Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Girl Who Read "The Girl Who" Books.

I know I am a little late to the table on these books, but I am with just about all popular books.  I almost missed "Water for Elephants" too which would have been a shame because that is now my favorite book of all time.  I hope the upcoming movie doesn't ruin it for me. 

Anyway, I was going to Houston for my work's company Christmas Party in December and realized that I had nothing to read.  I ran into the Hudson's book store and paid -gasp!- full price for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo".  I was hesitant to read it because it is set in Sweden and has a bunch of names I don't recognize, but the clerk assured me that it was a great book and I would not be disappointed.  I was a captive audience once the plane door shut, and I had paid -gasp- full price, so I started to read it.  When I am faced with a book that has a name I can't easily read or pronounce in my head, I usually make it into a different name.  For instance, "Mikhel" becomes "Michael".  This is usually not a big deal because it is only a name or two and not a disruption to the plot.  That was not the case with this book.  Every name, every location, and even the money was unfamiliar.  I should have made a list to keep them straight.  At any rate, once I got through the first 40 or pages or so, it was FANTASTIC!

I then quickly checked "The Girl Who Played with Fire" out of the library and read through that one, too.  LOVED IT!  I went back to the library and tried to find "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest", but it was not in.  Here is where I ran into a problem.  I put it on reserve, but so had about 15 other people, so since I am too cheap to pay for two books, I waited my turn. 

About 6 weeks later the book finally came in.  It was basically a continuation of the second book.  Since I had not made a chart I could not remember who was who and had to figure it out all over again.  That paired with the fact that I was reading it about 5 pages at a time between the crazy schedule I have had over the last two weeks, kind of ruined a great book. 

I loved these books.  I started to read them just to see what everyone had been talking about.  While reading the first book, the first 40 or so pages set up a very intricate plot to scam someone out of a ton of money.  If I was not stuck on a plane with nothing else to do I would have stopped reading it. That and I was going to read every word of this book, even if it killed me, because I had spent so much money on it.  I am so glad I did. 

My point is, these  are great books and well worth the good press that they have received.  Don't give up on them.  Also, I would like to point out that I am not really a cheap skate, but I hate to spend money on things I could get for free from the library.  Besides, what would I do with it after I finish reading it?  I have no space to store books.  I guess I should investigate an e-reader, but I am not willing to give up a real book. 

Anyway, if you have the opportunity, please read these books and I hope you enjoy them. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

could you write about something more interesting? -Andrew-