Just Finished Reading…

I really enjoy reading.  There are people out there who will intently read a book and analyze them and try to gain lessons out of all of them.  I think I am more of a person who likes the stories.  I want to lose myself in someone else’s fiction, a different world in which I will never belong.  My favorite books are historical fiction and mystery/thrillers.  One thing I also try to do is between every fiction I read put in some kind of non-fiction that will help better me. 

I was really excited when my husband gave me a Nook for my birthday this year.  So far I love this device.  It allows me to keep a whole lot of books in one light spot.  This will definitely come in handy on my upcoming trip to Aruba!

So because I am a reading fool these days, here are my mini-reviews for my most recent reads.


The Help by Kathryn Stockett  

I didn’t know much about this book before I read it.  All I really knew is that there is a lot of buzz about it, and several threads on a book forum I read dedicated to it.

This is a story taking place in the early 1960s in Jackson, Mississippi.  At this time there were two distinctly different groups of women living within the city.  There were the “Society” ladies who played bridge once a week and were members of Junior League, and there were the black women who worked in the white women’s homes and kept them clean, cooked all the meals, and raised their children.  This story revolves around one white woman who started to feel that something was wrong.  Skeeter Phelan decided that she would try and write a book in which several of the maids told their stories, good and bad, about what it was like to work for the white women.  It was very difficult for her to get the maids to help her because they were scared for their lives and families in this still very racially heated atmosphere.  With the help of Aibileen and Minny, 11 other maids come forward and work together to make this book a reality.  The rest of The Help follows these three women’s personal lives and their own ups and downs.

I related to this book in some of the feelings it relayed.  Skeeter had a deep and meaningful relationship with Constantine, the black woman who raised her.  In my life part of the group of people who raised me was our babysitter who worked for us for over 20 years.  Although my family wasn’t extremely wealthy like some of the families in this book, I did feel some guilt about the way we lived our life versus my babysitters.  I loved spending as much time with her as I could, and went and stayed with her in her mobile home every once in a while.  There is sometimes a strange line between someone who is raising you and teaching you wonderful lessons and them being an employee of your parents.  I have an indescribable bond with her that will never be broken.  She taught me many valuable things, problem solving skills one of the largest of them.  I believe the greatest thing she taught me was how to stay grounded and easy-going. 

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

This is the second book of a trilogy involving a journalist who gets caught up in mysteries and can’t help but solve them.  In the first book of the trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) he was hired to solve the case of a missing person.   With the help of an extremely anti-social, computer hacker, Mikael Blomkvist in this book is working to solve the murders of two people who were working to expose a sex trade ring in Sweden. 

Lisbeth Salander (the hacker) is the character in the book that most confuses me.  I think mostly because I have never met or heard or someone quite like her.  She is an incredibly smart person who enjoys solving complex math equations in her spare time.  Lisbeth mostly keeps to herself, has an awful family history, and pursues intimate relationships with men or women when she is bored.

The book didn’t answer my question about what happened to her newly revealed twin sister, Camille.  The book also did not solve anything regarding the sex trade.  I do believe that the author will continue to work on the issue in the last book of the trilogy.

I enjoyed the suspense of this novel and will definitely be reading the third installment.  I know this was not a very in depth review, but it is hard to explain all the details of the case that is being broken, just read the book, it’s good, I promise!


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