Sunday, 22 July 2012

Books I've Read In July

I love books. I love the smell of books; new, crisp ones and old, dusty ones alike. As a child, when most of my friends were being encouraged to read more, I was getting told off every morning because when it was time to leave for school my mum would find me sat on my bed still in my towel, reading a book. I've always loved losing myself in a book and as an adult it's the only thing that allows me to shut off from the world. When I've been in really awful bouts of depression and I can't concentrate on reading it makes everything ten times worse. It's as though someone has taken away the one thing that allows me to escape for a little while and pretend that my brain isn't made of slime.

Being at home all day means that I'm fortunate enough to be able to read quite a lot. I thought I'd share with you the books I've read each month so here's what I've read this month!

Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy
I'm a big fan of erotica so when I first heard the mumbles about this trilogy I thought I'd give it a go. I knew nothing about it or how it originated until I mentioned on Twitter that I'd bought them. Once I was told that they started out as Twilight fan-fic I considered taking them back but I thought I'd rather have read them before I started slating them. So I read them. And I hated them. I'd imagine I probably rolled my eyes more times during the first book than I have done in the last year. It portrays the BDSM lifestyle is such a negative light; that it's brought about as a result of abuse, neglect and the desire to be abusive towards others. The writing is terrible, it actually reads like fan-fic written by a horny housewife who's had all her self respect beaten out of her. It is not romantic, it is not liberating, it is not arousing. If you find a man using violent sex as a punishment when his girlfriend doesn't agree with him romantic, you're a very strange person. There is nothing romantic about a man saying 'I want to punish you, really beat the shit out of you' to someone he 'loves'. I could seriously go on about this for ages but I think I'm at risk of offending people so I will hush. 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I first read this as a teenager and it was marvellous then. However reading it as an adult gave me a whole new perspective on it and if it's possible, I love it more. I've read so many reviews slating the book for being naive, pretentious and over-dramatic but I think they're missing the point entirely. It's honest and makes sense. The main character is a teenage boy and he cries. People seem to have a problem with that but if you read to the end and still don't understand why he's naive, emotional, disconnected and desperate for approval then you really haven't read it properly. If you've never had a moment when you've stepped back for a second and felt like you were infinite, I feel sorry for you. It's a wonderful account of growing up and although it's intended audience is that of the protagonist, I think I got much more out of it as an adult. 

The Sense of an Ending
Although this is written in an incredibly pretentious, Eton, upper-class manner, it's well written and easy to read. Until the end that is. The whole book builds up to what you think is going to be a big revelation that will explain the previous 150 pages and it doesn't. It was the sort of ending that made me want to shrug. It could have been so, so much better than it was. The plot revolves around things that don't make sense and just aren't justified. There's not much else I can say without giving away the whole story but I expected more. 

Have you read any of these? What have you read lately?

Mrs D x



  1. I definitely agree with you about the Fifty Shades trilogy it really is an awful set of books. I read it purely because of the hype around it and I really don't understand why there is such a hype.

    I need to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower at some point, it's no my list of books to buy, I just haven't got round to it.


    1. I'm so glad someone else agrees with me! I had a rant in Tesco today because they'd made this ridiculous table display of the books with a grey tie and champagne glasses. *vom* xx

    2. I wrote a post about them when i read them. It's pathetic how much hype is around them at least with Twilight vampires aren't real and it is very obviously not a true relation to life. Fifty Shades had gone about misinforming people about BDSM and the reasons why people are into the lifestyle, there will be some people thinking that only abused people are into the lifestyle.

      That's ridiculous but Tesco are in it to make money so if they can sell grey ties and champagne glasses then they will. It doesn't deserve a display in stores, it should be put away out of sight beford it misinforms anymore people

    3. I join you in the club. I wrote on a magazine about this whole thing. I think I will write my own story at one point (I have a bit going on at the moment, but it will be soon). Will surely hunt for you two and give you an advance copy for feedback.

      Haven't read the other two, but I think Barnes' has done the typical intellectual thing by really just giving the sense of something? I wanted to read it, will bear your review in mind not to expect explanations.

  2. Thanks for the honest reviews, Mrs D. My daughter is reading the trilogy at the moment and she can't put it down - I do worry about the content - she's my little girl and impressionable but she's also 19 and a mummy herself so I can't really force her to stop reading it. I just hope I've instilled enough common sense into her to recognise it for what it is.

    At least I know I won't enjoy them now; I do love a good romantic romp but I don't think the Fifty Shades hype will be swaying me. x

  3. Ooh, forgot to add what I'm reading at the mo! My son bought me a rather delicious vintage fashion book called "The Golden Age of Couture 1947-1957" and my afternoons are spent alternating between that and knitting a lovely little 1930's pink confection from Susan Crawford's A Stitch In Time.

    I rather enjoy being home these days! ;) x

  4. I also agree with the Fifty shades review, I started reading it and hated it, the writing is awful and the story is just plain crap, I didn't finish it. It's good to find people that thinks the same on this : )

  5. I was just directed here from Rockabilly Girl Next Door, and I didn't know if I was going to start following you, but the 50 Shades review clinched it. IT'S SO BAD, it gives me hives, and I weep for all these women who are so into it.


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