Anyway... At the moment, there's not a lot going on. I finally broke down and used half of the iTunes gift card my mother gave me for Christmas. I really wasn't sure what songs to get and I wanted to get an audio book, but they're forty dollars. I think I'll have to wait until the ones I want aren't so in demand. I almost bought the entire Chronicles of Narnia collection as they have that on there for like thirty bucks. If it wasn't for the fact that I have them already, I would've done it. I mean it was very tempting. Seven books for thirty bucks? How can you not go with that? It's almost forty-five hours of books. I just decided not to do it. -shrugs- I really want all the HP books in audio form so I can listen to them in bed.
I was listening to Twilight, but as soon as Edward and Bella fell 'oh so in love,' I was done. I mean done. That book is just not on my list of good ones. I may try borrowing it from my cousin and see if I can read it, but ... just no. The characters just don't appeal to me. Bella always is trashing her so-called 'friends' in her head and it's like, "OMG why can't you find something you like about this place/these people?!" Edward is just... 2 dimensional. Especially when described by Bella or when they're talking. He's not believable as a person and that is part of what it takes to keep me interested. The protagonists need to be ... good characters. She's so "dazzled" by him that she seems to think she's in love and, really, who is actually 'in love' at 17? I mean, I thought I was, but I was very wrong. Ugh, she just annoys me. Edward makes me hate him in the way he acts though there was one major moment in the book that I did actually like. Of course, it was one of the darker moments, but I still thought it was pretty good. The point where Edward saves Bella from those scary guys when she went dress shopping with her 'friends.' I did like that and it kept my attention. There are a few more spots at the beginning of the book, but not many. I just feel like she's not giving enough of something, but I can't put my finger on it. I'm pretty sure I'll try this one again, but I think I would much rather stick with The Dragon Cycle and my other favorites.
Oh, Brian. I'm trying to locate The Forever War for you, but I can't figure out where it is. It doesn't seem to be in my book drawer (I have a drawer rather than a shelf because of the way my grandmother had the guest room put together) and so I think I'm going to shake-down my room for it. I looked on my mom's bookshelf tonight and it wasn't there either so I'm not sure where it ran off to. I'm hoping that, maybe, it fell under my bed or something because that is definitely one of my favorite books of all time. I do have Starship Troopers if you'd like to take a swat at that. Much better than the movie that they made based off of it, but The Forever War is better. More realistic, I'd say. I've got a handful of other books you might be interested in too (maybe even you, Matt). The Dragon Cycle is currently one of my faves, but I haven't read Dragon Burning yet. I think I need to re-read the entire series simply because I know I've forgotten what's gone on.
I also like Orson Scott Card's Homecoming series, though I haven't quite finished those either because it spans generations and I got lost when the main characters were gone. I need to re-read those too. Damn. So many books to re-read.
Anybody else have any books to suggest? I need to add to my collection. I was going to read a book Matt