Reading.

Non-exhaustive list of books I've read and am reading, in reverse chronological order.

Title Author Notes
Vargarna från evighetens skog Karl Ove Knausgård Prequel to "Morgonstjärnan" below. Reading
Jack Ulf Lundell The generational novel of the Swedish 1970s. Reading
Häng City Mikael Yvesand Lovely rendition of a summer in the lives of three 13 year old boys in northern Sweden in 1999. The language used is so very relatable, and so are the pop culture references. Even though "nothing" really happens, the book does describe (quite accurately) feelings, energies, places, activities, and personal traits of people from the eyes of a teenage boy.
Life Keith Richards The autobiography of Keith Richards (guitarist in Rolling Stones).
Mastering the Art of French Cooking Julia Child, Simone Beck, Louisette Bertholle I bought the Swedish translation as paperback, and read it all in once – back to back. Quite special for a cooking book. The book includes tips and tricks around techniques, equipment, and ingredients. All the traditional French recipies are in here. What I loved about the recipies was that they were both mechanic but yet very much alive. Meaning, the authors' obsession with details, experimentation, and iteration really shined through.
Morgonstjärnan Karl Ove Knausgård I thought Knausgård would be a hard read, but it was not. "Morgonstjärnan" is so lovely. The author has this superb power of making seemingly mundane everyday people and tasks become interesting. His description are rich, and the pace is perfect. I was really captivated and inspired.
Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood Quentin Tarantino It's quite rare that a book is written after a film, and by the film's creator too. I loved this one: it's 100% Quentin Tarantino-ness all way through. He has space to go deeper in the conversations between the characters, whose stories he can give justice too. Like the film, it somehow entertains me without having a real plot.
The Clash Strummer, Jones, Simonon, Headon An okay account of the history of the band, told by themselves in interview format.
Ålevangeliet Patrik Svensson Dropped
Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk I honestly think the movie is better. I'm sure the book would be cool if I'd read that first, but I couldn't stand the fast paced dialogue with random sentences thrown in between lines.
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis The book is a lot more psycho than the movie. More explicit than I thought. The unreliable monologues of the narrator are amazingly written, and there are more layers to the book than just the obvious one.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running Haruki Murakami I love Murakami's straight forward language. This one made me want to start running. He's very honest about himself in this semi-biography, but never sentimental. Feels very Japanese.
Samlade Verk Lydia Sandgren This is an epic describing the live of a couple of individuals from the 1970s until the 2010s in Gothenburg, Sweden. It really touched me, on several layers. I'm very sentimental about the city Gothenburg, and I was constantly impressed by the cultural references, the plot, and the language of the relatively young author. There's this amazing melancholia hanging over the whole work.
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind Shunryu Suzuki It took me a long time to finish this very thin book. The language is dense, and I wanted to soak every page in. I had to re-read a couple of sentences. But I liked it as a whole, especially the laser focus of the author's message.
Ishmael Daniel Quinn A philosophical discourse about the evolution of homo sapiens. Some things are controversial, like population control. The book's dialogue is about biodiversity, climate change, urbanisation: a lot of contemporary topics. It's a nice pairing together with Sapiens.
Herakles Theodor Kallifatides I like mythology, especially like Greek mythology. This book is a novel – I guess a bit dramatised – about the life of the hero Hercules. It was good, very vivid and nuanced.
Normal People Sally Rooney I saw the series before reading the book, and both formats have their charm. The author has a great language, and manages to capture the atmosphere that surrounds that age from high school to university.
Cosa Nostra John Dickie A non-fiction history about the Sicilian mafia. Entertaining.
About A Boy Nick Hornby Very 'fun' and unforeseeable language. The thoughts of the two main characters – the man and the boy – are written in a way that feels authentic. I liked the randomness and quick turns of the book.
Jag Kan Ha Fel Björn Natthiko Lindeblad Written by a Swedish businessman who became a Buddhist monk for 17 years. It's not a classic self help book, nor some kind of teaching about Buddhism. It's merely his story, with some of his philosophies thrown in. He mixes serious subjects with wit.
The Godfather Mario Puzo Even better than the movie. More details (of course), and deeper descriptions of characters.
The Alchemist Paolo Coelho I loved it in the beginning, but then it turned out to be boring New Age-y stuff.
The Zahir Paolo Coelho Like The Alchemist, this one was boring. Poorly written, boring plot, and not believable at all.
The Snow Leopard Peter Matthiessen A travel diary of an American in an expedition into the Himalayas. He's real goal is to catch a glimpse of the very shy Snow Leopard. This travel text captures the beauty of Zen without speaking too much about it. It's kind of dense at times, but very, very grand.
Men Without Women Haruki Murakami I like short story collections, and Murakami's language is the best. Read this.
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
A Little Life Hanya Yanagihara The saddest book I've read in all my life. But oh so good.
21 Lessons for the 21th Century Yuval Noah Harari
Hero – David Bowie Lesley-Ann Jones
Sapiens Yuval Noah Harari
The Mountain Shadow Gregory David Roberts Sequel to Shantaram. Not as good, but nevertheless a good sequel.
M Train Patti Smith
A Moveable Feast Ernest Hemingway
The Essential Hemingway Ernest Hemingway
Dancing with the Devil in the City of God Juliana Barbassa
Just Kids Patti Smith Very touching, and beautifully written.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert M. Pirsig
W. Axl Rose Mick Wall
Becoming Steve Jobs Brent Schlender & Rick Tetzeli
Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson
Shantaram Gregory David Roberts
Scar Tissue Anthony Kiedis Raw and honest.
Into the Wild Jon Krakauer
Black Sabbath Mick Wall
The Road Cormac McCarthy The minimal language is perfect.
Life of Pi Yann Martel
Infinity Brian Clegg
Rework Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh & Henry Lincoln
No One Here Gets Out Alive Jerry Hopkins & Danny Sugarman
Interview wih the Vampire Anne Rice
Led Zeppelin – When Giants Walked The Earth Mick Wall
Hammer of the Gods – The Led Zeppelin Saga Stephen Davis
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway
1984 George Orwell
Animal Farm George Orwell
The Silmarillion J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien

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