Book of the Week: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest

“There is a wealth of legend about fearsome female warriors from ancient Greece. These tales speak of women who were trained in the art of war from childhood–in the use of weapons, and how to cope with physical privation. They lived apart from the men and went to war in their own regiments. The tales tell us that they conquered men on the field of battle,” according to Stieg Larsson in the third of the “Millenium” series.

In Larsson’s third book, “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest,” we connect with Lisbeth Salander as she undergoes brain surgery and rehabilitation immediately following her encounter with Zalachenko, a former Russian spy, and Ronald Niedermann, a German whose physique is no match for anyone he encounters.

All the while, Mikael Blomkvist continues to be a key player in the criminal investigation that occurred in “The Girl Who Played With Fire.”¬†What’s more, strong forces are working against Blomkvist — no one’s safe. Cover ups are alive and well in this book at throughout every level of government.

Larsson has strategically placed strong females characters throughout this novel — Salander, Annika Giannini, Blomkvist’s sister and Salander’s lawyer, and Erika Berger, former editor-in-chief of Millenium — to name a few. The dynamic personalities of these women leads tells a tale of female strength and empowerment as secrets are forced into the light.

While the American film hasn’t been made yet, the Swedish and original version is alive and well. Here’s the trailer:

Once you’ve finished reading this lengthy but oh-so-worth-it novel, you can watch the movie on Netflix streaming.

Enjoy the final Salander-Blomkvist book — Happy reading!

Book of the Week: Catching Fire

“This sequel has enough action to please ‘Hunger Games’ fans and leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate enough for the next installment,” according to the School Library Journal.

“Catching Fire,” Suzanne Collins follow-up book to the “Hunger Games,” follows Katniss Everdeen as she and fellow Hunger Games victor, Peeta Mallark, embark on a tour of the 12 districts of Panem, a futuristic nation.

While many people may be quick to lump “The Hunger Games” trilogy into the same category as the “The Twilight” saga, I’m here to say ¬†these books are nothing alike, especially in regard to the strength of female protagonists.

Katniss Everdeen is a modern-day feminist as Collins evokes themes of survival, government control and rebellion. Katniss, a girl from one of the poorest districts, struggles with the need for both interdependence and independence. Throw in the romantic triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale, a fellow hunter and “friend” of Katniss’, and you have found an intriguing book that will always leave you wanting more.

I’m thoroughly convinced you won’t be able to put down all three books in this series.

Thankfully, the fun continues on March 23, when “The Hunger Games” movie starring Jennifer Lawrence is released in theaters.

Check out the trailer:

Let Collins take you on a great adventure in the comforts of your bedroom or wherever you enjoy reading.