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 Some things are melting now, well what’s it gonna take till my baby’s alright? -Tori Amos

On GoodReads I challenged myself to read sixty-one books this year. Tonight, December 20, 2011 at 8:45 PM I reached my goal. My (possible) last book of 2011 was The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian. (side note, I highly recommend you watch that interview with Bohjalian that can be found by following that link. It was great to hear how he came up with the idea for the book and how he himself had moved into a creepy house much like the Linton’s do in his novel.) I have given this book three stars on GoodReads which means I liked it. I did. I liked it. Right up until the epilogue. I sat for a moment thinking about what kind of post I wanted to do tonight. Perhaps one expressing my ire at poor epilogues. How can one futuristic look at the lives of beloved characters ruin an entire story? I’m not sure how, but I know that it sure can.

I came into the office and recorded my book on GoodReads as read. I was then greeted with a congratulatory box stating that I had reached my goal. I then decided to look at all of the books that I have read over this past year. Looking at the covers brings back a specific memory of exactly where I was at (physically) and where I was (emotionally) when I was reading that book. The first book I read in 2011 was To The Lighthouse by Virgina Woolf. This brings back memories of last Christmas at my parent’s house. It was a horrific holiday. I was snowed in and missed two trains that were to take me to see my boyfriend who I was in a very long-distance relationship with at the time. I spent too much time cooped up with my parents and as a result we fought. Big time. I retreated into my bedroom (slamming the door and screaming as if I were right back in high school again despite the fact that I am a 26 year old adult) with the Ramsay’s. I didn’t care for this book at all. In fact it is still sitting in a basket in my old bedroom at my parent’s house. I gave it two stars. As I look back at the reviews of it on GoodReads I have to wonder if it was truly the book that I didn’t care for, or was it the prisoner-like way I was being held against my will and being treated?

I read the entire Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larrson (read my post on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo here) this year. I remember reading all of them in my second-story bedroom in coastal, NC. The first I read as a borrowed copy from G’s mom. I started it on the road back from Raleigh where we spent New Year’s Eve. I remember reading it in G’s jeep as we crossed the entire state. I read the second two as borrowed copies from the library. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest was read in late spring, mostly on the beach.

I read the last two books of the Hunger Games trilogy this year. Both on my Nook that I got for my birthday in March (read about that adventure here).

I read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in May. It took me five days to read it. I read it in the midst of an emotional crisis. I remember finishing it on the beach on a breezy, cool day by myself. I remember people walking by, but I don’t remember anything specific about those people because I was so engrossed in the book. I was alone as I read it. I went to the end of the island and turned off my phone and I faced my towel towards the horizon and I devoured the atrocity that was the medical field.

This year, I am selecting The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks as my book of the year. I am selecting it for many reasons and before I do an entire post on it I feel the need to collect and focus my thoughts on the book a little bit more. However soon, look for my 2011 book-of-the-year post. Until then, revisit last year’s post on The Help which I selected as my 2010 book of the year.

Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, Happy Christmas, Have a blessed new year. Until Next Time…

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“What she had realised was that love was that moment when your heart was about to burst”

(Spoiler alert: Whenever I will write a review of any book on this blog, I am writing it as if you, the reader, have already read the book. I will be giving away crucial plot lines and endings. If you do not want to know the ending of a book or have any part of it told to you, stop reading this immediately! You’ve been warned…)

This is undoubtedly my favorite quote from the lengthy The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. Not only is it dead-on when it describes what love is like, but it is also a break in the character of Lisbeth Salander. The entire book up until this point the girl is so cut off and seemingly devoid of any emotion save for a longing for revenge. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Lisbeth and respect her ability to truly stand up for herself. However, it was a nice break to see her start to feel some raw, real human emotion (aside from anger and revenge) for Mikael. At the same time I was also glad when she chucked the idea into the garbage along with the metal sculpture of Elvis.

The first chapter of this book was so hard to get into. This book is hugely popular. Hugely. It seems that everyone and their mother is reading this book. I see it for sale everywhere. It is #1 on the trade paperback bestsellers list from the NYT. I knew I had to read it. A few years ago I worked at a university library in the reference department and I remember one question that I got one night around December of 2008. The caller asked if there was anyway that he could have a book  put on a rush. What this means is that when a new book is ordered for a library, it is listed in the libraries catalog as having been acquired but not yet cataloged and processed. When someone orders a rush they are asking us to add it to the very tip-top of the pile of books to be processed and put on the shelves. The book that this caller rushed was one I had never heard of, after-all it had only been published for two months. It was The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. From that night on it seemed like that was the only book on everyone’s list. But anyway, I digress. This book was so hard to get into. My boyfriends mother had just finished reading it and she gave it a really high rating. She then quickly moved on to The Girl Who Played With Fire which she also highly recommended. So, on new years eve 2010 I picked up her copy that was lying on their kitchen table and started reading. She asked me if I would like to borrow it and I said yes since it was on my to-read-list and had been since 2008. Getting through that first chapter with all the financial lingo was rough going. However, I had been warned that the first several pages were awful, but I had also been advised by these same readers to stick with it because it would be worth it. It really was!

After reading this book, I felt like I had just read about 10 different books. There were so many storylines going on:

-Lisbeth raped then getting revenge on her protector/guardian guy

-Mikael going to jail for libel

-Mikael being asked to solve a mystery

-The Harriet mystery

-Lisbeth working on Mikael then working with him

-The Vanger family history

-The Berger/Mikael dysfunctional relationship

-Mikael getting his revenge on Wennerstrom

See what I mean?! So much going on in one book!

I was so engrossed in that Harriet mystery. How did one girl seem to just disappear into thin air? Did someone cause that crash on the bridge? If she was murdered, where the heck is the body? If she wasn’t murdered, where the heck did she go. I really loved the true story of what really happened to Harriet Vanger. I was so happy to see her doing well and to have a happy ending. And honestly, I had suspicions about that Martin the entire book. He seemed to relaxed.

I am very excited for the theatrical version of this film to be released in 2011 (not the one that is already out). I think that this movie could be really well done on the big screen. I also think that it could be butchered. However, after looking at the cast list on IMDB, I think that this film adaptation has very high potential. We can only hope. We’ll just have to wait until December to find out though…

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