Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Nordic Challenge

January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011
Rules for the Nordic Challenge
There is no need to make a list beforehand.  We can count any book set in a Nordic country or by any author born in a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and/or Sweden).  Books from this challenge would also apply to my open-ended Book Around the World challenge.
Levels (I'll probably read 3-5 books)
  • Huginn and Muninn ~ read 2 books
  • Freya ~ read 3-5 books
  • Tor ~ read 6-10 books
  • Odin ~ read 11-20 books
  • Valhalla ~ read 20+ books
Links for our reviews
My book list (which may change)
  1. Hanna's Daughters ~ by Marianne Fredriksson, 1994 (English 1996, 1998), fiction (Sweden), 8/10
  2. Simon's Family ~ by Marianne Fredriksson, 1985, English 1997, fiction (Sweden)
  3. Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name ~ by Vendela Vida, 2007, fiction (Finland), 9/10
  4. Independent People ~ by Halldór Laxness, 1946 (Iceland)
  5. A Doll's House ~ by Henrik Ibsen, 1879 (translated by R. Farquharson Sharp and Eleanor Marx-Aveling, 1993), fiction (Norway), 8/10
NOTE (5-6-12):  I didn't keep up with this challenge at all.  That's terrible.  Simon's Family, which I own, would have been a re-read like Hanna's Daughters.  I checked my list of books completed in 2011 and found only the three "rated" above.  I checked out Independent People but returned it to the library without reading it.  Those links above go to a Library Loot post, since I didn't review any of these books.  I did, however, reach the Freya level, if reading and not reviewing counts.


Zee said...

Welcome to the challenge! And thank you so much for the suggestions, I'll be adding them in the next day or two

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name, is one of my favorite books ever....enjoy! I hope to read Independent People by Laxness this year as well.

Reeta Karoliina said...

Vendela Vida ("Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name") is an American writer, not Norwegian.


Anyway, the book happens partly in Finland.

I wrote about it in my blog here:


Otherwise very nice challenge! Good luck!

Bonnie Jacobs said...

The book happens MOSTLY in Finland, and that's what I had in a couple of other posts. I don't know how this one happened to have "Norway," but I've changed it to "Finland" now. Here are the two other places I mentioned the book, both times with "Finland" as the setting.



By the way, I don't choose books based on the author's nationality, even though the rules given by the host of this reading challenge allow that. And I did not mention anything one way or the other about the author's nationality in this post.

Cathy said...

My name is Cathy and I live in Maine. I have just started this challenge. You can see my postings at http://cathysreadinglist.blogspot.com

Hope you come and visit.