Ashes To Dust

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday our dear host Linda G Hill asked us to pick a book title of a book we are currently reading or one that is sitting nearby and write something inspired by the title. Well that’s the rub, and one of my recent peeves. I have not been reading books lately because….too many distractions with reading the news, or other blogs, or working on my own writing. I fear I may have a permanently reduced attention span and I am only able to tolerate very short pieces of writing. I hope this is not true and I will be able to get back to reading whole physical books soon. I read Ashes to Dust a few years ago. What drew me to it initially is that it is written by an Icelandic author, Yrsa Sigurdardóttir. I had read Scandinavian authors, but not Icelandic, and I love mysteries. It turned out to be a good mystery story. Fun to learn about the Icelandic setting as well.

“Ashes to ashes, Dust to dust…”

Yes, this reminds me of funerals. At least funerals I have seen in movies or TV. A quick google reveals it is from the English Burial Service and the Book of Common Prayer, meaning we come from the Earth(dust) and will return to it. Probably heard it in one of those English mysteries I love. Thinking about my mortality is depressing but I do love mysteries, (books, films, TV shows). I have loved mystery books from many countries, Sweden, Iceland, England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the US. Do you have a favorite mystery book? And can you recommend one from a different country?


Featured image is the ‘cover of the pulp magazine Mystery (January 1934)’ via Wikimedia

7 thoughts on “Ashes To Dust

  1. JoAnna

    You are not alone. I wrote about this issue of other forms or reading taking the place of books. I do read books, but it seems to take a long time to get through them, because they are the last thing on my list. Well, that’s going to change, because I miss getting lost in a book.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      Books have to be engaging for me to get into them. And it may be that we are getting conditioned by all the bits of information we are exposed to everyday, we get used to getting our information in short segments. I remember hearing about how kids these days do not like to read books because they’ve got all these other entertaining distractions competing for their attention. Have we adults gotten to be the same way?

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      1. JoAnna

        I hope not. I do have one friend who reads books all the time. She works on a computer during the week and takes books to read on her break. I’m getting inspired.

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  2. Maggie Wilson

    I love reading books, but lately I’ve had a dry spell, too – it’s difficult to find something that appeals to me. I also have a fairly narrow preference – and unfortunately, the mystery genre is not part of it!

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