The Solitaire Mystery – a Tiny Book Review

The Solitaire Mystery is a fantasy/ philosophy novel written by Jostein Gaarder. It was first published in 1990.


In this book we meet Hans-Thomas, a 12 year old boy on a road trip down Europe with his father, looking for his mom. On their way, Hans-Thomas is handed a tiny book that tells the story of a delicious soda, a family curse, and a deck of cards coming to life. (The book itself has 53 chapters; one for each card!)

This is the third time I’ve read this book, so it now also has the status of the book I’ve read most times! Granted, the two previous times were more than ten years ago, but still. I obviously like this book! I like the story, how easy it is to forget your surroundings when you read it, how much work and fantasy that’s gone into it by the author, and how much I wished this story was my own when I was younger. It’s a great book for both children and adults.

Reading challenge: One point – A book you loved as a child.



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