3 & 4

Book 3 and book 4 were both by Stieg Larsson, the Girl Who Played With Fire (2006) and the Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2007).

The first book in the series was a good read. The other two not so good. I lost interest in the too detailed, yet superficial story with way too many narrators. The second book started well, but the more I got into the story the more I lost the interest to continue reading. It took me forever to read the 3rd book, I would only read a couple of pages at the time and it was not until close to the ending that I got somewhat interested again. And I was actually relieved to be finished with the trilogy. I think it will be a while until I read more crime.

In other book related news, while travelling home yesterday I just had to pop into the Tanum book store at Gardermoen. It’s a small and expensive book store but they always seem to have exactly the books I’m looking for. This time I restrained myself and only picked up one; the Flood by J.M.G le Clézio.

I have also restrained myself to only take 4 books with me on my 2 months stay in the Netherlands; the Flood by J.M.G le Clézio, the Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner and finally, the Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline . It will be kind of sad if I actually end up reading all the books while I’m there.

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I had some time to kill yesterday, so I went to the book store. After some browsing I picked out Cormac McCarthy – the Border Triology, Gert Nygårdshaug – Mengele Zoo and Louis-Ferdinand Céline – Journey to the End of the Night. When I paid for them, the man at the counter told me that I deserved a prize for the books I bought. That totally made my day. Earlier this week I also ended up buying the two remaining books in the Millennium triology by Stieg Larsson.

I failed at reading 50 books last year. But I came close enough, 48. Here’s to a new try.

Book 1: A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham (1990)
I loved the beginning of the book. It is beautifully written, but I have always been a sucker for short amazing sentences. I liked the story and while reading it, I was thinking about a few people who should read it. But the ending was really blah and not how I expected it to end. Yet I will recommend it to people.

Book 2: the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (2005)
A lot of people have recommended this book to me. I struggled a little with the beginning as I didn’t think it was well written, but it got better after a while. I liked the story, but I have always enjoyed books that are more mystery than crime. I was also surprised that it was nothing that I expected after seeing the trailers to the movies made from the books. And it was one of those books that got so exciting that I just had to finish it, meaning that I stayed up way too late and hardly got any sleep. I immediately bought the two remaining books and have already started on the next one.