Having not read Twilight and only the first 2 of the Grey books (and I'm not a huge reader of romance novels in general) I guess I'm disturbed by few things.
I didn't read the Twilight books because I was uncomfortable that they were at the time I glanced at them kind of meant for a younger reader and from what I recall in my looking at them portrayed relationships as controlling and, well, sick.
If I excuse all other things about the Grey books I'm bothered that people are finding the Grey books even remotely romantic with all the emotional blackmail and stalking etc. that happens in them and I can't help but think wow women actually find that stuff cute and romantic instead of scary and weird?
It wasn't a good read. I didn't find it romantic and how the lifestyle is portrayed bothered me but I find the reaction to it fascinating.
The Mirror is the same book that I read years ago! I wasn't sure if it was the same book or a similar book, but there was something very specific that I recall reading when I previously read the book... Brandy cut some slivers off of a bar of soap to wash the dishes. I also remember Brandy being concerned about her unclothed state, and Shay wanting to shave her legs... but proof positive for me were the slivers of soap. I also read another very unusual book about a woman who was shrunk so that she was only a few inches tall. The person who did that to her put the woman in a doll house. The woman couldn't accept what had happened to her, and thought that she could escape from the house that she was living in.
I finished Alex George's A Good American a while ago - it was a quick read, maybe 2 days - and it was a definite :up It's not going to win a Pulitzer, but then no one is this year! :lol It was just a sweet, funny story about family.
Keeping with the theme of immigration to the US and family, I'm reading Aimee Phan's The Reeducation of Cherry Truong, about a large extended Vietnamese family who leaves Vietnam in the 70's and goes to France and America. The family that came to the US settled in Orange County, where I'm from, so I know the various shopping centers and streets mentioned in the book. That's makes it fun. It's a slower read than the George book, but it's very good.
Thanks all who recommended Room. Because of the discussion on here I got it put on our book club list. It is a fantastic book.
I'm reading Curses: a $*&#ed Up Fairy Tale by J.A. Kazimer. It's hilarious. A bit of bad language but it's a twisted take on fairy tales. I'm enjoying the heck out of it!