CollegeCandy Book Club: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is part of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. Published posthumously, the three books follow Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander, solving mysteries and kicking butt!

The first book was recently made into a movie, and because I think it’s wise to read the book before seeing the movie (and due to overwhelming reader response!), we decided to feature it as our January Book Club pick. Now, how will these monthly book club discussions work? First, I’m going to give you my opinion on the novel and then, you’re going to discuss below, using the comments section. Tell us your general thoughts on the novel, if you agree or disagree with my points or, if you want to get really literary, you can start discussing themes! Also, don’t forget to let me know which book you want to make our February pick. I’ll be announcing that on February 3rd, so keep your eyes out!

[Warning: Spoilers!]

My first impression of Girl was that it was LONG. 672 of pages long! The book started slowly, with the police officer who investigated the crime discussing the mysterious pressed flowers that appear every year to an old man. Honestly, the first time I tried to read this, I couldn’t get through this part. It drags on quite a bit. However, once I managed through that first section, I was enthralled. One thing I really loved about his book was all the subplots that were going on. Beginning with Mikael’s conviction of libel, then Lisbeth’s life and difficulties with her guardian and finally the Vanger family mystery-solving, there was always a lot going on. I will say that this book was never, ever boring! I also loved Lisbeth. She is such a badass, female character, which I find to be very rare in popular culture. She’s smart, motivated and independent, although has a mega chip on her shoulder. I love her punk aesthetic and found her to be so refreshing. Without Listbeth, I don’t think the novel or the series would nearly as popular. She sets the Millennium Trilogy apart!

Despite this, I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending. Harriet being alive in Australia seemed like a bit of a letdown, although it did allow for more insight into the horrific nature of Gottfried and Martin. I also felt like I couldn’t really guess at who the murderer was, because there were so many members of the Vanger family, most of whom we didn’t know much about. I like in a mystery when I feel confident about the guilty party and then something happens that completely changes my mind. However, the wrap-up of the Wennerstrom case was good and fair and redeemed the finale for me.

And now time for your input! What did you think of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Did you love it or hate?

And don’t forget to leave your recommendation for February’s pick!

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