So, for those who might not know, this weekend was my birthday – in fact, it was the 10th anniversary of my 23rd birthday – and it was great! My mom came to visit; and even though the entire North Carolina coast was battered with horrid storms and winds from Hurricane Irene – we lucky duckies in Charlotte had a BEAUTIFUL weekend!
And, while we didn’t hit the theaters for a movie, we did end up watching a movie at home – and, yes, it was a movie based on a book that I’d read….. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold ( click thru to Amazon.com)
I also am very pleased to announce that I’m down to two more books in the Sookie Stackhouse series; I’m steadily making my way through Dead and Gone (Click thru to Amazon.com)
I’m finding myself getting annoyed at all the references to the previous story line – I understand that Charlaine wants to make sure all readers can enjoy her creative vision, but who REALLY starts a 10 or 11 book series with book 9?!? That’s like starting a movie 3/4 of the way thru and asking the people next to you “what happened in the first 60 minutes?” or jumping into a round of golf on the 13th hole and asking the other players to “hang tight – I just need to play these other 12 first, ok?” But, still, I read on!
It’s also interesting to compare them to the television series on HBO (True Blood on HBO). The shock-value never ceases? The “romantic” scenes get steamier and far more involved and the main plot seems to diverge further and further from Harris’ original intention. But still, I watch-on!
Here’s the rub: I don’t particularly find these books to be all that intellectually stimulating, however, one line in Chapter 4 stuck with me and made me realize why I do enjoy them. Sookie’s having trouble sleeping, starts cataloging her romantic history and asks herself (or us, the readers):
Don’t you just hate nights like that, when you think over every mistake you’ve made, every hurt you’ve received, every bit of meanness you’ve dealt out?
I find myself doing that a lot – and I know many of you do, too. What we really need is to think about these things when we are busy – not bored in bed – because then, when we decide to change our ways – WE ACTUALLY DO! The thought can lead to resolution – rather than a night of tossing and turning.
Anywho…..that was my weekend – how was yours?