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Recommended books (17)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the Read Around Europe Challenge were written by authors from Sweden. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman EN

Rating: 4.5     3313 Votes
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
When a new, chatty, young couple and their two daughters move in next door, Ove's well-ordered, solitary world turns upside down.
Recommended: 06 Mar 2022

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An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten EN

Rating: 3.5     26 Votes
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
Maud is an irascible 88-year-old Swedish woman with no family, no friends, and... no qualms about a little murder. This funny, irreverent story collection by Helene Tursten, author of the Irene Huss investigations, features two-never-before translated stories that will keep you laughing all the way to the retirement home. Ever since her darling father's untimely death when she was only eighteen, Maud has lived in the family's spacious apartment in downtown Gothenburg rent-free, thanks to a minor clause in a hastily negotiated contract. That was how Maud learned that good things can come from t... continue
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Recommended: 10 Jun 2022

3.

Anxious People by Frederick Blackman EN

Rating: 3.3     3 Votes
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller A People Book of the Week, Book of the Month Club selection, and Best of Fall in Good Housekeeping, PopSugar, The Washington Post, New York Post, Shondaland, CNN, and more! “[A] quirky, big-hearted novel…Wry, wise, and often laugh-out-loud funny, it’s a wholly original story that delivers pure pleasure.” —People From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove comes a charming, poignant novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have mor... continue
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Recommended: 24 Apr 2022

4.

Beowulf by Unknown EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
Beowulf, by Anonymous, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences?biographical, historical, and literary?to enrich each reader's understanding of thes... continue
Recommended: 16 Sep 2022

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Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell EN

Rating: 3.5     104 Votes
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
A #1 international bestseller: This “exquisite novel of mesmerizing depth” launched the acclaimed Wallander Mysteries and BBC series starring Kenneth Branagh (Los Angeles Times). Early one morning, a small-town farmer discovers that his neighbors have been victims of a brutal attack during the night: An old man has been bludgeoned to death, and his tortured wife lies dying before the farmer’s eyes. The only clue is the single word she utters before she dies: “foreign.” In charge of the investigation is Inspector Kurt Wallander, a local detective whose personal life is in a shambles. His family... continue
Recommended: 02 Mar 2018

6.

Hanna's Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson EN

Rating: 3.5     9 Votes
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
“An uplifting family saga . . . [Marianne] Fredriksson provides a satisfyingly complex . . . chronicle of women and the burdens imposed by their family history, their gender and themselves. . . . Its message of reconciliation is transcendent.”—People Sweeping through one hundred years of Scandinavian history, this luminous story follows three generations of Swedish women—a grandmother, a mother, and a daughter—whose lives are linked through a century of great love and great loss. Resonating with truth and revelation, this moving novel deftly explores the often difficult but enduring ties betwe... continue
Recommended: 20 Apr 2022

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In Every Mirror She's Black by Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
A timely and arresting debut for anyone looking for insight into what it means to be a Black woman in the world. Three Black women are linked in unexpected ways to the same influential white man in Stockholm as they build their new lives in the most open society run by the most private people. Successful marketing executive Kemi Adeyemi is lured from the U.S. to Sweden by Jonny von Lundin, CEO of the nation's largest marketing firm, to help fix a PR fiasco involving a racially tone-deaf campaign. A killer at work but a failure in love, Kemi's move is a last-ditch effort to reclaim her social l... continue
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Recommended: 23 Jun 2022

8.

Jagannath : (stories) by Karin Tidbeck EN

Rating: 4     16 Votes
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
I have never read anything like Jagannath. Karin Tidbeck s imagination is recognizably Nordic, but otherwise unclassifiable quietly, intelligently, unutterably strange. And various. And ominous. And funny. And mysteriously tender. These are wonderful stories. Ursula K. Le Guin Restrained and vivid, poised and strange, Tidbeck, with her impossible harmonies, is a vital voice. China Mieville Enter the strange and wonderful world of Swedish sensation Karin Tidbeck with this feast of darkly fantastical short stories. Whether through the falsified historical record of the uniquely weird Swedish cre... continue
Recommended: 09 Apr 2022

9.

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist SV

Rating: 3.5     1173 Votes
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
Let the Right One In Takes Top Honors at Tribeca Film Festival and is now an Award-winning movie in both the U.S. and Sweden! It is autumn 1981 when inconceivable horror comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenager is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last---revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day. But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next door---a girl who has never seen a Rubik's Cube before, ... continue
Genre Horror
Recommended: 11 Sep 2022

10.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren EN

Rating: 5     4 Votes
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
Relates the antics of a rambunctious girl who lives with a horse and a monkey--but without any parents--at the edge of a Swedish village. Reissue.
Recommended: 09 Apr 2022

11.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson EN

Rating: 3.5     2838 Votes
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a sec... continue
Recommended: 25 Apr 2021

12.

The Helios Disaster by Linda Boström Knausgård EN

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Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
The Helios Disaster is a contemporary mythical tale in which a father gives birth to a twelve-year-old girl, splitting his head open in the process. Father and daughter are separated. The girl is placed into foster care and comes under the spell of the Pentecostal movement. When she starts speaking in tongues, she's admitted to a psychiatric ward. All the time, she longs to meet her father and eventually they run away together. The author's passionate involvement with her protagonist illuminates what it is like to slide irresistibly away from reality.
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Recommended: 28 Jan 2018

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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson EN

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Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
On his 100th birthday Allan Karlsson makes his escape from the old people's home and embarks on an unlikely and momentous adventure.
Genre Humor
Recommended: 27 Jan 2018

14.

The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg EN

Rating: 3.5     68 Votes
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
The first novel in Camilla LÄckberg's bestselling Swedish mystery series set in a small fishing village.
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Recommended: 06 Feb 2018

15.

The Memory Theater by Karin Tidbeck EN

Rating: 3     3 Votes
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
From the award-winning author of Amatka and Jagannath--a fantastical tour de force about friendship, interdimensional theater, and a magical place where no one ages, except the young In a world just parallel to ours exists a mystical realm known only as the Gardens. It's a place where feasts never end, games of croquet have devastating consequences, and teenagers are punished for growing up. For a select group of masters, it's a decadent paradise where time stands still. But for those who serve them, it's a slow torture where their lives can be ended in a blink. In a bid to escape before their... continue
Recommended: 09 Apr 2022

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The Sandman by Lars Kepler EN

Rating: 3.5     2 Votes
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
Two brilliant police agents must hold fast to their sanity to beat a manipulative serial killer at his own game and rescue a girl who went missing thirteen years earlier.
Recommended: 07 Mar 2018

17.

The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist EN

Rating: 3.5     58 Votes
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
‘I liked The Unit very much... I know you will be riveted, as I was.’ Margaret Atwood ‘Echoing work by Marge Piercy and Margaret Atwood, The Unit is as thought-provoking as it is compulsively readable.’ Jessica Crispin, NPR.org Ninni Holmqvist’s eerie dystopian novel envisions a society in the not-so-distant future where men and women deemed economically worthless are sent to a retirement community called the Unit. With lavish apartments set amongst beautiful gardens and state-of-the-art facilities, elaborate gourmet meals, and wonderful music and art, they are free of financial worries and wa... continue
Recommended: 19 Apr 2022


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