I’ve read the first three books in the Stephanie Meyer series: Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse.

Even though they’ve been at the top of the bestseller list for months and months, I’ve been reticent about reading them. Typically I stay away from anything that has to do with vampires.

I asked a friend of mine, who widely reads books targeted at teens, if she had heard anything about the series. She responded that she loved them and that they were her favorite books to give away right now. So I picked up the first in the series and the rest is history.

Now, even though I’m still not wild about the whole vampire thing, these are very good and very innocuous reads. Not as good as the Harry Potter series but very engaging nonetheless.

The vampires that are the main characters in Meyer’s story are actually on the side of good (right alongside the werewolves). The teenage love story is one of the most chaste I’ve read in books marketed to teens. And, there’s a pretty good line of adventure in each.

If you know someone who loves to read or you’re trying to get someone to learn to enjoy reading . . . Twilight is a good place to start.

*If you’ve read one or all of them I’d love to hear what you think. I haven’t seen the movie yet either, so please write your review.