Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Scandinavian Reading Challenge

March 25 through December 31, 2010.

"Skal"  6 books before year end.

Read so far:

1.Benny and Shrimp***+ by Katarina Mazetti (Sweden)
2.The True Deceiver**** by Tove Jansson (Finland)

Books on hand:  

Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun (Norway)
The Journey Home by Olaf Olafsson (Iceland) 2001
In the Wake by Per Petterson (Norway)
Hanna's Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson (Sweden) 1998
The History of Danish Dreams by Peter Hoeg (Denmark) 1996
Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg (Denmark) 1995
Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy by Jostein Gaarder
The Quiet Girl by Peter Høeg (Denmark) 2007
The Road to Lagoa Santa by Henrik Stangerup
The Man Who Wanted To Be Guilty by Henrik Stangerup


Babette's Feast by Isak Dinesen (Denmark) 1958

Previously read and enjoyed:

Hunger***** by Knut Hamsun (Norway) 1890
Pan**** by Knut Hamsun (Norway) 1890s
Out Stealing Horses**** by Per Petterson (Norway)
To Siberia**** by Per Petterson (Norway)
The Blue Fox***** by Sjon (Iceland) 2009
The Unit****+ by Ninni Holmqvist (Sweden) 2009
The Sound of Language****+ by Amulya Malladi (Denmark) 2007
Absolution**** by Olaf Olafsson (Iceland)
Seven Gothic Tales**** by Isak Dinesen (Denmark)
The House With The Blind Glass Windows**** by Herbjorg Wassmo (Norway) 2002
Vita Brevis : A Letter to St Augustine by Jostein Gaarder (Norway) 1998

Non fiction

Shadows On The Grass***** by Isak Dinesen (Denmark)
Daguerreotypes and Other Essays**** by Isak Dinesen (Denmark)
Selections from the Writings of Søren Kierkegaard***** (Denmark) 1880s
Fear and Trembling; The Sickness Unto Death***** by Søren Kierkegaard (Denmark) 1880s
Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft***** by Thor Heyerdahl (Norway) 1950
Aku-Aku: The Secret of Easter Island**** by Thor Heyerdahl (Norway) 1958

Crime fiction:

Borkmann's Point****+ by Hakan Nesser (Sweden)
The Return***** by Hakan Nesser (Sweden)
Voices***** by Arnaldur Indridason (Iceland)
Jar City or Tainted Blood**** by Arnaldur Indridason (Iceland)
The Devil's Star****+ by Jo Nesbø (Norway)
Nemesis**** by Jo Nesbø (Norway)
The Princess of Burundi***+ by Kjell Eriksson (Sweden)
The Cruel Stars of the Night**** by Kjell Eriksson (Sweden)
Before the Frost***+ by Henning Mankell (Sweden)

Recommendations of good literary fiction or requests for brief reviews of any books read are always welcomed from readers.


  1. this challenge sounds pretty cool!! I know that you'll do fantastic with it!! BTW...I love your blogs new look...very clean lines!

  2. I read Benny & Shrimp last year and enjoyed it. Never realized that the author came from Sweden.

  3. I'd love to read Babette's Feast- what a great idea. The movie is one of my all time favorites!

  4. I loved Henrik Ibsen's 'Ghosts' and 'Nora'. They are well-known in Europe.

  5. I didn't know about this challenge, but it looks great!

    I've been meaning to read "The Daisy Sisters" by Henning Mankell.



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