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I have a confession to make.  Two summers ago, I worked on campus with a group of huge Twilight fans.  They converted me.  Upon urgent demands, I read the books and fell in love with the deeply mysterious Edward Cullen.  I couldn’t help myself.  He was charming and handsome just like he had walked out of a Victorian novel.  Yes, I know he’s a fictional character, but with the magic of the movies, he has practically come to life.  Granted, I didn’t particularly enjoy the “artistic” and “naturalistic” take of the first book, I had to give New Moon a shot.

I have to admit that New Moon was my least favorite book in the series.  There is so much that goes so wrong.  Bella annoys me and Edward disappears.  When I read the book, I felt abandoned by my favorite superhero forced to face danger all by myself.  That being said, I thought that the movie was amazing.  This movie followed the flow and general feelings of the book almost exactly how I pictured them in my mind while I anxiously read the book.  Even more, I loved the development of Jacob.  Although my heart absolutely belongs to Edward, I loved the folklore that Meyer developed around Jacob and the other Natives that inhabit Forks.  I love Native American culture and folklore.

I know that a lot of people take issue with the books, and I completely understand.  The love story is absolutely superficial: there is nothing substantial that makes Bella and Edward fall in love.  They just fall despite the fact that their relationship puts them both in tremedous danger.  Not exactly realistic or a good example, but it’s a book.  It’s fiction and Edward is dreamy.  Thus, it makes the perfect guilty pleasure for anyone willing to overlook a few things (like me)!  Twilight haters, please don’t hate me!

Now, more on my thoughts of the movie.  I went to see the movie with a group of friends Thursday evening/Friday morning, Premiere status baby!  I love going to these early movie showings.  They are so much fun.  You know that you’re enjoying the movie with fellow fans (because haters would not come out at such odd hours).  Unfortunately, this time, I didn’t get to go to my preferred theater, but the experience was still great.  We got perfect seats and everyone was excited when the movie started rolling.  I was excited and praying that this movie would meet my expectations.  I loved the end of this book: Italy and Alice (my favorite vampiress).  Everything met my expectations.  Even better, they cut the moping down making more time for Edward and Jacob.  And I must admit I loved Taylor Lautner.  He surprised me by doing a wonderful job playing Edward’s “competition” as Jacob Black.  He’s a formidable opponent: he is funny and relatable.  Obviously, he is much more human than Edward’s cold, vampiric character.  I inevitably found myself falling a little bit in love with him as he helped nurse Bella back to a somewhat normal state.

The bottom line, if you’re a Twilight fan, this will hopefully be a treat for you.  If not, skip it.  If you didn’t like the books, you won’t like the movies so don’t put yourself through the torture.

And Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  I hope that you all enjoy a day filled with family and delicious food.

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Publisher’s Synopsis: When Mercury is in Retrograde, the only guarantee is anything that can go wrong, will.

Penelope Mercury, an intrepid reporter at the New York Telegraph, has pounded the pavement for five years from city borough, carrying out her boss’s eccentric orders to break stories that seem inconsequential to everyone but him.  Finally, she is inches away from being promoted to her dream job-covering courtroom drama for the paper-but after one spectacularly disastrous day, she is fired instead.

Lena “Lipstick Carcrash” Lippencrass has a pretty fabulous life, even by a socialite’s standards, as a top editor at the high fashion magazine Y.  Long lunches with her girlfriends and afternoons spent shopping at Bergdorf’s are all in a day’s work.  But when Lena’s always indulgent parents abruptly cut off her cash flow and kick her out of her beloved West Village duplex for refusing to work for the family business, she is forced to confront the reality of what it takes to pay the bills.

Dana Gluck, a workaholic lawyers, has been married for two years to a man who was perfect on paper but increasingly critical in reality.  She hoped that her dreams of motherhood would be fulfilled soon, which surely would also fix their marriage problems.  Instead, her husband leaves her for an exhange student/model who, to make matters worse, promptly gets pregnant.

When fate conspires to have these three very different women move into the same SoHo apartment building, they soon discover that having their carefully planned lives fall to pieces might be the best thing that could have ever happened to them.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Quills

About the Author: Paula Froelich is the deputy editor fo the New York Posts‘s Page Six column.  She lives in New York City.  This is first novel

Review: I want to start off by saying that I loved this novel.  After three very hard months of work and school, this was the perfect read for me.  I felt like a kindred spirit with all three of the main characters.  Penelope was the crazy one, running around New York with her frizzy hair that would not calm down for anyone or anything.  Then there was Lipstick, the socialite, who had a crazy way with fashion.  Then there was Dana, the workaholic, who hadn’t spent enough time on her social life.  All three ladies needed something that they were lucky enough to find in each other.

This story shows that sometimes you need to lose a little to gain a lot.  Penelope loses one job that treated her like crap with unreasonable demand.  It might have seemed like a big loss, but eventually she’ll learn that with every major loss comes a new beginning.  Lipstick loses her parent’s wealth but finds a new side to herself that she could have never found with her monetary ties to hear parents.  Dana loses her husband who was an arrogant prick anyway.  She gains a new sense of confidence and two unbelievably great new friends.

The point?  Pretty simple, any loss is the opportunity of a new beginning and that is all that really matters.  Moping won’t help.  These girls learn that and through determination and hard work are able to recreate themselves into something better.  I loved the girls and their stories.  They were hilarious and outrageous at times, which made them incredibly fun to read.  I felt like I could relate to every girl from her highs to her lows.

Even better Froelich paints a very vivid picture of New York that I fell in love with.  I still see myself living there someday.  Only time will tell if I’ll actually ever make it over there, but this book will definitely keep me dreaming.

This might have been a fluffy read, but it was absolutely enjoyable.

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Morning meanderings is a daily meme brought to you by Sheila at One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books.  It’s a forum for me to discuss books and other things while I sip my daily allotment of caffeine.

Seriously, what happened to my life?  I have been so busy with school, NaNoWriMo, being a CF, trying to manage a semblance of a social life, and attempting to stay healthy  that I haven’t given myself much time to read or blog.  But it’s Thanksgiving vacation, which means a whole week of to blog and read to my heart’s content!  I spent the weekend fighting off a cold and reading Mercury in Retrograde (review to come later).  I have also been catching up on all your blogs.  Yes, I do love to see what you have been reading.  And there are a lot of exciting new challenges and giveaways going on, which I couldn’t help to join.  Let me share some of what I have found with you all:

In the spirit of the Holidays, I signed up for the Holiday Reading Challenge.  Not entirely sure exactly what I”m going to be reading for this, but I made up a prospective list:

  • The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman
  • Christmas Jars by Jason Wright
  • The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Also, Nikola’s Book Blog, a blog that I have only just recently started following is hosting a giveaway contest that will fit in very will with the Jane Austen Challenge that is still looming over my head.

Three winners will win a copy of both Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.  I have heard a lot of hype about both books and would love to win them.  Wish me luck!

Speaking of giveaways and challenges, I’m hoping that as we hope into 2010 and my schedule gets a little lighter, I will be able to host my own giveaway and contest.  Stay tuned for more details in the future.  Trust me, I’m sticking around this time!

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Where did my weekend go?  I know that we “fell back” today and gained an hour, but I don’t feel it.  In fact, i feel more like I lost a day or two or three, maybe more?  Seriously, I had big plans for productivity this weekend.  I’m actually on duty all weekend, which prevents me from going out and doing much of anything.  Staying in can be boring, but it can also be productive.  But I haven’t been productive.  Granted, I did get around to visiting a good number of blogs and attempting to catch up on what was going on in the blogosphere, but I haven’t gotten much reading or homework done.

So I am dedicating this wonderful Sunday to research on Coleridge and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, some light blogging, some heavy reading (I hope I can finish Mercury in Retrograde today or tomorrow) and maybe a light nap.   It’s a very ambitious plan, but you have all inspired me.  I know that many of you do so much more than I do and still manage to read a couple books a week.  This really makes me feel like a slacker.  Like, HELLO!  Jennifer, you can do so much more if you just concentrate and stop procrastinating!  So here’s to ending procrastination in the month of November!  After all, I need to pop out a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month for NaNoWriMo.  I know that I failed the RIP challenge miserably, but I’m not going to fail anymore!  It’s time to push my way to success!  And I’m not taking the RIP challenge of my list either.  I will complete the challenge even if it is way past the deadline!

Yes, I’m feeling motivated and energized.  I have my coffee and I’m ready to rock and rumble!

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