Saturday, December 27, 2008

Mommy's very own milestone





















Kaylee's had plenty of them. Smiling, rolling over, eating her first bite of real food, laughing, making her first masterpiece out of poo.

It's time I had one of my own.

I'm so very proud to tell you that I finished reading an actual book. Not the Goodnight Moon, Guess How Much I Love You, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day type of book. I'm talking an actual grown-up book.

I can't even tell you how excited about this I am! I feel like I've salvaged part of my pre-baby self and it's the best feeling ever!

In my pre-baby days, I was an avid reader. My favorite things to read are fiction books. I love fun books that are easy to get through and are entertaining. I love the Liz Curtis Higgs series that's set in bonny Scotland, and I love authors like Billie Letts (author of Shoot the Moon), Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees), and Fannie Flagg (Fried Green Tomatoes, and Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!).

I just love a well-written, witty, entertaining read that paints a vivid picture in my mind of the characters and the setting. If a book doesn't hook me from the get go, I quit reading it. I'm super picky when it comes to the quality of an author's writing. Even though I'm from the Midwest and Southwest, I love books that are set in the South for some reason. I don't know why. I just do.

So, anyway, back to my proud moment...

I had several failed attempts at achieving this whopper of a milestone. I think I've tried reading three other CHAPTER books in my postpartum life. Never made it past the first 15 pages.

But that, my friends, was until I cracked open the pages of Twilight. I will admit, when I first heard about the series, I thought it sounded cheesy and like it was full of teenage drama that I didn't really care to read about. But, I decided to give it a try.

My sister-in-law owns the whole series, so I figured, what the heck - if it takes me 26.3 months to read the first one, at least I won't owe the library outrageous late fees. So, I started reading it, and I've been hooked ever since. I zipped through that first book like it was nobody's business, and I'm now on book two, and I'm totally rooting for Bella and Edward, and occasionally I get all tense and clench my jaw for fear that he just might eat her alive, but so far, he hasn't. Thank you, Edward.

It feels good to read for fun again. Let me clarify - it feels good to read books that aren't about ladybugs, hippos that talk, or Little Nutbrown Hare. It feels good to read a book that's printed on paper instead of a book that's printed on cardboard. Don't get me wrong - I love reading Kaylee her bedtime stories (and I think I enjoy Sandra Boynton's Pajama Time and Let's Dance, Little Pookie even more than Kaylee does...), but dang it, it just feels so darn good to read a book for me again!

Hasta manana - it's time for my storytime...

7 comments:

sassy stephanie said...

Uh huh. Been there. Same thing for me. Twilight...read it in two days. Then quickly ripped through the next three. LUVed the series. I would have never picked it up, but everyone kept talking about it. I'm glad I did. It not only became one of my fave reads, but got me back in the game. I always have a book on the nightstand again.

Jenners said...

I am so proud of you!!!!!! Reading is one of my greatest passions, and it is a great escape from the humdrum world of motherhood, I think. So I'm glad you found something you liked and were able to read it!!!!

I have heard SO MUCH about these Twilight books but feel that I may be too old for them. But if you liked it, then I suspect that I might as well since we seem to like so many of the same things. So perhaps I shall relent and get one and see what all the hubbub is about myself.

Anonymous said...

I love reading, too, and find that I can usually squeeeeeze in a little time when I'm properly motivated. :) I've heard so many good things about the Twilight serious - I'll have to check it out!!!

Have you read Glittering Images? It's interesting... and my friend just loaned me a book. shoot, i forget the title. i'll let you know when i go back upstairs. but it's interesting, too. :) it's about arranged marriages, of all things.

~ Ruth

Kristy said...

I love the Twilight Saga...just finished the last book yesterday..It feels so good to be done with it, but sad at the same time...It consumed a good portion of my life for the last 3 months!

LenaLoo said...

I think I am going to start them again tonight or tomorrow... I got the first two in hardcover for Christmas (I borrowed them from a friend when I read them the first time, and bought the second two because she wasn't reading them quick enough for me to borrow them)... Good on you for that Milestone!

thrilled by the thought said...

Lol. What a great milestone to reach! I haven't read the Twilight series yet, but I really feel like I should!

Loukia said...

I'm a Twilight loving mama, myself... welcome to the club! I've blogged about this before, too! Enjoy the rest of the books... Eclipse (the 3rd book) was my favourite.

 
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