The 2011 Nordic Challenge (or yet more impetus to read my TBR)

Zee from Notes from the North is hosting a Nordic Book Challenge for next year and I will be joining in to put some more pressure on myself to read books I already own.

The challenge is simple enough: during 2011 read the number of books for you chosen level. The books must either be by any author born in a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and/or Sweden) or set in a Nordic country.

There are several levels of the challenge but I think I will go for the Odin level which requires reading 11-20 books. I have 13 books in my TBR pile that would count as Nordic so all I have to do is read them right?

These are the books I either have or have ordered

  • Ake Edwardson – The Shadow Woman (Sweden)
  • Camilla Ceder – Frozen Moment (Sweden)
  • Camilla Lackberg – The Preacher (Sweden)
  • Hakan Nesser – Woman with Birthmark (Sweden)
  • Helene Tursten – Detective Inspector Huss (Sweden)
  • Henning Mankell – The White Lioness (Sweden)
  • Jo Nesbo – Nemisis (Norway)
  • K O Dahl – The Last Fix (Norway)
  • Karin Alvtegen – Betrayel (Sweden)
  • Karin Fossum – He Who Fears the Wolf (Norway)
  • Lief Davidsen – The Woman from Bratislavia (Denmark)
  • Maj Sjowall & Per Whaloo – The Man Who Went up in Smoke (Sweden)
  • Michael Ridpath – Where the Shadows Lie (Iceland)

Plus I suspect I’ll be compelled to acquire Johan Theorin’s newest book when it is released next year and I might need to visit the library for an Arnuldur Indriðason or Jan Costin Wagner book to ensure a proper cross section of the region is covered 🙂

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10 Responses to The 2011 Nordic Challenge (or yet more impetus to read my TBR)

  1. Bernadette – You’ve got this quite nicely planned out! I’m very impressed. I agree, too, that you’re just going to have to fit that new Theorin in when it’s available. I know I plan to…


  2. I’m shivering thinking about this challenge…LOL


  3. LOL Bibliophile – anything that takes me away from the summer heat is a bonus.


  4. kathy durkin says:

    Looks like a great list. I’ve read some of these, and am now reading Nesser’s “A Mind’s Eye.” Interesting how we all go back to Nordic crime fiction; it usually doesn’t disappoint. Will be glad to read your reviews.


  5. Jose Ignacio says:

    I’m looking forward to your reviews Bernadette. I always learn something from them.


  6. farmwifetwo says:

    The Tursten one is really good. I wish they’d translate more of them… if there are more of them…


  7. Dorte H says:

    I hope the English translation of “The Suitcase Boy” will be published in 2011 so I can recommend a good Danish thriller for this challenge.


  8. kathy durkin says:

    FYI: My understanding is that Soho Crime will publish more books by Helene Tursten about Irene Huss, translated into English. (Also, for fans of Kjell Eriksson’s, of which I am one, more of his books will be translated also.)


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  10. Zee says:

    Welcome to the challenge! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the different books!


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