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What the Stars are Reading, Writing, and Karina Smirnoff’s Comments on Fifty Shades of Grey

I always find it interesting to read what’s being read and talked about in the mainstream. Usually I get this information from magazines like Time and People. Of course Time is more conservative, but I think People magazine’s articles about books are probably more accurate when it comes to the mainstream. I also like the fact that People magazine is now posting, on the address label above my name, “People now on select tablets!” Evidently, they know where their market is headed.

Sigourney Weaver is reading “Catherine the Great,” by Robert K. Massie. She says this about it:

“History is fascinating, and she was fascinating because she actually tried to abolish serfdom. She was way ahead of her time.”

I’m not running to Amazon to get a copy any time soon.

Anna Kendrick is reading “Writing Movies for Fun and Profit,” by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. She says this:

“They’re from Reno 911. Even if you have no interest in screenwriting, it’s hilarious – I was snorting reading it.”

I’ll pass on this, too. If I’m going to read about screenwriting, I don’t want to snort. There are plenty of bad romances out there I can buy to do that.

And, Karina Smirnoff is reading, of all things, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E.L. James. You have to love what she says:

“Friends told me it was a must-read, so I finally gave in and bought it. It’s definitely the kind of book that makes you blush, yet it’s so well-written.”

If she freaking blushes at FSoG, she’d drop dead reading one of my books. But I digress. I do think her two comments about friends telling her to read the book, and about how well-written FSoG is are very interesting. I liked FSoG, but wouldn’t call it well-written, or poorly written. It is what it is. But this is what the buzz is all about when it comes to mainstream bestsellers. Word of mouth.

And last but not least, Joan Rivers has a new book out titled, “I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me.”

It received three and a half stars (four stars being the best) by the People magazine book reviewer. And I’m not surprised. I’ve read two of Joan’s non-fiction books in the past and she’s not only a bright, articulate author, she doesn’t hold back anything. You get what you pay for.

This line alone would tempt me to buy this book:

“Just once I would like to see a Chinese couple adopt a gay baby.”

The review also says:

“Joan Rivers is extraordinary, but she’s not for the easily offended…or for anyone who gets offended at all.”

It takes a lot to offend me. But I know that’s not the case with so many these days.