Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy (Or, Breaking One of My Rules of Reading)

On Friday night, I broke one of my rules of reading.

I started Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

I didn’t even realize I’d broken one of my rules until I finished the book on Saturday afternoon with a happy sigh, and immediately raced to my bookshelf and pulled out The Girl Who Played with Fire, which I’d won in a giveaway last year.

My rule, you see, is to NEVER start book one of a fully published trilogy if I know that I won’t have a nice chunk of time in which to read all the books. You know, on the off chance that I get lucky, and books one and two are brilliant reads and I find myself like the proverbial kid in the candy store, reaching for more, more, more.

So today I had to do something painful. You see, I finished The Girl Who Played with Fire last night, and so of course I immediately pulled out my iPhone and downloaded The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (there is nothing like instant gratification, especially when you’re two thirds of the way through a trilogy). I read happily until 1:30 in the morning, read a bit more this morning, but then had to reluctantly close the book (or, in this case, turn off my iPhone).

Because I have to finish up a deadline that’s due tomorrow.


It’s my own fault. I broke a cardinal rule of mine. And I’m reminded that I do have good reasons for making these little rules about reading that I generally do follow.

Have you read the Millennium trilogy? Did you get swept away the way I did? Do you have any unspoken but pretty solid rules about reading that you try to follow?

29 thoughts on “Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy (Or, Breaking One of My Rules of Reading)

  1. Lissa

    Oh no! I was thinking of starting those this week. thanks for the heads up, maybe i better hide it from myself for a while 😉

    i have tried rules in the past, but they usually end up fizzling pretty fast. i think the only one that stuck was “books (by author) are read in order written, even if not a series”… drives DH nuts… heh!
    .-= Lissa´s last blog ..Heat Wave =-.

    1. Belle

      Yes, you were right! And in the first book I definitely skimmed through a few parts. I don’t think I could listen to the first book in audio, but I’m thinking of using an Audible credit to get the second one or the last one in audio.

  2. brizmus

    Definitely read the Millenium trilogy and definitely got swept away like you did!
    I actually read them all before they were all published. I read them in French, and actually none of them were published in English when I started.
    They were SO good that I actually found it painful waiting for the third one to finally be published in French.
    I wish he hadn’t died and had been able to write the rest of the books that he planned to write. . .
    .-= brizmus´s last blog ..Review- the Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno by Ellen Bryson =-.

    1. Belle

      Me too. What really amazes me is how different each book is. The first is a mystery, the second a cat and mouse chase thriller, and the third a conspiracy suspense! All with the same main character. Very inventive and very talented.

  3. Bernadette in Australia

    I loved these books – happily (or not) for me I read the first one not long after it was published (because a friend badgered me into doing it) so was hanging out for the next two on their respective dates of publication.

    I try not to set myself up for failure by imposing rules on myself that I know I will break but I generally don’t enjoy reading series books immediately after each other – I prefer a break of several months in between otherwise I find myself getting a bit bored.
    .-= Bernadette in Australia´s last blog ..Review- Thirteen Hours by Deon Meyer =-.

  4. bermudaonion (Kathy)

    I’ve got The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but I haven’t read it yet. I’m not sure what I’m waiting for either, but at the rate I’m going, I’ll be the last person in the world to read it.

  5. Jemi Fraser

    I haven’t read that series yet either – one of these days – there are SO many good books out there!

    I usually wait until the next book is almost out before reading a series or trilogy. Drives me nuts to have to wait!
    .-= Jemi Fraser´s last blog ..Agent Research =-.

  6. Melissa

    I loved the Millenium trilogy and I definitely have rules like that. I try never to start books like that unless I have both the time and all of the books. There’s nothing worse than getting through the first 2 and then realizing the final one isn’t out for a month.

    1. Belle

      Great post, Dorte. Pippi Longstocking was one of my favorite books growing up – and I have the audio version to listen to every now and again. She is such a great character, and the parallels between her and Salander are very apparent.

      I have enjoyed this trilogy thoroughly!

  7. Cathy

    I’ve read ’em all, although I did have to wait for the third to be published because I was on a strict book-buying ban. As someone said above, I don’t set myself up to fail because when I’m home, I don’t follow many rules. :)
    .-= Cathy´s last blog ..Taroko Gorge by Jacob Ritari =-.

  8. Jenners

    Oh yes .. I got swept up in the trilogy .. how could you not? I didn’t read them all back to back … but I thank the book gods I didn’t start the first book until this year so I could read them all about the same time. Nothing quite so horrible as having to WAIT for the next book.
    .-= Jenners´s last blog ..Week In Review – 7-11-10 =-.

  9. Cat Woods

    I read like my life depends on it. Once I start, I can’t stop.

    I have heard so many good things about these books and have been saving them for my long (48 hours round trip) bus ride to New Orleans this week. Can’t wait! Especially since you heightened my anticipation with this little recap.
    .-= Cat Woods´s last blog ..Improve Flow with Sentence Variation =-.

  10. Bob in ABQ

    Yes, I have a rule never to pay full price for a NOVEL (okay for tech or non-fiction, but never a novel!) Had friends who kept nagging me to read Dragon Tattoo. Finally I reluctantly ordered the first 2 books (didn’t sound like my kind of mystery, but LOVE mysteries). Got Played w/ Fire first and couldn’t put it down. Finished early in the morning. Next day went to the store as soon as it opened and paid full price for Hornets’ Nest and read it that day. They are all terrific. I’ve already read each twice (in 2 weeks).

  11. Care

    Too funny! I try to avoid series books but don’t have any hardfast rules about them. Truthfully, I never ever seem to get to the second book even when I loved the first.

  12. Stephanie

    Loved the Millenium trilogy! I often don’t read books from a series back to back though. I had The Girl who Played with Fire on my shelf when I finished Tattoo, but I still waited about 3 months to read it. I have great self control :)

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  14. Tina

    Is it necessary to read the Millenium trilogy in order? I am on the reservation list at the library, and book 2 came in before book 1. Does one book follow the other, or is it ok to read them out of order? Thanks!!!

    1. Belle

      I’d recommend not reading the books out of order, especially not book 2 before book 1, because book 2 contains a huge spoiler about the mystery that gets solved in book 1. Hang in there – I hope book 1 will come soon!

    1. Belle

      This is the order:
      The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
      The Girl Who Played with Fire
      The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest


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