Lots of good answers here! Thanks for taking the time to answer my wee little survey. I can relate to almost everything you've written. Funny how the experience of reading, while essentially an intensly private act, can be so universal. I'm learning loads about my fellow FORTers this way. For instance, swingkat, I had no idea you live in Sweden! Yet another thing we have in common, apart from being Isabel Allende fans. The House of the Spirits is one of my favourite books of all time - it almost made it to my Top 5 and is definitely on my Top 10 list. I first read it as a teenager right before the movie came out and then again last fall. It was just as great as I remembered it. Unfortunately, the rest of her work doesn't live up to the high standard she set with her debut novel. That doesn't mean that her other novels aren't worth reading, because they are. She has yet to write something that outdoes The House of the Spirits, though.
Regarding Små citroner gula: I read it last year, along with a couple of million other Swedish citizens, and was rather unimpressed. I'm a fan of chick lit and all for light reading every once in a while, but I found the language flat and the characters a bit cardboard-like. Of course, that didn't stop Kajsa Ingemarsson from selling more copies than The DaVinci Code last year, which says a lot. Despite its lackings in the literary department, I'd say it's a good pick if you want to read something pleasant and light and learn something about Swedish customs in the meantime. Let me know how you like it, and feel free to PM me any time if you need any pointers about your new home country, regarding books or anything else.