Summer Reading

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

My first real week of vacation has awakened my summer time habit of reading my little heart out. The only time I feel I can really read something other than textbooks is during the summer so I started this week with the 50 Shades trilogy by E.L. James.

Credit: Classy Southern Wife

My review in a nutshell: Oh. My. God.

I honestly had no intention of reading these despite all the buzz surrounding them but I was at my parent's house on Saturday and my sister had her copy laying on the kitchen counter so I started reading...45 minutes and 100 pages later I couldn't put it down. I will say that they love story throughout the three books is what kept me reading not the graphic sex scenes.

Overall I really liked the stories but did it need to be three books? Heavens no! The author could have easily made this one book had she not been so repetitive both in language and with the overly indulgent sex scenes.

Would I read them again? Maybe. I liked 50 Shades of Grey and 50 Shades Darker but I loved 50 Shades Freed because it was more fast paced and had more action (besides the raunchy kind.)

I was curious to see what others thought about the book so before purchasing the second I started reading some reviews on Amazon, they may have been more entertaining than some parts of the trilogy, especially this one and this one. I like my "literary crack" thankyouverymuch!

Did I mention I read all three books in four days? Yeah, when I read, I binge. But now I have a thirst for more. Here's what I'm thinking of reading:

  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  • Joan Rivers - I Hate Everyone - Starting With Me
  • Most Talkative - by Andy Cohen (STL native!)
  • Something Borrowed - Emily Giffin
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris (bought this after reading "When You're Engulfed in Flames" and then never read it...oops)
 So what have you been reading? Did you pick up 50 Shades, what did you think? Leave me a comment with some suggestions for reading!


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  1. I am in complete agreement with your review of this series. I was so over the sex. I loved the story, but it was so drawn out. I'm about halfway done with the last book. Book one was my fave (at this time).

    Something Borrowed is realllly good. Then you'll need to read Something Blue.

    1. The last 40-50 pages of 50 Shades Freed is where it really gets me...I was reading it last night in bed and literally was like flopping around, yelling at my iPad at the developments. Something Borrowed it is!

  2. I just finished Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and it was fantastic! I'm reading Let's Just Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess). If you don't read her blog, you should!!!

    1. I love her blog - it's one of the only ones that brings me to tears while reading because of the hilarity! I only wish I had a Beyonce!

  3. I have Most Talkative if you want to borrow it. I thought it was fantastic! Did you buy the 50 Shades books or use a Kindle/Nook? I am interested in reading them but not willing to throw down the cash...

    1. My 50 Shades is iBooks / kindle books. I had gift cards so I didn't pay for them either.

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