Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
I filled the "Jan Brady" spot in my family—the second of three girls. Unlike the Brady's, none of my three brothers are steps, and all of them are younger than all the girls. My big sister was, however, very similar to Marcia (only instead of being self-absorbed and vain, she was sweet and shy, which made her all the more perfect—Emily, Emily, Emily!!), and we did have a dog named after a non-canine animal (Eagle, in this case). We never had a maid, so my mom is clearly superior to Florence Henderson's character, and also has a better singing voice.
I went to high school in Scottsdale, Arizona, the kind of place where every fall a few girls would come back to school with new noses and there were Porsches in the student lot (for the record, I have my original nose, and never had a car until after I was in my twenties). Our football team was renowned statewide—for having the highest average GPA. I was awarded a National Merit Scholarship, and I used it to pay my way to Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. On the list of the biggest party schools in the country, BYU consistently and proudly finishes dead last. I majored in English, but concentrated on literature rather than creative writing, mostly because I didn't consider reading books as work (as long as I was going to be doing something anyway, I might as well get course credit for it, right?). During my college years, I heard many lame jokes about English majors' future careers in the food services industries, and to all the people who made those jokes, I now say, "Ha, ha" (to be heard in the voice of Nelson Muntz).
I met my husband, Pancho (his real name is Christiaan, but no one calls him that—it's not a long story, but it is a stupid one, so I'll skip it), when I was four, but we were never anywhere close to being childhood sweethearts. In fact, though we saw each other at least weekly through church activities, I can't recall a single instance when we so much as greeted each other with a friendly wave, let alone exchanged actual words. This may have been for the best, because when we did eventually get around to exchanging words, sixteen years after our first meeting, it only took nine months from the first "hello" to the wedding. Of course, we were able to skip over a lot of the getting to know you parts—many of our conversations would go something like this: "This one time, when I was ten, I broke my hand at a party when—" "Yeah, I know what happened. I was there, remember?"
We've been married for ten and a half years now, and have three beautiful, brilliant, wonderful boys who often remind me of chimpanzees on crack. Gabe is eight, Seth is five, and Eli is three. When I started my writing career, they were each two years younger, and, looking back, I don't have any idea how I survived trying to do so many things at once.
Twilight is my very first novel, and it has been a crazy, rollercoaster-sans-seatbelts experience from the very beginning. (If you're interested in more about the writing of Twilight, click the "Twilight Series" tab at the top of this lame, rambling autobiography. (Sorry for being Capt. Obvious.))
My favorite authors/biggest influences are (in no particular order) Orson Scott Card, Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Maeve Binchy, Charlotte Bronte, Daphne DuMaurier, L.M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Eva Ibbotson, William Goldman, Douglas Adams, Janet Evanovich... the list goes on, but I think I hit the highlights. I can't write without music, and my biggest muse is the band Muse, ironically enough (see link below). My other favorite sources of inspiration are Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Coldplay, The All American Rejects, Travis, The Strokes, Brand New, U2, Kasabian, Jimmy Eat World, and Weezer, to mention a few.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
by Stephenie Meyer
For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning. . . .
by Stephenie Meyer
Twilight is not only a global phenomenon, it is also a great book! Since this was the first book that got me into reading, it'll be the first book I review! It took me a little less then a day to read this at first but if and when you read this you should savor it! Take your time to appreciate every sentence and every character carefully!
Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Bella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife -- between desire and danger. Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.
Freshly original and shockingly romantic, Twilight has become one of my favorite books on the bookshelf! Isabella or Bella Swan's character is klutzy and naive, which is easy to relate to, while Edward Cullen's (sigh) character is hypnotic and charming! This is the ultimate story of forbidden yet true love! The characters are caught in a life or death situation that tests there love and trust, making suspenseful yet mesmerizing! Like all books there is some points that are not to great- like the over klutzy-ness of Bella or the overprotective-ness of Edward, of course these characteristics can be easily overlooked when viewing the book as a whole. When I first started to read this book I was instantly intrigued and then hooked! It IS MOST DEFINITLEY A MUST READ!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
My name's Christina and I'm blogging straight to you from San Antonio, Texas! Other then reading I have an immense passion for writing, when I graduate from highschool next year I'm going straight to college to become a teacher and get my degree in English! I'm 16 about to be 17 on July 19th and another love of mine is volleyball:) Im on the varsity team and just recently won MVP for my junior year! Cool huh? Well of course I have to talk about books... Well my favorite book is not a YA novel at all, it's actually Call of the WIld by Jack London! Haha My absolute favorite author has to be Ellen Hopkins, her books Burned and Impulse are some of the best books I've ever read! MY favorite movie has to be Bubble Boy, yeah I know I'm a loser! And my favorite band is Tegan and Sara! Oh and speaking about music... for every book I read I will be posting a personal playlist on my music page and every week I will recognize a special author that has recieved a lot of praise or recognition! And I will be posting a Books into Movies and Novel News page that follows the latest gossip and new releases! Thats all for now but expect the first review up by tomorrow!
Dont mention it!
The Reader Girl Christina :)
The Reader Christina