Summer reading that isn’t ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

As of last Wednesday, I’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey. Took me all of about a day, ish. I couldn’t get my hands on a copy for awhile (I’d been on the local library’s waiting list for forever) and finally one of my good friends who loves the series was kind enough to buy  me the first novel.

I’m not going to take a stand for or against the series, whether it’s too explicit etc. etc., simply because I don’t feel strongly either way. It was definitely an entertaining read, and I flew through it. What I find really fascinating though is that the trilogy is “poised to become one of the fastest-selling series in recent years, with 20 million copies sold in the United States and 31 million worldwide since March,” according to an article by CNN a few weeks ago. It’s hard to sell books. That’s a lot of books.

Still, I probably won’t go out of my way to read the rest. I do think a summer reading list should be more substantial than just Fifty Shades maybe topped with The Hunger Games— if you’re interested in beefing up your bookshelf, this diagram from is great for pointing you in that direction.


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