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50 Shades Darker

by Meghann on May 17, 2012

I finished 50 Shades of Grey last night. For a book with a lot of ups and down (waiting to see what all the fuss was about, figuring out what all the fuss was about, getting bored with what all the fuss was about, etc.), the ending was enough to provoke me to immediately download book number two (50 Shades Darker). I’ll admit it, I’m curious to see where this storyline goes and, from what I’ve heard, the plot should pick up in book two and three (fingers crossed).

Would I recommend the book to friends and family? Probably more friends than family. I’m not sure it’s one I would encourage my future mother-in-law or grandmother to read, but if a friend was looking for something somewhat juicy to read – I would hand it over. I was actually trying to find a way to share my i-book copy with someone – does anyone know if that’s possible?

It’s also a quick read. I finished the 707 page e-book in just under a week, I’ve heard of some girls finishing it overnight. I think I enjoy sleep too much to sacrifice it for a book. πŸ˜‰ We’ll see how the second and third book go.

And to show just how out of the loop guys are with this book, when I downloaded the book Derek had no idea what I was talking about or even that this book existed. I read him a page or two out loud on the way back to Tampa on Sunday and he made me cut him off. He bursted out laughing and asked”Why don’t you just watch porn?” Well, they do refer to the book as “mommy porn” for a reason… ha! I still find it amusing that an erotic book such as this has hit mainstream and so many women are openly talking about it. I say more power to them! Maybe this country needs a little 50 Shades of Grey? πŸ˜‰

I took the ipad to the gym this morning and read the first few chapters of 50 Shades Darker on the elliptical. I knew I wanted to read, but figured I needed a day away from running, the elliptical seemed like the next best choice. However, it’s probably been well over a year since I was last on an elliptical and I don’t know squat about them. All I really know is that it was the #1 cardio equipment of choice in college. Once upon a time I was one of those girls who would get all cute for the gym, wait 30+ minutes to hop on the elliptical, and then barely break a sweat while flipping through my latest Cosmo. awww… memories.

Today I wanted to at least break a sweat. I sorta took the same intervals I did on the treadmill on Tuesday and adapted them to the elliptical. I took it easy at 6 for 2 minutes, then upped it to 10, 12, and eventually 14 for 3 minutes. I did the last 1/3 of the workout with my legs in reverse. The intervals took me about 40 minutes and I had definitely broken a sweat by the end. Not as sweaty as running, but I’m still learning.

After the elliptical I broke out Mary’s Jello Leg Workout in the weight room. Only, she really should have called it Jello Leg AND Arm workout since my arms felt like jello too. I followed her weight increments and could definitely feel the burn. Loved this workout and loved how exhausted my whole body felt afterwards.



I had the last leftover bagel pieces from Sunday’s brunch. This was a cinnamon raisin bagel topped with strawberry jam and ricotta cheese. I’m not a huge fan of cream cheese, the ricotta is a great creamy substitute with a little bit smoother of flavor and texture.


With the bagel, I had a large apple with PB2 dip.



Time to get to work.

Have a great Thursday everyone!!

1 Mary @ food and fun on the run May 17, 2012 at 10:13 am

Awesome! Glad you liked the workout! I am heading to the gym tonight to do it again, with a few modifications πŸ™‚
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2 Meghann May 17, 2012 at 10:20 am

Sweet! Please share your modifications!

3 Krissy @ Shiawase Life May 17, 2012 at 10:13 am

There’s something about the elliptical that makes time just slow down for me…
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4 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 17, 2012 at 10:13 am

That PB2 dip looks amazing. I’ve heard of PB2 before, but where do you get it?
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5 Jessie May 17, 2012 at 10:17 am

I seriously read the entire “50 Shades of Grey” last night (seriously, I was up until 1 am and that’s WAY late for me for a week day!) and now I’m half asleep at work. I’m loving the books though – they definitely hook me in. I’m contemplating buying the 2nd/3rd book tonight but I’m afraid I’ll stay up too late again… πŸ™‚
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6 Cat @ Breakfast to Bed May 17, 2012 at 10:25 am

I still haven’t read it. It really seems to have its readers bespelled.
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7 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner May 17, 2012 at 10:39 am

How do you make your PB2 dip? Is just the powdered peanut butter and water or do you mix something else in?
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8 Meghann May 17, 2012 at 10:43 am

I mix it with milk, it keeps it a tad thicker πŸ™‚

9 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner May 17, 2012 at 11:37 am

Ahh, I thought it looked different than mine usually does. I’ll have to try that sometime!
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10 amyt May 17, 2012 at 10:58 am

I just finished “50 shades darker” this morning – my hubby just bought me the 3rd. The second, to me is better – and of course leaves you hanging for the 3rd!!!! They are def a easy/smooth read. I was the same way with the Hunger
Game books. I’ve heard they are making “50 shades of grey” into a movie – hmmm – I wonder how??? If they would leave out a huge part of it?
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11 Cait's Plate May 17, 2012 at 11:05 am

Haha we’re just the opposite – I like cream cheese but not so much ricotta! Glad you enjoyed the book enough to start #2 – excited to see what you think of it!
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12 Hayley @ Running Down the Runway May 17, 2012 at 11:25 am

I started 50 Shades of Grey yesterday and I’m addicted!! I’m already 300 pages in. My mom had originally bought it to read for herself but hadn’t started by the time I got home from school. All I can say is thank god she didn’t because she would have been appalled!
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13 Madison @ PilatesMakesYouHappy May 17, 2012 at 11:39 am

I am planning to read 50 Shades of Grey this weekend! I picked it up in the bookstore the other day and flipped through it… Phew, I got hot just standing there! I can’t believe I was missing out all this time!
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14 Sarah @Blonde Bostonian May 17, 2012 at 11:55 am

I’m still working on finishing 50 Shades of Grey. I am intrigued to read the others, but it sounds like the ending of the first book will make me WANT to read them. My coworker already told me she’s going to let me borrow them – so looks like I’ll have some juicy reading for this summer!
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15 Margo May 17, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I totally agree with you on the ups and downs of the book! I was getting fed up with the horrible writing, and I didn’t think I’d bother with the second book. Then the ending of the first book totally hooked me into downloading the second book. I haven’t picked up the 3rd yet, but I’m sure I’ll get to it eventually.

16 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama May 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I said I wouldn’t read the 50 Shades saga but since everyone is talking so much about it, I just might have to.
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17 Annette @FitnessPerks May 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Sounds like a great leg workout to me! Elliptical can be so nice to just get a good sweat AND get lost in a book πŸ™‚ I am a major multitasker! hah
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18 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I still haven’t tried using ricotta cheese in breakfasts, I need to!
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19 Kayla Moothart May 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm

To be completely honest… 50 Shades of Grey was one of the worst books I have ever read! Aside of the adult content I don’t know how it was a best seller. Some of my third graders have better writing skills (they are very advanced 3rd graders) though I did feel the same that at the end I wanted to know what would happen next… such a hanger! I opted out of the 2nd book though… so if anything worthwhile happens- Pass it on!


20 Maggie May 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm

The first book in the series made me so uncomfortable, not because of the sex (which I wasn’t impressed with or shocked by), but because of their difference in experience and power. It freaked me out.

However, I got roped into the 2nd and 3rd books, and although they were still terribly written and ridiculous, they didn’t make me feel as uncomfortable and I enjoyed them as a guilty pleasure.
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21 Laura is Undeterrable May 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Anytime I try to read on the eliptical I fall off πŸ™‚ I just can’t seem to do it. I definitely used to be the person that got on the recumbent bike for an hour and read. I didn’t get the best workout, but if its either the couch or the bike, I’ll take the bike.
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22 Emily N May 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I need to get on the ball and read this book. Its been on my kindle for probably 3 weeks now, just waiting for me to get to it.

J knows what it is because he read on CNN that they were banning it at some libraries. He asked me what it was, and i told him “porn for girls.” lol.
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23 Meghann May 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm

By “some” libraries – you mean Brevard County libraries. It’s always fun when my hometown makes the news. πŸ˜‰

24 Emily N May 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Lol. I guess YES, i do mean that. I have no idea. I actually didn’t read the article, I was honestly shocked that J was asking me about it. lol. Plus, I am the girl who hunted down a list of “banned books” (your catcher in the rye, etc) just to make sure she got to read them.

And my hometown (Toledo, OH) has been in the news frequently as a sex trafficking hotbed, so don’t feel bad about that!
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25 Meghann May 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

haha – rumor has it that book sales shot through the roof after the libraries started banning the book. If I were an author, I would be the one calling the news organizations to make sure people knew the banning was happening. <--$$$ I wonder if the libraries know that banning it is only going to make people want to read it more?

26 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope May 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm

I have yet to read this book! I’m still contemplating reading it. I feel like I need to jump on the bandwagon and just do it! πŸ™‚
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27 Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 17, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Those books are definitely addicting and very naughty! πŸ™‚
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28 Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 17, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I am about a quarter of the way through 50 Shades of Grey. I am very careful about WHEN I read.. because I know I will be reading for at least an hour!
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29 Liggy June 4, 2012 at 9:14 am

I’m one of the many readers that were “seduced” by the intensity of the 50 Shades book. I started reading the first book Friday afternoon and (with breaks to actually live a real life) finished it last night. I was going to wait till next week end to start the second book but it was too interesting to wait. It plays in my mind like a really dramatic movie/love-lust story.
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