It isn't on our list but considering it is the biggest selling book of the year, I thought I would see what the fuss was all about.
And I'm still waiting.
I will admit the subject matter is... interesting, and much more vivid than D.H. Lawrence, which I thought might have prepared me for this.
Yet there isn't anything else gripping in the book. Ana is constantly wrestling with her conscience about whether she wants to do this and Christian just wants her.
That could be condensed to about 250/300 pages tops.
The book is pretty simple to read and I can see why it has become the companion of so many women on the train.
For me however, I read it in my room for the pure fact no-one needed to know I was reading it.
Also I don't understand how you could want Christian Grey? Yes he has money and he can lavish you with everything under the sun, sea and sky but the man seems to have a few to many screws loose.
He is the modern day Heathcliffe and I didn't fancy him much either, look what happened to him and Cathy in Wuthering Heights!
In short the book is possibly the equivalent of sneaking a boy back to your room, your parents returning early and you having to throw him under the bed.
It's not something to be proud of but you will do it once just to know what it feels like.
I don't think I will be reading the rest of the series so I will never know what happened to Ana. Hopefully she cuts her ties with him, though unlikely.