A summary of the ‘going native challenge’

As many of you know, during the summer I challenged myself to read only books written by Swedish authors. I called the challenge going native. For years I’ve only read books in English, written by English speaking authors, which made me realize that I knew more about foreign writers than Swedish ones.  I felt as if I’d lost contact with my country. Thus I created this challenge, and I recommend you do the same if you find yourself feeling this way. Here is a brief summary of what I read as a part of my going native challenge.

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One by Sarah Crossan (blog relay)

Yesterday Bibliotekarier blogged about One, and now it’s finally my turn.

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One is about two twin sisters that share everything, literally. They are conjoined twins, joined at the waist. Although they share the same bones and blood are two different people with their own thoughts, secrets, and emotions, just like any teenager anywhere. Due to their condition, they’ve been homeschooled their whole lives, but as their family can’t afford the twins to be homeschooled any longer, they are forced to start a regular school. Although this change brings a lot of difficulties, it also forces the twins to get out of their comfort zones in a positive way, making them experience things the haven’t been able to before. Grace and Tippy find their first friends, who help them deal with the staring and the whispers they are forced to face every day. But although they share everything they still keep secrets from each other and in the end they have to make an impossible choice.

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Blog relay participant in September

In September, I’ll be one of the participants in a blog relay organized by B. Whalströms (Swedish publisher) for the book One by Sarah Crossan, which is the first book by Sarah Crossan to be translated into Swedish.


It is about two twin sisters that share everything, literally.  They are conjoined twins, joined at the waist. Although they share the same bones and blood are two different people with their own thoughts, secrets, and emotions, just like any teenager anywhere. Due to their condition, they’ve been homeschooled their whole lives, but as their family can’t afford the twins to be homeschooled any longer, they are forced to start a regular school. Although this change brings a lot of difficulties, it also forces the twins to get out of their comfort zones in a positive way, making them experience things the haven’t been able to before.

I’m really looking forward to reading this. I’ve heard great things about it. On September 24, it is my turn to blog about the book, and I’ll tell you about my thoughts about it. We are a total of nine Swedish bloggers participating in the relay and we’ll blog about the book every day from 17th to 25th of September.

17th of September – Maddes bokhylla
18th of Septemberer – Agnes bokblogg
19th of September – Petras bokblogg
20th of September – drawreadandtakeaphoto
21st of September – Booze ‘n’ Books
22nd of September – Book Obsession
23rd of September – Bibliotekarier
24th of September – Little Tree of Stories
25th of September – Bookish Glimmer

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

”Sara Lundqvist
Kornvägen 7, 1st Floor
136 38 Haninge
Sweden”

Sara has just lost her job in the city’s bookstore. To move on with her life and learn to live, decides to visit the little run-down town of Broken Wheel in Iowa to meet with her American pen pal, Amy. Sara and Amy have never met, yet she feels as though she’s always known her. When Sara arrives in Broken Wheel  nothing seems to turn out the way she expected.

This is a real feel-good novel about the power of change, love, books, and to dare to live. A perfect book to read an autumn evening in the glow of lit candles.

As the book-lover I am, I really enjoyed the fact that the love of books was so prominent. I found myself smiling in recognition several times. Katarina understands perfectly what it’s like to love books, even when no one else understands.

What made the book extra special was the outline. The story revolves around Sara, naturally, and one gets to follow her development. However, one also gets to know Sara and what her presence does to Broken Wheel and its people through the eyes of others around her.The reader is shown how their lives change because of Sara’s presence, which really underscores the ripple effect of change.  As a part of the narrative one is told about the relationship between Amy and Sara via Amy’s letters, which makes the reading experience more intimate.

I can say nothing more than that I read this novel with a smile on my face.

If you love to read books about books, and how they can change a life, you need to read this one.

Book review -Vi är inte sådana som i slutet får varandra by Katarina Sandberg

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Vi är inte sådana som i slutet får varandra by Katarina Sandberg

(An attempt at translation: We are not the ones who get each other in the end)

”Jag är en enda natt. Resultatet.” (I am one single night. The result.)

Cassiopeja is 19 years old and doesn’t know what to do with her life. Escaping the small town where she grew up, she ends up studying law with classmates living on their daddy’s money in Stockholm. While everyone around her is falling in love and getting married, she finds herself rolling her eyes at love and trying not to make the same mistakes as her mother. However, deciding to take piano lessons changes everything and makes her realize the meaning of love and life.  Läs mer