Stephanie, Stephenie, Which One To Chose?

This will probably be a short post, since I’ve read all of these books before except for two. I started re-reading Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books again for fun. I really love these books. I’m just in awe of Ms. Evanovich’s talent for humor. Seriously. These books inspired a desire in me to right something funny as well. (NaNo 2008, anyone?) If you haven’t read them, you should. The accident-prone, car-destroying heroine is fabulous, as are her love interests, Joe Morelli and the tempting Ranger.

I also re-read the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyers, in preparation for the fourth and final installment in the series, Breaking Dawn. These books really blew my mind when I read them the first time. I found myself just as sucked in on this read, like I had no idea what was going to happen next, even though I did. Everyone I’ve seen either loves or hates these books, and I weigh in firmly on the “loves” side. I went into Breaking Dawn hoping that Bella would end up with Jacob. (I love Jacob. Not that I dislike Edward, but I just adore Jacob. He’s so…cute.) I knew she wouldn’t, but I couldn’t help but hope. Without giving too much away, can I just say that I found Ms. Meyers’ solution to this conundrum acceptable? (Hey, if I couldn’t have what I wanted, could I at least be satisfied with what I got?)

I also read The Host, by Stephenie Meyers. Quite a change from the Twilight books, I must say. But I liked it. I cannot even fathom how difficult and strange it would be to have my mind in someone else’s body, and be fighting that body’s mind for possession. Oh, and trying not to fall in love with someone my body’s real mind loves. Very interesting read. I found the first third or so a little slow, but then I got into it. I hear there are supposed to be two more of these books, and if so, I look forward to them.

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