The Blue Notebook – James A. Levine

The Blue Notebook - James A. Levine

Original book title: The Blue Notebook
Author: James A. Levine
Publisher: Norstedts Förlag, 317 pages
Year of publication: 2010
Format: Paperback
Language:
Swedish

This book is part of my 2015 reading challenge

This book is written as a diary where the reader follows Batuk, a fifteen year old Indian girl who is sold into prostitution by her father in Mumbai. This book is her diary where she tells her story from her early childhood to the day she becomes a prostitute.
It was a hard book to read.
The things that Batuk have to endure is heartbreaking. While reading this book you wish that child prostitution wouldn’t exist, and that the stories that Batuk is telling is just fiction. But somewhere in your mind you know this kind of life exist in reality. The story is well told, but the writing is arguable.

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The Respectful Prostitute – Jean-Paul Sartre

The Respectful Prostitute - Jean-Paul Sartre

Original book title: The Respectful Prostitute
Author: Jean-Paul Sartre
Publisher: Definböcker, 
Year of publication: 1964
Format: Hardcover
Language: 
Swedish

This book is part of my 2015 reading challenge

This is a play by Jean-Paul Satre in one act and two tableaux. It is set in a 1930’s small town in the American South. The reader or the audience understands that there has been an incident on a train that involves two black  men and a white man.
This book explores the moral choices experienced by a white prostitute after she witnesses a crime committed against a black man.

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Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

Original book title: Lord of the Flies
Author: William Golding
Publisher: Faber and Faber, 223 pages
Year of publication: 1962
Format: Paperback
Language: 
English

This book is part of my 2015 reading challenge

I remember watching the movie adaptation of this book when I was eleven years old. It left me with an unsettling feeling and I never forgot about this story. And that’s the reason why I waited to read this book for so long, the unsettling feeling lingered and I couldn’t shake it off. Even now, over 20 years the unsettling feeling crawled out just as soon as I hold the book in my hand.
That is how much this story affected me. Now adult, with good and bad experience of life I still felt uneasy when I started to read this book. I knew all of its scary and disturbing secrets.

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Tinkers – Paul Harding

Tinkers - Paul Harding

Original book title: Tinkers
Author: Paul Harding
Publisher: Ekholm & Tegebjer, 178 pages
Year of publication: 2012
Format: Hardcover
Language: Swedish

This book is part of my 2015 reading challenge

This is the first book I read written by the Pulitzer prize winner Paul Harding.
Reading this book is like going out on the lake with a rowing boat – it’s a great and romantic idea until it’s not. There are moments on the rowing boat where you appreciate the scenery for example, but you quickly realize that it is basically the same wherever you look. And when you try to get back to shore it takes much longer time than you thought. That is the exact same feeling I had while reading Tinkers. There are some beautiful parts in this book, but most of the time I was confused as a reader.

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Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

Original book title: Gone With the Wind
Author: Margaret Mitchell
Publisher: Norstedts, 1048 pages
Year of publication: 2008
Format: Hardcover
Language: 
Swedish

This book is part of my 2015 reading challenge

I don’t know why I have been waiting so long to read this famous classic. This is my mother favorite book and she said she hurried home from school just to continue reading. I didn’t think I would like it as much as I actually did!
 
This is the famous story of Scarlett O’Hare and her way of surviving the Civil War and its aftermath.
Mitchell’s main character, Scarlett, is a very hard character to like! She is selfish, spoiled and sometimes stupid. But I can’t help to admire her because whatever name you want to call Scarlett you can’t avoid seeing that she is a true survival. She does what it takes to survive even if it means that everybody will hate her.  

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chobsky

Original book title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Publisher: Gilla Böcker, 201 pages
Year of publication: 2013
Format: Ebook
Language: 
Swedish

This book is part of my 2015 reading challenge 

This book has been banned in the US because of it explicit sexual content, particularly the homosexual aspects.

This is the story of “Charlie” who writes letters to an anonymous friend telling that friend about his experience in High School and being a teenager. Each chapter of this book is a letter from Charlie describing his life in detail. Continue reading

Jag heter inte Miriam – Majgull Axelsson

Jag heter inte Miriam - Majgull Axelsson

Original book title: Jag Heter Inte Miriam
Author: Majgull Axelsson
Publisher: Storyside
Year of publication: 2014
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 16 h 35 min
Language: Swedish

This book is part of my 2015 reading challenge

This book is one of the most emotionally heavy books I’ve read in a long time. This is my second book by Majgull Axelsson. I really don’t know what I think of her as a writer just yet, but I really liked this novel. Continue reading

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Seth Grahame-Smith

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Grahame-Smith

Original book title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Author: Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith
Publisher: Månpocket, 317 pages
Year of publication: 2010
Format: Paperback
Language:
Swedish

This book is part of my 2015 reading challenge

When I first saw the cover of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies I knew I had to read it. The fact that this book is a mash-up between the classic story by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith’s own zombie world is amazing.

This is the story of the Bennet family and our heroine Elizabeth Bennet is a superhero determined to wipe out all the zombies but gets distracted when the arrogant Mr. Darcy arrives to here small town. Continue reading

The Ice Twins – S.K Tremayne

The Ice Twins - S.K. Tremayne

Original book title: The Ice Twins
Author: S.K Tremayne
Publisher: Linda & Co
Year of publication: 2015
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 11 h 51 min
Language: Swedish

This book is part of my 2015 reading challenge

This is the story of the Moorcraft family. One awful day one of their identical twin daughter, Lydia, dies in an accident. One year after the accident the family moves to the tiny Scottish island, hoping to put together the family. But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, starts to claim they have mistaken her for Lydia their world comes crashing down once again. Continue reading

Rogue – Julie Kagawa

Rogue - Julie Kagawa

Original book title: Rogue (The Talon Saga #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Year of publication: 2015
Format: Audiobook
Duration: 12 h 29 min
Language: English

This book is part of my 2015 reading challenge

This is the second book in the Talon series by Julie Kagawa. The first book, Talon ended with a cliffhanger that made me read this second book right away. I’m not disappointed at all! This book is full of action (more than the first book), many interesting characters and new twists. Continue reading