1. Fifty Shades of Grey. I’m not sure how I was convinced I would love this book. Actually, yes I am. I saw a 20/20 where I learned that the author was a stay at home mom, who one day decided to write a novel after feeling inspired by the Twilight trilogy. Her books becames an overnight sensation, and were selling out faster than she could print them. I loved the Twilight series, and more I loved how brave this woman was.
To be honest, I loved the beginning…it reminded me of how exciting college was, and the time of graduation. I think I stopped reading though, because the sex scenes just got too crazy. Yeah, I know what did I expect from a dominant/submissive book, right? To be honest, I just felt they got really redundant and just a bit much. I picked it up today determined to finish it. The story continued to develop, and I was wondering why I ever put it down…then bam, another explicit, uncomfortable sex scene…oh, I remember now. I found that skipping through the sex scenes and into the character development made finishing easier. Without giving the book away, the feelings of jealousy, love, and need she experiences seem so relatable – you kind of forget about the whole submissive thing.
I told myself halfway through the book, I would not read the next two…but of course the end leaves you with this heart wrenching feeling you can only relate to if you’ve had your heart broken after falling in love with someone you always knew you shouldn’t fall for… If I stumble upon the next book I’ll read it, but I’m not going out of my way to find it 🙂
2. Now that I finished that one, I guess I’ll move on to “Born to Run.” One of my favorite books of all time, even if I haven’t finished it. I actually believe I have stalled in finishing it, because I don’t want it to end. One of the main characters in this book recently passed away… I can honestly say this book has inspired me, reminding me of my love affair with running, and without sounding terribly cheesy reinforcing the notion that we are all born to run.
3. Last but not least, A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. I stopped reading this book to read Girl With the Dragon Tattoo…today I was at a book store, and I went to the spiritual area and told myself I’d buy whatever book spoke to me. I saw the newest book by the author of The Secret, and sat down to read it, I glanced up and there starring at me was “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle – the book he wrote previous to the one I stopped reading. I opened to a random chapter and in there I read described perfectly, a feeling I’ve had many times before, but have never been able to put into words – let alone in such an articulate manner. I bought it, and I will read it as soon as I’m done with the other books.