I initially did not like the main character, Lisbeth Salander, but she really grew on me in this book. She slightly annoyed me in the first book but by the end of this one, I loved her. Readers will also find that this book was a lot easier to "get into" than the first (a lot less Swedish economics) and I was enjoying it straight away.
The main plot is that a couple are murdered and Lisbeth is the prime suspect. However, you end up finding yourself really rooting for Lisbeth and feeling angry with men who treat women like worthless objects they can do anything to! I especially like Sociology/feminist undertones: problems with the criminal justice system, mental health (mad or bad?), institutionalised sexism, and more in this series as a lot of crime/thriller focus on a "strong" male main character.
I definitely recommend carrying on with the trilogy if you've read the first book and enjoyed it!
I'm giving it 4.5/5 instead of 5/5 because there's a lot of red herrings and it also takes a long time before the main event happens so by the time it does, the book's over. This isn't to say that the story in the middle is not interesting, but it tends to make the ending a little anti-climatic (although it is a cliff-hanger).
"There are no innocents. There are, however, different degrees of responsibility"
My Rating: 4.5/5
Amazon Rating: 4.5/5
36. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
I'm nearing the end of my attempt at reading 50 books in a year, although I am only up to book 36, and will probably end at 37 in order to start again from 1st July.
I borrowed Everything Is Illuminated from the library as I'd heard so much about it and the Read Hard! book club was also reading it and I wanted to participate.
At the beginning, I found the book a little odd and not what I expected at all (I generally prefer to not read a book's synopsis as I like to be surprised but this sometimes results in me being confused about what is going on!). However, once I adjusted to the fact that this wasn't going to be an ordinary storyline, I really started to enjoy the humourous dialogue and was shaken by the chilling scenes. My favourite parts of the book, and character, is Alex: his letters and his English. His English is comical, intelligent, and more premium compared to a lot of people I know!
I wouldn't say I LOVED the book, but I think that's because it's very different from what I usually read, and not because I thought the book wasn't great. The style, format and storyline just takes getting used to.
"What's going on?", the hero asked. "Why aren't we going in?" "Make apologies," Grandfather told the waitress, who was only a girl, even more young than me. "I am apologizing for calling you a Jew," she said. "She is apologizing for calling you a Jew," I told the hero. "How did she know?" "She knows because I told her before, at breakfast." "You told her I was a Jew?" "It was an appropriate fact at the time. "I was drinking mochaccino." "I must correct you. It was coffee".
My Rating: 3.5/5 (I liked it, but I didn't really, really like it, or love it)
Amazon Rating: 4/5
37. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
In this book, Ben Goldacre aims to highlight ridiculous and unscientific claims made by so-called nutritionists (like Gilliant McKeith), journalists (and others in the media) and pharmaceutical industries, from the myths of homeopathy to the dangerous and unnecessary MMR ("the MMR jab causes autism") scandal in the UK.
As a Sociology student, I found it very valuable and interesting. The book is accessable, funny and most importantly, educational.
My Rating: 4/5
Amazon Rating: 4.5/5
37 / 50 books since ~June 2009. 74% done!
Previous reviews in my journal.