Please welcome Ashley of Bookaholics Anonymous to Alison Can Read! Ashley has been blogging for a little over a year. She's a pharmacy tech, which I think is really cool because my parents are pharmacists.
Stephenie Meyer: Thankful for your books
A few days back I had a post on my site called Stephenie Meyer: Thankful for your books.
It was meant to give a shout out to those books that meant something to us. Well, as you can tell from the title, the books that meant something to me were the Twilight books. They jump-started my love of reading. For the sake of my guest post I'll explain the events. Before the movies came out I wasn't a reader-reader. Sure, I read a few books here and there and when I did it took me forever and a day to finish it. I'm talking a few weeks or maybe, even a month to finish one book that was half the size of some of the ones I read now in a week. (Think Nevermore. You know how long that would have taken me to read before I became a regular reader.) Honestly, I didn't even know the movie was based on a book until a friend told me, and because I enjoyed the first movie I went out and bought the book to read. I devoured the book. In my opinion it was better then the movie. Then I realized why some people weren't happy with the movie because it didn't do the book justice for those who had read the book. So for the people who only watch the movie they don't understand fully (or maybe they do.) In the movie you have visual aid to help, but in the books you can picture Bella, Edward, Jacob, and the rest any way you see fit. You don't have to see how others perceive them. Remember this is my opinion after reading the Twilight books. Needless to say I was hooked. I wanted more of that otherworldly stuff. So I went to Walmart and that's when I fell in love. Vampire Academy, Evernight, Shiver, Marked - each of these books would have probably never interested me if I didn't take that first step towards Twilight. I know for a fact I would have never thought to take a step into the book department. It would have been a shame to because then all these awesome books I've read this year would mean nothing to me. I probably wouldn't have even heard of half if not most of them.
I know it seems like I've done quite a few Twilight related posts lately, but with the first-half of the last movie coming out. I'm going to go a little fan-girly on you all because had it not been for these movies and the books I wouldn't have fallen in love with reading. (I mean actually falling in love with it.) Sure, I read Harry Potter when it came out, and I adored them and then I read a few I guess we would call them adult novels, but I never really grasped reading or what it meant to me. Does that make sense? I wasn't like I am now which is a little obsessive when it comes to buying books and talking about them. I just can't say no! I wouldn't have found this awesome community of bloggers and I wouldn't have made these awesome connections with all of you who I call friends. Not many people in my life actually ask me how I am and really listen, but I feel like a select few of you do. I owe these friendships and reading to Twilight. :)
I want to thank Alison for having me on the blog.