Sorry about the lack of effort lately with keeping this up to date. I, like the rest of the free world, got sucked into the Twilight series. Ho-ly shit. I read one book a day and completely devoured them. Guh. It’s been a long, long time since I got so immersed in a book that I refused to sleep until I was finished. I wouldn’t have been able to sleep if I tried, I needed to know.

And now, for some spoilers. I’ve been waiting a long time for a story like this!

I am so glad that they get to literally live forever together! I have always had a thing for fantasy novels and vampire stories a la Buffy and Angel and True Blood’s Sookie and Bill have always had a near and dear place in my heart. But no one ever gets to stay together!. Buffy left me hanging, hardcore. True blood will probably string me along for another couple years. Twilight’s Edward and Bella…good lord the passion and chemistry is just out of this world. In any vampire/human story they never let the human become a vampire. I’m so glad someone finally did! It would have broken my heart to have Bella get old and die and Edward stay young and pretty forever. I really felt this was a no-nonsense love story and was very well written. It was a simple read, coming from someone who reads like it’s her job. I think that’s why I liked it. It was like reading one of my beloved trashy romance novels on a whole different level and with more depth. Love. I’m trying to pimp the books out to anyone who will listen. Justin says he doesn’t have time to read them, but he did take me to see the movie on Saturday, which was awesome as well. I got all the warm fuzzy feelings during it, although I did get sad at the end because I know what happens in New Moon (which I am currently re-reading because I have a hard time letting go)
Speaking of new moon, it was done perfectly. Bella has a massive breakdown when Edward leaves her (thinking he’s doing more harm than good to her) and basically goes into a walking coma for months. That would so be me. I’m glad Stephanie Meyer (author) didn’t sugar coat it. A broken heart is a broken heart and feels worse than it sounds. And then Edward feels guilty when he comes back about leaving in the first place and Bella doesn’t go all holy on him, it’s great! Emotion in its most raw form.

Basically it was written exactly how I would have written it. I just wish I could work up the nerve to start my writing. Maybe during Christmas break when I have time off from school I’ll start brain storming some more. I have so many ideas, and books like this series motivate me and inspire me. One of these days.

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I know I don’t usually do book reviews, but I’m a huge reader, and I love to share my discoveries. This book is amazing.
The Secret Life of Bees Takes place in South Carolina in 1964. The main character, Lily Owens, is a fourteen year old girl being raised by her mean-spirited father and her black nanny. Her mother was killed in a tragic accident when Lily was four, and her father takes every opportunity to break down Lily’s spirit. Yet she continues to dream and hopes to be a great writer one day. I’ll be honest, this book started out so sad. However, after several early buildups and small climaxes, the plot sails smoothly to happier times.
Lily eventually leaves her father and her home under harsh circumstances, dragging along her nanny for the ride. Although somewhat rough around the edges, Rosaleen, her nanny, loves Lily very much and Lily returns that love. Lily and Rosaleen meet three slightly eccentric sisters, August, June, and May in Lily’s journey to find out more about the mother she never really knew. Throughout the rest of the book each of the three sisters teach Lily a little something about life and, as the title suggests, bee keeping of all things. It turns out these sisters have even more to teach Lily than what is just at face value.
This novel is a strong and courageous coming of age novel that takes place in a very difficult time. Even though the civil rights act was passed in the time this novel takes place, it’s obvious that racism is a very big problem, especially in South Carolina. To make things harder, throughout the novel Lily finds herself falling in love with a black man, and being a white girl in the 60’s this was very dangerous, especially for the man.
There are some twists and turns throughout, just like any good novel, but in the end we’re met with a lovely ending and some major surprises. I really would recommend this book to anyone who likes to feel strong emotion when reading. The author takes you for a roller coaster ride but ups and downs are certainly worth it to get to the destination.
I loved the book and practically inhaled it in three days. Although it really is more of a “girl book” I think just about anyone can appreciate the trials and triumphs the characters go through. It’s also a book for just about any age, although due to some talk of puberty related issues maybe best for those over thirteen. It was actually given to me by Brian, who had to read it for a college literature class. The movie just came out, so I think I’ll be going to see it….or wait for it on VOD since movies are so damn expensive lately. haha. We shall see!

It doesn’t take much to make me happy, for instance:

Wine. I’m currently searching for the perfect wine…and highly enjoying the search.
Discovering an awesome classic rock song. My latest find is Chicago’s You’re the Inspiration.
A ridiculously good book. I just finished The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. Incredible.
Getting my nails done. I’m 21 and I got a pink sparkly french today, shazaam.
The weekend where I have nowhere to be and no one to impress.
Curling up on the couch with my man. He’s the best thing of all.
Taking a great picture.

It doesn’t take much to make me happy.  Just give me a glass of wine to hold with my sparkly nails, while reading a book and taking a picture sitting by Justin on our couch.  Not complicated at all 😉

TGIF everyone!