When I first heard about the hullabaloo stemming from the release of Stephenie Meyer's fourth book in the Twilight series, I was slightly interested, I mean usually when a book has such a following its a pretty decent book. But then I heard that it was about vampires and decided I really wasn't interested. In the meantime, I picked up "The Historian" one weekend when I was up at the lake and had run out of reading material and it was the most appealing one on the shelf at Super-1. Although it was long, it was well written and suspenseful enough to catch me up into it before I realized that it was also about vampires. I read the whole thing and thoroughly enjoyed it, but it didn't' really tweak any interest in more vampire type stories.
Then the other day my good friend S, who has excellent taste in a good read, told me about these books she'd really gotten into. You guessed it, it was the Twilight series. Now I really respect her opinion and after a brief discussion about why she liked them, I must admit my interest was piqued. She brought me the first one last Sunday at church. I had finished reading it by Monday afternoon. They are long, but also geared towards a young adult audience and they are way good, so they read really fast, especially for me. I think I started it Monday night and had read half of it before calling it quits around midnight. Then I read the rest in bits and pieces between all my Monday chores. As soon as I finished it, I ordered the second book and it came in the mail yesterday afternoon. I finished it about midnight last night. Now I really want the third book and am thinking about hitting the Book Exchange today to see if they have a copy so I can read it on the way up to the lake this afternoon.
So, I guess I'm a bit into these books. I think the author has done an excellent job of creating characters that the reader truly likes and she just keeps throwing loops into the story that you don't see coming, making you want to keep reading to see what happens. I heard a bit of a back story on her and I guess she is a mom to 3 kids and wrote the first book from a dream she had. She wanted to record the dream and enjoyed the process of writing it down so much that she just kept going and now she's the author of 4 very popular books. It makes me want to sit down and write down all the ideas I've ever had, because you never know. And even though these books are about vampires, they aren't the typical "vampy" story, they really are written for a young adult audience, so they are pretty wholesome, well, as wholesome as vampires can be I suppose. I would say they aren't any more violent or scary than Harry Potter was, but they have an element of romance that is really appealing, so its like good vs. evil with some romance thrown in. I like them (obviously). :-)
I think I'm mostly recovered from my flu bug. I am amazed at how sore I physically got this time--my muscles themselves felt sore as if I'd worked out very hard. And the headache I got the day after from lack of caffeine was irritating--I'm still fighting it today. I'm taking it easy today, except for degerming my house I'm just gonna help in Lindsay's class and then pack up for a quick weekend trip up to the lake .