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80 popular swedish books
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 (36 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.

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A Nearly Normal Family : A Novel by M.T. Edvardsson EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
"...A compulsively readable tour de force." —The Wall Street Journal New York Times Book Review recommends M.T. Edvardsson’s A Nearly Normal Family and lauds it as a “page-turner” that forces the reader to confront “the compromises we make with ourselves to be the people we believe our beloveds expect.” (NYTimes Book Review Summer Reading Issue) When the teenage daughter of responsible, upstanding parents is accused of murder, a family realizes that it isn’t love that will keep them together: it’s lies. Eighteen-year-old Stella Sandell stands accused of the brutal murder of a man almost fiftee... continue

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Älä koskaan pyyhi kyyneleitä paljain käsin : Rakkaus by Jonas Gardell FI

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
”Tämän tarinan asiat ovat tapahtuneet. Kaikki on totta. Minä olen yksi selvinneistä. Tämä on minun ja ystävieni tarina.”

4.

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

Rating: 4 (2 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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And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer : A Novella by Fredrik Backman EN

Rating: 4 (3 votes)
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
Paints the portrait of an elderly man's struggle to hold on to his most precious memories and his family's efforts to care for him even as they must find a way to let go.


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Anxious People by Frederik Backman EN

Rating: 4 (14 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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Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson EN

Rating: 4 (2 votes)
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
"Readers of Anne Tyler and Jodi Picoult will appreciate the lyrical prose and expert rendering of the themes of heartbreakk and loss."—Booklist An unforgettable novel about friendship, love and loss. With extraordinary emotional power, Linda Olsson’s stunningly well-crafted debut novel recounts the unusual and unexpected friendship that develops between two women. Veronika, a young writer from New Zealand, rents a house in a small Swedish village as she tries to come to terms with a recent tragedy while also finishing a novel. Her arrival is silently observed by Astrid, an older, reclusive nei... continue

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Barabbas by Pär Lagerkvist EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
Barabbas is the acquitted; the man whose life was exchanged for that of Jesus of Nazareth, crucified upon the hill of Golgotha. Barabbas is a man condemned to have no god. "Christos Iesus" is carved on the disk suspended from his neck, but he cannot affirm his faith. He cannot pray. He can only say, "I want to believe." Translated from the Swedish by Alan Blair

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Beartown by Fredrik Backman EN

Rating: 5 (9 votes)
Country: Europe / Sweden flag Sweden
Description:
A town this small can't afford to take sides. But when the worst happens, whose side would you take? Late one evening towards the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barrelled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else's forehead and pulled the trigger. This is the story of how we got there. Beartown is a small town in a large Swedish forest. For most of the year it is under a thick blanket of snow, experiencing the kind of cold and dark that brings people closer together - or pulls them apart. Its isolation means that Beartown has been slowly shrinking with each pass... continue


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