It's hot and when that happens, staying inside and reading a good book sounds like a great thing to do. If your July 4th holiday finds you in this mood, I recommend you stay clear of the #1 paperback best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey. This book has been so widely popular that the media can't seem to let it alone, so I succumbed and read it to see what all the fuss is about.
It is the first of a trilogy about a young, inexperienced twenty-something woman and a slightly older, highly successful and handsome man who needs to be dominant in all things. He likes to tie her up and spank her as well as other degrading things, some of them sexual and some not. For example, she's told that she's not allowed to look him in the eyes but must look down instead.
I would just say it's a junky book and leave it at that, but it troubles me that the book is so popular as "mommy porn." I'm not sure what these women who love this book so much are thinking. It's troubling if they actually find this story intriguing. I found it depressing and boring. Honestly, I only finished the book because I kept thinking that it would improve, but alas it did not. The one point of interest for me was to find out what in his past made Mr. Grey the sadist that he became. Of course, this is not covered in Book 1, and I don't want to know enough to read the next two books. I can definitely exist without this information.
On a more cheery note, Happy July 4th to all and stay cool, if that's possible.