Secret Mommy Book Club

Fifty Shades of Grey has become the summer "it" book to read. Do you dare?

Moms facing off this week

Audrey McClelland, founder of Mom Generations, and her friend, mom blogger — Jennifer Bullock, founder of MommyB Knows Best.

The scenario

It's the hot new read — Fifty Shades of Grey.

Something like 750,000 copies were sold in April.

The woman next to you on the beach is reading it (but trying to be discreet).

The moms at school pick-up are (all) talking about it.

Everyone on Facebook is trying to predict who will play the main characters in the movie version.

And morning news shows are reporting that it's changing sex lives throughout the country.

It's been called "mommy porn."

Read more why Fifty Shades of Grey is so popular >>

Question — Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey?

Audrey McClelland

Mom Generations


I tried to stay away from Fifty Shades of Grey. I tried not to jump on the bandwagon. I tried really hard.

I failed miserably. I didn't want to love it. I really didn't. I downloaded the first book, Fifty Shades of Grey and literally read it in three hours. I couldn't put it down! We were driving to Boston for a swim meet for my son and I didn't speak one word in the car, I was flying through the book. When I finished, I instantly needed to download book number two and then book number three. I was addicted and had to see how it ended.

The attraction of the book series for me was that it was different. I'm a romance junkie — I'm all about Danielle Steel and Jackie Collins. This was way new territory for me. This was a twisted love story and I loved it. The writing was horrible — that I will admit — but it was a mindless read. A mindless, shocking read, and it was fun to zone out in the world for a couple of days.

And I will say, my husband didn't mind the read. :)

Jennifer Bullock

MommyB Knows Best


I'm in the "who cares" school when it comes to reading Fifty Shades of Grey.

I have tons of friends reading it and while I like being able to chat about the "hottest things" conversationally, I just can't bring myself to care enough to read it. Many readers and critics have been dissing the quality of writing and obviously there are those that don't mind it.

With my personality, I can totally see myself getting caught up in the fact that the author used the wrong tense of verb regarding the use of whips. Now that just spoils everything!

Personally I just can't get into a book that makes sex trendy, but is "poorly written." If I'm going to read a steamy novel, I want the real deal with the right tense, and proper grammar (even if it means having no clue what everyone else is talking about).

Yes I am that person.

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Comments on "Mom Blogger Face-off: Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey?"

Rosemeyre July 12, 2012 | 12:36 AM

Welcome home! I've read fifty shades of Grey, wish i lived in your area would join in your diousssicn..our library here in north fla. won't have it on its shelf..but a friend of minw gave me the book ot read and she has book 2 and 3..I enjoyed it but some of my friends thinks thats its not proper reading material, thats their opinion, I have read a few others authors that i enjoy alot more,like Lora Leigh and Margie Church and a few others. This guy friend who name Trey took it home wioth him, he's on the road alot so I can't wait to hear on what he thinks about we talk on the phone and he keeps telling me wait until I see you thats been over 3wks. so will see what do you think about this book? My life sucks at the moment so books like this keep me dreaming but then I'm quite happy with a man like Ty you have no problems have a Happy Mother's Day!

Julie June 25, 2012 | 10:10 AM

Chalk up one (more) for grammar.

Emma June 25, 2012 | 10:07 AM

It isn't so much that it is poor writing (I loved Twilight) but that the material seems too much for me! I know there is a love story, and it can't be all bad. And I really am not a prude! But I don't think it's healthy to fill my mind with those scenes and let it get to that place. I so badly want to read it to see what all the fuss is about, but for me I just can/t.

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