The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

Original book title: The God of Small Things
Author: Arundhati Roy 
Publisher: Albert Bonniers Förlag, 332 pages
Year of publication: 1998
Format: Hardcover
Language: Swedish

This feels like a book that “everyone” has read and that “everyone” loves. When I found it in the second-hand store near my home, I had to buy it. I’m always curious about the books that “everyone” loves/likes and I can’t help but read those books. Unfortunately, I think I had too high expectations. Continue reading

The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro

Original book title: The Buried Giant
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Publisher: Bonnier Pocket, 336 pages
Year of publication: 2016
Format: Paperback
Language: Swedish

This book is set in the 500s and it’s about an elderly couple, Axl and Beatrice, who embark on a long and dangerous journey to find their son. The land they live in is wrapped in some kind of collective amnesia, they call the “fog”.

I’ve been curious about this book for a while and longed to start reading it but unfortunately, I was very disappointed. Continue reading

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

Original book title: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Author: Maya Angelou
Publisher: The Folio Society, 254 pages
Year of publication: 2000
Format: Hardcover
Language: English

This book is important, in so many ways. It talks about the Afro-Americans difficult and hard life in the USA, it also gives us a young woman’s view of the injustices of her surroundings. It is a masterpiece and I can only admire Maya Angelou’s honesty and courage. It cannot have been easy to write this book, it is brutally honest. Continue reading

The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

Original book title: The Miniaturist
Author: Jessie Burton
Publisher: Pocketförlaget, 382 pages
Year of publication: 2016
Format: Paperback
Language: Swedish

First and foremost, I need to talk about the cover! It’s beautiful, magical and exciting. I stared at the cover a long while before I started reading the book; it contained so many beautiful small details.

The book is set in the late 1600s and the story begins one autumn day when eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman is knocking on the door of a large house in Amsterdam’s wealthiest neighborhoods. Continue reading

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

Alice's adventures in wonderland - Lewis CarrollOriginal book title: Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland
Author: Lewis Carroll
Publisher: Gildan Media Corp
Year of publication: 2010
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 2 h 53 min
Language: English

This book is part of my 2016 reading challenge!

The first time I came in contact with Alice’s adventure in wonderland was through the Disney film and I remember thinking it was weird and incoherent. Reading the book, now almost 20 years later I still feel that it’s weird and incoherent. Continue reading

Hausfrau – Jill Alexander Essbaum

Hausfrau - Jill Alexander EssbaumOriginal book title: Hausfrau
Author: Jill Alexander Essbaum
Publisher: Brombergs
Year of publication: 2015
Format: Paperback
Language: Swedish

In Hausfrau we follow Anna Benz, an American living in Switzerland with her husband and their three children. Anna lives a relatively comfortable life but she is miserable inside. She is emotionally disabled and cannot be bothered to engage in either her own life or her family’s life. To suppress the turmoil going on within her Anna begins to go to therapy and takes on multiple lovers. Continue reading

The Light Between Oceans – M.L Stedman

The Light Between Oceans - M.L Stedman

Original book title: The light between oceans
Author: M. L. Stedman
Publisher: Ponto Pocket
Year of publication: 2012
Format: Paperback
Language: Swedish

Never before have a book made me feel so much as The Light Between Oceans have. This book got a hold of all of my emotions from the first page and throws them all over the place. I’ve never experienced that in my entire life. I was going from heartbreak to anger, to despair, to happiness and then to some more heartbreak. Continue reading

Mistborn Trilogy – Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn Trilogy - Brandon Sanderson

Original book title: Mistborn Trilogy
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Gollancz
Year of publication: 2006 – 2008
Format: Paperback
Language: English

This trilogy got me from the start! I loved the concept of these books, where evil has already won and starting from there was awesome.

Brandon Sanderson is brilliant in every way. He is an excellent storyteller, a magician when it comes to both crafting plots and world building and lets talk about his characters. You have a bunch of characters with their own unique quality that brings depth to the story. Continue reading

Monsieur Linh and His Child – Philippe Claudel

Monsieur Linh and his child - Philippe Claudel

Original book title: La petite fille de Monsieur Linh
Author: Philippe Claudel
Publisher: Norstedt, 144 pages
Year of publication: 2005
Format: Hardcover
Language: Swedish

This is the story of an old man who leaves his homeland on a boat. In his arms he holds a light suitcase and a newborn baby. The old man is called Monsieur Linh. He is the only one who knows he is called so, for all who have known it is dead. So begins this short but oh so wonderful book. Continue reading