Books Like Fifty Shades of Grey
Recommended Novels Similar To 50 Shades!
This steamy book has grown to be a national best seller
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James has become one of the most talked-about books of the year and is being picked up by just about everyone, and apparently, their mother. If you haven't already, buy a copy of the book in paperback, Kindle, audiobook, or any other format you prefer. I decided to jump on the bandwagon since I am in the book business myself, and it's important for me to be familiar with the books that are getting the most circulation (yes, that's my story and I'm sticking to it). And it also strictly for professional purposes that I bought books 2 (Fifty Shades Darker) and 3 (Fifty Shades Freed). Also, because I am so devoted to my job, a dedicated worker, I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning reading it and thinking about it for days afterwards. Was it written well? No. By the author's own admission during an interview on the Today Show, it is not a literary masterpiece by any means. The characters are predictable, one-dimensional even. I think a recent article in the The New York Times points to possibly the strongest argument for why the book has picked up so much steam - it's a graphically racy Cinderella story that women feel comfortable reading because it's a book, and books aren't so bad, right?
Modern Books Comparable to Fifty Shades
Okay. Let's cut right to the chase. Here are a few enjoyable books written within the past decade (most in the past few years) and in the same vein of raunchy romance as E L James' novels. I'll simply link to the details on Amazon.com so you can check out reviews and easily purchase any you are interested in. This list is confined to books I've read and found to be fun (and titillating):
- Wicked Burn by Beth Kery
- Sweet Surrender by Maya Banks
- Riding Wild by Jaci Burton
- Strange Attractions by Emma Holly
- The Principal's Office by Jasmine Haynes
- Wicked Pleasure by Lora Leigh
Classic Old School Books Like 50 Shades of Gray
I should make a small disclaimer here. Fifty Shades is not the first book that I ever picked up that was on the racier side. It all started with V.C. Andrews when I was a young teen. Back in the late 80s and early 90s, (I'm totally dating myself, and I'm OK with that) there wasn't the plethora of teen fiction to dive into. After Judy Blume, you were kind of on your own. I don't remember how I came across V.C. Andrews - maybe it was the recommendation of the bookstore owner at the time? Who knows, but at the time I remember reading a passage in My Sweet Audrina, Andrews' 1982 novel, that shocked me. Something about nipples. Who can remember now? It's been years since I've read V.C. Andrews, but let me tell you - I loved it. I read everything Andrews had written after that, hoping to come across as many steamy sections like that first one along the way, and sure enough I did.
It wasn't until years later in my early 20s I picked up a copy of Erica Jong's Fear of Flying, when I had that same literary awakening. Fear of Flying is a great, light read if you haven't read it. You'll probably get through it in a day, if you're a Fifty Shades fan. Fear of Flying was originally published in 1973, but that's the great thing about erotic novels. They withstand the test of time because there's nothing as historically important as sex. I think I still have the original copy of that book I bought at the time because I refused to get rid of it. The spine is badly cracked and the pages are yellow, but I won't throw it out. Not when it gave me such delicious sensations reading it. That will determine the fate of any book on my shelf - it gets to stay forever if it's juicy enough, because I just may go back and give it another go. No other single factor in a work of fiction will make that grade. There's no other reason for me to reread a book. Sorry, I don't care how powerful or beautifully written it is. If it can do what Fear of Flying and Fifty Shades can do to me, then I'll be back for more.
Love for Romance Novels
As this website will illustrate, there is nothing new about an erotic book. They've been around for ages. You've seen the bodice rippers in Barnes and Nobel, the paperback books with the bare-chested man gripping the woman with flowing hair like if he lets her go he will die. Then there's that smaller section in the bookstore, the section you're even more afraid to be seen in. The erotic section. Only the brave and completely secure in their moral character dare enter. And those without jobs/kids/in-laws. Those are probably the biggest deterrents for picking up a sexually charged paperback that may describe a scene that makes you blush. And you may blush even more if you get caught with one of those books. One of "those" books. If you're anything like me, this is a familiar conundrum. You are no prude; you're intrigued by intimate fiction and even a little excited by the graphic descriptions, BUT you are completely embarrassed to admit this to most people. Apparently, you are not alone.
I have decided to embark on a romance fiction journey of all the tales you may be too shy to hunt down yourself. I'm starting out with some of the most talked about and recognized steamy books - probably the safest to crack open first since their controversy alone gives you an excuse to lean on first. And what better way to get your feet (amongst other things) wet, than with the book that for a lot of women (including myself) is starting it all, 50 Shades of Grey?
You'll find recommended books similar to 50 Shades of Gray throughout this site, links to where to get the books, and my thoughts on them. If you want to check out some funny Fifty Shades of Grey stuff definitely check out FiftyShadesMeme. Enjoy!