Place: Sweden. As I write this, it’s 37 degrees in Stockholm, Sweden. I am SO jealous. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I am a winter girl. I blame it on the fact that I was born in January (coldest month of the year) in one of the worst storms of the decade in the Chicago area (the snow was above our garage). It doesn’t hurt that I was raised in Illinois and Colorado – both places where I got my dearly beloved cold weather in spades. Not so much here in California where I have to pretend it’s cold by reading about it… or possibly scouring the Weather Channel’s website for cold places and pretending I’m traveling there sometime soon. Let’s have a go at Sweden shall we?
What to Pack:
What to Do: I’ve never been to Sweden, so I can’t give you any personal recommendations. However, I love the New York Times travel section and boy do they have space dedicated to Sweden on their website! It makes me want to go even more than I already wanted to. Sigh and swoon!
What to Read:
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy by Stieg Larsson (read and loved books 1 & 3)
- Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (read and adored as a child – loved the movie too!)
- Smillas Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg (own and started, haven’t finished but want to)
- Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist (own it, waiting for the courage to read it!)
- The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo (the new most popular Swedish author to hit the American market, I own it/ scared to read it)
- Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell (one of the original, best Swedish mystery writers/ own it)
Have you been to Sweden? Any recommendations for my future dream trip? Favorite books or authors from there (or books set there)?