Mar 31, 2014

Memory Lane Monday #1 (Twilight)


This is a new weekly meme that Kristalyn over at The Sarcastic Palmtree and I, Amber at Paradise of Pages, came up with. We have been wanting to re-read some of our favorites but feel overwhelmed by all the other new books coming out that our re-reads get put to the side. That is how we came up with this meme, we decided we don't want to put them aside anymore, so we will be taking turns putting up our reviews on the re-reads we do throughout the month. This does not mean we won't keep up with recent releases as well, it just means we will make more time for those we have read before as well.

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So here is how this meme will work:

  • Each week the co-hosts will trade off with recapping when it is a re-read or what they have heard so far about the book and the other co-host will put up their review. 
  • The participants can read anything that they remember reading in the past, or something that they have wanted to read that has been around for a while and just haven't gotten around to reading it yet for whatever reason.
  • Participants can decide if they want to recap the book before reading it or just put up a review of what they read.
  • Anyone can join in, just please link back to our blogs as well as add your name to the linky so we can hop around and see what everyone is reading.
  • Please put our banner on your post as well, so we all look the same!
  • We ask you kindly to follow BOTH of our blogs.
  • Most importantly remember to just have fun! :)

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We will be providing each week a linky that you will be able to also link your posts for us to view. All we ask is for you to put up our banner as well as a link back to BOTH hosts on your post. 
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We decided for our first week to re-read a series that is very dear to our hearts, Twilight. We will be re-reading this series throughout the month of April. This week we will start out with just a re-cap of what we remember of Twilight and will then will be writing the review for Twilight as well as a re-cap for the next book for the next couple weeks until the end of the series.

Twilight is what got me into reading, as well as Kristalyn. We both weren't much of a reader until then. For me, my story is that my cousin wanted to read it really bad and I ended up talking her mom into letting her read it. Then when she was done with it, she kept insisting for me to read it. I didn't think I would like it, but just for her, I decided to read it and be able to talk to her about it. Then I started reading it, I got sucked in. I went the next day and bought the rest of the books in the Saga and devoured them within a few days. I walked around with my face in the books. I just couldn't stop. 

So for all that to be said, we really want this meme to start off with this series. There isn't anything more perfect for us :)

Now without further mumbling....my recap.

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Twilight
by Stephenie Meyer

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 dominant that part might be - that thirsted for my blood. 

 And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him. 

 When Bella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret. 

 What Bella doesn't realize is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And it might be too late to turn back...




As stated above, I read this book because of my cousin. She used to have nightmares when she was younger, so her mom wouldn't let her read these stories. I called up my Aunt one day when my cousin was staying the night and asked if I could buy her the books. I said I would take responsibility if she ended up getting nightmares and that my cousin could call me, no matter what time of the night, if she ended up getting a nightmare. Her mom agreed to let me buy them for her.

My cousin finished the books within a few days and raved to me about how good they were. She said she knows I don't read too much, but that I had to give them a shot. I finally agreed after much persuasion to at least try out the first book. So I drove off to our local Target and picked it up. It then sat on my table for over a month. I just didn't want to read it. It sounded quite stupid to me to be honest.

Then one day I was so bored I decided to give it a shot. I took it with me to a weekend with my mom and sat outside while the dogs ran around and started reading. I was sucked in quickly. I became a mindless zombie. I ended up reading about half the book before I was told that dinner was ready. Throughout dinner I sat there in a daze wondering what was going to happen. I kept reliving the story in my mind. My family tried to talk to me but I was just so out of it I couldn't really talk much.

Once dinner was over I ran back outside to finish it. I ended up finishing it at about 1 in the morning. I fell asleep dreaming about the story and woke up early so I could run out to get the other books.

I loved the idea. I had never read a book on vampires before. I knew it was very different from other stories. I mean heck, the vampires sparkle. Though I honestly can't remember now if we find out about that in book 1 or not. It has been years since I have read the books. I liked Bella. I felt bad for her with all she was going through. She was not in a place she didn't like and didn't want to be at. It rained all the time and she was spending time with her dad that time away made her not really know who he was. The whole situation was awkward. 

Edward, to me was dreamy from the start. Since I knew ahead of time that the stories were about vampires I knew that Edward had to be one. I loved the mystery he gave off though. He was always doing things to shock you throughout the story. Just when you think you get to know him, he flips around and changes into something else. I like that about the story. It was refreshing to be kept on my toes.

I remember loving the details that were in the story as well. I could feel like I was there, as Bella experiencing everything she does. 

The love in the story is also amazing too. I am a sucker for romance, so it is no surprise that I got sucked into that aspect of the story.

One thing that annoyed me was Jacob. If you haven't figured it out yet, I am team Edward. I could tell from the start Jacob was trouble but I just wasn't sure why yet. I felt a hatred for him from the start. When I saw his name I would get angry.

I can't wait to re-read this book to see how my opinions have changed after lots of other books being read. I want to see if I still love it just as much as I did or if my feelings change. I have a feeling I will love it just the same, since my mind tends to hold onto things that made me happy and find a way to keep that feeling going for me :)


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We will be back next week with our reviews on this book!

What about you? What do you remember about the time that you read this series? Would you like to read it with us?

Be sure to leave your links below :)




4 comments:

  1. Thanks for being fantastic! I'm super excited for Memory Lane Monday and the fun that is sure to come with it!

    Kristalyn

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  2. I read Twilight shortly after Breaking Dawn came out, because a friend FORCED me to. I had never heard of it, I didn't think it was for me, and I read it just to be nice. But I was hooked immediately and read the remaining books over the next few days.

    Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

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  3. This is such a great idea :)
    Now funny thing about Twilight is that it does sound stupid when you think of it but you end up sucked in a book and you really love them at the end. Many of my friends make jokes about me giving them 5 stars but they haven't read them, they've just seen the movies (which are pretty bad if you ask me). Anyhow great post :)

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  4. This is a great meme! I actually have never read Twilight but after watching the movie, don't think I want to. No offense lol

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