Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Why I love Stephenie Meyer (author of Twilight)...

The Twilight Saga. Translation? The books Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn; all written by Stephenie Meyer. This woman has singlehandedly changed my life. Her books have made me fall in love with reading again...and inspired me to write as well.  

I used to read all the time, before I had my kids...then I went into survival mode. I had only read ONE entire book in almost four years! And I think the only reason I was able to read that ONE book because I was on vacation! (That book, by the way, was Redeeming Love, a FANTASTIC book by Francine Rivers, that my dear friend is also trying to turn into a movie!) But I digress...

That's right, the very book/movie that has left teen girls swooning nationwide is now this (almost 30 year old) mother's obsession. Twilight is "my own personal brand of heroine" (shout out to all of you who know what I mean!). I can't stop. I've read all 4 books (and let me tell you, they aren't short!) twice, and I'm on my third round. I've seen the movie more times than I care to admit.

What's the draw? Edward! For the record, Bella is a fantastic character too, but Edward...ohhh Edward. He's the perfect man, er, vampire. He's the reason that there are women (my age and much, much older!) swooning just like the aformentioned teenaged girls.

Meyer has created a character who, in my opinion (and Bella's too) is more romantic than Romeo himself (and every other  male lead I can think of in literature). If you can just get past the fact that he wants to kill her (which isn't hard to do, trust me!) then you would agree.

So to all my lady friends out there, and any curious male friends too (Attention husbands: READ THIS BOOK) - if you haven't already read Twilight, read it!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A New President

I love Inauguration Day.

It marks one of those few times in history where we are not forced to stand together because of national tragedy,  like 9/11 or Katrina. We gather for, and in the celebration of, freedom. I can't help but be excited. Regardless of whether the person I voted for is sworn in or not (and for the record, he wasn't!), it doesn't really matter to me when it's all said in done. At least I got my say...and you did too, whether you exercised your right or not. 

How grateful I am to God that I live in THIS country.