Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

I listened to the audiobook version of this book. I only listened to about half of it and never finished and there are a few reasons for that. First, the voice actor was terrible. Her voices for different characters were unbelievable and the pace at which she read the book was a bit slow. When I increased the speed on the app it sounded like the narrator was actually reading at a normal pace.

Second, the book is a little too long, in my opinion. Without increasing the speed of the audio, the book was nineteen hours long. This leads me to my critique of the actual story. I didn’t care for it. I watched the movie version when it was first in theaters and felt extremely disappointed when it ended because I felt it did not live up to the hype. I figured, maybe the book will be better. That’s usually the case with most books made into movies. After listening to the audiobook, I don’t feel like it that’s true for Fifty Shades of Grey.

There was nothing likable about Christian Grey to me. There was nothing likable about Ana. I really wanted to like them. I really wanted to be interested in the build-up between them and watch their relationship evolve. However, they bored me to tears. Even at times where Christian showed what were supposed to be redeeming qualities, he still came across like a controlling a**hole to me. I didn’t feel the chemistry, I wasn’t impressed by the sex scenes (perhaps I’ve read too many erotica books to really appreciate this) and I just kept waiting for something to happen when nothing ever did. It’s the same way I felt while watching the movie.

I borrowed this audiobook from the library and I didn’t get a chance to finish listening before my rental expired. However, I didn’t want to. I may muster up enough patience to borrow it again to finish it, but I doubt that will be anytime soon.

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Poem: I Love the Way You Admire Me

I love the way you admire me.

Breath in sync.

Embrace as infinite as the sky.

With the view from where we are

I could reach up and touch heaven.

Stay at my side and let me warm you

and provide your place of rest.

Lay your head on me and squeeze for dear life

Let’s hold on to heaven forever.

 

© LeTara Moore, All Rights Reserved

 

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What’s Been Going On March 2019

December was the last time I posted to this blog, but that does not mean that I haven’t been writing. Life in a Few Words is still my baby, but I have been nurturing some other ventures in recent months and quite frankly, just haven’t been in the right space emotionally to publish much of my poetry on here recently. A lot of what I write is personal, but for the past year, nearly everything I’ve written has come from extremely personal feelings and experiences. I guess that’s why I haven’t been as inclined to share much recently.

So, what’s been going on? I’ve been exploring my love for fitness. Yes, I’m plus-sized. I probably always will be. That doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a good spin class or yoga. Actually, I’ve been studying to obtain a personal trainer certification and I started a fitness group online. I’m hoping to start a group in person soon. Along with that, I started a blog all about fitness and what I’ve learned about health and nutrition.

It’s funny. What started as me becoming more fit because I couldn’t breathe very well resulted in my losing approximately 30lbs and gaining so much perspective about myself, life, and relationships. I got a lot of great poetry out of it and I think I have a few stories I can write about it, too.

I’ll be sharing some new pieces once a week, for at least the next few weeks anyway. I still have it on my heart to publish another book, which has been titled Sunlight, Coffee, and Roses for the past three years. Hopefully, this year will be the year.

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Book Review: Kiss Me Before You Say Goodnight by Keith Kareem Williams

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Available for purchase on Amazon and directly from the author on social media.

Synopsis:

On a humid, hot summer afternoon in New York City, Omari walks onto a bar and spots a gorgeous, mysterious woman on the brink of tears as she watches her home country getting completely crushed in the World Cup of Soccer on the big screen television. Omari can’t take his eyes off of the beautiful woman so he buys her a drink, sits down at her table and after some pleasant conversation, finds out that her name is Andressa. What starts off innocently as a few drinks shared between strangers quickly leads to a scorching-hot, erotic night of passionate sex. However, what should have been the beginning of a steamy romance goes awry in a way that Omari never saw coming as he gets caught up in the deadly entanglements that Andressa was still trapped in. Her dark, dirty little secrets put both of their lives at risk.

My thoughts:

I haven’t had much success with reading books this year. Kiss Me Before You Say Goodnight is the only book that I have finished, though I’m hoping to add at least one more before the year ends. As a matter of fact, I may make time to skim through this one again very soon. Why? Because in the day that it took me to read this book, I forgot about all of my troubles and focused solely on the amazing chemistry between the two main characters, Andressa and Omari, and the drama that unfolded as a result of their relationship.

Williams jumped right into the steamy action in the first chapter and kept me hooked for the remainder of the book. The plot isn’t overly complicated and neither are the characters, which I appreciated. Andressa was as dangerous as she was beautiful and Omari was whipped. In some parts I found myself going crazy over some of Omari’s decisions regarding Andressa, but then I remembered that I, too, have been foolishly in love (in lust) and made some questionable choices as a result, so I couldn’t judge him too harshly.

I appreciated how quickly the story moved, but I didn’t want it to end. Spoiler: The ending leaves the opportunity for another book, so maybe there will be one in the future! While I won’t say that this is my absolute favorite book from Keith Kareem Williams, (Glass Goddesses, Concrete Walls still holds that title) this one ranks high on the list for me.

Check out Keith Kareem Williams’ social media below:

http://reemafterdark.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/keithkareemwilliams

http://twitter.com/Reemafterdark

 

Shrink: A Poem

I’m shrinking.

Pulling away from what weighed me down and pushing up into a new way of

Thinking.

What I loved purposely left me weeping,

Tenderized

Pulverized heart,

But still a heart still worth keeping.

And it beats stronger… while the heaviness withers away and I shrink, I think, “How great it is to be thinner from ‘wait’ loss, patiently hoping for better days, and stronger from the discomfort of willing myself more life.”

© LeTara Moore, All Rights Reserved

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