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 @theplatinumline.blog

    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.

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  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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