Reading.

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

  1. 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.

    April 2022 — Fjällnäs, Sweden

  2. 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.

    April 2022 — Stockholm, Sweden

  3. The Clash

    Strummer, Jones, Simonon, Headon

    An okay account of the history of the band, told by themselves in interview format.

    November 2021 — Stockholm, Sweden

  4. Ålevangeliet

    Patrik Svensson

    Stockholm, Sweden

    In progress

  5. 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.

    September 2021 — Florence, Italy

  6. 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.

    September 2021 — Florence, Italy

  7. 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.

    September 2021 — Florence, Italy

  8. 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.

    August 2021 — Österlen, Sweden

  9. 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.

    February 2021 — Stockholm, Sweden

  10. 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.

    August 2020 — Österlen, Sweden

  11. 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.

    August 2020 — Stockholm, Sweden

  12. 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.

    August 2020 — Stockholm, Sweden

  13. Cosa Nostra

    John Dickie

    A non-fiction history about the Sicilian mafia. Entertaining.

    July 2020 — Stockholm, Sweden

  14. 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.

    July 2020 — Stockholm, Sweden

  15. 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.

    June 2020 — Stockholm, Sweden

  16. The Godfather

    Mario Puzo

    Even better than the movie. More details (of course), and deeper descriptions of characters.

    March 2020 — Stockholm, Sweden

  17. The Alchemist

    Paolo Coelho

    I loved it in the beginning, but then it turned out to be boring New Age-y stuff.

    January 2020 — Sri Lanka

  18. The Zahir

    Paolo Coelho

    Like The Alchemist, this one was boring. Poorly written, boring plot, and not believable at all.

    January 2020 — Sri Lanka

  19. 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.

    January 2020 — Sri Lanka

  20. Men Without Women

    Haruki Murakami

    I like short story collections, and Murakami's language is the best. Read this.

    January 2020 — Sri Lanka

  21. The Sun Also Rises

    Ernest Hemingway

    May 2019 — Barcelona, Spain

  22. A Brief History of Time

    Stephen Hawking

    March 2019 — Stockholm, Sweden

  23. A Little Life

    Hanya Yanagihara

    The saddest book I've read in all my life. But oh so good.

    July 2018 — Stockholm, Sweden

  24. 21 Lessons for the 21th Century

    Yuval Noah Harari

    May 2018 — Stockholm, Sweden

  25. Hero – David Bowie

    Lesley-Ann Jones

    October 2017 — Lisbon, Portugal

  26. Sapiens

    Yuval Noah Harari

    August 2017 — Nice, France

  27. The Mountain Shadow

    Gregory David Roberts

    Sequel to Shantaram. Not as good, but nevertheless a good sequel.

    July 2017 — Gothenburg, Sweden

  28. M Train

    Patti Smith

    October 2016 — New York, USA

  29. A Moveable Feast

    Ernest Hemingway

    May 2016 — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  30. The Essential Hemingway

    Ernest Hemingway

    May 2016 — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  31. Dancing with the Devil in the City of God

    Juliana Barbassa

    May 2016 — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  32. Just Kids

    Patti Smith

    Very touching, and beautifully written.

    November 2015 — San Francisco, USA

  33. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    Robert M. Pirsig

    September 2015 — Vienna, Austria

  34. W. Axl Rose

    Mick Wall

    January 2015 — Gothenburg, Sweden

  35. Becoming Steve Jobs

    Brent Schlender & Rick Tetzeli

    April 2015 — Gothenburg, Sweden

  36. Steve Jobs

    Walter Isaacson

    August 2015 — Gothenburg, Sweden

  37. Shantaram

    Gregory David Roberts

    July 2015 — Gothenburg, Sweden

  38. Scar Tissue

    Anthony Kiedis

    Raw and honest.

    July 2014 — Gothenburg, Sweden

  39. Into the Wild

    Jon Krakauer

    January 2014 — Paris, France

  40. Black Sabbath

    Mick Wall

    July 2012

  41. The Road

    Cormac McCarthy

    The minimal language is perfect.

    July 2011

  42. Life of Pi

    Yann Martel

    August 2010 — Calgary, Canada

  43. Infinity

    Brian Clegg

    July 2010 — Calgary, Canada

  44. Rework

    Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

    May 2010 — Calgary, Canada

  45. The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail

    Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh & Henry Lincoln

    April 2010 — Calgary, Canada

  46. No One Here Gets Out Alive

    Jerry Hopkins & Danny Sugarman

    May 2010 — Calgary, Canada

  47. Interview wih the Vampire

    Anne Rice

    February 2010 — Calgary, Canada

  48. Led Zeppelin – When Giants Walked The Earth

    Mick Wall

    January 2010 — Kauai, Hawaii

  49. Hammer of the Gods – The Led Zeppelin Saga

    Stephen Davis

    January 2010 — Kauai, Hawaii

  50. The Old Man and the Sea

    Ernest Hemingway

    May 2008

  51. 1984

    George Orwell

    August 2007

  52. Animal Farm

    George Orwell

    August 2007

  53. The Silmarillion

    J.R.R. Tolkien

    May 2002

  54. Bilbo

    J.R.R. Tolkien

    January 2002

  55. The Lord of the Rings

    J.R.R. Tolkien

    December 2001

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