Lately I've been reading the hell outta some books. I don't really know what's gotten into me. I hated reading when I was in school, even when we had the option to check out books from the library. In fact, I'm sure a big reason why I failed 9th grade English is because I didn't read To Kill A Mockingbird. <<Yes I failed Freshman English, I also failed P.E. that year too...not because I didn't want to do the exercises, but because I rarely dressed out - I was the only Senior in Freshman English and P.E. when I went to South Effingham High School ha ha ha>>
Anyway, in the last month I've managed to read 8 books - 8 BOOKS!!! It's almost like I can't stop either. Once I finish one I'm dying to read another. Luckily every thing I have read has kept me entertained. Prior to now, the only books I read between 2009 - now were The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games.
After a lot of recommendations, I finally picked up Fifty Shades of Grey. I heard a lot of people say it was written by a fan of the Twilight series, that didn't really sway me either way - but I'm happy I read it. I haven't blogged about much lately, so I thought what the heck - I'll review some of the books I've read recently and maybe it will inspire some of you to go out and pick them up OR just to read in general.
Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by E.L. James
I was hooked with the first chapter. The story follows college student Anastasia Steele and how her entire world changes after a chance meeting with entrepreneur Christian Grey. The book is written in her point of view. The best part of the book (for me) was that the author actually wrote in Anastasia's subconscious. It was fun to read what her head was thinking while scenes were playing out in the book. As a character she was very easy to relate to and I think that's why I liked it so much. Their relationship grows quickly and you just.can't.stop.reading. Christian comes from a pretty messed up childhood, but it takes nearly the entire series to explain it all. While he is somewhat controlling, his overall love and admiration for Anastasia is captivating. I think the fantasy of wishing your boyfriend/husband/significant other felt as strongly about you as Christian does Anastasia is what makes it so appealing to women. Anastasia brings out a side in Christian he never knew existed and he opens her up to things she's never experienced. The series has been referred to as "mommy porn" and while it does have some sexual scenes, the love story is what grabs you (or at least that's what did it for me). Sure reading the sex scenes made it exciting, you could live vicariously through a character in a book ha ha ha. At the end of the series the author gives you a teaser of a companion novel **basically the same novel, but written from the other persons point of view**. I can honestly say I would totally read the book from Christian's point of view. The reading order for this series is as follows: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
I give it 2 thumbs up - it's a series I would certainly re-read.