Monday, July 26, 2010

What I'm Reading: Roadtrip edition

Hey everybody!

Meredith and I have been trekking across the country and back since last Thursday. We had a wedding in North Carolina, and typically we would fly but decided it would be fun to drive for a change. It helped that there was a good stopping point in Nashville, but it also helped that we have been ADDICTED to the Millenium book trilogy, and have been listening to it during the 8 hours of driving in California, and now the 26 hours of driving on our current trip.

By the time we get home tomorrow, we'll have finished the first two books in the series, which means it's time for my book review. I don't like to give spoilers, so feel free to read this all without fear of a ruined ending.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which is just about as suspenseful of a story I've ever read, is one of those that once you start, you will be physically unable to stop. The story of journalist Blomkvist, recently charged with libel, then hired to document a family chronicle and secretly uncover the truth behind an unresolved disappearance, ends with thick suspense and some frightening action. Along the way, he teams up with super gifted Lisbeth Salander.

You know how I love gifted characters!

The talented researcher, Salander, overcomes serious obstacles on her way to uncovering a serial killer - I cheered out loud when I discovered what she did to her caretaker who sexually assaulted her. Anyway, her character is very unique and the story, though not for the faint of heart, is a powerful awakening into a dark world.

The second book in the trilogy, The Girl Who Played With Fire, continues the story with equal suspense and mystery. Salander is accused of a triple murder, and Blomkvist fights to clear her name.

Once we finish, we'll quickly be on our way to the bookstore to pick up the final book in the series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
Here are links to the book if you want your own copy:

If you're taking a family vacation, do NOT get this series on CD for the car. Lots of cussing and adult situations will have your kids cussing and asking what [insert adult topic] is, but if you're among adults, I highly recommend it.

Talk to you soon,

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