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book of june: raska på alfons åberg 

Here he is again! Loveable Alfons Åberg! Since my first Alfons post (or Alfie if you’re reading the English translation) a lot has happened. Including the current residence of a small toddler in our home. K loves Alfons. She actually loves a wide myriad of books of all shapes an sizes. (She frequently brings me my textbooks for me to read to her – and sits for much longer than expected and listens as I read aloud). What we’re here today to talk about is my personal favorite Alfons book – Raska på Alfons Åberg! Which translates to Hurry up Alfie Atkins! 

Left: first post – Good night Alfie Atkins. Right: Hurry up Alfie Atkins!

Not to give away the plot of the ending, I do want to say it ends in a lot of laughs. Which means I laugh a little while reading (always the dutiful actress), K laughs a lot at me, and I start genuinely laughing. Just a jolly good show for all. I, yet again, recommend Alfons, Alfie, Mikko or whatever language you prefer to read in with your little one. 


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book of april: the magic of reality

I’ve read The God Delusion by Dawkins already, so I thought I knew what I was getting into. I did not.

This book is assigned reading for my current Early Childhood Education class. As you can see there are multiple versions. The one in Swedish (on the left) is full of fun and exciting illustrations. The one on the right is in English (I mention this just in case) and lacks pictures, but is read a lot faster when English is your first language. A whole helluva lot faster if you don’t even speak Swedish. I’ll let you decide what language you read in, but you should seriously consider this book. 

It’s a fun introduction to many scientific fenomena. From evolution to space and back. Without going too deep into any one topic Dawkins presents an easy to read and engaging book. I definitely plan on getting our little one a copy in each language – with illustrations of course. I recommend this book to you or any 8-12 year olds you may know.


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book of march: harry potter and the cursed child parts one and two


I consumed this book. Consumed it in a matter of hours, one could even count the minutes. I bought it right when it became available in book stores. Snatched up the last available copy – since I was a little late to the store that day. Then I proceeded to save it. Knowing myself well enough to realize that once I started I would not put it down until fully read. Trying to savor the story by way of waiting to read it.

I’m not sure if my strategy  worked, but I loved reading every page of this all the same. As a big Harry Potter fan this was just what I needed. If you too love Harry Potter and J.K.’s wizarding world and have yet to read this, do so immediately, multiple times if necessary.

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book of december: choose your own autobiography 

Here we go! Last book of the month for 2016! 


Neil Patrick Harris is one funny guy. One should probably deduce this purely by reading the title, I mean how awesomely hilarious is a Choose Your Own Autobiography book?! As I am want to do with funny funny people, I listened to the audiobook version of this work. Now, I never did see Doogie Howser, but after listening to the book I feel like I did. I did see all of the HIMYM episodes, so I knew going in that this book would be LEGENDARY. 

After listening to the audio book, and chuckling quite often in public, I checked out the in print version in order to get all of NPH’s drink recipes (like: How I Wet Your Mother). WORTH IT! Definitely give this a read!


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book of november: nudge

My dad gave me one dollar bill’
Cause I’m his smartest son,
And I swapped it for two shiny quarters
‘Cause two is more than one!
And then I took the quarters
And traded them to Lou
For three dimes — I guess he don’t know
That three is more than two!
Just then, along came old blind Bates
And just ’cause he can’t see
He gave me four nickles for my three dimes,
And four is more than three!
And I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs
Down at the seed-feed store,
And the fool gave me five pennies for them,
And five is more than four!
And then I went and showed my dad,
And he got red in the cheeks
And closed his eyes and shook his head–
Too proud of me to speak!

That’s a poem by Shel Silverstein entitled Smart, not the book Nudge by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein. But it was referenced in Nudge, used to make a good point about libertarian paternalism. I didn’t know much (if anything) about libertarian paternalism prior to reading this book, but boy was I intrigued once I got started!

Nudge: Improving Decisons About Health, Wealth, and Happiness was recommended to me by my Goodreads app, based on previous books I’ve enjoyed. Which is also a great reason to actually fill in the books I’ve enjoyed on the app. (Previously seeming to me as a somewhat pointless activity). Back to the book. Nudge was a very fun read, despite the fact that the authors diss ABBA. They do go on to speak well of the Swedish retirement investment system, so they come out neutral in their views on Sweden. At least according to me.

If you are also interested or curious about libertarian paternalism definitely check this book out. If nothing else, by the end of the book I hope you will at least consider always checking the door mechanism when entering and exiting rooms and/or buildings.


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book of september: the remains of the day

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This book is assigned reading in one of my upcoming ECE classes. (ECE = Early Childhood Education, for those not ITK). ((ITK = Informations- und TeleKommunikationsbranche)).

Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world, or so Wikipedia tells me. What I can tell me is that this book was a great read. Assigned reading can really be hit or miss, I’ve realized. But this one, luckily, was out of the park.

The Remains of the Day has even been made into a movie, so you know it’s good. It’s even a good movie, nominated for eight Academy Awards. Don’t be lazy and just watch the movie though! Always read the book first.

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book of august: freakonomics

Freakonomics

One of the many books on my bookshelf that I had yet to read was Freakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt. I remember when Evelina read this book and would read fun facts to me aloud whenever she thought I’d also get a kick out of it. This really piqued my interest and got me excited about a book I doubt I’d otherwise have read.

Though published a while ago (2005) I did find much of what is written about to be interesting and relevant. Certainly nothing incredibly cutting edge over 10 years later, but I do think it’s still worth reading especially since it’s such a quick read.

Have at it readers!

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