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The Summer Book
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson
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BiblioLitten
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Finally some delicious sunshine in the Prairies, and a perfect time to read this book set in #Finland.

That‘s Grandmother and Sophia. 💙☀️💙
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LeahBergen This is such a lovely, quirky little book. 1w
Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to this one. ❤️ 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Hope you enjoy! 1w
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jlhammar Love this book! 1w
BiblioLitten @LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm It is a lovely read. I love grandmother and Sophie. @jlhammar 1w
BiblioLitten @Cathythoughts It makes summer reading sweeter😊 1w
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Cathythoughts
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Thanks Kate for the lovely book. ! I also love this print 😍. I hope you and yours are all doing well now , take care ♥️ Cathy X

batsy This is such a lovely book 💙 1mo
Bookwomble @batsy It is, isn't it? I think I may re-read it this summer as an antidote to real life! @Cathythoughts I hope you enjoy it, Cathy 🙂 1mo
Cathythoughts @batsy @Bookwomble Thanks both of you 👍🏻👍🏻 I‘m looking forward to it 🥰 (edited) 1mo
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Tamra I hope you love this one! ❤️ So evocative of time & place & the special grandparent/child relationship. (edited) 1mo
squirrelbrain I loved this book! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I loved this too! Hope you will 1mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra Thanks! Sounds so good ❤️ 1mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain @erzascarletbookgasm Sounds like this is a special book 💫 1mo
LeahBergen I think you‘ll like this one! 💙 1mo
kathedron @Cathythoughts Oh I'm so glad it's got there at last. We've not had any further unplanned experiments with the laws of gravity, so all is well here! 1mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thanks Leah 👍🏻 (edited) 1mo
Cathythoughts @kathedron Thanks again Kate! Im glad to hear that. Im following little yellow and the posts are brilliant. Im glad all is ok. (edited) 1mo
batsy @Bookwomble It might be time for me re-read, as well. The perfect antidote! 1mo
Bookwomble @batsy 😊👍🏻💙 1mo
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Booksnchill
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2021 top reads- apparently a year of reading classics by women and non fiction about women. @britt_brooke

britt_brooke Nice!! 5mo
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Lindy
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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Are you trying to get through more books before the end of the year? One strategy is to read shorter ones! You can see what I have to say about some darling gems here on a video that I made for Shawn the Book Maniac's booktube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joHQDnQmVOc

LeahBergen Oh, lovely! 👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
TheLudicReader I enjoyed that video. 6mo
Lindy @TheLudicReader Thanks, Christie! 6mo
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Tanisha_A
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The gift of a book which makes you move while also bringing a stillness to the rhythm of life, is an excellent gift, no?

I received The Summer Book as a present from the sweetest, @JennyM last year. Thank you, love! 🥰

The writing in here encompasses multiple themes – philosophy, adventure, nature descriptions in their glory as well as chaos, inspirations from Jansson‘s life experiences, humour, mystery, literature and learning. 👇🏽

Tanisha_A Set on the Gulf of Finland, it‘s the story of a blooming relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter. They pass their days on the island talking about life, its constituents – nature and its beings (humans, non-humans), relationships, travel, love, death, afterlife – they fight, and they saunter through the island‘s landscape together and at times on their own. 8mo
Centique I love this book! 8mo
JennyM I‘m so glad you enjoyed it, T. It‘s such a lovely book. Hope you are keeping well. Sending hugs xx😘 8mo
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Tanisha_A @JennyM It‘s one of my favourites of the year! All good here. Hope things are well with you and fam. All the love! 🎈❤️ 8mo
Tanisha_A @Centique It was one of the most satisfying reads. So wholesome! 8mo
Tamra Such a wonderful book to gift! 8mo
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a.wilde.juniper
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I love this book. I savoured all 172 pages. It is unlike anything else I‘ve read. It celebrates the relationship between a wild young girl and her equally wild grandmother as they spend the summer on a small Finnish island. Quote: “Wise as she was, she realized that people can postpone their rebellious phases until they're eighty-five years old, and she decided to keep an eye on herself.”
― Tove Jansson, The Summer Book

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ValerieAndBooks
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This vignette-filled short novel should really only be read during summer time 🌞. The relationship between Sophia and her grandmother, on an island home in Finland, was touching— but yet not saccharine.

I‘m surprised by the low overall Litsy rating on this one, which is also a #1001Books.

MicheleinPhilly You are brave sitting outside. I would never leave the pool. 🥵 9mo
Leftcoastzen Lovely edition 9mo
youneverarrived Love the cover 😍 9mo
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Tamra I loved this one - all the summer vibes! 😎 9mo
EvieBee Gosh, what an awesome edition. 9mo
ValerieAndBooks @MicheleinPhilly I stepped out briefly just to take the photo 😉 . Yes it‘s been way too hot lately to be outside except to take dips in the pool! Think we‘re supposed to get a slight break next week 🤞 9mo
ValerieAndBooks @Tamra I can see myself re-reading again next summer! Maybe on the first day of summer 😊 9mo
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen @youneverarrived @EvieBee Agree 💖 !! It‘s the 1st American Edition, 1974. Slight spine damage of the dust jacket at the bottom due to someone ripping off a sticker, but at $1.50 from the used bookstore I couldn‘t resist. Glad I picked it up, it‘s a little gem of a book! 9mo
Suet624 It's funny because the rating I see on Litsy is 100%. As it should be. 9mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 that‘s odd! It was 33% when I looked at it, then it went up to 56% after I gave it a pick. Glad to know you loved it too. 9mo
Suet624 Wait. Now it says 56%. Where did the 100% go? Darn! How weird. 9mo
Suet624 Oh. Apparently I was looking at The Summer Book by a different author. 9mo
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ValerieAndBooks
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Just learned that yesterday was #nationalbookloversday . But that‘s everyday for us, right 😉?

📚📚📚📚📚

The 3 large oak bookcases here were built by my dad (who would have been 82 in two days ) ❤️

Tagged book is my current read.

Aims42 Such a great reading spot 🤩😍 9mo
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Gorgeous ❤️📚 9mo
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merelybookish Beautiful! 😍 9mo
LeahBergen Lovely!! 📚📚 9mo
DivineDiana Absolutely! ❤️ 9mo
Cathythoughts Very beautiful 😍 9mo
BookDadGirlDad Almost shorted out my phone drooling over that library!!! Love the hand made cases.😍😍😍 9mo
Leftcoastzen Beautiful! 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely, cosy reading spot 👌 9mo
Reggie What a craftsman he was . What a great space! Hope you‘re feeling better. 9mo
ValerieAndBooks @Aims42 @TrishB @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @merelybookish @LeahBergen @DivineDiana @Cathythoughts @BookDadGirlDad @Leftcoastzen @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks all! I‘m fortunate to have this legacy from my Dad and other pieces of furniture he made for us over the years 💖. @Reggie thank you— feeling a lot better although I still go to bed earlier than usual! 9mo
Suet624 How beautiful! 9mo
Lynnsoprano What a beautiful space! 9mo
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eccburnham
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Read this for Mol‘s bookclub (same as Cantoras) - very Steinbeck but a little girl and Gulf of Finland. Great imagery and cherry scenes - some great humor. Curious about her comic.

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Gillyreads
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Got tagged in Instagram to do #SixBooksSixCountries from my #TBRPile so thought I‘d share here too

Finland ~ The Summer Book by Tove Jasson
Sri Lanka ~ Ruins by Rajith Savanadasa
England ~ NW by Zadie Smith
Turkey ~ Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak (also part set in Oxford but still counts?)
Manus Island(PNG)/ but really stateless ~ No Friend But The Mountains by Behrouz Boochani
Australia ~ Song of the Crocodile by Nardi Simpson

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Tanisha_A
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Hi, my love @JennyM ! Thanks for thinking of me & sending this beautiful package of love. The Summer Book sounds joyful & just apt for this time of the year. I am super excited about my intro to Australian fiction, & there are plenty to read now ( @Rissreads sent some too). 🥰 Looking forward to discussing them all with you. Litsy has been my happy place since i joined, & as you said it, we have found some wonderful friends here. Happy '21! 😘💙🎈

JennyM I‘m so glad that I was *finally able to send you this package! I think you are really going to love The Summer Book. Enjoy my lovely 😘 1y
Rissreads Awwww @JennyM you are a good egg! How cool no double ups! Littens are fabulous people! 😍 1y
batsy How lovely! And The Summer Book is wonderful 💙 1y
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Crazeedi Littens are the best! 1y
Centique Yay! I just read The Summer Book and it was blissful. 💕 1y
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Centique
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This little book was perfection for my mood and this place I‘m holidaying in. It really is just a series of vignettes about a girl and her grandmother on an island. It‘s almost written like a picture book - focused on the immediate, with no explanations. What is unsaid is beautiful - as you piece together for yourself why one of them is sad or scared. And they‘re not idealised characters, they‘re knotty and stormy much like the island itself. ⬇️

Centique I think this is the kind of grandmother I want to be when I grow up! But this book .... I‘m in love. It made me feel the way I felt as a kid reading Astrid Lindgren‘s Lotta series, which is a wonderful nostalgia for me. 1y
JennyM I loved this little 💎 of a book. Perfect time of year to read it, too ☀️ 1y
LeahBergen Isn‘t it an absolute delight?? 😍 1y
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Centique @LeahBergen it sure is! Truly a 💎 @JennyM 1y
Megabooks Enjoy your holiday! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review. 💙 1y
batsy This book is indeed an understated gem. And very wise. 1y
Michael_Gee @Centique I want to be knotty and stormy! I love that description. 1y
LeeRHarry Great review - I enjoyed this one too😊 1y
Centique @GhostStories thank you! I seem to be on a spate of cantankerous old people in novels. Love em 😍 1y
Centique @Megabooks thank you Meg. It is lovely so far 💕 1y
a.wilde.juniper I loved TSB, too. Moody, funny. A celebration of the wild feminine. 9mo
Centique @a.wilde.juniper I love that take on it! I think I‘m going to read this book every year, it has such a place in my heart now. 9mo
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Centique
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How‘s this for a reading spot @rockpools ? #armchairtravel as requested. I can hear the water lapping against the rocks as I read. (On the other hand I have been bitten by ants! 🥴)

wanderinglynn Gorgeous 💚 (except the bit about the ants—ouch!) 1y
LeahBergen Oh, that‘s lovely (even if you had to do a “leaping ant dance” 😆). 1y
rockpools Gorgeous! And ouch! 1y
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Librariana Ditto to previous comments. Does look lovely, but ouchies! 1y
Reggie What a lovely view. 1y
Freespirit Perfect spot for reading The Summer Book💕 1y
CarolynM Wow! That looks lovely😍 Hope the weather is good for you (Wet and miserable here ☹️) 1y
BooknerdsLife Beautiful view 😍 1y
AlaMich I‘m not jealous at all! It‘s lovely! 😊 1y
youneverarrived Beautiful 😍 1y
Rissreads Wow! Gorgeous! 1y
Nute Wow! Are you in vacation or is this a close-to-home spot? Perfect for reading -ants excluded but the sound of lapping water...oooh! 1y
Centique @Nute this is summer vacation for us - it‘s the Bay of Islands which is about a 4 hour drive. Staying at a cottage on a friend‘s land. It was a lovely break - even though this photo looks a bit chilly, it was about 28 degrees (83 fahrenheit) every day 🌞🌞🌞 1y
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Centique
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Packing for a week away - most important items first 😂 I knew Littens would understand!

Just going for a summer holiday break at a friends cottage up in the Bay of Islands. I know we‘re very lucky to be able to get away from the city for a break - many of my friends and family overseas can‘t do this - and I will have them all in my heart as we go.

Arohanui to you all and hoping for 2021 to bring a huge improvement to each of you 💕

Ruthiella Have a good trip! Hope you read lots! 😀 1y
LeahBergen Enjoy your holiday to the fullest!! 😘😘 1y
readordierachel Hope you have a lovely time 💕 1y
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Twainy 📚📚📚📚📚 I always bring a paperback in case my batteries suddenly die. Happy vacationing! 😁 1y
Kalalalatja Enjoy! 1y
rockpools Aww, The Summer Book sounds like a perfect match for the Bay of Islands. Have an amazing time. Please send photos (cos armchair travel is Where It‘s At this year!) 1y
Laughterhp Enjoy! I brought 6 books with me for my week vacation and only read 2 and a half 😂 1y
Centique @rockpools oh yes that‘s a good idea 😊 I have been looking at Instagram photos of Greek islands and Scottish castles for that reason too! 1y
Centique @Laughterhp I know right? I‘m so optimistic about how much reading I‘ll get done. I‘ll be lucky to get 2 and a half I think! 😂😂 1y
CarolynM Enjoy your holiday. 1y
Centique @CarolynM thank you Carolyn. Are you having a break of some kind? I know you guys can‘t move out of Victoria though. 🙁 Still Victoria is a wonderful place! I‘m really missing seeing my family in Melbourne. 💕 1y
batsy Happy new year Paula, and enjoy your holiday ❤️ The Summer Book is *perfect* for a cottage getaway vacation read 🙂 1y
Reggie Have a good time!!! 1y
CarolynM We were planning to go to Sydney next week but that's off the agenda now ☹️ 1y
Centique @CarolynM aargh that‘s a darn shame! Still I am glad you are all keeping safe. Fingers crossed for a rapid and thorough vaccination roll-out 🤞🤞 1y
Centique @batsy I‘m so looking forward to it! 1y
Centique @Reggie thank you lovely and happy new year to you! 😘 1y
Cathythoughts Have a lovely trip 😘 1y
Jeg Lucky you. On my one trip to the North Island of NZ in 1983 my favourite part was The Bay of Islands. Need to go again. Have been to South Island many times as we have friends there. Love NZ. 1y
Centique @Jeg I‘m so looking forward to having our Aussie-NZ travel back in place. I‘ll never take it for granted again! I know I‘m going to cry when I get to see Melbourne again and my nieces and nephew 💕💕 1y
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zezeki
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Mehso-so

I think that I just wasn't in the right frame of mind for this book. I like the setting and landscape of Finland, but the stories were just too bland for me, and I know that that is the point, but I've been feeling pretty bland lately myself, and this wasn't what I needed. #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks #bookspinbingo 🇫🇮🌊

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 2y
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zezeki
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Here's a photo from our little family trip we had couple of days ago. @Cuilin #litsybitsy #bridge #21 🏞️☀️

wildwoodreads So cute! 2y
batsy Wow 😍 2y
UwannaPublishme 😍👍🏻 2y
Cuilin Lovely 👍 2y
Nute Nice! 2y
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Annas_books
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‘“An orange!” said Sophia contemptuously. “Do you think people care about oranges when they‘re talking about God and the Devil?” Grandmother poked the cow dung off her shoe with her walking stick as best she could.
“My dear child,” she said, “with the best will in the world I cannot start believing in the Devil at my age. You can believe what you like, but you must learn to be tolerant.”‘

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zezeki
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Reading a book about summer during summer while wearing my pink mermaid blanket because summer here is a having a bit of an identity crisis. ☺️🏖️🧜🏻‍♀️ #litsybitsy @Cuilin #28 #bookandblanket #bookspin

Cuilin Sounds like my summers in Ireland, 👍 2y
j9brown Love the nail color 😍 Pretty summer-y, too! 2y
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Caroline2
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July has been a weird reading month for me, full of weird reads!! It started off with a slump and bails but ended ok. The Summer book is the stand out but The Bookshop is a lovely comforting read. 👍 #julystats

rockpools That looks like a great month! The Summer Book is quite lovely 🌞 2y
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Caroline2
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It‘s been a really good reading week! I haven‘t had much time to read so I‘ve only just started the Kate Atkinson but I really enjoyed the other two. Great books for sunny days. 😎 #bookreport #weeklyreport

zezeki Just couple of days ago, I picked up The Summer Book from the library. I haven't started reading it, though. 2y
squirrelbrain I really liked The Summer Book too! 💙 2y
TrishB That‘s good news ♥️ 2y
Caroline2 @zezeki It‘s a subtle and quiet book, but I liked it. 👍 2y
Caroline2 @TrishB At last eh Trish! 😆 2y
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Caroline2
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Pickpick

This is a quirky read. A Grandmother and her granddaughter spend a summer on a tiny, remote island off the Gulf of Finland. They get up to mischief, have lots of discussions and disagreements and generally put the world to right. I was really taken by this little book. An interesting and unique read. 👍 #Finland #ReadingEurope2020

Librarybelle This is on my to read list! 2y
TrishB Glad you had a good one 👍🏻 2y
squirrelbrain I read this for the same prompt! 2y
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain It‘s the first book that came up when I googled books set in Finland!! 😆 2y
Caroline2 @Librarybelle It‘s a charming little book. 👍 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

This one was a mixed bag for me. On one hand, the writing is lovely and Jansson creates a sense of place on the small island. I actually didn‘t mind the lack of plot, since this was really about a relationship and place. On the other hand, I found Sophia melodramatic and a bit obnoxious and the whole thing was a bit twee.

#ReadingEurope2020 #Finland

Librarybelle Shame about the character, but I too like reading books that focus on places...I have this one on my to read list 2y
BarbaraBB I felt similar about this book 2y
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LeslieO
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Short and sweet. #summerinthetitle

LeahBergen It was! ❤️ 2y
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Kimbono
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Up next.

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KarenUK
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#popsugarsummer
Think I‘m going to have a go at this one.... 😎🌴💕
Anyone else doing it?

BarbaraBB I‘ve been tempted but I am already doing the #SummerFun bingo here on Litsy and they are a bit similar! 2y
KarenUK @Barbarabb I hadn‘t seen that one... thanks for sharing the tag 😊👍 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess I started it but not sure that I will be able to complete it. 2y
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Pogue
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Pickpick

This was a beautiful quite read. A great pick for the times. #LMPBC I will be sending this on tomorrow. @LibrarianRyan

Tamra I loved it! So quiet & reflective. 2y
Pogue @Tamra it was and I found a quote to add to my quote journal. 2y
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EadieB
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Day 20 - #SummerSolstice #JamminJune
#TheSummerBook #ToveJansson

I read and enjoyed this book in 2015. It is on the 1001 Books You Should Read Before You Die.

Eggs Beautiful 👏🏻🤗📚 2y
EadieB @Eggs Thanks! 2y
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LibrarianRyan
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Bailedbailed

Okay #LMPBC í tríєd tσ fíníѕh thíѕ í rєαllч díd вut í juѕt dσn't cαrє αвσut thє ѕtσrч. í dσn't cαrє αвσut íѕlαnd αnd ít'ѕ 4 mínutє wαlk ѕízє. í dσn't cαrє αвσut grαmѕ σr grαnd dαughtєr. í hαvє вєєn trчíng αll wєєk αnd í αm σffícíαllч gívíng ín. í'll mαíl ít σut tσdαч. í'm ѕσrrч tσ dnf

TheBookHippie I am having same thoughts with my last book 🤣😳🤪🤦🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️ 2y
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mkinney10
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Pickpick

Loved, loved, loved this one! Great if you're looking for a quick read that has depth and wonderful characters!

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JennyM
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Pickpick

The Summer Book is the story of a summer spent on a remote island in Finland between an aging artist and her 6 year old granddaughter. It‘s a quiet book, told with equal parts wit and wisdom, and it was a lovely way to start the week ♥️🌿

Using for #Finland #ReadingEurope2020

Cathythoughts Sounds beautiful ✨✨✨✨✨ 2y
Librarybelle This sounds so lovely 2y
Daisey Thi sounds wonderful and is also the book on my Reading Europe list for Finland. Looking forward to it! 2y
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Tamra I loved it, a classic! 2y
BarbaraBB I‘m happy you enjoyed it! 2y
batsy Glad you liked it! ❤️ 2y
JennyM @Cathythoughts @Librarybelle @Daisey - it really is a little gem. Quietly contemplative with a bit of humour. Hope you enjoy xx 2y
JennyM @Tamra @BarbaraBB @batsy it most definitely is a classic! 2y
JennyM @Tanisha_A hi my lovely. I see you‘ve stacked it. If you haven‘t already got it, I‘ll send you my copy 😘 2y
Tanisha_A Eeee! Really? I don't have it. ❤️ 2y
Tanisha_A And, hi! I am so happy to see you back here. 😘 2y
JennyM @Tanisha_A I‘d love to send you it. I‘ll let you know when it‘s in the post so you can keep an eye out at work for it. 😘😘😘 2y
Tanisha_A @JennyM ❤️ I will. 2y
Rissreads Another stacked book! 😂 2y
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JennyM
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I‘m a bit undecided on my reading this week, so my #weeklyforecast will be some of these...maybe 😜🤷‍♀️

erzascarletbookgasm Oh I know what you mean! 😁 I loved When All Is Said and The Summer Book!! 2y
JennyM @erzascarletbookgasm decisions, decisions 🤔 I think it might be The Summer Book first. 2y
Cinfhen Hi!!!! Looks like you have some good decisions to make 😁Happy reading❣️❣️❣️ 2y
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BarbaraBB You will love The Summer Book I think! 2y
JennyM @Cinfhen hi lovely...it will be a good week of reading if it‘s any of these 😆. Hope you‘re ok after your trip - was thinking if you x 2y
JennyM @BarbaraBB it‘s the last week of our summer, so I feel it‘s quite apt to read this week. And, I‘ve read the first page and can already see why there‘s so much love for it 💕 2y
Cinfhen So strange that you‘re heading into fall. Does that mean school is about to begin??? I‘m ok/ thanks for asking. XXX 2y
BookishMe I'm enjoying this delightful story esp with its short and charming chapters! 2y
BookishMe My weekly reading is undecided by default, and that's why I don't post forecasts. Hats off to all the Littens who can plan and stick to their reading forecasts ! 👏🏽👏🏽 2y
Cathythoughts I‘ve only read When All Is Said .... I thought it was very good ! Good luck with your reading weak 😘 2y
JennyM @Cinfhen we started the new school year end of Jan, so we‘re just getting into the new groove. Sending you a huge hug xxx (edited) 2y
JennyM @BookishMe it was your post that made me pick it up from the library 😁 - charming and delightful is just the ticket for this week x (edited) 2y
JennyM @Cathythoughts thanks lovely. I hear only really good things about it 😘 2y
BookishMe @JennyM aww... That's nice to know! ☺️☺️ 2y
batsy I love The Summer Book; hope you enjoy it 💙 2y
JennyM @batsy it‘s first off the pile and perfect....full of humour and wisdom ❤️ (edited) 2y
LeeRHarry Loved the Summer Book 😊 2y
JennyM @LeeRHarry I loved it! 2y
LeeRHarry @JennyM 👏👏😊 2y
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squirrelbrain
Summer Book (Revised) | Tove Jansson (Intro by Esther Freud)
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Pickpick

This was a case of #rightbookwrongtime for me. I‘m a speed-reader anyway but currently I‘m being even more #superduperspeedy for some reason. This book deserves to be savoured and I know I missed much of its beauty.

So, yes, read this book but ensure that you‘re relaxing in the sea-salty air of a chilled-out beach holiday to give it the time and thought space it deserves.

#readingeurope2020
#finland

BarbaraBB Great review and I know what you mean about the speedy reading without absorbing all 2y
Crazeedi I know what you mean, sometimes I speed and think maybe I should have slowed down. Sound like a book to take slowly though 2y
Caroline2 Yep!! I am racing through books lately and I don‘t know why really?! I think it‘s the pressure & excitement of having so many tbr books that I‘m dying to get to next. 😆 2y
squirrelbrain I agree @caroline2 - too many TBR books, but then I go to the library and get even more out! 🤷‍♀️ 2y
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batsy
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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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! 2y
Caroline2 Oh I just ordered this off eBay last night!! Glad to hear it‘s good. 👍 2y
Cathythoughts Sounds beautiful ✨✨✨✨✨ 2y
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rockpools Pretty. And it is wonderful 😊 2y
Cinfhen Everyone seems to love this book!!! 2y
batsy @merelybookish Thank you 🙂 2y
Blaire I‘ve not ready anything by this author but keeping seeing so many good reviews. I‘ve already stacked it. 2y
LeeRHarry 💕🇫🇮 2y
BookNAround I read this one years ago but do remember it being a lovely and calm read. 2y
batsy @Blaire I hope you enjoy it if you give it a try! 2y
batsy @BookNAround Yes! "Lovely and calm" captures it perfectly 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Such a wonderful book, and you described it so well! ❤️ 2y
Suet624 It might be time for me to read a book with some joy and delight in it. 2y
LeahBergen Yes! It‘s lovely. 💗 2y
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you ❤️ 2y
batsy @Suet624 Oh, you haven't read it! It seems like a Sue-esque book, so yes, I hope you do 🙂 2y
batsy @LeahBergen Doesn't it just bring up the best feelings 💕 2y
Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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emilyhaldi
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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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. 😆 3y
Cinfhen Papa Don‘t Preach is one of my favorite Madonna videos @Reviewsbylola but this song ranks amongst my faves!!!! 3y
MicheleinPhilly @Reviewsbylola How do you not remember that song???? 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MicheleinPhilly I was wondering the same!!!! 3y
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) 3y
batsy @MicheleinPhilly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I'm also wondering the same! 😆 @emilyhaldi One of my Madonna faves for sure 💕 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww Stephanie we are picking on you!! 💞💞 @Reviewsbylola 3y
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 🤩 3y
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB you‘re nuts!!! I will always vote vintage Madonna over anything Ray of Light any day 🤗 3y
Cinfhen Off topic but is anyone else obsessed with Kanye‘s Jesus is King / Sunday Service @BarbaraBB @Reviewsbylola @MicheleinPhilly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @batsy Emily??? 3y
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen I despise Kanye West. 3y
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 3y
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen I‘ve always found him to be a megalomaniacal jackass that could use a heaping helping of humble pie. 3y
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 3y
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. 3y
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 3y
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!! 3y
BarbaraBB You‘re right about that @Cinfhen , I agree! 3y
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 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Reviewsbylola 🤣🤣🤣 you know we love you!!!! 😉💗 3y
emilyhaldi Thank god 😜 @Reviewsbylola 3y
Cinfhen Hahaha 3y
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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 ! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Love this 👍 3y
Cinfhen Need to pick this book up!!! Another one I‘m adding to #PotentialBookClub list 3y
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batsy Great choice! Adding to the lovefest for this one 💙 3y
Cathythoughts Lovely post 3y
LeeRHarry Such a quiet, gentle read 💕 3y
Freespirit I loved this book.❤️ 3y
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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
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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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! 3y
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erzascarletbookgasm
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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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! 3y
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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. 3y
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. ? 3y
LauraBeth @Leniverse I didn‘t know that! I am totally going to name my next cat Psipsina! 😹 3y
LauraBeth @Leftcoastzen it‘s good so far! 3y
Leniverse It's clearly a kitty name of high literary pedigree! 3y
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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! 3y
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. 😹 3y
KarenUK Lauren Groff! 😍😍😍.... I didn‘t know she liked this book... I did too. It‘s so lovely! 💕 3y
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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?!” 3y
Dragon 😻 3y
batsy It's a lovely book! I hope you enjoy it. 3y
Leftcoastzen 😻❤️ 3y
cariashley Love black kitties ☺️ 3y
Bookzombie 💕🐱 3y
LeahBergen Wait .... there‘s a black kitty????? 3y
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. 3y
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 3y
Suet624 I‘m with you - whatever Lauren Groff recommends I‘m there for. 3y
LauraBeth @suet624 This book is divine ❤ 3y
Suet624 I‘ll have to order it. I‘m a huge convert to NYRB and this will have to be my next purchase. 3y
LauraBeth @Suet624 it‘s great - I loved it! 3y
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erzascarletbookgasm
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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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. 3y
TrishB Oh what a lovely review Jessie ❤️ makes me want to be there! 3y
Kalalalatja Wonderful review 👌 3y
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Cathythoughts Beautiful review! I love stories in nature 👍🏻♥️ 3y
batsy It's such a beautiful book 💛 3y
arlenefinnigan I love this book. And it was Tove Jansson's birthday yesterday. 3y
JennyM I‘m stacking after such a lovely review. ❤️ 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks, friends, @TrishB @Kalalalatja @Cathythoughts @JennyM It‘s a little gem, isn‘t it, @batsy What a lovely coincidence @arlenefinnigan 3y
Freespirit Loved it too. I agree a gentle gem of a book❤️ 3y
KarenUK A lovely little book 💕 3y
LeeRHarry Enjoyed this one too - I should read The Winter Book atm, it is cold enough for it! 😊 3y
LeahBergen So good! ❤️ 3y
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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
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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The description is exquisite.

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TheWordJar
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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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
The Summer Book | Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal, Kathryn Davis
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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. 3y
BarbaraBB Me too!💙 3y
Tamra Loved it! 3y
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