It has been a while since I have written about any books I have read but believe me...I have still been reading. I finished "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" series back in the summer. I picked up "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest".
If you remember, "The Girl" is Lisbeth Salander. She is more than odd, but a computer genius as well. She is also a central figure in all three books. However, introduced in the first book, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", her role grows in books two and three. These last two books are interrelated and must be read in order: "The Girl Who Played With Fire" should be read first, followed by "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest".
In these last two books, the author delves into the reasons behind Lisbeth's oddities. One finds out about her family and some pretty dark events that have made their way from her past to her future.
I must admit that I read these books because they were on the New York Times Best Seller list for so long and the reviews were intriguing, along with the fact that the author, Steig Larsson, wrote these books, turned them in to his publisher and then died.
What I found was that these were deep books. If you want to read something light and uplifting, you would not find one of these books in your hand. They go into detail about the structure of the Swedish government and politics and the tone of all three books is very dark. I suppose that is why I read the first book and then came back to the other two much later. However, in saying all of this, I would still recommend reading these books because they aren't mindless reads. They are thought provoking books with very well-developed characters and plot, written by an author who did a tremendous amount of research in order to make them such.
I hope you will pick up a book today and allow it to take you on a great adventure.