Fifty Shades of What?

A number of months ago I started hearing about this new book, Fifty Shades of Grey.  At first I thought it must be a book about people my age, you know, baby boomers, getting older.  Oh, I was soooo wrong.  But I had already put it on hold at the library, which did not even have their first copies of the book in yet, so I decided I’ d see what the hype was all about.

So here are five books that I read over the last year that have left an impression on me and may make it on your summer reading list.                                                                                      

Fifty Shades of Grey:  by E l James:  A young woman gets involved in a dominant-submissive relationship with an older man.

Truthfully, I didn’t read it but looked through it.  Since it has come out it has been called  “mommy porn” and many libraries are talking about banning it.   I am just happy that I live in a town where the library does not try to censor books, or dictate what adults should or should not read.  Do I recommend this one?  Not really.

Shantaram:   by Gregory David Roberts   Based on the real life events of this author, a young Australian man who escapes from prison and enters India with a forged passport.  While there he encounters slum living, wonderful characters, love, lethal criminals and living on the edge.

Not my usual fare, a friend gave this to me to read, so I did.  I have to confess that at times I struggled through the 944 pages, however, it is a book that has stayed with me for a long time.  A neutral review.

Breakfast With Buddha:   by  Roland Merullo    A very unexpected road trip for Otto, a forty-four year old man from the suburbs of New York,  as he drives his flaky sister’s spiritual guru to North Dakota.

I loved this book, as did everyone in my book club (and that doesn’t happen very often).   It is a great, breezy, summertime reading, road trip book.  It makes you think and feel good at the same time.   A favorite!

The Talk Funny Girl:  by  Roland Merullo    In the poorest part of New Hampshire teenage girls are disappearing, never to be seen again.  This begins the story of seventeen year old Marjorie.

This book is from the same author as the last book.  It is a great summer read, suspenseful,  thought-provoking and a page turner.  While it has universal themes, the unique voice in this story will impress.  I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.

Every Last One:  by  Anna Quindlen    A mother, father and three teenage children in a family many of us recognize as like our own until an act of violence shocks.

Anna Quindlen is an author that I have read for many years.  She never disappoints and this book is no exception.  A very, very good read.

Now I am looking for  books to add to my summer reading list and I am open to suggestions.

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