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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

Literature & Fiction, Murder & Crime, Mystery & Suspense, Thriller & Psychological Thriller

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder – and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family.

He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a book I was hesitant to read for a long time. When it was released a massive hype and media storm surrounded it; this made me reluctant to buy it, I was scared that this novel would not live up to its expectations and my hopes for a brilliant thriller. However! Despite this, a friend convinced me to read it after she said she could not put it down and so, I read it, and the verdict is that I LOVED it! The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of the most incredible, thrilling and exhilarating novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading and along with Gone Girl and Jane Eyre, it is a newly found favorite read of mine. Stieg Larsson’s skill not only as a writer but a storyteller floored me – upon finishing this novel all I could do was sit back in shock and amazement at what a brilliant book I had just read. In my reviews, I like to write a brief description of this book, and although the majority of you will know all about this excellent book, I am still going to write a summary for the readers who are yet to experience this glowing read!

Our story begins in 1966 and follows the mysterious Vanger family. 16-year-old Harriet Vanger, daughter of the CEO of a family-run business (which can only be described as a wealthy empire) known as Vanger Corporations, goes missing from the family’s small island community and is never seen again. No trace of Harriet, not even her body was found. Harriet’s disappearance has always troubled her great-uncle, Henrik Vanger. Henrik has never moved on past Harriet’s disappearance; he desperately wants to know what happened to his beloved and most favorite family member.

The disappearance of Harriet has become Henrik’s obsession over the last 40 years; he has pondered over and over again about what could have possibly happened to Harriett. Sadly, Henrik soon concluded that someone had murdered Harriet but not just anyone… somebody in the Vanger family (now we have ourselves a family mystery book lovers!). Although Henrick believes Harriet was murdered, he nor the police have ever been able to think of a motive or find any potential perpetrators; therefore, he has no idea who to suspect.
Flash forward 39 years and it is now 2005 and Henrik is still obsessed with Harriet’s disappearance. Henrick’s time is running out to find the answers once and for all; He is an ill man with ailing health, he is growing older and sicker with each passing day, so soon, his obsession soon turns to desperation. In his desperation, Henrik decides to spend his riches on hiring an investigator to investigate Harriet’s disappearance so that he can indulge in his obsession one more time… once and for all before his time runs out.

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At this point in the novel, we meet the protagonist of the story, Mikael Blomkvist. Mikael is a forty-something-year-old financial journalist and editor of Millennium magazine; a magazine which he co-founded which prides itself on investigative journalism. Blomkvist, however, and the magazine have suffered a significant blow recently, and he has been convicted and found guilty of libel against one of the most prominent entrepreneurs in Sweden: Hans-Erik Wennerstrom. It is crucial for me to mention Hans-Erik Wennerstrom because he and this subplot plays a considerable part in the latter part of the novel.

Mikael, with his name in poor-reputation, wants to keep a low-profile (understandably so!) and so, he pretends that he has been fired from the magazine to save it from further scrutiny from the media as well as the vicious Wennerstrom. Henrik Vanger is a man of many talents, one of those talents is scouting the right man for the right job. Henrick has been following Mikael and his career for a long time, he admires his journalistic skills, and when he learns of Mikael’s leave of absence, he sees this as an opportunity to hire Mikael and his resourceful knowledge to solve Harriet’s disappearance.

Henrick soon arranges a meeting, and upon Mikael and Henrik’s gathering, the reader learns that Mikael’s father worked once for the Vanger Corporation and Harriet herself had babysat little Mikael a few times. This, unlike the Wennerstrom snippet, is not an essential part of knowledge to the story. However, it does add another depth to this novel, and it helps with Mikael’s later decision.
Henrik jumps at the opportunity of hiring Mikael, and so he makes him a proposition. The proposition is that he come and live at Henrik’s estate with a year-long contract accompanied with an enormous sum with the ‘pretext’ of writing a history of the family – an autobiography of Henrik. I am sure all of you lovely readers can guess by now that this pretext is false and instead, his real mission is to discover what has happened to dear Harriet.

After much convincing and reluctance from Mikael, he finally agrees to take Henrick up on his offer, even though he knows that this is a troubling case as well as a challenging, delicate task and so, he needs help. Now the reader meets the second protagonist of the novel, Lisbeth Salander. Lisbeth is a brilliant, quiet, secretive young woman who excels at her ‘job’ as a masterful, genius hacker. Lisbeth is a woman with a troubled past and an even more troubling present; she is typically a closed book, but she sees something in Mikael. Somehow, he earns her trust and frankly, it takes her by surprise. So begins The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo as this enigmatic duo team up to discover the truth about Harriet’s disappearance.

Book lovers, I am so sorry for my very long synopsis! I get carried away when writing a review of a book I love. It is a novel I am madly in love with; it is mysterious, haunting, twisted and suspenseful… all qualities I love in a mystery! The secrets the reader uncovers will shock you to your core; already I would have to implore you lovely readers to read this book if you have not yet. It is too brilliant to be missed!

At this point in my review, I believe it is essential to write about Larsson’s inspiration for his novel but I warn you, it is incredibly harrowing. Larsson’s inspiration for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo comes from a tragic and unsettling incident a young Larsson witnessed at the tender age of just 15. Larsson spoke of how he stood by as three men gang-raped an acquaintance of his named Lisbeth. Larsson, days later, was racked with guilt for having done nothing to help her and begged desperately for her forgiveness…she refused. The incident he said has haunted him for all of his life and in part inspired him to create a character named Lisbeth Salander who is also a rape survivor in the novel. This inspiration is heartrendingly sad, and I was shocked when I read about it. I think readers who know this, will gain an even better understanding of Lisbeth and that is important considering she is the focus of the novel.

The crime elements within these pages are terrifying, and unlike anything I read before and again, I can’t mention it without referring to Larsson’s other line of inspiration. Larsson’s crime inspiration for his novel comes from the murder of Catrine de Costa. Catrine de Costa was a 28-year-old Swedish prostitute who was murdered and horrifically had her body dismembered and placed in separate plastic bags all over Sweden. What is worse is that the killer was never found and ‘him’ setting those bags all over Sweden was a horrible twisted game he was playing with the police.

Larsson as a writer certainly had a very unusual, but an incredible way of thinking and learning about his inspiration for this novel will bring you closer to it and help you understand it better. I just wish poor Larsson was alive today so I could pick his brain about all things The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo could be labeled as only a ‘crime mystery’ however I think differently. I believe that this novel is so much more than a generic piece of crime fiction; it could never be generalized because it is special, unique. Larsson managed to add depths and layers to this novel which I have never before have come across with a crime novel.
Instead of being ‘just a crime mystery,’ it is the story of a woman’s survival, a story of crime, a story of disordered personalities as well as family relationships. It is more than a mystery, it is an entity of its own, and so I do hope that you lovely readers read this excellent book.

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Lisbeth Salander, where do I start? Lisbeth has to be the most incredible protagonist in the history of publishing. Lisbeth is an introverted, intricate, intriguing young woman; she is a woman who has a fantastic narrative, it grabs you from the first page and hooks you to the last. Lisbeth is not only an intriguing woman; she is a survivor, she has been surviving her whole life. She has survived the horrific state care system she had grown up in; in which she experienced unspeakable acts. She is surviving the prejudices which have sadly been placed upon her throughout her life. She is a remarkable woman for this alone but even more so because she has been surviving all by herself, with no help or support system. Lisbeth is a strong, authentic, poignant character and one of my favorite protagonists of all time.

As a lover of literature, I have to give praise to Larsson for writing such an exceptional novel. His writing will engross, enthrall and entertain you from the very first sentence; ever since the first sentence I was hooked. From that moment onwards I knew it was going to be an unforgettable read and it was! Larsson was a gifted writer; his words held such power over me and the millions of other readers his words touch.
It is tragically sad that Larson never knew the success of his Millennium series and what a critical read it became – especially for survivors. I am sure the majority of you know of Larsson’s fate, but in case you do not, I will enlighten.

Larsson had always only ever been a Journalist and Nazi specialist; however one day he decided to put pen to paper and write a book series. He walked to his publisher and handed his three manuscripts up front, but sadly, just a few days later he tragically died… he never knew the success of his novels, and that is so incredibly sad to me.

The next few paragraphs in my review are going to contain a few spoilers so if you do not know what happens in this book and do not want to be spoiled, then please skip to the spoiler-free sections which will be highlighted!

SPOILER – Having finished reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and learning of Martin Vanger’s true nature; I can’t help but see the shocking resemblance between him and his father’s gruesome crimes (but also the inspiration of the true-life murder of Catrine de Costa). As I am writing of how grotesque and immoral Martin’s crimes were, I have to mention that the crimes in this book are equally, if not more grotesque than the crime of Catrine de Costa; which is still a very shocking thought to me.

The crime in this novel could surpass that of a real-life horror show. If you do not mind reading about gruesome murders and crimes and in fact, have an interest in them then, of course, this is a book which you would revel in because the crimes were so disturbing that it makes your head spin with thoughts and feelings which you would not typically be accustomed. This is yet another reason why I loved this novel because as a lover of psychology and criminology alike, I was in my element!

SPOILER – At this point, I feel that I should write down my thoughts on the ending, not the conclusion but the ending and climax of the Vanger family saga and Martins murders. When Mikael was taken captive and strung up like a carcass by Martin, my first thought was ‘Yes! Now, this is going to be intense’ and intense it was! The conversation was raw, enticing and thrilling; so thrilling that I wanted it to last longer!

To summarise my thoughts on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I would say that this exceptional novel is a steady, streamlined, thrilling, gripping read which is distributing and creepy at the same. If you adore compelling mystery crime novels, then this indeed is the book for you and I have no choice but to give this incredible book five stars!

Thank you so much for reading my review book lovers! I appreciate it so much. I truly adore talking with all of you lovely readers so please do comment below and let me know all of those wonderful thoughts of yours! Let me know whether you have read this novel but also let me know if you haven’t and whether you would like to; I hope my review would have convinced you! If you have not read the book but have seen the movie then let me know your thoughts and whether you liked the movie or the TV series; I would love to know! If you have read the rest of the series too then please let me know whether they are worth me picking up! Thank you so much again!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon USA! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for the Amazon U.K. website. Please see attached a Book Depository link for those that are international! Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book!

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Amazon U.K. – Book Depository – Publisher; Penguin Random House

Mini Movie Review

As this novel is now a movie I feel the need to quickly divulge my thoughts on it! I personally thought that the movie was insanely good and a perfect adaption of the book. The director David Fincher has a habit of adapting novels incredibly well, as we saw with Gone Girl which is one of my favorite books and movies of all time! I thought how the story was told was incredible and Fincher perfectly captured the harsh, cold setting of Sweden. The casting too was superb, especially Rooney Mara for Lisbeth; she was just amazing and I really implore all of you to watch the movie also!

Thank you so much again for reading book lovers!

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Wanda
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Love your reviews! I love following your blog/website because you always post so many reviews that are all different and unique from each other which is rare today so great job! Also as I adore your blog so much and want you to win I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. If you do not do awards I understand. If you do here is the skinny. https://cookiesandmoo.blog/2018/03/30/11-questions-11-answers/. Keep up the great work and you will always have a follower in me now! You do such great work!

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Kim Meyers

What a thorough review! I love your reviews so much and have been reading them as well as sharing them for years now. I love books and you always review such a great collection. It has been years since I read this series of books, but through the years it has stayed with me indelibly and your review has made me want to re-read the entire series. Lisbeth ks one of the most unforgettable and inspiring characters I can ever remember reading. Such a gripping story as well. I loved it wildly.Keep reviewing and I will keep reading!

beautyblitzblog
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Completely agree with everything you’ve just said! I ADORED this book! Like you I was a little hesitant to read it, but after the first chapter I was completely hooked and couldn’t stop until I’d finished it! I’d highly recommend his other works too, if you haven’t read them yet. Great post! xx

Ayunda
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I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!!!!!!I agree with everything you just wrote! It was such an amazing plot and both Lisbeth and Erika are some of my favorite female characters of all time, because both are badass in their own way. I never knew about the inspiration for the novelX and now that I do I have a whole new appreciation for everything that I’ve read. I’m so scared to read Girl with the spider web because I feel like it’ll be a letdown. As a side note I adore your reviews and really enjoy how in-depth they are so… Read more »

huntersjones
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Fantastic review! I love this book and I love your website too. Been an avid follower for years now and love how you are always pushing boundaries with the norm of reviews. Also love how you lace bits about yourself in your reviews, that is great and so unique! Keep up the phenomenal work I will always read now.

Kay - The Desert Bibliophile
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I adore the Millennium series! There’s nothing like an amazingly written, chunky novel to get my blood pumping. I just picked up the fourth volume recently and while I’m super excited to read it based purely on my need to know what has happened since the third book, I’m hesitant because it’s not Larsson. Though, I’ve heard that David Lagercrantz leaves it open for a few more books. I can’t wait to see what you think of the rest of the series!

Kay - The Desert Bibliophile
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Larsson did a really amazing job of wrapping up the main plot of the first three novels but still leaving enough questions to involve a fourth book and actually had an incomplete manuscript that was left in the possession of her girlfriend at the time of his death. However, because they weren’t married so had no right to his work. There was some drama, if I remember correctly between her, the publishers and his surviving family that retained the rights when he passed. I believe his editor wanted to finish what he had started but the family refused? Apparently the… Read more »

johnpersico
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johnpersico

Great review of the book. Love your visuals to add depth to your writing. You are very ambitious. Amazing how many of us out there love books. I know I may be older than your normal reader but I do really enjoy your reviews even the ones for your YA books because you write so in-depth which is rare to come across. Keep up the fantastic work.

Evelyn @ Books With Chemistry
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Oh my god. I never knew these things about his book. Everyone (or at least most of the bookish people I know) raves about this through & through. I’m never a fan of reading books with heavy mentions of rape but I’m willing… so so willing to check this out AS SOON AS POSSIBLE now. Thanks to you, really. I’m especially intrigued by Larsson’s inspirations and this female MC, Lisbeth. Give me a good strong survivor anytime and I’ll go with a smile! Awesome review you wrote there! (Though I skimmed slightly when you mentioned about the ending so that… Read more »

Magsi Rover
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Whoah! How nostalgic. Looks like I’ll never be too busy not to pay your site a visit. Thanks for this! <3 I think its always amazing to see updated write ups, insights and whatnot about books/stories and authors we like.

milliethom
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I’ve been intending to read this book for ages and your excellent and thorough review has made me move it a long way forward on my TBR list. Whenever I read one of your reviews I always trust your opinion as i have been reading your reviews for months now and you are so honest always but never negative which is so refreshing. I will be sure to add this to my TBR pile and let you know how I get on. Thanks again Aimee!

J.S. Mueller
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I saw the movie and loved it, but I really want to read the book now. Knowing how it was probably a way for Larsson to exorcise the demons of his past makes it that much more fascinating. Thanks for a thorough review.

bloggeray
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Hi. Once again I’m commenting on a review of yours without having read the book in question and having watched the movie adaptation (Infact I have watched all 4 movies that have been made on this trilogy, the three Swedish ones and the Hollywood remake too). Your review was again, very good and detailed and your adding the “making of” of the book would surely have helped a lot of the readers. And you have to give it to Mr. Larsson, he has created a female protagonist who can give any other lead out there a run for their money.… Read more »

bloggeray
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I actually was a bit shocked when I read the line about the reveal in the review, although since I knew it already it didn’t matter much to me. And yes, it sometimes happens to us all when we just write with the flow, when the words kind of come out of the hands, like we are writing on autopilot, and how wonderful that feels.
I’m just happy I found your blog and could add something meaningful to this already wonderful post. Your earnestness really comes through in every post.
Keep writing. God bless. 🙂

bloggeray
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The movie, as u might know, is based on another book in the series, One Shot. And for fans of the movie like me, a sequel is in the works.

bloggeray
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You should read it, preferably after watching the movie once again so as to compare them both and also because books are almost always, as a general rule, better than their movie adaptations. So yes, definitely check that out.

bloggeray
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All the best then. Which book are you reading now?

bloggeray
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Interesting, to say the least. 🙂

bloggeray
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I will. I hadn’t thought of writing book reviews on my blog earlier. But now I think it was a most wonderful thing to do, considering I got to know if beautiful blogs like yours only because of that book review I wrote. Now I will regularly post reviews of books too, starting with Killing Floor.

bloggeray
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Thanks for the advance appreciation 🙂

bloggeray
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Books are such great sources of knowledge and open the whole wide unseen world to us. We need all hands that we can get on deck to spread the word.

bloggeray
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That your collection is diverse is all the more better and elegant. And reading books together, wow! That must feel special!

bloggeray
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You are full of surprises! First you’re a Brit and then you married an American guy, at 17!!!! Wow. I think that is a good enough premise for a book, fiction/nonfiction.
Also, it is important to read different genres and writers, that gives us a better perspective..
Maybe you should work on that book!! 🙂

bloggeray
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I didn’t know, honestly. Actually, I didn’t check your about page, only the homepage and the reviews. Guess I should have. Great to know that you have had such adventures.
Maybe one day I’ll be writing the review of the book based on your epic story, Lol!!

bloggeray
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And so are you.
Thank you. 🙂

bloggeray
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Ping me.

Dave Astor
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“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” is fantastic — as is your piece about it, RedHeaded BookLover. And the next two novels in Stieg Larsson’s trilogy are just as good as the first one.

Dave Astor
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You’re welcome — and thanks for your reply! I loved Stieg Larsson’s writing so much that I can’t bear to see his series continued by another writer. I don’t plan to read the new book. What about you?

Eric Klingenberg
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I loved this book as well. Really love your in-depth review and anaylis of the book. You should expand on the movie review section that would make a great feature.

bmackela
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Good review. I hope you get a chance to read the rest of the series.

books n'at
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I liked this book, but didn’t love it and I never picked up any of the sequels. I’m interested to know if you read them and if you think the story gets better as it progresses through the other books. They probably won’t be at the top of my reading list, but I would give them a try on your recommendation.

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews
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I love this trilogy so much, and even if I know the fourth novel doesn’t really have all that much to do with the first three, I do own that one as well. It’s really too bad his family wanted all the money, even if Larsson’s girlfriend had basically co-written all the books with him. That’s the reason why the almost finished manuscript is still not released.
Great review 🙂

The Opening Sentence
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Lisbeth Salander is an amazing character invention and a big inspiration to me and my work. (I often quote her alongside Hannibal Lecter as being the best examples of the anti-hero.) I need to read the fourth book as Langercratz has had good reviews for it.

As for the films: both Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara captured different sides of Salander so effectively, but I’d give Mara the edge.

Your website too is great, love the wide varirty of reviews and how you welcome all comments and views.

thefirstassertion
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WONDERFUL REVIEW! I actually adore your reviews and get happy everytime I see your notification. Your reviews are always so indepth and well written and compell me to read the book so keep up the fantastic work!

lifeandtrialsofatrainee
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Great review! I totally agree with your points and I really enjoyed the Millennium Series! Keep up the wonderful reviews I will keep reading!

Maria H.
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All 4 books in the series are great, even the one written by a different author (#4). He did a great job sticking to Stieg’s style and tone.
Surely someone has mentioned the Swedish version of the film to you? My husband and I both thought they were really good, maybe even better than the American version.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, by the way. It’s nice to find a fellow mommy book lover, though with twins I am not sure how you manage!

Maria H.
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I’ve got a 3 and a 1 year old, both boys. I think all the books are very much about Lisbeth, if I remember correctly. I didn’t know there was a tv series!

Maria H.
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I am definitely hoping for a girl for the next one! You will enjoy the next books, if you have time to read them 😛 my kids don’t like it when I read, then they start demanding watching shows on the tablet. And the evenings is husband time so I can’t always read then either. How do you manage?

Maria H.
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I hope so! But if it does, I won’t know what to do with her! 😛

Maria H.
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Yes, that’s got to be awfully hard. I am very lucky because mine doesn’t travel very much and never more than a few days. It is such a relief when he gets home!

Arpita
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Hello Aimee,
I loved your review! Its so well written, I wish I were that good with review writing! Makes me want to red that book now! Great Job!

avidlysubversive
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I just finished reading this book a few weeks ago for the 4th time and it is still great. I don’t usually like the movie version of a book, but this time it was different. I loved it.

This post has a good flow to it. Keep it up.

Cherryl
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The entire original trilogy will have you gripped – and far better than the films. I loved how you wrote such a great review of one of my favorite books and even wrote a short anaylsis of the movies! The movies are good but nothing can ever beat the book. Thanks for the fantastic review Aimee.

Cherryl
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The second book is the next part of Salander’s story – then the third – the story continues…

Cherryl
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Yes, the three books are Salander’s story, she is the central character in each book, each book picks up where the other left off – ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is only the first part of her story – you really need to read all three to get the full story, things unfold further in the next two books (including who her father is – and a whole can of worms attached)….

Cherryl
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You won’t be disappointed!!

Cherryl
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Yes definitely, put it this way – certain people get their ‘just deserts’ and Salander comes out on top. I would hate for the ‘bad guys’ to get away with their mischief. I haven’t read the fourth book because there was a lot of controversy over it, there was some big feud within the family when Larsson died and apparently Larsson’s version/ideas for the fourth book were overridden. No complaints about the first three – great thrillers with plenty if twists! 😊📚

Cherryl
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I would definitely read the books first before watching any more films – I think I saw ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in English and the ‘The Girl who kicked the Hornet’s Nest’ in English subtitles – neither were anywhere near as good as the books though!

Samantha
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I have read the book last year and thought it was awesome as well! Lisbeth was a very compelling and intriguing character. Your amazing review has made me want to re-read it and I will do that as soon as I can. I love your reviews they always make me want to read and re-read books I have loved so thanks!

Tvor
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I really ended up liking the book but I found it took 100-150 pages to get going. Once it did, it was a great story! I loved Lisbeth and the other two books in the trilogy are even better. I’ve seen the movie and it was pretty good but the original subtitled Swedish one was definitely worth seeing as well. I preferred Noomie Rapace’s Lizbeth. Keep up the great reviews!

Joce
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You are so talented!!!!!! love your reviews and enjoy reading them and sharing them with my friends so much. Keep up the amazing work!

leighholland15
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This is truly one of my favorite books. It was a wonderful experience. Love your website too, keep up the great work!

shweta1625
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Just finished reading the Millennium series and I am in awe of Lisbeth Salander. That girl is a mystery as well as a open book. Sheer genius

shweta1625
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Oh yes!! U should definitely read the second and the third book. It’s all about Lisbeth. I was particulary amazed with the second book, It’s my favourite so far 🙂

shweta1625
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Then u are going to love the second and third book even more. And as bonus, there is a fourth book😀

shweta1625
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Yeayy, 😁😁😊

shweta1625
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Do let me know ur thoughts on the Millennium series😊

shweta1625
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I have downloaded the pdf. But the thing is I cant read too long from the phone or desk screen. So m waiting to come across the paper backed book. If not, then the pdf it is.

shweta1625
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I’m old school too. But I prefer being that becoz the experience of reading the book is so much better that way😀

shweta1625
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The first book more like sets a premise for Mikeal and Lisbeth , the second and the third books are all about them, more about her and him helping her… U should read it, u will lovee it 🙂

shweta1625
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😁 yes they make a good team

John
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Wow–this is a lot of replies. I know this book is “old” now, but your review was excellent and I had no idea that the author witnessed the rape of his acquaintance and was inspired to create Lisbeth from this experience. How haunting.

I have the box-set that I purchased after reading the ebook, and it includes a bio book about Larsson. I’ve been saving them for a re-read, so I’ll be sure to read the bio first.

theorangutanlibrarian
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Gosh I really need to read this at some point soon!! Fantastic review!

theorangutanlibrarian
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You’re very welcome!!

theorangutanlibrarian
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Yes absolutely- especially since I’ve had this on my kindle a while, waiting to be read- gonna need to rectify this soon!!

theorangutanlibrarian
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Brilliant!

theorangutanlibrarian
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Not yet!!

theorangutanlibrarian
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Ah great!!

Juvie
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Hello! I’ve nominated you for the Real Neat Blog Award. I’ve explained all about it here: https://paradigmshifter0912.wordpress.com/2017/06/14/real-neat-blog-award-pure-fun/. Thanks! 🙂

Juvie
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Welcome! 🙂

Juvie
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Noooo. Not yet 🙁 But I do have the movie. Not sure though if I should start with that… 🙂 Whatchathink? 🙂

Juvie
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I’d start with the movie, then 🙂 Thanks! <3 <3 <3

Juvie
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Definitely! I’ll try to find the copy and if it’s with me I’ll watch it on my rest day 🙂

Juvie
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I’ve seen it. I liked it! It was recommened by a friend. He said it was a good movie and it was! 🙂

Juvie
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I’ll do that. Thanks! 🙂 🙂 🙂 I’ll *try to* write a review of the movie once done. Hehe 🙂

Jude
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My favourite crime novel (series) of all time!

And many thanks for the follow on my blog! 🙂

Jude
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Thank you so much! 😀😀☺😊

shweta1625
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Wow!! I think I should give this book a try. Coincidentally, my friend has also been suggesting this book to me these days and she even downloaded the movie for me bcoz I was skeptical about the book! Now after reading your review and the fact that everyone is so intrigued by the book, I’m going to give it a try!! 😊 Thankq fr the review😊👍

shweta1625
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Yes, I always find the novels more interesting, they have a way of nicely building up the character backgrounds, something which we don’t get with movies
And if I happen to read the novel first, I always end up comparing it to the movie to check for plot changes and vice versa 😜

shweta1625
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😀

Eccentric Muse
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Eccentric Muse

This book remains one of my absolute favorite book of all time and I always recommend it to anyone looking for a good crime story/mystery. I also enjoy the other two books in the series and for now, it is my favorite trilogy until I reread them because I always discover new things while rereading. I won’t bother to watch the movie/s or TV show because they wouldn’t do the characters enough justice. You might just be my all-time favorite book reviewer. You take your time to write it up and you’re always thorough.

Eccentric Muse
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Eccentric Muse

There is no need to apologize at all. ^^

Eccentric Muse
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Eccentric Muse

Hahaha! 🙂

Eccentric Muse
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Eccentric Muse

They are. Don’t stop there, girl, complete the trilogy. Even if you don’t like them you can tell us about it on your blog. I plan to reread them soon.

Eccentric Muse
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Eccentric Muse

Yes! I want to know your thoughts. 🙂

Eccentric Muse
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Eccentric Muse

No. I drew my line at the 3rd. I don’t want to take away from his legacy.

Eccentric Muse
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Eccentric Muse

You’re most welcome.Your reviews are wonderful!

Forestwoodfolkart
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I liked the Swedish version of the movie best but the novel is just chock full of twists, turns and revelations! A wonderful trilogy that hooks readers from all parts of society and the world.

Forestwoodfolkart
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Yes, I think it will give you a different and perhaps better impression of the story.

Forestwoodfolkart
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Let me know what you think!

Forestwoodfolkart
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Yes, I have read all of them including the last which was NOT written by Stein as he had passed away by then

Forestwoodfolkart
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I feel that the author was trying to keep the same style but one could tell it just didn’t have the edge that the other’s did. You will have to let me know how you found it.

Forestwoodfolkart
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I believed that the fourth book in the millenium series was never finished, and it was his father that refused to publish it as is. I also understood, perhaps incorrectly that the fourth book was based on that story that Larsson half finished.

Forestwoodfolkart
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It is only what I heard in one report. It may just be rumour!

Forestwoodfolkart
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Auto correct on my phone changed Stieg in the previous comment. Of course I meant Stieg not Stein.

Forestwoodfolkart
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That is the trouble with phones!!!

Forestwoodfolkart
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That is a surprise, but a blog is a little bit different, sort of like writing letters.

Forestwoodfolkart
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Yes I am a big Nordic crime reader!

Forestwoodfolkart
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I love the Swedish books by Håkan Nesser, Karin Altvegen, Camilla Lackberg and Liza Marklund. Also great thrillers are written by Lars Kepler. Danish writers of crime I like Elsebeth Egholm and for Norwegian: Authors Karin Fossum, Anne Holt, and of course the fantastic Jo Nesbø. I have some reviews on some of these on my blog. Some have been made into movies or mini series. Holt, Marklund, Lackberg and Egholm have female protagonists. Is that too much information to start with? If so I apologise. You can see I am quite a fan!! I hope to convert you!!

Forestwoodfolkart
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Have fun. I am sure you will enjoy them. The list is not exhaustive either. There is more but I didn’t want to overwhelm You!

Forestwoodfolkart
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Headhunters is a movie from Nesbo’s book of the same name. Lisa Marklund’s Annika Bengtzon series has been made for TV, as have Henning Mankind’s Wallender series. ( The Swedish version trumps the British version), Smilla’s feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg has been made into a movie (Danish novel) to name a few. Check imdb fir more details. The Bridge is an excellent series but not sure if there was a book. Nesbo’s wrote a TV series called Occupied which is amazing. Egholm’ s Dicte series is also on TV but it is subtitled here. I don’t mind subtitled… Read more »

Forestwoodfolkart
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Have fun!

Forestwoodfolkart
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I think if you don’t watch the subtitled ones, you are missing out on so many good ones, particularly from Scandinavia. But I do understand what you mean.

Forestwoodfolkart
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I also have a page on the main menu on Scandinavian authors but the individual Reviews are here: forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/books-book-reviews-book-releases-a-work-in-progress/

GRuchirG ("Jee" Ruchir "Jee")!
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till now I havent picked it, the same case, till now i didnt found it that attractive to buy. is it good? some of my friends read and told me it is. well.. thanks for the detailed review. ruchir.

GRuchirG ("Jee" Ruchir "Jee")!
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well no 🙂

letterstoyellow
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I agree with you there its so tragic that the man behind such amazing series of books will never know what his work means for some…Lisbeth Salander is such a complicated character with mix of both light and dark…movie was good cause rooney mara was fantastic but nothing beats a book…

letterstoyellow
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i would like to stick a pseudonym, hope that’s okay, let’s call me Virginia. After Virginia Woolf ofcourse, never read her books but find her sharp arrogance, darkness and brilliant writing mind too fascinating…you seem to be a great reader so much better than me, might i suggest a book or two (Hope its not rude)… Vanessa and her Sister and Code Name Verity

letterstoyellow
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yes i would love to give you suggestions, but most of my list is about historical fiction…if that’s your thing i shall send you huge list 🙂 i started with Nancy drew was a thriller lover but somewhere i found myself obsessed with historical fiction…

letterstoyellow
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me too… historical fictions are just so great..infact if i have to be honest i was never good in history, wasnt much attentive in history class as well but now i love historical fiction..

letterstoyellow
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i guess that’s difference between a good novel and text books from classrooms ..hahahaha…my history teacher wont appreciate this comment..hahaha

letterstoyellow
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classical studies degree…that sounds interesting…mind if you tell me more about this field….

letterstoyellow
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Exactly what’s it about…is it about studying diff cultures?

letterstoyellow
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Truth is I haven’t been to any other land to pick a favourite…so i guess at this moment whole world and every culture is intriguing to me..

letterstoyellow
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I think the day people will open themselves to other cultures is the day world will be a safe place again…because that’s when the fear of unknown will end & so would hate…

letterstoyellow
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absolutely…ive learned more about history from fiction than the school books…

letterstoyellow
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so many, sarah’s keys, the book thief, moon at nine, thousand splendid suns, the kite runner, Aimee and Jaguar, princess, code name verity, flygirl, rose under fire, prisoner of night and fall, the storyteller…will try to think of more… 🙂

letterstoyellow
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i wonder which one you’ll like the most…though they are all unique in their own way…

letterstoyellow
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its always amazing to find people who read..infact im pretty sure some of the books that im suggesting you are the ones i found from other book lovers…

letterstoyellow
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i mean i agree internet has robbed us of goodness of simplicity but it does have its own plus side…i mean it has connected the world.. for example you and I two diff people living in different countries miles apart but we are connected because we both love books and movies and are on internet…to find people who are like you , to find a community of book lovers…i think internet is not all that bad an influence…

letterstoyellow
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that’s the silver lining, right there. Even the monstrous digital world that is making us a lazy generation has the power to connect people and make them happy…truth is im just glad we have internet even if its less classy now with no pen and paper…my very close friends are now living in different countries and without internet calls i would be just a sad soul… 😛

letterstoyellow
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I know I miss the time when i used to write letters to friends or use landline to call them at home, but i will also admit a video call to a friend & talking to her face to face at real time even from miles apart makes up for all the evils of internet… 🙂

letterstoyellow
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Britain & America are way too poles apart in terms of culture & even language…sounds like youre living an adventure … 🙂

letterstoyellow
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i think i too am in the wrong era..sure i love the comfort of netflix shows and instagram uploads…though i dont have any era but i would love be born back in 50s or 60s maybe..or maybe early 19th century of british era… these were tough times but people made it through didnt they…im actually obsessed with world war holocaust stories because among the horror were people both germans and jews who did extraordinary things to survive or to help…what’s your era…

letterstoyellow
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actually if im not wrong every reader thinks he or she is in wrong era…because a good book has this magic of making you fall in love with another era could be 50s or 60s or 70s or even future…dont you think…

letterstoyellow
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yeah i think i get that… a day in nature under stars with one person who gets you is anyday better than netflix in a closed air conditioner room with a mobile phone buzzing every other second…

letterstoyellow
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wow! more than romantic this sounds so adventurous…im just so glad you guys do this….world and nature and even the stars who are only appreciated in poetry need more people like you…i dont know you guys but im officially a fan you and your husband…

letterstoyellow
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Don’t let that habit go…its such a rare thing to have in today’s busy world… 🙂

letterstoyellow
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i kind of love the language and tone they used…very class..unlike today’s Sup, Lol, BRB…sure maybe i too use them but that’s cause we are no longer the people who write with a pen and a paper we are digital people now…with the shorter words the better .

letterstoyellow
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Rare species are people who charm with words and not superficial style… I think I would fall head over heels for any soul who would write me a letter instead of texting me …

letterstoyellow
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Yes! a simple handwritten ‘I love you’ on a card with smiley is any day priceless and better than any gift…I dont think im ever getting in a relationship…i have too old school expectations ..hahahah

letterstoyellow
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old school & old soul…very well put…

im 31 but i think im both old school & old soul..hahaha…

letterstoyellow
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First time i fell in love was when i was 16 i think and now that i look back i think what i loved themost about that relationship was that we had no mobiles, so we would write notes to eachother on pen and paper, we would wish each other on birthdays with handmade greeting cards and we would often write letters when we fought…now I think today even the most romantic relationship is burdened by the presence of digital words and absence of pen & a paper…maybe im hopelessly old school..

letterstoyellow
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cute… 🙂 well my friend I hope you both end up with endless piles of letters from eachother, spending years and years writing them…

letterstoyellow
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scrap books? okay now im in love with you both even more…i was once a scrap book person long time ago…it makes me so happy to hear scrap booking is still alive… 🙂

letterstoyellow
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Im so glad you are…we need kids to love these things more and more… i truly believe children should be given more access to reading, coloring, dance, sports and arts and hide & seek & scrap books and even getting all jumpy into muddy pools..than watchign tv & playing angry birds…if i may, how old are your kids?

letterstoyellow
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I’m so glad you think that way. Today alot of parents end up forcing their kids to become a doctor or engineer or lawyer adding pressure to them and also overlooking any interest or art the child wishes to pursue…

letterstoyellow
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my best friend is software engineer…i rem i always used to get less marks and she was the A-grade kind..and i would look at her and say you are making me look bad.. and we would end up laughing…

letterstoyellow
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that’s the right way..i mean im not a mom and i probably have no idea how to be one, but i do know kids need to know 3 things compassion, empathy and confidence..they can become whatever they want, doctor, actor, racer, painter, dancer, singer whatever…as long as they are happy and compassionate ..

letterstoyellow
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true…there is much more to life..and its one life on a magical planet ..the only planet with people, mountains, greenery, rivers and natural wonders…why not let our younger generation live it with a heart and not with pressure of being someone they dont relate to..

letterstoyellow
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hahaha…either we are too smart or too crazy because not everyone would agree with us…

letterstoyellow
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I truly agree. It is sad how someone who is good in sports or music is often asked to give more attention to Math or Science because they pay more…

letterstoyellow
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true..been there…school and college feels like ages ago…i had nightmares of Maths even after i dropped the subject and moved into different field…hahaha…if i may ask how old are you?

letterstoyellow
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apart from my last two years of school every year was not worth remembering..partly cause i never had many friends and partly cause i hated studying, i was awful …but my last two years were fun…grades were decent, i had few friends, even fell in love and i was House captain…

letterstoyellow
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beautiful but also heartbreaking… i fell in love with a friend and realised what a tragedy my life is going to be… but before we said goodbye and moved on…those two years were amazing….

letterstoyellow
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actually its good to fall in love with the one instead of falling in and falling out and falling and falling out…the one….i believe in that concept…sure i might be unlucky in department oflove..but im hopelessly in love with the idea of love…

letterstoyellow
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And my faith in finding it one day keeps me going… 🙂

letterstoyellow
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For me like i said, last two years of school and last two years of college…best time…ive spent alot of time in different schools..so i never had a permanent friend or school to lean on to…

letterstoyellow
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I took time to find forever friends too…Back in my teens and early twenties, I had this urge to please people and not say no…i was like Monica from friends except i am very messy which Monica wasnt…

letterstoyellow
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Considering im more of a me-time person now, i dont make new friends unless ofcourse happens ..

letterstoyellow
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i guess i was never shy just awkward when it came to socializing…i still am but now i can handle it gracefully without making a fool of self…:P

letterstoyellow
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i dont think im shy or introvert…i would love to travel and say hello to random strangers :)…im just in a strange phase of life…my parents need me and im trying my best to be there…

letterstoyellow
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this is the difference bet grownups and kids…you say hi to a random stranger n you get strange looks..but have you ever tried waving or smiling at a kid on a car passing by…they smile or wave back 🙂 i love this so i do this alot…

letterstoyellow
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I was once in hospital with my mother to get medicines for my dad..and i was sitting in this waitng area playing some car racing thing on my phone (told you im a kid 31 but a kid i fail to realise i need to grow up)…so this little comes and stands next to me trying to see what im playing… so i shifted a little let him sit and lowered my phone so he can see…it was like we played together…i always make sure i smile if a kid is looking …

letterstoyellow
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wow! i feel old now.. 31…

letterstoyellow
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Actually i was once scared of entering 30s…but i it think its all too hyped…30s is just 20s (i still dont feel like grownup) except it feels calmer and crazier all together…

letterstoyellow
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I wanted to be an Astronaut, a detective, an actor , a journalist and finally a writer…today i have a decent job, good salary but i wish i had spent my youth travelling…it is very important to follow what makes you happy…

letterstoyellow
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and i hope even when yearsss later i on a random day just ask you hows it going…youhave the same thing to say. youre happy and chill.. 🙂

letterstoyellow
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Wow! that must be tough. Happy is good. ..I wouldnt say im Happy kind all the time, but i love happy kinds …you are a very strong soul i must say…email would be easier than wordpress 🙂 where do i say hello then?

letterstoyellow
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hahaha no rambling is good…I am rambler myself…i guess for that i have to blame the diaries i write while growing up…theses diaries they never stop you from rambling 🙂

letterstoyellow
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Wow! I can only imagine the cuteness overload around you.

letterstoyellow
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Unfortunately i don’t even think i can change much…I’m a stubborn 30 some years old… too late to be anything but me… 🙂