Books You Should Read Instead of "50 Shades of Grey"

Books You Should Read Instead of "50 Shades of Grey"

Why waste your time reading 800 pages of drivel when you can read these books, which will make you hot in all kinds of different ways.

These are the four best books I’ve read in 2012:

Herself When She’s Missing by Sarah Terez Rosenblum: Two women meet at a concert, fall into an obsessive, destructive relationship. Gorgeously written by Chicago author, Rosenblum. (50 Shades common denominator: SEX)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: A cyber-punk Willy Wonka story. A great read for anyone who loves the ’80s or video games or spending any time at all immersed in social media. Which, I’m sure, is none of you people. (50 Shades common denominator: RICH GUY)

Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin: Season 2 of the TV show ends THIS SUNDAY. If you’re not feeling up to reading the first two books (upon which the first two seasons are based), watch the DVDs and then read this book, which is the best of the series. (But really, you should just go ahead and read the first two books as well. You won’t be disappointed.) (50 Shades common denominator: DRAGONS, probably)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Do not let the topic of this book (CANCER. In TEENAGERS)  turn you off. It’s funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting without being even the least bit sappy. You will not regret reading this book. (Plus, it’s set in Indianapolis, so Butler references!) (50 Shades common denominator: Um…colleges are mentioned?)


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  • Books! My favorite subject. A couple suggestions:

    For both sex and rich guys (and a well written psycho serial killer), "American Psycho" is an excellent (and well known) book. If you don't have it, pick it up. My advice, this is Bret Easton Ellis' best book, don't waste your time on the rest (IMHO).

    One fun read: Arthur Nersesian's "Suicide Casanova" It's a funny book about a successful, yet perverted lawyer.

    One of my all time comedic favorites: Tom Wolfe's "Bonfire of the Vanities" Written in the eighties, so a bit dated, but so well worth the read.

    A couple good novels depicting a successful couple's marriage in Manhattan are Jay McInerney's "Brightness Falls" and the sequel... "The Good Life"

    There's some of my off the top of my head favorites. My wife read the Grey series. I read the above. Happy reading!

  • In reply to Brian C. Thomas:

    American Psycho is a GREAT choice (I love the movie, as well). Kind of a cautionary tale for all of the women swooning over Christian Grey :)

    I've also read Bonfire of the Vanities, but I'll have to check out the other books you've mentioned.

    Multas gratias tibi ago!

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