This Beautiful Blue Book

What to do when it has been a long day, the older sibs are watching a show late at night, and you really should just go to bed? Crawl under a blanket with a bowl of their popcorn and the BEST book EVER! 😀

(Seriously you guys, microwaved popcorn tastes five times better when eaten while reading or something– it was SO good! Or maybe I was just really hungry…yeah, that could explain it…)


My sister scored this book at our library, fell in love, and told me I needed to read it.

I had NO idea what I was in for when I peeked into the first chapter! It looked like a cute, innocent little kids’ book. HA. HA. Cute, maybe… though that’s not the right word. Innocent? I don’t call “rip-your-heart-out, terribly-amazing, and life-changing” at all an innocent kids’ book. 😛


And look at the cover, just look at it! The colours…the theme…the shadows in the snow of planes going over! So beautiful and so, so important once you read what is between the covers. ❤

I fell so hopelessly in love with this story that I had to get a copy for my Midge’s birthday… who was a little bewildered by the blue and green colored pencils tied to the package, until she read the book. But–spoilers, sweetie. 😉

I would describe this book as being similar to The Book Thief but tamer and different in a good way.

It’s sort of a fantasy/historical fiction. I felt like it was set in World War Two, but in a fantasy world.

The world building is absolutely phenomenal! Set in a country that is one of the few still independent during the war, the world feels sooo real! Scary at times, cozy more often than not, patriotic and “in-this-together” feel, and just deep, deep, deep.

Megs is such a dear.

I love Mathilde’s parents–so sweet. ❤

I need a picture with my siblings’ handprints, and you need to go read the book to understand what I’m talking about. 😉

Rainer is the I want to hug this character.

Tommy–I am so proud of you, you are a hero. But you also make me sad at the same time. Please be a young boy a little longer.

Gunnar is the bestest friend ever. And don’t even get me started about his job at the “school”. 😮 ❤ Such a cool idea.

Annevi and the others are amazing people, real humans, and very cool friends. Let’s talk ‘crossword-puzzles’, whisper encouragement to each other when we’re scared, and play ruthless games of tag. 🙂

All the ‘spy’ stuff is fascinating and always had me guessing what they’d come up with next!

I love the character arc/plot twist with why Mathilde was chosen. No spoilers. 😀

yeah, i was tired and wind-swept XD

“Sofarende is at war. For twelve-year-old Mathilde, it means food shortages, feuding neighbors, and bombings. Even so, as long as she and her best friend, Megs, are together, they’ll be all right. 
But the army is recruiting children, and paying families well for their service. If Megs takes the test, Mathilde knows she will pass. Megs hopes the army is the way to save her family. Mathilde fears it might separate them forever.
This touching and suspenseful novel is a brilliant reimagining of war, where even kindness can be a weapon, and children have the power to see what adults cannot.”


Everyone go read Beautiful Blue World!!! It is so deep and masterfully written and wonderful and complicated and wow and sweet and… you will cry. And good luck not fangirling like CRAZY every time you glimpse the cover after reading it–-it is so special and goes with the story perfectly! ❤ We are desperately trying to convince our library to get the sequel. 😉

If you’re still not sure about reading it, see my sister Kate’s review here. You’ll be sure. 😉

Remember to enjoy the sky today. ~Anna





Anecdote, noun

a short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person


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