It may seem a little odd for someone who thinks that Harrogate (or to give it its full title “Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate”) is a bit far to go but in November I’m off to the first ever Iceland Noir. Yes it’s further than Harrogate, no I don’t like flying and no I really don’t do well in the cold. But we’re going – we have our tickets booked and despite not having put Iceland on my list of ‘must see’ places it seems that it is on my husband’s, and apparently a lot of other people’s. In fact when I mention that we’re going the response from most people is either that they’ve always wanted to go, they’ve been and loved it, or so-and-so is there at the moment.
I do feel that I should put in a bit of preparation for the event and I am currently working through an Icelandic-flavoured reading list. The main event is a full day (I’ve just checked the schedule and it really is packed) of panels and interviews and I can’t hope to squeeze in something from all concerned in the next few weeks. However it’s not as if I haven’t read any Icelandic fiction and there are reviews of titles by Yrsa Sigurðardottir and Arnaldur Indridason on my blog already. I’ve also recently read The Crooked Beat by Nick Quantrill who is participating as part of Hull’s bid to become the UK City of Culture of 2017.
My current plan is to read at least one title by Quentin Bates, Michael Ridpath, and William Ryan and hopefully one of Anne Cleeve’s Shetland titles (although I have read The Sleeping and the Dead) then it’s trying to fit in more of the translated fiction of Yrsa Sigurðardottir and Arnaldur Indridason. And I do have a guide book to read too. I’m not really a reading challenge sort of person so this planned reading is new to me, but I seem to be making good progress, although fitting in reviews may be a challenge of its own.
If you were going what would you put at the top of your reading list?