January 7, 2011

This year, I resolve to...

Get a tat?
Heavens no.

What is it about a new year that makes us resolve to do more/better/harder/faster/smarter? Well, I still have those ten pounds to get off, but in 2011, I am adding a new goal. I am going to read one new book a month. Each book will be something I would not normally select and something that will challenge me as a reader.

January's selection is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by the late Stieg Larsson.  It is the first book in a triology.  I selected it, frankly, because I was hearing and reading so many reviews that I was beginning to feel left out.  I let that happen during the Harry Potter saga...not again, I say! It is not the type of book I would normally pick out.  I am not swayed by the label "Best Seller".  In fact, those books usually turn me off.  So it fit my resolution well.

I am just getting started.  My goal is at least a chapter a day.  I am not having any trouble with that pace.  I sat with my mom and dad at the hospital last week and had the book with me.  It drew a lot of attention.  People had already read it or were planning to.  My sister in law said she could not put it down.  I have not gotten there yet. 

It is set in Sweden and I don't know Swedish, y'all.  So I am having to glaze over some places for now.  It also has alot of financial talk.  I don't know financial, either, so again, hop, skip, jump over those passages.  I am just hoping there is enough I DO understand to keep it glued together.  I am beginning to feel some intrigue about the main characters and one mystery that has been presented about a girl who disappeared some forty years ago. 

I guess the new year is as good a time as any to set some new goals.  And since I am far from perfect, I don't think I will run out of ways to improve for a long, long time. 

As for the tattoo?  PDub and I will have to have a long talk one day about that.

Happy 2011!~

1 comment:

  1. I had the same issues with the first few chapters of that book, too. About 1000 different Swedish names and tons of financial talk that I didn't really understand at first. It does get better! But, dark. Some parts are really dark. Just a warning!