As much of the country knows now, which that in itself is crazy, Spokane, my town of homestead, keeps getting hammered and drilled and any other verb for it you can think of, with snow. Two weeks ago it was 33 inches, the next day, another three, the next day, another two, the next week, another five inches, and today? you might ask, oh yeah, five inches! I am all for snow and sledding days, but this is ridiculous and insane. It wouldn't be so bad if all the snow falling meant all that snow needed to be shoved and pulled away so I could get to work in the morning.
We get 12-24 hour breaks inbetween, which is more than what it sounds like the other side of the state is getting for all the rain they are getting, but all-in-all this is the strangest winter I have ever seen. It makes going to work interesting, that is for sure. Now that my family is back from their week-long vacation to Mexico (yeah I didn't do and no, I am not going to go there ) :) , we all carpool together. Imagine it, family time at 5:30 in the morning. Tonight was another adventure altogether, before the snow just kind of piled on top of itself, today, it bonded with the little melting snow we had yesterday and created a city-wide size ice rink of black and white ice. We are talking primo ice skating ice, not so primo for cars and by the looks of the news, semis.
Anyway, on to the more fun part, the holidays were busy and I am so glad it is time to calm back down. I am done with late nights of gluing, not that I didn't love it, and back to my weekly ritual of movie watching, story writing, and book reading, not necessarily in that order.
I just finished the Inkheart series, it got my through the holidays and snow days, and I have to admit that even for a kid's section book it was amazing and interesting. The cover says it is a book for booklovers, and I am going to have to agree. Admittedly, I bought the first one mostly for the book quotes before each chapter, but then when I read it I fell in love with it. It had a very interesting story and created one of those twilight-esque desires to get to the end of the book as fast as humanly possibly so you can read the next one. Next, I am venturing into "real" territory with "the soloist" so we will see how that goes. It is a beautiful book so far, though, I have to say. One of the curses of a literary studies major, you never lose your love for reading no matter how much you had to read in school. It just makes it more complicated and you see more things which usually just takes you more time to read a book. Case and point, my Harry Potter experience. The first time I read the series, it was for pure enjoyment, which is how it should be no matter what or why you are reading. the next time, I was almost done with school and I found so much that I had to read each book at least a third time just to catch it all and appreciate its connections and intricate design.
Anyway, that is my not-so-interesting update and all that good stuff. Since this is a Twilight blog, I will end this novel of an entry with some of my most recent experiences... enjoy.
Not only have I raved so much about this series that even my sister understands some of the jokes and stories she hears about it, and she hasn't even read it, but just by mentioning it in passing conversation at my job at the movie store and my full-time day job, I have not only found more people to talk about the series to, but actually have gotten other people as intoxicated with them as I was when I first started reading them. Even my boss asked to borrow my copy, and my friend who doesn't read outside of school is reading the WHOLE series, and she doesn't read that much normally in an entire year let alone all at once.
I love what this series means to people and the desire it inspires in others to spread the experience and love of reading to others. Like the Harry Potter series, it is getting a new audience to read and appreciate the value of opening another world to your imagination just by opening a book for a few hours each week. If nothing else, it opens people to new things and that is admirable in itself, I think.