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Reykjavk: A Crime Story | Ragnar Jonasson, Katrn Jakobsdttir
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3.5 Stars • REYKJAVIK is a crime novel co-written by Icelandic Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir and acclaimed author Ragnar Jónasson. Set in Iceland, the story follows the mysterious disappearance of a young girl named Lára Marteinsdóttir in 1956. Thirty years later, journalist Valur Robertsson begins investigating the case. This book is a slow-burning, spellbinding whodunit, with Agatha Christie's influence evident throughout.

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Centique
Miss Iceland | Audur Ava lafsdttir
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Hekla is a young woman in 1960s Iceland. She is named after a volcano, and like her namesake so much is going on under the calm surface. Hekla is a writer but it seems only men can be? Olafsdottir writes in an observational way - we hear what people say to Hekla, see what she sees and we notice the hypocrisy, but we are left to imagine what Hekla is thinking. I like this style of writing and the way it makes the reader try to figure out Hekla. ⬇️

Centique But i would have liked a little more to dig into and the abrupt ending left me wanting more. Still i think i will remember this book - particularly the friends Isey and Jon John. 2w
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Burial Rites | Hannah Kent
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My #Roll100 is another short story collection that includes another Sookie Stackhouse story. My #DoubleSpin is my June #FoodandLit pick (oops 🤷🏻‍♀️).

I updated all the books on this list that I have finished, and, well, if this was baseball, my 0.357 batting average would be considered excellent. Book reading is measured the same as baseball stats, right?

Bookwormjillk Sounds good to me! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looking great!!! 2w
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The Darkness | Ragnar Jonasson
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Investigator Hulda, feeling excluded as a 60+ woman surrounded by young male detectives in Reykjavik, is being forced to retire. She‘s allowed to tackle one last case, a drowned Russian asylum seeker deemed a suicide. Hulda doesn‘t believe it and opens the case determined to find the killer. Hulda brings a lot of baggage into this story, including a very low self-esteem, which tends to cause more problems—jeopardizing her otherwise brilliant ⬇️

Texreader detective work. Her troubled childhood, her troubled marriage, etc result in her taking rash actions. So she‘s a frustrating character and the conclusion isn‘t satisfying even though it is quite logical. As a result I‘m hard-pressed to recommend the book, but it is well-written and a twisted murder mystery. And it‘s short. #Iceland #foodandlit 2w
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Independent People | Halldor Laxness
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In the early 1900s, Bjartur lived in a sod house he called Summerhouses, and he owed no debt after 19 years raising sheep and paying off the land. Bjartur valued nothing more than being debt-free (& therefore being an independent man) and his sheep. He begrudged anyone and anything threatening either one, at the expense of his enduring family. His stubbornness cost him family members‘ lives and it seemed the losses didn‘t affect him, until ⬇️

Texreader his daughter Asta Sollilja, his “flower,” re-enters his life. I found Bjartur very frustrating. While sometimes his actions were understandable, most of the time it felt like they cost him and his family so much…keeping them in unimaginable poverty. But what great insight about the country of #Iceland, since it was written somewhat close in time (1934-35) to the fictional story‘s setting. #foodandlit (edited) 2w
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Butter: Roman | Asako Yuzuki
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June was a good reading month, probably because I only had one chunkster over 500 pages, Independent People. Butter was easily my favorite with Razorblade Tears very closely behind. I read five books about #Iceland for #foodandlit (although Clear felt like it was in Iceland), two for #CampLitsy24, and two for #authoramonth. @Catsandbooks @Soubhiville @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @squirrelbrain

BarbaraBB Great month. Independent People is so good (edited) 2w
squirrelbrain Razorblade Tears is the Cosby that I haven‘t read, although I do own it on Kindle. 2w
Megabooks Fantastic month! @BarbaraBB Ann Patchett wanted to name Parnassus Independent People after the book, but her partner wanted Parnassus. Their motto though is “A bookstore for independent people.” She loves that book! 2w
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Soubhiville Great month! 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks that is a great story! Love their motto! I guess you should read the book too 😀 2w
Texreader @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @Soubhiville Thanks! Many good reads!! 2w
Texreader @squirrelbrain It was so good. It didn‘t sound like one I‘d be interested in, but I read it because of #authoramonth. So glad I did. I really like Cosby 2w
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Maggie4483
Burial Rites | Hannah Kent
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My dinner tonight is very multi-cultural: Tuscan Vegetables, Cajun Potatoes, and, for #FoodandLit - baked Icelandic Cod.
I wish I could tell you that the fish was the best part of this meal, but that would be as much of a lie as if I told you I was anywhere close to finishing my June book selection. 🫣

TheBookHippie Nice! I think we all fall behind and catch up! (edited) 2w
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Lunakay
LoveStar: A Novel | Andri Snaer Magnason
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The genre is definitely 'weird sci-fi'.
A dystopian novel where a scientific genius from Iceland changes the world with his breakthrough tech. A lot of original ideas in here but they don't form enough of a coherent story line for me.

I liked the idea of becoming a literal shooting star instead of being buried after death.

Skyr has been eaten in honor of Iceland month :D

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@Catsandbooks

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Foods of Iceland | Barbara Sheen
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And the Icelandic yogurt is delicious!! #Iceland #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks 🩵🇮🇸 2w
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Foods of Iceland | Barbara Sheen
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Daughter and I made homemade rye bread last night and today have made the butter and smoked salmon open-faced sandwiches for #Iceland #foodandlit.

Trying KerryGold butter for the first time in honor of having read Butter for #camplitsy24 and yum.

@Catsandbooks @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @squirrelbrain

kspenmoll Kerry Gold- Irish butter? 2w
Texreader @kspenmoll yes indeed. Never had it before but I‘ve heard it‘s the best 2w
squirrelbrain I love that you‘re trying *all* the butter! 🤣 2w
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Bookwormjillk I‘m impressed! How was the butter? 2w
JamieArc I just got Kerrygold butter for the first time too (which I had with rice, per the description in Butter). This looks yummy! 2w
BarbaraBB It all looks delicious! Did it taste as good as it looks? 2w
Catsandbooks Yum!! 🇮🇸 2w
Texreader @BarbaraBB I liked the bread and butter and I like smoked salmon but not necessarily together. Too many very strong tastes at the same time. So a success if I eat the salmon and bread separately. 🤣 2w
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