Cool Reading Under the Heat Dome

Now that we in the West find ourselves under the influence of the meteorological phenomenon called a ‘heat dome,’ I find an article in a series from the Books section of the New York Times entitled ‘Read You Way Through Reykjavik,’ even more appealing. It’s currently in the 50s F there compared to 101F here. The Times asked authors from countries around the world to recommend books close to their hearts. In this article, Olaf Olafsson creates a booklist including some crime fiction. He lists the author Yrsa Sigurdardottir as one of the crime fiction authors. I had read several of her books and can highly recommend her. I like reading books from around the world because it introduces me to different locales and cultures.

The first book I read by Sigurdardottir was ‘Ashes to Dust.’ The setting was an island that had been evacuated during a volcanic eruption which left many buildings destroyed and covered in ash and was based on a true event, the Eldfell eruption on Heimaey Island. In the book, human remains are found in the basement of a house thirty years later that are not related to the eruption.

I want to read a few more books on Olafsson’s list and take a look at some of the other authors’ recommendations. I can read my way through Mexico City, Lisbon, Cairo, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, and Newfoundland. That should keep me busy for quite a while.

Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Natalie at Natalie the Explorer.

20 thoughts on “Cool Reading Under the Heat Dome

  1. Anne Fraser

    I love Nordic noir as well. A few years ago our local library set us a summer reading challenge to read a book from each continent, It was fun seeing what other people discovered,

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      I was introduced to Nordic authors from a prior library Mystery book group. I think I have read all of Henning Mankel’s books. Loved the Kurt Wallender series. I’ve read some of Jo Nesbo and Steig Larsson. I may have found Yrsa Sigurdardottir myself. I was drawn to her at first because she was from Iceland. Louise Penny’s mysteries are set in Quebec and was fun to read some of the colloquialisms the detectives use.


  2. Julie

    On Friday just for fun, I was going through the weather app to compare the temperature across the world. I also happened to check out Reykjavik and Longyearbyen — I would enjoy late 40 and 50 degrees F.

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      I have been reading up a storm here. Just in time for the hurricane. I am looking forward to some rain. We are comfortable with our AC. We all got an alert the other evening about conserving power. So far no blackouts.

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