Book tips.

2014-02-24, at 19:30:03
 
One of my readers asked me if I could give her any tips on great books to read,
and I thought I'd make a whole post about it instead of just answering her comment.
The three books above are all books I've read for the three different Swedish courses I'm taking at the moment,
and although I read the books in Swedish, I'm going to post links to where you can find them in English,
since reading novels is by far the best way to expand your vocabulary!
 
Call the Midwife, by Jennifer Worth: Jennifer Worth was a midwife in London in the 1950s, and this is her story, starting when she first arrived at a nunnery to become a proper midwife. Throughout the book you get to read about a lot of different, interesting and eccentric people she met through her work, and you also get to read about London in the 1950s. Especially the poor parts of London.
     I didn't think it'd be very interesting at all, as I have no interest whatsoever in babies, giving birth or midwives, but I was pleasantly surprised. Call the Midwife is highly entertaining and humorous, and you feel like you get a certain connection to the characters in the book. The book has also been made into a TV-series, but I assure you, reading the book will do you no harm! ;)
 
The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde: Now, this is a story I feel like I've talked a lot about on my blog so far, but it's a story I'll never grow tired of talking about. Dorian Gray is a lovely young man living in London (most of the people I read about seem to live in London, how peculiar), he belongs to the aristocracy, has recently had a portrait painted of himself and is the most innocent and beautiful man, until he meets Lord Henry. He soon becomes corrupted, and the portrait starts aging instead of him. All of his sins also show up in the portrait, and there are a lot of them.
     The book is a perfect description of what vanity can do to a person, and a perfect portrait of all the wonderful sins in life. It's no wonder the book has made it to the list of classics, sin, vanity and corruption are things that will always stick around. 
 
If you want to get the book, you can get the glorious Barnes & Noble leatherbound edition portrayed in the picture above >here< for only 14.50€, that's 33% off the original price!
 
Handling the Undead, by John Ajvide Lindqvist: This is a book from the Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, best known for his bestseller Let the Right One In. In the book, an energy field over Stockholm causes the electronics to go haywire and a collective headache, and finally culminates in the dead awakening. The local authorities are faced with an unprecedented problem, as scientists worldwide try to work out what caused the awakening. The reawakened dead aren't exactly aggressive, all they want is to go home, but they have to be contained in hospitals and finally in a separate area of the city.
     The book deals with questions about ethics, since the reawakened dead don't have any legal rights and can be treated in any way people see fit. It's also a story about love, and about being able to let go of your loved one, when their time has come.


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