It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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The meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week. Now hosted by The Book Date.

It’s Monday again, phew time flies! I have my thesis deadline coming up at the beginning of March, so the next few weeks will be quite stressful and sadly not filled with much fun reading. We’ll see how we’ll I’ll do with blogging until then. I can’t wait for having guilt-free reading time again!

Last Week

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I finished Indexing by Seanan McGuire, a sort of procedural urban fantasy about a law enforcement agency for fairy tales. I really enjoyed McGuire’s October Daye and the premise sounded fantastic, so I read Indexing looking for fun escapism. And that’s what I got. Sadly the characters were a bit unrelatable, I wasn’t really invested in any of them and the execution of the story didn’t live up the brilliant premise. But it was still an enjoyable read and I will definitely give the sequel a chance.

Currently

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We’re in the middle of our The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo readalong, so I’m still reading that one. It’s gotten very suspenseful now and it’s a tough read with all that’s going on, but I’m very curious about the ending now.

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I’m currently rereading Harry Potter on audiobook, it’s so nice to start again with the first book. The wide-eyed wonder, the magic, Hogwarts, Hermione! I love listening to this one before bed, it helps me calm down after a stressful day.

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My current non-fiction read is a fascinating account of the decolonization of Nigerian psychiatry and the globalization of psychiatry. If you’re interested in colonialism, the history of medicine and social sciences, you’ll find this one worth the read. I’m an academic, so maybe I’m biased but I think Heaton’s writing is clear and accessible.

Reading Plans

I have so many plans, but that’s for after graduation. For the next few weeks I hope I get to read period. I’m eyeing shorter works, comics and comfort reads, maybe along the lines of:

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Murder Most Unladylike is the first Wells & Wong mystery. Set in the 1930s, the two girls Hazel and Daisy set up their very own secret detective agency.

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Continuing with the brilliant Lumberjanes, they always cheer me up!

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Started Jackaby in December I think, but right at the beginning we got to learn about the brilliant brilliant genius dude and turned me off real quick. Have been assured it’ll get better and the female character will not be starstruck sidekick throughout the novel.

What have you been reading? Any special reading plans?

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo- READALONG Part 1

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Excuse my tardiness, I’ve been sick and around the doctor caroussell, which usually ends with some lame diagnosis of stress. So that’s been a bit frustrating, but I finally managed to get my readalong post up.

Deepika, Lucia and I are currently doing a ‘We’re the last ones to read it’- readalong of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and you’re  welcome to join in! So, here are my impressions on the first 7 chapters, which kinda include spoilers, but I’m going to assume everyone’s already read it 😀

Larsson starts his book of with an intriguing prologue of two old dudes talking about the yearly gift of a flower one has received.Which is apparently related to an unsolved case, so dum dum dum.

Unfortunately, the next bit was not really for me. I don’t get economic intrigue and white somewhat rich dudes tripping each other up in their clever spider’s nests is BORING. That time is better spent reading critiques of capitalism. But maybe the boring details will tie into the rest of the story in a satisfying way. Who knows? Okay probably everyone but the three of us. I laughed at the nickname Kalle Blomkvist though and felt all proud I didn’t need the reference explained, because I grew up with Astrid Lindgren’s children’s literature.

Mikael Blomkvist doesn’t leave much of an impression on me, I have to admit. He blew the whistle, turns out he was tricked, he gets to pay a huge libel fine and maybe spend a couple months in prison. Apparently he’s a good guy, with a complicated non-manogamous  off-again on-again relationship with Erika, the co-partner of their magazine.

Oh and we finally get to meet our heroine, Lisbeth Salander, who is very young, broken somehow and extremely smart and capable. Of course she is attractive apparantly despite the everything-but- her- skin black she rocks. Hopefully the other women characters get more showtime soon, they are intoduced and I want to know more about the feminist lawyer sister etc, but, as of yet, Salander looks like the typical ‘only female and therefore superawesome’ character. Hope it doesn’t turn out this way though. Also, her boss’ thoughts of her are just plain creepy, but at least it looks like it took an okay turn with his protective angle. But so far Salander is interesting, I love her concern for others and her skills and I’m half-afraid of finding out all the shit that probably happened to her.

And then Blomqvist gets offered a job with Vanger, to solve the mystery of Harriet’s disappearance. So, the mystery part can begin and I’m curious about it. I want to see much more of Salander and hopefully there won’t be too much of the business intrigue stuff.

What’s most interesting to me is that the work’s original title is “Men Who Hate Women,” did that make the  US/UK publishers panic? There’s two quotes of statistics about violence against women and domestic violence against women in Sweden written on the part 1 and part 2 title pages. So now of course I want to see more of how Larsson handles this, is he successful in his ambitions?

On to the second part! What did you think, Deepika? Lu? Everyone else, did you enjoy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo when you read it (probably ages ago)?