My Review of Twilight

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A few days ago, I gave you my list of 100 books to read as one of my goals for my 101 in 1001. And lo and behold, the very next morning, I got an email saying that Twilight was ready to check out. You really should look online to see what your library has for resources on it’s website. I downloaded an app that let’s me check out books. The only thing that sucks about it is that sometimes there is a huge waiting list for certain books. When I put T
twilight on hold about 6 weeks ago, I was the thirtysome person in line. Obviously, not everyone checks the book out because I would probably be waiting over a year for some books.

I can really go off on a tangent sometimes. Sorry. Anyways, my review of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

I didn’t want to read this book. I wanted to strike it from my list. I can honestly say I outgrew this type of book when I was about nine years old. It is geared towards teenage girls and doesn’t have that quality to it that would have me recommending it to any daughters I may someday have. I found it clumsy reading at times and the language didn’t have me imagining the book in my head like the Harry Potter series or Gone with the Wind did.

I also wanted to smack Bella most of the time. She is a twit. She didn’t seem to care about Edward at all as a person but was completely obsessed with the magicalness of him. It also drove me crazy that she constantly ignored her gut feeling that he was dangerous and to be feared. Did you know that gut feelings are caused by brain cells in the belly? Oh, how I wanted to smack her.

Edward just came across as a manipulative butthole. He took advantage of the fact that Bella was emotionally vulnerable after he saved her life and made himself seem like this knight in shining armor. What girl is going to believe all your warnings that you’re dangerous when you tell her he loved her too much not to let her ever be hurt? He also seemed to be incredibly jealous which throws up red flags that he could potentially become abusive. Well, he does tell her he has a hard time not killing her.

I didn’t completely hate the book. When Bella is being pursued by James, I couldn’t put the book down. I wanted to know how she got away. And I found Jacob’s character endearing, probably because he seemed like someone I would come across here in Wisconsin. I’m sure Ms. Meyer will ruin his character for me in the following books based on all the Team Jacob crap I’ve heard.

So final verdict: The first two-thirds of the book was hard to read. It didn’t have a good enough plot to keep me wanting to read and the language made me feel like I was reading a twelve year old’s diary. Once some real danger was added to the story, then I was interested but it was still hard to read. I look forward to seeing the character development of Jacob and Alice in the next three books but this is not a book I will go out and buy so I can reread it. It was like a Harlequin romance novel: predictable enough to make a good brain pillow but too juvenile for an adult to read to relax the brain.

Please remember that this is only my humble opinion. I didn’t know anything about this book except it was a teen romance with vampires. I haven’t seen the movies. I definitely won’t now.

If you’ve read the book, please let me know if you loved it, hated it or just felt kinda “meh” about it. Be respectful of other’s opinions though.

100 Must Read Books

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I wanted to find a comprehensive list, not consisting of just classics or American writers or something like that. I couldn’t find a list that I was completely set on so I just mish mashed a few together, cutting out religious books and anything so obscure I had heard of neither the author or title.

I decided that if I read the book since I graduated from high school, I could check it off as read. So the ones I read before finishing high school will be read again. I hope that will make the list more manageable for me to finish but since I’m such a book nerd, I see no problem finishing.

I am kind of embarrassed that I’ve only read 25 books of these books over the course of my life and about twenty of those were read in in school. I will put the name of the book in bold when I finish it and put the (approximate, if read awhile ago) date I finished it.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien sometime in 2005

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Twilight series — Stephenie Meyer Twilight:12/16/11

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6 The House of Mirth — Edith Wharton

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell I’ve read this yearly since I was 20.

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

26 Don Quixote — Miguel de Cervantes

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia Books 1-7 – CS Lewis

34 Emma – Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

36 Harry Potter series books 1-7 – JK Rowling I read them the weeks they were released and multiple times since.

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini 2006 or 2007

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden about ten years ago

40 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn — Mark Twain

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel 2004 I actually bought two copies of this book because I accidentally left it at the Berlin airport and wanted to finish reading it when I got home.

52 Dune – Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons I’ve read this about four times since 2008ish.

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 Gulliver’s Travels — Jonathan Swift

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold 2010

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding 2002ish

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses – James Joyce

76 The Inferno – Dante

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal – Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession – AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole I own this book and get about halfway through before I put it down and forget it.

96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99 The Unbearable Lightness of Being — Milan Kundera

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

I realize there are books on here that you would never read and wouldn’t consider for the list. I myself vacillated over putting Twilight on here but it has been an influential series in this decade. I would love to know what you consider a must read. Let me know in the comments.

101 in 1001

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So I have been noticing on other blogs, pages called 101 in 1001. I read through a few of them and thought, what a great idea. The basic principle is to make a list of 101 goals to finish in 1001 days (about 2.75 years). It gives you enough time to finish some more major items and get plenty of smaller things done.

It is originally an idea of the Day Zero Project. Check out their website. If you want to make your own list, they have great ideas and inspiration. If you need help figuring out when 1001 days is up, here is a calculator.

So I’ve now put up my own 101 in 1001 page. I have to admit, I struggled thinking of the first 20 or so things for my list. Once I got those down, I was on a roll.

And yes, I did put down have a baby. I really didn’t want to. That’s why it’s the last on the list. It is a goal but I wasn’t sure if I would want to review my list at the end of the time frame and see that that was one of the unfulfilled goals. Oh well. I’m sure I’d beat myself up about it whether it was on the list or not.

Have you made a 101 in 1001 list?

Have a cheerful Monday.