Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Scandi Love

I have to admit that I am mildly obsessed with all things Scandinavian. I would love to go to this part of the world and Iceland and Greenland. The above Picture is of a village in Norway. One of my bucket list dreams is to someday see the Northern Lights.

I became more interested in this part of the world after reading the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series of books and since then I love all of the different authors I have read from this part of the world. I love reading Nordic mysteries in winter as I can more easily identify with the setting.

In compiling my too long To Be Read list for 2012 for Good Reads I have many authors I plan on reading from this part of the world in the winter months. (Click on Good Reads link in red if you would like to read about each book and see my books I want to read for 2012).

I recently read Snow Angels by James Thompson which was set in Finland and liked it very much for the dark characters which so reflect the Nordic Culture and for the excellent descriptions of the setting. I plan on going to the library in about a week and plan on checking out The Snowman by Jo Nesbo and The Cruel Stars at Night by Kjell Ericksson.

I also have found two Scandi blogs one on Scandi food and one general interest. Here are the links:


Scandi Foodie

I also would like to ask that if you pray could you say a silent prayer for my husband and I . He went for a job interview today for a job he likes and is qualified for after no luck for 4 months and I have a really big test for work in a week. I would certainly appreciate any good thoughts and prayers you could send my way.

I thank each of you who left comments on the last post. You encouragement and words mean so much to me.


Farm Girl said...

Of course I will pray Yolanda! I started praying before I started writing.:)
That is so funny, today every time I turned around this verse, was on the radio, in the Bible, and even when I picked up the Bible to just read with my son.
" Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6
He helped you get back home last year, I will pray about the job and your test.
I wanted to respond to your last post, I like every thing you write about. You always make me think. :) I love reading about any new book so that is great.
I would like to visit Finland sometime too, I love how pretty it looks.
Let me know when you find out about the job and your test, I always like to know how God opens doors. :)
Blessings to you Yolanda you too are a blessing in my life and I would love to sit and visit with you.

Jon Lee said...

Hi Yolanda. I certainly will be hoping for you husband to get the new job and for you to do well on your test at work. I also appreciate the book reviews. I just went to the library and picked up a mystery by Asa Laron, Until Thy wrath Be Past set in Sweden. It looks to be very good. I will look for the books you mentioned. Take care.

lifeinredshoes said...

Well hello! Nice to meet you. You have a lovely little place here.
Mmmmmmmm Norway, I hear they hyave some great shopping :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Cloudia said...

Bless you BOTH!

Aloha from Waikiki
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Ginger said...

I will say a prayer for you and for your husband today. I hope it turns our good for you both!

Thanks for the reading list ideas! I've been looking for some new things to try to read. :)

Happy New Year!

Connie said...

I always hold a little thought and prayer for you! I have become mildly obsessed with Scandanavian countries since participating in Postcrossing. I get the most awesome cards from Finland, etc. It is so much fun! Postcrossing.com you may like it too.

Holli said...

You've got my prayers!! Big hugs to you :)

Willow said...

Just prayed for him.

Have you come across pranalight.typepad.com? Tracy is an American who is married to a Norwegian man and lives there. Beautiful blog.

Since I'm married to a man whose mother's family came from Sweden, I too love all things Scandi.

Annie said...

Yolanda, If you have not met Felisol yet, please visit her at her Norway home at http://felisol.blogspot.com/. She is a dear, dear woman. I've been following her blog for years.

All my best wishes for you and your husband in 2012.


Felisol said...

Dear Yolanda,
Thanks for visiting,I'm very much obliged.
The first thing I did after reading your long and very interesting post, was to pray for your husband and yourself. That God must provide for you and open windows when he closes doors.
I have some blog friends in the same out of work position as you, so I am slowly beginning to understand what an awful position many Americans are in.
I remember my parents talking about "The hard Thirties" when unemployment also was a sinister issue here in Norway.

There's nothing so degrading as being out of work, when one has the health and ability to work.

Both my husband, teacher and I, nurse,have been not been working for some years due to illness. That's not a perfect situation either, but we at least have good health insurances for everybody in Norway as well as almost free medical treatment. We could be far worse off and we know we are blessed midst in our " nutshell on the open sea ride".

One of my long term interests have been reading and I found many of my favourite authors on your 2011 reading list.

The Norwegian Jo Nessbo, the two Swedes, Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, the Finnish Tove Jansson are among my long time favourites. There was another Finish author I haven't yet read, but I will soon check him out.

Scandinavia consists of five countries with a cross in their flags. That is to symbolize that they are Christian. Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland all have common roots from about year 1000- 1200, but now slightly different languages and also somewhat separate ways up during the history.
My husband is born in Norway, but is 3/4 Icelandic by blood and 1/4 Norwegian. By the way, the Icelandic authors have preserved our history from year 1000 and down the years, they had saga writers and also poetry writers the "skald". They still have writers translated to English well worth reading.
I am 3/4 Norwegian and 1/4 Swede, my wonderfully Swedish grandfather who came to Norway in 1905 and married here.

I of course think we live in the most wonderful place on earth, on the south west coast of Norway. With a scenery of open sea kissed by the the howling wind and the ever changing ocean in the west, and deep fjords surrounded by high mountains in the east. We have to live with the dramatic changes on the year, from snow, ice Arctic darkness - and Northern light, till the blond nights of the summer when no one wants to sleep. We don't have midnight sun here south, 2 or 3 hours of darkness is all in June.
The temperature, however, is far colder than in most American states.

I can spot an American tourists on ten miles with his Bermuda short in Mid Winter. We hardly use shorts Mid Summer.

This will be my introduction for today. I'm off to a doctor's appointment and have to have breakfast before I leave.
(Another thing with Scandinavians; we eat breakfast at home and mostly bring home made sandwiches for school and work.)
Love and best wishes from Felisol

annie hoff said...

Hello Yolanda
Thank You for your kind comments you left on my blog. I love all things Scandinavian too. My husband is Danish and we lived in Copenhagen for a number of years. I am about to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!

Gattina said...

I have never been up to the North, I have always prefered the South or warm countries. I don't even know Germany very well although I am German. But I live in Belgium since 1959 !

I wish all the best for your husband and that he gets the job !

Milady said...

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