Nordic FINDS – Jan 2022-23

FINDS – stands for Finland, Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden, the five Nordic countries. For me, reading Nordic literature really began in the 1990s, when a few modern novels began to appear in translation in English and became bestsellers. In the first #NordicFINDS I spent one week per country, revisiting those gateway books that led me into Nordic lit, and as many others from each country as I had time for (concentrating on Nordic Noir and contemporary lit). Then in January 2023 we had a casual Nordic reading month with no set themes for each week.

In Jan 2024, I didn’t formally run Nordic FINDS inviting others to join in and collating reviews (although some still did – thank you!), but still had a Nordic focus to my reading. I continue to add my reviews to the list below.

The Nordic books I read and films I watched during #NordicFINDS 2022

The list below contains all the books I and other contributors read during #NordicFINDS in 2022-23, plus all the Nordic books I’ve previously reviewed on my blog, as a resource for inspiration.

I’m hoping to make #NordicFINDS an annual event in January!

#NordicFINDS – The 2022-23+ Reading List


Andersen, Hans ChristianFairy Tales and StoriesCalmgrove

Ditlevsen, Tuve

Helle HelleThis Should be Written in the Present TenseAnnaBookBel

Høeg, Peter Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow AnnaBookBel

Holm, SvenTermushAnnaBookBel

Jacobsen, Siri Ranva HjelmIsland Lizzy’s LIterary LIfe

Jessen, Ida – A Change of TimeJulé Cunningham

Juul, PiaThe Murder of HallandAnnaBookBel

Kazinski, AJThe Last Good Man – The Content Reader

Kristenson, TomHavoc Thoughts on Papyrus

Madsen, Jenny LundThirty Days of DarknessAnnaBookBel

Nors, Dorthe

Ravn, OlgaThe EmployeesAnnaBookBel

Riel, AneResin – Nancy Elin

Sviestrup, Søren The Chestnut ManAnnaBookBel, Hopewell’s Library of Life


Carlson, KristinaMr Darwin’s GardenerAnnaBookBel

Ivar, KatjaTrouble (Hella Mauzer 3) – Lizzy’s Literary Life, AnnaBookBel

Jansson, Tove

Jääskeläinen, Pasi IlmariThe Rabbit Back Literature SocietyAnnaBookBel

Kajermo, ArjaThe Iron AgeLizzy’s Literary Life

Karila, Juhani Summer Fishing in LaplandAnnaBookBel

Paasilinna, ArtoYear of the HareAnnaBookBel

Rautianen, Petra Land of Snow and IceLizzy’s Literary LIfe

Tuominen, ArttuThe OathEmma (in French only)

Tuomainen, Antti

Valtonen, JussiThey Know Not What They DoThe Content Reader


Blómkvist, StellaMurder at the ResidenceAnnaBookBel

Davidsdottir, VillborgOn the Cold Coasts – AnnaBookBel

Eir, Oddný Land of Love and RuinsYou Might As Well Read

Gislason, Kari The Promise of Iceland (NF) – Liz Dexter

Greene, A Kendra The Museum of Whales You Will Never See (NF) – Liz Dexter

Guðmundsson, ÓskarThe DancerAnnaBookBel

Hjörleifsdóttir, ThoraMagma Reading Matters

Indriðason, Arnuldur – Jar CityAnnabookbel

Jónasson, Ragnar

Júlíusdóttir, KatrínDead Sweet AnnaBooKBel

Laxness, Haldor Under the GlacierAnnaBookBel

Leósdóttir, Jónína – Deceit AnnaBookBel

Moss, SarahNames for the Sea (NF) – AnnaBookBel

Ólafsdóttir, Auður Ava

Olafsson, Bragi The PetsAnnaBookBel

Pálsdóttir, Sólveig – Harm AnnaBookBel

Sigurðardóttir, LiljaCold as HellThe Content Reader


Stefánsson, Jón Kalman

Thorsson, Guðmundur Andri – And the Wind Sees AllReading Matters , AnnaBookBel

Various / Misc


Flatland, HelgaOne Last TimeAnnaBookBel

Dahl, Kjell Ola

Gaarder, Jostein

Harstad, Johan Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in All the Confusion?AnnaBookBel

Heyerdahl, Thor The Kon-Tiki Expedition – AnnaBookBel

Holt, Anne1222AnnaBookBel

Houm, NicolaiThe Gradual Disappearance of Jane AshlandAnnaBookBel

Hval, JennyGirls Against GodAnnaBookBel

Lahlum, Hans Olav The Human Flies – AnnaBookBel

Loe, ErlendLazy DaysAnnaBookBel

Nesbo, Jo

Ørestavik, Hanna Love Reading and Watching the World

Petterson, PerOut Stealing HorsesAnnaBookBel

Ravatn, AgnesThe Guests AnnaBookBel

Ritter, Christiane A Woman in the Polar Night (NF) – Liz Dexter

Skomsvold , Kjersti AThe Faster I Walk, the Smaller I AmCathy at 746 Books

Solstad, Dag

Vesaas, Tarjei


Åkerström, Lola ALagom AnnaBookBel

Alsterdal, Tove

Backman, FrederickBeartown Nancy Elin

Berg, MattiasThe Carrier – AnnaBookBel

Börjlind, Cilla and Rolf

Dagerman, StigA Moth to a FlameImogen

Dahl, Arne The Blinded Man746 Books.

Enquist, Per Olov The Visit of the Royal PhysicianMadam Bibliophile

Ingelman-Sundberg, CatharineThe Little Old Lady who Broke All the RulesAnnaBookBel

Jonasson, Jonas The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out of a Window and DisappearedAnnaBookBel

Karlsson, Jonas The Room AnnaBookBel

Knausgård, Linda Boström The Helios DisasterAnnaBookBel

Lagerlöf, SelmaThe Wonderful Adventures of Nils HolgerssonAnnaBookBel

Lindqvist, John Ajvide

Lundgren, AstridRonia, the Robber’s DaughterCalmgrove

Magnusson, Margareta

  • Döstädning: The Gentle Art of Swedish Death CleaningBookish Beck
  • The Swedish Art of Ageing WellBookish Beck

Mankell, Henning

  • Faceless Killers(Wallander #1) (Pre-blog) – AnnaBookBel
  • The Dogs of Riga (Wallander #2) – AnnaBookBel
  • When the Snow Fell  by Henning Mankell (YA)AnnaBookBel

Mazetti, Katerina Benny and ShrimpAnnaBookBel

Nesser, HåkanThe Mind’s EyeAnnaBookBel

Östman, NanSome Kind of CompanyAnnaBookBel

Sjöwall, Maj & Wahlöö, Per

Tursten, Helene


Jarman, KatRiver Kings: The Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Roads (NF) – Liz Dexter

Wheeler, Sara Magnetic North (NF) – Liz Dexter