After four amazing months in Ireland, I’m back where a presumably belong (I haven’t figured out that part yet). As a full-time book lover and part-time hoarder or rather a collector, I managed to bring back a few books from Ireland (with the help of a few extra bags and family members). I knew it’d be a really bad idea to buy more books than those mandatory for my course work. I actually did really well until one week before I had to fly back to Sweden. I accidentally stumbled upon a tent full of used books and, well, I became a bit too excited.
I didn’t voluntarily pick this book up. It was more like blackmail. For about a year now I’ve tried (unsuccessfully) to get my friend to read the Harry Potter series. My friend’s argument being ‘I’ve seen the movies’ which, to me, isn’t a valid argument at all. Yet, this time we compromised. My friend would read the first Harry Potter book if I read The Da Vinci Code.
English classics, in English, to a reasonable price is hard to find in Sweden, and impossible to find at flea markets or secondhand shops. Imagine my excitement when I found these classics for 2 euros each.
Many years ago I had a blog similar to this one, except written in Swedish. At that time, many, many years ago I wrote a review of this book where I more or less wrote how much I hated it. Well, I wasn’t that harsh but I didn’t like it at all. It was too random and made no sense at all. I hated stories like that. However, life change, I’ve changed since then and now I rather enjoy random stories because it challenges my ability to imagine things. So, I thought I’d give it a go once more (in English this time).
I just felt The Hobbit is one of those books one should read since it’s a classic (and I really want to know what the fuss is all about).
For years, while learning English I’ve had to read the first chapter of this book, as a reading extract or a reading comprehension test. For once, I’d like to finish the whole book.
A friend recommended it to me 7 years ago, didn’t think more about it, saw the film, loved it and bought the book. Simple as that!
I’ve read the first two books a year when I went to Norway, but I couldn’t finish the series because they didn’t have the right cover of the book in Norway or Sweden (they have to match). When I saw this book in the bookshop I couldn’t believe I was one purchase away from knowing how it ends. To be completely sure it was the right cover I used Skype to call my dad in Sweden and have him show me the cover of the books I already own.
I’ve written about this book earlier, it’s on my summer reading list and that’s why it got to fly all the way back home with me.
A Swedish book which translates to something like, ‘Arbitrary decision – a book about love’. I bought this two days after I came home. I read way too much in English and know more about English speaking authors than Swedish authors, which is really bad, shame on me.
In addition to the books above I also bought a number of textbooks and other books of fiction for my classes which also had to be brought home. It’s a miracle I didn’t have to pay extra at the airport.