Since Christmas, I have discovered this old fashioned pastime: reading. Over Christmas break, I started and finished all of the Harry Potter books - I know, I was 10 years behind, but I made it! Then over last semester of college I read The Help, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and others. When I first moved to New York, I lived about 40 minutes by subway from work. I so appreciated that time - after I actually got up of course - because I got to catch up with my reading and unwind for awhile. It's nice to be able to fully immerse yourself into a different world created by a stranger, and really forget about everything going on in your life. I think that's what entertainment is supposed to do anyways, and I'm so grateful for those minutes to be able to enjoy that. Even if I was always wondering if the stranger next to me just happened to catch me reading a steamy part of the 50 Shades trilogy.
Here's my reviews of the books below (but I am by no means a critic):
- 50 Shades of Grey, 50 Shades Darker, 50 Shades Freed - So who doesn't love a good book that makes you blush a little? Even without all the "R" rated scenes, the love story of Christian and Ana, while complex, is honest. This first book features the interesting world Christian has become used to, while also viewing it from an innocent's point of view. The second book features their actual relationship, both characters still learning from each other, and growing together. The third book focuses on their marriage, and living together despite past skeletons in the closet. Overall, this trilogy was a quick and relaxing read, however, it's not the greatest piece of writing. Definitely a great, fast read for anyone who need to think about things other than their own life.
- The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest - I really enjoyed the The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which was the first book in this trilogy. The second and third were very long novels, but the plot is definitely interesting and twisty. However, because it was a bit too long, my interest went down. I'm glad I finished the trilogy though, as it was really well written, and you could never guess what was actually going to happen.
- She Wore Only White - This book I rented from amazon.com, and I'm so glad I did! It's a novel about a beautiful female passenger who boards a ship (similar to the Titanic) in all white, and attracts attention from everyone around. The book centers on this woman's life, and all those surrounding her, on the ship for their 2-week journey to America. The author wrote this book based off the imagination of a real news article from the time that mentioned a woman boarding a ship in all white. Definitely recommend!