March 28, 2017

All Twi-addicts remember their first hit…

By Kim Palacios

Anyone who’s been around Twilight for long enough knows that all twi-addicts remember their first hit. Tracy blogged about hers on Monday, and now I’ll tell you mine:

It was February of 2009. I had barely heard of “Twilight”. I was on the phone with an old friend while packing for a month-long trip. This friend and I have the same taste in things, so I asked her what I should read on the plane, and that’s what got me to buy the first book.

I picked up “Twilight” in the San Francisco airport and started reading it on the first of three legs of a flight. I was headed to Tanzania for a month to go on safari, scuba dive in Zanzibar, and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. By the time I got to the Detroit airport, the first few chapters of “Twilight” had hooked me so good, that I spent my layover searching for a copy of “New Moon”.

Wide awake from Detroit to Amsterdam, I kept reading “Twilight” and knew I wouldn’t be able to survive a month in Tanzania with only the first two books. Though I only had 45 minutes between flights, I spent 35 of them finding a bookstore in Schiphol, where I paid a fortune in Euros for “Eclipse” and “Breaking Dawn”.

Did I relax once I got to Tanzania, secure that I had enough reading material for my trip? Of course not. I couldn’t put them down. I read in the middle of the night when I was jetlagged, at the breakfast table, in the Range Rover…”New Moon” and “Eclipse” took up prime real estate in my camping backpack, and I finished them while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Realizing I was running out of books, I tried to make “Breaking Dawn” last. It didn’t survive past day 14.

My husband, meanwhile, was reading “Atlas Shrugged” (which is 1100 pages of incredibly dense prose). One of my fondest memories of the trip was hearing the remarks of our Tanzanian guides, who saw how fast I was reading compared to my him; they commented repeatedly that he should be proud to have such a “very smart wife”.

Question: So…what was your first hit?

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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One Comment

  • April 22, 2010 | Permalink |

    I admit I LOVE THE TWILIGHT BOOKS ! No matter your opinion on them they are addicting great books that get you into their world really well.

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