Easter reading – Påskekrim

As not really being enamoured by Easter eggs, I find the chocolate a bit of a let down, like advent calendar style, the thing I’ve been most looking forward to with the long weekend was the chance to catch up on some reading. Yesterday I finished reading Yrsa Sigurðardóttir’s Silence of the Sea which I haven’t yet written a review of, the tension had me gripped right until the last page, and it gave me chills at certain points it was so creepy! I loved it and need to get my hands on more of the series. I’m currently trying to hold off writing book reviews, mostly because I never feel like I can do it justice – do you give a run down of the whole plot? which could essentially include spoilers? if not how do you say what you enjoyed without giving away the story? thankfully I’m starting a course in a couple of week’s about Critical Reading, and part of that includes writing critically about what you’ve read, so I’m hoping this will help me improve in this area.

Next up on my list for this weekend is Torkil Damhaug’s Medusa – I have no idea what it’s about, I was buying some books from The Work’s and needed to buy a couple extra to take advantage of a deal, so searched for ‘Scandinavian Crime’ (one of my favourite genres if you hadn’t guessed already), and bought the handful they had.

Torkil Damhaug Medusa book

Torkil Damhaug’s Medusa

Then this morning I read this great article over at Visit Norway about  – the Norwegian tradition of reading crime books at Easter called Påskekrim (Easter crime), apparently came about in 1923 when two poor writers decided to try and cash in, by writing an Easter themed crime novel, that garnered loads of publicity and the rest as they say, is history.

So it was serendipity that I chose a Norwegian crime novel to read for Easter, and I think I’m going to over indulge in Påskekrim every Easter and I’d love to get some more recommendations in the comments.

 

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2 thoughts on “Easter reading – Påskekrim

  1. elizabethwillse

    Hiya!
    I came over via the Dewey blog list to say hi. I love the idea of Påskekrim so much! Especially that it was started by broke mystery writers and has now become a tradition. I think I’m going to tell my Dad about this and maybe he and I can give each other mysteries to start our tradition (though I still want some tasty chocolate. Yum!)

    And then I saw that you’d been to see Of Monsters and Men, for what sounds like it was a really terrific concert. I’ve only heard a few songs by them on Pandora Radio, and love what I heard. What album do you recommend starting with?

    Have a great time reading on Saturday!

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    1. Karen Post author

      thanks for stopping by Elizabeth! I don’t think I could possibly choose between ‘Beneath the Skin’ (the most recent album) and ‘My Head Is An Animal’ as I have favourites songs on both. Maybe start with the latter as that was the debut and it’s easier to see how they have progressed musically

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