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So While You’re Reading 50 Shades of Grey, What Are You Not Doing?

Go ahead, admit it. You’ve let the laundry pile up or you’ve been feeding the kids cereal for dinner because you’ve been too busy reading the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy by EL James.

I’ve been doing it too. I find myself taking extra long in the bathroom so get a few pages in. And the other day while picking up my kids from school, I read a few steamy pages with Mr. Christian Grey and Ana Steele – and getting quite caught up in it – when my passenger side backdoor opened and my 5 year old climbed in. I flushed a little as his teacher helped to buckle him up, and I had to suspend my thoughts about Fifty while talking to my son about his day.

Oh, if only the teachers and parents knew.

So tell me what you not been doing since you’ve been hooked on the 50 Shades of Grey series?

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  1. I have endured many family get together a where my sisters talk about the books, the casting for the movie and hard limits. I’m not one to jump on a bandwagon very quickly, but the more I heard, the more interested I became.

    I was stuck home alone after enduring a miscarriage after 7 weeks of a horrible early pregnancy. Knowing that it would probably be a great thing to get my mind off of what was happening, I started reading. I didn’t stop. I started on Thursday night and finished the third book by Sunday evening, with enough time tongive my husband a fresh buzz cut in our basement, with many of Fifty’s thoughts coming to mind.

    My schedule got so out of whack that I only slept 16 hours in 4 night…and I got it bad. I’m so glad they cast Jamie Dornan for Christian, but now I can’t get him out of my head, in his soft, pale blue jeans with the rip at the knee. *swoon*

  2. I heard about this book from my co-workers husband who mentioned it as a joke, while we (my coworker and I) were complaining about “that department” in our marriages. I bought the book on my phone and within 1 1/2 days finished the first book. I finished the other 2 books within a day each. I’m hooked! I’ve read and re-read and re-re-read and I still can’t get enough. I even found myself reading and when a song reference comes up I’ll play the song from my phone while I read on my kindle. This definitely brings a whole new experience. I’ve even told my husband we should look into purchasing an Audi/Saab because “Mr.Grey” said “they’re the safest in their class.” Yup, I’ve. Got. It. Bad.

    • I love your comment. I can totally relate (obviously) and I’ve got it bad too. Can’t wait for the movie. There’s a rumored 4th book that might be out soon. Cross your fingers.

  3. I have finished reading all 3, and is I’m refeading the again! So glad I’m not the only one who’s an addict! After spending all my free time reading this book, instead of my daughter an my husband, I dont feel as bad knowing I’m not the only one! :))))

  4. I have a 2 and 4 yr old and run a business. I’ve gotten so addicted to the first book & neglected the house while I should be preparing for 16 guests this weekend, that I brought the book into my office and purposely left it there so I wouldn’t be able to pick it up tonight. As u can see, instead I am reading about it online! Unfortunately, The timing is pretty bad for me to be hooked on this as my hubby has been sick the whole time & not interested in rising to the occasion (pun intended). Ugh!!

    • Ha ha – you can always re-read your favorite sections of the book. I’m on my third re-read now. Yes, third. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. I read them all three in 5 days, staying up all night to finish the first one…and then re-read them… I’ve got them on my phone and read them on my way from my desk to the printer, while waiting in the drive through at starbucks, even set up my phone at my desk where I can read it while I wait for programs to load or files to save. I arranged to get to school pickup early, to get to work early, to get to gymnastics pickup early… If I wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, there’s another 15-20 minutes to read. Need to walk the dog? More time for reading. Watching TV with the family? More reading… Every available moment… Good thing I had a slow work week!

    • Jane, your comment made me laugh – but honestly I can totally relate. I’ve been sneaking in pages anywhere I can – bathroom, after my Pilates class, waiting to pick up the kids from school, etc. You are not alone.

      I’d love for you to join in a conversation on my community about 50 Shades of Grey. And I’ll be posting more 50 Shades stories soon so keep checking back.

  6. I’m a night shift OB nurse, and all of my coworkers and I are reading the books together. We have been lucky enough to be really slow this week, and so we’ve basically had an ongoing book club for 12 hours straight at a time, and then we even have to call or text each other before work to talk about it. All I know is that if any of my patients are reading this book, we may be really busy in about nine months 😉

    • Carrie, that’s hilarious. I love that you and your co-workers are reading it together. I was desperate to find anyone I could talk to about it. That’s why I wrote a few blog posts about 50 Shades. Have you read all 3 books yet? Read them slowly. Trust me, you’ll be going through withdrawal.

      I’d love for you to join in a conversation on my community about 50 Shades of Grey. And I’ll be posting more 50 Shades stories soon so keep checking back.

  7. The other day my husband’s family came over for a birthday dinner. They arrived early, so I greeted them (after a full day of house cleaning and organizing) and told them I was going to take a quick shower. I grabbed my glass of wine, turned the shower on, and sat fully dressed on the toilet seat lid and read a few pages. Then I compensated by taking a SUPER fast shower. P.S. I did admit this to my Hubby, who was very understanding, since he is reading it too, and enjoying the benefits. 😉

    • Hi Liz, so glad you found my blog. There are so many of us hooked on this series. I’ve been re-reading them and even sneak in a few pages while waiting to pick up my kids from school. That’s funny about your husband. I think all husbands are rejoicing in these books.

      I’d love for you to join in a conversation on my community about 50 Shades of Grey.

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