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I go through these phases were I become obsessed with reading.  I’m not even kidding.  If I really like a book, I will not put it down.  It’s not uncommon for me to read a 500 page book in little more than a day.  But it works both ways…if the book doesn’t grip me, I can drag it out for days, weeks or months.

The last book that I completed in about a day was The Time Traveler’s Wife.  Oh.My.God.  I couldn’t put it down.  I guess I’m a bit of a sucker for love stories, especially when things aren’t always perfect – it makes it feel more realistic.  And I’m also a little slow to jump on the bandwagon.  People have been talking about this gem for years, and I only just read it.  What is wrong with me?

**POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT**

I cried sobbed like a baby at the end, specifically when reading Henry’s letter to Clare.  I didn’t want T to see me blubbering, so I totally hid in the bathroom until I could maintain some semblance of composure because at one point I was crying so badly I couldn’t see the words on the page…true story.

**OK, you’re safe again.**

Since I liked the book so much, I opted to watch the movie as well.  The movie was not nearly as good as the book, and honestly I was a little disappointed after I saw it (the actors did a great job portraying the characters but so much of the book was left out).  I feel like the movie didn’t explore the depth of Clare’s and Henry’s romance because it didn’t go into much detail about the early stages of the relationship, which was such an important part of their story.  I also wonder how much sense the movie would make to someone who hasn’t read the book.  All the jumping around and craziness that Harry goes through would be pretty confusing if you hadn’t read the book.

The Time Traveler’s Wife definitely got my reading bug hungry for more amazing books, so I went on a bit of crazy book buying spree.  While I was pre-ordering my copy of the New Moon DVD (shut up, you know you ordered yours already too) on Amazon.com, I decided to purchase some new reads.  I ended up choosing Her Fearful Symmetry (Audrey Niffenegger’s second novel), The Help (Kathryn Stockett’s first novel), The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery’s French bestseller), and A Reliable Wife (Robert Goolrick’s fiction debut).

I’ve heard great things about The Elegance of the Hedgehog and The Help, so that’s why I chose both of those reads.  I liked the Time Traveler’s Wife so much that I was super interested in reading Audrey’s ghost story.  And this will make you laugh – a few months ago I was at a bookstore picking up some publicity for a client when I saw A Reliable Wife sitting on the counter.  The cashier saw me checking it out and raved about how good it was.  I didn’t buy it then, but when I was ordering my other books it popped up as a suggestion.  I took this as a sign and ordered it as well.

I’m currently reading A Reliable Wife, and it’s really drawn me in.  I feel like it had a bit of a slow start, so I wasn’t sure I was going to like it.  Luckily it picked up and now I’m completely sucked into this story of twisted love and betrayal.

With all this reading I’ve got piled up, maybe I should join a book club or start my own.  I just don’t know how I would feel about having to read a book by a certain deadline.  I feel like the pressure may take some of the fun out of it, you know?

Here’s a weird book fact about me – I like to buy the books I read.  I’m not a fan of checking them out from a library (which I know would save me so much money) because I like to keep adding to my reading collection.

Are you reading anything at the moment that you just can’t seem to put down?  Have you read any of the books in my line up?

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If you become really into something, do you feel yourself slightly obsessing over it?  I definitely tend to do that a lot.  If there is a book I like, I will read it non-stop.  I find it hard to put it down.  If it’s a movie I like, I watch it over and over.  If it’s a song, I will replay it till people around me probably want to punch me.  I don’t know why I get that way, but I do.

My newest book obsession was the Southern Vampire Chronicles/Sookie Stackhouse books.  I ordered the 7-book boxed set in early July and it arrived at my house on July 13.  Since then, I have read all the books in the boxed set along with books 8 and 9.  I read all of 9 yesterday actually…

They aren’t very long, and they are an easy read, but I still find it crazy that I read so many books in such a short time.  But when I really like a book, I have a really hard time putting it down.  I’ll read when I get home from work, while I eat dinner, instead of watching TV…you get the point.  Plus I am a faster reader, so that doesn’t help the process of trying to extend the length of time that I can enjoy a book.

The thing that is the hardest now is that I’ll have to wait until May 2010 for the next book.  I n most of the series books I’ve ever read, I don’t think I have started them when they first came out.  I’m usually reading them once they’ve been out a while, so I don’t have to wait for the next one.  🙂

Speaking of reading obsessions…After I read My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult during college, I became hooked on her and read many of her other books.  I’ve read 8 out of the 16 she has published.

Going way old school on you guys…Remember R.L. Stine and the Fear Street books?  I was super obsessed with them growing up.  I read them non-stop.  The ones I didn’t own, I borrowed from friends.  But I do have to say, I had a pretty impressive collection.  I was really a fan of the series books -The Fear Street Saga, The Cheerleaders, Cataluna Chronicles – I think I owned them all.

Now that I just mega-geeked out on reading, what were/are some of your favorite books?  Do you read like me – super fast – or do you try to make your book last?  Are there any books you would recommend?

Man, is it hard returning to work after a 3-day weekend.  I love having the time off, but at the same time feel depressed because our next official holiday is Labor Day.  And that’s 62 days away still.  Sigh…

The holiday weekend was definitely needed and much appreciated.  Thursday night we went with some friends to go see The Hangover.  Unfortunately the 8 p.m. show was sold out, so we decided to go get some drinks and hang out until the 11 p.m. show.  Of course silly little me had a few too many drinks, and by the time we were supposed to head to the movie, I didn’t want to go anymore.  We’d met up with my co-worker Mel, so JJ (former co-worker) and I stayed to hang out while the T and another friend went to the movie.

That was a bad choice.  Of course I ended up drinking way too much and felt super crappy for a large part of Friday.  Luckily I did recover enough to head to the pool for a bit.  It was my first time this season – sad I know.  I was not loving the way I looked in my bathing suit, but at least there were some other people there who should definitely not have been wearing what they were wearing.  Our friend Chris so lovingly dubbed them the “bodies by bud babes,” which cracked us all up.  And also made me feel a little less self conscious.

Later that night, we hit up the Atlanta Brewing Company for some brews.  It was a pretty relaxing early evening, which got a little crazy when some bees kept dive bombing Little S and her boyfriend.  At one point they were running up and down the parking lot, screaming like crazy people to get away from the damn thing.  It was pretty hysterical.  After ABC, we decided to head to the pool for some night swimming and drinks.

I made this thing called a bowle;  it’s like German sangria.  And it’s perfect for hot summer nights.  You take some fruit – I used raspberries and blue berries – and soak them in a little liquor – I used triple sec – and a bottle of white wine.  Let them sit for about 30 minutes (you can also do it overnight, but I didn’t think about making it until sort of late and didn’t want to wait that long).  Then top the mixture off with a bottle of champagne and about half of a 2-liter bottle of seltzer.  It is awesome.  You can basically use any type of fruit and any type of wine.  I tried to stick with drier versions to keep the next day headache away.  You can also use more wine or champagne if you have a larger group coming.  Try it – I promise you will love it! 🙂

Saturday, T and I had a breakfast date at one of our favorite Atlanta brunch spots – West Egg.  If you live in Atlanta, you better make sure you try this place.  You won’t be let down.  Afterward, we headed to the pool for a bit of 4th of July sun.  Later that night, we went to CMc’s 4th of July/birthday extravaganza where we showed off some tacky stars and stripes gear.  T wore a woman’s t-shirt with the Statue of Liberty  and sparkly pink and teal stars on the front.  I’m not sure why the stars weren’t red and blue…I made myself some super cool star flops and a stunning foam visor.  What can I say, I’m crafty!  The party was fun.  We drank, we cornholed, we beer ponged, and then we danced our asses off in the tiniest and hottest bar ever at the end of the night.

Yesterday was a veg out day.  We watched Running with Scissors.  It was pretty good, but I definitely recommend the book for the full on crazy details.  I still can’t believe it’s a true story.  Later in the evening we watched Scream 3 – so not as good as the first one.  And later started in on True Blood – season 1.  Let me just say, I’m hooked.  When the show first came out, I thought it was going to be stupid.  But we watched the first 2 episodes last night, and I can’t wait to get home and watch a few more.  I even went ahead and ordered the books today because I am dying for something good to read.  I hope they are as good as I’ve heard.

Are any of you reading the books?  Or watching the show?  I figure T and I need to just go ahead and set up our TiVo to record season 2 so we can jump right in after we finish season 1!

I know you are wondering what’s going on with the wonderful birthday present I gave myself last Friday.  Did you forget?  My fat and jacked up ankle.  Ugh…

I decided to go to the doctor on Wednesday just because it was super swollen on both sides, various shades of black, blue and purple, and it was pretty stiff.  I went to an orthopedic doc that my co-worker recommended (she broke her foot when T and I were on our honeymoon).  After unwrapping the million things from my foot that I was using to support it, I got 3 X-rays taken.  Luckily there were no broken bones.  Yay!  But I might have slightly torn the ligament.  Boo!  The doc gave me some pain meds that would also reduce swelling (upon further investigation, I discovered they were the same meds they give to fibramialga and arthritis patients.  I’m hoping they help shrink my ankle back to it’s regular size.) and told me that I need to do physical therapy to strengthen my ankle.  He says that it will help shrink the tendon back to it’s normal size, making me less likely to sprain it in the future.  I start in 2 weeks.

The ankle has gotten a little smaller as I was able to cram it into my boot this morning.  I’m just hoping I can get it back off at the end of the day.  I also had to wear 2 different socks so that it would slide in fairly easily into my boot.  My sprained foot is cold since I could only wear a nylon stocking, while my left foot is fairly toasty.

My busted up ankle has also lead to us postponing our little Savannah vacay in honor of my birthday.  Walking is still not going so smoothly, and standing around for long periods of time still hurts like a bitch.   But seriously, I have perfected the pimp walk! 🙂

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On the Twilight front, I finished all 4 books in around 9 days.  I had to take a few day break in order to wait for my sister to give me Breaking Dawn for my birthday.  I liked it, but it was a little strange.  I still like Twilight and Eclipse the best.  But now I’m sad that the I’m done with the series.  I guess it’s time to find something new to read.  I’ve decided that I will see the movie just because of all of the hype.  I really hope it doesn’t suck.  Like I said before, I really hate it when movie makers don’t transfer the true meaning and emotions behind the story into the on-screen version.  I’ll keep my fingers crossed that I don’t hate it.

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The weather in Atlanta is ridiculous.  The high is in the 40s.  In November!  This is completely insane.  It’s supposed to drop into the 20s tonight.  I’m not looking forward to this at all.  I foresee a lot of snuggling under heavy blankets going on this weekend.

Plus, my office might as well be outside since it’s so damn drafty.  I can feel the air blowing in through the cracks of the door.  The heater is turned up to 76 (ridiculous) because this old building does not retain any heat whatsoever.  Sigh…

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It was so much fun participating in and reading everyone’s secrets during BlogSecret.  Some people seriously shared some super juicy things!

Happy weekend!

This weekend was pretty relaxing, which I really needed!  Friday night we had planned to go to Sweetwater (local Atlanta brewery) for happy hour, but it was raining pretty bad after work.  This meant that everyone would be crammed inside, so we decided to skip it and head to the house.  We were planning on having a game night, but with Rock Band around we all get sucked in.  The night ended early since everyone was pretty tired, and I was completely fine with that .

Saturday I woke up at 11and decided to do some reading.  Thursday night I was at the book store picking up magazines for work, when I came across the Twilight Series.  I’ve heard everyone and their mother talking about these books, so I figured I would pick up Twilight to see what all the fuss was about.  I didn’t get the chance to crack it on Thursday since T and I had a date night, so I figured Saturday morning was a good time to start.

So start it I did.  I read and read and read, until I finished the entire thing, all 500+ pages, by 6 p.m. that night.  Crazy, I know!  But I couldn’t put it down.  It was like crack, sucking me in with every turn of the page.  I now I have to admit, I’m hooked!

I bought New Moon yesterday afternoon and am already 300 pages in.  I seriously stayed up until 2 a.m. reading, like an obsessed crazy person.  But I really have a hard time putting the book down.  I think to myself, I’ll just finish this chapter, then stop.  But then I can’t wait to see what happens next, so I keep reading.  My birthday is Saturday, and I’ve already asked Little S to buy me Eclipse and Breaking Dawn for my birthday present.

I’m debating if I want to see the movie when it comes out.  The last few books that I’ve really liked that have been turned into movies have been let downs.  For example, White Oleander the movie is nothing like the book, the same with The House of Sand and Fog.  In both cases the movie, especially the endings, strayed so far from the book, that I was pretty angry when I finished watching.  I don’t want that to be the case with Twilight too.  I guess I’ll see how it goes.

Speaking of my birthday, I got the new G1 Google Phone from my parents yesterday, and I love it.  It is seriously the coolest phone I have ever owned.  The screen resolution is amazing, the touch screen works so smooth, and I can pull up actual Web sites and they look just like they do when you open them on your computer.  I can’t stop messing with it.  This may be another form of crack.

Maybe I have an addictive personality…

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