Saturday, July 14, 2012

On My Nightstand

A few days ago I started Fifty Shades of Grey.  There's been much hoopla about this book.  I won't
do a book review here (your're welcome) but there is an interesting article here about this mega best seller.  My mother-in-law read it not long ago.  Recently we were having breakfast with her and some of her friends.  I asked one of her friends if she was going to read Fifty Shades of Grey.  She immediately retorted, "I am not reading that pornography!"  My mother-in-law had also recently read The Hunger Games.  My mother-in-law is only 89 years old.  When I asked her later if she liked Fifty Shades of Grey, she made me laugh when she said, "If only they had done something different, like go on a picnic or something." 

"After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn's for an oyster supper." 

Thus begins the story of Edward Glyver, book lover, scholar, and murderer.  A chance discovery convinces Glyver that greatness awaits him.  His  path to win back what is rightfully his leads him to Evenwood, one of England's most enchanting country houses, and a woman who will become his obsession.

A few years ago I had read a review of The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox.  Cox writes in the style and tone of Victorian England.  This book was a finalist for the Costa Book Award, one of UK's most prestigious prizes for writing.  Fog shrouded London during Victorian times has always given me goose bumps so this book was right down my alley.  Can you believe I ran across this book at the Knoxville Area Rescue Mission, KARM thrift store.  It cost a mere 99c.


Shelly said...

Your mother in law sounds like a woman I would thoroughly enjoy knowing! I love Victorian England, too. I may have to look for that book on Amazon~

Clint said...

I shan't read "Fifty Shades of Grey"...not because it has lots of sex in it---I like a good romp as well as the next guy---but because there has to be more to a book than doin' nothin' but "gettin' it on" for 514 pages

Carol Blackburn said...

Hey Cindy, is there a Cliff notes for that one....maybe then I'd read it. Can't do the long reads any more. God bless your M-I-L.

Emma said...

I'm quite curious as to what all the fuss is about! I might have to add it to my already long long list of books to read!

Emma x

Thisisme. said...

I thought I should read it, just to see what all the hype was about. I'm now on the second book, which has much more of a story to it (believe it or not!). Love that your mother in law read it!