Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fall Into Reading 2012

Callapidder Days is hosting the Fall Into Reading Challenge. I had a lot of fun doing it last year, so I'm excited to get through some of the books on my TBR pile by participating again this year.

Here's a list of the guidelines:

*Make a list of books you want to read (or finish reading) this fall. Your list can be as long or as short as you’d like.
*Write a blog post containing your list and submit it to this post using the Mr. Linky below.
*Get reading! The challenge goes from today, September 22nd, through December 21st.
*Check out other participants’ lists and add to your own to-read-someday pile, if you wish!
*Write a post about your challenge experience in December, telling us all about whether you reached your goals and how Fall Into Reading went for you. But remember: this is a low-pressure challenge that should be fun.

Here are the books I'd like to read during this challenge:

1. Got a Right to be Wrong-K.L. Brady (reading now)
2. Delusion in Death-J.D. Robb
3. Destiny's Divas-Victoria Christopher Murray
4. The Secret She Kept-Reshonda Tate Billingsley
5. Falling into Grace-Michelle Stimpson
6. Scandals-Sasha Campbell
7. Gone Girl-Gillian Flynn
8. One False Move-Harlan Coben
9. Yesterday's Lies-Terri D.
10. The Someday List-Stacy Hawkins Adams

I hope to read more than this, but this is a start.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Review Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So a few weeks ago I finally finished the books that had been all the rage with women this summer: the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. I started the first one while on vacation, so I was able to fly through it pretty quickly, but it took me awhile to get through the other two, mostly because of being back to work.

First of all, I must admit, I was a tad disappointed while reading the first book. I thought the book would be basically all BDSM porn, I didn't know there would be an actual love storyline involved. At times, the book just read like a glorified Harlequin romance novel. But once I got past that, it was a little easier to get into the story. I did like the characters of Anastasia and Christian. I liked how Ana was not afraid to stand up to Christian at all, no matter how much she loved him, and how she stood by her beliefs. Likewise, I also liked how she did open herself up to some of his "Red Room" fantasies.

The second book I liked the least in this series, this one seemed to really drag by and nothing really interesting happens. The third book was my favorite of the three (although I grew tired of all the mushiness at the beginning with the constant "I love you Mr. Grey" and "I love you more Mrs. Grey.") This one had a lot more action and conflicts and I loved the way it ended. I also enjoyed reading their first meeting from Christian's point of view. While I wouldn't have liked the whole book from his POV, it would've been interesting to read more of his thoughts.

All in all, I give the series as a whole about 3 and half stars. Not a classic by any means, but an enjoyable, hot little read.

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Source: Purchased
Challenges: Outdo Yourself Challenge, 2012 E-Book Challenge