Book review: Twilight

twilight_book_coverTwilight

Stephenie Meyer

Hatchette

498 pages

Ok, so it’s time to crack down on the backlog of reviews created by the read-a-thon.  I usually try to get my reviews done ASAP but now I’ve got quite a few to do.

I fought tooth and nail against reading Twilight.  That is not an exaggeration.  I’m not sure what my problem was, because I should have figured it would be a good story, right?  Anyway, my book club chose it as this month’s book and I steadfastly refused to read it.  I guess I’m more of a book snob than I would care to admit.  Then, my best friend guilted me into reading it.  So I did.  And I enjoyed it.

As pretty much everyone knows by now, Twilight is the story of Bella Swan.  Bella has just moved to Forks, a dismal rainy place in Washington that has practically no sunlight.  I imagined it to be one of the most depressing placed on earth.  Bella is immediately captivated by Edward Cullen, whose description repeatedly portrays him as devestatingly handsome.  Edward keeps to his clique of family members: Alice, Emmett, Rosalie and Jasper.  None of the members of this clique socialize with their peers, until Edward begins to venture out with Bella.  But before this happens, he actually seems to be completely repulsed by her.  Eventually, the reader is told what was already known from the beginning–Edward is a vampire!

Ok, so I’ll admit that everything I’ve relayed above was pretty boring to me.  I read the first half of the book and could not, for the life of me, figure out what all the fuss was about.  Overall, it seemed repetative.  Edward and Bella.  Edward and Bella.  Edward and Bella.  I didn’t really find myself interested in the story until Bella met Edward’s family.  In fact, I think it’s a shame that Meyer chose to focus so much on Bella and Edward.  They were the two most boring characters in the book.  Rosalie, Emmett, Jasper, Alice, Carlisle and Esme were all much more fascinating but Meyer didn’t develop them at all, with the exception of Alice and even then I’d say the development was minimal.  I’m hoping that in the next three books, more focus and explanation is given to them.

Bella’s relationship with Charlie was also cause for concern to me.  The way she treated both her parents, actually, was aggravating.  Until the end, neither seemed to garner any respect from her.  And the fact that she referred to her father as Charlie unless he was within earshot really grated on my nerves.  I guess you could say I really just didn’t like Bella.  I respect that she was independent, but I thought she went about it the wrong way.  And I also didn’t like the way she acted around Edward.  I can see someone making concessions for the person they love, but I thought she took her relationship with Edward too far.  I think Meyer romanticized their relationship as a whole.  Do I envision Edward and Bella as an example of true3353400 love?  No way!

But despite all my issues with Twilight, I should have probably read it sooner.  It wasn’t bad and the story that Meyer tells is a good one.  My boyfriend was nice enough to buy me the three remaining books in the series and I do intend to read them at some point.  I’ll be interested to see where Meyers takes it from here–I can picture myself loving or hating the remaining books so we’ll see.

For those of you that have read the Twilight series, which book is your favorite?  Which is your least favorite?

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Please let me know if I’ve missed your review!

Mailbox Monday

imagesMailbox Monday is a weekly meme hosted my Marcia of The Printed Page.

This week was another good book week at my house.  I got quite a few new books that I’m really excited about!

The Elegance of the Hedgehog and Gourmet Rhapsody, both by Muriel Barbery, both sent to me by the publisher.

Soul Catcher, by Leigh Bridger.  This was an ARC I won during BBAW.

Baking Cakes in Kigali, by Gaile Parkin, which I won from Fizzy Thoughts!

Kissing Games of the World, Sandi Kahn Shelton, sent to me from the publisher.

New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer.  My boyfriend was nice enough to buy me the set after I finished Twilight.

Sylvia’s Lovers, by Elizabeth Gaskell, for the Classics Circuit.

What did you find in your mailbox this week?

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TSS: Read-a-thon Wrap Up

TSSbadge1So it’s over.  Kind of sad really.  I lasted longer than I anticipated.  I read from 9am to 5am, with a nap from 11:30pm-1:30am.  Other than that, I was pretty much reading the entire time.  I probably could have stayed awake later thaan 5am but I was having trouble digesting what I was reading at that point.  My brain had pretty much turned against me.

Final meme

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Between 9:30-11:30pm.  I was really dragging.  My nap helped a lot.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? The Hunger Games was a great read-a-thon book.  In fact, any YA dystopian read would be a good choice for the read-a-thon because they’re so engaging.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? I can’t think of anything to change–I thought it went very well.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? It was very organized, which helped a lot.
5. How many books did you read? 4
6. What were the names of the books you read? Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown, I Know it’s Over, The Hunger Games and I love You, Beth Cooper
7. Which book did you enjoy most? The Hunger Games!!!
8. Which did you enjoy least? Probably I Love You, Beth Cooper.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but if I had to pick a least favorite, that would be it.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I didn’t cheerlead.
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I’ll definitely participate as a reader again!

As you can see above, I read four books during the read-a-thon.  None of those have been reviewed yet.  I also read a few other books during the week leading up to the read-a-thon.

-Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer (review coming soon!)

Magical Thinking, by Augusten Burroughs

After, by Amy Efaw

It’ll be interesting to see how my week in reading goes this week.  Will I feel burnt out from the read-a-thon?  At this point, I feel like I can barely string a coherent thought together but hopefully that’ll pass soon.  I think I may try to take a warm bath and start The Stone Gods–hopefully I’ll feel rejuvenated!

And lastly, the winner of my giveaway is Dana from Scraptherapy! I’ll be e-mailing you shortly for your mailing address.

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Last update

6a00d8341c9ac653ef01156f3381c7970c-120wiWell, I lasted longer than I thought I would.  It’s about a quarter to 5 here and with the exception of a two hour nap, I’ve been participating full force in the read-a-thon.  But it’s time to call it a night.  I just finished my last book and I just don’t have the stamina to start another one.  And my bed is calling me.  So good night everyone!  For those of you still reading, keep going–the end is in sight!

Title of book(s) read since last update:  I Love You, Beth Cooper
Number of books read since you started: 4: Betsy and Tacy go Downtown,The Hunger Games, I Know it’s Over and I Love You, Beth Cooper
Pages read since last update: 91
Running total of pages read since you started: 1097
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 14 hours and 36 minutes
Currently reading:  Nothing!
Prize you’ve won: None

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Still hanging in there

6a00d8341c9ac653ef01156f3381c7970c-120wiI ended up falling asleep for two hours after my last post.  I thought maybe it was over for me at that point, but I woke up around 1:30am and kept going.  Now it’s a bit after 3am and my plan is to try to finish up I Love You, Beth Cooper before falling asleep again.  I have about 90 pages left.

Title of book(s) read since last update:  None
Number of books read since you started: 3: Betsy and Tacy go Downtown,The Hunger Games and I Know it’s Over
Pages read since last update: 86
Running total of pages read since you started: 1006
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hour and 34 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 13 hours and 16 minutes
Currently reading:  I Love You Beth Cooper, Larry Doyle
Prize you’ve won: None

Click here to enter my read-a-thon giveaway.

Getting so tired!!

6a00d8341c9ac653ef01156f3381c7970c-120wiTitle of book(s) read since last update:  None
Number of books read since you started: 3: Betsy and Tacy go Downtown,The Hunger Games and I Know it’s Over
Pages read since last update: 96
Running total of pages read since you started: 920
Amount of time spent reading since last update: 1 hour and 23 minutes
Running total of time spent reading since you started: (keep track of this one to be eligible for a prize!) 11 hours and 42 minutes
Currently reading:  I Love You Beth Cooper, Larry Doyle
Prize you’ve won: None

Click here to enter my read-a-thon giveaway.