Ellie at Curiosity Killed the Bookworm hosted the 2013 Translation Challenge, and I joined in order to refocus my reading from US crime fiction to more international novels. Seeing as, overall for the year, I read barely any American crime novels, I was able to meet the goal of 12 translations pretty easily. Nevertheless, I’m glad I joined the challenge to meet new bloggers, find new reading suggestions, and to refocus my reading for the year.
Here is the list of books I read:
- The Return by Håkan Nesser (Sweden)
- The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbø (Norway)
- Blind Goddess by Anne Holt (Norway)
- Room No. 10 by Åke Edwardson (Sweden)
- The Summer of Dead Toys by Antonio Hill (Spain)
- The Redeemer by Jo Nesbø (Norway)
- Blessed Are Those Who Thirst by Anne Holt (Norway)
- The Stranger by Camilla Läckberg (Sweden)
- Summer Death by Mons Kallentoft (Sweden)
- More Bitter Than Death by Camilla Grebe and Åsa Träff (Sweden)
- The Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas (France)
- Death of the Demon by Anne Holt (Norway)
As you can see, I was on a definite Scandinavian reading kick the first half of the year as I completed this challenge. Anne Holt is my favorite author of the bunch, and there were only a handful of books that were nowhere near my favorites (Edwardson, Läckberg, and Grebe and Träff). I consider that a good reading experience.