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Lunakay
Together We Burn | Isabel Ibaez
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Imagine Spain, but instead of bull-fighting, it's dragon- fighting! Loved how natural the world building felt as it picks up on so many Spanish traditions💃🏻

Only complaint: Would have been quite annoying if I didn't speak Spanish, as there are many sentences and phrases included without translation.

Cheeky contribution to #foodandlit Spain 🇪🇦🍷☀️🍊

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Catsandbooks Awesome! 👏🏼 🇪🇸 6m
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AnneCecilie
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Pickpick

The only book by this author in the database, but this is one of his other books

About being seven when your mother dies. About being seven when suddenly a women arrives using your father‘s bedroom door. About being seven and have to always move according to your parents (read: father‘s) whims

Showing that things may not change that much trough the generations. Both set in the present day and when we follow the grandfather and his parents

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 3d
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AnneCecilie
The Bookshop Book | Jen Campbell
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#BookReport

I had an amazing reading week

Buddy reads:
📚 caught up on Run Towards The Danger #SheSaid
📚 picked up Dissolution again #ShardlakeBR
📚 read the Sherlock Holmes story “The Yellow Face” #NoPlaceLikeHolmes

Read:
📚 Stjernenes knitring #Iceland #foodandlit
📚 Vindmakeren

Currently reading:
📚 The Bookshop Book, hope to finish before tomorrow‘s weekly forecast
📚 On Calculation of Volume. II, hope to finish later today
📚 Matrescence

AnneCecilie I forgot one: I read Nancy‘s Mysterious Letter #NancyDrewBR 4d
kspenmoll Yay!!!🎉🎉🎉 3d
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Texreader
Thirty Days of Darkness | Jenny Lund Madsen
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Pickpick

A hoity-toity unlikeable Danish prose writer takes on a dare to write a simple mindless crime novel in 30 days. Her agent thinking this will sell more of her books finds a quiet place in #Iceland to send her for a month to write the book. Surprise! Someone is promptly murdered. So this idiot, disagreeable woman decided she‘d play detective. She‘s so obnoxious I truly wanted to bail, but the writing was excellent and the mystery compelling. ⬇️

Texreader I learned about living in a frighteningly cold environment & what happens when a lengthy blizzard hits. I learned how difficult small towns in this environment can affect folks who are different. The book is too long, and the troublesome main character takes far too long to start developing some common sense and humanity (almost 300 pages into a 400-page book). But it‘s still a good book and I‘m not disappointed having read it. #foodandlit 4d
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AmyG Ooooo stacked. I was just in Iceland! 3d
TheEllieMo I have this on my pile to read this month 3d
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Dilara
Bllogaland | Sigurbjrg rastardttir
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The poems I read come from a collection titled To Bleed Straight, and not from the tagged book, but it'll have to do. I liked some of the poems, but felt a lot more dubious about others (namely Arabia, which annoyed me).

ETA: also, you've got to love a poem that mentions both Anne Frank and the Moomins 😄

#FoodandLit #Iceland
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Dilara
Blackout Island | Sigrur Hagaln Bjrnsdttir
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The political situation being what it is in France right now, I find it hard to concentrate on books, but I did finish Epilogue of the Raindrops (although I probably was too distracted to really take it all in) and a small collection of poems by Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir. I am starting Blackout Island.
#FoodandLit #Iceland
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Catsandbooks Hope you can find some peace ❤️ 4d
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Roary47
Miss Iceland | Audur Ava lafsdttir
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Mehso-so

3✨ While the title is pretty misleading I was invested in the characters. It is really a story about trying to overcoming division of different segregation. Hekla is named after one of the many volcanos in Iceland. She is a bit of a misfit in being a woman that is writing several novels. This is in a time period where that would not be accepted. Her room mate and best friend fights injustice because he loves men. ⬇️ #FoodandLit 🇮🇸

Roary47 While I did enjoy the story and how strong the characters needed to be, it seemed very choppy. I believe the writing style was because it was originally written in another language and caused a loss in translation. 5d
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Texreader
Thirty Days of Darkness | Jenny Lund Madsen
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I‘m on page 300 of this 394 page book and I‘ve been feeling the pain. The despicable main character is slowly, oh so slowly, becoming self aware. The author has 90 pages to redeem this character and warrant a pick for the book. I am curious as to who the murderer(s?) is but I‘m also wondering whether the author can dig out of this hole.

#Iceland #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

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LitStephanie
The Girl Who Died: A Novel | Ragnar Jonasson
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Such a sense of isolation and depression overcoming the main character. I find this interesting for #foodandlit because it evokes what is probably a uniquely Icelandic mileau--tiny, dying fishing village where the lack of sunshine throws many into mental crisis, few people interested in befriending a newcomer, within an island nation with few outsiders. Una seems more unstable all the time. Photo is the actual village.

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Texreader
Thirty Days of Darkness | Jenny Lund Madsen
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The author is taking her own writing advice in this scene where one crime fiction author is giving advice to an author writing her first crime novel. The main character is just awful. I‘ve wanted to bail a lot (also because it‘s very long for the subject matter), but I‘m anticipating that this book is mainly about her growth as a character and I want to know who committed the murder.

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LitStephanie I disagree with this quote. I stopped reading Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series because I couldn't stomach the main character after a couple of books. 7d
Texreader @LitStephanie I disagree too. I can‘t help but wonder if this was written with tongue in cheek given how unlikeable the main character is in this book. 6d
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