Friendly Friday Challenge meets What’s on Your Bookshelf Challenge
The Friendly Friday Challenge is a fortnightly challenge co-hosted by Sandy from The Sandy Chronicles, Amanda from Something to Ponder About and Sarah from Travels with Me. You can learn more about the Friendly Friday Challenge here.
Guest Hosts for Friendly Friday Challenge
Jo, Donna, Sue, and I are thrilled to have been invited to join Sandy, Amanda and Sarah as Guest Hosts and join in as part of our monthly What’s on Your Bookshelf linkup – #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge to share our thoughts on our Favourite Travel Books.
What’s your favourite travel book? A guidebook, a history book, a photo book? Use the blue linkup button below to join in with your post on travel books, what you’re reading at the moment or simply leave us a comment.
My Favourite Travel Books
I decided to choose two books that inspired me to visit Iceland and I am happy to share my thoughts with you. One each of non-fiction and fiction.
Have you been to Iceland?
Two excellent books that piqued my interest in visiting Iceland:
These books set the scene for me, with the descriptions of a vast, wild, beautiful area full of interesting history, superb scenery and sagas galore.
Iceland definitely seems to be the’ go to’ place with many articles, stories, blog posts and travel advice written about it and I’ve added my two bobs worth with a few posts of my own.
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Saga Land – non fiction
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It was this book that cemented our desire to visit Iceland which we did in June 2018, travelling with our then 35 year old daughter, which I have to say was a whole load of FUN!!!!
This is Iceland as you’ve never read it before …
(Australian) broadcaster Richard Fidler and author Kári Gíslason are good friends. They share a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland – the true stories of the first Viking families who settled on that remote island in the Middle Ages. These are tales of blood feuds, of dangerous women, and people who are compelled to kill the ones they love the most. The sagas are among the greatest stories ever written, but the identity of their authors is largely unknown.
Together, Richard and Kári travel across Iceland, to the places where the sagas unfolded a thousand years ago. They cross fields, streams and fjords to immerse themselves in the folklore of this fiercely beautiful island. And there is another mission: to resolve a longstanding family mystery – a gift from Kari’s Icelandic father that might connect him to the greatest of the saga authors.
The Mathematician read this book after I said how much I’d enjoyed it and we’ve since listened to interviews with the authors which were just as interesting.
The story has a personal quest for Kári woven through the stories and history. It added a whole new element to reading the book and made it even more enjoyable. It was part travel guide, part history, part fairytale and when combined it ended up being a fabulous story.
When a book makes you want to go and visit that place, and you do go there, then you know it’s a winner.
Burial Rites – fiction
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.
Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.
Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.
Riveting and rich with lyricism, Burial Rites evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?
This was a dark tale inspired by a true story and really got under my skin. It showed me a stark, empty countryside that wasn’t welcoming in any way but one that made me want to visit nonetheless – and I did!
What have I read so far this year?
This link will take you to my 2022 Reading Challenge page which lists all the books I’ve read so far this year – all 41 of them!
I’ve been keeping a tally of books I’ve read for quite some time now and update my pages every year. It wouldn’t be a What’s on your Bookshelf challenge post without linking to what books I’ve been reading!
Have you read either of these books? What do you think of them and if you haven’t read them, would they appeal to you?
Sue, Jo, Donna and I have been delighted to co-host this one-time combo challenge with Friendly Friday Challenge and What’s On Your Bookshelf. To join us and showcase your favourite travel book, you can share in the comments, pingback with your own post, or use the handy InLInkz bar below. Please be sure to tag both challenges (‘Friendly Friday’ and #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge). We look forward to hearing your thoughts as well as your travel book suggestions!
Guidelines for WOYBS: Next month’s linkup is Friday 20 May
What: What’s On Your Bookshelf #whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge
When: Third Thursday PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Third Friday AM (Southern Hemisphere).
Why: Share a love of reading.
Where: Linkup below, Blog, Blog Comments, Instagram or other Social Media.
Who: This linkup is open to everyone.
How: You can share in the comments, with a blog post, or on other social media of your choice. You can use the hashtag #Whatsonyourbookshelfchallenge
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