Okay first up from the book series is this swedish thriller. the first part of a trilogy, this one takes you along on an inside tour of swedish politics and crime. though at the heart of it, it's a simple mystery of a girl who disappeared 36 years ago.
i am a sucker for good female protagonists and this one turned out to be a treat. lisbeth salander - the girl with the dragon tattoo - is a exceptional hacker and a badass investigator. not your typical heroine though. this book is also about her and her story, which will melt your heart, but also make you want to scream at how unfair the world is. she is by far one of my favourite characters ever.
even if you have seen the movie, i'd still recommend the book. it's a thriller you cannot put down and one hell of a story.