I'm linking up today for Talk to Us Tuesday with Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn!

I'm going to start this post out by telling you that I never have been an avid reader.  I think that I spent so much time doing required reading for school, that I never wanted to do it in my spare time.  (I was 2 credits shy of an English degree in college.)  However, when I do read books, I get really into them and emotionally invested.

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So there has been significant hype about E L James's Fifty Shades trilogy among the blogiverse and the interwebs. I finally succumbed to the temptation and read all three within a week. In my opinion, it lived up to the hype. I know people are giving it (and it's readers) crap about the quality of the literature. Yes, it all started out as a Twilight fan fiction thing. But it evolved. I can see fair traces of Twilight while reading, but only because I was aware they existed. They are very subtle. It turned out to have a very dark thriller plot amidst all of the kinky sex. Let's cut to the chase. The relationship between Ana and Christian was magnetic, volatile, and intense.
For those of you who haven't read, the ending is quite surprising, yet happy. The third book ends with 2 brief chapters on Christian's childhood and then his meeting with Ana and the "chase" that ensues. It's quite a different point of view. The author alludes to more, ending by saying "That's all...for now." Will we get to hear Christian's side of things? I sure hope so!
The whole time I was reading, I had a very clear image of Christian in my head.  Maybe I've been watching too much True Blood lately, but I think Alexander Skarsgard is Christian Grey.  Am I right, or am I right??
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When the story ended, I immediately found myself at Barnes and Noble searching for a suitable replacement. I was drawn to "Bared to You" by Sylvia Day. It's a recent NY Times Bestseller and I figured it would be decent. It was GOOD. It also had a lot of similarities with my familiar Fifty Shades. Too bad the second book in the series doesn't come out until October.  Sticking with my True Blood obsession (and my desire to think about Alexander Skarsgard for as long as possible), I've started reading the Sookie Stackhouse books.

Have you read Fifty Shades?  What did you think?  What else have you been reading?  Spill!

Laters babies,


Impulsive Addict said...

HAHAHA! You even ended with "laters, baby". Cute. I personally LOVED the books. I have 2 friends (Shawn being one) that didn't care for them. I think they're crazy. The storyline was great!

However, I'm not an Alex Skarsgard fan. Don't hate me. I'm just telling you how I FEEL. But I'm also not sure who I picture as Christian. I'm sure whoever they choose, he will be perfect for the role! =)

Shawn said...

IA is wrong, I did like them, well the second and third at least. Book 1 was a little too much for me and left me feeling sad and dark. It also left me with the need to find out what made him the way he was, therefore reading all of them was a must.

My daughters friends are reading hem. What do you think about that? They are only 16 & 17! I won't let her read them, it's not even up for discussion.

Thanks for linking up with us!

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