Well, ya'll, I'm on vacation!!! Whoo-hoo!!! I am off until January 3rd. My life has been so busy this past month, that I am just so excited to have some down-time during the holidays. What do I like to do best when I have a lot of extra time?...READ (Ya'll probably thought I would say "apply makeup"...tee-hee...love that too!). I got a few Barnes and Noble gift cards as Christmas presents, so I happily went to B&N yesterday to stock up on some books for the holiday! I also added a book to my iPad, but I have yet to read it! As much as I love my iPad, there is just something about a "book"...a real paper one, lol, that I adore! Also, I love the experience of just browsing through a bookstore for a couple hours trying to select my next read. Really, book shopping is one of my fav things to do!
But, seriously, the ultimate relaxation for me is to become completely engrossed in a great novel or series. My plan is to curl up on my couch by the tree in my slippers, with a blanket, my dog, some hot tea...and a good book. I am ready to just dive into my reading! Ahhh!
After discovering the Twilight Series in the "Teen Fiction" section a few years ago, I love browsing that section for books and series to read. LOL-no, I am not a teen-those years have LONG past! But, the books available in that section are just the best "light/quick reads" out there! Seriously!!! While I like a variety of books from really every genre, If I want a quick and engrossing read...a real page-turner, if you will, then I head to the teen section!
Pretty Little Liars
Right now, I am in the midst of reading the Pretty Little Liars series, I love this surprisingly dark tale of four "friends" (or "frenemies") with secrets in their past. I am on book # 2, Flawless. Honestly, what I love about this series is that it is not at all predictable! I can't tell you how many times I am reading a book and the fiction is so formulaic that I just lose momentum. Not the case with this series! These are can't-put-it down books! The first book I read in practically one afternoon of complete and utter engrossment. Is anyone else out there reading this series? I would love to tell you more about it, but don't want to give any spoilers!!! :) Just know that these books are an incredibly fun-read!!!
Another fav genre of mine is fantasy fiction (I know, I am revealing my "inner geek" here!). But really, the fantasy aspect is such a good escape! The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead is IMHO one of the best Vampire series out there!!! Actually, I might (gasp!), like this series better than Twilight (and, ya'll know I am a HUGE Twilight fan! "Twi-hard").
Richelle Mead is an amazing writer! This series is such a unique twist on the classic Vampire tale. Actually, her Vampire mythology is totally unique. The books are so compelling and, no, I can't put them down when I am in the midst of reading a new one. These books are actually quite mature for the "teen" section. Her plot is well woven, her characters are well developed, and you absolutely can not predict what will happen next nor how the book/series will end. I believe that Last Sacrifice is the last book of the series. And, I must say, I am not ready for it to "end"! A friend of mine at work and I have been reading this series together and we are both absolutely engrossed in it (and, yes, we even mark our calenders for the book releases). Last Sacrifice was just released!
What do I love so much about this series? Mostly, the main character Rose. She is such a strong character, both physically and emotionally. You really just find yourself rooting for her to succeed. Not since Buffy the Vampire Slayer has there been such a kick-butt female lead character in a fantasy tale! Rose kinda reminds me of Buffy too with her snarky "quippy" remarks, her "I won't fail" attitude, and her barometer of good vs. evil. Last but not least, I adore the Rose/Dimitiri love-story in this one. Really, I can't even begin to predict how this will all end!
While writing this post, and adding my links, I am so excited to discover that Richelle Mead has sold film options to Vampire Academy! So, OMG...we can all look forward to a series of Vampire Academy movies!!! Now, that just made my day!
With that said, I am heading to my couch to do some reading! Thank you readers for joining me in a bit of a diversion from my usual beauty-related topics! Besides beauty reviews, etc...you will also see pop-culture posts on this blog as well (books, film, tv...). :)
Is anyone else reading either of these series? Would love to hear your thoughts!