My lack of posting the past few months has been mainly due to my recent addiction to reading. I’ve never been an avid reader. I would say I typically would only read a few books a year. I was even proud of myself a year or so ago when I read “The Hobbit” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy in the same year. But since mid-April this year, I’ve read 17 books and will finish the 18th shortly. It use to take me weeks if not months to finish a book, but needless to say my rate has condensed to days.
What brought this all on? Well, I have to confess that it all started in April when I broke down and rented the movie “Twilight”. I wasn’t sure I’d even like it. I tried to watch the HBO series “True Blood” but it was a tad too violent for me and I didn’t think I’d like stories about vampires. So I watched” Twilight”, and liked it enough to rent the second movie (“New Moon”) the same weekend. I then learned that the movies were based off Stephanie Meyers books and decided to buy a copy of “Twilight” at the SeaTac airport when I was traveling in April. I couldn’t put the book down! Usually I can read for only about an hour before I get tired, but I read that book in a day! I’ve NEVER read a 400+ page book in that short of a time. Although I had to wait for Amazon to get the other three books to me, I still managed to read all four books (and the “Midnight Sun” draft from Stephanie’s website) in about 2 weeks. If any of you other fans are wondering what “team” I’m on, I go for the dark, brooding type :^) And yes, I did see the latest movie “Eclipse”…a friend and I went to the first showing at 12:01 a.m. on June 30th. I know it’s not getting high scores from the critics, as did the previous movies, but I really enjoyed it.
After finishing the “Twilight” series, a co-worker introduced me to the Study trilogy by Maria V. Snyder. It didn’t capture me right away, but once the love interest was introduced, I got hooked. I then started to realize that I really enjoy romance novels. Once I was about done with that series, I started to search for the next book to read. I poked around the internet to see if anyone who liked the “Twilight” series had any recommendations. Someone recommended the “Black Dagger Brotherhood” series by J.R. Ward, which is another series about vampires. This series is definitely an adult series, whereas the “Twilight” series is young adult, if you catch my drift. So I checked out the first of the eight books from my local library to see if I’d enjoy it, and boy did I! I plowed right through that series, including the novella, which I guess makes it 9 books, in a little over a month. At this point I realized I really enjoy paranormal romance novels and I’m currently working through “The Demonica Series” by Larissa Ione.
If you’ve enjoyed any of the books I’ve mentioned and have reading recommendations, I’m all ears!
One thing I find humorous about this recent addiction is that my husband over the years has always encouraged me to read more and stitch less. Well, sometimes you better be careful what you wish for. At least when we stitch, we can carry on a conversation. But not so with reading and I think he’s felt a bit neglected at times over the past 2 1/2 months….lol.
On a final note, my friends have been enjoying my obsession with the “Twilight” series. One friend collected some “Eclipse” cards from Burger King for me and the friend who went to the midnight showing with me made me this one-of-a-kind, hand-made bib:
I didn’t have the courage to wear it at the theatre, but I compromised and told her I’d post a picture to my blog. Val is really talented with paper towels and a stapler ;^)