52 Books Challenge: Week 1

It would’ve been quite embarrassing (to me at least) if I started to lag behind in the first week of the year. To be honest, I’m usually not a very fast reader. One book per week is an ambitious goal for me, but I love a challenge.

So far, it’s running smoothly. Though saying that in week 1 is a lot like saying that you’re sticking to your diet after throwing away your chocolate and chips on January 1, it’s a good baby step. I just finished reading Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

For the first time, I made a conscious effort not to be spoiled by the ending. I had originally planned to see the new movie that had come out, and then made plans to watch the original trilogy on Netflix. I wound up passing on those for now. Usually, I like spoilers, and being aware of the ending before I finish reading does not ruin a story for me. It is still nice to see how a story leads to that conclusion. For this reason, I wasn’t upset when the ending to The Half-Blood Prince became such big news. (Spoiler alert! Snape kills Dumbledore!)

Not knowing the ending made it that much more exciting. The book is already a good read; I love how there are different plotlines going on at the same time, and multiple protagonists and viewpoint characters with their own motivations. The conclusion to the mystery surrounding Harriet Vanger made my jaw drop, and the end of the plotline involving Wennerstrom was especially satisfying after the slow building up.

I’m taking one day of rest before getting started on book 2 on Sunday: Call of Poseidon by CP Bialois.

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