My Year in Books – 2017

My Year in Books 2017

 

When the year started I thought that I would read a lot more books this year, but I still set the same goal as 2016 (50 books). Then life happened and things did not turn out as I had thought.

The result… (last year’s results in parenthesis)

– 46 read books, goal not met (57 books)

– 63% crime fiction (89%)

– 59% Swedish authors (63%)

– 65% female authors (58%)

 

I read less crime fiction this year than I usually do. For different reasons I have had a hard time reading about evil and people (especially children) being treated badly. It is no surprise that I prefer Swedish authors and just like last year I read mostly female authors.

 

Happy New Book Year!

A Christmas Greeting: Emelie Schepp

Christmas Greeting

Swedish crime writer Emelie Schepp sends a Christmas greeting and answers a few questions.

What is your best book recommendation?

For young thrill seekers I recommend The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren.

How will you celebrate Christmas?

I will celebrate Christmas with my family on the island Koh Samui in Thailand.

Do you have a New Year’s wish for 2018?

Since we recently lost a loved one, my wish is that all our loved ones are healthy and happy. My resolution for 2018 is to finish the fifth novel in the series about Jana Berzelius.

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Merry Christmas

Best wishes from Emelie Schepp

 

Note: This greeting has been translated from Swedish and was first published by Deckarhuset.

A Christmas Greeting: Åsa Schwarz

Christmas Greeting

Swedish thriller author and IT Security Expert Åsa Schwarz sends a Christmas greeting and answers a few questions.

How will you celebrate Christmas?

I’m fortunate to celebrate twice. I have already celebrated Christmas at my uncle’s vacation house in the archipelago where we stayed with that part of my family for 24 hours. There were Christmas gifts, Christmas food and glögg (Swedish mulled wine) by the hot tub outside with a mile wide view of the ocean. On Christmas Eve the other part of the family will come to our house from the 1920s that used to be a milk and grocery store. With our mothers, five children and another four adults it will be loud, but in a good way.

Since you are an expert in IT security, we’d like to hear your best IT security advice.

It is more important that have long and weird passwords than changing them often. You mainly just have to do it when you think it has been compromised. Remember to use different passwords in the most important places like your job, email and social media. Keep your computer and phone updated. But the most important thing is how you act online.  Is it really a friend who sent that video link? Who is on the other end of the chat? Did I enter that lottery where I won a million? You get far using critical thinking.

Do you have a New Year’s Wish for 2018?

My New Year’s wish is related to the underlying theme in my thriller The Seven Keys. I wish that politicians and CEOs start taking cybersecurity seriously. Our entire society is dependent on IT, so we must make sure that our systems don’t fail.

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Merry Christmas

Best Wishes from Åsa Schwarz

 

Note: This greeting has been translated from Swedish and was first published by Deckarhuset.

A Christmas Greeting: Anders de la Motte

Christmas Greeting

Award-winning Swedish crime writer Anders de la Motte, a former police officer, sends a Christmas greeting and answers a few questions.

What is your best book recommendation?

The Axman by Ray Celestin. New Orleans 1919. The mafia’s childhood, corrupt cops, private investigators, and a brutal letter-writing serial killer, everything in a dense, icky, award-winning crime novel based on a true story that you simply cannot put down. What’s not to like?

How will you celebrate Christmas?

I will celebrate Christmas and New Years in New York with my family and a few friends. Christmas Americana extra everything. I really look forward to it!

Do you have a New Year’s Wish for 2018?

That more people would read books. To read fiction does not only develop your language but also your empathy and the ability to imagine other people’s situations. That if anything feels particularly important these days. Personally I am very excited for the new edition of the Game-trilogy which will be published in Sweden in March, where I have written a preface and revealed some Easter eggs that I have built into the stories. At the same time it almost feels a little eerie how current the series still is and how many of the Internet-phenomena I fantasized about later would come true.

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Merry Christmas

Best Wishes from Anders de la Motte

 

Note: This greeting has been translated from Swedish and was first published by Deckarhuset.

A Christmas Greeting: Jenny Rogneby

Christmas Greeting

Swedish crime writer and criminologist Jenny Rogneby sends a Christmas greeting and answers a few questions.

What is your best book recommendation?

I am reading the Nobel Prize Winner Kazou Ishiguro’s book “Never Let Me Go” right now, that is my recommendation.

How will you celebrate Christmas?

I will celebrate in Barcelona, Spain.

Do you have a New Year’s Wish for 2018?

Can I have several? That I and my loved ones are healthy, and everyone else too when I think about it. That all people stand up, speak up and do not accept it when other people are treated poorly. And that I can do fifty pushups in a row.

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Merry Christmas

Best Wishes from Jenny Rogneby

 

Note: This greeting has been translated from Swedish and was first published by Deckarhuset.

A Christmas Greeting: Hanna Lindberg

Christmas Greeting

Swedish thriller author Hanna Lindberg sends a Christmas greeting and answers a few questions. She has written the thrillers STOCKHOLM Confidential, and STOCKHOLM Grotesque.

What is your best book recommendation?

Caroline Kepnes’s excellent debut thriller You and the sequel Hidden Bodies. Contemporary suspense with dark humor. Pernilla Ericson’s thriller series is also a gem.

How will you celebrate Christmas?

At home with my family. Smorgasbord with a lot of Finnish delicacies like Karelian pirogues and rutabaga casserole.

Do you have a New Year’s Wish for 2018?

That #metoo really changes things for the better and that I deliver a fabulous manuscript for my third novel – on time!

Merry Christmas

Best Wishes from Hanna Lindberg

 

Note: This greeting has been translated from Swedish and was first published by Deckarhuset.

A Christmas Greeting: Dag Öhrlund

Christmas GreetingSwedish author, journalist and photographer Dag Öhrlund sends a Christmas greeting, photos and answers a few questions. He has been writing crime novels together with Dan Buthler since 2007.

What is your best book recommendation?

All Lee Child’s novels about the hero Jack Reacher.

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How will you celebrate Christmas?

I will celebrate as usual with my family under a palm tree on Florida’s west coast and on my beloved motorcycle.

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Do you have a New Year’s wish for 2018?

Good health for all and respect between people.

Dag_ansikte

Merry Christmas

Best wishes from Dag Öhrlund

 

Note: This greeting has been translated from Swedish and was first published by Deckarhuset