This week’s reading matter

I am trying to stay away from the time suck of online media at the moment. This means avoiding streaming networks, social media and digital books. My primary reason is I want to have a bit of a screen-break.

Most physical books in Sweden are – naturally – in Swedish. I read Swedish with no problem but it takes longer and I find it quite tiring. Having said that, I do enjoy Scandi crime, and prefer to read these books in their original language if I can.

For the past few weeks I have been buying English-language books at charity shops for $1 to $2 each. Because there is not such a wide range, I have to take whatever I find that I think I may like. This has led to me exploring new authors I have never read before, which I am rather enjoying. I have noticed that most of the books people buy (or donate) in English are crime novels and biographies of musicians. The only romances I have seen have been by Marian Keyes. And there are loads of copies of Hilary Clinton’s autobiography in English. I wondered if these were bought in airports, or if people wanted to read them as soon as they came out, before they were translated into Swedish.

I have never read Michael Connelly before, or Ian Rankin. They are quite easy reads. I have read Heavier than Heaven before but it is the best Cobain biography out there in my opinion, so I thought I would read it again. Cross took liberties with the description of Kurt’s last days, but the book is otherwise very well-researched.

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

7 thoughts

  1. You’ll love Daniel Silva and David Baldacci.
    Connolly and Rankin are favorites of mine too.

    1. Ooh I must look for Silva and Baldacci. A friend of mine always asks for his books for his birthday. I really enjoyed my first Rankin, and am now half-way though my first Connelly which I am enjoying very much. I must keep my eye out for more. It has been very rewarding for me to be pushed out of my book comfort zone.

  2. I’m in a similar situation as you. I live in Germany and books in English are not as common but they can still be found in some bookshops. There’s a system in Germany, where they turned old phone boxes into free libraries (bring one, get one). Sometimes there’s the odd English novel and like for you, they are mainly crime books (but no biographies!). I also got a book by Ian Rankin and I’m looking forward to reading it!

      1. I think a lot of people read crime novels on holiday because it’s easy to read and quite engaging but once the holidays are over, it’s time to break open War And Peace for some light reading!

      2. I haven’t found any romance novels in Germany either. I think it might be too spicy for Northern Europeans!

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