I love to read. I really wasn’t like this as a kid. I really started to love books when I became a homeschooling mom. Our home is FILLED with books. Every room in our house has books in it except the garage and dining room. Yes, even the bathrooms have books in them.
I usually read books to educate myself on future subjects or homeschooling issues. I have read my fair share of “how-to homeschool” books from Charlotte Mason, Rupp, Beechick, etc. I have read books by MacDonald (history), VanCleave (science), Usborne (every subject under the sun), and on and on and on. At the start of 2007, I told myself that I would find time to read for Me (that really is a challenge with my crazy schedule).
Recently, I found the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer . What a gem! I know that Stephenie probably intended to target the teenage girl demographic for this series, however I am IN LOVE with the set.
The struggles that Bella and Edward face remind me of Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth, Romeo & Juliet, even Jack Skellington & Sally. Although the story centers around vampirism, it has tones of faith and “what happens when we die”. There is talk of God and “something bigger than ourselves”. There is love, pain, sacrifice, and making adult decisions.
I am now reading the second book, New Moon. I have gone through over 100 pages in just the morning hours between math, dictaction, and guitar. How silly it was to cry over one particular chapter. You know you are reading a good book or seeing a good movie when you get emotional. I can’t wait to finish up with our school day to jump right back into reading.
I plan on going to Barnes & Noble and buying the third book, Eclipse, as soon as I am done with New Moon. Stephenie, you have me hooked.
I hear that there might be a Twilight movie. As some of my other favorite authors have had their published works ruined by film (i.e. Dean Koontz), I hope they don’t ruin Stephenie’s books. These books speak to those that believe in true love, no matter the obstacles. That being beautiful comes from within. That making sacrifices in the name of love makes it all the more worthwhile.
There is one more thing that I want to point out. Stephenie, just like J.K. Rowling, is a mom that felt compelled to write. Even though she has a crazy life with 3 boys, she found the time to write about something that inspired her. Makes me realize that I shouldn’t be blaming my homeschooling schedule for my lack of drawing. Hmmm…maybe I should get out those drawing pencils?
Keep going Stephenie! I can’t wait to read what happens to Edward, Bella, and Jacob. You go girl!