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Tomorrow I will take off for my first summer beach trip. This will be a girls-only weekend with the Wives Club, and I have the custom napkins packed.
What I don't have packed are books to get me through this trip, or even a good library list to get me through the travel and pool months that are now upon us. To prove how unprepared and shameless I am about summer reading, something I usually start planning in February, I'll be buying the third Fifty Shades book at the airport. Now about those books....
I've read the first two. Fifty Shades of Grey is just flat out bad. I don't think it could be marketed at all without that whole, um, dirty factor, because really - that's all it sort of is. Well, that and the story of a controlling, unhealthy relationship. Who wants to escape into that for pleasure (much less, cough-cough, pain!)? The character development and dialogue is among the worst I've ever, ever read. I don't even feel bad saying this because the author herself said on national TV that she isn't a good writer. I agree with her. I swore in protest of this series and its unexplainable popularity that I wouldn't read the two remaining books, but I found myself in the airport last weekend (I flew to TN to celebrate Mothers Day with PR) and I didn't have a book to read then either. Book two was right there, in paperback, and I'd had a rotten day, so I (rolled my eyes, bit my lip and...) just bought it.
Now, Fifty Shades Darker will never be hailed as a classic, but it's better than Shades of Grey. There's a little mystery. There's a little more than just a red room and Dom jeans, but sadly....there is still that cringe-worthy inner godess! But I can't pretend I don't want to know how it all ends, so...I'll find out poolside this weekend.
After I put away the mommy porn, I only have two titles on my summer reading list:
1. Where We Belong
I really like Emily Giffin books. This one comes out late July. I follow Giffin on Facebook and know that there will be lots of references to the mid-1990s, when the main character was in high school. I'm ready for the nostalgia, along with the stories Giffin always tells.
2. Fairytale Interruped
I have always been preoccupied with John F Kennedy, Jr., and after reading Come to the Edge last year, my curiosity remains pretty wet. I've managed to convince my high school friends to take a day trip to Cumberland Island, Georgia (where JFK got married) later this summer when we steal a few days on St Simons Island to mark our 35th birthday (I mean, will I ever stop celebrating???) and our 30+ years of friendship. Before our trip I will read this book written by JFK's former assistant.
What will you be reading this summer? Please send some suggestions before I start reading Twlight books....