page 274 and an outing with mom

october is ticking right along!

you know what was not ticking right along?…the girl with the dragon tattoo.

the paperback is a whopping 847 pages thick!

i am sorry if you are tired of hearing me whine…i know i am. so i solved the problem.

i quit.

i was feeling i should continue since i had read over 200 pages.

then this comment from stephanie – in reply to a comment i left on her blog – sealed the deal:

Dump Dragon Tattoo. I think you’ve given it PLENTY of chances!

that was all the confirmation i needed.

i closed the book for the final time at page 274:

the proof!

i had a whole pile of stuff to take to mom, so i added in dragon girl:

bye bye!

i just could not take the creeping pace at which the story was progressing. let’s do the math: i was on page 274, there are 847 pages and i can read 3-10 pages per night. um, yea – i though you’d agree. the ratio of enjoyment:time is so not there!

the replacement novel? the time traveler’s wife. haven’t seen the movie so i can read the book!


yesterday afternoon mom and i enjoyed our october outing of the month!

let's go shopping!!

in keeping with my “no repeats” plan – and sticking to a bookish theme – we went to…

sunshine matches a happy outing!

mom and i are two peas in a pod when it comes to chapters visits: we are both very content to wander around, check out the displays…and talk non-stop the whole time (this really slows down our pace).

a few highlights:

christmas cards are front and centre! these were my faves - esp the knitted monkey

it's genetically ingrained from grandpa c to love paper products - these file folders are fun!

we made our way to the toy department [tangent: chapters has hugely expanded their toy and home décor areas in recent years – with the decline of the paper book, it’s a smart move]:

a playmo advent calendar! (not paper, plastic - like as in a toy). how divine!

play kitchens have changed a lot since the '70s! check out the phone, the micro, the stainless steel appliances...and the subway tile backsplash! how gluckstein!

mom is in a book club that meets monthly, so we went in search of her next eight months of selections:


we found most of the titles she was looking for. mom decided to purchase just one, for now:

"state of wonder" by ann patchett. excellent writer. i highly recommend her novel "run," while mom suggests "bel canto"

somehow i doubt there would be a lot of similarities between this book and elizabeth giilbert's "eat PRAY love"...

and a super-fun outing ends with a sighting:

we love our snookster!

…which is a perfect segue because i watched the season finale of jersey shore last night [tangent: i heard a commentary on the radio that said season four, where the js kids are in italy, made the jersey shore phenomenon jump the shark. i have to say i agree. get the kids back stateside, and get back on the GTL track with season five!]

so, that was another successful outing with mom. and guess what: here we are with one week left in the month…and dad and i have not been out yet. well, at least we’re consistent!


ipod update: dad has an ancient a classic ipod that he does not use – he has loaned it to me until i can get to the apple store. talk about a way back playback!


your homework assignment: in five sentences or less, tell me what happens in the girl with the dragon tattoo. go ahead and spill those beans. merci buckets, in advance, for participating and saving me months of reading.

obviously, DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS if you have not yet read the book, and are planning on so doing!

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  • Dorry  On October 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I never read that book! But I think it’s wise to stop reading if it feels like a chore. There are so many amazing books out there! It’s hard to believe Christmas items are already in the stores…but then again, November is NEXT WEEK! Yikes.

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 24, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      i so agree, dorry, re good books. it’s mindboggling when you think of all the books out there! november -> busy retail time is just around the corner!

  • janetha  On October 24, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    yes! outings with moms are THE BEST EVER. and that play kitchen is deluxe–wow!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      i love when you talk about/show pics of outings with your mom…and just the fact that she did some running around oh your behalf, lately…so sweet. my mom is like that, too! 🙂

  • Gina Unger  On October 24, 2011 at 10:27 am

    GLAD you dumped Dragon Tattoo… I’ve dumped 3 books in my lifetime…I am of that way of thinking esp. nowadays – life is too short to continue doing something you dislike (well…depends on the situation, of course, but reading books applies!)
    LOVED the movie The Time Traveler’s Wife so hope you enjoy the book!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 24, 2011 at 10:37 am

      i think i’ve dumped three books in the last six months alone! my patience is not what it used to be! 🙂 i have heard several good review of the movie of the TTW – even from guys! so i may indeed watch it after i read the book. see, i am thinking positively – i WILL finish this book!!!

  • Zo  On October 24, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Too funny. I was reading Karen’s summary going, wow, I remember almost no one’s name anymore…and I only remember the details vaguely! Umm…there’s lots of descriptions of violence against women (Martin and Daddy working together!), older murders that Lizbeth links together.
    I did like it once it picked up for me (although I thought Salander was a variation on male fantasy [hey guys, she’s tiny but kicks ass, pierced and tattooed for all your bad girl fantasies…and…she’s bisexual!!!], the violence against women was a bit depressing. I will end up reading the other two at some point though.

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 24, 2011 at 10:03 am

      ooo, zo, you’ve filled in some juicy details! many thanks!! esp your comments on salander. she was far and away the most fascinating character in the 274 pages i read…way too bad she did not play more of a role up to that point.

  • Lisa  On October 24, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I didn’t read that book…but I’m for sure not going to now!
    I did read Time Travelers Wife several years ago (but didn’t see the movie), and I really liked the book. There are a few slow parts, but overall it’s worth reading in my opinion!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 24, 2011 at 9:43 am

      yes! i figure karen’s comment/summary could help out a lot of people who have not read the book! glad you liked TTW. i don’t mind a slower pace as long as the characters are interesting.

  • Karen  On October 24, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Okay… Herr goes:Using photos as research, Blomkvist figures out who knows something about Harriet’s disappearance: Martin and Camilla. He goes to find Camilla and using Salander to hack her computer, realizes that Harriet is alive and well and running a big ranch in Australia having escaped Sweden to run away from her incest us and sadistic brother, Martin. He confronts Martin and gets the sadistic treatment himself including chains and nasty business. Now lover Salander rescues him and chases Martin to his death. Blomkvist retrieves father-killer Harriet from Australia and finally nails Wennerstrom.

    I got one thing out of order but didn’t want to have to rewrite the whole thing!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 24, 2011 at 9:26 am

      karen, you are my hero of the day. this is EXACTLY the quick review i was hoping to receive!! i get it! i’ve met all those characters already so it makes total sense. ok…after hearing the nasty details, i am NOT sad that i gave up… THANK YOU!!!

  • The Orchard  On October 24, 2011 at 7:37 am

    You know, I read the book and the two that follow it, but I would never be able to sum it up in 5 words or less! Like you, it took me FOREVER to get into it. I think it took me about 200 pages before I finally started to like it. I almost gave up several times and I remember thinking, “what is the big deal about this book?” . However, in the end, I did enjoy it and read the other 2 immediately after. But I can totally understand why you would just move on. Might as well go on to something that you will really like!

    I have also read The Time Traveler’s Wife and I loved it. I wonder if you will like it too?


    • 1970kikiproject  On October 24, 2011 at 8:27 am

      oh, thanks for your feedback, tricia! glad you questioned dragon girl’s popularity, too. nice to know i am not alone with my ???? reaction! i got 10 pages into TTW last night – so far, so good!

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