TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books set in Iceland

This weekly meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten books set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc.)

Because I’m going to Iceland in few months and I’d like to read some books that are set there, I thought this is a perfect opportunity for me to discover books by Icelandic authors and/or set in Iceland.


Burial Rites
by Hannah Kent

historical fiction | mystery | crime

English paperback edition cover of book Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Pub Date: 2013

My Rating: ★★★★★

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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?

Starting the list with the only book I read that is set in Iceland, written by an Australian author. Amazing story, highly recommended. I featured this book in Book Traveling Thursday.

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