Sweden is the Nordic country I have read the most from over the years. You can find a list of the books featured on this blog at my project page here. Notably, in that list and my Swedish TBR pictured above, there are the beginning books in several series.
I love starting a new crime series from the beginning – but fatigue tends to set in after the first two or three books. For instance, I read the first two of Henning Mankell’s Wallander books just before I started blogging, but haven’t read any since – the Branagh Wallander TV adaptations sufficed to replace the others (arguably freeing my time to read other books). However, I should read more of the Martin Beck books having enjoyed the first one, as they were truly ground-breaking – but sadly I didn’t keep my set (from the Book People ages ago).
Of the books pictured above, I’ve now read The Room, and I’ve started epistolary novel Some Kind of Company by Nan Östman from new kids on the translation block Aspal Press. I also plan to read The Minds Eye by Håkan Nesser, the first Inspector Van Veeteren book – my late mum was a fan of this series. If I have time to read one more book from the pile above, which should it be?
I’m taking a slightly different approach to my Swedish gateway book this week. Instead of re-reading Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist, I’ve watched the two movies, Swedish and US, made of it – more on that soon.
My gateway book for Sweden should have been the first of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but I couldn’t summon up the enthusiasm to revisit it, and indeed back then I never followed up on the others in the series. I remember that at the time, there was something so distasteful about the denouement (although I’ve read much worse since), and I wasn’t convinced by Lizbeth Salander either for some reason. The Lindqvist which I read shortly after TGWTDT however, was truly eye-opening as a contemporary vampire novel from Sweden – just loved it!
Can you recommend any other modern novels or NF by Swedish authors to me?