Not a Review: Twilight

OK, I’ve read it.   I set out to make 2009 a non-vampire year and then this book fell into my lap.   Not even one month in and I blew the anti-challenge!   oh well.    And the ‘giver’ requested I get it back to her because another neighbor wants it next.   She’s trying to talk her husband into reading it, too.   (really?!  ok, whatever.   Actually, that’s cool.   I won’t be suggesting this to mine…)

ttssb Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

* *

I’m giving it TWO STARS for “It’s OK.”

To go over what I want my stars of rating to mean:
* = I didn’t like it.
** = It’s OK.
*** = I liked it.
**** = I really liked it!
***** = WOW! I LOVED LOVED loved it very much!!!!!

And even a one star book, might not be horrible trash, just that I didn’t care for it much.    A NO-Star book would be something I just can’t endorse or recommend.     I will also state all books I Did Not Finish as DNF and I may or not rate til the DNF page/time.  I can’t decide…   Do you rate your DNFs?

There can be many DNF reasons as to why I had to give up on something that have nothing to do with quality of story or writing or whatever.   Most always it’s just a mood-fit issue.

Let’s move on, shall we?

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11 Responses to “Not a Review: Twilight”


  1. 1 LeBlanc January 26, 2009 at 9:36 am

    As far as DNFs…I no longer have any. It has been about 3-4 years ago that I made myself a promise that no matter how much I loather a book or find it boring, I will always always always finish it. I have even gone back and read one last year that I didn’t finish many years ago. I will not however go back & read House of the Seven Gables. I fell asleep four times trying to get out of the 1st chapter. Oh well.

    Good for you! I go back and forth. I sometimes think it’s just bad form to not finish a book and then I think, life is too short! I’ve never tried to read House of 7 Gables… It’s funny abt how many books I can name off the top of my head that I attempted and failed but many books I have no idea if I read them or what they were about!

  2. 2 Joanne January 26, 2009 at 10:32 am

    “It’s OK.” yup that pretty much sums up my thoughts too. I’m still trying to figure out why people are going crazy about this series :?

    I used to always finish a book, even if I gritted my teeth the whole way. But now I chuck it, unless I think it’s just a ‘not the right time’ book. I haven’t reviewed a DNF and I don’t think I will in the future – I’d feel like I was being unfair writing about something I hadn’t fully read. I mean who knows, some of my DNFs might have gotten awesome just after I gave up.

    I know I was biased against it no matter how hard I tried to have an open mind. I just knew too much and read too many reviews. I was willing to read it many years in the future – more cuz I am curious what the thoughts on this book will be in 5/10 years…

  3. 3 Lu January 26, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Ugh still no calls for substituting! How’s it going for you?? Wednesday is the first day I can officially get called because exam weeks are over, so that’s something to look forward to :)

    Good luck! I didn’t get called last week, nor today. And tomorrow is a prof dev day so no school for the kids thus no work for me.

  4. 4 Ali January 26, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    OK, so maybe you fell off the anti-challenge wagon. But you can still get back on!!!!!!!!!!!

    Repeat after me: No. More. Vampires.

    Pretend Twilight doesn’t count because her vampires are sparkly.

    LOL! Ok, let me try… “No. More. Vampires. No.More.Vampires.” Yep, I think it’s working.

  5. 5 Bookfool, aka Nancy January 26, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    I liked this one a lot, but I’ve never felt compelled to move on. I think it was just the right moment but I knew that it was still not my thing, if that makes sense.

    I meant that I am ready to ‘move on AWAY’ from Twilight and now don’t have to worry about if/when I’ll ever read it. So, no, I’m not moving on to the next one in the series…

  6. 6 Violet January 27, 2009 at 3:11 am

    I generally do not rate my DNF’s. In fact I don’t rate any of the books i read. I am incapable of giving the correct stars. If I can, I don’t review books i don’t finish.

    Good call. I’m not going to rate my DNFs and may or may not even discuss them.

  7. 7 teeni January 27, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Thank you for being another person who is not all crazy about this book. I liked it, not loved it. Am not sure it lived up to the hype around it. I much more thoroughly enjoyed Harry Potter and felt that one lived up to its hype.

    I still have to read the last two books in the series but am not in any rush.

    I think I read one of the HPs – I’m not even certain it was the first one, but probably. I really dislike series books because I feel it they monopolize my time and I have too many books to cross off my wish lists. I suppose it’s silly, but that’s my current modus operandi.

  8. 8 sagustocox January 28, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I must have enjoyed this more than you, but then again I have a thing for vampire and werewolf novels.

    I honestly can’t think of any vampire books – no wait, I read an Anne Rice book once a loooong time ago. That’s cool – you DO read a wide variety!

  9. 9 Lenore January 28, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Not going to read it. Ever. And I haven’t had a DNF in a long time. Most of mine are DNS because I give them up on the first 5 pages.

    GOOD for you! DNS – It took me a second, but I got it. I’ve got a few DNS’s I hope to pick up again… most of my DNF’s are around here somewhere.

  10. 10 Jenners January 30, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    I am so sick of hearing about this book but feel that I must read it for myself. I’m finally getting a copy from someone who agreed to swap for something else (I really didn’t want to buy it). And I love your star system … I think I might have to adopt it if that would be OK with you … or try to come up with something similar. I’ve used “letter grades” in the past but seems so much like school so maybe this will work. I think I need to work on this aspect of my book blog.

    I wrestle with my rating system. I either over inflate or feel bad about not liking something I think I should. Thankfully, I really don’t owe anyone an explanation, I guess. maybe.

  11. 11 Silver Starr February 27, 2009 at 11:51 am

    WHAT?! No you guys…. I properly love the Twilight series… Im addicted I could not put it down and had to move to the next book immediatley until I was completley done. I so got into the characters… I was Bella in the book… I felt her fear, her loss…. can’t belive you only gave it two stars! xxx

    My Dear Silver Starr, I’m very happy for you that you are enjoying these books, really I am. And I also believe that if you love something, by all means, do so ‘properly’. Keep reading!


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