Mar 31, 2014

Welcome to Memory Lane Monday ~ Twilight Re-Read Recap

Memory Lane Monday is a feature that is hosted by 
Amber at Paradise of Pages 

Amber and I have been talking about wanting to re-read some of our favorite books and how we feel like we never have time trying to keep up with the latest and greatest book for our blogs.  So, we came up with a great plan, let's start our own meme and get everyone else joining in on the re-reading fun as well!  We are, of course, still planning to keep up with current reads but we are intertwining old favorites at the same time.  

Here's how Memory Lane Monday 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! :)

We will be providing each week a linky that you will be able use to link your posts for us and everyone else to see as well. All we ask is for you to put up our banner as well as a link back to both hosts on your post. 

We hope you enjoy doing this meme as much as I am sure we will!

Amber and I have decided that we want to start off by doing a re-read of the Twilight Series in April! Twilight is a very important series to both of us.  Twilight was the series that turned me into a reader after thinking reading was the most boring way to spend spare time for my entire life, and it was the series that got Amber to pick up reading again after many years.  

I will be starting off this week by giving my recap thoughts of just Twilight (not the entire series) and then next week I will be giving my review having read Twilight again to see how my before and after feelings have differed or stayed the same.  

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

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...

The Memories...

My mother in law gave me this book because she said "You HAVE to read it." Okay, yes, me the non reader does not "need" to read anything that isn't written by one of her "go to" authors.  So, I let it sit.  On my counter.  For nearly a month.  And then I got bored one day and said "Why not?" That was the begining of the end for me.  

I'm excited to see if I will go through a phase of not being able to get Edward out of my mind AT ALL after reading the book this time.  I had NEVER had a book or character effect me that way before.  

As I look back and think about not being able to stop reading a book for the first time in my life.  I literally would have rather read than sleep which was completely foreign.  

I remember for the first time not being fulfilled by finishing a book.  Usually I would finish and just be done for like, a year, and I was okay with that.  Not anymore! I HAD to have more.   

I was emotionally attached to a story for the first time.  I had feelings and emotions for more than just the story but the characters as well.  

I will now go forth and read this awesome book that started it all for me!  I will be back in a week to tell you all my new feelings on Twilight, now that it has been many, many years and books later!  Let me know what you are up to this week and if you want to join in and read Twilight along with Amber and I, or even just pull something else back off of your shelf we would love for you to join in with us on Memory Lane Monday!  


  1. This is a really good idea! :)

    I will take part soon, I just need to clear out a bit of my TBR! I think Twilight although it recieved a lot of stick, was a turning point for YA. It made reading cool again and made people read more. Any books that do that deserve a lot of respect regardless of the content! :)

    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries :)

    1. I agree. It is what made me a reader. It makes me wonder if any other books would have done that. I read Harry Potter before and although I loved them, it wasn't a huge turning point for me. We look forward to you joining us soon! Remember, it can be any book you want to re-read you don't have to be doing exactly what we are. I look forward to seeing what everyone else's favorites are as well!

      Thanks for stopping by today!


    2. I might go back to the Morganville series by Rachel Caine. I read Twlight and Harry Potter which were amazing but like Twilight was for you, it was THE turning point. I have now completed the 15 books series and all of her other books :3 I was planning a read-a-thon of it. Like 1 or two a year in 2015. I''ll keep you posted if I start it or not :3 xxx

    3. Well whenever you decide to do it we would love to have you link in! I am looking forward to finding some new books and series through this as well! Thanks so much for your interest! Have a great day!


  2. This is actually a great idea! I love Twilight. This book & Stephenie Meyer changed my world... To be honest, this book changed the YA community.

    Leydy @OUaT & RCE

    1. I agree! I think this is the series that turned a lot of people into readers and really did change the face of YA. I hope to see you participate soon! You can do any book you like, we just decided to start with Twilight because we both love it so much!

      Thanks for stopping by!


  3. Oh Cool! Great Idea y'all came up with!! You know I've only read Twilight out of the whole series. I really enjoyed it too. I don't know why so many people bash these books or feel that they must hide that they've read them. Have you noticed that?? I've read 50 Shades of Grey and I don't care that people know! hahahaa :) Be proud of what you've read! Books are like therapy, you never know what that book did to help a reader.
    I'm happy to see that you chose to re-read this one first, especially b/c of all the memories it carries!!
    Have fun chica ♥
    Michelle ~ Book Hangovers Blabs Books

    1. Yes I have noticed that! Both Amber and I are of the opinion that we don't care. Twilight did a lot for us and we are going to own it! I haven't read 50 shades (probably won't) but hey....I think it's awesome you read them and aren't afraid to say so!

      Thanks for stopping by my friend! Have a great week....I'm sure I will be dropping by!


  4. Twilight was the beginning of the end for me as well. I was actually depressed after I finished the series... I felt so very mortal, and old, and sad the series was over. At the same time, it really made me find my love for books, stories and taking some time for me again.
    Great idea. I'll be checking up on both of you!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    1. Thanks for stopping by. We are really excited to get this new feature started and I hope you will join in with us from time to time! :)