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.
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.
Wuthering 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.
Alice’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).
The 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 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.
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!
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 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.
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.