50 Shades of Summer Reading

SheSpeaksTeam By SheSpeaksTeam 06.20.12
50 Shades of Summer Reading
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Are you dreaming of a cool iced drink by the pool or is it the lure of a brightly colored beach towel next to a shimmering ocean that has you daydreaming?  Well the chances are your image of summer relaxation also includes a book or two.  Do you still enjoy the feel of paper books for your summer page-turner or will you be downloading your reading to a nook, kindle or ipad.

Many women have already read this year's stealthy British blockbuster 50 Shades of Grey, and conversation has now turned to the sequel 50 Shades Darker and the actors that will play the lead characters in the movie.  But if you are looking for a book that will stimulate you in a different way, you are probably in need of some quick recommendations.

Save yourself the last minute grab-a-book in the airport, check out our starter list for the new releases below and add your own suggestions and recommendations in the comments.

If you have read 50 Shades of Grey...Who would you cast in the leading roles of Ana and Christian?

   SPRING FEVER, by Mary Kay Andrews

This is an easy summer read that begins years after a divorce and introduces some strong characters that are not focused on the predictable exes drama but instead the simple realisation of life and relationships.  The book does a great job of bringing you close to their 'reality' in a near and readable story.  Spring Fever was written byMary Kay Andrews who also wrote Summer Rentals.

 

    GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn

This story is dark and enveloping. The characters and the situation are rich and inviting and then the plot takes some wonderful twists where the details of a 5 year marriage suddenly become less and less clear and the plan to find a missing wife reveals some disturbing truths and an unpredictable ending. 

 

  KISS THE DEAD, by Laurell K. Hamilton

A female U.S. Marshal tracks down a teenage girl that is abducted by vampires.  Her unexpected discovery when she finds the girl is a group of unwilling vampires who don't wish to live the vampire life and serve a master.  The dynamic of the U.S. Marshal and the vampire community creates a great read for those who like Vampire stories.

 

   FIFTY SHADES DARKER, by E. L. James

The romance of Ana and Christian is continued through the eyes of Ana.  The story is still playful and details the characters in a carefully woven plot and sub plots that bring readers up close and maybe uncomfortable in revealing how Ana and Christian move through their lives together.

 

  UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand

From the author of Seabiscuit this is a true and heroic account of a young athlete who worked hard to be a runner in the Berlin Olympics. But Zamperini's destiny changed with World War II when he was forced to keep himself and a pilot alive on a raft for an incredible number of days only to be captured and sent to Japanese War Camp where his fame became a tool for propoganda and Zamperini became a focus for unthinkable tortures. An amazing and inspiring story, well written.

Please share the books that keep you reading this summer!

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  • lisacry7 By lisacry7
    07.11.12  

    Ive read all 3 books in the 50 Shades series loved them I think book 2 was my favorite. I heard from someone that they were thinking of casting Kristin Stewart and Rob Pattinson. They have been done and I so hope they don't!!!

  • spanishwhispers By spanishwhispers
    07.04.12  

    I am #365 pn my librarys wait list for 50 shadez ;(((

  • mbracero By mbracero
    07.02.12  

    I read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in less than a week!!! I loved the books!! I could not put them down at night. I'm getting ready to read the books again. I am looking forward to the movie....it'll definitely be interesting ---who will the main characters be?? How in the world will the sexually graphic scenes be displayed?? Can't wait!!!

  • mbracero By mbracero
    07.02.12  

    I read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in less than a week!!! I loved the books!! I could not put them down at night. I'm getting ready to read the books again. I am looking forward to the movie....it'll definitely be interesting ---who will the main characters be?? How in the world will the sexually graphic scenes be displayed?? Can't wait!!!

  • sunshine222 By sunshine222
    06.28.12  

    I loved this trilogy it was definitely a page turner!

  • michker By michker
    06.27.12  

    Right now i am reading The Neww Sookie Stackhouse but by Charlaine and i have awaiting me the new J R Ward book but before i get to that one i will be reading the Morganville Vampire series i have the first four boooks on my night stand so i willbe up reading forthe rest of the week.

  • jancie00 By jancie00
    06.26.12  

    Jennifer Love Hewitt woud not be a good Ana. I think the actors should be "unknowns".

  • MOMMYTECHDIARY By MOMMYTECHDIARY
    06.25.12  

    50 shades of grey we are all reading it and re-reading it :)

  • amarsi1984 By amarsi1984
    06.25.12  

    I finished all 3 Gray books. It was amazing . I loved it. It was an easy fun read. I cant wait for the movie to come out. I think Chris Pine, Kellan Lutz, or Chris Hemsworth should play Christian Gray. As for Ana I think Lyndsy Fonseca or Jennifer Lawrence, or Lucy Hale.

  • kandy1271 By kandy1271
    06.24.12  

    I just finished the Fifty Shades of Grey series. I loved it! Best books I've read in quite some time. As for a movie...Channing Tatum would be my pick for Christian, for sure!

  • jrwccw02 By jrwccw02
    06.24.12  

    LOVE laurell K Hamilton!! and her Anita blake...cant wait to visit the bookstore and get some new reads for the summer!

  • alicarullo5 By alicarullo5
    06.23.12  

    i just finished the first book! I read it so fast! I am going to get the second one tomorrow!

  • cardreader By cardreader
    06.22.12  

    I love to read but on a tight budget so it's the library or Dollar Tree. I have found some great books or books on tape for one dollar. I don't have to worry if they get water or sand damage. The books are always non best sellers. or well past being best sellers, but still a great read.

  • cocoabella By cocoabella
    06.22.12  

    I just finished Hangman's Daughteron my Kindle, by Oliver Pötzsch and am now reading his other book Dark Monk. These are set in the 16th century in Bavaria and are about the life of the town executioner Jacob Kuisil and his daughter and how they are ostricized by their town. They both contain a mystery, which the hangman solves with the help of the town's phyiscian, Simon. I am reading these for BzzAgent. Wasn't sure I was going to like them as I don't usually like books set in older periods with historical information. But I thoroughly enjoyed Hagman's Daughter and am liking Dark Monk equally. I recommend both books to anyone looking for a good read.

  • GrayWale By GrayWale
    06.22.12  

    I plan on downloading the series to my Kindle Fire soon.

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