A guy reads Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (2009-2011)

Reading New Moon: Chapter 1 (Party)

Β The song for this chapter is Iris by Goo Goo Dolls (suggested by Deby A.)


I almost didn’t post today, fearing that three posts in a row might make people think I was forming a new habit, an expectation I would never be able to keep up with thanks to my impending deadline and already up-till-3AM days. However, the pull of New Moon was much to strong: and thus I embark into Chapter the First anyway!

My absolute first thought upon opening the first chapter of New Moon is: I am ninety-nine point nine percent sure I have read this before. I honestly can’t explain it, but somehow between 2006 and now, I have picked up this book and read the beginning of the first chapter. Maybe one of the many times I was standing in a bookstore, just paging through the YA section, and just picked up New Moon on a whim. Or I might have read it as an excerpt off Amazon.com sometime. Either way, I recognize it like dΓ©jΓ  vu. And it is very interesting to think that sometime, long ago, I actually read part of this novel: having no clue at all what it was.

The first scene of this book has instantly drawn me in: beautifully written, so much that I didn’t even expect what would happen, even with that feeling that I’ve read it somewhere. Like the ending of Twilight, the thought that Bella the human could grow old while leaving Edward the vampire as 17 is startling: especially to them. Is it more frightening to Bella, that she must age and leave Edward the same; or for Edward, that she will die someday and leave him behind, alone again?

And, I must remind Bella, eighteen is not quite that old. If she thinks eighteen is old, and I am nineteen…where does that leave me?

Old Kaleb

AHAH! Stephenie said ‘Moot Point’ again! If not for me, that phrase might go entirely unnoticed by everyone reading, but thanks to my previous encounters with the phrase, you all might be pleased to recall my possible definitions to it, including Davy Crockett’s favorite pose (the Moot Point) and the latest scores in a game (due to the coach tripping the referee with a chocolate goose, the opposing team was given one Moot Point). I am nearly certain there is some story behind Stephenie’s attraction to ‘moot point’ just as my unintentionally common usages of the words ‘abysmal’ and ‘abhor’ and ‘rot’ probably do not go unnoticed.

Anyhow, enough of my silliness. The Volturi immediately leapt out at me: who are these vampires that I’ve heard about, and now finally have a name? And how is it that by making them angry, they can kill vampires? I have little doubt as the book unfolds I’ll be seeing more of the Volturi.

And, Alice…

“No presents,” I protested in a mumble.

She finally seemed to process my mood. “Okay…later then. Did you like the scrapbook your mom sent you? And the camera from Charlie?”

Show off.

While reading my new book (which, unlike my edition of Twilight, is hardcover) I discovered a new use for a cell phone:

Cell Phone Bookmark

Cell Phones: Good for Holding Open Books

One thing that I think should be done soon, if not immediately, is to find a name for Bella’s truck. After all, that old red thing has survived many a season, and now on top of that, it has ‘personality’ as Bella puts it (which almost seems like an excuse for a shower of rust when closing the door). How can such a thing not have a name?

Back in the olden days, people would name their cars, like Dashing Hopes or The Fiery Carriage. I, coincidentally, name most of the cars in my writings: and if another author leaves out a name for their vehicles, I usually go right ahead and name if for them myself, as they obviously simply forgot (what author would not name their cars?). Bella’s old truck might be the Rusty Bucket or Bloody Awful Noisemaker… anyone else have suggestions? (ADDED: Other than The Thing, which I don’t think has yet been passed as its Official Name πŸ˜‰ )

As I got to the end of chapter one and saw Bella opening her gifts, I instinctively allowed my mind to relax. After all, nothing bad usually happens when one is opening their gifts. Wrong. After Bella cut her finger, that tiny drop of blood: I can see the entire room immediately tense up.

I was so happy to see the vampire action right up in the front of this one. But oh the torture! Leave me hanging so much at the end of the first chapter? Sheesh.


– I just cleared out all the old song suggestions from Twilight: now everyone can start suggesting songs for chapters in New Moon (obviously, somebody was ahead of me, and already did for chapter one- one of the songs that didn’t make it for the Twilight Song :D). Send them in over here.

– Emails coming to those who sent them! Also, everyone who’s asked for a preview of my book: I’m working on it. I have your emails but I’m still way behind.



191 Responses

  1. I always thought that Bella’s truck needed a name! I name everything, including my cars, and it only seems right that her truck needs a name. My old 1991 blue Buick Century was named Bubbles and my new 2008 blue Kia Spectra SX is named Junne which has an accent over the E but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to do it on the computer. Junne is short for Bubbles Junior. Clever non?

    I’m thinking we have a giant vote for a new name!

  2. It never ceases to astound me how many people are here and commenting when you post. And the number just keeps growing as time passes. Absolutely amazing.

  3. I’m totally shocked and psyched!! Another post! I was hoping you’d get to it soon and BTW I totally do that with my phone, too. The book holders on the cardio machines at the gym are to small for Stephanie’s tomes so the phone helps keep the pages open while I get my heart rate up (as if I need a MACHINE for that when I’m sweating over Jacob and Edward!!!)

  4. wow, a new post already?
    but how can you just STOP reading after one chapter??? or did you continue on and decide to post one chapter at a time to torture us?

    and I think Ol’ Rusty is a good name for Bella’s truck.
    My family names cars too, the 1971 Ford was named “Brownie” and our VW Jetta is “the jet” and we also have “The Deer Slayer” (you can guess how we came up with that, lol)
    but anyways, Ol’ Rusty sounds good. or Grandpa Red

  5. I think, because the truck used to be Jacob’s, that Jacob would have named it. With that in mind, I think he would have given it a Quileute name. I think it should be the Quileute word for “Old Friend”, whatever that may be.

  6. Well, I think Stephenie Meyer MUST watch friends and Joey’s comment about a Moo point. lol, I think I already posted a comment about that…I have terrible memory and I’m turning 18 soon so I must be getting OLD!!!!

    I swear, I already am.

    Anywho, Hmmm, I creative name for ‘The Truck’ (that sounds good to me! lol, jk)

    How ’bout…Rusty Fender? Ack! I suck at coming up with names, there are way more creative ones out there

    Read Chapter 2 soon!!!

  7. I vote for Carl because it is a car. Ok so its a truck but Truckel just isn’t cute πŸ˜‰

    And Carl is good. That was the name of my first car. It was old and loud, but not quite as durable as Bella’s…my first crash left it crinkled πŸ™‚

  8. Oh My Edward Anthony Masen Cullen………… No Way!!! You could actually stop reading.. I am in complete awe of you!!! You are flipping amazing!!!! Anyways. sorry I’m still amazed so I can’t say anything else.. πŸ™‚

  9. Bella’s truck’s name: Little Red Wagon
    I could say Big Red Wagon, but that doesn’t sound right.

  10. Kaleb, If I remember correctly I think moot point is said again in Eclipse. I think, I’m not absolutely sure.

    I’m 76.5% sure.

    I’m super stoked that you have dived into New Moon!!

  11. haha! try using that phone once you get farther into the book. (i know, i’ve tried) glad to see your going far in the twilight world!

  12. Kaleb,

    So excited you’ve moved on to New Moon!!

    Ok so in reference to the “moot point” thing… i wanna point out another word that she uses alot!!

    “Chagrin” … such an interesting word… so yeah be on the lookout for that one… it’s actually one that gets used in The Host also which i haven’t finished yet… but yeah thought that might be interesting to you!

    And as far as cars are concerned totally understand the naming thing… My current car’s name is Rosalie… yes after Rosalie Cullen… it fits so well because shes beautiful and she knows it… but she’s Rose for short since shes red πŸ™‚

    ok ill stop going on about my life!!

    Personally i like “The Thing” πŸ™‚

  13. Ever since you pointed out Stephenie’s use of the phrase “moot point”, I’ve started using it.

    Ha ha ha!! If you think Alice is a show off now, just wait.

    I think of Bella’s truck as The Thing because it seems to suit it.

    I actually named my car Jane, but you won’t understand that until later…

  14. “Moot point” has always stuck out to me when I’m reading Twilight. I actually went through a period of saying it a lot before I read the books and I always thought the phrase was “mute point”, which honestly made more sense to me. Twilight can improve your spelling. Who knew?

  15. how about “rusty ol’ rose” it makes due note of the color but has a light elegant flair.

  16. I was driving home and thinking her truck could be “Old Faithful” as it becomes her first sanctuary, the place she always feels at home, and it has never let her down. Lots of important things happen in and around that truck. Then again, Flash has a nice, oxymoronic ring to it (I also like the suggestions of Clyde or Inferno). My little suv has been dubbed by my honey as the “S.S. Princess Big Butt”…because it has a big trunk, not me…the stinker.

  17. “Shiny-Volvo Eater”


    Though I do like Ol’ Rusty or Ol’ Faithful. Gives that good ol’ country feel.

    This morning I was thinking about the history of that truck. If Billy’s had it since the 70s or 80s, maybe he drove Jacob’s mother to the hospital on the Big Day! Maybe Billy used to race it, if he had it as a teenager (thought the timing isn’t quite right). Just some thoughts.

  18. Hey Kaleb,
    I believe your dejavu may have accured because the first chapter of New Moon is printed in the back of Twilight. Atleast I believe so. Anywho, I’m glad to see you’ve moved onto New Moon. Took you long enough πŸ™‚

  19. I dont know how you can have that much self control
    When I read the first chapter in the back of Twilight I was going nuts because I wasnt going to be able to go buy New Moon for a whole week, I was dying. But you, you have it right there and you dont continue…
    I have to give you props on that. I wish I had your self control.

  20. i like Ol’ Rusty … its not new.. its still works… its a bella-sounding thing and hmm i just really like that for the truck or
    Faded Glory or something since it is really old and it ” used to be a shade of red”

  21. Okay, so did you see the episode of friends where Joey calls moot point a “moo point”? Hilarious.
    Oh, and I named my car Alice, because she is fast and pretty and bubbly.
    Bella’s truck should be Bloodyh Betsy, because its red and bleedin rust and because all good old vehicles for some reason are named Betsy.

  22. Kaleb,
    Are you being overly industrious with these back-to-back postings?
    Or are you using this for an excuse to not buckle down with your editing so severe?
    “This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back again.” -Oscar Wilde
    That being said, please continue with your witty and insightful observations. I look forward to them as treats and love that you post them so often!

    can’t wait til you read Chapter 2 πŸ™‚

    LOL name Bella’s truck Big Red !

  24. hah..well “Grandpa” or “Senior Citizen” or the “Bloodmobile”
    I’m not very creative but…ah well….read chap 2 soon! you’ll love it!
    can you call yourself a twilighter yet?
    You seemed to like twilight so….

  25. oh and same Melissa as before here but I name vehicles too.
    So far my dad has had a “Waterbug” (a little red mazda with a camper shell) “Old Blue” (who died a short while ago) “Tigger” (a monstrous old gray truck that is the same age as me (15) it is masculine and puts the other trucks to shame)
    “Violet Dragon” (violet for short, a purple cavalier) and now I’m looking for other vehicles to name…my dad has not wrecked one resently so I have no new material….
    Oh well..Im done now…
    Hey wait could Bella’s truck be called Tigger!

  26. I’ve noticed JK Rowling uses “turned on their heel…” a lot…it must be her “moot point”

    I vote for “Rusty” as the truck’s name. Or something non-intimidating and era apropriate like “Norman” or “Chuck”
    I have an Accord named Maureen and had an integra named Roger. I thoroughly believe in naming inadimate objects πŸ™‚

  27. I can completely sympathise with the desire to name your cars; it’s a family’s tradition.

    We’ve named every car we’ve owned:
    Vovo the Volvo (possible name for Edward’s car?)
    Fifi the Fiat
    Reni the Renault

    Okay, so maybe they’re not quite the most inventive names…

    Also, I like the name that Bella almost gives it: The Thing. When I was much younger, me and my friends had a club called The Thing and it worked well.

  28. OH YAYY !!

    Your already starting New Moon ^^

    *happy* XD Ah, how could you not go on to the next chapter . . . I couldn’t, lol

    Hope you read more soon (: And by the way, the cell phone idea, Brilliant XD

  29. By the same logic, shouldn’t we name all the other cars in the books?

    Emmett’s Jeep could be The Bear!

  30. Yes! At last! A solution for my irritating problem with hard covers: a cellphone! I love hardcovers, they are more durable, but it gets annoying when you’re reading.

  31. Little Red πŸ˜›

    Durmstrang (cause their school robes are blood red)

    Viktor Krum (or just Viktor)cause his school robes were blood red AND his Bulgaria robes are red πŸ˜›

    Karkaroff… see 2 above

    Ant. To highlight the similarities between her truck and an ant.

    Blast ended skrewt.

    Sybil. Cause it’s a fraud like Trelawney: acts like a huge monster but is really a small kitten wanting a pat.

    By the way, I applaud your restraint!

  32. How about The Little Red Engine That Could?
    My friend has a car called The Little Red Engine That Just Couldn’t.

  33. This is probably my favorite book of the series, but I can’t tell you why because you’re not there yet! This is so frustrating! πŸ˜‰

  34. For the record I’ve heard “moot point” about three times this morning since I came into work, and I laugh everytime…my boss thinks I’m crazy.

  35. Haha I never really use a bookmark, but I like the idea that my cell phone could save my place if I have to leave for a minute. Good idea! =P
    And also, I like your name for the truck: Bloody Awful Noisemaker. Cars that make all that noise bother me.

  36. Haha nice review. Am I the only one who was annoyed at Bella? How do you cut your finger opening a present? Honestly…

  37. Hahaha. Shan, I actually understand Bella’s klutziness, since I’ve cut my finger while opening a present too. Although Bella’s a bit too clumsy to be believable sometimes…

    I bet I’m the only one here who’s also cut themselves on a Coke can too. πŸ˜€

  38. I don’t recall which chapter it is exactly, and I don’t remember if I already suggested it, but it’s coming up in a few chapters…. I’ll get the chapter name for you ASAP… but I suggest Earth to Bella by Incubus. You’ll see why when you read =]

  39. i think you should name her truck something like.
    the Red Riveter.
    Big Red.

    something like that.
    and also, congratulations on FINALLY finishing Twilight.


  40. I remember reading the first chapter of New Moon.I had just read the whole Twilight book the day before. It was like how I imagine a vampire feels after a much-needed feeding.

    I’m getting frustrated because people keep hinting to things in New Moon that you haven’t read yet.

    Please be careful what you type in your comment!

  41. I just read through all the other comments. It took a while. lmao.
    But I can only really remember a couple. There was one person who said name it something that’s impossible to shorten. It gave me an idea. Name it C.A.R.
    For Crappy-and-Rusty, or something. Or maybe somebody will think of one for T.R.U.C.K….
    Also, someone mentioned having a car named Mater.
    Well, I think Bella’s truck could pull off Mater.
    Anybody who’s seen the movie ‘Cars’ would remember him as the rusty piece of crap car who liked to knock over the tractors. And who was also awesome beyond belief. Everybody I know loved Mater.
    Bella’s truck is crap. Bella’s truck could certainly go cow-tipping (I just pictured that…rotfl). Bella’s truck is loved-by Bella at least.

    So I’m going to have to say Mater as my second favorite name. The Thing still reigns supreme.

    Maybe you should have a poll, as about twenty other commenters suggested.

  42. -watches as one heck of a lot of people suddenly use their cell phones as bookmarks-

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