First, I found an OLD chat from 2008 between my mom and I while I was reading the Twilight series. This blog didn’t exist yet, but it was just a couple of months from it’s start (even though I didn’t know it, at the time)! SO I posted the chat below, because it is essentially… a look into the start of my reading and blogging love!
It’s no secret that Twilight is what kick-started my reading obsession. Or “re-kick-started” it, since I’ve been an avid reader all my life, but kind of lost my reading way, as an adult, reading only about 4 or 5 books a year. *gasp*!!!!! The horror!!! Considering I average 3 books a week now… (and if I could, I’d read a book a day)!
Thank goodness for Stephenie Meyer and her sexy-sweet vampires (and werewolves!). And THANK YOU MOMMY for introducing me to reading as a young’n (we used to scour library sales for paperbacks and we’d cuddle up on the couch and read our weekends away). And thank you mommy for RE-introducing me to reading as a thirty-something year old. I’ve been obsessed since 2008/2009 and haven’t let up since!
So how did it start? I’m pretty sure I’ve posted this somewhere on my blog, but for those that have just joined us, my mom called me one day crying over a sad book about a boy and his dog. Sobbing. And she told me she was going to re-read the Twilight Saga to help her get over this tragic book ending that she was struggling with. I gasped.
“Twilight!!??” I exclaimed!
“Mom! Don’t tell me you actually read that!!?” (me… the eye-roller extraordinaire , poo-poohing the hype of this FAN-FREAKIN’-TASTIC YA series that was being turned into a movie) and well… I was all….
But she insisted. She promised me that I would LOVE the series like crazy, and in fact, she would send me the entire complete series for Christmas (Christmas was just a few days away). After discussing all of it’s awesomeness and selling me on it, I told my husband, let’s pick up book #1 tonight, and my mom will send me the rest. And once I read THIS part of off of the back of the cover while standing in line at Walmart:
“About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him-and I didn’t know how potent that part might be-that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”
I WAS ALREADY SO IN! I immediately flipped to page one and started reading. AND I haven’t stopped since!
And you know the crazy part? I only reviewed book #1 (Twilight) on my blog, but didn’t review the others, because once I started my blog (because of my re-discovered love of reading), I had since discovered Sookie, Cat and Bones and the BDB brothers and so many more. I was so busy reviewing these new vampires, that I… well… *shamefaced* I didn’t review the rest of the Twilights. *sigh*
But my love of Twilight was SO obvious here: What to Read After Twilight
In fact, my BFF Sherry and I met because of my blog and our mutual “Z” (Black Dagger Brotherhood) obsession, but it all started with Twilight for her, too. And here we are chatting, just today (years later) and still so thankful for our books!
Sherry: I have to find this pic of RPatt and something cool he said about girls and books…
Maryse: I wanna see!!
Sherry: “If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are. Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable.”
Sherry: So dreamy…
Maryse: WOW!!!!! I knew I LOVED Edward for a reason. Not just for his vampire-dreaminess.
Sherry: Oh he’s my fave!! So cute and such a philosopher #teamedward Hehe
Maryse: forever!!!! AND EVER!
Sherry: That book got me reading, at age 40, so I’ll forever be grateful for them . And it lead me to the black dagger brotherhood, which got me to YOU
Maryse: Me too!!!!! And it lead me to me, too! LOL!!!!
Sherry: Hahaha . You needed to find yourself . Awesome!!!!
Maryse: My blog started all because of Twilight…. My reading life kicked back into gear because of Twilight.
Sherry: We need to send Stephanie a thank you note. Haha!
Maryse: heck yah! And then… I needed more Twilight so I found Sookie and Bill & Eric . And I found Cat & Bones . And every BDB brother especially Z!!!! MY Z! And my life was rocked from there on out. TRAVIS!
Sherry: Haha.!!!!!!! …I needed more so I found the Dark Hunters, Carpathians and Georgina Kincaid. Oh the memories!!! TRAVIS was my first contemporary because of you, then Gideon, then MY RYAN I already had Z engrained in my heart .
Teehee!!! And then I FOUND THIS!!!!!
A week-long chat back in 2008, between my mom and I about the entire Twilight saga as I read ‘em. BEWARE! If you haven’t read this series yet…
- YOU MUST read the Twilight Saga!!!! and
- There are Twilight series spoilers below, because this is an unedited chat between my mom and I, in all of my Twilight-obsessed glory!
- re-reading this chat makes me giggle ’cause I was all jaded ‘n stuff about crying over book characters with the “silly heroines” and falling for them. And yet… I couldn’t help myself and I did ALL of those things!!!
Curious about me ‘n Twilight from way back then? Read away….
Mom 12-01-2008: Here is the order for your books – usually they arrive much sooner than they say
Maryse: Thank You Mommy!!! Books are so much fun. I am so glad I inherited that from you! How lucky I am!!!!
Maryse: 12-04-2008: Hi mom! so whatcha reading now? I have started New Moon last night and am halfway through it – the beginning was exceptionally hard!! WOW – I can’t wait to see what happens but i’m getting through them too fast. My books from you should be here tomorrow
Mom: I know there are some parts that I found very hard to read also… they even got me crying at times… but it’s worth reading all of it.
Maryse: yah made me cry too! stupid book!!!
Mom: hahahaha… that’s what makes a book a good book… when you’re so involved that you cry and you laugh and you live through it instead of just reading it… we wouldn’t be captivated by it if it wasn’t good….
Maryse: I know! stupid me cause I was crying cause a stupid vampire was breaking up with the silly girl!!!! I felt it though like it was real - that lady can write!! I had to stop reading and walk around a bit cause I was so sad (still am – cause he is still ”missing” – I just got to the part where she realized Jacob is a werewolf – I like him tons, but i’m not over the vampire though, so I can’t commit to the werewolf! hee hee
Mom: hahahaha…. you are sooooo like your mommy…. it’s undeniable!!!! keep reading… it’s worth it!
Maryse: Mom!!! I just got the books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAYYAYAY!! I am so excited…and I KNOW i will re-read the entire series as soon as I’m done with True Blood ones, I’m gonna have to go back and forth until that Stephanie Meyer lady writes more… The draft she released on her website is fantastic! It is only the first 12 chapters though (it is literally Twilight, but re-written from the perspective of Edward (and his family) sooo good – almost better than twilight itself!
Mom: Merry Xmas my Sweetpea… one more way to make you think of me often!!!
Maryse: 12-05-2008: Hi Mom! Just finished New Moon…..toooooooo gooood!! I loved it. I know I will be re-reading all of these. Sad that there are only two left…I am gonna try to take a break from these books tomorrow so I can be back with the living a bit – I hate to pry myself away but I think I have to for the sake of being normal (this is the most addicted I have ever become to a book – or series) hahahaha! love u mom!
Mom: I completely understand what you mean ’cause my friend Isabelle and I went through exactly the same thing while we were reading these books.
Maryse: 12-08-2008: Hi Mom! Ok just finished Eclipse last night – whooooo that one was GREAT fun!!! I nearly stopped reading when she kissed Jacob though and all that – I was actually furious – visibly so! I guess I’m with “Team Edward” oh well… Jacob’s sweet and all but NO it HAS to be Edward!!! Ok so here’s my question – before I start Breaking Dawn I have seen mixed reviews – some people loved it – was their favorite – some people HATED it and there was this big brigade to return it to make a statement. I’m scared that something bad happens to Edward or to the 2 of them…so gimme a hint in terms if you liked it and if it will infuriate me? Love u!
Mom: YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!! I DID AND IT ENDS VERY GOOD! YOU HAVE TO READ IT! I don’t know why some people would make a fuss… as far as I’m concerned it goes where it’s supposed to go!!!!!
Maryse: *phew* I’m excited then. I mean I would have read it anyway – the suspense is killing me…but now I can read it without so much apprehension… Why do I like these goofy characters so much? tee hee!!! Guilty pleasures!!!
Mom: You could not help it if you wanted to… you take after your mommy…. and I sure would not have stopped reading until I was all done!!! I’m sure you’ll love it… there are some little lengths ’cause you’ll want to know what happens…. but it all comes together!!! so don’t worry!
Maryse: Looks like I have some good stuff to look forward to with the True Blood series, cause I was sad that my twilight saga was ending soon, and I was afraid that I would not be able to get attached to the True Blood books (even though I love the show) but apparently, it is even better – people who love twilight LOVE the True blood series as much or more, so I have some good things to look forward to. *phew* again…
Maryse: 12-10-2008: Hi Mom!!! OMG I nearly died when Jacob imprinted on the baby!!!! I did NOT see that coming – but the minute he was riveted to her and pulled to her I was confused cause I thought she was using her vampire voodoo on him to mesmerize him and all of the sudden I realized what they were describing!!!
Mom: I know… I was really confused too at that point… but then when I realized that it was not something he could control and it was not sexual… well at least she will be protected for the rest of her life!… how did you like the battle … and how she used her gift… and finally… did you like the last book as well?… doesn’t it make you want for more?
Maryse: wait wait i did not finish the book!!!! I am at the point where they are in their new house right now (I did enjoy her first hunt and her learning how to jump and stuff). I will be finished by the end of tonight though so we can chat! I am loving it (although it IS different then the others in terms of the intensity between the two was more felt in the other book – this one is more of an adventure but I am loving it)
Mom: ok ok I won’t say any more!!!! but you will like it to the end!
Maryse: 12-10-2008: Hi Mom!!! Ok I’m done I read it all!!!!!! All of them….I loved every minute of it and all of the other twilight books too! At this point I can’t say which one was my favorite – they were all so special. Her gift was fabulous! WOW is all I can say! I will take a few days off from reading … then I will start the True Blood series…. Once that’s done I am sure I will start the Twilight series all over again…I will admit, when I closed the last book, just a minute ago, I actually felt like I had a panic attack coming on…cause it’s over (only for now I hope). I hate how she marked it “The End” at the end of this story and none of the other books say “The End”.. she even made a comment in this book via Bella’s words about how she didn’t want to say good buy cause it was like reading ‘The End’ at the end of a book… Every night I had something to look forward to…well I still have my other books you bought me and so that’s cool! Maybe I will start sleeping through the night better now…since I’ve started the series, all I do is re-dream the books and the parts I’ve just read in my head all night (and since I can’t stop reading them i’ve been going to bed late every night cause I cant put them down). very very tired…but so worth it. I will miss Bella and Edward terribly….(oh and of course Jacob too!!)
Mom: I went through withdrawals also when I was done reading. But you have another series to look forward to and a friend of mine just loaned me 2 books of a series of 3, she will be reading the third while she’s on vacation and then she will loan it to me also. The way she speaks it is a bit like our series, it’s calle the Sign of Seven Trilogy. Once I’ve read the first book, I’ll let you know what I think, and then maybe you’ll get that series also. From what she says, she can’t put them down either and she has to hold herself back to not start the third one right away instead of keeping it for her vacation.
Maryse: I like this “book suggestion” thing – it is FUN! I would have never read the twilight series if you hadn’t told me about them, so I feel lucky now!