Last night we decided to go out and see the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movie. We hadn’t done much through the day so it was good to get out of the house.

Both of us had read listened to the books last year so we were quite excited to see the movie.

I’ll keep my review spoiler-free.

I thought it wasn’t bad! I mean, it was like the books in fast-forward. They did change some things, but I am not the type that gets mad when the movie is not exactly the same as the book. In fact I was quite impressed by how they condensed some plot lines and still had a good story.

When I listened to the books last year I really thought they could have been improved by better editing. The books were SO boring in some parts. I felt like they should have cut a lot, but maybe the death of the author (Stieg Larsson) stopped this from happening.

The movie did this editing, and I liked it.

By the way, how weird was it to see Joost from The Way in a totally opposite kind of role.

Can’t wait until the next movie!

About one month since my last book post. Twelve books. Not bad!! All audiobooks while working.

  •  Beauty Queens – Libba Bray (kinda funny, about a plane of beauty queens that crashes on a remote island)
  • The Giver – Lois Lowry (never read this as a kid)
  • Going Bovine – Libba Bray (didn’t really like this book, got bored, about a kid who gets mad cow disease)
  • I Am The Messenger – Markus Zusak (this book was weird, I didn’t really like it)
  • If I Stay – Gayle Forman (a book about death)
  • The Kitchen Gods Wife – Amy Tan (makes me miss my mom’s side of the family)
  • The Lovely Bones – Alice Seabold (another book about death)
  • Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka (I always thought this book would be so hard and intimidating, but it wasn’t at all! It was funny and interesting and so short!)
  • One For The Money – Janet Evanovich (Scott tells me they are making a movie of this too. I have no interest in seeing it)
  • Room – Emma Donoghue (this book was SO GOOD. I thought it was so fascinating and interesting and sad. I felt so emotional, I nearly cried at work. Really, read this, please.)
  • Saving Francesca – Melina Marchetta (aussie, ok)
  • She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb (a book about a girl who gets totally messed up by some horrible things that happen to her as a child)

Seriously Room was so good. I already kinda want to listen to it again! It’s a weird book to have as a favourite but it is definitely way up there on my list.

I have been churning through the audiobooks lately. A good story really makes the work day pass quickly!!

Books I Listened To:

  • the rest of Something Rotten – Jasper Fforde
  • First Among Sequels – Jasper Fforde
  • The Help – Kathryn Stockett (interesting)
  • Water For Elephants – Sarah Gruen (liked it, haven’t watched the movie yet… the movie might ruin it for me)
  • Assassination Vacation – Sarah Vowell (did not find this very interesting since i have little interest in american presidents)
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire – Stieg Larsson (liked much more than the first one in the series)
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest – Stieg Larsson (good in some parts, incredibly boring in others)
  • Divergent – Veronica Roth (yes yes! very similar to hunger games, but i think i liked it better. read this!)
  • One Day – David Nicholls
  • Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer (i recommend this one as well. about post wwII, in letter format)
  • The Death Defying Pepper Roux – Geraldine McCaughrean (would be a good story to read to your kids at bedtime)
Books I Read:
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier – Ishnael Beah (very interesting! this guy has gone through the unimaginable)
  • Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  • She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb
  • ???

Books I Read:

  • 2/3 of Something Rotten – Jasper Fforde (The fourth book in the Thursday Next series)
  • Super Sad True Love Story – Gary Shteyngart (Takes place in a near-future dystopian New York where life is dominated by media and retail)

Books I Listened To:

  • Bossypants – Tina Fey (A funny biography of/by Tina Fey)
  • The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins (A YA novel set in post-apocalyptic North America about a deadly competition)
  • Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins (The second book in the series)
  • Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins (The third and final book in the series)
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson (Swedish crime novel)

I liked The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo eventually, but the slow start was ultra ultra boring and the names were confusing in audiobook format. Will the sequels be the same? I zipped through the Hunger Games trilogy in a week. I loved the first one, the second was ok, but I thought the third one dragged a bit. I can’t wait for the movie though!

What should I read/listen to next?? I need recommendations! Something funny please?