Top Ten Tuesday: Books to read if you like ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

Top Ten TuesdayThanks to the release of The Girl in the Spider’s Web last month, people are once again getting all excited about Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series. This was the series that introduced me to Nordic or Scandinavian crime fiction and thanks to my friend Katrin getting me hooked on the genre and sending me tons of recommendations on new authors and books, I’ve since found quite a few other series to love. However, I’ve realized that lots of those books might not be as well known here in the U.S. Since this week’s TTT prompt is a list of recommended reading—ten books if you liked Book X, or so-and-so popular author—you get the idea—I thought I’d share some of those series for your perusal. This list is by no means comprehensive, and unfortunately I only have seven so far to recommend, but I hope it gives you a good starting point!

1. Department Q, by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Denmark)

2. Inspector Erlendur, by Arnaldur Indridason (Iceland)

3. Thora Gudmundsdottir, by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (Iceland)

4. Inspector Kurt Wallnder, by Henning Mankell (Sweden)

5. Harry Hole, by Jo Nesbo (Norway)

6. Nina Borg, by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis (Denmark)

7. Joona Linna, by Lars Kepler (Sweden)

Top Ten Tuesday: ten books I love to give as gifts

Top Ten TuesdayIt’s a freebie this week over at Top Ten Tuesday, a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Since we’re coming up on fast on the holiday season (especially for those of us who ship internationally), I thought I’d do a top ten list of the books I love to give as gifts. Obviously I love giving books as gifts anyway, and shopping for a new title for a friend’s birthday or holiday is always exciting, since everyone has different tastes and delving into different genres in search of something they haven’t read yet is like a treasure hunt. But there are several books that are my kind of “catch-all” gift titles—the books I tend to give over and over, as soon as I find out a friend hasn’t read them. They’re the books that I just love and want all my friends to read too.

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Top Ten Tuesday: fully published series I have yet to finish

Top Ten TuesdayOnce again, I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday! This week, we’re talking about those series that are fully published, start to finish, books one through whichever–but which, for some reason, we haven’t finished reading. I admit, I tend to be bad about finishing series–I get distracted easily!–and often enough, I start a series that is only partly published and then have to wait (and wait and wait) for the rest of the books to come out. (A Song of Ice and Fire, I’m looking at you.)

But there are a few series that are all ready to go at the local library, so I really don’t have a good reason for not going back to them. It’s not that I’m not interested, I just somehow haven’t gotten back to them. Maybe I’m worried the rest of the books won’t live up to the first. Maybe I was waiting on the next book and then got busy reading something else. For whatever reason, here are the book series that I still haven’t finished up.

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Top Ten Tuesday: (almost) ten characters I just didn’t click with

Top Ten TuesdayIt’s been months since I last linked up for Top Ten Tuesday! TTT is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish; this week we’re discussing the characters we just didn’t click with. I don’t know about you, but I tend to have pretty strong reactions to book characters. Either I love them or I just can’t connect with them at all, and if it’s the latter, I often won’t end up liking the book, no matter how well written. In general, it’s the characters who are whiny or helpless who ruin stories the fastest for me, or those who simply do incredibly stupid things. It’s hard to click with a character when I’m facepalming at the same time! Read More