Firstly Happy New Year to everyone – in all the Nordic languages to your right too! There are no reading resolutions from me today (they’ll come later) as instead it’s my pleasure to welcome you all to Nordic FINDS 2023 – a month of celebrating literature from the five Nordic countries:
Last year, I devoted a week to each country, but this year, it’s more casual with no themed weeks. My own aim is to read one book from each country during the month. You are welcome to join in however you wish, with books by Nordic authors or a Nordic setting.
I’ll make this post sticky, so you can add links to your reviews in the comments. For tweeting etc please use the hashtag #NordicFINDS23.
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I’m adding in all the reviews to my master Nordic FINDS page here too.
I also picked the thriller most recommended to me from last year as a readalong title should you be minded to join me.
The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup, creator of the hit TV series The Killing. Translated from the Swedish by Caroline Waight.
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I will primarily comment on Twitter as I go for this rather than split into any formal readalong chunks, with a review near the end of the month.
41 thoughts on “Nordic FINDS returns #NordicFINDS23”
Hooray! My blogging is still pitiful but I’ve dug a suitable book out of the TBR and hope to take part 🙂
Looking forward to this Annabel – in fact, I’m currently reading my first book for the event!!
Hurray! Like Karen I’ve already started my first book — Astrid Lindgren’s Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter — and have The Saga of Hrolf Kraki as my Icelandic offering and a Jo Nesbo thriller Midnight Sun as Norway’s candidate! Not decided on Sweden or Denmark yet, or even if I’ll be able to make time for them, but we’ll see.
My last book of 2022, finished almost on the stroke of midnight yesterday, was Animal Life by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir. So I have something ready to review when I get round to it. It was a bit odd, though, not unenjoyable, but not lots to say about it, really.
I read it last month for the blogtour, and found it exactly the same as you! I’ll look forward to your post – whatever you can think of to say about it!
Last year I very much enjoyed participating, so it’s nice to see you sponsoring the event again. Hopefully this year I’ll manage at least one novel by a nordic author by the end of the month, particularly as I have a couple of recent acquisitions I haven’t yet read (one of these is Animal Life, but after reading the last two comments, perhaps I’ll put that one on the bottom of the pile!)
Animal Life is nice but a bit nebulous, still quirky though. Quick read though.
Here is my first book for #NordicFINDS23!
by Swedish author Fredrik Backman
Thanks Nancy. I’ve visited your review as you’ll see.
Gott Nytt År! Thanks Annabel for hosting. I have made a list of five books, one for each country, starting with, and now reading, Jussi Valtonen’s They Don’t Know What They Do. It is very good with a fascinating seet of characters and stories. Looking forward to this month.
Oh, I was sure I’d commented here. I am using it to get my big book of Icelandic sagas read, so thank you for running it again!
Thanks for leading me here, Liz. I’m going to read The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, which I bought after hearing them talk about Jansson at Backlisted. (I can’t believe I’ve never read this book before, this is the time to fix that!
Here is my second book for #NordicFINDS23:
by Danish author Ane Riel
Not sure I have anything suitable but Trouble is on order at my library – might show up by June!
Here is my third book for #NordicFinds23:
The Rabbit Factor
…this is a real gem!
Agreed! It was brilliant and the sequel The Moose Paradox was also fab (but you need to have read The Rabbit Factor first for that).
Thanks for giving me the impetus to read Ragnar Jonasson – I’ve had his novel Snowblind on my radar for so long…. https://bookertalk.com/snowblind-by-ragnar-jonasson-nordic-crime/
Thanks for joining in. I’ve only read the last book in this series, which I enjoyed, but glad the first is up to scratch.
Here’s mine; The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
Thanks for hosting!
Such a lovely, lovely book. I read it last year. Off to read your review now. Thank you for joining in.
Here is my fourth book for #NordicFINDS23
A Line in the World: A Year on the North Sea Coast
A Swedish author for me (though I’ve never been able to tell if she writes in Swedish and then translates her own work, or writes in English to start with): https://bookishbeck.wordpress.com/2023/01/17/the-swedish-art-of-ageing-well-by-margareta-magnusson-nordicfinds23/
I’m also working on a reread of a Tove Jansson book and hope to have that done before the challenge is over.
Just to cleanse the palate…for #NordicFINDS23!
I wasn’t sure I would have time to finish a book for Nordic FINDS, but a children’s classic did the trick!
Thanks for hosting such a great event 🙂
Finn Family Moomintroll | Tove Jansson – https://bronasbooks.com/2023/01/21/finn-family-moomintroll-tove-jansson-nordicfinds23/
Here’s my billet about The Oath by Arttu Tuominen (Finland)
Here’s my contribution to #NordicFINDS23, ‘Salka Valka’ by Haldor Laxness. Thank you for hosting this event, I was glad to partcipate.
Here’s my contribution to the challenge this year, a review of Children of the Cave by Finnish writer Virve Sammalkorpi
So far, only an overview post for me. Things didn’t go entirely to plan, one way or another. I finished reading Tove Janssen’s Moominsummer Madness, Marianne Fredriksson’s Inge en Mira (Two Women) and a book about Hygge in Denmark. Got stuck with Purge by Sofi Oksanen, haven’t quite finished Karl Ove Knausgaard struggling with other people in A Man in Love, nor Astrid Lindgren’s Ronia…. I also found some lovely music and stories on Spotify and BBC Sounds. And I’ve got at least another month’s worth of Nordic reading to fit in later in the year. As the Icelander Magnus Magnusson said, “I’ve started, so I’ll finish!”
Thanks for hosting, Annabel. I have reviewed The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder: