We have just had our last book club in it’s current form. One of our gang is moving to Kuala Lumpur next month, so it was a bitter sweet evening. We therefore chose an easy read because we did not have quite as much time as previously. Our latest book was “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E L James. Like so many I was very curious about it, with all the hype and comments that are “out there”.
My own view was that somehow it was compelling, whilst not brilliantly written and I did find myself skipping bits here and there. I surprised myself by reading all three books, and have found that they merged into each other. Without all the “Mummy Porn” it would probably only stretch to one book, but then it probably would have stayed on the shelf. Our host played the music from “50 Shades” and we gossiped about whether Ann Summers had sold out of various “toys”, if husbands were having more fun and whether we’d see a baby-boom in 9 months’ time! As for making this into a film, only time will tell. Our conclusion though, was that E L James is a very wealthy lady, and well done to her.
So, we then turned our attention to the next book. “Bleak House” by Dickins was suggested, as we all felt we needed something with more to it than a “kinky shag-fest”. However we wimped out of this for the time being as we felt it would be more of a winter read.
Our next book certainly has more content to it. We are reading “Unaccustomed Earth” by Jhumpa Lahiri, which is eight stories that travel from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand explaining about the lives of sisters, brothers, fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, friends and lovers. Jhumpa Lahiri is an internationally best-selling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author, and the stories in this book have been described as “longer and more emotionally complex than any she has yet written”. I can’t wait.
The books we have read so far are: “One Day” by David Nicholls; “Before I Go To Sleep” by S J Watson; “Ship of Brides” by Jojo Moyes; “Vanishing Point” by Danielle Ramsay and “50 Shades of Grey” by E L James.