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A rare talk about good books!

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Normally I don’t write about books I’ve read, because I’m just not considerate enough to tell you folks what I find to be good or bad. But it seems I have had a run of good books lately, and I feel the need to share. If any of my readers read my friend RO’s Blog, she is always posting about the books she reads. Well, she started doing that this year. I was the one who actually talked her into reading the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.

So, we’ll start there, because the Fifty Shades Trilogy is the beginning of my string of good books. In my opinion, Fifty Shades was nothing like I expected. Yes, it’s definitely smutty and has lots of sex. On the other hand though, it has a wonderful base story line and it made me laugh, cry, feel fear, disgust… you name the emotion and the author made it seem real for me. I loved the Fifty Shades trilogy, so much so that it made my short list of books I will probably read again. I know that RO was anxiously wanting to edit the book, but to me, the imperfections made it seem so much more real, rather than just a story. I fell in love with the characters, felt like I knew them, not many books can do that. Even once the third book ended, it left me wanting more, and I think that is the makings of a good book.

On to my next book in the good book string. After finishing the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, I went in the complete opposite direction and picked up a Stephen King book. This book was “Under the Dome”. I was iffy about it first and had somewhat of a hard time disciplining myself to listen to it, but honestly, I’m glad I did. This book was freaking awesome! I loved it, another book that I related with the characters and felt like I was there! It helps too that it had a pretty good narrator. I only read “Under the Dome” because Taylor suggested it, then RO suggested it, and another friend suggested it as well. So, I thought it was at least worth a try. I am happy I did, and if you aren’t a Stephen King fan because you think his stuff is scary or weird, I still highly suggest you read “Under the Dome” because it isn’t all that weird and it is a good read!

My next book after “Under the Dome” was “The Green Mile”. This is another Stephen King book, and probably one of my favorites. This is another book that even if you don’t like Stephen King, you should read this one. It made me cry, feel sympathy for types of people that normally disgust me, made me laugh, and gave me a warm fuzzy feeling. I was hooked from the start and highly suggest this book to everyone. Once you finish the book, go watch the movie, the movie is almost identical to the book, but it’s nice to put actual faces and voices with characters. Tom Hanks plays the man telling the story and I don’t like Tom Hanks, and he did an excellent job in the movie! The man who plays John Coffey was also good; Michael Clark Duncan is his name. That actor just recently passed away too, but he was a perfect John Coffey!

Now that I finished “The Green Mile” I have started book 1 in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. This is also a suggestion from Taylor and so far I have to say it’s not too bad. I’m almost done with book 1, and I have been told that the series only gets better from here. There are a total of 8 books in this series, so this ought to occupy me for a while.
I’ll have plenty of time to read over the next week as I am having eye surgery tomorrow. I believe they call it “optic nerve decompression”. This is just an attempt to help me keep whatever vision I have left. So, maybe once I finish the Dark Tower series, I’ll post about it too.

Until my next post, go read The Fifty Shades trilogy, Under the Dome, and The Green Mile. I promise they won’t disappoint!

TaTa for Now,
Amanda Ellen