Literary criticism

“I’ve been keeping myself occupied in other ways, as well. Like reading. Am I the only person who read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and was like, ‘What’s the deal with all the sandwiches?’ ”
-Excerpt from Mia Thermopolis, Princess of Genovia’s website

If you’re racking your brain trying to figure out who Mia Thermopolis is, don’t fret. She’s a fictional character from the Princess Diaries series of books by Meg Cabot. I just thought this quote from her website was funny and relevant to the topic at hand. I spent a lot of time over the Memorial Day weekend reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo because after I finally got past the boring beginning (thanks to Dave B’s reassurance) I could hardly put the book down even to go to sleep. When I got home from work today I parked myself in bed (under the covers because it’s been chilly recently) and finished the last few chapters. It was a great book, but there were indeed a lot of sandwiches in it. Not that it took away from the story in any way, but Mia was absolutely right. And I’ve been thinking about a cheese and pickle sandwich ever since the title character ate one. Weird. But anyway, as soon as I closed the back cover my the first book in the Millennium Trilogy, I immediately started pondering how I was going to get my hands on The Girl Who Played with Fire. After a little research I put the book on hold at the library because it seemed to be the most economical and ecological choice. The downside is that I can’t start reading immediately, like if I downloaded the book on my Kindle, but it looks like the Orange County Public Library has several copies available so I should be able to check one out soon. For now I’m going to have to scour my bookshelf for something I haven’t read yet. I’ll see what I can come up with.

2 thoughts on “Literary criticism

  1. I agree that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo started off insanely slow (it took me days to get through the first part), but then got good FAST (and I read the rest of the book in one evening). I’m reading The Girl Who Played With Fire now and so far it seems to follow the same theme of slow . . . then FAST. So far a great series. Enjoy!

  2. The Swedish movies are available on Netflix streaming….worth checking out once you’ve read the books.

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