For some reason it took me a while to get into this one. But once I did (about 150 pages in), I really began to enjoy it. And, of course, I HAD to knoFor some reason it took me a while to get into this one. But once I did (about 150 pages in), I really began to enjoy it. And, of course, I HAD to know how the series would end. Who would live? Who would die? Would Peeta or Gale win Katniss' heart or would neither of them? Would one die, forcing her to choose? How would Snow and the Capitol be defeated? If you've read the first two, especially the second, then you must read the 3rd! I can't wait for the movie to come out later this month....more
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Janet Evanovich’s series, Stephanie Plum, the main character, is a bounty hunter in search of “her man” (whoFor those of you who are unfamiliar with Janet Evanovich’s series, Stephanie Plum, the main character, is a bounty hunter in search of “her man” (who changes with each book). If you like a quick, easy read and you’re into soap-opera level drama, than this might be a good book for you. I’ll admit, I had a few laughs as I read the book, but overall the characters are fairly typed and predictable. I’ve basically guessed the outcome of all three of her novels well before the “what happened” or the “who dunit” was actually revealed.
One thing I find kind of annoying is how much emphasis Evanovich puts on the fact that her character, Stephanie, eats three donuts, a triple decker burger and large shake with fries, and then has twinkies for dinner. But she’s 5”7 and 130 pounds. I’m 5”7 and 130 pounds and I eat about 1/8th that amount! Okay, so enough of my griping about the realism of her characters height and weight in proportion to her eating habits.
To be quite honest, I just don’t find her stories and characters very plausible. They seem like something out of a TV show or a movie (I guess it makes sense that “One for the Money” is coming out in theaters soon). I think in some ways that they’ll make better movies than books. I only read the third one because I bought three of them all at once at the recommendation of a friend. I wasn’t quite sure why I had read the second one and I’m defintely wondering why I read the third. Now that all three that I purchased are read, I think I’ll put them to rest. I doubt you’ll see another review of a Plum novel.
Currently reading? I’m going to start The Hunger Games while I’m waiting to get The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. It’s an adolescent novel but a lot of my students have read it and love it, so it’s nice to be able to chat with them about books they’ve read and enjoyed, so I put it on my list!
On another note, WASC went well today. We have a great leader and even though it’s a lot of work I think it’ll be do-able. ...more
Unlike Larson’s first novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, this second book of the trilogy, really relies on the character of Lisbeth Salander to cUnlike Larson’s first novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, this second book of the trilogy, really relies on the character of Lisbeth Salander to carry the story. While the story itself is interesting (two journalists are in the process of uncovering a sex trafficking network in Sweden), what kept me turning the page was my desire to learn more about Lisbeth. What happened during the night of the mysterious murders? How are the clues about her past connected? What will we learn about her family and the events leading up to the night that “All the Evil” happened to her? Blomkvist, who in many ways, was more of the main character in the first novel, takes a back seat in book #2 as we learn more about Lisbeth and her life after the Wennerstrom affair.
It’s a page turning thriller, almost as complex as the first. I throughly enjoyed reading it and I’m looking forward to The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
Have you read any of the Millenium series? If so, what was your favorite of the three novels? Least favorite? What book are you reading right now? Please no spoilers! ...more
Really interesting book about the holocaust in France. I never new about the Vel d' Hive children who were captured by French soldiers and handed offReally interesting book about the holocaust in France. I never new about the Vel d' Hive children who were captured by French soldiers and handed off to the Nazis in Poland. A very powerful story, though at times I wanted more of Sarah's story since I found it more interesting than the story of the modern woman.
Over Christmas break, I decided to pick up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo since I wanted to see it in theaters and I like to read the books before IOver Christmas break, I decided to pick up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo since I wanted to see it in theaters and I like to read the books before I see the film. Although the first 100 pages or so were a bit slow, I could tell that I was going to enjoy the book. And I did. The character, Lisbeth Salander, is, of course, the most interesting of all the characters in the Millenium series, but I also enjoyed Mikael Blomkvist and the other, more minor characters. Most of all, the story itself is compelling and the plot and subplots are so detailed that I was amazed how Larsson was able to weave everything together.
If you haven’t read the book or seen the film, the basic premise is this. Blomkvist, a journalist, has been discredited in court by a slimebag businessman named Wennerstrom. He decided for the good of his newspaper (Millenium) that it would be smart if he left for a while until the whole affair blew over.
Taking advantage of this opportunity is Henry Vanger, the retired head of the Vanger Corporation whose niece, Harriet, disappeared 40 years earlier. He hires Mikael on the pretense that the journalist will be writing a book about his family, but really he wants him to find Harriet’s killer.
Lisbeth, who does the background check on Blomkvist for the Vangers, ends up being hired to assist him with the investigation part way through, and what they discover together is a dark family secret.
Once I got past the first 100 pages I couldn’t put the book down. Since then, I’ve read the second book of the trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire. I will write a review for that one soon. I’m still waiting to get The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Barnes and Nobles has been out of it and I figured I’ll wait for the paperback which is being released in February.
I know I’m behind the times on this series since it’s been popular for a while now, but if you haven’t had a chance to read it, I highly recommend it!
By the way, if you haven’t seen the Swedish version of the film, check it out! It’s at least as good as the American version ...more
I remember reading The Giver in fifth grade. My mom bought it for me because she knew I liked Lois Lowry. I thought it looked "boring" because it hadI remember reading The Giver in fifth grade. My mom bought it for me because she knew I liked Lois Lowry. I thought it looked "boring" because it had a picture of an old weird looking man on the cover, but when I read it I really enjoyed it. It was the first time I began to see the world figuratively, in symbols and metaphors, and even then, I probably only understood half of what she was saying. Now that I'm a teacher, I see how ten and eleven year olds think very literally, and I'm sure I was on the cusp of transitioning from literal to abstract thinking....more