After two weeks of participating in the first Travel the World in Books Readathon, I am most happy for having spent time with this wonderful community of bloggers. Big thanks to our hosts–Moms Small Victories, Lost in Books, and Savvy Working Gal–and to the authors who posted about their books and bloggers who offered tutorials, mini-challenges, and a steady stream of great book recommendations!
Let me highlight some things I did during the Readathon:
- I finished Daughter of Fire: A Portrait of Iceland by Katharine Scherman and posted about it as my first book review here on Northern Lights Reading Project.
- I finished posting the Project Reading Lists by subject here at Northern Lights (see drop-down menu on its tab above). I separated them into categories of Literature, History, Biography, Travel, and Food (cookbooks!). Feel free to comment with more ideas of books that I should be adding.
- I began my Google map of the Fictional 100 characters from my book, with the help of Guiltless Reader’s fabulous tutorials. I had wanted to finish my map by this week, but it has taken me longer to do, because each fictional character has many possible images (illustrations, various books), and I want to include a nice one with each pinned location. I will be posting the finished map over at The Fictional 100.
- I am well into The Laughing Policeman, a Swedish detective classic by the writing team of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. It’s great! A real puzzler and so well written. I especially like reading details about the different neighborhoods in Stockholm, where it is set. I’m sure I will want to read the rest of their Martin Beck series, after this compelling introduction to it.
- I’m also enjoying The Fairy Tale of My Life by Hans Christian Andersen. I was delighted with the responses of people who commented that they wished to read Andersen’s autobiography too–I will concentrate on it next! Those who love his fairy tales will recognize the same voice, with its warmth and human insight, as he discusses the hardships and joys of his early life and his progress as a writer.
- I set up a Facebook page for Northern Lights Reading Project. I will be sharing my reviews and other news about books from Iceland and Scandinavia there. This was not on my original to-do list, but it will help me as I continue the Travel the World in Books Challenge in the future.
- I participated in Facebook and Twitter chats, and did the book scavenger hunt–it was fun to pull out–and dust off–some favorite books, and share their covers. I enjoyed Tanya’s daily update posts with author interviews and great book ideas. I also appreciated Becca’s Take Me Away recommendations for different continents and countries. ReaderBuzz and others offered lists of books by country for children.
Finally, I think that Tanya at Mom’s Small Victories will have to change her blog name to Mom’s Big Victories after conducting such a successful and big-hearted readathon! It is warmly appreciated!