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Angela Cheney | 255 comments Mod
You probably already know that our hot summer, sultry, read is Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) by E.L. James . I have not yet purchased my copy. . . and the library waiting list is hopelessly long, so I can't wait to hear what your thoughts/opinions/comments are about this book! Let's get this discussion going, and if you can pause long enough from your reading, post in this thread!


Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo (wwwgoodreadscomAnneMolinarolo) Sorry folks, this is definitely not on my TBR list and it will never be. I will not be participating on this one.


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Angela Cheney | 255 comments Mod
That's fine, Anne. This is such an eclectic group, and we read quite a range, from classics, to zombies, and everything in between. Just jump back in when you are interested and have the time to join us.


Megs ♥ (n00kl0v3r) | 25 comments Same here, Anne.


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Sandy Gulley (gulley6620) | 2 comments Angela2932 wrote: "You probably already know that our hot summer, sultry, read is Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) by E.L. James. I have not yet purchased my copy. . . and the library waiting list is hopelessly long, so I can't wa..."
This usually isn't my reading preference, but I was curious because many of my friends were talking about it. It is definitely a smut book, but a well written one. I can't seem to put it down. I love both Christian and Anastasia. I can't wait to see what happens. They are "negotiating" now :)


Kisha Briscoe (kbriscoek) | 2 comments I've read the series a and I was sad for it to end! my library has 486 people on the waiting list so I juusdt took the plunge and ot a copy


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Deborah (vashondeb) I'm with Anne and Meg - can't imagine wanting to read this book. I'm on 4 book groups and 2 of them chose 50 Shades - thank goodness I have another 2 to pick from. I know two people who got the book. One returned it the book store after the first 100 pages. The other said "don't read, you'll hate it". It will be interesting to see what others think.


Sandra  (sleo) I read it before I realized that it started out as a fanfic. It's certainly steamy. I wasn't enthralled enough to continue.


Julie Salinas | 4 comments Hi everyone! I have read this book already. All I can say is read the blurb, you will know if you would want to read it or not from that. I did read it because I was curious about it with all the hype. I have talked to people who loved it, it was not my type of reading at all. It is a hate or love kind of book, not much in between. I was kind of bored, actually. I didn't get much from the sex scenes, I much prefer romance first then sex, and not the type this one talks about. I didn't see the comparison with twilight actually, would be interested if anyone else did. I can't say dont read it, but if you are put off by the blurb, then don't waste your money. You may hate yourself for it.


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Diane (dcl55) | 29 comments There are Lots of others ahead of me on the waiting list from the library, so it is looking like several weeks before I am eligible to check it out. Also, after reading more reviews about the book, I am thinking it may not be the type of book I would enjoy to read. It should be interesting to read all the replies about the book. Any other comments?

Angela2932 wrote: "You probably already know that our hot summer, sultry, read is Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) by E.L. James. I have not yet purchased my copy. . . and the library waiting list is hopelessly long, so I can't wa..."


Heather (tampaturtle) | 3 comments I read this book series and fell in love with it! I read it not knowing how much smut was involved, only that it was centralized around BDSM. This was definitely the first book that I could actually agree with about the lifestyle.

Ana was an instant loveable character for me, and then Christian came along. I couldn't put any of the books down, and that is rare for me!


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Jessica | 28 comments I will not be reading this months book. I can not afford to get it. Sorry guys!


Sandra  (sleo) Cracked.com had a hilarious article about it: http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-tips-tu...


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Angela Cheney | 255 comments Mod
Sandra your link is hysterical! I love the analysis of the appeal of this type of book. I understand more now my reaction to "Twilight" and bewilderment at why so many woman practically broke out in a sweat while they talked about it and/or the movie.

I just read some of the reviews at bn.com as I debate whether to part with the 9.99 for the book. I love the phrase of one reviewer: "Nothing kills a lady boner like insultingly poor writing." Ha! But sometimes I really enjoy the humor of really, really awful writing. . . . but only if I don't have to pay for it :)


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Roxana (vamp-mommy) | 12 comments I just finished the book, I love the book. I couldn't put it down. Good story, can't wait to see what happens in the following books.


Sandra  (sleo) Angela2932 wrote: "Sandra your link is hysterical! I love the analysis of the appeal of this type of book. I understand more now my reaction to "Twilight" and bewilderment at why so many woman practically broke out ..."

Glad you enjoyed it :). If you're dying to read it, I'd wait for either the price to go down or to get it from the library. It's not lendable.


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Dustin I doubt I'll ever read the book, as well, but I appreciate the discussion invite. Thank you, Angela.


Koula | 13 comments Its not what I expected, I thought after reading a few pages just a silly romance. But than I have just begun and from the I doubt I'll ever read the book comments it must be a little what's the word racy thats it. And I understand way some people think becase a lot of books Oprah would recommend depress me so and usually as a rule I would i will not read them.


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Melissa Medina (goodreadscommelissa_medina) | 3 comments Definitely will NOT be reading this. I've read so many articles & reviews about how the book is poorly written, so even if I was interested in reading that genera, I wouldn't read it.


Nancy (nancyc) | 1 comments I read the first book and didn't like it. Two days later I bought the second book. I thought it was ok. Bought the third book and was sad it was over. So I read them all a second time. Didn't want to admit I liked them, but I did.


Lonnie I'll be reading along. My wife was gifted all 3 books and after a lot of discussion about the books decided I should read the 1st one. So, I started reading a few weeks ago. I'm about half way done at this point and would love to discuss!


Jackie (marbo) | 18 comments I've read all three and loved them. The second and third were definitely better than the first, though (more romance & love, less creepy Dom/Sub behavior). That being said, please don't be turned off by the media's focus on the BDSM aspect of the book. This series is at it's core an erotic love story; NOT a BDSM fantasy smut book. However, I do agree with the others; this book is definitely NOT for everyone. It is not an extremely well-written piece of literature that ranks up there with the great classics. It is, however, an entertaining and addictive read. If you're open to reading books with this type of mature content and you don't take yourself too seriously; most definitely give it a try. If not, then don't read it; it's that simple.


Jessica (jessica1583) | 4 comments I wasnt actually going to pick this book up to read, but given that it was a selection for a book club I decided to go for it. My library had 10 people on the digital copy waiting list, but I am forever impatient so I bought it.

So far I have mixed emotions on the book. Its not that I dont like the story, but rather that I am finding it too rudimentary. I feel like she wrote repitiously and just happened to have a thesaurus nearby.

I guess we'll see how it pans out


Jennifer | 14 comments I read all three and loved them. It is funny that in this day and age that a BDSM book can cause such controversy.


Sandra  (sleo) Jennifer wrote: "I read all three and loved them. It is funny that in this day and age that a BDSM book can cause such controversy."

Well, I don't know... isn't a large portion of the political system trying to put women back to where they were in the old days? Before birth control and equal rights?


Jessica (jessica1583) | 4 comments Sandra aka Sleo wrote: "Jennifer wrote: "I read all three and loved them. It is funny that in this day and age that a BDSM book can cause such controversy."

Well, I don't know... isn't a large portion of the political sy..."


I don't know if women are being put back into their old places, just yet. I think that women gaining so much independence and freedom is going to be very hard to take away. I think that largely women like being controlled or dominated by men and pretending to be helpless is something that women do, since for many it is so far from the truth.


Natalie (bebe33075) | 52 comments I have read all three books. This is not my usual genre. My cousin told me about the book and I thought about not reading them. She has also recommended the Sookie Stackhouse series, which I have yet to read. Like I said, not my usual genre. I must say that I did enjoy the 50 Shades series. I was awed at some parts and I laughed at some parts. I was entertained. I agree with Jackie- if you don't take yourself too seriously give it a try. It's funny at how many people I have met that are reading this book and have actually made excuses for reading it. Almost like they were embarrassed or that people would think poorly of them. I like the series and was addicted to it at page one. I took it for what it is - entertainment.


Erica (ericareadslibros) I have read the series and enjoyed them, even though this genre of books isn't my first choice. I really don't see what the big hype is. It's just another love story. I didn't see a whole lot of BDSM in it either, it definitely did not go into any deep detail.


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Malaika I started this on a Wednesday and finished by Sunday. Loved it and didn't really know anything about this lifestyle


Sandra  (sleo) You really should watch this Saturday Night Live Amazon commercial! It's hilarious.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/358341


Lonnie Sandra aka Sleo wrote: "You really should watch this Saturday Night Live Amazon commercial! It's hilarious.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/358341"


Ha! Too bad it wasn't the Nook. I have been taking this book to work so I can finish it up and I feel like I have to hide the cover. ;)


Tyler (tyleralysea) | 17 comments My 60 year old mother got me into the books, I'm so embarrassed to say. I have another GR book group that is reading them too. I can say they were really good bubble gum reads, just something fun that you don't have to think to much about, but they certainly can spark a lot of fun and interesting discussions. I was hesitant to read them at first, but I'm glad I did. Something I wouldn't have just picked up on my own unless someone had told me to- partly because of the fanfic beginnings and partly because of the content- I frequently embarrassed myself reading them, but so many of my girlfriends have now read them, so no more shame :)


Veronica (veraj121) | 167 comments I just started reading the book. I read the first 3 chapters of in the book commuting to work. I find it ok. I havent read the "risque" parts as of yet. I seriously doubt if the scenes will shock me or cause me any embarrassment. In fact, I cant weight to get to these parts just to see what all of the hoopla is about.I look forward to reading more and discussing


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Jen (jenhun) I read this series last fall and I really enjoyed it. Better that the twilight series, but maybe that's because I'm an adult. I don't get all the 'mommy porn' issues, there are way-way smuttier books out there. Cute story. A fun read.


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Sisi | 4 comments Absolutely LOVED this book. take it for what it is...A MADE UP BOOK and enjoy :) of course it's not for everyone but I read through all three book so quick. The 2nd book is definitely my fav though. Have to agree, it is a fun read


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Sandy Gulley (gulley6620) | 2 comments I just started the third in the series. By the middle of the second book, I was bored with the author's repetitiveness, but wanted to keep reading for two reasons: I hate to quit before the end, and I actually wanted to keep reading. The second really kept me hanging and wanting to find out what happened. I will finish the book and probably enjoy it, but roll my eyes at the repetitive phrases and words.


Sharon (basketchik) | 74 comments Stacey I would have to agree with you, to take it for what it is....
I also absolutely LOVED the series...In fact I just finished the 3rd book last night and I for one am sorry that it has ended, I would like to see it go on, but all good things must come to an end...

I've recently heard that the author is going to write all 3 again only this time from Christians perspective, I will await those books and purchase them as well, I think it would be very interesting to see what exactly is going on in his head....

LOVED IT!!!!!


Lonnie My review:

Wow! What to see about this book? First I need to explain that I am not a prude, nor inexperienced with sexual books, movies, etc. so I wasn’t ‘shocked’ by this book. On to the review:

I should start with how I review books: 1) how does it flow and 2) do I care what happens next.

Overall, as a book the flow was average. By flow I mean the writing that leads from one paragraph to the next. There were times it speeded up and other times when I felt like it took me 2 paragraphs to sum up what I suspected in the first 2 sentences. I give it a 3 out of 5 stars for flow.

Did I care what happened next? The first few chapters yes; after that not at all. I found the more I read the more I wish something of interest would happen so I could care to read the next chapter. Unfortunately, it seemed like the story was over in chapter 4 but then it kept going and going to the same ending that could have happened 20 chapters prior. I had to struggle to continue to read the book but very little interest in picking it up when I nothing else to do. 1 out of 5 stars for care what happens next.

Overall I give this book 2 out of 5 stars. The sex scenes were more than most books would ever allow but all the chapters and paragraphs in between those sex scenes were boring. I think if the same book was written using no sex it would have bombed; sort of like a porn movie with no sex. No sex, no plot, no character… no point.

Lastly, this was the 1st book I have ever read that I felt I needed a hearing aid to read! I want someone to count how many times ‘she murmured’, ‘she mumbled’, ‘he whispered’, etc. It got old to me very quickly!


Cherie (crobins0) Well, I finished it. That is as much as I really can say for a review. I didn't hate it. The email stuf was boaring the way it was printed out. Was it just to add more pages to the text? The same descriptions for Ana's orgasms got old after the 2nd one. I was glad when the book finally came to an end. If this were an ONLY book, I could say that she made the right decision to leave Christian and hopefully move on with her life, but I know that there are two more books. The only thing I was left still curious about is what had happened to Christian as a child to make him not want to be touched, but not enough to want to read even one more book to find out.


Caitlin (caitlinobauer) So terribly written and so unbelievable--I mean come on: she has an orgasm from him just lightly touching her and looking at her? Unlikely.
And how many times did Ana bite her lip or hitch her breath? Good God...
That being said, I think it was a really hot, fun and completely brainless read. Now at least I can say I have read it! :)


Sandra  (sleo) Caitlin wrote: "So terribly written and so unbelievable--I mean come on: she has an orgasm from him just lightly touching her and looking at her? Unlikely.
And how many times did Ana bite her lip or hitch her brea..."


lol!


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slowpoke (slowpokereads) I've read better story's with smut by regular people who DON'T make it a fanfiction of twilight.

Nuff' said.
I don't like her writing so I will never read her books.
100 pages was enough for me.


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Kristine (stiney7887) Sandra aka Sleo wrote: "You really should watch this Saturday Night Live Amazon commercial! It's hilarious.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/358341"


haha that is hilarious. I love it.


Sandra  (sleo) Glad you liked it!


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slowpoke (slowpokereads) Caitlin wrote: "So terribly written and so unbelievable--I mean come on: she has an orgasm from him just lightly touching her and looking at her? Unlikely.
And how many times did Ana bite her lip or hitch her brea..."



It IS a fanfiction of Twilight, so I'm assuming Ana is Bella, therefore biting her lip, etc. LOL


Caitlin (caitlinobauer) I was hoping it was a stab at K-stew's AWFUL acting. My friends and I actually have a Twilight drinking game and one of the rules is to take a drink every time she bites her lip or sighs. :)


Lonnie Caitlin wrote: "I was hoping it was a stab at K-stew's AWFUL acting. My friends and I actually have a Twilight drinking game and one of the rules is to take a drink every time she bites her lip or sighs. :)"

okay... NOW I have a reason to watch Twilight ;)


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