(I did actually film a vlog initially, but it was quite rubbish so it's been downgraded to a regular blog post)
The pile consists from top to bottom:
Politisk roman by Lone Aburas (Danish author, title translates to Political novel) from 2013. It's about family life (or the lack of it) spiced up with some political debate and how we often don't even bother. I've only read some 40 pages so far, but it seems very well written and interesting.
The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy by Fiona Neill from 2007 I haven't read yet. It's chick lit and I've heard it described as Bridget Jones' older sister.
Jaja, jeg skal nok redde jer - når jeg lige har drukket min rom & cola af Lotte Skou Hansen from 2011 (another Danish author, titel roughly translates to Yeah yeah, I'll save you - once I've finished my drink). Journalist Skou Hansen recounts her adventures in Uganda working for Danish Red Cross. It's supposedly like Chick lit, and both funny and thought provoking.
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane from 2003. I've seen the film and found it interesting and thought the book might be interesting too. It's about two US Marshalls in 1954 investigating a disappearance on an island that's home to a hospital for the criminally insane.
A man called Ove by Fredrik Backman from 2013. A Swedish debute novel that's become very popular from the get go. It's about a bitter old man who sick and tired of unruly unintelligent people disturbing him. It sounds ridiculous, but I'm telling you, from what I've read so far it's brilliant - and there's way more to it.
Kadaverdoktoren by Lene Kaaberbøl from 2010. (Danish author yet again, title is approximately The Corpse Doctor). It's a crime novel set in the 1800 about a forensic scientist/coroner and his daughter/assistant fighting against superstition as they try to solve a series of mysterious deaths. Reading this one for my Book Club in August.
Désirée by Annemarie Selinko from 1951, my version is a new one from 2014. Author is Austrian-Danish. It's about the life of Bernhardine Eugenie Désirée Clary, a daughter of a silk merchant and first love of Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France.
She is also known as Desideria, Queen of Sweden and Norway, wife of Jean Baptiste Jules Bernadotte, initally a general of France and then the King of Norway and Sweden, (Charles XIV & III John, also Carl John). I've just finished reading the book and can report that it's very long and very heavy to read. It's filled to the brim with political maneuvering and miniscule details and yet it is a very good book. Désirée's story, as told to us through her writings in her journal, is so incredibly interesting. Imagine being her, a commoner who finds herself right in the middle of World History in the making.
Not depicted are:
- The Game of Thrones by George RR Martin, audiobook
- Kald mig prinsesse by Sara Blædel, audiobook
- Dødesporet by Sara Blædel, audiobook
- Englemagersken by Camilla Läckberg, audiobook
- Et andet sted by Signe Langtved Pallisgaard, audiobook
[also also I just discovered there's max amount of characters allowed in the Labels box (200), so couldn't tag the audiobook authors :/ ]