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How Many Times Does Stieg Larsson Mention Coffee?

15 Feb

Stieg Larsson is the author of The Girl Who series, which includes The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.  If you have read those books, or even just one of them, I’m sure you must have noticed the fact that they mention coffee about a million times in each book.  The books are all set in Sweden, and according to Wikipedia Sweden is one of the heaviest coffee-drinking countries in the world.  I guess that explains it, at least partially.  I think I could get used to Sweden just based on their coffee consumption!  Maybe I need to plan a trip there!

So, I decided to see just how many times coffee is mentioned in each book, just out of my own curiosity.  Luckily I have a kindle that allows me to search for a word, otherwise there’s no way I’d set out to try to find out if they were paper copies.  Here are the results:

Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: 118

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The Girl Who Played With Fire: 107

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest: 103

That’s a grand total of 328 times that the word coffee is mentioned in the series!  I wonder if there are any other books out there where one word is so common (and no I don’t mean words like, the, and, of, it, etc).  I’m sure there are, but I can’t think of any. 

I think one of the reasons I noticed it every single time they went to brew some coffee is because I love coffee!  Just reading the books my mouth was watering each time they mentioned it.  I was shocked to find that they would get home super late from a long day at the office, or whatever had been going on that day, and they would go immediately to make coffee.  Morning, noon, night, middle of the night, always having coffee, with open-faced sandwiches of course!

I think I’m going to go make some coffee now!

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The Girl Who Played With Fire

28 Jan

This is my second attempt at writing this blog, which as I’m sure you can imagine, is annoying in itself. I uploaded the first one, it was there, and then it wasn’t. No idea what happened to it. But anyway, here’s my attempt at re-writing it.

I finished reading the second book in the “Girl Who” series last night! Such a good series so far. I even started right in on the third book, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest. It’s nice that it starts off right where book two left off.

I’m not sure which book I liked best, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, or The Girl Who Played With Fire. They are both really good. What I liked about the second one was that there wasn’t such a slow start. Pretty much action-packed the whole way through! The ending literally had me holding my breath. It’s that good. I hope number three is as good or even better, and I really hope that the story gets wrapped up in some way. Since the original author died it would be impossible for someone to take over writing these stories. It just wouldn’t be the same.

I’m still a total fan of Lisbeth Salander! I want to be her when I grow up. Except for the fact that she’s 4’11” and I’m already a foot taller than that and weigh forty more pounds than she does. She kicks so much butt. I mean, if you were to come across two motorcycle gang members would you fight or run? Yep, me too, I’d totally run. Not Lisbeth!

If you haven’t started the series yet, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. It’s so good! Start now…do it!