The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner made me very sad and then left me very hopeful.

We follow Amir through his life story. From his youth in Afghanistan to his new home in America. We experience his inner turmoil as he deals with his past and tries to come to terms with what kind of man he thinks he is, and tries to make amends by being someone, he never thought he would be.

This book was so sad! It was mostly miserable event piled on to miserable event. An emotional roller coaster with a plot twist that almost sends you off the tracks. This book has left me shocked, in tears and at very few, precious moments, smiling.

The Kite Runner is smart, heart wrenching, haunting and every once in a while extremely precious in its own way. My words cannot do this books justice. It’s just so good! So I will keep this short and just highly recommend it to everyone interested.

“‘Sad stories make good books’” – page 135


The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

I was actually looking forward to reading this book, because I happen to like the movie. Long story short: I really shouldn’t have been looking forward to reading this book.

Story just a little longer: This books is slow, and it feels like nothing really happens, even though obviously things happen. Those things just weren’t all that interesting. Except for a few minor exceptions, this book seems pierced together by a string of meaningless events.

Also I don’t really think Andrea or Andy, the main character, is all that likable, which might be Lauren Weisberger’s point. I guess under all the seemingly meaninglessness, there might be a hidden critique of the vain fashion world, inhuman bosses and Andrea’s transformation from lovable daughter and friend to workaholic and fashion conscious.

I don’t think this was a good read, but it isn’t necessarily a bad read. What seems like a string of meaningless events to me, might be a great read for some. I can acknowledge that some people might like this book, if they like reading about the problems of a twenty something working her first job out of college as an assistant for a heartless, unreasonable boss.

“’You remind me of myself when I was your age.’ […] I grabbed my bag and hers as well and wondered if this was the proudest or the most humiliating moment of my life.” – page 368

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

This review, like all the other reviews on this blog, is just going to be my personal opinion. That’s all I can really give you. I considered not writing this review, because I don’t think I can really do this book justice. I’m not an experienced or smart enough reader to make claims about literature, where I expect everyone to hang on to my every word. I hope to be able to really read deep between the lines one day, but that day has not yet arrived. That being said, I like to think I have my moments. Moving on; my personal opinion of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.

  1. This book is smart, well actually it’s quite brilliant, and there were moments that left me a bit confused, but I think I got the gist of it all.
  2. It is a depiction of a person  – Esther – going through a mental illness. It puts us inside the head of someone, who’s head is working against them. It’s a really weird experience.
  3. I liked this book. This was a good book. I liked the main character, despite the fact that she doesn’t always seem lovable. The fact of the matter is, however, that we are inside Esther’s head. Esther’s view of herself might not be completely reliable all the time considering the fact that she is suffering from a mental illness that makes her suicidal. So it might not be so weird that she doesn’t always seem lovable.

I would recommend you read this book. It’s a great, brilliant book and whether you end up liking it or not, it is definitely worth a read.

“[…] I kept feeling the visitors measuring my fat and stringy hair against what I had been and what they wanted me to be.” – page 195

My Mad Fat Diary by Rae Earl

My Mad Fat Diary is funny, relatable and sometimes slightly annoying.

My Mad Fat Diary is the diary of Rae Earl, a 17-year-old, who loves food, boys and music. She has mental health issues, and when we are introduced to her, in the beginning of 1989, she has previously been admitted to a mental hospital. We follow Rae as she doesn’t get along with her mother, doesn’t get along with her “friend” Bethany, as she makes new friends, obsess over boys, obsess over music, struggles with her body image and her love for food.

And let me just say; this is a review of the book, not the TV-show. Apparently  the TV-show is quite different from the book, especially the story line. I liked the TV-show a lot, but this book is not the TV-show. They’re both great in their own way, but I am keeping them separate in my head, because to me they are two different stories about the same girl.

Even though I relate so immensely to many of Rae’s thoughts, I can’t relate to all of them, and sometimes Rae does get slightly annoying, but of course she does. You’re inside someone else’s head. Even the people I love the most in the world, can make me so infuriated and be so incredibly annoying, but that doesn’t mean I stop loving, let alone liking them.

And I did like this book, a lot. Rae puts so much of herself out there. It’s so brave and real. She hits the nail on the head with her description of what it feels like to be the fat girl. The one who thinks no boy will ever love her, unless she changes the way she looks. How hard it is to love your body, when you think no one else will. Rae Earl is awesome for putting it all out there and making you see the inner turmoil of her inner self.

Lord Of The Flies by William Golding

I have to admit every time I go about reading a classic, I worry that it will be – to be blunt – boring. Not because it was/is a bad or unimportant book, but because it might not be a timeless book, but more a revolution of its time. Or maybe it just isn’t for me. Luckily I am often wrong.

Lord of the Flies follows a group of boys stranded on an Island after a plane crash. We experience the boys’ attempt at a life away from civilization; making rules, appointing a chief, coming up with ways to find food and to find a chance of rescue.

It’s interesting to read through the boys left to their own devices in the face of trauma, and see how they handle it surprisingly well at first – considering their age – and then surprisingly bad – still considering their age.

We have a few characters playing men, and two trying wholeheartedly to be the “alpha”, causing the story to go from boys doing their best to survive to survival of the fittest and strength in numbers.

For me this story is about the “true nature of man”, when the boys are left on their own without any sign of consequence for them. This isn’t saying that the “true nature of man” is found in some of the horrific acts this book depicts, but merely the true nature of a boy having to become a man too soon. It shows a development of sin in innocence, and throughout the story we get to question, who’s beast and who’s man.

“The beast was harmless and horrible” – page 162

Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children is good, dark and slightly disturbing, with a twist of sadness and the supernatural, told through Jacob in his search for answers.

Following the death of his grandfather, sixteen-year-old Jacob is looking for answers. Odd stories from his grandfather, that he had previously dismissed, sends him to the Island where the children’s home, his grandfather supposedly spent his youth in, is placed.

It has that young adult book feel, but it isn’t overdone or full of cliches. It is darker than most young adult novels I have encountered so far, and it is the moments hidden in the darkness, that makes it haunting. There are moments of this book that will stay with me forever. Disturbing moments produced by characters I liked, making so that much more disturbing.

It isn’t a perfect novel, but it has its great moments that makes you want to read on and it’s worth a read.

“I had always known the sky was full of mysteries – but not until now had I realized how full of them earth was.” – page 342

When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman

I am very conflicted about this book.

When God Was A Rabbit tells the story of Elly, her family, her best friend, and the people she meets along the way. Split into two parts, we follow Elly as a child and as an adult.

This was a semi-good book, but it wasn’t a great book. There were so many stories and storylines, and sometimes it felt like it was trying to grasp too much.Some of the stories felt either unfinished or finished too quickly or too simply, making it a bit of a hot mess.

Despite that, there were parts where the book really pulled me in. Sometimes I really understood Elly and her frustration with certain things, I don’t want to spoil in case, you’re considering reading it. It has humorous moments that I really enjoyed, and even though I call this book a bit of a hot mess, it was still a good read. The different storylines in this book were intriguing, which is why it was a bit disappointing, when the stories didn’t feel properly finished.

If you like stories about family drama, comedy and tragedy, this book might be something for you. It’s bittersweet and at times heartwarming. Not an incredible read, but a good read for passing the time.

“She was always late because she had unmanageable hair” – page 33

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

If you just want my opinion in one sentence, here it is: If I didn’t have to work, I would probably have read this book in one sitting.

I didn’t know this book existed, until Nicks and I were looking for a book to read next for our bookclub, but as soon as our eyes graced this book we knew it was perfect. My expectations were huge – which is a very dangerous thing, as it increases the chance of crushing disappointment -, and they were completely and utterly met. If only every book was as captivating as this.

This book tells the story of Eddie. Eddie dies at the age of 83 at the seaside amusement park, where he has spent most of his life. He does this in the hopes of saving a little girl from being crushed. In the afterlife, Eddie is set to meet five different people, who has impacted his life and whose lives he has impacted in one way or another. Not all of these people are, who Eddie expects them to be, but they each have a lesson for him about the life he has led.

An enthralling story of overlapping lives and the unexpected impact people have on each others lives without even realizing it. It is sad and lovely and I want and am going to read it again at some point, definitely more than once. This book left me with a lump in my throat more than once. It made me smile through my tears, and I am so thankful to Mitch Album for writing it. The only bad thing about this book, is that I’m afraid Nicks and I will never find a book so perfect for us as this one. It is the book of a lifetime. You should not – unless you are unable in every way – miss this book.

Britt said she’s not a fan of what she refers to as “abstract books”[Footnote: Britt never said she wasn’t a fan of abstract books, she just doesn’t like them to such an extent as Nicks] . I am utterly fascinated by them, and I love them to death. This one is abstract enough for me to build a religion around it, and concrete enough for Britt to like it. I know, I know. We are talking this book up and your expectations will be massive. That’s never good.But let me tell you some thing to get blood on your teeth – The Five People You Meet in Heaven (TFPYMIH) will change the way you look at a lot of things.

TFPYMIH also has a love in it. It’s only a subplot, but that love is so pure and beautiful that it almost made me redefine my romantic interests forever. With vivid description, I almost felt the deep infatuation and love Eddie shows. I felt how real love must feel like.

Mitch Album is a genius, and I think he deserves to have an afterlife in the kind of heaven we find in TFPYMIH.


“That’s what heaven is. You get to make sense of your yesterdays” – page 96

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves follows Rosemary Cooke, or Rose, as she tells the story of her life. Roses childhood have been unlike most others, and when she goes to college she has managed to avoid facing the unresolved issues from her past for many years, but a run-in with the law and a girl named Harlow forces Rose to face her past.

This book had me going “What?!” at one specific point in the plot and if you read the book you probably know which one I’m talking about. It made me see Rose, her family and especially her sister in a whole new light. In some ways this plot twist changed everything, and it other ways it didn’t change all that much. It didn’t change the fact that – to me – this book was about how our past and our family shapes us and despite not always liking it, we have to live with it. The plot twist did, however, also raise other themes – that I wont elaborate on now, as I think it might spoil the plot twist a bit.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves tells a beautiful, sad and hopeful story of sibling rivalry, love, guilt and coming to turns with your past, present and future, trough a storyteller that isn’t always completely reliable. It explores a peculiar and then again not all that peculiar relationship between siblings. It explores the inner turmoil of feeling left behind and being afraid of being left behind again. Rose struggles with who she is and how she wants people to perceive her. This follows her through the entire book, despite how much she grows as a person, and how much love she has for those, who made her the way she is.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves raises some interesting questions about the definition of family and about being human. It introduces great characters. It has some unexpected turns, and there was one in particular that left me speechless. This story left me sad, angry, happy and hopeful. It made me root for Rose, while also hating some of her decisions. It left me conflicted about my own state of mind about certain issues. For me it did, what a good book was supposed to, and I strongly recommend it to everyone interested in a great reading experience.

“”The secret to a good life,“ he told me once, “is to bring your A game to everything you do. Even if all you’re doing is taking out the garbage, you do that with excellence””

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, page 271

Maus by Art Spiegelman

Let’s face it – there are numerous books written on the second world war and the holocaust. This should come as no surprise to anyone. However, when reading Maus, one seems to forget that. Maus is one of a kind. It’s a comic book, and I don’t see how it could be written in any other form. Admittedly, this is the very first comic book that I have read except for Donald Duck and Disney cartoons. Maus is extraordinary. I loved every bit of it.

*No spoilers ahead*

*You’re welcome*

Maus tells the story of Art Spiegelman’s father – Vladek Spiegelman – and how he survived being a Jew during world war two and the horrors he experienced during his time in  Auschwitz. It’s a story about father and son relationships and how we deal with hardships and the past. It’s also about love in all its forms and how humans deal with pressure and being scared shitless. I can’t even imagine what it must have been like, and neither can Art, which makes it a special read as well. With the metacommunication that’s almost going on, we actually get the story through of Vladek as we get the story of how Art made the book.

The characters are amazing – every country and religion have their own animal and i just love how this simplifies and also underlines so many things in the story.

It is truly a magnificent read, and would recommend it to everyone who hasn’t read it! It is so great, that it triggers your tear ducts, only to close them again just before things get real sad. I didn’t cry, although I felt like I did.

“To die, it’s easy. But you have to struggle for life.”

– Maus by Art Spiegelman