Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Week 13: A Fictional Book

I just finished reading The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson. Here's the thing about me and books... even if I hate a book I have to finish it. It's a matter of principle. 

(To date, in my 19 years of reading I have failed to complete three books. Three. You should know I am a prolific reader and during the winter average two books a week.) 

That said, I'm not particularly enjoying the Millenium Chronicles. The characters aren't very likeable - though I don't wish any of them ill - and the writing is so very, very slow. Also, I feel there are some key things I'm missing because I don't know a lot about Sweden, namely the geography or the value of a kronor.

I felt much the same at the end of this book as I did at the end of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Fortunately, this time I knew there was a third book and the book I had had the first twelve pages of the next book. Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, you had better be worth it.


george rede said...

I hear you on both counts. Once I start, I want to finish. The only time I didn't -- and I think I'm correct in saying the ONLY time -- it was "Stones From The River" by Ursula Hegi. I tried twice -- twice! -- to get through it but just gave up. Also, my wife had a hard time slogging through one of the Larsson books. I'm taking her cue not to bother going there.

Anonymous said...

Impressive reading pace!! I guess I average that too, but I am a student so I am not able to pick what I read these days.
I was wondering about that book; it doesn't seem my style but it is gaining popularity.

momma zen said...

I used to read a book in a week as most books I read are quite thick. Though I can read thinner ones in a couple days. WHEW - not anymore as a momma! But I think I still tear through a 700 page book fast for someone with a baby. I go without sleep to read. Reading is a major priority for me - to my detriment ...I don't know. I cannot imagine not having a book to escape into every night before I go to bed.

I read almost any genre but I've been really into Fantasy lately. Ever since I had E I just flock to Fantasy series. For Matt's Iraq deployment a couple years ago it was all Middle Eastern fiction. I go through phases. In college it was American and British classic literature. ETC