Thursday, April 23, 2009

A Welcome Distraction

I've been a little busy the last several days. I've been sucked into yet another book series. Yep. I'm not a big reader. It has to be a storyline that sucks me in and is painful to put down to get me to make time for reading. (translation: to give up a few hours of sleep each night to read)

One of my good friends and fellow Twilighter (Sophie) kept telling me I had to read these books. She told me that everyone she had recommended them to had loved them. I told her I'd add them to my wish list on Amazon, but that money was tight right now and new books were an "extra" that we weren't doing at this time. This whole conversation went down on Twitter.

Marshall's Uncle follows me on Twitter. Apparently he was catching this conversation about this book series and spoke with Marshall's Aunt about surprising me with Book I in the series. As you know, things have been pretty stressful around here and I was so overwhelmed with their act of kindness. It really lifted my spirits.

So I started reading book I. I got totally sucked into just as Sophie said I would. I kept talking with Sophie about the book as each new twist and turn happened. She asked if I had books II and III which I told her I did not. Then she told me a package was coming. She was sending me books II and III as a gift. She didn't want anything in return, just for me to pay it forward when I can to someone else. And by "pay it forward" I'm assuming she means buying the books for someone else, because I'M NOT PARTING WITH MY OWN PERSONAL BOOKS. (glad I cleared that up, whew!)

Well, her package came in perfect timing. It came the day after I finished the first book. So now I'm trying to steal every spare moment away to read more. This was such a special gift from Marshall's Aunt and Uncle and my friend Sophie and has really lifted my spirits in stressful times.

What book series am I talking about? The Mortal Instruments Series. If you loved the Harry Potter books and you loved the Twilight Series... you will LOVE this series too. Trust me. Have I ever steered you wrong before? (don't answer that)



Now if you'll excuse me, I need to get back to reading. Kthxbai.

19 comments:

  1. Now I have a new series to read....hooray! I am going to put the books on hold at the library. I strongly suggest you read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. It is great and book two comes out this fall. Glad you got your spirits lifted. I know how stressful things are for many people right now...because we are also one of the many people the economy has affected. We have done away with some things and switched other things around. It has been an experience that we have learned from...even though it is hard and frustrating at times.

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  2. Yea!!! I love acts of kindness.

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  3. I LOVE when people pass on great book suggestions!
    Another great series is the Dark Angel series by Meredith Ann Pierce...she's a fantastic writer and yeah, they will be found in the teen section of your library, but to me the true definition of a great book is one that can be enjoyed by all ages i.e. Harry Potter, Twilight etc...)
    Also, one of my all time favorites; Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke.
    Great book, starts out a little slow because she really takes the time to develop the characters (it took her 10 yrs to write it!), but definitely worth it! It really is a classic!
    Happy reading!

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  4. thankyou Julie...my son loved both the potter and twilight series so i will go buy him book one...i love when people suggest good books...and random acts of kindness are also wonderful...hvae a good week...still loving your blog

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  5. Im going to trust ya and try out the first one!!! (I have been in withdrawal since I finished TwiLight, LOL)

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  6. Just finished book 1!! I already have book 2 waiting to start and book 3 is coming in the mail! ;)

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  7. Remember how a few weeks ago i complained to you about how I couldnt find the twilight books on paperbackswap...and you replied...the FIRST time ever...and I was in such shock that I didnt know what to say... I mean, you actually talked to me.

    Well paperbackswap is for us poor saps that can't always go on amazon and buy a new book just because we want it.

    OH, do please, read my blog for more info and ESPECIALLY use my link (in todays post) so I get credit when you post 10 books.

    Seriously, go join. (and post these books.) just kidding, I know you wont.

    Can you tell me more about these books?

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  8. You know I tried to check the book out at the library today, but it was checked out already. So, I guess I'll have to wait a while. I am a little anxious though. You and Darcy got me hooked on Twilight & then I got my mom hooked on them too. (I've never had books totally suck me in the way those did.) What can I say? We love to read. Your friends and family are super nice. Everyone needs a pick me up once in a while. Those small blessings are BIG.

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  9. Ohhhhhhh... Handy Man is gunna be sooooo mad at youuuuuuuu. ;)

    Thanks.

    It's been a dry run since Twilight and The HUnger Games.

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  10. OH! Awesome! I have yet to read the Twilight Series, but loved HP! Like you though I am tight on cash, but maybe I can re-new my library card or something. Hah! =P

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  11. Well, I loved Harry Potter, so I will definitely check these out! Thanks for the reco!

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  12. I am so glad that the book had the intended effect! And that is life...paying it forward. The Lord seems to always find some way to lift your spirits just when you dont think anything can. Praise the Lord! We are all His instruments and isnt that just the best? What goes around comes around as they say. You are a generous and giving person and it is only right that it comes back to you. God Bless!

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  13. My husband thanks you... he didn't want to have any more communication with me anyway ;-)

    Completely trusting you on this (since we all know you have great taste).

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  14. I love how your family and friends helped -- unsolicited. That totally rocks, doesn't it? :) Way very cool. And you'll be happy to know that I now have the first Twilight book in my possession. Yep. I haven't started it yet, but it's in my possession. :)

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  15. I believe that "pay it forward" can also mean brightening someone elses day with your infectious sense of humor Julie. If one needs to not take life so seriously and just laugh for a change, then all they have to do is come visit your fun-loving, enlightening blog.

    Hey, by the way, does Marshall have any other uncles to spare, a made-to-order like my friend, Victor? They wouldn't need to buy me gifts or leave me any inheritance. Thinking about taking out an ad, maybe a post on my blog would work :).

    JoAnne

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  16. This is such an awesome series! I still haven't read COG. I am 11 in line to get it at the library! So maybe this time next year... LOL!!!

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  17. You already paid it forward Julie, you just didn't know it at the time. I'm so glad you are enjoying your new series.

    Finally catching up on all your recent post; cracked up at the pic of Seamus pulling on Haven's pants. It took me back to childhood.

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  18. Well, I loved Harry Potter and Twilight so now I guess I have to get these! I'm not usually a big reader either but all of a sudden I have this long list of books I want to read.

    I know I'm commenting on an old post but I'm way behind.....on everything!

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  19. Ok, now I'm frustrated. I went, bought the first book but life got in the way. I finally picked it up and began reading and now do you know I can NOT get any other books! Why does our tiny little bookstore think that no one is interested in this? It is filled to the ceiling with Twilight in every form-- that aren't selling-- duh people, a little late!

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