I'm re-reading "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Based on a recommendation from Gutmutter, I also ordered the other two in the series. I must say, the book is a lot easier to read when you've seen the movie and can visualize the characters to help keep them straight!!!!
I got my daughter the official Mockingjay pin reproduced from the movie prop for Christmas. She LOVED it.
Count your blessings!
I will be searching for the Mockingjay pin for sure, for Halloween. I might even get one for myself.
The Help and Sarahs Key are both very good books though.
I LOVED The Help, but Sarah's Key was just meh. The kicker comes right at the very beginning and then it never really builds up to much else. Even the "closure" at the end is weak. I don't think of The Help as sad. It's set in an unjust time when bad things happened, but they take control of their lives and choose brave actions. I would call it poignant.
Count your blessings!
Yes, KM, it does get easier to keep everyone straight, although I still have to look people up sometimes and I read the books twice last year!
I finished a couple more books while I was visiting family, I blew through Betty White's last book (can't remember the name). Not a lot of substance really, but I love her and it was a very quick read.
I just finished Little Bee by Chris Cleave = SO well written and beautiful, but heartbreaking too. I'm now reading Cleave's Incendiary.
I read Sarah's Key a few months ago and I wasn't that impressed. I've described it to a few people (and in the movies forum here) as "Maeve Binchy Does the Holocaust." It felt a bit too much like chick lit in some places. I felt like maybe it was just too light a treatment (especially the present day stuff) of the subject. It's a rare thing when I think the movie was better than the book, but I think this might be one of those times. It is a very fast read though, so you wouldn't spend too much time on it if you did decide to read it.
Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' - Isaac Asimov
I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"
Thanks, Critical. I'm actually reading it on the Kindle, which my husband "handed down" to me when he got the Fire for Christmas, so I haven't yet figured out how to skip around (or find the appendices in the back). But I will check it out. It is getting easier - at least the main characters.
Before I started that, I read Bossypants from Tina Fey and Cold Vengeance from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Bossypants was good - if you like Tina Fey, you will enjoy it. Cold Vengeance is part of a series they write - about an FBI agent. Mystery type stories. The most well known in their series is Relic, which I believe was made into a movie. This is the second book in the current trilogy they are writing (the first being Fever Dream). The book iteself was good, but as is the case always with the second of a trilogy, it ended on a negative note and definitely set everything up for the third book. I'm sure once they are all out and the trilogy wraps up, it will be good. But I am not thrilled about books that end on a negative note when I have to wait for the story to wrap up. Doesn't bode well for Game of Thrones, does it?