The one book, well more like story, I will never forget is Twilight, there are so many reasons for this. I devoured the series, reading all four books in seven days. I took this book to the bathroom with me, read it while cooking dinner and stayed up most nights until it was finished. I could not put this book down. When I couldn't have my face glued to the book, it was on my mind constantly. I could not stop thinking about the characters and what might happen next. I was actually afraid I could never read another book again and enjoy it as much.
I came for the vampire love story and stayed for the friends. I read this book about three years ago and it is still part of my everyday life. My friends and I constantly make references to this story. I have so many great memories related to my love of this series..
Getting to Target first thing in the morning with Christine to buy the Eclipse DVD, and meeting these two adorable old ladies, who were rushing home to watch their copy. I'm pretty sure if we were free they would have invited us over to watch with them. Going to the midnight showing of Eclipse, which turned out to be a fun fiasco. We were up till about 3:30 in the morning and still didn't know how it ended. The film burned up right in the middle of the movie and that wasn't the only challenge we had the night!
This book has brought so many people together, it crosses generational divides. People who are complete opposites, can love this book and still have something in common. I don't know if Stephenie Meyer realizes just how many people's lives she has touched with this story. So many have made new friends just because they were fans of Twilight.
This book also brought to our awareness the beauty and peace of the Pacific Northwest. Which may have gone completely unnoticed if not for this book. I will visit there one day, not just because I can imagine Emmett running through the woods wrestling bears. But because I know I can find a little bit of myself in the quiet, nature of the Hoh Rainforest. I am so glad to now be in touch with Gordon Hempton and Ross Hamilton from Washington state. Two incredible people I never would have known existed if I hadn't picked up this book.
My love of Emmett Cullen played by Kellan Lutz, lead me via twitter to Mastin Kipp's The Daily Love. I saw Mastin's tweets because I followed Kellan. Mastin's messages have forever changed my life. My point being you can pick up a book and think you are just reading, but you never know where it could lead you. Tamar introduced me to Christine and Deidre, where would I be if I had never met these three lovely ladies. Not writing this post, that's for sure.
If you have read this book/series you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, I say it's worth giving it a try. I have heard so many stories of people who said, "I will never read it, because everyone is making such a big deal about it." Or, "I don't do vampires and werewolves." It's so much more than that, it's about people with real feelings. Just how far would you go to be with the one you loved? I'm looking forward to sharing this with my daughter when she is older. Especially the part about how they waited to be intimate.
When I first read "New Moon" I hated it, where was Edward, when would he come back. Jacob drove me crazy, I was so annoyed with him. When I read it the second time with new eyes, I realized just what Bella saw in Jake, how she could be confused by her feelings for him. He picked her up and put her back together again when she was broken. Every time I re read these books, I pick up something I didn't get the first time.
There is something so special about "Twilight" though. I love the parts where Edward and Bella are just asking each other tons of questions. They are thoroughly enjoying getting to know each other, that feeling of first love and how exciting it is. You just can't believe that this person you think so much of is into you too. Maybe for the first time ever in your life you begin to feel like you might just be worth a second look.
I'm so grateful for the good times and the good people this book has brought me. When I'm 90 and looking back at this time in my life, I will do so with a big ole' smile on my wrinkly old face!