Review: The Girl Who Played With Fire

Facts
630 pages
Author: Stieg Larsson
Genre: Mystery
Series: Millennium Trilogy #2

Summary
This story is the sequel to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo which I reviewed here.   In this book, Blomkvist decides to use his magazine, the Millenium, not only to expose corrupt financial leaders, but this time to expose an extensive web of officials involved in a sex trafficking scandal.  However, right before the magazine planned to publish this controversial exposé, the two journalists working with the Millenium on the issue are found dead in their apartment.  The police arrive at the scene and find the murder weapon — with Lisbeth Salander’s fingerprints on it.  The police are initially confident of her guilt and issue a nationwide search for Lisbeth, but she uses her cunning resources to disappear into hiding.  Blomkvist refuses to believe Lisbeth might be guilty and tries to defend her innocence by doing some detective work of his own and searching for the real killer.  The story gets more complex the deeper Blomkvist digs and the book leaves off with a shocking cliffhanger.

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Please Don’t Drool On The Books When You See This

Today while browsing the “books” tag of blogs, I came across a post on Two Muffins In An Oven about bookshelf porn.  I kid you not.

While there are no nudes or risque *ahem* activities, book lovers will definitely get a lot of pleasure from this website.

Bookshelf Porn is a collection of amazing photos of bookshelves, libraries, bookstores, and other bookshelf-related things from across the world.  It’s impossible to count how many pictures there are, but you can keep scrolling down the page for a while without running out of pictures or getting bored.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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What books did you ask Santa to bring?

My Christmas wishlist mostly consists of books this year.  There are far too many to list, but some titles include The Hunger Games trilogy, Everything Is Illuminated, Gone With The Wind, Middlesex, and Sarah’s Key, to name a few.  My mom was a bit overwhelmed when I emailed her the full list, so I’ll spare you the pain.  I want to hear what books are on your wishlist.  I’m going to play Santa’s helper for one lucky person and deliver a book via The Book Depository.

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Let’s Talk Tweets

I finally did it. I have officially joined the world of Twitter.

Now, can anyone tell me what a Tweet is?

Ha. But seriously, how do I do this? I’m still figuring it out (still waiting for my confirmation e-mail actually) and I’d appreciate any tips!

You can now follow me here: @booksandboston but don’t expect anything noteworthy just yet.

Also, sorry for the long gap between posts! I had 2 huge papers due this week, but now that they’re out of the way you can expect some more regular posts from me.  I’ll probably be posting again later on today.

Please comment with any suggestions you have for a novice Tweeter (is that even the right term?) and also if you have a Twitter account that I can follow =) Happy Tweeting!

Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s Latest Novel

Carlos Ruiz Zafon once again brings us back to The Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop in his latest novel “The Prisoner of Heaven”.  El Prisionero Del Cielo was published in Spain two days ago.  I’m really wishing my Spanish skills were a bit better right now since I’m pretty sure the few years I spent studying Spanish in high school won’t get me through this.  I do want to get a copy of The Shadow of the Wind and his other books in their original language at some point though.

The Prisoner of Heaven will be translated into English and available in the UK on July 21, 2012.  I’m not sure of the U.S. release date yet.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s official website states:

The Prisoner of Heaven returns to the world of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop. It begins one year after the close of The Shadow of the Wind when a mysterious stranger enters the shop, looking for a copy of The Count of Monte Cristo.”

This joins Zafon’s other books The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game which both revolve around the Sempere & Sons bookshop in Barcelona, Spain as well.  The Shadow of the Wind is my ultimate favorite book so I’m really excited to read the latest in this series.

The Liebster Blog Award!

Thank you to Suni @ Here To Write for nominating me for the Liebster Blog Award.

This award is given to blogs with fewer than 200 followers who deserve some recognition.  There are three rules to follow when you receive this award.

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you.  Once again, a big thank you to Suni!
2. Pick 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers to nominate
3. Spread the word about the award!

Here are my five nominees:
1. Rachel @ Rachel Reads
2. Charlie @ In My Good Books
3. Jillian @ A Room Of One’s Own
4. Emily @ Reading Through The BS
5. Heather @ Book Addiction

All five blogs are centered around books, but vary in their content.  Some are quite new (like me!) and others just barely made the under 200 followers cut.  New or old, they’re worth checking out.