The most INFORMAL critics about 4 Swedish books I read

Recently I develop a new interest in reading Swedish books.

As my Swedish is beginner-level, I chose my first book for beginner, which should suit me well.

Although its title actually means To Grow! Garden’s Guide For Beginner. (Obviously the verb “to grow” is not taught in my Swedish class.) Anyway, my first ever Swedish book gave me great guidance in controlling humidity when cultivating my baby avocados. Now they are more than 30 cm tall: tribute to the author!

My second Swedish book Learning 25 plants and bushes witnesses my curiosity and passion in nature, as always.

When I first arrived in Sweden, I was astonished by the local vegetation: disparate from the land I was born and raised, trees and flowers in Sweden rhyme with season. Most of them I even never spotted before. After reading this small book, I can recognize and name most trees I see, I am even capable of differentiating a spruce and a pine: although I reckon it is probably the most IMPRACTICAL knowledge that a human can ever possessed.

After completing these two books, I decide that I should jump to a higher level by switching from children’s book to teenager’s literature. Then I chose this one, a world-wide best-seller, a heroic adventure series depicting how justice conquers inequity, darkness succumbs to light, and optimism will always strive:

Despite its grandiloquent theme, what I learn most are phrases that were used to initiate a quarrel…….(grimace)

The fourth book, An Island in the Sea, in a strict sense, is the first literature in Swedish I read. Categorized as “teenage literature”, the structure of the book and the message it conveys is more profound is nothing tantamount to the homely language it uses.

It is a story about two Jewish girls from Austria , who were taken from their parents and sought asylum in Sweden during the second World War as their only hope. Here, an island in the sea incarnates the unbounded loneliness their face in the new environment, and their anxiety about the communal fate and future —— although the narration of the book mainly surrounds their daily life on the island, it arouses empathy and resonance from me, keeping me reading towards the end. It is a book that I would like to recommend to everyone.

Extended Reading:

Where do I get these books?

I do not own any of them; they are all borrowed from the public libraries.

As a student of the Joint Master Programmes of Molecular Techniques in Life Science, I am the holder of library cards from KTH, Stockholm University and Karolinska Institute.

Nevertheless, my favorite library is the Stockholms Stadsbibliotek at Odenplan, primarily because it collects a rich spectrum of children books.

How can I borrow books?

Just visit any library and ask the information desk for a library card. It is FREE.

How do I learn Swedish?

To be honest, I never master the language; but you may find my previous blog How difficult is learning Swedish? useful, as it talks about a few kinds of FREE Swedish classes and activities from which many benefit.