Nordic Challenge 2011

Although my first intention was to reduce my participation to a limited amount of reading challenges this year, I can’t resist this one. It fits like a glove with my reading plans.

The Nordic Challenge 2011 is sponsored by Zee at Notes from the North.

When: January 1st, 2011- December 31st 2011
There will be 5 levels.

The levels are:
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
The Rules
There is no need to make a list before hand. Any book by any author born in a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and/or Sweden) or a book set in a Nordic country.
They can be from any genre. (I will restrict myself to crime fiction only).

See my previous blog post: How to choose what to read next: Nordic Crime Fiction (1)

I have scheduled to read in December: The Snowman by Jo Nesbo; The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell; Yours Until Death by Gunnar Staalesen and Murder at the Savoy by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (with no particular order).

My plans for early next year include: Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström; Red Wolf by Liza Marklund; The Inspector and Silence by Håkan Nesser; Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum; Frozen Moment by Camilla Ceder; The Black Path by Asa Larsson; Ashes to Dust by Yrsa Sigurdardottir; The Stonecutter by Camilla Lackberg; Silence by Jan Costin Wagner (yes, I know he’s German but his novels are set in Finland); Arctic Chill by Arnaldur Indridason; The Woman from Bratislava by Leif Davidsen; Echoes From the Death by Johan Thorin; Betrayal by Karin Alvtegen; The Shadow Woman by Ake Edwardson;  The Last Fix by K. O. Dahl; and The Killer’s Art by Mari Jungstedt (with no particular order).

I’ve already read Murder at the Savoy, but I can replace it easily with the next one in the series,  The Abominable Man. I may read before the year a Nesbo, Mankell or Staalesen, but can also replace them with other titles. Count them, if twenty I’ll give it a go at the Walhalla level. Otherwise it won’t be a challenge.

3 thoughts on “Nordic Challenge 2011”

  1. >José Ignacio – I admire the way you are taking on so many of these challenges. This in seems like a real fit for you, and those books look interesting. I look forward to reading your reviews.

  2. >What a great list of books! I'm looking forward to reading your reviews. Thank you for joining the challenge

  3. >Perhaps I ought to join this one as I have read so embarrasingly few Nordic books lately, but I always feel I cheat a bit as I can just go to the library and borrow all the books immediately. A challenge should not be TOO easy.

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