Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon TattooImage
Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland(Translator)
Suspense thriller
Published: 2005
4/5

                Mikael Blomkvist, a once respected finical journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) Offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch- and there’s always a catch- is that Blomvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator LIsbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson’s novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.

 

___Review___

                Sometimes when a book gets a lot of attention I put off the book because I get extremely nervous the book won’t live up to my expectations and the praise of everyone else reading the book. I always usually end up reading these books but sometimes I wait a long time…which is the case with the Millennium series by Stieg Larsson, it is also off putting, in my opinion, that the series is not actually completed and that it won’t be completed as the author has passed away. However, now that the crazy mass consummation of these books is over I thought it would be safe to give it a try as the opinions I had were more likely going to be my own at this point.
                Loved it, loved it so much! It is sure a long winded book though, jam packed full of detail, and sub plots some of which I assume will be explored more in the second and third books of the series. I really thought that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had amazing development done. There was no confusion with anything when I read it (and I had to read this over quite a period of time as I’ve been swamped with school and looking after my husband’s grandfather) it all flowed together very well, made perfect sense and there was nothing that seemed out of place or thrown in as a filler, everything developed into the story line and I really enjoyed that a whole lot and sometimes I don’t feel like that happens enough. A lot of stories seem to start sub plots but not many make it through completely by the end of the novel or series.
                Loved all the characters, thought they were fantastically developed. I loved Lisbeth’s character portrayal and how she stayed true to her character throughout the whole novel even when she does start to trust Blomkvist more and lets him in so to speak.  She’s a very strong woman in character and physically (Despite her small size) and sometimes it’s really nice to see a woman that can take care of herself a woman that really doesn’t need much from other people but portrayed in a realistic almost saddening way.
                Blomkvist who is the main character of the story (pretty much anyways, he gets considerably more page time) was alright, I mean I wasn’t completely sold on him mostly just because every woman who he comes into contact with seems to want to have unattached meaningless sex…which I don’t know always seems kind of forced and fake… maybe more along the lines of unrealistic? But anyway, he was easy going and fairly likeable for the most part. He’s very smart and intelligent and that’s always nice to have in a main character.
                Loved how the story as a whole developed and loved that we got a whole lot of everything! Wow did a lot of stuff happen in this story which I would love to discuss with you but alas, that would leave spoilers all over this blog post.
                Anyway, Fantastic, fun, mysterious, adventurous… everything you could want basically in a book.
                Recommended: Everyone (age appropriate maybe… things do get considerably dark)
                Warning: Rape is reoccurring in this book, if this will trigger or be hurtful to you in anyway, perhaps consider not reading this book.

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Book Review: Before I fall

Before I fallImage
Lauren Oliver
Young Adult
Published: 2010
5/5

                On February 12th all Samantha Kingston is worried about is how she looks, what others think of her and of course losing her virginity to her incredibly hot boyfriend that she is sometimes still surprised wants her.  However, not everything goes as planned after consuming too much alcohol Samantha and her friends leave the party and end up in a terrible accident.
                The next morning Samantha wakes up in her bed, but it’s not Saturday like it should be, in fact it’s still February 12th and she’s late for school. Going through her day bewildered and confused she tries to unravel what happened on the night she thought she had already lived and died in. During the next seven Days Sam wakes up each morning, each day becoming closer to figuring out why she died, if she was supposed to die and trying desperately to figure out what is going on.
                This is an epic adventure that really draws you in and grabs your attention. You cannot help but be horrified by Samantha Kingston and her friends as you read the book but the closer you get to the end of the book you learn more about each of them and why people aren’t always what they seem no matter how perfect they appear.
                Samantha and many of the characters really develop quite a bit, Samantha of course developing the most as she’s the only one that’s re lived February 12th seven times and knows about it. She goes from being insecure and selfish to figuring out what is important and figuring out who she is and who she really was meant to be.
                There are a whole host of Characters in this book that are directly affected both in good ways and bad ways by Samantha’s actions. There’s a very bad, bad, bad teacher, a girl who losing her spot in a competition because Samantha ends up making her late, there are new secrets spilt each day and Samantha kind of figures out who she really should be with and shares a passionate kiss with someone you least expect (a few times with a few different people)
                It’s sad, it’s heartbreaking and it’s everything it should be. It’s a tale of self-discovery that you can’t help but feel in your own heart and in your own soul. It’s a world inside a world and it makes you question what really does happen when we die and what if we die when we’re not supposed too.
                It for sure makes you want to live your life to the fullest. Don’t do what you think you should do, or what you think others want you to do. You are your own person and honestly, despite the 7day rerun in this story, you’re only going to live once. There is only one chance to do everything you want to and be who you want to be so go out there people and live your lives.
                This story inspired me to travel, to try reading good books and maybe even try finishing the bad and it made me appreciate my Husband, my Family and my Friends a whole lot more.  I didn’t get as emotional with this story as I’ve heard others have but it still touched me to the core of my being. I For sure recommend this book to anyone who thinks maybe they need to challenge their live and maybe they need something to inspire them to do so.
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Book Review: Easy

Easy Image
Tammara Webber
New Adult
Romance
5/5

 

                Juliet a talented musician gives up a performing arts school to go to university with her high school boyfriend Kennedy only to be dumped by him two weeks later. After suffering through a party where her ex-boyfriend is interested in everyone but her she leaves and gets attacked but lucky for Juliet she is saved by a handsome guy from her economics class.
            I loved this story, it was such a pick me up after reading ‘Beautiful Disaster’. Easy shows you how a guy can be a ‘bad boy’ and still respect woman. Lucas is a fantastic male lead, he’s attractive, he’s smart and sensitive, he’s driven. He teaches woman self defense for crying out loud, he’s so kind to Juliet and it seems to everyone. However, he still has that mystery, those hot tattoos and those arms and abs that make you melt.
            I loved how their story progressed, how they boy ‘played’ with each other. Lets face it, men and woman play games with each other even when we don’t think we are and I thought Tammara Webber did a fantastic job with Juliet and Lucas and their interactions together.
            A large plot this book actually revolves around (besides the romance) is actually a topic that needs to be discussed more. Rape. It’s said that only 16% of rapes are reported to the police so the number of 1 in 4 woman are sexually assaulted is probably too low. Those numbers are terrifying and what is scarier is how many men actually get away with it.  Woman need to take a stand and I love that this book discusses such an important thing, I love that even though it’s not in your face you know it. Tammara Webber also brings in symptoms of PTSD and what can happen if you don’t report a rape or an attempted attack. I seriously want to applaud her for tackling this subject.
            I really do this this book is a must read, the relationships are all very real, the situations are all very real and it’s so authentic in it’s brutality and honesty that I can’t help but love this book. It’s one of the most honest young adult/new adult books that I have ever read I think.
            So go check it out! It has a strong message and there is romance between a man and woman that more or less respect each other and do not abuse each other. I don’t think you’d be disappointed.

____Information on Sexual Assault Survivor Resources (From back of book)____

You are not alone-over 17 million American woman have been victims of sexual assault and rape. You deserve Understanding and help.

RAINN(Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network):
            http://www.rainn.org
Notational Sexual Assault Hotline:
            800-656-HOPE
SOAR (Speaking Out Against Rape):
            http://www.soar99.org
NSVRC (National Sexual Violence Resource Center):
            http://www.Nsvrc.org
Rape Treatment Center:
            http://www.911rape.org

Please do not stay silent. Find your voice and speak out against your abusers.

Reading Slump – Help me!!

                I am currently in the grips of a maddening reading slump! And it is one of the most terrible things ever! I want it to go away…and never come back…ever. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a reading slump before, I can’t remember ever having one anyways, I mean I have had writers block but a reading slump?
                I have picked up at least 10 books and haven’t really gotten anywhere. If you follow me on Good reads you may have noticed this. I have three books on there that are all started and I’ve had books on there that I’ve started and taken off my currently reading list. I’ve just stopped updating what I’m reading at this point because I’m not getting anywhere.
                So, I have some questions for you all who may read this. Have you ever been in a reading slump? If so how did you cure it and what are you tips for overcoming a reading slump?
                Looking forward to hearing some tips! I’m in desperate need of them ❤
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Book Review: Obasan

ObasanImage
Joy Kogawa
Children’s literature (I may disagree with this), fiction
Published: 1981
4/5 Stars

                A powerful and passionate novel, Obasan tells, through the eyes of a child, the moving story of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. Naomi is a sheltered and beloved five-year-old when Pearl Harbor changes her life, Separated from her mother, she watches bewildered as she and her family become enemy aliens, persecuted and despised in their own land. Surrounded by hardship and pain, Naomi is protected by the resolute endurance of her aunt Obasan and the silence of those around her. Only after Naomi grows up does she return to question the haunting silence.

 

                Oh my gwad, this book actually made me tear up and that next to never happens! In fact I cannot remember any other novel that has made me tear up before. I will be honest with you folks I had to read this for a study on Canadian authors and wasn`t expecting to enjoy this so much in fact I usually hate books I have to read for school…probably because I`m being forced to read them!
                The book took place from Nomi`s point of view as both an adult and as a child (before and after WW2) and there is a whole lot of stuff in here I don`t think little children should be exposed too so I`m slightly confused as to why this is classed as Children`s fiction. There is a scene of sexual abuse and some graphic details regarding the bombings in Japan, graphic enough it might scare them? I found it disturbing and hard to hear at any rate.
                I ‘enjoyed’ the story, at least the way it was told. I learned a lot about Japanese Canadians that I did not know before even though I am a Canadian. I guess even in Canada we don’t like to throw out ‘dirty laundry’ around. I think this is something that we should know about however, it should be talked about and discussed in detail so that it never happens again. The story follows Naomi’s family as they travel through ‘work camps’ to farmer fields in Alberta where they slaved away on turnip farms even after the war and suspension was supposedly ‘lifted’. This book discusses who was actually involved with the decisions in regard to anyone of Japanese descent as ‘enemy aliens’ despite many of these people having lived in Canada for generations and it goes on to talk about how all their belongings were sold and they were never compensated.
                It then follows Nomi to an adult where she finds out what really happened to her mother when during her entire childhood it was talked about in hushed voices and not discussed at all. It turns out her mother was affected by the bombings in Japan shortly after Pearl Harbour and well… though she didn’t die exactly I can’t really say more either because then it’d be a huge giant spoiler and I’d be a huge giant meanie.
                Anyways I really enjoyed this book a whole lot more than I ever thought I would have. It was very eye opening espically considering I had almost no idea any of this stuff happened… most of what I heard was from my Grandparents… and to be honest they may not have been so… honest themselves? It’s/was hard to get them to talk about these things. The only things I ever heard weren’t the greatest and don’t deserve to be repeated or said anywhere at any time in history.
                I think I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the World Wars; it was really nice to actually learn about other aspects of the war that aren’t quite so openly discussed.  So if you’re a history buff pick this up, I do not believe you’d be disappointed!
                Have you ever read this book? Let me know what you thought about it, or maybe why even you wouldn’t be interested in it? I love conversations! : ) let’s talk about books!
                —Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend! ❤

How many books are unread on your shelves?

ImageWell, it has come to my attention that my problem is a little bigger than I had thought. I read books so quickly that usually I run out of them and have to go out and buy more. However, For the first time in my life I have over 30 books that are waiting, wishing and hoping to be read soon.  How many books do you have on your ‘to be read shelf?’

                Here is my daunting list which I am hoping to get under control a.s.a.p., if you’ve read any of these let me know what you thought of them because I’m not even sure where to begin at this point! I feel overwhelmed… and I am saddened because I am actually 100% positive books are missing off this list…

1.  Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
2.  Delirium by Lauren Oliver
3.  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
4.  A Great and terrible Beauty –Libba Bray
5.  Beautiful creatures by Kami Garcia
6.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
7. Red Riding Hood by Sarah blakley-cartwright
8. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
9. Sepulchre by Kate Mosse
10. In the Serpent’s Coils by Tiffany Trent
11. Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan
12. The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
13. Undeadly by Michele Vail
14. The nine lives of Chloe King by Liz Braswell
15.Extras by Scott Westerfeld
16. The walking Dead, Book one by Robert Kirkman
17. The Farm by Emily McKay
18. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
19. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
20. Pure by Julianna Baggott
21. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
22. Tales from the Perilous Realm by J.R.R. Tolkien
23. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
24. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
25. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
26. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
27. Ascend by Amanda Hocking
28. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
29. My name is Asher Lev  by Chaim Potok
30. Have Space Suit – Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein
31. Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt

My All Time Favorite Books <3 <3 <3

                HI! I haven’t done anything other than a book review in a little while and my fingers are itching for something a little new! After finishing Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen it had me thinking about books I’ve enjoyed a lot throughout my life, including White Oleander by Janet Fitch.  I have a very interesting collection of books and often go through different stages and never hang out too long in any genre for long.  So I figured since I am sick at home that I may as well be productive and share with you the books that I have read a million times and throw in my favorite series I’ve read thus far perhaps! Enjoy!

1. White Oleander by Janet Fitch (bet you figured this would be here)
2. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
3. Prozak Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
4. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
5. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
6. The Blue Castle by L.M Montgomery
7. My Anastasia by Sharon Stewart
8. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
9. Titanic: The long night by Diane Hoh
10. There will be wolves by Karleen Bradford

                I don’t have a lot of favorite series at least none that are finished or done right now but there are an obvious few from my childhood that I felt needed to be mentioned but didn’t feel like should be included with my favorite standalone novels/books that I’ve liked throughout my life.  So here we go!

1. Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
2. Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness
3.  Earth’s Children by Jean M. Auel
4. Fear Street by R.L. Stine

                Anyways, that’s that! Hope you enjoy! Tell me about your favorite novels I love hearing about them and finding out about new books to read. Hope you’re all having a lovely Saturday and feeling a lot better than me ❤