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Summer Indulgences.

Don't you just love summer? It really is the one season that is completely dedicated to relaxing, socializing and enjoying time off. I've always made it my point to really enjoy it to its fullest before it's "back to school", a time to get serious and make money before the dreaded holidays. When I was working, I indulged in summer Fridays, ehem and Thursdays. In Brooklyn, Sundays were spent drinking ice cold Blue Points at afternoon kickball games at McCarren Park. And in Paris, nights had been dedicated to picnicking with friends on Pont Solferino or L'île de la Cité. Even Hollywood is on board with this easy breezy summer attitude, as the serious Oscar-caliber films don't come out until at least mid-September.

In order to stave off any pangs of boredom sous le soleil, I rely on one of my favorite fixtures of the season; summer reading. Last week, Kitty dropped by with a bag of books she had read, offering to take them with me on vacation. Kitty, the literary gangsta had all of the old time classics, fine selections like L.A Candy and Fame Game by Lauren Conrad, Snooki: A Shore Thing by Nicole Polizz, The Truth About Diamonds by Nicole Richie....and of course, 50 Shades of Grey.

With the invention of Kindles and Nooks, hand-me-down books, like CDs are slowly becoming a thing of the past. I figured I'd better take advantage of this opportunity, even if my choices were painfully limited. To say the least. While I'm not sure I could exactly stomach a Snooki autobiography or a Lauren Conrad novel, I am curious about this summer's smut hit; 50 Shades of Grey. Since it has been sitting in my room, luring me to read it, I figure why deny it any longer? Kitty did buy it at full price, so she might as well get her money's worth and take it for another spin....right? 

Okay, I'm so full of it. I wanted to read the damn thing and haven't been able to put it down! I could no longer hold back. Since starting it, I have been feeling the way my grandmother described what reading Valley of the Dolls was like in the 60s; "a hot-to-trot, bored housewife".

I'm a little embarrassed by what I'm indulging in.
No problem!
This handy little homemade brown-paper cover 
labeled "Not 50 Shades of Grey"
should take care of any suspicions.

While I exactly don't love the book, and am convinced that the author has never had sex before as it reads like a teenager fantasizing about what it's like, I have been enjoying it. It's doing its job; I cringe at her descriptions, blush during some of the more racy scenes, and roll my eyes at the author's creation of this superman, sex-god that all women fawn over. But the bottom line is that I am fully entertained, and isn't that what summer is all about? Well that, and 2 dollar strawberry daiquiris in a bag. 

Who read 50 Shades? Any thoughts?

22 comments:

  1. Having seen it mentioned all over the place and a few friends mentioning it to me, but not knowing a thing about it, I picked it up at Target. Boy was I surprised when I started reading! It definitely caused me to blush quite a few times.

    That said, where was the plot? And Ana kind of annoys me a lot. She whines over the same things over and over again. Plus, I find the repetition of certain things quite irksome. Like "my inner goddess this, my inner goddess that".

    Okay, I'm probably just bitter, because my boyfriend is an ocean away, and I haven't seen him in weeks.

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    1. Yeah, the inner goddess stuff is getting to me. It's just so corny. It reminds of when I worked in a New Age shop, there were many-a serious debates about the inner goddess. I chose to stock the nag champa and spirit candles in the eastern religion section when these convos took place. : )

      My boyfriend is sitting right next to me, and 50 Shades got ditched for a David Sedaris book I read twice! It didn't hold my attention...does that make me less of a woman?

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    2. I only forced myself through it, because I had nothing else to read and spent money on that damn book. Stupid me. I would have ditched it for David Sedaris in a heartbeat.

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  2. First of all, 2 dollar strawberry daiquiris count me in. Second, 50 Shades of Grey: yes it is not the best written book and may be overrated. BUT, it was fun and entertaining to read and like you said isn't that what summer is all about?

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    1. Yes! As tacky as the 2 dollar daiquiris in a bag are...they rule!!

      I kind of gave up on the book, mostly because I have about 30 minutes to read a day (I'm busier down in the Bahamas than I thought I'd be) and want to read an old classic I brought along as back up.

      Hopefully I can get a few more pages in on the plane!

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  3. I decided to read it because of the hype, but god, I really hate it. the writing is atrocious. and fundamentally the book makes me wicked mad. it's right up there with twilight, with the main character being so wrapped up in an emotionally effed up guy she has no life except for him. that with the whole controlling side too, it's messed up, gives women the completely wrong message. maybe that's my whole women's college feminist side talking. and yet I am on book 3 now. I'll say it's just for the sex scenes :/

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    1. Hahaha so do I! I dislike it so much that I ditched it for a David Sedaris book I read three times!

      Rumor is that the back story of the book is that the writer is a diehard Twilo and she was writing these scenarios about Bella and whatever his name is on the Twilight message boards. People were following her posts religiously wanting to know what would happen next that she ended up getting a book deal. Did you hear anything about that?

      But yeah, I'm way against women being so wrapped in someone who is so wrong (hence the theme of my blog!) and like you, have trouble relating, because isn't that makes a book good to us? If we can see ourselves in the protagonists?

      Saying that, I'll try to get back into the book. I'm curious! I guess that's how they get you! ; )

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  4. She missed the nipple clamp bit of the Bible? That's what you get for not paying attention in Sunday school! Got a giggle out of the photos, trop cool as usual x

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    1. Hahahaha - I know, how could she miss that?! So funny.

      Thanks Gwan! I had fun taking the photos. Those are fruit shaped paper cocktail picks in my hair. : )

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  5. I caved but ONLY because it was 20% off at Target and I needed a book to read while in FL. Completely mindless but also had a hard time putting it down. And, even though I hate to admit this, I will read the next two because I need to know what happens... Happy reading!

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    1. I have to pick it back up! You are all inspiring me to get back into it! Some passengers on the plane got a kick out of my homemade book cover! There were copies in Italian, Spanish, French and English on the plane. I guess EVERYONE really is reading it!

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    2. Ha you took the book cover on the plane, love it! X gwan

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  6. I'm thinking of jumping on the band wagon once my mom is done with the book. I read a few excerpts and am embarrassed to say that I want to read more!

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    1. At the rate I'm going, you and I will be at the same place by the time your mom is done. I'm moving at a turtle's pace with this book.

      It's weird, you'd think I'd be all about it!

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  7. Trashy, smutty, and fun...I read all three.

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    1. Hahaha Mem! I'm shocked! You saucy minx, you!! : )

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  8. Why does it not surprise me that you're enjoying this book? ; )

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    1. I'm taking a break from it, but I promise, I'll get back to it! I'd hate to disappoint! : )

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  9. Ha! I've been wanting to read it too but I still can't bring myself to do it. Arghhh. Is it really that deliciously bad?

    p.s. cute flowers! :-)

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    1. It is, but it's also kind of gross. I'd say give it a try and tell me what you think! I'd love to hear your take!

      As I was telling Gwan (above) the flowers are actually fruit-shaped paper cocktail pics. It's hard to tell in the photo but those actually go in Pina Coladas and other beachy drinks! :)

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  10. I decided I had to read it for myself after I saw this: http://www.vulture.com/2012/04/fifty-shades-of-grey-the-thinking-womans-guide.html

    And by 'read' I mean skim through to find the good parts...I have to admit, it was pretty entertaining, but somehow I think a daiquiri in a bag would have improved the experience!

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    1. Hahahaha great article! Yes! This is exactly what I was thinking! I find the book weird and the writer of this article tackles each point that was making me scratch my head a bit. It doesn't feel modern and when it tries to be, it's off and painfully unhip.

      And no, I don't find it sexy at all.

      Saying, that I'll pick it back up when I have more time!

      Thanks for this article, Callie!

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