I was just reviewing my most recent books read on my Good Reads list and I noticed I’ve been reading a lot of trilogies lately. It started when I finished the “Jack Reacher“ series by Lee Child and I was looking to try something new.
I actually read the first book then watched the Swedish version of the movie starring Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander on Netflix. Noomi is fantastic and totally convincing in her role. I then read the second book, watched the movie and the same with the third. I can not imagine anyone playing it better and refused to watched the American version, even though I am a fan of Daniel Craig.
I must admit though, after the first 25 pages or so of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” I almost gave up on the book. It was so boring talking about the magazine and finances blah blah blah. I scanned forward about 50 pages and BAM, there she was kicking ass and taking names. So I flipped back to where I had stopped and pushed on and it was soooo worth it. My advice, skip the first 50 or so pages then dive in head first.
The next trilogy I read was “The Heritage of Lancaster County” by Beverly Lewis. I came upon this set of books when I was looking for the most recent book in the “Elm Creek Quilts” series of books by Jennifer Chiaverini. The one I was looking for was out and someone had mis-shelved the first book in this series “The Shunning“.
This was a really captivating tale of mystery, longing, heart-break and romance. A truly eye-opening view into the Amish way of life and the emotional aftermath of a shunning.
But, I’m not much for the romantic novels and needed something meatier to sink my teeth into after that tear jerker trilogy. Honestly I didn’t set out to read another trilogy. But it just so happened that I spotted the name Guillermo del Toro on the new book shelf and immediately thought, “Oh this is going to be good.”
The “Strain Trilogy“ by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan was a vampire story like none I’ve ever read. I hadn’t read a really good, scare your socks off horror in a loooong time. So a big THANK YOU to the authors for scaring me sleepless and making me jump at every little bump in the night. This set of books will be getting a review all their own from me soon. I read all three in January, I just couldn’t put them down. Now that the images aren’t so ingrained in my head, I think I’ll go back for another bite and read through them again.
Rounding out my trilogy reading was “The Books of History Chronicles” by Ted Dekker. According to the author this trilogy was a “circle book”. Meaning you could start with any of the three books and still be able to follow the story.
I picked one of the books and read the author’s preface that said he recommended starting with “Sinner” first then “Saint” then “Showdown”. But, after reading all three books I would have read them in the opposite order. By starting with “Saint” I felt like I was working my way counterclockwise around the story. “Showdown” really introduces you to the characters and lays the groundwork for the why of it all.
These books are a fantastical story of good versus evil with lots of biblical references and what if scenarios. What if there were books you could write in to change the path of history?
- A trilogy of books – Read at once or take a break? (philipdeane.wordpress.com)
- Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace Indulge Some PASSION [VIDEO] (coedmagazine.com)
- Book #1: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (raesreads.wordpress.com)
- del Toro and Hogan’s “The Strain” Limited Edition from Lonely Road Books (battlegrip.com)
- Charting The Vampire Virus In Del Toro & Hogan’s THE STRAIN (newsarama.com)
- Dekker Reveals Paradise Via Showdown (scottcouey.com)