Book Haul – Gothenburg Book Fair 2015

Look at these beauties I bought at the Gothenburg Book Fair. I’m so excited to read these!

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Fire (Engelsfors #2) by Mats Strandberg, Sara Bergmark Elfgren

The Key (Engelsfors #3) by Mats Strandberg, Sara Bergmark Elfgren

These first two (Swe; Eld, Nyckeln)  are the second and third book in a trilogy series of Swedish fantasy books which essentially is about a group of adolescents who turn out to be witches and have to stop the world from ending. I now have the whole trilogy but in Swedish that is. It’s really good and I urge you to read them!

 
 
 

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Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) (Swe; Rör mig inte) by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) (Swe; Rädda mig inte) by Tahereh Mafi

This series was recommended to me at the book fair and it sounded really interesting, but I don’t know much about it really. I anyone has read these, let me know what you think!

 
 
 

kaninhjartaKaninhjärta (Rabbit Heart) by Christin Ljungqvist

This one is also a Swedish book, a YA novel about to twins Mary and Anne. Together they make a medium where Mary lets ghost use her voice and Anne can hear them.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an English translation of the book.

 
 
 

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Sigrid by Johanne Hildebrandt

Another Swedish book, which doesn’t have an English translation. I also don’t know much about it more than that it’s based on Sigrid Storråda’s life, which is a queen who shaped Scandinavia history. It sounded really interesting when I read the synopsis, a mixture of fantasy, reality, love and history. But I now realised that it’s the fourth book in a series and I don’t have the first three books…

 
 
 

vmstpdhsVi måste sluta ses på det här sättet by Lisa Bjärbo, Johanna Lindbäck

Yes, another Swedish YA novel which haven’t been translated into English, but the title translate into something like ”we have to stop meeting this way”.

To be honest, I bought this one for three different reasons 1, I really love the publisher; 2, the reviews; and 3, the cover. It’s beautiful! But I really don’t know much about it, I’ll let you know what I think when I’ve read it.

 
 
 

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

And finally I got my hand on this gem. I doubt there’s any of you out there who doesn’t know about this book, but if you don’t, let me tell you something; this is one of the most amazing books I’ve read this year (stay tuned for the review). It’s about sisterhood, first love, fanfiction and growing up.

 
 
 

That’s it, guys! I restrained myself after that. I had a lovely day and I literally wanted to buy everything but in the end, I couldn’t carry any more books.

Book Haul – Erasmus edition

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.

‘Used’ books

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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

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.

685392Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 

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.

6820364Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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).

20927204The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

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).

pride-and-prejudicePride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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.
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My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

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!

‘New’ books  

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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.

All-the-Bright-Places-jktAll the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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.

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Egenmäktigt förfarande – en bok om kärlek by Lena Andersson

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.