Swagbucks Book Club – Are We There Yet?

I hope you are enjoying this month’s reading selection, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.  I’m about a quarter of the way through and finding it hard to put down. I can’t wait until the book club discussion of this selection on Friday, September 28th.

The one thing I find slightly challenging is that the setting for the book is Stockholm, Sweden, an area I am not very familiar with.  I don’t know my Strandvagen from my Hallstahammar.  I’ve actually pulled out my trusty atlas to see for myself.  Sure, many of you may be thinking “Why not just search the internet (perhaps even win Swag Bucks in the process)” and while you have a good point, I still enjoy the perspective granted with a nice oversized atlas. Maybe it goes back to my childhood when my brothers and I would close our eyes, spin the globe and announce that wherever our finger landed was where we were going to live (usually somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean). Perhaps I’m showing my age but around the office I get teased because I still write out directions instead of relying on my smartphone navigation.  But I like to think of it more as a desire to see how things all fit together in the big picture. I love flipping through large atlases taking note of the changes throughout the years.  They are like a family album of the Earth.  But back to the book…

I’ve pulled together a few maps for you that highlight places mentioned in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

The first is an overview of Sweden.

courtesy of swedishmysteries.com


 I also found maps of Hedebey Island that were included in the original Swedish printing but did not make it into the English translation.


And finally, if you want to travel to Sweden and visit the actual sites I found a tour you can take.

I hope this information helps and I look forward to discussing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on the last Friday of September. 
See you next week!