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About Julia

Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.

I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.

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Currently reading

Wanton Christmas Wishes
Eliza Lloyd, Samantha Kane, Kate Pearce, Monica Burns, Madelynne Ellis, Jess Michaels
The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm, Matthew R. Price, Noel Daniel
Progress: 21 %
I Love it When You Talk Retro: Hoochie Coochie, Double Whammy, Drop a Dime, and the Forgotten Origins of American Speech
Ralph Keyes
Progress: 28/271 pages
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Christopher Moore
Progress: 42/420 pages

Review: Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin

Fifty Shames of Earl Grey - Andrew Shaffer, Fanny Merkin

I have never read 50 Shades. I've heard a lot about it and realized quite quickly through some snippets that this was not a book for me. That said, I am sort of obsessed with the phenomenon of FSoG and have read a few reviews, followed a lot of romance community's opinion and listened to one hilarious podcast. Knowing how much I enjoyed the tongue in cheek podcast, I knew 50 Shames of Earl Grey was right up my alley. It did not disappoint. 

There were quite a few instances of me being afraid of disturbing the peace with my laughter in this book. It does a great job of parodying not just the ridiculous story-lines of FSoG and Twilight but also how they're horridly written.

I knew enough to highly enjoy this book, and you don't have to have read either of the sources to enjoy it, though I would suspect people who had would pick up more of the subtle parody. I did however knock a star off because it did start to drag a bit. This may be a limitation on the source material but I was getting a bit bored a little over halfway through. 

This book was a really fun read. If you are looking for a light read that mocks current pop culture as well as "those" popular books, give this a try. There is some sexytimes but they usually culminate in a few lines or doves coming out the hooha.

*Note: This ARC was provided for a free and honest review via NetGalley*


Originally published on GR in July 2012