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Wow. That is the cheesiest post title I have ever written. (Although, Zeus? Hera? Where’s the God of Teeth when you need him? and Memories, Light The Corner Of My Mind are additional fine options.)

I just don’t know where to begin. I mean, do you all even KNOW ME anymore? No, no, I don’t think you do, and the only way to remedy the situation is a quick post filled with written diarrhea.

Let’s see. I just returned from a quick trip to Denver and Boulder. As you may or may not know, my husband graduated from the University of Colorado and we wanted to check out his old stomping grounds while meeting up with his brother’s family. (Which included the most delicious 6-month-old ever.) The weather was beautiful, the leaves were starting to change, the air was crisp and the food was tasty.

We poked around neighborhoods and parks and generally fell over dead when we saw the housing prices. Houses that would easily be over the 2 million dollar mark in my beach community were literally, dare I say, remotely AFFORDABLE. Frankly, it makes me wonder, is the beach that worth it? Is the year-round perfect weather that worth it? Will I live in a small bungalow FOREVER AND EVER, GOD HELP ME?

Wait! That’s not all! The women? At the beautiful Colorado parks? Were NATURALLY attractive. NOT shot up with Botox, sporting blond extensions and Juicy Couture track suits! I did not see one bright yellow Hummer or flaming red Aston Martin. The people were friendly! With not a hint of passive aggressiveness!

OH MY GOD, Orange County, you are slowly killing my will to live.

(See? This is when I think I should continue not updating my blog. Do you really want to read this drivel?)

Also, I’m not the least bit ashamed to admit that I am almost physically ill that I finished reading the Twilight series. What in the hell am I supposed to do now? Blog or something? I love Edward and Bella, and I could care less if people think it was a poorly-written series because I could NOT put it down. Being a huge Anne Rice fan, I thought I would scoff at these books, but I loved them, oh how I loved them. Is there going to be a 5th book? Please, someone MAKE THE PAIN GO AWAY. If you absolutely loved Twilight, do you have any other books that you recommend I read? I belong to Goodreads, but I get lost in all of the millions and trillions of suggestions.

(Also, does anyone else wonder if by reading and thinking about vampires, you are sending out some sort of other-worldly wavelength for the vampires to come find you? No? Just forget I mentioned it.)

Now, if you are looking for something to make you laugh your ever-loving ass off, might I recommend Cringe by the lovely Sarah Brown? It’s a compilation of grade and high school journal entries that are some of the most hilarious pages I’ve read in any book.

(But I don’t WANT funny now! I want Edward and Bella! Wah.)

Help me find some sort of substitute before I am forced to read The Witching Hour for the fifth time.



COMMENTS (60)

Comments

  1. It’s not Edward and Bella by any stretch of the imagination, but pulling a close second for me is the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich. A hilariously inept bounty hunter and THREE (well, two, until the between-the-numbers books are introduced) Hott men. Stephanie provides comic relief and Ranger, Morelli, and Diesel will fill any gaps that Edward may leave in your nighttime fantasy life. =P They’re listed in chronological order here: http://www.evanovich.com/plum_14jacket.html

    Enjoy!

  2. My kids and I just finished a year of listening to Harry Potter on CD, and we’re going through a similar withdrawal. I miss Harry, I miss the narrator. Is it too soon to start all over?

  3. I love the drivel!! I picked up the 3rd book in the Twilight series when waiting in a long line at Best Buy. Three chapters in I was addicted.

  4. Oh how I, and my mommy friends all know the Twilight hangover. Well, you can read 200+ pages of her “5th book” Midnight Sun (Twilight from Edward’s perspective) on her website http://www.stepheniemeyer.com :) And her other book, The Host is pretty darn good too!

    Are you SERIOUS? 200+ pages? Andrea, I love you.

  5. Try the Scott Westerfield series to substitute for the Twilight books…I think there are four now:
    “Uglies”
    “Pretties”
    “Specials”
    and
    “Extras”

    You can find them in the YA section of the bookstore or library.

    As a side note, I finished “Eclipse” last night and “Breaking Dawn” is on my nightstand waiting for me and I’m almost reluctant to start reading it because that will mean the end is coming soon!

  6. WHOORL! You don’t know me but I’m a full on blog stalker of yours…so, uhm. Hi!

    At any rate, Andrea beat me to it, but here is the PDF of Midnight Sun: http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/pdf/midnightsun_partialdraft3.pdf

    Now, she’s Stephenie is threatening not to complete it b/c the draft was leaked. But who cares? It is 264 pages of sheer EDWARD GLORY. When I finished the series I went into full withdrawal and then found myself somehow hoping animal-blood-drinking vampires existed. WHAT is wrong with me? I don’t know…..but Midnight Sun will help you through the withdrawal symptoms. I promise.

  7. Have you been drinking dear?

  8. I don’t have any advice on what to read next. I just read the series over again after I finished the first time and felt that same emptiness in my life.

    I finally made myself stop for a while when I started to dream about vampires. So I get what you’re saying about sending out “come and get me” vibes.

  9. I just wanted to stop by to tell you that I had a dream about you last night. You didn’t do anything exciting, you just revamped your entire site and made it all glitzy and like you made out with a CSS coding book. Aaaand that about covers the dream. Thought you’d like to know…

  10. NINETEEN MINUTES!

    By Jodi Picoult!

    SO FREAKING AMAZINGLY AWESOMELY WONDERFUL!

    Okay, sorry to shout at you and all that, but it’s so well written and absolutely riveting. It’s a wee bit sad, but oh-so-good.

  11. I can’t help you on the book front….I have not read a novel since my first baby was born 3 years ago! OK, I read I Know This Much Is True, but I’m not sure if that’s the type of book you are looking for…Anyway, welcome back! I have missed reading your posts!!
    p.s. I hear you on the whole OC thing loud and clear.

  12. Uh… I haven’t read the twilight series, but I love Anne Rice and vampires, so I’m going to recommend something else vampire.

    Laurell K. Hamilton, the Anita Blake series. Vampires, lycanthropes, zombies, voodoo, magic, etc. Fun!

  13. Hello!
    I felt the exact same way as you are when I finished all of her books. I searched high and low and found some good recommendations.

    1. The Host written by Stephenie Meyer is pretty good after about the first 100 pages of booorrrinnnngggg writing.

    (these are in order of how much I liked them)

    2. The Sookie Stackhouse Series aka Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris. Which is also the series that the new HBO series True Blood is based off.
    http://www.charlaineharris.com/bibliography/bibliog-sookie.html

    3. The Undead Series – Mary Janice Davidson – http://www.maryjanicedavidson.net/betsy.html

    4. House of Night Series – PC Cast & Kristen Cast

    I enjoyed all of them very much, although they weren’t quite the same as Edward and Bella. The characters in the Undead Series have some great chemistry and they are a bit more descriptive than Stephenie’s books :) If you like that kind of thing, lol.

    Hope you find something you like. If you find another good series be sure to share.

  14. Thanks to you and several other bloggers talking about the Twilight series, I will soon know your pain (I’m on book 2). She has another book called “The Host,” I think that just came out. And yeah, it’s poorly written romance drivel, but yeah, I cannot put it down either.

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  16. Right, well, my computer ate my comment and left you an l….
    Sorry about that. The jist was that Twilight rocks and so does Janet Evanovich. Go read Janet :)

  17. oh how I’ve MISSED your blog entries! Glad you enjoyed your trip…from reading a comment YOU made on twitter I decided TO go ahead and ORDER “the shred” …question…how long do you do level 1…?? I am on day 2 of level one and MY tush and arms are S-O-R-E! AND i’m famished!! So no book recommendations BUT a plead FOR a more detailed SHRED blog entry! :) GLAD to have an update! Take care and GOOD luck in the BOOK quest!

  18. I, too, was going to fill you in on Midnight Sun, but I’m glad you’ve been enlightened. It’s amazing, so I really hope she finishes it! I also devoured every inch of her website. She has “deleted scenes” (edited chapters) for the other books as well. The FAQs for each book are pretty interesting too.

  19. said six month old misses the whoorls!

  20. I LOVE hearing someone from Orange County muse that, hey, maybe the real estate prices there are frickin’ ridiculous. I love San Francisco and Orange County and all of those wonderful areas along the California coast, but … sometimes I get the sense that people forget they have other options that do not cost a small fortune a month. An entire country of options, even, not all of which are in the sticks.

  21. i’d read and all but am too tired from doing the 30 day shred (thanks to you!). :)

  22. I have never commented before and I have nothing to say about the Twilight series but I needted to tell you: Thank you so, so much for the commentary on Orange County.

    I lived in Costa Mesa for 4 1/2 years and came to like (occasionally love) it a lot more than I ever expected. Now that I’ve been away from it for about 9 months, I defend OC to people and I’m romanticizing that perfect weather and other little things. But oh. Is it worth it? I don’t know. I’m pretty sure I have more will to live now.

    Sorry for being so random. Mostly what you did was make me feel better about my own little verbal diarrhea ramblings inside my brain about life, Orange County conflictedness, where to live, and the rest of it. So thanks.

  23. Seriously, Whoorl, you have to promise me to go and pick up Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series, like, NOW. They are clever, fun, creative (Harry Potter-esque) and a jiggity jillion times better than Twilight (I know, I’m on #4 of that series), and there are EIGHT of them (and still going!). They’re what that new HBO show, TrueBlood, is based on, but much better, natch. Are you still here? Well, you should be off to the bookstore to buy #1 by now!!!

  24. I third the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris (actually I’ve liked everything I’ve read by her)

    and I second the Betsy, Queen of the vampires series by Mary Janice Davidson (this one makes me laugh my ass off, and I’ve read most of them several times)

  25. I love book requests!
    I’ve read a few really good ones lately, though not in the vampire genre, although everyone I know is pressuring me to read Twilight, and this post was like a sign, so I guess that’s next. Anyway, if you haven’t read Suzanne Finnamore’s Otherwise Engaged, The Zygote Chronicles and Split: A Memoir of Divorce, I would highly recommend all three. It’s sort of a fiction/non-fiction journey of her life through engagement, motherhood and divorce and although I was scared it was going to be a cheese-fest, she is an amazing writer.
    As far as your life, which I’m totally qualified to comment on (ha!), I vote for mountains over the beach any day! If you’re tallying votes, that is.
    And lastly since I’ve never commented before, Hair Thursday has seriously added to my life in a very positive way. I’m lucky in that my sister-in-law is a stylist and refuses to take payment for anything she does to my hair, so I usually show up with cupcakes or something.

  26. I highly recommend Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. Great book. A bit darker than Twilight, but it is very very good.

    I also enjoyed the House of Night Series by PC Cast & Kristen Cast (fast read and fun read, truly enjoyable but not nearly as good as Twilight).

  27. I just finished The Road, and it was one of the best books I’ve ever read, ever. Now, I would not say that I loved it, because it is not an affectionate book (if you know what I mean). I’m all cold and haunted by it, but it was really amazing. I will not be seeing the movie when it comes out, Viggo Mortenson notwithstanding.

    My other standard novel recommendations this year are:

    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
    The Time Traveler’s Wife
    Life of Pi

    Have you tried the His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman? The Golden Compass is my favorite, but the entire thing is pretty cool.

    Erm, I did not read the Twilight series, so I hope this does not negate my book recommendations…

  28. I feel exactly the same way about Twilight. SO so addicting.

    I REALLY enjoyed The Hunger Games – good romance, lots of action. Very different from Twilight, but it left me with that same “nothing will ever be as good again” feeling. And frankly, after Twilight, I was afraid I’d never feel that way again.

  29. I too went gaga over the Twilight series, and since others before me beat me to pointing out the whole Midnight Sun first 12 chapters (go and read them, you will be in Twilight HEAVEN!!).

    The book I’m going to suggest isn’t about vampires, but it does have that epic love story going on…. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. Totally the best book EVER.

  30. oh how i have to write a comment on this post. first off, you are right on abt the botox/juicy suits/aston martins….gag. i took a look around in laguna on saturday and realized i had become immuned to them…until one of my friends brings it to my attention…and then i became self conscious that i was becoming one.

    and twilight series: i started reading it the same time my mom did. she is on her fourth book. me…still on the first. mainly bc i have been slammed with wedding season but also bc i JUST DON’T WANT IT TO BE OVER. and i know i have 3 more after this one. but i am secretly reading very slow to space them out for all my upcoming trips. lame? i know. i love edward. did you see stephanie meyers on ellen?
    so i will be curious to see what book your readers suggest next.

    mwah to wito

  31. Have you read Christopher Moore? He has some vampire books, that are good – and he’s a very clever writer, I think.

    Also, I am STILL ON TWILIGHT. I’ve been meaning to take it to the gym so I can read while I’m on the treadmill, but I KEEP FORGETTING and so I’m forced to just watch E! instead.

    Hmmph!

  32. I have lived several other places (all in California), and Orange County IS the oddest. People are very superficial and flaunty here.

    However, there are nice people too. :) I know some! And I am one! Plus you need to STAAAAAY HERE because I would miss you if you left. Hi! I’m selfish!

    Unrelated, I think I need to check out this Twilight thing everyone is talking about. Have become obsessed with vampires since I started watching True Blood.

    I have the books if you want to borrow them!

  33. Wish I could help I am sort of floundering now myself…so I am just re-reading the series…

  34. I highly recomend Laurell K hamilton, it starts a little slow but there it really heats up…
    It about a booty kicking vampire slayer / raiser of the dead.

    http://www.laurellkhamilton.org/

  35. You failed to mention the awesomely hot MEN here? Yum yum. Although you are married to one so….yeah, you know the Colorado goods :)

    Glad you had a great trip!

  36. I loved The Witching Hour series! After reading those books, I kept wishing I was a witch and had a mansion in the Garden District (and a huge fortune) just waiting for me. So I can understand the vampire thing!

  37. Delurking to say CO is a great place to live and raise a family. Glad you enjoyed your stay. We don’t have year round playground weather for Whoorlito but I’m sure he would LOVE the snow too! :)

  38. The husband and I just took a trip to Portland and OMG….what a place! I felt exactly the same thing about LA when we returned home. So Cal is really awesome in some ways and really sucks in others! We went to a few open houses while we were there…BIG mistake! We could get a 4 bedroom 3 bath, finished basement, big yard, living room, dining room, 2000 square foot home for what we paid for our bungalow.

    :)

  39. I love that you loved the Twilight books, as I also devoured them. Well, not in the same way that a vampire would devour them, he heh.

    Anyway, if you’re still in the mood for light and fluffy and impossible to put down but are willing to move away from the world of the undead, I really cannot rave enough about Megan McCafferty’s Sloppy Firsts (and then Second Helpings, Charmed Thirds, and there’s also a fourth book but I haven’t read it yet and heard it was disappointing).

  40. Miss Virginia says:

    Where have I been? How have I missed all this Twilight hoopla? I must get me some right now!! (not that i’m such a fan of vampires or have even read or seen ONE THING VAMPIRE…but i’m not against them either).

    OK…so you have gazillions of comments on how great Twilight is…many on how weird the OC is…but where are all the COLORADO ROCKS people?? I for one am one of those. Even though I will forever “miss virginia” (the name of my blog that never came to fruition because well…I don’t know why…still hoping and trying to do it…yes, yes i am going to start my blog TODAY…but I digress) Colorado is an amazing place to live AND to raise a family.
    My husband and I both went to CU, too and caught the Colorado bug. We’ve lived other places (mostly in my beloved Virginia) but the rat race, the obnoxious people, the traffic, the high cost of living, etc…finally brought us here. The weather in Denver is fantastic, year round, the people are nice (and even have a decent sense of style!) and YES…you can have a REALLY NICE house for a REASONABLE price. (and we love obama!!)

  41. Well, it’s not a BOOK series to help your Edward and Bella withdrawls, but if it is vampires you’re looking for, you can always go to http://www.hulu.com and watch both Buffy the Vampire Slayer(seasons 1 and 2) and Angel (season 1). The site is legal and completely free of any spyware/adware/viruses.

    Buffy and Angel had their own pretty good love story to sink your teeth into! :O)

  42. Lullabies for Little Criminals
    Eat , Pray, Love
    Disgrace
    Secret Life of Bees
    Dont Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight
    Scar Tissue (red hot chili pepper Anthony Kiedis’ autoB)
    Candy Girl (same chick who did Juno, release your inner stripper!)
    Washingtonienne (sp?)

  43. COLORADO PUT YOUR HANDS UP! The beach is cool but Whoorl I could see you in those mountains.

  44. Ooooh, I second the commenter on 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult – as well as My Sister’s Keeper by the same author :)

  45. Okay so I don’t think I’ve ever commented, but I have to break my silence. COLORADO IS AWESOME.

    I moved to CO eleven years ago from Virginia, and to this day I’m still in love with the place. The mountains, the weather, the people – you name it. It’s a great place to live and raise a family.

    I’m glad you enjoyed your visit!!

  46. I really liked everything written by Sophie Kinsella.

  47. I have to throw my opinions in now that I know I might win something! I LOVED the Twilight series and read all the books THREE times. I *might* have been a bit obsessed. My husband kissed me goodnight once and I caught myself thinking, “WHY are you so soft and warm???” That’s when I knew I needed a break. Anyway, I am also throwing a vote in for Jodi Picoult. I have all her books and have read about half of them. They are all really good and some have recurring characters. Not Edward and Bella good, but all of them will hook you and keep you reading!

  48. I love Twilight so much. The thought of Edward still makes my heart flutter. It’s a little sad how much I love him, but I don’t care! I’m not ashamed! :)

    I’ve been trying to find the Charlaine Harris books but they have been out every time I’ve gone to the bookstore to find them. I’ll try again this weekend.

    Glad you’re back!

  49. I forgot to say how GLAD I am you’re back! Pleasepleaseplease keep posting! I’ve missed your HILARIOUS stories!

  50. I hear that Dallas, Texas has reasonable housing prices as well. JUST IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING….

  51. I lived in Boulder CO for 20 years (meant to just make a quick stop there for my first job after college and ended up staying a LONG TIME). It is so great for the natural stuff – incl fitness, health – of which you speak. And, really the weather is great all year. Sure there are a few bone-chilling cold days in December/January but they’re always offset by such intense sunshine and even some 60-70 degree stints in the middle of winter.

    But beware, if you are used to the ocean, you will miss it. I ended up moving back to the west coast last year (was born in Seattle) and now I think I’ll never leave the water again. But you could certainly go to Colorado for a little while, maybe until the kid(s) are grown?

  52. I’ve heard of this post-Twilight depression. I think that’s why I’ve spent the last month slowly relishing Breaking Dawn after I read the first three books in a week! I can’t bear the thought of ending my faux relationship with Edward!!

  53. one of the best series that i have ever read is the Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldon (amazon has them). they are well written, and give you that same feeling of longing when the last is finished. i love the scottish accent some of the characters have, and i might have fallen a little bit in love with Jamie. i challenge you not to do the same!

  54. I felt the same way – empty – for about a week after finishing the Twilight series. Did you know (and you might since I didn’t read all the comments to see if you have been previously informed) that she was in the process of writing a book from Edward’s point of view? Some a-hole leaked it to the press, so it’s published, in it’s partially finished form, on the Twilight website. I haven’t read it yet because I don’t think I can deal with the loss of getting halfway through, loving it, and having to imagine my own ending.

    I’ve seen all the kids at the mall wearing Twilight clothing at the mall. I heard a movie is on the way. There is no way it will live up to the books – no movies ever do.

    p.s. LOVE the plates. LOVE!

  55. I haven’t seen her name pop up yet, so let me suggest the Kim Harrison series that stars bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. It’s kicky in the same way that Charlaine Harris’ series is, but a little edgier. And, I beg of you, please ignore the covers. They are absurdly s&m looking, and you may have to slink down in your seat on public transportation, but the books are worth it. (Also supernatural–Vampires, witches, fairies, elves, oh my!)

    What else? I liked Sunshine by Robin McKinley. It didn’t change my life or anything, but it was a nice comedown when I was out of intense series books.

    For the record, I second or third or fourth (whatever you are up to in the comments) the Sookie Stackhouse books. Great, amazing, excellent little novels.

    For non-vamp, I like a series written by Sujata Massey that features a young female Japanese sleuth named Rei Shimura. Fascinating take on modern Japanese life, etc.

    In order to stop this from being a million word comment, I’ll quit here. Enjoy! (Love your blog!)

  56. I graduated from CU too, only a way long time before your husband was probably born. And I still have a huge amount of love for Boulder, which is the world’s best place to grow up from a teen to an adult. It’s just the best! I’m trying to convince my kids to consider going there as well, but the morons both want to stay in the Boston area. THere is always hope for a transfer!

  57. I’m not talking to you right now.

  58. Seriously, move to Denver. Run, do not walk, to the nearest real estate office and put up your bungalow RIGHT NOW. Denver is magical; it will change your life. As soon as I finish college in New York, I’m moving back and spending the rest of my life snowboarding at Copper Mountain and eating tasty vegan pastries from City O City. I will live in Wash Park/Cherry Creek North and never make the mistake of thinking that a city needs to be coastal to be rad again. DO IT. Your kids will thank you.

  59. Yup. Finally got out of L.A. last year and moved to Boulder. Fantastic place to raise kids. I grew up in L.A. and now I don’t wear makeup and I don’t have to spend 2 hours getting ready to go to the park with my kid. Met a bunch of nice moms. It’s pretty great. Do it! Move!

  60. Oh, I’m late commenting on this one — but I had to when you mentioned you felt physically ill after finishing the books. Me too! What in the world am I supposed to read now?!? I agree with you — the story was awesome, depsite the writing. Have you gone on the Stephenie Meyer website to read the exerpt of Midnight Sun (Twilight from Edward’s perspective)? It is even better than Twilight. It’s about 264 pages of a Word document. So, that should keep you busy for a day or so… :)