The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Book #1 – Finished on January 24th!

My great friend and co-worker Christina Knapp and I spoke about illustrating four icons to show the story behind the book once complete. I have chosen the four images below:

Reading has been great for me, especially now. Some may know that my mother passed away in January of last year, so anything that can keep my mind focused elsewhere has been more than helpful.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a very different book from what I’m typically interested in. Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t put it down for even a moment to write out a blog charting my progress (no excuses though, no excuses). It perplexed me on several occasions and the characters decision making processes frustrated me to the point of gasping out loud. “WHAT?” – I caught myself saying several times throughout my reading adventure.

This thriller filled with mystery, murder and debauchery really surprised me at how captivated I quickly became of the characters. Stieg Larsson does an amazing job at creating a feeling of connection by thoroughly illustrating his thoughts and bringing the story and his actors to life for the reader. From book number one, I was able to take away several life lessons, including the ones listed below:

  1. A great boss can handle employees with warmth and trust but at the same time is not afraid of confrontation and can be tough when necessary.
  2. People always have secrets. It’s just a matter of finding out what they are.
  3. Don’t be fooled by outward appearances. Get to know everyone.
  4. Never engage in a fight you’re sure to loose. On the other hand never let anyone who has insulted you get away with it. Bide your time and strike back when you’re in a position of strength – even if you no longer need to strike back.
  5. Every action has it’s consequences.
  6. It does no good to cry. Every-time you do, it makes someone aware of something in your life, which makes your situation far worse.
  7. Keep those people who give you spontaneous good impressions from the very beginning close.

Now my question to you: What book(s) have you read recently that you were able to take away a great life lesson?

Today marks the first day for book number two on my reading list. In February I will be reading “Then we set his hair on fire: Insights and Accidents from a Hall of Fame Career in Advertising” by Phil Dunsberry. I am very excited about this one, as my interests in reading typically fall within the realm of business and inspiration. So 276 pages in 28 days. That’s about 10 pages/day. I know I can manage this book, and hopefully even write a blog or two along the way 🙂

I hope to hear from you all soon!


p.s. Thank you to Maria Rott, Lynn Cummings, Kris Spelce, Angie Dietz, Christina Knapp, Carolyn Kiser and to all of my bus buddies for supporting me and keeping on me about this project. You are all my backbone on this project!

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