After hearing about the hype surrounding the Shades of Grey trilogy, I decided to go ahead and read the books. It was an entertaining beach read, though the characters have some inconsistencies. The storyline for these books began in the Twilight fan fiction domain, but they are definitely a very adult, erotic series.
I'm not going to give it all away, but there's a lot of BDSM/kinky stuff going on (excessive, as in nearly every chapter), but that's not why I'm convinced women across the nation have become obsessed. What they're obsessed with, just as they were with Twilight, is the fantasy that a woman can actually change and tame a man. And in both cases, the man is dangerous, volatile, filthy rich, and drop-dead gorgeous.
My opinion is that Shades of Grey is Beauty & the Beast meets Twilight meets porn. And if you dig that sort of thing, read them, then check out another vampire series I've read, The Black Dagger Brotherhood.
Oh, and if you want a good laugh, check out Ellen Degeneres and Gilbert Gottfried 'reading' excerpts of Shades of Grey. :)
People were bugging me to read 'The Hunger Games' trilogy forever. And since the movies were being made, and I hate watching movies before I read the books, I decided to start.
And within 48 hours, I'd read all three books. I couldn't STOP.
I'm not going to go into the plot, because it's complex, and I don't want to give away any stories. I will say that I spent the first few pages of the book convinced that Katniss, the protagonist, was a boy, but was pleasantly surprised she wasn't. Girl power! I enjoyed the first book the best... the rest of the books kind of lost my interest over time (like The Matrix sequels), even though I desperately wanted to know how it concludes. I predicted a lot of the events that unfolded, including which of the two boys in her love triangle she ends up with!
If you like books like 'Dune' and 'The Giver', I think you'll like this series. I love young-adult fiction... it's accessible to everyone, and everyone has felt like an adolescent at some point, so you can relate to the characters. It's driven by emotion, not practicality, like a teenager.
I have had a Kindle since its 2nd Generation model in 2009. Its original model was one of Oprah's favorite things, and even in this world of smartphones and tablets, it is still one of MY favorite things.
I've had my eye on a new Kindle for a while, because I could see the improvements in it... clearer e-ink, larger screen, smaller/thinner body, faster page turns, better interface. But my Kindle 2 was still kicking and I couldn't justify the purchase.
A lot of people have been talking about the Kindle Fire, Amazon's new tablet. But I just don't consider it to be a true 'Kindle' e-book reader. It's a tablet, it's backlit, and you can watch movies on it. I love my quiet Kindle, how it rarely needs charging, how it lets me read books without bells and whistles. I don't get eye strain because it's not a glaring screen; it mimics a page. I don't read books on my laptop or iPhone. I love my Kindle.
Back in 2009, I paid almost $300 for my first e-reader, but it paid for itself in savings on the books I bought through Amazon. It made me a convert, even as a former library employee and lover of old, smelly books. But now you can get a Kindle for under $100. Brilliant.
So I bought the Kindle Touch for $99, and I love it. Its size is awesome, and I can toss it into a purse easily. It took me a little while to pick up how to navigate the touchscreen, but it is sensitive enough to work well, and I notice the improved speed. I have already read three books on it in 48 hours; it inspires me to read more, like my first Kindle did! It's be latest gadget and beloved toy. Even if I get an iPad, I'll still read on my Kindle. It's light, soft, and not flashy. And I like it that way.
My old Kindle is still on my account, so I gave it to my Mom so she could read all of my books. I'm passing on the love for Kindle to another. It will continue to be loved!
P.S. My ONE gripe about the new Kindle Touch? It only comes with a USB charger, without the additional clip-on charger for an outlet. BOO. You'd have to pay an additional $10 for the power adapter. Come on, Amazon.