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Dilara
Requiem | Gyrir Elasson
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I've just started Requiem, my first book by Gyrðir Elíasson. Nature and music in Eastern #Iceland.

photo of the Stuðlagil canyon in Iceland from wikipedia

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Erin.Elizabeth10
Burial Rites | Hannah Kent
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Mehso-so

A historical fiction about the last woman to be executed in Iceland in the 1800s. I love how it humanizes her, showing that there‘s more to her story than “murderer.” The Icelandic setting is deliciously moody. But I think I have to give this a so-so for the pacing. Most of the book feels pretty mellow and moody, and then the last 50 pages everything breaks apart and it‘s so heavy and so dark. Good book, just needs to give more a bit earlier.

ReadingRover I think listening to it on audiobook gives the story more life. It really helped me to feel more connected with the characters and the whole chilly atmosphere. 1w
Erin.Elizabeth10 @ReadingRover Yes, I could see that being the case! That‘s a good point! 1w
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TheEllieMo
The Girl Who Died: A Novel | Ragnar Jonasson
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join in if you want!

#ABookADay2023

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BekaReid
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Pickpick

Enjoyed this memoir of Sarah Moss' year in Iceland and learning more about the country and its culture.

julieclair I need to read this! We are going to Iceland this summer. 😀 2w
BekaReid @julieclair how fun! I'm sure that'll be an amazing trip ☺️ 2w
SamAnne I'm headed to Iceland this summer as well! And I am a huge Sarah Moss fan. This is on my definite TBR list. Thank you for bringing this book to my radar! 2w
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Mirazzles
The Greenhouse | Auur A. lafsdttir, Brian Fitzgibbon
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This makes me wish for Spring…🌿🌼

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Litsi
Touch | Olaf Olafsson
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Pickpick

During what looks like the end of the world, a 70 yr old is determined to learn whether his memories were worth the lifetime of longing. Nostalgia is low on society‘s heirarchy of feelings. It sits on the border of silly and useless. But in this novel it‘s a force of nature as the character quests to actually touch his past. Faulkner told us that the past is not even the past. Olafsson adds that it is worth a visit.

BarbaraBB Lovely review 2w
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Hooked_on_books
Miss Iceland | Audur Ava lafsdttir
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Mehso-so

I liked the story of a woman in 1960s Iceland who wants to be a writer, but faces oppression and sexism at every step. Her good friend is a gay man who faces similar prejudice. But I didn‘t like the writing and felt the depiction of the main character diminished her, in a way that felt like just another example of sexism. Plus, the cover doesn‘t work for this book at all—it‘s cute, but doesn‘t fit the content.

ShelleyBooksie Adorable doggo! 3w
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Jaimelire
Snowblind: A Thriller | Ragnar Jonasson
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Pickpick

Loved this Nordic noir mystery. Set in a small community In Iceland, lots of great characters and it‘s a series, so I have already moved on to book #2!

Bklover I loved this one! I love mysteries that take in cold places! 3w
Jaimelire @Bklover me too! And I live in Canada where it gets really cold! I am reading the second book of this series right now. 3w
Bklover Which one is second? I know they go in a weird order 3w
Jaimelire @Bklover I am reading Night Blind right now. I think it‘s the second (?). Not sure 2w
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readingjedi
Burial Rites | Hannah Kent
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Pickpick

This is not what you'd call a cheery or uplifting read. It is, however, beautifully written. Kent skillfully creates an authentic sense of time & place - the bleakness, the cold, the poverty of 19th century rural Iceland all powerfully evoked. Agnes is also an intriguing character, your empathy for her building the more pages you turn. I love the way the bureaucracy surrounding Agnes' execution is juxtaposed with her raw emotions & her story of ⬇️

BookNAround Such a good book! 3w
readingjedi ⬆️ her life - loss, grief & injustice. Based on a real life figure, the research is obviously meticulous, allowing the author to create a backstory that is tragic & moving. 3w
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Cinfhen
Touch | Olaf Olafsson
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Mehso-so

I started this one late December and then decided to wait until January to continue because it worked for #PandemicStory #Booked2023 😷 Kristofer, living in Iceland, receives a message from his long lost lover Miko, a woman he hasn‘t seen in over 50 years. It‘s early March 2020 and the world is beginning to experience a global pandemic, Kritofer decides to fly to Japan before his second chance for great love is lost again. #MoreMehThanYeah

Cinfhen This is my #DoubleSpin @TheAromaofBooks 😌 and it‘s from the #ToB23 long list - I know lots of friends really liked this book but I wasn‘t too invested. It‘s bittersweet with a touch of nostalgia but something in the tone and alternating time shifts didn‘t work for me 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3w
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Wannabe_Quijote Olafsson can be so hit-and-miss 3w
BarbaraBB Oh wow, I loved this one. Weird how great minds sometimes don‘t think alike 🤣 3w
Cinfhen Hehehene @BarbaraBB I totally get why you loved this book..,,it‘s JAPAN 🇯🇵 This was my first book by the author @Wannabe_Quijote I‘m not sure if I‘ll read more by him. Is there a book you‘d recommend ?!? 3w
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes a book just doesn't jive with you, even though it seems like it should check all the boxes!! 3w
BarbaraBB Of course, the Japan connection always works for me 😉 3w
squirrelbrain I‘m not sure if I‘ll get to this one, as it‘s difficult to get hold of over here. 3w
Librarybelle Love the hashtag…I‘ll probably pass on this one 3w
Cinfhen You might like this one @squirrelbrain but I think it‘s ok to take a pass @Librarybelle 3w
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