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Ten Popular Swedish Novels Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in Swedish Language

Pocketbok. Or just pocket. It’s exactly what you think it is. A book that will essentially fit in your pocket with soft covers. It’s a paperback really. In Sweden, you can find them in their own little section in everything from bookstores to convenience stores to grocery stores. Tibor introduced a list of ten of the most popular books way back at the beginning of 2011, but as the summer starts to wind down, a nice new list to keep everyone up-to-date on what is popular in Sweden right now seemed like a good idea.

Reading in Swedish can be a great way to improve your language skills when you’re trying to learn Swedish, especially if you already have a good base to work from. If you don’t, don’t worry. Look for books that might already be available in both Swedish and English. Check out one of our older posts here about a good way to work on your Swedish by reading.

The list you’ll find below describes ten of the most popular books in Sweden right now. You’ll notice that, aside from the first book on the list, the remaining nine are all written by Swedish authors in the original Swedish. Many of the names might even be familiar – Jan Guillou, Mari Jungstedt, Jens Lapidus, Håkan Nesser.

You can find links below to a quick summary (in Swedish) of the books at Akademibokhandeln:

  1. MORGON I JENIN Susan Abulhawa
  2. SANKTA PSYKO Johan Theorin
  3. DET FJÄRDE OFFRET Mari Jungstedt
  4. NÅGONSTANS INOM OSS Kajsa Ingemarsson
  5. LÄRJUNGEN Mikael Hjort & Hans Rosenfeldt
  6. MODERSPASSION Majgull Axelsson
  7. LIVET DELUXE Jens Lapidus
  8. DEN FEMTE ÅRSTIDEN Mons Kallentoft
  9. BROBYGGARNA Jan Guillou
  10. HIMMEL ÖVER LONDON Håkan Nesser

Have you read any of these books? Or maybe read some of the other books written by the authors on this list? If so, which is your favorite? Do you have any suggestions for others?

P.S. If you’re trying to get these books in the US, it can be tough. That being said, www.ordochbok.se does ship internationally to the US and their customer service is super helpful!

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About the Author: Marcus Cederström

Marcus Cederström has been writing for the Transparent Swedish Blog since 2009. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Oregon, a Master's Degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a PhD in Scandinavian Studies and Folklore from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has taught Swedish for several years and still spells things wrong. So, if you see something, say something.


  1. Merete Telstø:

    Nei, ikke lest noen av dem, men jeg VIL;) Takk for boktipset!

  2. Justin:

    I’ve moved all my swedish reading to ebooks. It’s much cheaper than having to pay to ship all that paper overseas.
    I buy from http://www.dito.se They have all the books on this list except number 1 (Which isn’t a swedish book anyway).

  3. Marcus Cederström:

    Good tip, Justin.

  4. Kevin:

    Ditto on dito.se I’ve used them several times and it’s very easy. Also can get the audiobook (if it exists) through them which I’ve found to be a useful way to improve my comprehension of spoken Swedish since the narrators speak slow and clearly. They also have children’s books which for me was a good way to start off.

  5. Marcus Cederström:

    That’s a great idea, Kevin. Very cool