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Fifty Shades of Grey | James
MORE THAN 100 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLD WIDE.When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out.Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Christian keeps hidden away from public view ...Motion Picture Artwork 2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
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Finished my other book and started this one at lunch time while i was waiting for my car from the garage!
Have read the trilogy so looking forward to reading it from his perspective

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I recently watched the movie Book Club and laughed so much I figured I‘d finally try this series >.<

Nola likes to help me read— as pictured above.

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#manicmonday @JoScho

📚 Tagged 😁😁😁
📺 See above 😂😂😂
🎶 And because of the above: The Police - Every Breath You Take

JoScho Thanks for playing 😱🖤 3mo
julesG @JoScho This was fun and a total no-brainer. 😁 3mo
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@Catsandbooks & @AsYouWish - Thanks ladies for the tag
1. the tagged book (the series actually) & the Harry Potter Series. I want to just haven't. There is so many books to read. haha
2. I have only re-read books once. so can't really answer this. (Well my son has a few books that he makes me read him over and over... can't remember what they are tho)
3. Goodreads says 8,666
4. Sad to say, I don't really read nonfiction

#wonderouswednesday @Eggs

Catsandbooks You DEFINITELY need to read Harry Potter!! 5mo
AkashaVampie @Catsandbooks I've read alittle of the first book but ended up getting sidetracked by something. So I need to try to reread it. 5mo
Catsandbooks @AkashaVampie it's a perfect fall read 😉😉 5mo
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Eggs Thanks for playing 👏🏻🤗📚 5mo
AkashaVampie @Catsandbooks it is. I might have to pick it up in October. 5mo
AkashaVampie @Eggs ur welcome hun. 5mo
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Come-read-with-me @brit91 🤣🤣🤣🤣 5mo
Macker11 Love the memes about Florida 😂😂 5mo
bromeliad OH MY GOODNESS YES!! Reminds me of last year's trip with my fiance to the UP, where we stayed outside of Silver City, and nearly doubled-over with laughter when we found out that the town has become a retirement community. 😆 5mo
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Alright I‘m going there. Anastasia and Christian - I am calling them out. The toxic relationship of changing so much for each other and then the reliance on each other just is ridiculous. I get that it‘s Twilight fan fic but there‘s a reason why Twilight is fantasy. It just didn‘t translate well for me as adult erotic fiction. #lovehate #worstcouple

ErinSueMreads Agreeeeeedd!!! 11mo
whippoorwill815 So much yes. I hate them 😂 11mo
madamereadsalot1 I've never even read these, but I've read enough on them, and read scenes from them to 100% agree that this is a terribly toxic relationship, and it makes me all kinds of mad that abuse/manipulation is romanticized. 11mo
Jovy Yess!!! This would have been my choice too 👍🏼 11mo
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1- I like old books with signs of age and inscriptions from people who read them before me
2- Usually salty but it depends on my mood
3- Ardis, Edgar, Mildred & Sidney
4- Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Labyrinth
5- Paris

CouronneDhiver I love that name - Sidney! 12mo
IndoorDame @CouronneDhiver thanks. it was my late grandfather‘s, but I like that nowadays it‘s a gender neutral name. I‘m always on the lookout for more of those 12mo
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Public service announcement::: fifty shades of grey and twilight did not make it to the top forty 🙌🙌🙌🙌

What books are you rooting for? I would love to see The Help, Outlander, 1984, the Book Thief many others make it a few more rounds. I'm rooting for The Help to win.

sprainedbrain There are still so many good ones in the top 40! I‘m rooting for Catcher or Jane Eyre. 1y
HOTPock3tt I‘m rooting for Pride & Prejudice!! ❤️ also Outlander 1y
kamoorephoto Mine‘s still there!! ‘Charlotte‘s Web‘ 🐷🕸🕷 1y
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dariazeoli Rooting for my all-time fave! 1y
Amiable All in for "A Prayer for Owen Meany"! 1y
cathipink Oooh, thanks for sharing- need to check the list 🙂 1y
Adelle1 I voted for both Rebecca and The Catcher In The Rye. So yay! 1y
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The author repeats the word mumble so frequently it‘s infuriating!

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A miraculous thing happened tonight.... my 23 year old daughter called and asked me for book suggestions!!! This has NEVER happened!! She has read Fifty Shades and loved it (I hated it 🤢🤮) and some Nicholas Sparks... What do y‘all suggest?? I‘ve got NS covered, but I‘m at a loss with the other genre 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ Help!!!!!!

EclecticBookLover If she likes Nicholas Sparks try Jane Green. I would start with Second Chance or The Beach House. Elin Hildebrand is also good. 2y
wanderinglynn If she likes NS, what about Nora Roberts? 2y
Pamwurtzler Give her something good - I‘d say Beatriz Williams. Or Elin Hildebrand is good too 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @EclecticBookLover I have lots of Elin Hilderbrand!! I think she liked the other ones better... 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Pamwurtzler I tried suggesting Evelyn, but she wasn‘t going for it... I can‘t bear to have her not like Beatriz 💚💚 2y
YouReadMyEyes Haha. She would probably like Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. 2y
mcipher Jennifer Crusie? Super light funny romance. 2y
IamIamIam I'm out of my depth with those criteria but what about Cecilia Ahern? I read PS I Love You, but the movie was better. LOL... what about this? 2y
tammysue You may try Jodi Picoult or Emily Giffin. My daughter and her friends enjoy their books (and hey our daughters are the same age 😉) 2y
xicanti Tiffany Reisz and Rebekah Weatherspoon both write GOOD BDSM. She should try them next. 2y
EclecticBookLover If she prefers NS to Elin, then I would definitely go Jane Green. Her early stuff is focused on younger people early 20s but her middle stuff like The Beach House is more middle age focused, but with a broad appeal. 2y
Theshadedbuffalo Maya Banks writes a lot of the Shades of Grey like books. 2y
Cinfhen My daughter LOVED this book 2y
Cinfhen She also loves Karin Slaughter and she liked 2y
Cinfhen Also Gone Girl & Girl on the train and 2y
Melwilk My daughter also loves NS (fortunately, she hated 50 shades 👏) and one of her favorites is 2y
Nebklvr Has she read Jodi Picoult? She seems to have a lot of crossover love with Nicholas Sparks 2y
SaturnDoo I say go here http://www.literature-map.com/e-2e+l-2e+james.html and litetature map will give you authors that are similar in writing and style 😁 2y
JMEdwards @SaturnDoo that link is great! 2y
Sophoclessweetheart Oh dear. Can‘t help I‘m afraid. 2y
Caroline2 I would recommend Sarah J Maas! 👍🏻 (edited) 2y
BooknerdsLife My sister was not a big reader but loved Big Little Lies and What Alice Forgot. And Sarah J Maas's A Court of Thornes & Roses series is great choice too🤗💜 2y
amb I endorse the Jodi Picoult recommendation , her stuff is rarely straight romance, but it can make you cry. 2y
Soubhiville If she would be into fantasy and lots of political intrigue, Kushiel‘s Dart is the first of a trilogy (and there are three trilogies in this world). They show a different side of BD/SM that most consider healthier and more realistic, even though it‘s fantasy. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks everyone!!! I‘m going to screenshot these suggestions and send them to her!!! 🙌🏻💕 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @swishandflick I actually liked these better that fifty shades!! 2y
SaturnDoo @JMEdwards I have been using literature map for a long time and I love it 😁 2y
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I must admit I did like the fifty shades trilogy when I read it years ago but I‘ve been avoiding the movies cause I just didn‘t think the books needed to be made into movies but I‘ve given up and I‘m going to binge watch. I‘ve heard mixed reviews so I hope they‘re not too terribly cringeworthy

AllenTStClair I‘ve actually seen the first two...and they‘re okay if you keep perspective on what type of movies they are. 🤣 2y
CoverToCoverGirl I saw the first movie .. IMO it was awful 😬 and I really liked the books (guilty pleasure) so I won‘t be viewing the rest... but rumour has it that lots of people did like the movies.🤷‍♀️ (edited) 2y
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Bert is reading Fifty Shades of Oatmeal 😂 #raisingreaders

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Full disclosure: I have never read this book! Moody billionaire with Mummy issues and a six pack bullies clumsy virgin into a poorly researched BDSM relationship. @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes!!! You nailed it!! 👏🏻🤣👍🏻I only read the first one and I barely made it through that one!!! 🤢🤣 2y
Blueberry Haha 2y
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It is a very good and different kind of love story.

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#bookandmusic. I know this book is unpopular with Litsy but you have to love the soundtrack to the movie. So many good songs ! I actually bought the soundtrack on iTunes. 😱

Ashley_Nicoletto It cracks me up how much the whole world hates it, but when I go to check the new one out from the library I'm hold 251. 😂😂😂😂 2y
Dragon Thanks @Ashley_Nicoletto fair point! Laters. 😉 2y
CoverToCoverGirl It‘s a guilty pleasure for a lot of people... I work in a used bookstore and they go out as fast as they come in! 😳😏🤣 @Ashley_Nicoletto 2y
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Dragon Thanks @CoverToCoverGirl I‘m not surprised! 😂 2y
maich I love the soundtrack and books😍 I confess that I adore Mr. Grey and I like that kind of books.🙈🙈 Please don't judge me. 2y
Dragon Thanks @maich no judgement here. I own all the books. 🙊Laters. 2y
maich @Dragon ❤❤❤ I only own Darker (will read it next month😊). Laters Baby🤣 2y
Dragon Thanks @maich 👍🐉 2y
Sarah83 I also own the soundtrack. ☺️ I bought the classic soundtrack aswell. 😍 2y
Jess_Read_This I agree the soundtrack is pretty good! @Sarah83 I just discovered the classic soundtrack this weekend when I was looking for Chopin nocturnes on iTunes. 2y
Sarah83 @Jess_Read_This the classic one is really great. 😊 2y
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My first thought when I got this response? I MUCH prefer Anne Rampling (Rice)! 😂🤣


Gezemice I got Gone Girl. I don‘t think these mean a thing. 2y
callunakeep @Gezemice I totally agree!! But still, when I am in the right mood they are kinda fun!🤣 2y
Gezemice @callunakeep They surely are. I got sucked in for several hours yesterday 😁 2y
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This quiz told me that my perfect book match was "50 Shades..." which is......?

I guess I don't hate the description, but the choice of books is pretty wildly inaccurate.

Give it a shot here - https://www.buzzfeed.com/ishabassi/i-just-wanna-be-at-home-reading?utm_term=.jxr...

ohyeahthatgirl I got this, too! I felt so attacked. 2y
EliNeedsMoreShelves @ohyeahthatgirl thanks for saying this! EVERYONE else has been getting these nice, lovely novels and suddenly I'm told, "Oh, BTW you're the poorly written BDSM book" and I was like, WHAAATTTT??? 2y
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As much as I hate to admit it because of the book they choose, this does sound like me personality-wise😅 wish I had gotten another book though 😕lol.
*Which book matches your personality*


jhod I got this one too, won't be reading it 😂 2y
HOTPock3tt @jhod nice to see someone else with this one. I though I was the only one lol 😂 2y
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Owlizabeth I got this one too! I‘m not happy about it.... 2y
Lola @Owlizabeth I‘m mostly ok with the description but why or why that book??! 😩 (edited) 2y
cathysaid Gone Girl 🔪🔪🤔 2y
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Lola @cathysaid At least that‘s a decent book 😂 2y
ghosthost Hmm... choices, opinions and outspokenness landing someone in trouble? Sounds more like Pride and Prejudice. (edited) 2y
Lola @ghosthost That would have been a must more palatable choice 🙃 2y
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This is what I immediately thought of for #StalkerKindOfLove - I read the first book when literally everyone seemed to be reading it (including my grandma) but I could barely get through it - to me it‘s so badly written and their relationship is seriously destructive. I can‘t believe the series and film are so successful but I don‘t like to judge other people‘s tastes so I‘m glad some do like it I guess !

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m with you, I read it then too. And I felt like it was Red Flag city, I was waiting for her to be kidnapped and sold into slavery somewhere (like Taken), but I read the whole original trilogy hoping I‘d at least understand the fervor, and I do.. it‘s the kinky sex, the rest is just horrible writing and bad relationships. 2y
Christine11 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Totally agree with you - the whole relationship seemed so abusive and like you say, it must be the sex that makes it so popular because it can‘t be the awful writing, plus none of the characters were even vaguely likeable least of all the main two ! 😊 2y
julesG It was my first thought, too. I'm grossing myself out reading 'Darker' right now, second book from Christian's POV. It's soo bad, it isn't even a #guiltypleasure. 2y
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julesG @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I think EL James was lucky to be able to make it to mass market. There are far better kinky books out there and were on the market before 50 Grades of Shame. It helped make Literotica popular but it is definitely not the first, nor the best, series on the market. 2y
Christine11 @julesG I‘m not sure I could handle hearing his point of view - hers was annoying enough ! You‘re totally right - it‘s not a genre I read a lot of but I‘m betting there are really well written or at least more enjoyable books and I feel bad for those authors that Fifty Shades has been so overwhelming successful! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I can‘t either.... I forced myself through the first one... 2y
Christine11 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I had to force myself to finish it too - I wanted to throw it at the wall 😂 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I couldn‘t agree more!!!! 2y
AndiM The 1st film was awful! Not looked at others. 2y
Christine11 @AndiM It was terrible wasn‘t it ?! I have no idea how they are so popular! 2y
AndiM @Christine11 I watched it whilst merrily doing my ironing... that's how exciting it was..😂😂😂 2y
Christine11 @AndiM I don‘t think even the actors thought it was any good ! 😂🙄 2y
AndiM @Christine11 I don't know Dakota, but I thought that the guy Jamie?was great in a series with the woman who was Scully. You can tell I don't watch much tv 😂😂😂 2y
Christine11 @AndiM It was The Fall I think 😊 and I agree - he was fantastic in that series - wish he hadn‘t done 50 shades ! 😊💗 2y
AndiM @Christine11 Yessss! That's the one! It was very good. Scared me 😲 2y
Christine11 @AndiM It was so terrifying! 😱 2y
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Fifty Shades of Grey - yes or no?

FlowerFairy No, thank you. 2y
2BR02B No. The writing is just godawful and the relationship is abusive. 2y
Drebae29 Yes. I enjoyed it before the movies came out 2y
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JacqMac No. The writing is horrible. Just horrible. 2y
Samplergal NO! The writing was dreadful. I really tried. 2y
swishandflick I'm not opposed to 50 shades, but I do think there are better "alpha male" romances out there (I always think of the Crossfire series as an example) and wonder why 50 Shades in particular took off. I'm never one to hold someone's book preferences against them though so I'm in the "whatever gets people reading" camp. (edited) 2y
Jess7 No 2y
ReadingSusan The writing is just terrible. 2y
TrishB No 2y
laurenbescoby Nope. 2y
mrp27 I'm with @swishandflick , I'm not opposed and to each their own but I do wonder too how it took off the way it did. 2y
Eggs Negative 2y
Birdsong28 Nope!!!! I watched the second one cos a friend of a friend wanted us both to go and it was really uncomfortable to watch so I can't imagine that the books are any better 📚📖 2y
Kappadeemom I enjoyed them, but read them on my Kindle so no one would know😂😂 2y
tammysue No 2y
CarolynM I skim read the first one and, really, no, not for me. But no judgement. I'm sure a lot of what I do enjoy wouldn't be for others. 2y
kezzlou85 Nope 2y
Mdargusch No,no,no 2y
Ms_T @Drebae29 I‘m so intrigued by these books but reading them almost feels taboo! 😳 2y
Ms_T @swishandflick @mrp27 @CarolynM Great replies, ladies, thank you 😘😘😘 2y
Ms_T @Kappadeemom Great covert reading there! 😂😂😂 2y
Samplergal Sorry. Not even a like. Lol. 2y
Peterfox123 I haven‘t read this series. I fear for my innocence and purity. 2y
sprainedbrain I read them... they are not serious literature but I couldn‘t get enough. 😳😂 no shame. 2y
minkyb No shame here either. 2y
Ms_T @Peterfox123 *Raises eyebrow* 2y
Ms_T @sprainedbrain @minkyb I‘m sooooo tempted! 2y
Peterfox123 @Ms_T A genuinely serious, and real life, account of a woman coming to terms with her alternative sexuality is Jillian Keenan's "Sex With Shakespeare". Her progress is interwoven with her descriptions and analyses of a series of Shakespeare‘s characters. It‘s not smut. It‘s not tacky. It‘s just a great read. Oh, and she‘s living in Senegal now and recently adopted a tiny kitten called Nugget - but I digress. 2y
Ms_T @Peterfox123 I‘ll definitely check this out. 2y
AJones Yes. ⭐️⭐️⭐️I read the first two books from this series. And I have to say, “Fifty Shades of Grey” was the best thus far. It was a real page turner. Not because of the sexual excerpts. . .I was more intrigued about their new, but strange relationship. I would give the book a chance, everyone has their own opinion. I haven‘t watched the 🎥, so I cannot compare the two. The writing isn‘t perfect, but neither is mine. Enjoy! 2y
Ms_T @AJones I listened to the audiobook in the end and enjoyed it. It was just what I needed at the time and I‘ll definitely listen to the subsequent two 👍🏻 2y
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There are many popular things I have not read or delayed significantly. Fifty shades of Grey is one I will never read. I've also never read anything by Stephen King, because Horror is not really my thing, but I might eventually read something. I delayed reading he Harry Potter books and was disappointed by the first, finding it terribly derivative, but the next couple were better. One day I'll read the rest, probably with my son @ItsAngel

ItsAngel @DivaDiane I‘m right there with you on 50 Shades, I will never read it. Kind has quite a bit that‘s not really horror, maybe you‘ll find something perfect when the time is right. 2y
DivaDiane @ItsAngel Oh yes, I always forget his Science Fiction/Fantasy (?) which I'm definitely intrigued by, but I think he's better known for all those books that were made into Horror flicks when I was a teenager (Carrie, Pet Semetary, Cujo - showing my age...) and that's not my cup of tea. 2y
ItsAngel @DivaDiane I think you‘re right, he is definitely more known for the horror stuff. King is very hit or miss for me...he is wordy to a fault. 2y
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I have never read Fifty Shades of Grey and never will. I also won't read Twilight. #NeverHaveIEver

ItsAngel @Chili I‘ve never read 50 shades either and I won‘t. I don‘t care for sex or love scenes. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
SilversReviews I never read it and never will. 2y
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Recommendations please book lovers for hot steamy romance authors and books you might have read appreciate it cheers

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This book hooked me up

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I just died laughing!!! 😂🤣🤣 I'm sorry, I've been googling inappropriate Disney memes to cheer up one of my cousins, and I had to share this one here. Hahaha! 😂😭

AlaMich 😂😂 3y
whatsjennareading This is one of my favorites! 3y
kricheal Omg 😂😂😂😂 3y
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EllieDottie This is awesome! 😂😂 3y
julesG 😂😂😂😂 3y
Bookzombie 😂😂 3y
[DELETED] 206653737 Seen this before and he the same reaction! 🤣 3y
Ley2003grad I love this 😂 2y
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I finally did it. 😂 I don't like bookspirals when I have to build them. 😆😂

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I love this series... read it over and over not sure if it's my favourite as I love so many #readingwomenmonth #favouriteseries

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#unlikeablecharacters #Aprilbookshowers Anastasia Steele, my first of two 😐

Jess_Read_This Yessssss...🙌🏼 Excellent choice. 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I made myself finish the first book!!! Ughhh awful!! All of that "oh my" ??? 3y
Hollie Great choice! 3y
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Jess_Read_This @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I soldiered through them all bc all my friends were reading and talking about them. I was so aggravated how she made her tea (two quick dips of a teabag? That's not tea), was obsessed with Hardy but can barely put a sentence together, and how can she not have a personal computer in this day and age as a college student?! Then the "oh my oh my" was that back breaking straw. End of Rant.. ??? 3y
lynneamch Heard the buzz, but just didn't want to use my precious reading time on it. But, the off-Broadway parody, 50 Shades: the Musical, was hilarious! 😂 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Jess_Read_This I agree here too! But I disliked Christian too. If I was anywhere near her shoes I'd have seen those red flags and run far far away before they ever got intimate. I also soldiered through because my book Club decided to read them together and discuss after all the media hubbub, but I drew the line at Grey... I'm not starting that over. 3y
Jess_Read_This @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Same here! I couldn't even make the effort to read Grey. I didn't need to know his warped point of view 😂 My ignorance has truly been bliss on that subject!! Lol!! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I barely made it through the first one!!! I just couldn't do the others!! 3y
Birdsong28 Never read the books not going to either as there are more worthy books worthy of my time!! Was dragged along to the second film!!! 3y
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Nine 1/2 Weeks was the first Fifty Shades. I had such a crush on Mickey Rourke as a teen. #litsypartyofone #insomnia #litsomnia

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Not sure what is wrong with me but I've cried twice during this movie. Its absurd- the movie and my reactions! #atleastheishot

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#springflingreading Failed to finish. Fifty shades and The Harbinger.

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For my next selection of #februaryisforromantsy here's the Big Kahuna! I grew up reading #romantsy but I had kind of been in a romance rut - I wasn't feeling the Harlequins anymore, and couldn't find my flavor in the early #selfpub selection. 50 Shades jump started me again, it caught my imagination like nothing else had. It's not perfect (could use a good edit, and some of the Grey antics are squicky) but it's a juggernaut. #meghanreadsromantsy

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Fifty Shades of Grey the whole extravaganza, Greek edition. I haven't read the books but I received a lovely invitation for the premiere of the 2nd movie and I just couldn't help but take a picture for litsy.

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I think this qualifies as a #kissingbook 💋❤👔#riotgrams

sprainedbrain And then some! 😍 3y
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I fear this will be a popular choice but it deserves it because it has both #badlovescenes and an #unconvincingcouple #booklove17

Kalalalatja It is kinda amazing how many prompts Fifty shades can be used for 😂 3y
Jas16 @Kalalalatja It really is! 3y
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Watching #fiftyshadesofgrey in preparation for #fiftyshadesdarker #multitasking while I do dishes 💃😂 #romantsy

julesG Enjoy. 3y
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Probably today's #BookLove17 prompt for #BestLineFromABadBook probably doesn't mean it sarcastically but there are too many hilarious lines in this book I had to take it that way. Runner-up "My inner goddess is doing the merengue with some salsa moves."

LeahBergen Her "inner goddess"?? BARF. 3y
Smangela @LeahBergen I know, it kills me. 3y
bookwrm526 @LeahBergen indeed, something to which she refers to so often it feels like at least once per page 3y
JoRead I know, my inner goddess tells me never to call her an inner goddess 😂😂 3y
Smangela @JoRead 😂😂😂😂 I'm cracking up 3y
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#BookLove17 #LoveToHate

I have only read snippets of this series and I hate it. There is just so much wrong with the main characters and the way infatuation and abuse is portrayed. I have nothing against erotica or bdsm, but this isn't either of those and it saddens me that women think they want a man like Christian Grey (there are even Christian Grey strippers for god sake!) 😤

(I do think people can enjoy reading this though)

Rant over!

Smangela That was one of the things that bothered me too. I read plenty of articles about how 50 Shades was not accurately reflecting BDSM and that BDSM was much more respectful of both people in the relationship. Misinformation! But also, Christian himself was sexually abused as a child by "Mrs. Robinson" and when my friends talked about the book, that was NEVER something that was brought up. I was shocked when I read that. I agree with your analysis ? 3y
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I love to hate these books. I tried reading them. I used to review romance and erotica professionally, but these things are written so badly. I only made a few chapters. If you want some good erotica selections feel free to ask.

#booklove17 #day1 #lovetohate

brilliantglow I read the first one to see what all the fuss was about. Absolutely awful! I can't believe these are/were such a success. People need to read more books if they think these are well written lol 3y
LibrarianRyan @brilliantglow I agree. I had a lot of friends read it, but they would never try my suggestions. I refused to buy them for my library. So when a patron got made that we had them and asked how dare I spend money on garbage I could honestly say I didn't. 3y
BillBlume Any suggestions for something with vampires in it? 3y
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Bookish.Heart I read the first one too...horrible. And I enjoy erotica, even some of the darker stuff as long as it's well-written. 3y
LibrarianRyan @BillBlume let me look. My answer is yes but I can not remember titles off the top of my head. 3y
LibrarianRyan @BillBlume off the top of my head I want to say T.A. Grey but I think those were werewolves. I'll still check. 3y
BillBlume @LibrarianRyan, thanks! Did a quick glance at Grey's books, and looks like there's a series with vampires in it. I'll check those out. 3y
JoRead I don't love-hate these books. I simply hate them. So many other great examples of better erotic reads out there 3y
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I very rarely #DNF books...but these were just unbearable. And the one on the left nauseated me so severely I thought I'd lose my Panera dinner. Also, wtf is up with the cover on the middle one? Worst graphic design ever. 🤢 #readJanuary

Reagan I had a few friends who read 50 Shades of Grey as a joke, and all of them recommended that I not read it because it's terrible. 3y
JoRead I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels that way about FSOG. I devour romance but that... I don't know what that was. 😯😫 3y
howjessreads So funny how tastes are different! The Sparrow is literally the only books I've ever stayed up all night reading. I couldn't stop, it was so mesmerizing! But yeah the cover is pretty terrible. :) 3y
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MrBook 😍😍😍 3y
Smangela So many people annoyed me telling me how I wouldn't like FSOG in super patronizing tones because I don't tell dirty jokes, discuss sex life with people, etc? So that annoyed me and I read it to be able to explain I didn't like it not because it had sex scenes but because the writing was awful (IMO) and no one ever mentioned the sexual abuse when Christian was a child?! How does everyone gloss over that 3y
LibrarianRyan I never tried to read FSoG. I review erotica for publishers and for library journal. I had so many fellow reviewers tell me how bad the writing was. When people at the library asked for it I tried to steal them to better titles. Espically people who I didn't think could handle the S&M parts. 3y
angrylilasian I chose not to read FSOG but I read the 1 star reviews for it instead and they were HILARIOUS. 😂 3y
Craftylikefox I really wanted to like Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty Eight Nights. It sounded so interesting to me. I couldn't finish it either. I am glad to know I wasn't alone in that feeling. 3y
obviateit I never wanted to read FSoG, partly because I don't usually read books that stray too far past kissing (LOL), but mostly because I had this thought: would women be swooning over Christian's behavior if he were a poor, plain-looking man? No? That would make it skeevy? HARD PASS. 🙅🏻 3y
LisaJo I've read The Sparrow. It was very disturbing at points (as intended, I believed). I still think about it two years later. I know there's a sequel but I haven't been able to bring myself to read that. (edited) 3y
Ubookquitous I DNFed FSOG too. Horrid writing, shallow, trope-fest. And that Swallow cover looks like the team voted and tied on the cover so they said 'put half of each' 3y
monalyisha Took me approximately two years, eight months, and twenty-eight nights to finish the Rushdie. 😩 (edited) 3y
LeslieO Oh! I loved The Sparrow! 3y
JacqMac I couldn't get through FSoG either. The writing was painful. 3y
Vexingcircumstance I couldn't stand FSOG. I have no issues with BDSM when it's a healthy relationship but there is a giant difference between healthy BDSM and emotionally abusive and manipulative. Guess which side FSOG falls on? I gave up on it halfway through . between the awful writing and unhealthy relationship I couldn't handle it. There are better written books with much healthier BDSM relationships/sex in them. I read those instead lol. 3y
Zelma @LibrarianRyan I can definitely relate! I am all for erotica, if that's what a reader wants, but there is so much better erotica out there! I used to keep a typed up list at the reference desk for everyone who had read Fifty Shades and when all of our Zane copies were stolen. 🙄 3y
Rebekaaah I finished all 3 shades of grey books, (for my sins) as I didn't want to be defeated by them. But they are the worst load of drivel I've ever read. They are not sexy at all!! Firstly, there's a nothing sexy about a guy controlling your life, and also the sex scenes were crap and not at all appealing. I say that as someone who reads a lot of romance - I know a good sex scene when I read one, and those books have none. 3y
Carleneishere Ugh, the Sparrow cover design is so bad. I almost DNFed it when it got bogged down in backstories for each character, but once they got going in their big journey, I was hooked. Jesuit-educated though, so I may be biased 💁🏽 3y
Susanita It would be a shame to lose a Panera dinner. 3y
LibrarianRyan @Zelma I find that is one category a lot people will not ask for. My library has color coded spine labels so we did just the smallest line of pink at the top of the call number so patrons could find erotica without asking. 3y
Zelma @LibrarianRyan that is a great idea. I ended up fielding question because most of our well-known erotica was missing from the shelves, so it was my chance to do a promotional spiel when they asked where certain titles were. 😀 3y
minkyb Love the backdrop of fire! 3y
Ncostell I DNF Fifty Shades either and I rarely give up on a book. 3y
BookBabe @minkyb It seemed appropriate 😉👍🏻 3y
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Never thought I'd be blurbing this one, but... 🙄

eanderson I haven't read them either and I don't feel bad about it. 😳 3y
Kat_Reads I promise, you're not missing anything 3y
JenP Me neither. Don't see any need to read it 3y
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josie281 Nope. No desire. Read one random page and thought it was poorly written. 3y
Marchpane Consider yourself lucky to not have wasted any time on it. 3y
haileybean I hate read the series. I wish I hadn't. I wish I had just followed my instincts and just noped on outta there. 3y
Reviewsbylola I read a couple pages because my friend wouldn't stop begging me to. No effin way. 3y
BraveNewBooks @haileyhugsbooks if I did ever read it, it would definitely be a hate read, so it's helpful to know that even THAT wasn't worth your time. 3y
lynneamch Same here. BUT, if you ever get a chance to see the spoof 50 Shades: The Musical, go. I saw it off-Broadway and it is hilarious. It was touring, too. 3y
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For today's #readjanuary: #BooksEveryoneButYouHasRead. No plans to read it either. (As I am an ornery reader who mostly dislikes books that are very popular with wide swaths of the population, I was actually paralyzed by too many options--couldn't figure out which one to choose out of several dozen titles that immediately came to mind!).

Zelma Me too! Me too! On all points. 👋 3y
CocoReads It's rare that I regret reading even bad books but these were truly terrible and I regret reading all of them. 3y
DebinHawaii I succumbed to pressure and read the first one and never had a desire to read any more. 😬 3y
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Abby-J It just sounds so awful. 3y
lynneamch S&M just not of interest to me. I didn't (& won't) read these either, but I saw the spoof Fifty Shades: the Musical off-Broadway and it was HILARIOUS! It was touring for awhile. Worth seeing whether you liked (or read) the books, or not. Great dancing & a pro-feminist bent. Seriously. 3y
Blaire I've never read this either. Not sure I could get past the reportedly terrible writing. 3y
LazyOwl I've never read this either & have no desire to. I've the writing is not that great anyway 3y
[DELETED] 1409720085 Same. No regrets. 3y
Eyelit Same! 3y
LauraBeth I just can't 3y
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Have not, will not read this series, have no interest whatsoever! I think the fact that "everyone" was reading it was another turn off for me.

rubyslippersreads Ditto! 😄 3y
EloisaJames Me too! And everyone thinks I have, being a romance writer. 3y
britt_brooke I read the first one out of sheer curiosity. It was the biggest piece of garbage I've ever read. Not only was the story ridiculously bad, the writing was atrocious. 3y
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JessClark78 I feel the same way. I have no desire to read those books. 3y
monkeygirlsmama I read them, and it's safe to say you are missing absolutely nothing. 3y
Librarylady3 No, thank you. Thank you, no. 3y
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My book tour neckties. (I couldn't resist.)

Lauredhel That middle tie is a glorious colour. 3y
Mommamanzi Beautiful. The middle one is my fav! 3y
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TheNextBook I really love the blue one on the far right. 3y
StaceyKondla Those are pretty snazzy! Enjoy your tour 😊 3y
Suzze Superb! The middle one is amazing. You will be very dapper. 3y
CherylDeFranceschi 😂😂 Amazing ties! Have a wonderful tour! 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess Have a great tour! Love those 👔 ! 😊 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 I would have found a tie to match the foggy, cloudy quality of the trailer for the book. Yes, I know, I'm a pain. Lol 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 It's a beautiful trailer! 3y
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Definitely read it!!! It's so sexy and hot you would never wanna put it down. I finished it in 2 days 😍

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just couldn't get into it .

EmilyChristine I made myself read it. Just so I could have a true opinion on it. It was awful. The writing was bad and the relationship abusive. 3y
BookWarriorPrincess93 I skim it. The book was an uninteresting rip off of Twilight. The relationship was definitely abusive 3y
Naryamie It was a twilight rip off. It started as twilight fan fiction and then she changed the names in order to publish. I don't see the appeal. Haven't bothered to even try and read it. 3y
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Heard so much about this book, finally decided to give it a read. Hated it. Cannot finish it. I found the writing horrible and the main character pathetic.

lynneamch I didn't even try, based on the little bits I heard. But, I saw the parody of it off-Broadway and it was hilarious! 3y
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I liked the story overall, although I could do with a bit less sex scenes.