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A Book for People Who Liked Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

While reading The Informationist by Taylor Stevens I was struck by how this thriller has some of the same aspects of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I think people who enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo would also enjoy The Informationist.

Dystopias and You

Dystopian novels are all the rage in YA lit right now—from The Hunger Games, Matched, and Scott Westerfield's

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  • Mischief Managed.

    The last Harry Potter movie is being released today and I find myself feeling strangely sad. As someone who doesn’t even particularly love the movies, this is a pretty odd sensation.

    I started reading Harry Potter in 1999. I was almost the same age as the characters and it all felt so deliciously real. I devoured the first book and immediately demanded the second. Luckily, it had just come out, and in a matter of a day or two, I had finished that one too. Then came the waiting for the publication of the third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

    A Grown-up Book for People Who Like Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia

    The final Harry Potter movie is coming out this month. If you liked reading the Harry Potter series and the Chronicles of Narnia series, try reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman. This is a book about magic with dark overtones. The main character, Quentin, is a high school senior who has always loved the “Chronicles of Fillory” and feels disconnected with his world. He goes for a college interview only to find the interviewer dead and a strange paramedic there who gives him an envelope that leads him to Brakebills, a college for magicians.

    Allison Hewitt Is Trapped by Madeleine Roux. Published 2010

    This book is a little different from what I usually read, but I like to read books that have a Wisconsin connection. The author Madeleine Roux went to Beloit College and started a fiction blog which is the basis for this book. The main character Allison is a graduate student in Madison and working at a bookstore when the zombie apocalypse breaks out. She is able to connect to the Snet—a secret military emergency Internet—when she can find electricity to recharge her laptop computer and write her blog.

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