I have decided I will write periodic book reviews for the novels I read. One thing about me is that I love to read. As a child I was called a book worm, and my husband and I own hundreds of books. I am always reading a book, if ever I get caught between books I get a little nervous. To prevent that from happening I tend to stock up on books I have not read.
I just finished reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Strieg Larsson. Although I am usually a staunch sci-fie reader, I have read so much that sometimes I have to look outside my genre for new books. I chose this book because it was recommended to me by my father before he died. I feel closer to him when I read books I know he read. However, my dad actually didn't like it that much. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is actually a mystery about a girl who has gone missing (not the one with the tattoo) over thirty years earlier. I'm not a fan of mysteries because I couldn't be bothered to try to keep track of all the characters and figure out what happened, but I did enjoy this book. I let the story unravel and was satisfied with the conclusion (all except the last sentence which was pretty horrible and seemed manipulative).
Larson is a good storyteller and can easily draw the reader into the story. He intertwines various story lines in the book quite well, with at least one exciting plot thread at a time. This book was also an easy read.
In general, for a genre that does not do much for me, this was an enjoyable book to read. The last third of the book is quite a cliff-hanger so don't read it at night if you want to get any sleep (one night I stayed up until 4 A.M. reading it).
I'm not sure if anyone is interested in my little book reviews so please let me know if this was helpful to you at all.
***I was not paid for this review or any future purchases of this book through amazon. I just want to help others find good books.***
Also- I want to give a shout out to my classmates in the Sarah Lawrence Women's History graduate program who started the blog Re/Visions, they have a fabulous article analyzing gender norms on the show What not to Wear. Its a great way to look at that show (which I never really liked, anyway, but feel compelled to watch if I see it on). This blog is a step away from the normal home blog I read, but it keeps my mind active (in a feminist sort of way, home blogs keep me thinking too, but more about how to paint my bathroom). If you dig you might find some articles I have written on Re/Visions as well. :)