Friday, July 31, 2009

Move over, Edward. There's a new book in town.

It's almost time. Although I zipped through the first 500 pages of the Breaking Dawn, the last book in the Twilight series, in a mere 2 days, I've been trying to make the second half of the book last a little bit longer.

Do you ever get into a book, and when you reach the midway point, you're like - "Oh, no! It's almost over! I don't want it to end - I love this story! No, no!"

Thanks to my parents, who instilled a love a reading in me from the time I was just a wee little tot, I'm still a huge fan of a good book. I just love to read. It's one of the things I do to deal with stress and escape. I love how books have a way of just taking you to another place - putting you in someone else's story, making your imagination work overtime, and helping you forget about your own worries for a time. Plus, reading before bed makes my eyelids heavy and distracts me from things that might be bothering me from my day, so reading helps me sleep better.

I don't waste my time on crappy books. I'm too busy, and life is too short to waste time on crappy books. If I'm not hooked by the first 3 or 4 pages, you can forget it.

Now, I'm sure there are many of you out there like me - you heard all the hullabaloo about Twilight and you thought, "Ughhhh. If I hear another WORD about that stupid book I'm going to hurl. Teenage vampires. Drama, drama, drama. It's written for young adults - thanks, but no thanks."

As strong as I was to avoid peer pressure in my teen years, I'm crumbling the older I get. I tend to trust other moms about things they like, things they don't like, all that stuff, and I jump on a bandwagon here or there. Cloth diapers, homemade baby food, the E.A.S.Y. method for getting your child to sleep better, all that sort of stuff. But, at this point in my life, I think it's a good thing. If something is tried and true or someone has been there, done that, and I tend to agree with them on a few other things, why not give some of the things they like a try instead of spinning my wheels?

So, when one of my favorite bloggers, Tiffany, dubbed the Twilight series as "crackliture," it sounded like I had no other choice but to give it a try.

And I'm so glad I did. I've been hooked since book one, and I'm seriously bummed about this being the last book. It's taking me back to a couple years ago when I read the Harry Potter series and got all sad when it was over. I'm pathetic, I know.

I've got a mere 89 pages left. I may just finish the sucker tonight. But, then again, if I decide I'm not ready for it to be over, I'll drag it out another night or two.

Now, in anticipation of this difficult time in my life, I did something to counteract the feelings of sadness that loom at the end of my beloved book.

I visited a local bookstore that I'd never set foot in before, and much like the regret I felt for not reading Twilight sooner, I am kicking myself for not stopping in to this little hole-in-the-wall gem of a place before today.

Any book lover would walk into this store and want to stay all day. Imagine wall-to-wall books are just crammed into this tiny little store. An old guy named George with a handwritten sign above the register instructing customers to bug him about the special of the day. It's the smell of paper and glue, old books, new books...And all the records are kept on hand-written ledgers. It was just such a unique little treasure that I'm so excited exists in my own town!

So, we paid $17 today for for 6 books, and when we take them back, we'll get 60% of the cover price in store credit, which will work out to be about $30! So, it looks like I've finally found the perfect way to support my book habit.

Libraries are lovely, but I never take books back on time. So, the idea of borrowing books for free doesn't apply here - I always end up forking over at least $5 in late fees. Stupid. Stupid, stupid, stupid. And then there's the issue of borrowing books.

I've got to give my sister-in-law (the same one who saved my sanity on our recent vacation) major props for lending me the entire Twilight series at once. I couldn't tell you how long ago it was that she gave them to me.

So...since I found my new, quaint little piece of heaven on earth, there will be no more library fines, no more friends and family waiting for me to return their books for 86 years. I can take my sweet time, and then when I'm done, I'll return my books and get new ones for free.

Are you wondering what's on my readings list next???

Well, I've decided to have one fiction book and one non-fiction book on active duty on my night stand. The non-fiction book? The Happiest Toddler on the Block.

Dennis and I loved The Happiest Baby on the Block, and we got to watch part of the DVD based on that book during our childbirth class. I'll be darned if our jaws weren't on the floor. This guy knows his stuff, and his techniques really helped us to calm Kaylee in the early days of her life. So, I figure I'll give this book a try, too. Heck, if it might be able to help us deal with some of the most frustrating things about having a toddler, bring it on. So, that one is already on the nightstand.

Now...for my fiction pick? Hmmm...

Well, I'm debating between two.

First up on the list - The Time Traveler's Wife.

I hadn't even heard of this one until all the recent publicity about the movie. I've heard people talking about the movie, talking about the book, and raving about how incredible the book was. So, when I somehow managed to see this one in the midst of the poorly alphabetized plethora of books today, I decided I needed to pick it up. I'm a big fan of reading books before seeing the movie based on the book. Initially, I thought about reading this one first because the movie is out, but shoot - if I don't read the book before it leaves theaters, I'll just get it on DVD, so that's not really an issue.

The other one I'm considering starting next is - We're Just Like You, Only Prettier.

I don't think it qualifies as fiction, but whatever. It seems funny and like it won't make my brain hurt to try and follow it, so I'm tossing it in there with fiction.

In my efforts to become a well-rounded reader, I find that one of my favorite types of books are fictional books written about the South. I love the vernacular, the humor, the characters, everything. And a part of me wishes I could spend a significant amount of time there, just to take in the culture. The title of this one intrigued me. Apparently, its' a collection of essays about Southern life. This quote is on the cover: "I laughed so hard reading this book, I began snorting in an unbecoming fashion." - Haven Kimmel, author of A Girl Named Zippy.

Plus, how can you pass up a book by an author whose other published works include such titles as Bless Your Heart, Tramp and Other Southern Endearments and Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank: A Slightly Tarnished Southern Belle's Words of Wisdom. I'm going to have to get my hands on those books, too, I have a feeling.

So, fellow book lovers, you may now feel free to roam about the cabin and give me your two cents about which book you would recommend I read next.


Molly said...

But I don't like to read! :)
I really need to get into it. Twilight is something that I just don't understand...if you are into it then it may just change my mind a bit. I really want to see Time Travelers Wife! I guess it wouldn't kill me to read the book first, huh? Hehe.

Mom said...

I think you should read We're just like you, only prettier so I can borrow the Time Traveler's Wife from you! The library has a gazillion holds on the book - even the large print copy!

MochaTrina@Me So Hongry... said...

Yes I too refer to the Twilight series as crack. I found my self reading at stop lights in the dark using my cell phone for light. I read the end of New Moon in my car parked outside of Borders Bookstore. As soon as I finished the book I ran inside Borders and bought Eclispe and read chapter 1 before I got home. I truly felt like a crackhead. Well I wouldn't know what that feels like because I've never done crack.

Jenners said...

"Cracklitature" is the PERFECT description of Twilight!!!

And The Time Traveler's Wife is one of my all-time favorite books -- it is fantastic!!! Gotta pay attention though -- but it is a perfect book!!!! I vote for that one!

BreAnne said...

I have never heard someone talk about books and reading the way I do! I usually get strange looks, like what are you doing smoking the books. THANK YOU, I feel less crazy. Except if I LOVE a book I can't seem to get rid of it. I have boxes and boxes of books plus a bookshelf full. I can't bring myself to get rid of them. Its like sending an old friend away. I guess I am a little CRAZY.

My recommendation is "Dirty Girls Social Club" by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. She is an author from my town, and used to come in to the Coffee place I worked at. If I remember correctly she wrote the whole book in a Starbucks (thats not where I worked) and while she was pregnant. She has a second book, which I own but have not had a chance to read yet, but I am sure is as good as the first.

Dani said...

I loved the Twilight series so much that I re-read them over again... and over. Because I never want it to end! :D

Sandy Diaz said...

Loved your description of Twilight. I actually own them on audiobooks for my ipod. It makes cleaning out a closet, folding laundry, emptying the dishwasher AGAIN much more tolerable!

As a parent, I'd be curious what you think of the Time Travelers Wife. Recent books I loved are The Help by Kathryn Stockett and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows.

If you want more books written for young adults that are amazing, try The Book Thief by Markus Zusak or The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (second in series is coming out in September and is one of the most highly awaited book in the publishing world. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

I loved Little Earthquakes.

If you haven't read The Hunger Games series, you should. And if you love Weiner's books, you'll love Jane Green. She's my fave chick lit author.