The other night I got into bed at midnight with the intent of reading only a chapter or two of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson before falling asleep. The book has been very slow-moving for me, and it took forever to trudge through the first hundred pages or so. Gradually it became more and more interesting, and by the time I was about two-thirds of the way through, I was hooked. Still, it was not what I’d call “easy reading” especially since I’ve been reading mostly fluffy vampire books for the past couple years.
Well, I made it a little more than halfway by last night and something just clicked. I was unable to put the book down! Laying in bed reading with my husband sleeping beside me and my baby sleeping in his room, I had complete and utter peace in which I could read my book, and it was almost like time stood still.
Before I knew it, the clock read 2:15 and I was nearly finished with the book! I couldn’t stop then. I was tired but felt a surge of adrenaline as I was so close to finding out what was going to happen in the end.
It took me two and a half months to read the first half of this book, and only two and a half hours to read the final half! What a crazy story, what interesting, unique, and compelling characters. There are so many dimensions to this story, so many twists… the day after finishing the book, I’m still thinking about it.
I didn’t really start to enjoy this book until I was about 150 pages into the story, but I had so many friends recommend it to me, that I felt I needed to continue. I didn’t want to quit! Plus, my mom bought me all three books in the series, and I would have been disappointed not to read them.
I’m so glad I persevered through reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, & ended up loving the story. I don’t know if it’s a book that I could ever read again, but I wholeheartedly recommend that you do read it, just to say that you did — and just to get to know the incredible character of Lisbeth Salander, who will undoubtedly go down as a true heroine in this era of modern fiction.
Looking forward to reading the final two books in the series. I do hope, though, that they move a bit quicker along in the beginning than the first!