Answer the questions, repost, tag a friend 🥇🏆Fabulous 📖 and bookish goodies #largestisogrammicgiveaway

ephemeralwaltz Amazing giveaway! Thanks!💖 1y
AmyG Looks awesome. Congrats and thank you! 1y
CSeydel Five thousand is the largest isogrammic number in the English language? I never knew that! So clever! 1y
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LeahBergen Ooo, fun! 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Avanders 🎉🎉🎉 1y
rubyslippersreads 🎉📚🎉📚🎉🎉🎉 What a great giveaway (and I learned a new word! 😄) 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Congratulations 🎉🍾🎊🎈 1y
Bklover Congratulations🎉🎉🎉! I learned a new word too! 1y
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Tove_Reads
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Finland turns 100 years next week! My library has a challenge for all of you: read a blue and white book 📖🇫🇮

BarbaraBB That‘s a great challenge! I am going to check out what blue and white covers I have! 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#emjinov #📚📷
I interpret #🏝📚 as books set on an island. Here are four I have read. Loved The Guernsey and the Agatha Christie. Read an abridged version of the two classics when I was young. The tagged book I wish to read.

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arlenefinnigan
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Cinfhen Sounds lovely 😌 2y
BarbaraBB Great choice! Loved that book! 2y
OhNoMersault Like Moomintroll Tove Jansson?? 2y
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phyhill
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Jansson's writing, which alternates deftly between dry humor and poignant regret, always enchants me.

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jenniferw88
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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I'm putting an end to my #20booksofsummer challenge because there's no way I can read 8 books by the 10th September! I've also swapped The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra for Outlander, as that book is going to arrive later this year for #whodunituk.

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Moony
Das Sommerbuch | Tove Jansson
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Panpan

Leider hat mich das Buch nicht überzeugt. Es hat zwar eine schöne Sprache und kann einem das skandinavische Leben näher bringen, doch ist es mehr eine Erzählung von aneinander gereihten Erlebnissen, als eine Geschichte.

Zudem spielt es nicht wie erwartet nur im Sommer.

Nicht wirklich vergleichbar mit den #Mumins.

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Theresa
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Just 1 part of Tove Jansson's fresco Party in the City on exhibit at the Helsinki Art Museum. Beautiful! Tove painted herself with the cigarette.

LeahBergen That's stunning. 2y
BarbaraBB How beautiful. And cool to be there to see it! 2y
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Sylvilel
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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A warm, humoristic and slighlty melancolic tale about Sophia and her grandmother and their life on an island. One of my #favoritebooks 💜

#sommerboken #thesummerbook #tovejansson #classics

Sophoclessweetheart I am adoring this one x 1y
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christineandbooks
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Here are my reading stats for July. More books read than last month, and lots of good ones, but not too many really great ones.Tagged is one that I forgot to mention in my graphic but was a wonderful, quiet little gem that I book-darted like crazy and am glad I own so that I can reread another summer. It's been a fun month of reading...

Lindy ❤️Mrs Dalloway!❤️ 2y
Gayan Joshilyn Jackson ❤️ 2y
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batsy
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Pickpick

Love Moomin but h️ave never read Jansson's adult books. Glad I squeezed this in for the #JanssonBuddyRead. It's a deceptively simple book, but deep, wise & idiosyncratic. The formal structure of the book mimics nature's time, & it takes you out of urban, automated work-time. Reading it is like a gift that helps to refocus the mind, showing us how to pay attention & to live with others without false hope or cynicism. Bittersweet, tender, & moving.

vivastory Such a thoughtful review! 2y
batsy @vivastory Thank you! 2y
saresmoore Yes to all of this! Beautifully said. I'm tagging @Lindy because I know she will appreciate your review. 2y
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Lindy "Mimics nature's time" — well said! ?? 2y
Lindy @saresmoore Thanks for tagging me. It's hard to keep up with all the fine posts on Litsy. @batsy It's always a treat to see people praising the books I love. 😊 2y
batsy @Lindy @saresmoore Thank you both 💛 I know that feeling, I was so happy to see the good reviews of this book on Goodreads ☺️ 2y
LeahBergen Beautifully said. 😍 2y
batsy @LeahBergen Thank you :) 2y
rohit-sawant Wonderful review! 2y
batsy @rohit-sawant Thanks! ☺️ 2y
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