"Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars, points of light and reason. ...And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason, for anything."

~ Edward Cullen

Monday, December 1, 2008

A New Month...A Great Movie

Ok, so I wasn't so hot in the posting department for November. I'm about four reviews behind, so I should be getting those up here in the next few days. DH is out of town for deer hunting season, so I'm at home by myself (thank goodness I have those two vicious attack dogs to keep me safe - they'll wag their tails to ward off the bad guys ;) ) I didn't read any of my November books. I ended up getting sucked into the library and not bothering with the books I had picked out. Sad and pathetic.

On a much happier note, I went and saw Twilight yesterday. I will be returning to the theater this weekend to see it again. I thought it was *that* good. I sat there and quietly drooled over Edward, totally enthralled with his relationship with Bella. I seriously considered leaving DH and going to hunt down Rob Pattison and begging him to marry me. That idea is still under heavy thought...lol. The whole movie, in and of itself, was truly amazing to me. I got out of the theater, and couldn't stop talking about it. Then I got home and couldn't stop thinking about it. I woke up several times in the middle of the night, thinking of Edward. I had the whole sweaty palms, shortness of breath, couldn't speak thing going on. It was as bad as, if not worse, then when I read the book.

When I had seen the previews for the movies, I didn't know how I felt about Rob Pattison. Was he truly worthy to play someone as stunningly beautiful as Edward? I had very mixed feelings about him as an actor. However, I tried to keep an open mind about the whole thing. I didn't want to guide a book by the cover, per say. So as the opening credits began to roll, I settled into my seat with my popcorn and giant sized Dr. Pepper fearing disappoint but hoping to me amazed. As the first couple of scenes featuring Edward played across the screen, my fears began to melt. And then, it happened. Bella was going to be attacked by those nasty strange men, when Edward's silver Volvo comes flying onto the screen. Jumping out of the car he immediately tells Bella to get in the car and scares away the bad guys. Angels sang, my heart jumped, I was swooning. And that my friends, is when the obsession started.

So my advice --- GO SEE THE MOVIE. Take your mom, take your friends, take a drool bib --- JUST GO!!

Friday, November 14, 2008


I am now one of those crazy Wii owning individuals. DH and I have been counting pennies the last few months and finally had the money to get one and the accessories we wanted. Now I just can't wait for work to be over with so we can get crackin! :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Review: The Lucky One

In his 14th book, bestselling author Nicholas Sparks tells the unforgettable story of a man whose brushes with death lead him to the love of his life.

After U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman buried in the dirt during his tour of duty in Iraq, he experiences a sudden streak of luck -- winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph -- his lucky charm.

Back home in Colorado, Thibault can't seem to get the woman in the photograph out of his mind and he sets out on a journey across the country to find her. But Thibault is caught off guard by the strong attraction he feels for the woman he encounters in North Carolina - Elizabeth, a divorced mother -- and he keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate love affair, his secret soon threatens to tear them apart -- destroying not only their love, but also their lives.

Filled with tender romance and terrific suspense, THE LUCKY ONE is an unforgettable story about the surprising paths our lives often take and the power of fate to guide us to true and everlasting love (Amazon.com).

I am not one of those raving Nicholas Sparks fans that talk about how his books are the end all and be all of the modern romantic tale. At times, I find his books to be a bit corny and hokey and this one was really no exception. Unlike his earlier novels (The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, A Walk to Remember), this book just does not seem to have the same zing. In fact, it's almost more of a zud...lol.

The story itself is told through the eyes of three main characters: Elizabeth, Thibault, and Clayton. All the characters are connected in different ways, and their actions with eachother are the true center of the story. At the beginning of the novel, we learn that Thibault is an Iraqi War Veteran, who has walked across the country looking for a woman he has never met. The woman is from a picture that he found half buried in the sand in Kuwait. Thibault views the picture as his "lucky charm," saving him from death many times throughout the war.

Thibault's first meeting with anyone his new town is with Clayton, a self centered, immature, ANNOYING cop from a famously rich family. It is easy to say that this character continually grated on my nerves. Every chapter that was from his point of view made me a bit queasy and I couldn't wait to finish them. Plus, he treats women as nothing more than sexual objects and that totally turned me off from his character.

I don't want to give anymore of the plot away because it will ruin the story for those who want to read it. I'm not saying it was a bad story, it just wasn't Sparks' best and I found it to be a bit far fetched. Who honestly walks from Colorado to the Carolinas with a back pack and a dog? If I were to do it all over again, I would have waited for the MMPB to come out and saved myself some money.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Monday Buys

We had a super busy weekend with Halloween parties, birthdays, and High School Musical 3 (awesome!!). I didn't get a lot of reading done and obviously no posting. However, I did get a chance to run to Borders last night to spend by birthday gift certificates from there. I walked away with four books and a doberman calender for DH (because all good wives buy their husbands gifts with their birthday money...lol). Here's what I got:

The Lucky One: Nicholas Sparks
Is there really such thing as a lucky charm? The hero of Nicholas Sparks's new novel believes he's found one in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he's never met, but who he comes to believe holds the key to his destiny. The chain of events that leads to him possessing the photograph and finding the woman pictured in it is the stuff of love stories only a master such as Sparks can write (Amazon.com).

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: David Wrobleswki ---
Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose thoughtful companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong friend and ally. But with the unexpected return of Claude, Edgar's paternal uncle, turmoil consumes the Sawtelles' once peaceful home. When Edgar's father dies suddenly, Claude insinuates himself into the life of the farm--and into Edgar's mother's affections.

Grief-stricken and bewildered, Edgar tries to prove Claude played a role in his father's death, but his plan backfires--spectacularly. Forced to flee into the vast wilderness lying beyond the farm, Edgar comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him. But his need to face his father's murderer and his devotion to the Sawtelle dogs turn Edgar ever homeward (Amazon.com).

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes: Diane Chamberlain ---
An unsolved murder.

A missing child.

A lifetime of deception.

In 1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder. But there is no sign of the unborn child.

CeeCee Wilkes knows how Genevieve Russell died, because she was there. And she also knows what happened to the missing infant, because two decades ago she made the devastating choice to raise the baby as her own. Now Timothy Gleason is facing the death penalty, and she has another choice to make. Tell the truth, and destroy her family. Or let an innocent man die in order to protect a lifetime of lies… (Amazon.com)

Sister Mine: Tawni O'Dell ---
No one dissects a tangled web of relationships like Tawni ODell. And no one can bring alive a group of varied players like the throaty, feisty Rene Raudman. Forty-year-old ex-cop Shae-Lynn Penrose returns to her hometown of Jolly Mount, Pennsylvania, to drive a cab and care for her son, Caleb. She thinks shes escaped her brutal childhood, but her nightmares return when her younger sister shows up and gives birth to a baby she plans to sell. Complicating the problem is the sisters Russian lover, a baby broker, and the sudden confession of the towns richest businessman, who is Calebs heretofore unknown father (Amazon.com).

All in all I didn't do too bad for $60 bucks. Both the Nicholas Sparks book and the Story of Edgar Sawtelle were on sale for 40% off so that was exciting. I actually started The Lucky One last night so I'll have to let you know how that is :)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Booking Through Thursday Meme

A new meme for me. A new meme for me. Check it out here.

Are you a spine breaker? Or a dog-earer? Do you expect to keep your books in pristine condition even after you have read them? Does watching other readers bend the cover all the way round make you flinch or squeal in pain?

I am not a spine breaker. I am a spine lover. I will read as carefully as I can so as not to damage a book and get it dirty and icky. I can remember crying for an entire day when DH accidentally dropped a new Meg Cabot book in a cooler full of water. It was not a pretty picture. I've never seen someone work so hard to flatten out a book in my entire life.

I do work hard at keeping my books in pristine condition when they are on the shelves. I dust them and don't squeeze too many into the shelf at one time and try to make sure that they don't get broken bindings.

People who bend the covers back make me ill. I just feel massive amounts of pain for the book. Oh why must they torture it like that. It never ever looks the same and spends the rest of it's little book life with a curly cover and and a little broken book soul.

How do you treat your books? Leave a comment and let me know :)

Getting to Know You

I think one of the best ways to get to know someone is by their favorite things. So I thought in order to further introduce myself, I would tell you about my five favorite books. These five books have always been my favorites, and will most likely continue to be unless the greatest novel ever written falls out of the sky and hits me on the head someday (weirder things have happened).

So at number 1 we have...*drum roll please*

Matilda - Roald Dahl: This was my first "big girl book" that I ever read all by myself. I can remember bringing it home from the school library - all shiny and new with its bright yellow hardback cover and crisp pages - and staying up late into the night finishing it. It wouldn't be the last time I'd fine myself doing that with this book. This book came home with me so often the school should have just given it to me. I know own my very own copy and now that I'm talking about it, I think I'll read it tonight --- review coming soon ;)

Number 2 is not nearly as dear to me as number 1 but here goes:

The Notebook - Nicholas Sparks: Having read this way before the movie ever hit theaters, I was swept away with the romance of the story. My little teenage brain was sure that a handsome Noah would coming running out of the clouds to take me away and love me like no other. Well, I did find a lovely man who took me away -- but it doesn't really compare to my Noah (Love ya Honey :) ). But anyways, this story still touches me every time I read it, and I always manage to go through an entire box of tissues by the end

And at number 3 we have

Twilight - Stephenie Meyer: Who doesn't want a vampire with a rock hard body that sparkles in the sunlight? I think that explains it all.

The honor of number 4 goes to:

Just As Long As We're Together - Judy Blume: I'm a life long Judy Blume fan, even reading her stuff for the adult generation (not nearly as good as her stuff for younger readers). I can still remember they day this book came out - yellow cover (it must have been popular back then) with three girls in typical eighties fashions sitting around on a bed. I devoured it. And then read it again...and again...and again. At least now when I read it, I know who the heck Richard Gere is and why the main character found him so damn good looking.

And finally, the lovely number 5

Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein: From the first time I heard that Ickle me, Pickle me and Tickle me too went for a ride in a flying shoe I've been hooked. I still read these poems when I'm feeling blue and need a lift.

So there you have. My five favorites that I would take with me to a deserted island and would have no problems reading them over and over again.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Review: Those Who Save Us

For fifty years, Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter, Trudy, was only three when she and her mother were liberated by an American soldier and went to live with him in Minnesota. Trudy's sole evidence of the past is an old photograph: a family portrait showing Anna, Trudy, and a Nazi officer, the Obersturmführer of Buchenwald.

Driven by the guilt of her heritage, Trudy, now a professor of German history, begins investigating the past and finally unearths the heartbreaking truth of her mother's life.

Combining a passionate, doomed love story, a vivid evocation of life during the war, and a poignant mother-daughter drama, Those Who Save Us is a profound exploration of what we endure to survive and the legacy of shame (Cover Blurb).

I have always been drawn to literature and fiction that takes place or is about WW2 and the Holocaust. I just can't image what it was like for the millions of Jews who suffered under the hand of Hitler and the SS. However, despite this odd attraction, I must really be in the mood to read one of these many books. Last week, when searching the shelves for something new to read, I stumbled upon this book, lost in the back of my book shelf. I really think I bought the book based mainly on my impression of the cover, and then for what the blurb said. It sounded different to me then many of the other books I had read about this time and I was in the mood for something a bit *different.*

This novel starts out by introducing us to both Anna and Trudy at the funeral of Jack - Anna's late husband and Trudy's step father. After only a few pages, we are quickly transported back in time to a young Anna, and her father Gerhard. It is in these few pages that we are introduced to Max, a Jewish Doctor who will forever change Anna's life. The story continues to jump back and forth between past and present, but its not confusing because of the wonderful way the author and publishers have set up the text.

We learn that Trudy knows nothing of her true father, Max - all along thinking she is a product of her mother's love for an SS Officer. As the story continues, Trudy, desperate to find something out about her past, begins a historical documentary project in which she interviews Germans who survived the war and what they went through during this time period. Trudy hopes that by doing so she will learn not only something about her past, but something about her mother, who is tight lipped and refuses to talk about the past. At the same time, through flashbacks, we learn the true story of Anna and Trudy during the years of WW2.

I absolutely adored this book, and think that it will be the top novel of 2008 for me. The one thing that I personally did not enjoy about the novel was the fact that it was written in third person. This took a few minutes to get used to, but once I was the time flew with this novel. I would recommend this to anyone who loves strong, even character development. This novel pulls you into the story and you soon forget where you are. I felt so much for Anna throughout the whole thing, that at times I was close to tears with her struggles. This book is definitely a keeper for me, and I will be passing it on to my mom and friends to read also.

What's on Your Nightstand?

I was doing a little web browsing today at work (as I sat on hold for hours and hours working on claim status...Go Blue Cross Blue Shield) and found this little gem of a website. It's full of awesome book reviews and other great bookish information. One of the fun things on the blog was the "What's on your Nighstand?" question. Many bloggers responded and I thought I would join in on the fun; however, I must admit I'm rather embarrassed by my nightstand stack. Almost all of the books on the stack have been started over the past year and NEVER finished. So I guess they are just hanging out there waiting for me to come back and make their night. So here's the sad sad list:
  • The Blonde Geisha - Jina Bacarr: I'm maybe 40-45 pages into this one. It was really good, I probably just got distracted by something else.
  • The Time Travelers Wife - Audrey Niffenegger: I'm seriously maybe only 150 pages away from finishing this one. It's an excellent read, but I think my brain needed a vacation so I just let it go for a while
  • Blue Eyed Devil - Lisa Kleypas: I just *had* to have this after I finished Sugar Daddy. It was the *must read* of the year for me. So yeah, I finished one chapter and haven't picked it up since....GO ME!
  • The Mist -Stephen King: I grabbed this at the grocery store when the movie came out --- not sure why (I think I was on drugs that day). I've maybe read the first chapter and will probably never pick it back up (however, I did hear the ending of the novella was WAY better than the movie)
  • The Year of Fog - Michelle Richmond: One word - BORING
  • Butterfly - Kathryn Harvey: This was recommended to me by a co-worker. I really do think I'll like this one, it's just not calling to me right now though.
  • The Atkins Diet Book: I think this one is self explanatory.
  • Kabul Beauty School - Deborah Rodriguez: I just wasn't in the mood for this non fiction read at the time --- perhaps more this winter when I feel trapped in my house and need a reminder of how good I have it!
  • The Kindness of Strangers - Katrina Kittle: The subject was just a bit too unsettling for me at the time

So there it is. My nine little soldiers just waiting for their turn to be called up in the ranks. Best of luck this month guys!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

November Reads

Here's my list of books I'd like to complete and finish in November. In no particular order:

  • The Kitchen Boy - Robert Alexander
  • The Parting - Beverly Lewis
  • Drowning Ruth - Christina Schwarz
  • Astrid and Veronika - Linda Olsson
  • The Diplomat's Wife - Pam Jenoff
  • The Secret Between Us - Barbara Delinsky
  • Sin - Sharon Page
  • The Chili Queen - Sandra Dallas
  • The Vanishing Acts of Esme Lennox - Maggie O'Farrell
  • The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank - Ellen Feldman

Right now I'm finishing up Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum and should have a review up for that in the next few days :)

A New Beginning

Hello there. Just wanted to take a minute to introduce myself. My name is Emily and I'm 27 years old and live in the great state of Ohio. I once had a blog but let it go due to family commitments and the what not, but wanted to get back into the habit of daily blogging about the many books that I read. I'm going to try to update here at least three to four times a week (maybe more if I feel up to it :) ), and I'm going to make a conscience effort to blog about each and every book I read (or attempt to read...there seems to be a lot of that going on lately).

Also, I think I'm going to try to set monthly goals for myself to see how much I can read and enjoy each month --- even setting out a number of books to pick from to read each month. I have a personal library of over 1600 books so I think if I narrow it down every month, I'll actually get more accomplished and more of my TBR pile will be gone.

I do have a very busy life. I'm the proud mommy to two doggies --- Sampson my doberman, and Gidget my great dane. My DH and I love them to death and they are basically our children going almost everywhere with us. Right now, DH and I are hoping to be expanding the family here in 2009 with a little one of our own. I'll keep you posted on how that's going :) I'm a medical biller for a company that does Positron Emission Tomography testing on cancer patients. It's an awesome company to work for with great people and even greater patients. It seems that between work and social commitments, I don't get nearly as much reading done as I used to (read - when I was single). I've been trying to go to bed earlier so I have some "me" time just to get lost in a good book.

My next post will be my monthly book choices for November. Hope all is well with everyone, and keeping reading!!

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